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Live at the Park

Live at the Park
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Nothing quite says summer like a supper picnic in the park with a blanket spread on the ground, already-abandoned mini-me beach chairs for the little ones, a few camping chairs for those who can’t get down the ground (or up) so easily anymore, and—with the sun setting and the spotlights coming up—the sound of instruments […]

Free Mulch!

Free Mulch!

Mulch is the answer! Not completely, but it’s a wonderful means for retaining moisture in the soil, controlling weeds, and even giving a finishing touch to a lawn. Julie Gutierrez, Pasadena Assistant City Manager, explains that “by mulching and re-purposing tree trimmings from Pasadena street trees, we divert material from our landfill and reduce carbon […]

Embroidering in Architecture

Embroidering in Architecture

In 1908, Mary and David Gamble commissioned architects Charles and Henry Greene to create a summer residence for their family. Initially, the house was home to Mr. and Mrs. Gamble and their youngest son Clarence, but they were soon joined by Mary’s younger sister, Julia. Aunt Julia, as she was called, had a bedroom with […]

Zeffirelli & Rossellini: Day Tripping to Italy

Zeffirelli & Rossellini: Day Tripping to Italy

Stunning locations, a cast of icons, a smidgen of history-lite, and a large dose of Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. On July 31st, Distant Lands hosts the viewing of Tea with Mussolini, starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Lily Tomlin, Joan Plowright, and Cher as part of the annual Old Pasadena Film Festival. Tea with Mussolini is […]

Music Ed App

Music Ed App

Musicians Brandon Bernstein and Terry Carter believe in “equal access” and their creation of the free app BandBlast is the product of that belief. Now, with funds from the Pasadena Arts Council, BandBlast has been released by Bernstein and Carter’s organization Music Lifeboat. According to AppBrain.com, BandBlast is an easy-to-use, interactive tool for kids, students, […]

Katura Reynolds’ Chaucerian Calligraphy

Katura Reynolds’ Chaucerian Calligraphy

Portland, Oregon-based artist Katura Reynolds was aiming for “something that felt like a sort of mad tea party, Huntington-style,” writes Christine Quach on The Huntington blog. What Reynolds is alluding to is the art work she created for the front windows of the Maple Orientation Gallery. Quach calls them “a snapshot of The Huntington’s library, […]

Four-Course Beer Dinner

Four-Course Beer Dinner

If microbreweries, signature brews, small batches, and craft beers get you out of the barcalounger or off the mountain bike, then take a look… Del Frisco’s Grille on South Lake in Pasadena is teaming up with Golden Road Brewing and offering a 4-course “beer” dinner on July 30th. Executive Chef Angel Flores “will serve creative […]

Artisan, Vintage, Antique & Handmade Beads

Artisan, Vintage, Antique & Handmade Beads

Crystals, stones, and handcut gemstone beads. Fabric, clay, shell, and resin beads. Kiln-fired, torch, and “lampworked” glass beads. Scarab, venetian, and ancient Roman intaglio beads. Tribal, ethnographic, and African trade beads. Yes, it’s all about beads at the 4-day Pasadena Bead & Design Show, July 23rd-26th. One may need a mixture of grande quad lattes […]

Dharkan: The Heartbeat of a Country

Dharkan:  The Heartbeat of a Country

At an early age Mobeen Ansari contracted meningitis, which “impacted his hearing, eyesight, balance, and ability to detect colors” (issue.com). It seems these difficulties have not held back Mobeen Ansari. In an effort to have the world see his homeland of Pakistan through loving eyes as he does, Ansari photographed Pakistani artists, humanitarians, actresses, and bus […]

The Weird, Wild & Wonderful

The Weird, Wild & Wonderful

It’s marketed as a 3-day symposium “celebrating all that is weird, wild, and wonderful in the plant kingdom.” “It” is the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California’s exclusive showing and symposium July 23rd-26th at the Huntington. Each day there will be activities like hands-on botanical art workshops; lectures; tours of the Huntington gardens, collections, and […]

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