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Pasadena Public Library

Pasadena Public Library

In 1924, Myron Hunt and H.C Chambers were one of ten architectural firms to submit a design for the Pasadena Public Library. Their Spanish Renaissance structure, with its elegantly scaled entry and patio, was particularly pleasing to the judges, and it fit the tone of the developing Civic Center, so it won. Construction began in [...]

Amy Pressman, 1958–2011

Amy Pressman, 1958–2011

Amy.

I’m looking at a picture of her that we got to see in a video lovingly prepared to show at the conclusion of her funeral on Tuesday. She looks to be four or so, lying on the floor, coloring the Eiffel Tower in a coloring book, her Raggedy Ann–style doll at her side and her little sneakered feet extended out behind her. She is easily the most adorable child you’re ever likely to see. And she remained just as adorable for all her talented, feisty, generous, opinionated, loving, curious, stubborn, warm, committed, industrious, optimistic, funny, deeply felt, lion-hearted, knowledgeable, food-loving life. And she lived a big life—all five-foot-nothing of her.

Brand Library & Art Center

Brand Library & Art Center

High in the foothills overlooking Glendale, with a design inspired by the East Indian Pavilion of the 1893 Chicago World Columbian Exposition, “El Miradoro” was completed as a home for railroader Leslie C. Brand in 1904. (Since you’re at the library anyway, chick out The Devil in the While City by Erik Larson, an excellent [...]

Norton Simon Museum

Norton Simon Museum

As many native New Yorkers will tell you, unless it was for a field trip, they never went to the Statue of Liberty until visiting friends dragged them there. Pity on the Pasadenan who has missed visiting the Norton Simon Museum because of that same sad civic naivete (or procrastination). This museum is a rare [...]

South Pasadena Public Library

South Pasadena Public Library

This library does not retain any of its original 1907 domed, classical-revival design, but it’s handsome 1930 Mediterranean Revival facade by original architect Norman Marsh faces El Centro Street, while a more modern facade dating from a 1982 addition by Howard Morgridge welcomes patrons to the Oxley Street entrance. With its well-kept lawns and towering [...]

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Perhaps it is our particular mindset, but we have never been on the JPL campus without imagining it to be a James Bond set: the park-like grounds the seem so peaceful…until somebody in there presses the launch button, and then all hell breaks loose. That, of course, is absurd. The truth is that within the [...]

Pasadena Museum of California Art

Pasadena Museum of California Art

First, may we say, three cheers for the on-site free parking–and that is before we even get to the crux of the biscuit: before PMCA opened in 2002, not one museum in the Golden State was devoted solely to the display of California art. Now we have a dedicated space to showcase the art, architecture [...]

San Gabriel

San Gabriel

Where It All Started The Facts What It Is: A 4.1-square-mile city bordered by San Marino, Temple City, El Monte, Alhambra and South Pasadena Population: 40,987 Sister City: Celaya, Mexico Ethnic Diversity: Predominantly Asian, with a 31% Hispanic minority Family Matters: 76% of residences are family (nonsingle), giving the city a high concentration of family [...]

South Pasadena

South Pasadena

Mom & Apple Pie… and Sushi & a Latte, Too The Facts What It Is: A regular Mayberry of a town, 3.44-square-mile South Pas is bordered by Pasadena to the north, San Marino to the northeast, Alhambra to the south and Highland Park to the west Population: 24,292 Ethnic Diversity: 51% Caucasian, 16% Hispanic, 27% [...]

Live Jazz Venues

Live Jazz Venues

Buster’s Ice Cream & Coffee Shop 1006 Mission St., South Pasadena 626.441.0744 Music Sun. evenings It’s hard to go wrong with a walk or ride on the Gold Line to Buster’s for ice cream and the Nairobi Jazz Trio on a Sunday. They start at 4:30 and play until closing at 7. Yum. Café 322 [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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