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Ways to Paint a Woman

Ways to Paint a Woman

  Ways to Paint a Woman   after a portrait by Ali-Al Ameri Sometimes only color can speak for the heart. Sometimes you must paint it yellow— listen with the eyes: honeycomb and maize, golden rainflowers. Transform with your softest brush the way Lorca’s bathing girl liquefies into water – half a head in fire, sun […]

Buff Up Your Cooking Skills

Buff Up Your Cooking Skills

What’s not to love about a three hour class where one learns the art of making pasta—and wine tasting’s included? Chef Michelle Hohman’s Urban Kitchen in South Pasadena continues with its intimate, hands-on cooking classes. Take a look and see if you can resist the temptation… Click class link for details, dates, and sign up. August […]

My Year at the Moulin Rouge

My Year at the Moulin Rouge

After the phone call, Cliff Simon got a one-way ticket from South Africa to Paris and spent the next year dancing at the Moulin Rouge. One moment, after which his “life was changed forever.” On August 14, Simon and his co-author Loren Stephens read from Paris Nights: My Year at the Moulin Rouge, followed by […]

Rooftop Cinema Series Summer 2017

Rooftop Cinema Series Summer 2017

This Saturday, its time for an 80s flashback with a young Tom Cruise, a slim Val Kilmer, and Anthony Edwards creating the memorable “Goose.” People are welcome to arrive at the South Lake Business Association‘s Rooftop Cinema Series with a picnic and beach chairs (no blankets allowed anymore) as early as 6 p.m., though food and beverages are available […]

1st Altadena Library “Truck Day”

1st Altadena Library “Truck Day”

A fire truck, police cruiser, and backhoe! It’s the 1st Annual Altadena Library Truck Day to “celebrate all of your summer reading achievements.” The library has a summer reading series for pre-schoolers that is concluding, so the folks at the library have decided to celebrate with a big truck party. Children of all ages—even those […]

From Butterfly Hub to Gardening for Your Dining Table

From Butterfly Hub to Gardening for Your Dining Table

It’s never too early to grab your calendar and start planning for fall classes at the Arboretum. From Creating Your Own Butterfly Hub and Plant Combinations for Pots to Garden Rocks, Beekeeping: A Symbiotic Relationship, and Gardening for Your Dining Table, the Arboretum offers numerous ways to pump up your garden, all the way to […]

The Spy Across the Table

The Spy Across the Table

Barry Lancet brings PI Jim Brodie back for a fourth appearance in The Spy Across the Table, which he’ll be discussing and signing at Vroman’s on August 10. Lancet has lived in Japan in for the last 25 years and in reviewing his first novel Japantown (2013) Steve Sacks writes… Lancet’s fluency in the Japanese […]

Shout, Sister, Shout!

Shout, Sister, Shout!

Bob Dylan remarked that Sister Rosetta Tharpe was “a powerful force of nature, a guitar playing, singing evangelist.” Through August 20, Tracy Nicole Chapman portrays Sister Tharpe in a production directed by Randy Johnson who received a 2014 Tony Award nomination for his production of A Night with Janis Joplin. Chapman has portrayed Shenzi in […]

Charcuterie, Anyone?

Charcuterie, Anyone?

A “proper” charcuterie and cheese plate. Who knew? Patina 2nd Level Sommelier Alexandre Oliver leads an “intimate cooking class experience” teaching how to prepare a proper charcuterie and cheese plate on August 9. Additionally, appropriate wine pairings will be revealed. Will Oliver suggest aged or firm cheeses? Soft, crumbly, and creamy? Some folks put their foot […]

The 2017 Rosé Soiree

The 2017 Rosé Soiree

Chef Claud Beltran has recruited The Raymond, Little Beast, Alta Eats, Seed Bakery, and Vendome to participate in this year’s Rosé Soiree on August 6. The Blacker House is the venue for this year’s wine and food tasting event. for patrons ($250), a seat is reserved on August 5 for an al fresco “long table” dinner by […]

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