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Living the Good Life: Polynesia Pop

“Tiki culture is all about living the good life, having fun, and enjoying the tropical splendors it offers. “This first ever group Tiki ceramic exhibition brings together unique ceramic creations by established Tiki artists and major local ceramic artists. “Conceptualized and coordinated by Michelle Valigura and Michael Sbicca, this one-night show celebrates the blended and […]

Downtown L.A.: Inside the Story

Downtown L.A.: Inside the Story

Pasadena’s Inside the Story, founded in 2010 by sisters Susan Cherney, a former CPA, and Wendy Moss, a retired attorney, is taking you deep into downtown L.A.… On September 12, join Art Historian James Fishburne on an exciting tour that examines how Classical architecture was adapted, distorted, and occasionally rejected in Downtown Los Angeles.  Beginning […]

Play Music on the Porch Day

Play Music on the Porch Day

August 29th is Play Music on the Porch Day. Worldwide. How many porches is that? Will yours be one? Highland Park artist Brian Mallman founded Play Music on the Porch Day in 2014. We’ll let him “speak” for his event: Throughout history, it has been common to hear live music played on porches, as well […]

Back to School Angels

Back to School Angels

The concept of philanthropy and the implementation of ideas can never be taught at too young of an age. When we teach by example—from theory to hands-on doing—philanthropy becomes second nature for life. To help kids understand the need and positive effects of caring for others, Five Acres has launched the Junior Philanthropy Network, “an […]

Fragrant Dogbane

Fragrant Dogbane

It lures in prey with one of the loveliest of elements—a sweet fragrance. Only once the prey has done the deed do they realize they’ve been duped. Frangipani or plumeria, a genus in the dogbane family, has flowers that are most fragrant at night. This is to attract the sphinx moth in order to be […]

Family Flicks on Fridays

Family Flicks on Fridays

One Colorado is going kid classic. Starting September 4th, some of the most classic and beloved kids’ movies will be shown—for free—on the big screen in the One Colorado courtyard. One of our all-time favorites—one of the few films we were happy to watch repeatedly (infinitely!) with our girl when she was young—is Jungle Book […]

A Billion Stars & Half Dome

A Billion Stars & Half Dome

We’re grateful our friend Dave Tushla moved to Yosemite. Firstly, because it makes him happy, and secondly, because we get to bask in the products of his joy. Here are some more of Dave’s photographs for your viewing pleasure…                   To view Tushla’s inaugural collection of pictures, […]

South Pasadena Author Victoria Patterson

South Pasadena Author Victoria Patterson

The prose is so accomplished, so effortlessly nuanced and suggestive, that more than once I had to check Patterson’s bio to make sure this was her first book. (It is.) —Michael Leone in 2009 writing for the San Francisco Chronicle about Victoria Patterson’s Drift. The Chronicle chose Drift as one of the best books of […]

Cities

Cities

Cities by William Archila   From the cabin, horse-face Hector, trucker from San Julian, shakes his head in laughter, tells us to get back to work; we load Coca-Cola crates from the truck bed, exhaust buildup clogged in our throats, the iron plate of the midday sun pressing down on our backs, and Paco, with […]

Fig Jam

Fig Jam

by Bill Disselhorst Fiore Market Cafe I didn’t know much about figs until Anne and I started to go to Italy. There I had a couple of very big fig moments. We had a neighbor who lived directly across from the apartment we stayed in. She used to sit on a plastic lawn chair right […]

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