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Cherry Blossom Walk, Talk, Buy

Cherry Blossom Walk, Talk, Buy

Despite temperatures in the high 80s and even low 90s, we know it’s officially spring because it’s time for the Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens. Walks, talks, music, origami, food, and the sale of cherry trees will take place all weekend, March 21st-22nd. 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday-Sunday, March 21st-22nd Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso […]

The North Stars

The North Stars

One of the missions of the YWCA Pasadena Foothill Valley is to showcase local artists’ work “that involves themes of inequality, feminism, and the fight for civil rights.” Everyone is welcome to the opening reception of “The North Stars: Canonizing the American Abolitionists” with new work by Hope Demetriades on March 21st. The works focus […]

Simply Speaking

Simply Speaking

Jane Olson “has devoted her life to international justice and humanitarian work.” Olson will be the featured speaker at the Junior League of Pasadena‘s second annual speaker luncheon on April 11th. She chairs the International Board of Human Rights Watch and chairs the board of Landmine Survivors Network. This event will honor Pasadena Mayor Bill […]

Debussy at the Villa

Debussy at the Villa

“When you don’t have any money to go on holiday, you must make do by using your imagination,” wrote Achille-Claude Debussy (1862-1918) who was considered the founder of musical impressionism.¹ Debussy: “I love music passionately. And because I love it, I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it.”² By the age of […]

Bringing Art to the Streets…at the Crosswalk

Bringing Art to the Streets…at the Crosswalk

Hataya Tubtim’s “influences & favorites” include surrealism, animation, L.A. murals, and Thai paintings and traditional motifs.¹ Currently, Tubtim is a faculty member at Art Center College of Design; she was commissioned to participate in Pasadena District’s crosswalk art program. The program began in 2011 with crosswalk installations titled Moonwalk designed by local artist and designer […]

Paul Revere Home Tour in La Cañada

Paul Revere Home Tour in La Cañada

In 1963, Williams wrote an essay for Ebony magazine titled “If I Were Young Today”; in it he recounted the reaction of a Polytechnic High School guidance counselor upon discovering his career goal. “He stared at me with as much astonishment as he would have had I proposed a rocket flight to Mars,” Williams wrote. […]

Hoopla! A Novel Tea

Hoopla! A Novel Tea

On March 20th and 21st, Hoopla!, owned by local stalwarts Lori and Scott Webster, will be celebrating their first anniversary at the store’s “new” location on Fair Oaks Avenue. The festivities begin Friday at 3 p.m. with one of life’s most lovely ingredients: food. Olimila Gourmet Emporium is a family business in Studio City, founded […]

¡Loteria!

¡Loteria!

The rooster, the dandy, the devil, the mermaid, the watermelon. These are the names of five cards in Loteria, a game similar to bingo, which originated in Italy in the 15th century, was brought to New Spain (Mexico) in 1769, and was  a hobby of the upper classes before becoming a tradition at Mexican fairs. […]

Colored Skies, Public Art & Spineless Cactus

Colored Skies, Public Art & Spineless Cactus

Once again, we’d like to thank Karol Franks for sharing her photography. Her work lures the eye, alters one’s perspective, and soothes the mind while inspiring one’s imagination.   Right: Pretty clouds, or what Suzanne Kloss calls “sheep clouds.”       Public art installation downtown L.A., work in progress:         A […]

In a World of Purple: Wistaria Fest 2015

In a World of Purple: Wistaria Fest 2015

It’s that time again, to walk the long walk and bask in the glory of the world’s oldest blossoming vine, as ordained by none other than the Guinness Book of World Records The Wistaria Festival in Sierra Madre is Sunday, March 15th, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The village will be alive with over 100 crafters and […]

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