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Inventing Media & Author Robin Sloan

Inventing Media & Author Robin Sloan

Think of the formats we love:  books, 2-hour movies, serial TV dramas, blogs…the list goes on and on. All of these formats had to be invented. But how does that happen? How do new formats get started? And, how might a person participate in the process of “media invention”? To find out…join us. (Pasadena Public [...]

Flavors of Morocco

Flavors of Morocco

Can you smell it? Cumin, olives, and preserved lemons working its magic in a pot of tagine. Can you taste it? Sesame, toasted flour, and almond “truffles” infusing the selloh, cumin and roasted bell pepper cumin chakchouka, eggplant salad, and tomato and preserved lemon crostini. These smells and tastes can all be yours if you [...]

“Homeless” Campers

“Homeless” Campers

ABC News anchor Phillip Palmer will kick off “Teens Camp Out to Stamp Out Homelessness” on Friday, April 4th. Polytechnic Middle School students and their families plan to camp out on the school campus, taking part in “activities that will offer new insights on homelessness and poverty, and inspire the next generation to make a [...]

Tomatomania!

Tomatomania!

Every year, do your cherry toms wither on the vine? One good crop and then your heirlooms seem to succumb to apathy? Let 2014 be the year your garden makes you smile and your taste buds delight. How, you wonder skeptically. Tomatomania! The world’s largest tomato seedling sale at Descanso Gardens. Not only are there hundreds [...]

Louisa May Alcott: In Person!

Louisa May Alcott: In Person!

In honor of Women’s History Month, Valerie Weich brings Louisa May Alcott to life in her “Living History” performance on March 27th, at the South Pasadena Public Library. “Besides being one of the most read authors of her time, Alcott was also active in the causes of temperance and women’s suffrage.” The topics covered by [...]

Gobble Up

Gobble Up

Caltech Professor Emeritus Oscar Mandel is said to write with an ironic wit. His new book, Otherwise Fables, is scheduled to be released in April and will be published by Pasadena’s own Prospect Park Books. A selection of stories from the book has been adapted into a theatrical production titled Gobble Up Stories, which shall be [...]

Food Forward – Valencias

Food Forward – Valencias

“There’s something enjoyable about plucking ripe, orange spheres from the sky and delivering them into boxes…You can meet great people and make friends, or just find your own tree and let your thoughts wander while you help feed people.” (Michelle, Food Forward volunteer) Food Forward in North Hollywood is a volunteer-driven grassroots group who “rescue” [...]

Sukiyaki, Tsukemono, & Sunomono

Sukiyaki, Tsukemono, & Sunomono

Once a year the Pasadena Buddhist Temple annex is filled with the sights and aromas of Beef Sukiyaki. Temple members spend days preparing the menu items, starting with our “secret sauce” for the Sukiyaki. Accompanying the beef sukiyaki will be “tsukemono” cucumber pickles, “sunomono” made from daikon radish and carrots, a clear fish-broth based soup, [...]

One City, One Story: Data Visualization

One City, One Story:  Data Visualization

Pasadena’s 2014 choice for One City, One Story is Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. It revolves around a young man who is out of work, begins to staff the midnight-to-8 shift at this fantastical bookstore, and ends up possibly dealing with immorality. Oh, and yes, there’s a secret code to break and an insider’s [...]

In Full Bloom

In Full Bloom

We’d say, “Spring is in the air” with Decscanso Garden‘s upcoming annual Cherry Blossom Festival, but the temperatures have felt like the heat of summer. Nonetheless, the weather “experts” are predicting a pleasant 68º-72º F, over the weekend, so plan your day accordingly as parking spaces are quickly claimed (plan to park off site and [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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