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Old Pasadena Film Festival Begins

Old Pasadena Film Festival Begins

We’d been checking in regularly with Old Pasadena Management to find out details of the annual movie screenings in the One Colorado courtyard, always a highlight of the summer. The folks there were late getting the schedule together, but it turns out it was for a very good reason: This summer the screenings have morphed [...]

Wildlife at the Library

Wildlife at the Library

The afternoons can stretch on when you have little kids and long summer days. On Tuesday afternoon, head to one of the two Altadena libraries for a kid-focused presentation called Habitats & Adaptations. Kids will learn about how wild animals have jobs and houses, just like people, and how animals create and take care of [...]

Porto’s Bakery

Porto’s Bakery

Founded by Cuban immigrants in the ‘60s, this huge, gleaming Glendale café and bakery displays a gorgeous and staggeringly diverse collection of goods, from the guava and cheese strudel called refugiado to Cuban bread to all-American cheesecake. Its ornate tiered wedding cakes are award-winners. Pick up your baked goods at lunchtime and you can also [...]

Café Bizou

Café Bizou

Upscale style at a moderate price keeps this Old Town place packed. Many non-seafood entrees are less than $18, and salad or soup (try the carrot-rosemary) is just $1 with any entrée. We always get the monkfish on saffron-shrimp risotto with a lobster sauce, but the roast chicken with fries, the seafood with black tagliolini, [...]

Free Concerts This Weekend 7/4

Free Concerts This Weekend 7/4

We’ve hit full steam on the free summer concert season, although this July 4 weekend is a little lighter than most. Still, there’s more music than one person could listen to! Here’s what’s happening. Thursday, July 2 Delgado Brothers (American music) @ 8 p.m. Levitt Pavilion, 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena levittpavilionpasadena.org Friday, July 3 [...]

Altadena Gets a Jump on Fireworks

Altadena Gets a Jump on Fireworks

The 4th comes early every year in Altadena, because the Altadena Town & Country Club sponsors a fireworks show a day or two before the actual holiday. This year it’s on Thursday, July 2nd. The good news is that even though ATCC is a private club, the firework show benefits everyone in the neighborhood. Just [...]

Dreamer Chandler at Vroman's

Dreamer Chandler at Vroman's

Photographer Harry Chandler (yes, one of those Chandlers) is coming to Vroman’s on Thursday night to talk about his new book, Dreamers in a Dream City (Angel City Press, $35). Built around his dramatic portraits, the book profiles 54 of L.A.’s most accomplished and colorful men and women, from Buffy Chandler to Angelyne, Hobie Alter [...]

Victoria Patterson at Vroman's

Victoria Patterson at Vroman's

South Pasadena writer Victoria Patterson, whose first book, Drift (Mariner Books, $12.95), has just been published to considerable acclaim, will read from the book and sign copies at Vroman’s on Tuesday evening. Drift is a collection of thirteen loosely linked short stories, all revolving around waitresses, students, skateboarders and fringe-dwellers in moneyed Newport Beach, where Patterson [...]

Get Your Fireworks Fix

Get Your Fireworks Fix

Skies across the San Gabriel Valley will be full of color on Saturday night; here’s a roster of the most notable shows. And don’t forget about the Thursday show sponsored by the Altadena Town & Country Club; for details on that, click here. Alhambra Almansor Park is home to a free fireworks show, scheduled for [...]

Brand Library Art Opening

Brand Library Art Opening

This Saturday brings an opening for a new show at the Brand Library Art Galleries of three local artists: Joyce Kohl of Altadena, Nancy Kyes of South Pasadena and Irena Rauliatitis of Glendale. Their styles are different — Kyes is a sculptor known for large, detailed assemblages, Raulinaitis is a printmaker, and Kohl is a [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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