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Cal Phil at the Mill

Cal Phil at the Mill

Just three times a year, the gorgeous grounds of the Old Mill in Pasadena provides the setting for a concert by an small ensemble from the California Philharmonic, and the second one of the year is this Saturday. While you’re there you’ll able to tour the historic building and see the art on exhibit in [...]

Vroman's Bestsellers 8/10/2009

Vroman's Bestsellers 8/10/2009

Hardcover Fiction Inherent Vice, Thomas Pynchon Daughter of Kura, Debra Austin Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson That Old Cape Magic, Richard Russo Shanghai Girls, Lisa See Help,  Kathryn Stockett Best Friends Forever, Jennifer Weiner Jericho’s Fall, Stephen Carter Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann Rain Gods, James Burke Hardcover Nonfiction Wisdom of [...]

Olive Kitteridge

Olive Kitteridge

I don’t think I’ve ever cared about a contrary old sourpuss like I cared about Olive Kitteridge. She’s the common thread in the thirteen stories that compose Elizabeth Strout’s third book, Olive Kitteridge, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Like most readers, I’m quick to fall in love with the protagonist who may [...]

Pasadena Weekly Celebrates 25

Pasadena Weekly Celebrates 25

Whatever you do these next few days, make sure to pick up a copy of the Pasadena Weekly‘s 25th anniversary issue before it disappears. It’s a great read, full of local history, great people and amusing stories. Particularly enjoyable is the summary of 25 years in Pasadena, one year at a time: the rebirth of [...]

Ways to Beat the Pasadena Heat

Ways to Beat the Pasadena Heat

It’s August in the San Gabriel Valley, and we all know what that means. Here are some of our favorite ways to escape the heat without sitting home and cranking up the AC. Train to the Beach Perhaps you’ve noticed that the 210 has been backed up for three weeks straight, so this is not [...]

Flintridge Bookstore Reopening Shindig

Flintridge Bookstore Reopening Shindig

This Saturday, La Canada’s premier indie bookstore and coffeehouse reopens after four months of reconstruction. (It was all but destroyed when an out-of-control truck slammed into it on April 1.) Owners Lenore and Peter Wannier stayed in business during the restoration in a trailer in the back parking lot, but it certainly wasn’t the same. [...]

Hike o' the Week: The JPL Trail

Hike o' the Week: The JPL Trail

This post concludes our series on favorite hikes for summertime, and this one is the best of the bunch when summer kicks into full gear, as it has now. The trail is easy and shady, with streams for kids to splash in and dogs to drink from. Upper Arroyo Seco, Pasadena 5 miles round-trip; easy [...]

Three Cheers for Larry Wilson

Three Cheers for Larry Wilson

Larry Wilson, the public editor of the Pasadena Star-News and a Linda Vista resident, took a stand yesterday about the Rose Bowl Loop, the three-mile walking/cycling route around Brookside Golf Course and the Rose Bowl. He calls himself an “outlier” and in the extreme minority for calling for a ban on motor vehicles most of [...]

Catching Up with the Doozies

Catching Up with the Doozies

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with Altadena’s Tom Gammill, an all-around funny guy who draws the comic strip the Doozies, writes for the Simpsons and other TV shows and movies, and makes these YouTube videos about his wacky life as a cartoonist. Here’s his latest:

Vroman's Bestsellers 7/8/2009

Vroman's Bestsellers 7/8/2009

Hardcover Fiction          Shanghai Girls, Lisa See Swimsuit, James Patterson Scarecrow, Michael Connelly My Fathers Tears, John Updike Angels Game, Carlos Zafon Trouble, Kate Christensen Fingerlickin’ Fifteen, Janet Evanovich Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, Alexander Smith Plague of Secrets, John Lescroart Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, Laurie Rigler Hardcover Non-Fiction          [...]

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