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In Memoriam: Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral

In Memoriam: Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral

Nov. 10th: We are sad to report that the multi-talented, much beloved Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral has passed away. To honor her spirit and many, many talents, we are extending this feature of her photos and we wish to mention that some of her dolls will be on exhibit and for sale this Saturday at Cactus Gallery’s [...]

Tamra Fago’s Cru Moderne: Haute Hats

Tamra Fago’s Cru Moderne: Haute Hats

We remember when we first walked into Camille DePedrini on Mission Street in South Pasadena and began looking closely at the clothes on display. The fabrics, the stitching, the beads, buttons, and trim were masterful and exquisite. Revealing her own artistic finesse, Tamra Fago of Cru Moderne will be exhibiting her collection of hand-formed, haute [...]

Repair Cafe at All Saints

Repair Cafe at All Saints

Would you like to slice through that tomato, that lemon, that roasted chicken like it’s butter on a spring day? Tired of sore muscles trying to find that exact angle with a  Sharpening Steel? At Repair Cafe on November 15th at All Saints, you can learn how to sharpen knives on a wet stone. You [...]

Opera, Anyone?

Opera, Anyone?

Opera is coming to Pasadena. Firstly, Caltech engineering and literature graduate, JPL summer research fellow, pianist, vocal coach, music director, and conductor Dana Sadava. Secondly, Professor of Sciences and Humanities at San Francsico Conservatory of Music, cognitive neuroscience affiliate at USC’s Memory and Aging Center, and working soprano Dr. Indre Viskontas. Jointly, these two women [...]

Artisans, Boutiques & Rummage Sales for the Holidays

Artisans, Boutiques & Rummage Sales for the Holidays

Louise Wannier of Louis Jane Design is a textile designer, clothier, photographer, philanthropist, and soon-to-be author will be participating in Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center’s annual artisan boutique. She will be exhibiting and selling the company’s new line of coin purses, travel bags, jewelry pouches, and tote bags. Each “art fabric” is developed for digital [...]

Oak Woodland

Oak Woodland

Twenty species of oak are native to California according to University of California Oak Woodland Management. Several of these are endemic and grow naturally nowhere outside of California, while others are more wide ranging and grow from Canada to Mexico. There are both shrubby oak species that never grow more than a few feet tall, [...]

Naomi, Huneven, Jervey & More

Naomi, Huneven, Jervey & More

Most people know that when it comes to Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley—the woman sitting at the next table eating an arepa at Amara Chocolate, the man enjoying a Hangar 24 at the Alehouse in Altadena, the dude driving the restored 1965 Mustang convertible who’s tires are screeching as he navigates the Avenue 60 northbound offramp on the 110, [...]

Diana Son’s Stop Kiss

Diana Son’s Stop Kiss

“It’s that rare play that gives the audience something complicated to think about rather than trying to spoon feed them all of the answers,” writes TCDailyPlanet‘s Matthew Everett regarding Diana Son’s play Stop Kiss. He also writes that it’s “funny, romantic, and sweet—this, despite the fact that half the play is dealing with the aftermath of a violent act [...]

Bobbing, Churning, Shucking & Tossing

Bobbing, Churning, Shucking & Tossing

Does a little one in the family like to bake? Bake pies? The Old Pasadena Farmers’ Market welcomes bakers of the future to enter the Fall Harvest Festival pie baking contest Sunday, November 9th. Zagat’s Leslie Balla, the Pie Hole’s Matty and Lindsay Heffner, and Artisanal L.A.’s Shawna Dawson are the judges and the kid-baker [...]

Holiday Market in Old Pasadena: Calling All Vendors

Holiday Market in Old Pasadena: Calling All Vendors

Artisanal L.A. began four years ago with spring and fall shows featuring creators of edibles from all around the country. The Artisanal Holiday City Market expands on that idea and will be held in Old Pasadena with six vendor areas sprinkled along the streets and along the pedestrian alleys. Apparently, 150 independent businesses and 150 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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