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Room Comes to Vroman’s

Room Comes to Vroman’s

If you haven’t read Emma Donoghue’s novel Room yet, you’re probably sleeping well—but we’re here to warn you that you’ll be staying up until the wee hours once you start reading it. It’s a gripping story of a most unusual mother-son duo, told solely from the 5-year-old boy’s perspective, and it’s both terrifying and uplifting. [...]

Bureaucracy Run Amok

Bureaucracy Run Amok

UPDATE from Altadenablog.com — The county planning department’s drive to alter or eliminate Patticakes’ mural on Allen Ave. has been dropped, according to Patticakes’ owner Mike McLellan. According to the county officials, they have “settled the matter.” Honestly, it’s enough to make a liberal become a libertarian: Someone in Altadena apparently complained to the county [...]

Market on Holly Opening Shindig

Market on Holly Opening Shindig

On Thursday night, it became official: The Market on Holly is now open for business. The  joint venture by composer Marty Davich (our neighbor in Prospect Park) and caterer Mary Pat Brandmeyer (a longtime Altadenan) drew a big crowd to its grand opening party, which spilled onto the sidewalk (where a jazz band played) and into [...]

Friday Morning Music

Friday Morning Music

I was just running in for a quick cup of drip coffee to take to the office, but this morning Jones Coffee had other plans for me. Three guys were playing the most captivating music, a Latin American/Calypso/samba sound showcasing some remarkable guitar work. Hey, it’s Friday, so what’s the rush to get to work? [...]

Goodbye to a Great Pasadena Dog

Goodbye to a Great Pasadena Dog

We’re sorry to report that one of the great Pasadena dogs, and a featured fellow in our book Hometown Pasadena, has passed away. Otto Miller accompanied his mistress, Sally Miller, on her quest to walk every block in Pasadena. In memory of Otto, here’s what we wrote in the book: Sally Miller is a professional [...]

Pasadena Kids Go Glee

Pasadena Kids Go Glee

If you thought that cello player behind Gwyneth Paltrow in the April 19th episode of Glee looked familiar, maybe she really was your neighbor. Twenty-four of the most talented musicians from Pasadena Youth Symphony (ages 12 to 14) were hired to back up Paltrow’s performance of Adele’s hit song “Turning Tables.” You can watch the performance [...]

Arlington Garden: There’s an App for That

Arlington Garden: There’s an App for That

We’ve been champions of Arlington Garden since its earliest days—many of the Hometown Pasadena team drive and walk past it almost daily, and our own Sandy Gillis has been a regular volunteer. But even we never imagined how fantabulous the garden would become—and that it would have its own iPhone app! That’s right, you can [...]

Luggage Room

Luggage Room

We’ve been to Phoenix a couple of times and don’t particularly care to return, so we were skeptical when we heard people raving about the pizza at the original La Grande Orange, and how great it would be when Pasadena finally got said pizza. Really? The nouveau-riche land of strip malls has authentic, wood-fired, thin-crust [...]

Party on: Celebrating with Julienne Returns

Party on: Celebrating with Julienne Returns

Celebrating with Julienne is currently available through our Prospect Park Media Online Store or any of the local retailers listed below. After nearly a year out of print, the award-winning, hot-selling Celebrating with Julienne cookbook is back, published by, that’s right, your friends here at Prospect Park Media. To launch the new edition, Julienne in San [...]

Showcase Goes English

Showcase Goes English

If there’s a place in America more obsessed with its homes than Pasadena, we don’t know it. That’s why a few generations of women who want to support music education have been able to make millions by running an annual event called the Showcase House, which returns on April 17th for the 63rd time. A [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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