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The Health Seekers

The Health Seekers

Our own Michele Zack, an Altadena resident and author of histories of Altadena and Sierra Madre, speaks on illness as a major factor in the 19th and 20th centuries immigration to Southern California. Zack says that her research shows that “the importance of the illness legacy has been underestimated as an influence of how we […]

The Existence of Us

The Existence of Us

          A key turns and I fade away He walks in and past me He doesn’t notice that I am there Maybe I’ve made myself invisible We live an apartheid existence And when we do stand together We simply become columns of catastrophe Notes that belong to different chords If I speak, he will turn If […]

Eat This Poem

Eat This Poem

“Reading a poem and cooking a meal are, quite simply, acts of self-care.” So writes Nicole Gulotta, author of Eat this Poem, who will be discussing and signing her book at Vroman’s on March 23. Eat this Poem includes twenty-five poems from the likes of Marge Piercy, Louise Glück, Mark Strand, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, […]

To Race for Equality: A Virtual 5K

To Race for Equality: A Virtual 5K

At the Pasadena’s latest Commission on the Status of Women, we met, finally and happily, Jessica Kubel, Executive Director of the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley. We thank her for the text below…   Many of you know how proud and honored I am to be involved with the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley. As Executive Director, I am passionate about the […]

Love Bug & Me Music

Love Bug & Me Music

We were checking in to see what was happening at the Southern California Children’s Museum on Los Robles just north of Colorado Boulevard. This location is now its permanent home after some time on South Lake Avenue—and though the folks are still in the process of completing all of the interactive exhibits, the doors are open. […]

Loteria III

Loteria III

Once again, Cactus Gallery calls on its artists to imagine and interpret. To celebrate the 12th birthday of Sandra Mastroianni’s Cactus Gallery, she asked for “modern interpretations of the iconic ‘Don Clemente Gallo‘ Loteria deck. “This year, in addition to the original 54 images, we will be introducing a second, lesser known set of Loteria […]

Arroyo Seco Music Festival

Arroyo Seco Music Festival

Tom Petty, Weezer, Mumford & Sons. Need we say more? Not really. Though we will. This inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend is scheduled for June 24 and 25, and is promoted by Goldenvoice, the folks behind Coachella (so watch out). We can’t quite picture how it will be set up as the location is stated only as the […]

TFK Community Dinner

TFK Community Dinner

True Food Kitchen is trying something new. On March 23, TFK will host its first Spring Community Dinner. The idea is to create “an intimate, focused setting where the menu is served family-style and Executive Chef Philip Norsetter provides ample background, detail, and information. A wine pairing will accompany each course. True Food Kitchen focuses on […]

Poppy Super BOOM

Poppy Super BOOM

We are grateful to Ralph DeFelice of DayTripsLA for more stunning photography. Ralph and his kids found a “poppy super BOOM,” as he calls it, in Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore. This year’s California poppy boom may be found about 62+ miles south of us, down along the I-15 between Alberhill and Lake Elsinore. Though the […]

“Modern Works” Spring Home Tour

“Modern Works” Spring Home Tour

Pasadena Heritage is embracing the modern world. Well, modern architecture that is, and modern meaning post 1945. (We are talking about our heritage here.) The houses on the Pasadena Heritage Spring Home Tour, on March 26, spans from “hyper-contemporary” to experimental and from “Mid-Century post-and-beam to late modern glass-and-steel wonders.” This is a drive-yourself tour. You […]

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