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Where Butterflies Sleep

Where Butterflies Sleep

Poems by Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral   Where Butterflies Sleep This night of all nights I wish to sleep where the butterflies sleep I need to rest with them… So I, too, may awake joyous with a boisterous fluttering of my wings And chase the summer morning light Through the lacy green shawl of the passionflower leaves [...]

Make a Day of the Dead Altar @ Ave. 50 Studio

Make a Day of the Dead Altar @ Ave. 50 Studio

Candles are lit to welcome the spirit back. Marigolds or cempasúchitl symbolize death but their strong fragrance “also help lead the dead back.” Salt represents the continuance of life. Pan de muerto is a symbol of the departed. A glass of water is offered as souls are thirsty “after their long journey from the Other [...]

Energy Efficiency for Historic Homes

Energy Efficiency for Historic Homes

We love our little bungalow. Built in 1926, we revel in the hand-wrought iron work, the hand-crafted joinery, the built-in fireplace flanked by inglenooks, the hipped covered porch, and the “elaborated” rafter ends. But after all these years of loving, a piece of us is also sapped, longing to tap out. Uncle, uncle. How is [...]

The Secret Fork

The Secret Fork

Are you a local chef, a producer of artisanal foods or a creator of craft? Or, are you someone who likes to sample and purchase foods and handmade goods? The Secret Fork is a community organization with the aim of bringing together artisans—who make jams, breads, sweets, prepared foods and food-related pottery like mugs and bowls—to [...]

Chicano Sublime: A Q&A with Val Echavarria

Chicano Sublime: A Q&A with Val Echavarria

“Notes from the Chicano Sublime” is an exhibition of abstract work that brings into focus ideas that border on otherworldly themes associated with the cosmic, biological and spiritual worlds, writes curator and contributing artist Linda Arreola. This is where the beauty of the sublime is found…not in what we recognize but rather in what we have [...]

Kitchen & Home Tour Goes Small

Kitchen & Home Tour Goes Small

After traipsing up sweeping grand staircases, navigating myriad hallways, side doors and en suites, then clomping down narrow back (servants) staircases and admiring living rooms larger than your entire home, have you had enough of mansions and grand estates? If so, this year’s American Society of Interior Designers, Pasadena Chapter’s Kitchen and Home tour may interest you—”four exceptional homes [...]

Garden as Site

Garden as Site

The Descanso Gardens in La Cañada provide some of the most lovely visuals in our area. Now, the public is welcome to fill 5 remaining spots in “Garden as Site,” an Arts Center College of Design class beginning September 8th. The class is advertised as “intersections of nature and culture in public space.” Instead of [...]

Baldwin Lake: Lagoon Walking Tour

Baldwin Lake: Lagoon Walking Tour

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 30th, it will be a balmy 87º Fahrenheit, which is a lot kinder than the high of 97º predicted for 2 p.m. So, why not take advantage of the morning’s pleasant, summery temps and join Frank McDonough, the L.A. Arboretum botanical information consultant, who will lead a walk around the lagoon [...]

Home Tour in Garfield Heights

Home Tour in Garfield Heights

In 1881, two Iowa farmers, John H. Painter and Benjamin F. Ball, purchased “raw acreage”—2,000 acres in northwest Pasadena for $30,000.¹ In 1904, Block R was registered with the city of Pasadena as Garfield Heights. The Heights is a mere handful of blocks between Washington Boulevard and Mountain Street (north and south), and Marengo and Los Robles [...]

Sip & Munch for Big Cats

Sip & Munch for Big Cats

“In 1986, we saw an ad in the popular Recycler that read ‘Idaho Cougar, 6 weeks, male, $600.’ We were lucky to have a friend with a zookeeper’s license, a large piece of land and a safe, sturdy enclosure. We had lots of animal experience including previous mentorships with big cat and wolf trainers under [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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