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A Silk Floss Tree: The Pod

A Silk Floss Tree: The Pod

“The pod, by the way, was ‘low hanging fruit’ from a silk floss tree in the parking lot of the Hastings Ranch Ralph’s in Pasadena,” says Susan Strother Carrier who has kindly shared her pictures and the evolution of the pod. The silk floss tree or Chorisia speciosa has one of the “most unique trunks [...]

Holiday Memory Writing Workshop

Holiday Memory Writing Workshop

Writing your life, two pages at a time. James E. Birren was a man immersed in aging. The study of aging. Gerontology. Mortality and well-being. After decades in this career, his thoughts seem to have naturally evolved… I found myself increasingly interested in topics that were outside conventional psychology. In my graduate seminar, I introduced [...]

Food As Art

Food As Art

South Pasadena’s Arts Crawl involves art of all kinds, including the culinary variety. Michelle Hohman’s Urban Kitchen is celebrating it’s one-year anniversary on October 18th with “Food As Art.” Hohman has invited Chef Beer Vee to conduct an interactive cooking demonstration, sharing his “artful” French macarons, truffles, and other treats. For Urban Kitchen’s cooking classes, Hohman [...]

Way of Tea at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Way of Tea at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Chado, Sado, Chanoyu. It’s the Way of Tea. This highly choreographed ritual is the Japanese ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha or green tea, “a sacred tea ceremony (that) embodies harmony, respect, and tranquility.” Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one’s attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, [...]

Pierre Odier: From Mangolia to U.S.A. Via Siberia

Pierre Odier: From Mangolia to U.S.A. Via Siberia

Pierre Odier was born in Lausanne Switzerland. From this idyll location, Odier moved in 1959 to America, joining the United States Army. Once he’d completed his obligation found himself in Tacoma, Washington. In the small city, 35 miles from Seattle, he opened a restaurant/nightclub combo, as well as an art gallery. He eventually received his [...]

The Art of Honoring the Dead

The Art of Honoring the Dead

El Día de Los Muertos, the tradition of honoring loved ones, which can be traced back thousands of years to the pre-Columbian era, has inspired innumerable creative expressions. The building of ofrendas, making detailed sugar skulls and tissue paper flowers, masks, and calacas (skeletons) are symbols of lasting love and a desire to honor a particular individual. The [...]

Gooden’s Chalk For Peace

Gooden’s Chalk For Peace

On September 25th, one hundred-twenty Gooden School students became “artful ambassadors for peace.” The students used chalk as their medium and pavement as their canvas as they created artworks reflecting their visions of peace for themselves, others and the world. “Peace feels like a warm hug,” said a third-grader. “Peace sounds like sizzling bacon,” said [...]

Betrayed

Betrayed

Betrayed By Julianna Jackson   Justice is not only blind, it is inept. Its abuse of power defies decency. You want my respect; I do not trust you anymore. You are not representing me. Why would I respect you? You are just bullies with badges, and the judicial system is complicit, creating monsters with guns. [...]

Taste of South Lake 2014

Taste of South Lake 2014

PBS’s Emmy-nominated chef and host of Growing a Greener World, Nathan Lyon will be leading a cooking demo on October 11th at the 2014 Taste of South Lake in Pasadena. Other cooking demonstrations include Le Cordon Bleu instructor Kira, KCRW Good Food host evan Kleiman, and Luisa Fabbri, owner of Contessa who will be using [...]

ArtNight 2014

ArtNight 2014

A Room to Create or ARC Pasadena will feature the Pennington Dance Group, Katerina Tomas & Mojacar Flamenco, and Michelle Shear & Dancers, just to name a few at this Friday’s ArtNight in Pasadena, which offers a variety of art exhibits, musical and dance performances, and hands-on, interactive activities. All for free. ARC Pasadena, 1158 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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