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MANN Handmade

MANN Handmade

While doing background research for “Masterpieces and Ballrooms,” we delved into the world of Xiem Clay Center, deeper and deeper, until we found ceramist Sharon Mann. She was kind enough to answer some questions: HP: Since you’ve been creating, have you always been working with clay or did you arrive here after drawing, painting, photography, [...]

Stomp Rockets, Monster Mug Shots & Bubble Artists

Stomp Rockets, Monster Mug Shots & Bubble Artists

Partnering with the citywide AxS Festival that runs through October 5th, Kidspace is working the “curiosity” theme by inviting kids “to investigate Newton’s third law with stomp rockets, experiment with paper airplanes, and explore the principles of flight with kite creation. Tuesday, October 7th, is Family Night: Explore legends and myths of different cultures with constellation [...]

Cookbook Swap at Altadena Farmers’ Market

Cookbook Swap at Altadena Farmers’ Market

Joseph Shuldiner of the Institute of Domestic Technology is partnering with the Altadena Farmers’ Market on October 1st, to present the inaugural Fall Cookbook Swap. Every type of cuisine-related books are welcome: cookbooks, cooking reference books, and even food memoirs. Whatever number of books are donated are the number that one is allowed to swap out. [...]

Girl Friday Book Club

Girl Friday Book Club

Common Thread Studio wants you to “exercise your creativity.” How about “Sip and Sew” on October 17th, where the Japanese art of tie-dyeing called Shibori may be learned while sipping complimentary wine and noshing on cheese. Or sign up for classes like “Poolside Dress,” “Slouchy Pants,” “Honeycomb Ottoman,” and “Woodland Pals.” Or, mix the literary with [...]

Alice Through the Wormhole

Alice Through the Wormhole

It’s a whole new world, Alice. Especially if the Caltech players get their hands on it. The weird and delightful Alice in Wonderland is undergoing a make-over—Alice within the universe of Caltech. This is the story… Alice is bored. She’s a new grad genius in spintronics and marionetting on a tour of Telcach, and it’s [...]

Pinhead

Pinhead

This week’s Photo Op comes thanks to ceramist and maker of things, artist Dave Lovejoy… My son David, in Japan, just randomly sent me these pushpin figures. And they look to be the perfect size and attitude for my new escalator piece, for which I had not yet found correctly sized figures. Thanks, David!   [...]

Xiem

Xiem

When he was 14 years old, Kevin Xiem Nguyen fled Vietnam in a boat with his parents and five siblings. They became lost at sea with no food or water. Eventually they were rescued and in 1986, arrived in Orange County. Kevin’s first job was to learn English he told Susan Heeger in “The Shape of Things [...]

An English Garden, California Style

An English Garden, California Style

What is a habitat garden? A peaceful refuge for ourselves and food, water and cover for birds, butterflies, beetles, and other creatures with whom we share the land. What have habitat gardens? Development and fire has reduced the capacity of wild lands in recent years. Humans have a complicated and reciprocal arrangement with many insect [...]

Cook the Book

Cook the Book

Whole grains. Everyone is cashing in on the wealth of health in regard to whole grains. General Mills is pushing the whole grain factor of their Lucky Charms, Trix, Coco Puffs, and Reese’s Puffs cereals, and though we’re not doubting their claim, the benefits may—kinda, most probably, very likely—be outweighed by the inclusion of hefty doses [...]

The Gamble House Re-Imagined

The Gamble House Re-Imagined

It’s being called a 17-day artist intervention. In actuality, it’s the Gamble House collaborating with the Pasadena Arts Council and Machine Project of Los Angeles to re-imagine the “quintessential Pasadena landmark” during the two-weeks of AxS Festival, which this year has the theme “curiosity.” Machine Project founder and artistic director Mark Allen has organized—or let [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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