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Bean Town Coffee Bar

Bean Town Coffee Bar

We’d live in Sierra Madre just for Bean Town—it’s pretty much the perfect coffeehouse. The coffee is robust, the furniture funky but comfortable, and the crowd diverse and cheerful: book clubs, retired guys, moms ‘n’ strollers, teens, dogs—sooner or later, everyone goes to Bean Town. Extras include live bluegrass and folk on weekends, WiFi, board [...]

Pasadena Confidential: The Bargain

Pasadena Confidential: The Bargain

Our friends at the eclectic bus-tour company Esotouric are offering our readers a deal on their next Pasadena Confidential tour on May 1st. Just send a message through Esotouric’s website, or call the number below, and say the secret phrase “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,” and you can go on the popular tour for [...]

Summer of Song

Summer of Song

A while ago we profiled Sierra Madre principal and musical theatre maven Gayle Bluemel; now we’re back to sing her praises again, because it’s time to sign up for her Pasadena Musical Theatre summer program. Subtitled “You need more drama,” the intensive and intensely fun six-week program covers acting, voice, dance and stagecraft, culminating in [...]

Bulgarini Gelato

Bulgarini Gelato

Fans from as far away as Santa Monica make the trek to this gelateria tucked into a run-down shopping center at the top of Lake Avenue. With rich cream-based flavors (pistachio, from Sicilian nuts; zabaglione; stracciatella; seasonal fruits; chocolate of many kinds, including with red pepper or orange) and the intense sorbettos and rough-textured granitas [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 4/19/2010

Vroman’s Bestsellers 4/19/2010

Hardcover Fiction Imperfect Birds, Anne Lamott The Mapping of Love and Death, Jacqueline Winspear Matterhorn, Karl Marlantes Bite Me, Christopher Moore Angelology, Danielle Trussoni Solar, Ian McEwan Help, Kathryn Stockett Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson A River in the Sky, Elizabeth Peters Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Seth Grahame-Smith Hardcover Nonfiction The Big Short, Michael [...]

Young Artist Night

Young Artist Night

L.A. is crawling with talented young musicians, and three of the most talented will be performing Friday night in South Pasadena: silken-voiced singer-songwriter Nikki Lang, who’s just 18; soul-infused singer-songwriter Chaz Mason; and 22-year-old jazz singer Liela Avila. All attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and all are performing in support of the Young [...]

Books: Bobby vs. Girls

Books: Bobby vs. Girls

Bobby and Holly have been best friends since, well, since forever. The only time they’re not best friends is when they’re at school, because it would be weird to have a friend who’s a girl at school. Holly is a great friend because she doesn’t act like a girl. She likes looking for rocks and playing carnival games and rolling down hills in a tire.

Prom Dresses for All

Prom Dresses for All

Three cheers for Victoria Williams and Nicole Sandoz, members of the Junior League of Pasadena‘s Done in a Day Committee, who took the lead in a drive to collect barely used gowns for girls who dream of attending their senior prom but can’t afford the hundreds of dollars to outfit themselves. The two Junior Leaguers [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 4/12/2010

Vroman’s Bestsellers 4/12/2010

Hardcover Fiction Imperfect Birds, Anne Lamott Bite Me, Christopher Moore A River in the Sky, Elizabeth Peters The Mapping of Love and Death, Jacqueline Winspear The Black Cat, Martha Grimes Changes, Jim Butcher Deception, Jonathan Kellerman Solar, Ian McEwan The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver Shadow Tag, Louise Erdrich Hardcover Nonfiction Tattoos on the Heart, Gregory Boyle [...]

Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room

Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room

Keep in mind that you must first pay admission to the Huntington plus the $25 price for tea. But this plentiful serve-yourself buffet has six kinds of finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, salads, spreads, little cakes. The two daily selections of hot tea are nothing to write home about, but the servers are friendly and helpful, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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