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Museums of the Arroyo Day 2017

Museums of the Arroyo Day 2017

It’s free and only one day a year: Museum of the Arroyo Day. Six museums in Los Angeles and Pasadena open their doors—free of charge—from noon to 5 p.m. (Last museum entrance, 4 p.m.) The Gamble House, the Pasadena Museum of History, the Lummis House, Heritage Square, the Los Angeles Police Museum (a favorite for […]

Amgen Tour Stage 7 in Pasadena

Amgen Tour Stage 7 in Pasadena

The Amgen Tour of California men’s race began on Sunday, May 14 in Sacramento. This “Tour de France-style cycling road race” challenges bicyclists along a route of iconic highways, byways, and coastlines. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders, and World Champions. On Tuesday, May 16, the riders were […]

Historic Pubs & Trivia Tour

Historic Pubs & Trivia Tour

For starters it may be a bit of “street calamari” with a flight of Troublemaker sauvignon blanc at Vertical Wine Bistro.  Along the way, be serenaded with historical elements and forgotten lore about Old Pasadena and the pubs that have paved the way on Pasadena Heritage‘s “Historic Pubs & Trivia Tour” on May 25. Other […]

The Aymars: “Spring” & “The New Face of Old Age”

The Aymars: “Spring” & “The New Face of Old Age”

Geoff Aymar is a fellow Connecticut transplant. He’s an exemplary jazz musician, and not the only family member bursting with creative talent. To begin with, his grandfather Gordon C. Aymar is a 1914 Yale graduate, avid sailor, photographer, portraitist, author, art editor for Harper’s Weekly and Vanity Fair, and a poet…   Spring by Gordon C. Aymar, April […]

2017 Showcase House Sneak Peek

2017 Showcase House Sneak Peek

A tease and a taste. Karol Franks has walked the halls, rooms, and grounds of this year’s Showcase House of Design. She has a masterful photographer’s eye and we’re delighted she’s sharing her photographs with us. Nineteen design firms have transformed the interior of the 1916 English Tudor, while 6 exterior design firms revamped the extensive grounds. The architectural […]

Last of the Silent Sundays

Last of the Silent Sundays

March 7 is the last in the Silent Sunday Series. For this finale, the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse presents The Gaucho starring Douglas Fairbanks in the title role and Lupe Velez as his love interest, the Mountain Girl. A precursor to the film will be a conversation with William Nericcio, a Chicano literary theorist and […]

Restoring the Historic Robinson House

Restoring the Historic Robinson House

Laurabelle Arms Robinson, heiress to a Youngstown, Ohio, iron fortune, married attorney Henry M. Robinson, protegé of her uncle, David Tod Ford. Henry Robinson was instrumental in developing the Huntington Library, California Institute of Technology, and the Mount Palomar Observatory. He was a domestic and international advisor for 30 years to Presidents Wilson, Coolidge, and Hoover, […]

Getting Off on Sinatra: A Copper Black Mystery

Getting Off on Sinatra: A Copper Black Mystery

Editor’s Note: Because of rain, this event has been rescheduled for May 20, though author Megan Edwards is no longer able to attend. Our thanks to Flo Selfman, member of the Independent Writers of Southern California, for information regarding a relatively new author—who’s also a former resident of Altadena… “What would you do if all your […]

Chantal Giddens

Chantal Giddens

The first weekend in June brings the annual spring Open Studios Alta/Pasa/Dena Tour, which, impressively, has garnered Altadena’s 2016 Business of the Year Award. In an effort to share it’s ever-changing and growing list of participating artists, this week Open Studios is highlighting the works of Chantal Giddens. Chantal was born and educated in France. She […]

Sierra Madre Art Fair

Sierra Madre Art Fair

Listen to Scotland’s Natalie Clark, peruse the wearable art, then stop for a beverage in the Wine & Beer Garden before snacking on the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library‘s ever-popular sweet “quick” breads. It’s time for the 55th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair, May 6-7. Over 80 artists—including 14 newly juried participants—show and sell […]

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