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Kathleen Swaydan on Kleitsch @ PMCA

Kathleen Swaydan on Kleitsch @ PMCA

I’m back with a review of a dynamic exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Joseph Kleitsch (1882-1931), featured in this exhibit is shown above in a 1915 self-portrait (age 33).  Originally from Hungary, Kleitsch immigrated to the United States in the early years of the twentieth century and lived in Chicago until 1920 […]

Jeff Guinn: The Road to Jonestown

Jeff Guinn: The Road to Jonestown

Regarding the characters predominant in our political arena today, the history that follows gives us pause. We can recall the shocking news of the killing of US Representative Leo Ryan along with three journalists during an investigatory trip to Jim Jones’ “People’s Temple” in Guyana on November 18, 1978. Among the wounded was Ryan’s aide, current Congresswoman Jackie […]

Hunting in the Horseshoe Garden

Hunting in the Horseshoe Garden

Still undecided about where to Easter egg hunt? Consider having your little ones hunt for eggs in the Horseshoe Garden at the Langham Huntington. Every child receives his or her own basket and the Easter Bunny will be visiting to help kids search the grounds for treats and goodies. Children can enjoy, also, the Huntington’s “express train” […]

Holmes, Sherlock & the Consulting Detective

Holmes, Sherlock & the Consulting Detective

This Sherlockian mash-up and world premier isn’t opening until June 2, but with summer coming and the calendar filling up with out-of-town travel, we figured it would be good to get the word out now. Jonathan Josephson, co-founder of Unbound Productions has spent three years developing Holmes, Sherlock, and The Consulting Detective, “a smash-up of […]

Survivors of Kent State

Survivors of Kent State

“Here I am again, dodging bullets.” So said Randy Gardner to The Arizona Republic. The first time, before “again,” the date was May 4, 1970 and twenty-eight Ohio National Guardsmen “fired approximately 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four (Kent State University) students and wounding nine others.” The protest that day was […]

Brahms “Unbound” But Not Unsung

Brahms “Unbound” But Not Unsung

Editor’s Note: Our thanks for the following official text, which explains this event better than we could ever do—as we love music, but have no formal knowledge or appropriate language. He once quipped “A symphony is no joke.” As the third “B” in the classical music triumvirate of “Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms,” Johannes Brahms became most famous […]

Psychedelic Joshua Tree

Psychedelic Joshua Tree

We dig these manipulated photos from a recent trip to Joshua Tree by LAUSD teacher Akil Grant and his family. Thank you, Akil, for allowing us to share them.   Feeling an urge to camp? Find more details here… Joshua Tree National Park, 74485 National Park Dr., Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597. Ph: 1.760.367.5500. NPS.gov/jotr.         […]

Practical Remedies for Climate Change

Practical Remedies for Climate Change

Grassroots Market & Kitchen in South Pasadena has invited John Odell to speak on April 19. Odell is USC Professor Emeritus of International Relations, where he taught from 1982 to 2013. He has published 6 books and many research articles. Odell attended the 2015 Paris Conference that improved global climate governance. And, he has lobbied Congress […]

Louie, Take a Look at This!

Louie, Take a Look at This!

California Gold, anyone? Even though reruns have continued since the death in 2013 of host Huell Howser, if you need a bit more immersion and are pining for the story behind the story, check out Luis Fuerte’s Louie, Take a Look at This! On April 8, Fuerte is “in conversation” with Patt Morrison of KPCC at […]

D. Dalton Visits the Arboretum

D. Dalton Visits the Arboretum

We are grateful to Debbie Dalton from Walking Pasadena for allowing us to share her lovely, fun, and remarkable photos from a visit last weekend to the LA Arboretum.   LA County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 91107. Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission: $9, adults; $6, seniors and students; […]

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