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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 […]

Cinco de Mayo Events

Cinco de Mayo Events

You’d Better Shop Around for just the right Cinco de Mayo event. What fits your fancy for the evening? Here are a few ideas…   Mariachi Night at Descanso Gardens: A Mexican buffet, cash bar, and mariachi music on the main lawn. The buffet included “drunken beans,” Spanish rice, cheese enchiladas, homemade chicken tamales, a […]

The Tooth Fairy

The Tooth Fairy

    The Tooth Fairy I pictured a figure somewhere between Tinker Bell and Dopey, wafting down through slumberland to collect, for some uncanny reason, my latest molar, placed with care between sheet and pillow, where, in the morning, I’d find another shiny dime. The fairy hailed, I felt, from the box-top capital, Battle Creek, […]

Free Women’s Self-Defense Instruction

Free Women’s Self-Defense Instruction

Teens and women, 14 years and older, are invited to learn “a sampling of options for building skills and confidence when self-defense is necessary.” On Saturday, April 29, the Pasadena Police Department and San Rafael Neighborhoods Association offer a free lecture and demonstration about self defense in conjunction with Rosemead’s UFC Gym and IMPACT Personal […]

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