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2014 Doo Dah Queen Tryouts

2014 Doo Dah Queen Tryouts

It’s like adults in reverse. Shed the practical, the obligatory, and the hum bug. Embrace the silly, wacky, the expressive, the experimental, and the inspired. Get ready for the 37th Ocassional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Queen tryouts. Want to be queen? Anyone may try. The competition is fierce, the judges costumed and being fed a [...]

Zamperini to Lead the Rose Parade

Zamperini to Lead the Rose Parade

Louis Zamperini, who’s life and trials are the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, has been chosen to be the Grand Marshall for the 126th Rose Parade. We can’t think of a better choice—and, not a moment too soon. On January 26, 2015, Zamperini will turn 98 years old. Louie started smoking at five years old, [...]

Visiting Queen Anne

Visiting Queen Anne

It happens only twice a year. The door to Lucky Baldwin’s National Register guest house—Queen Anne Cottage at the Arboretum—will open. Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin and his fourth wife, Lillie Bennett (who was a mere sixteen years old) constructed the cottage in 1885-1886. It was designed by Lillie’s father, architect Albert A. Bennett. Unfortunately, marital [...]

Whole Grain Sonora Scones

Whole Grain Sonora Scones

Recipe courtesy of Grist & Toll Ingredients: 2½ cups Sonora whole grain pastry flour ⅓ cup sugar ¾ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder 1 stick (4 oz.) cold, unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes ½ cup golden raisins 1 cup heavy cream 1 large egg Heavy cream for brushing, optional Sugar (superfine or [...]

Summer Writing Workshops

Summer Writing Workshops

Pirates, treasure maps, the thrill of the hunt. In one of Julia Edwards’ summer writing workshops, kids draw, write and play out the story they create. For teenagers, follow in the steps of The Onion and learn the craft of absurdity and satire, and publish a newspaper. Site Specific Plays for 5-10 year olds will look [...]

Literature For Life

Literature For Life

At Literature for Life we consider ourselves to be a new kind of beast: part online literary magazine, part educator’s resource center, part community salon. It’s our goal to bring writers, artists, and educators together to help ignite young minds with a love of reading, writing, and the visual arts. (LiteratureforLife.net) We’re only in the beginning stages, but our [...]

Mystery Lit Mash-Up

Mystery Lit Mash-Up

Unbound Productions likes interactive theater—Wicked Lit and History Lit—where the audience sits or stands feet, even inches from the action, able to feel the emotional energy, the very breath of the actors. Walking from here to there, from set to set, scene to scene. We loved the immediacy and immersion during HistoryLit, which held inside the [...]

Art on Palm 2014

Art on Palm 2014

It’s a decade “in” and Art on Palm is going strong. Altadena’s art and craft festival celebrates its tenth anniversary on May 10th with 40 artists and musicians gathering to exhibit and perform. Nestled in the secluded canyon of Wild Wood Park with its ancient oaks, Art on Palm is free, child-friendly, and even dog-friendly. Artists on [...]

D.U.D.E.S.

D.U.D.E.S.

What’s it take to make a playground feel like new? D.U.D.E.S., of course. Dads Uniting Dads in Education and Service was started in 2012 by six dads in South Pasadena. Their aim was to focus their energies  and do things. Take action and do things that would improve the educational resources for the kids in [...]

Second Saturdays at Jones’

Second Saturdays at Jones’

If you like original music, as well as a bit of Bowie, Neil Young, and Amadeus Mozart, head over to Jones Coffee Roaster for the first of their Second Saturdays. CoNcEnTr8s will lead the evening, featuring violinist Tylana Renga Enomot, cellist Peter Jacobson, and “the incomparable” William Logan on drums. The trios’ first album, RawBits, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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