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Vroman’s Bestsellers 12/13/09

Vroman’s Bestsellers 12/13/09

Hardover Fiction Hollywood Moon, Joseph Wambaugh The Help, Kathryn Stockett U Is for Undertow, Sue Grafton Rumpole Christmas, John Mortimer Too Much Happiness, Alice Munro Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel Las Orchestra Saves The World, Alexander McCall-Smith Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown I Alex Cross, James Patterson Hardcover Non-Fiction Stones into [...]

The Pasadena Short Story Project

The Pasadena Short Story Project

Local writer, comic and marketing consultant Paula Johnson is also the proprietor of the Rose City Sisters, a “online flash fiction blog” that publishes very short stories of 1,000 words or less. The writers don’t have to live locally, but their stories must have some connection to Pasadena. In the blog’s first year, it’s piled [...]

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Sure, it’s an old chestnut, and you’ve seen it a few dozen (hundred?) times before… but you’ve probably never seen anything like the Parson’s Nose production we’re looking forward to this weekend. This witty, lively, remarkably talented theater troupe based in South Pasadena puts on staged readings at Jameson Brown Coffee Roaster on Allen. Like [...]

Mayfield Musicians Make Merry

Mayfield Musicians Make Merry

Sorry for the alliteration, but the scene we stumbled upon at Jones Coffee the other day made us so happy that we had no choice. As I was leaving with my coffee, girls in red sweatshirts and Santa hats started arriving, laden with black instrument bags, so of course we had to stay and see [...]

Heirloom Bakery & Café

Heirloom Bakery & Café

South Pasadena’s new foodie hot spot is the place to get a scone and latte for breakfast or a sandwich, strada (layered cheesy casserole) or little hand-thrown pizza for lunch. It’s primarily a bakery, and it’s damn near impossible to leave without ordering a brownie or an entire blueberry pie to have “for later.” Toddlerphobes [...]

Shopper’s Heaven on Friday

Shopper’s Heaven on Friday

We’ve got two hot tips for you shoppers for Friday, December 11: 1. Not many people know that Tommy Bahama‘s womenswear design operation is headquartered right here in Pasadena, in the Raymond Avenue center that also houses Jones Coffee. And even fewer know that they’re having a sample sale on Friday from 11 a.m. to [...]

Why We Live Here: Reason 72

Why We Live Here: Reason 72

For days like today. God, it’s fun to bundle up with scarves and coats — not to mention look upon the San Gabriels this morning and contemplate a ski outing!

Lighting the Big Tree

Lighting the Big Tree

Tuesday brings the annual lighting of the city of Pasadena’s 20-foot Noble fir tree. Mayor Bill Bogaard will turn on the lights and kick off a celebration that includes music and food. To keep in the city’s increasingly green spirit, Pasadena Water & Power donated LED tree lights that use 90% less energy than traditional [...]

Charles Phoenix’s Retro Holiday

Charles Phoenix’s Retro Holiday

Mid-century-obsessed funny guy and social observer Charles Phoenix, author of Southern Californialand and Americana the Beautiful, is bringing a different sort of holiday cheer to the Neighborhood Church on Saturday night. He’s edited his massive collection of vintage Kodachrome slides and will be showing them, with witty running commentary, in a celebration of the most [...]

The Langham Huntington Hotel

The Langham Huntington Hotel

The swankest afternoon tea in Pasadena is served all week in the lobby lounge. White linens, silver service, tiered trays of scones, jam, sandwiches, pastries plus champagne. The price will sober you up, but what a way to go. $59 per person, $39 without the bubbly. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626. 568 3900, pasadena.langhamhotels.com, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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