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Rococo Valentines

Rococo Valentines

He was known for his “delicately” colored scenes of romance, his “obsessive” style due to master François Boucher, and themes that were sensual love. Though his work was considered “frivolous” by some, “his canvases are widely admired for their brilliant, almost abstract compositions and quickly-brushed colors.”¹ Jean-Honoré Fragonard was the greatest French painter of the gallant and […]

Plus One by Christopher Noxon

Plus One by Christopher Noxon

Here are a sprinkling of the many enthusiastic comments about Plus One, a novel by Christopher Noxon, published by Pasadena’s Prospect Park Books: “A page-turning peek into the world of TV and families and money, this is Hollywood L.A. as seen from a newcomer’s ambivalent perspective. I found it both fun and fascinating and unsettling to delve into […]

Out & About with Lyd & Mo

Out & About with Lyd & Mo

We first met Mo Cee while covering Hsi Lai Temple’s art and music festival. Months later, we were privileged to get a one-on-one tour. Mo has been involved in the temple for some time and is a wealth of information. He even met his wife at Hsi Lai and was married there. Last week, we […]

Poetry at the Armory

Poetry at the Armory

Voices—each a distinct inspiration—come together to reveal our fragility, peacefulness and necessity for change. Five women. Five poets. Celeste Gainey, Verónica Reyes, Terry Wolverton, Kim Dower, and Eloise Klein Healy. Pasadena’s Red Hen Press presents an intimate gathering at the Armory with “distinct women whose work has pioneered an exciting new wave of female poets […]

Discover Mozart’s Requiem

Discover Mozart’s Requiem

Anonymous messengers and laying false claims—the story of Mozart’s Requiem is the stuff of intrigue, though much of it appears to be misconception thanks to Hollywood. In reality, Mozart was not poisoned and driven mad by the Italian composer, conductor, and teacher Antonio Salieri, as was so brilliantly conceived in the film Amadeus. Rather Mozart […]

Women’s City Club of Pasadena

Women’s City Club of Pasadena

The Women’s City Club of Pasadena invites interested parties to come and tour historic Blinn house, receive a complimentary drink to celebrate the club’s 70th anniversary, and learn about the benefits of becoming a member. The event is free and open to the public.   Women’s City Club Open House Thursday, Jan. 29th, 6:30-9 p.m. […]

The Whipping Man

The Whipping Man

On April 13, 1865, the war is over and Caleb DeLeon returns home to Richmond, Virginia to find the family mansion in ruins. Surprisingly, it is being guarded by the family’s elderly house slave Simon. These two men are later joined be another family slave, young John. Officially, there are no such things as “master” […]

Embracing Black History

Embracing Black History

We begin a month of celebrating Black and African-American history. Of course, 28 days is hardly enough to learn and understand the breadth, depth, and nuance of the African experience since 19 Africans arrived in Virginia in 1619, but it’s a start. The observance—celebrating Black history and increasing the knowledge of Black history—began in 1926 […]

Pasadena Int’l Film Festival: Year 2

Pasadena Int’l Film Festival: Year 2

Executive Director/Founder Jessica Hardin and Creative Director/Co-Founder Marco Neves are looking to fill a void. We would add, not just to fill a void but to provide a full-service, varied, distinctive experience. The Pasadena International Film Festival is not just a series of short and feature films reflecting various genres, stories, and skills, but taps […]

Mystery History Comes to PMH: A Chat with Ann Erdman

Mystery History Comes to PMH: A Chat with Ann Erdman

January 30th marks the opening of “Mystery History,” a new exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History. The creator or Mystery History, Ann Erdman, was kind enough to answer some questions…   HP: What drew you to these historical photos? Are you a historian, did you study history, are you interested in your own family […]

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