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Local Museums Get a Blue Star

Local Museums Get a Blue Star

Once again, Pasadena Museum of History is joining more than 2,000 museums across the nation to illustrate their appreciation for “those who serve” through the Blue Star Museums program—offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from May 26th through Labor Day, September 1st. Upon showing an active military ID, service men and women, and [...]

JoLo Solo, Duo & Trio

JoLo Solo, Duo & Trio

“We got to play for The Dude!” exclaims guitarist Joe LoPiccolo on his professional website. By “The Dude,” he means none other than Gustavo Dudamel (Disney Hall, May 24, 2014). On other evenings, JoLo may be found playing solo at POP Champagne & Dessert Bar, as a duo with guitarist Vahagni at the Next Door Lounge, [...]

The Daylily Show

The Daylily Show

Their scientific name is Hemerocallis. Those who are not so scientific, call them daylilies. The daylily is “sometimes referred to as the perfect perennial.” Why? Because it is: Available in a rainbow of colors and a variety of shapes and sizes. Able to survive with very little care in a wide range of climates. Suitable for [...]

Jumping into a Masterpiece

Jumping into a Masterpiece

Ever look at Paul Cézanne’s Farmhouse and Chestnut Trees at Jas de Bouffan and think, “I’d like to be right there”? Or make room for yourself amongst Paul Klee’s Two Heads? Maybe take a walk through the woods in Ansel Adams’ Aspens, New Mexico or tie on your ballet shoes and slip in amongst Edgar Degas’ Dancers [...]

Mozart & Memories: Pro Musica’s 50th

Mozart & Memories:  Pro Musica’s 50th

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Pasadena Pro Musica welcomes one of their most accomplished alumna. Mezzo-soprano Paula Rasmussen has not only had an international career, performing with L.A. Opera, New York City Opera, Glyndebourne, and Opèra National de Paris, she’s a litigation attorney. Luckily for audiences, Rasmussen, “who began her career as a young member [...]

Urban Kitchen

Urban Kitchen

One woman was a corporate executive in the broadcast industry and the other woman had “one foot in the kitchen and one foot at the beach.” Chef Michelle Hohman is owner of Urban Kitchen in South Pasadena. Chef Samantha is her partner in cooking. A few steps north of the crumbling Rialto, but along a strip [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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