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Funerary Art & Candlelit Cemetery Tour

Funerary Art & Candlelit Cemetery Tour

From pyramid mausoleums to Art Nouveau-style headstones. From two fieldstone graves—one for lady J. van Aefferden that is closest to the dividing wall in the Protestant part of the cemetery while her husband’s is closest to the wall in the Catholic part—joined for all eternity by stone hands reaching across the top of the wall to a [...]

Opera Animata Goes GOCAAP – Cxled

Opera Animata Goes GOCAAP – Cxled

How does one preserve an art form that’s over 500 years old? How does one maintain the interest of current audiences and for modern sensibilities? What if the art form to be preserved is opera and the vehicle for restoring its popularity and significance in today’s world is an opera à la…a beauty pageant? Opera Animata made its [...]

Lowriders & Pakistani Jingle Trucks

Lowriders & Pakistani Jingle Trucks

They’re known as “moving art”—trucks and buses that Pakistani owners have tricked out and dressed to the nines. Amazing Stuff writes: “All across Pakistan, this rolling folk art has turned village lanes, city streets, and long-distance highways in a national gallery without walls…a free-form, kaleidoscopic exhibition in perpetual motion.” It is said that “as early as [...]

Week Without Violence

Week Without Violence

Nearly 20 years ago, YWCA USA created “Week Without Violence” in order to “mobilize people in communities across the United States to take action against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs” (YWCA.org). Eliminating racism, empowering women. Week Without Violence is this week, October 13th-18th, with events, workshops, screenings, and social get-togethers organized by YWCA [...]

Halloween Fun, Halloween Haunts

Halloween Fun, Halloween Haunts

Kidspace Pumpkin Festival Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 18th-19th, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Have the kids wear their costumes and they can join the costume parade. Visit the pumpkin patch and pick out a Halloween pumpkin. Crafts and activities will be offered, as well as face painting, a petting zoo, live music and performances, and with purchased tickets, [...]

Dollmakers III

Dollmakers III

Dolls. Everywhere dolls. Dolls that are cute and whimsical. Dolls that are mystical and seem imparted with soul. Dolls that are odd and quirky. Dolls that are peculiar and disturbing. Dozens of artists—local, national, and some of our Canadian neighbors—will show and sell individually-crafted, handmade art dolls and sculptures at Cactus Gallery’s “Dollmakers III” exhibit, along with “Día de [...]

Ginger Corner Market

Ginger Corner Market

“You just need the guts to do it,” says Ginger Corner Market, owner Liz Hollingsworth. After having spent a decade in corporate catering she wanted a change, she wanted to “do” something. So taking the plunge, at a spot a couple of blocks south of Colorado and a handful of streets east of Lake, Liz took [...]

Here & There

Here & There

Random pictures as we drove around doing errands, went to and returned from meetings; after drop offs and before pick-ups…             The end of the day, along West Montecito Avenue, Sierra Madre…   Mood swing…   Expressing gratitude along W. Sierra Madre Boulevard…   …and on Blanche Street near S. Michigan [...]

Scenes of the Region

Scenes of the Region

This isn’t a “proper” history article. Rather we’re advocating an event that illustrates representations of our immediate, current world, which are recordings for history. The Pasadena Museum of History invited hundreds of representational artists to create works “featuring scenes of the greater San Gabriel Valley.” The creative results of this invitation may be viewed at the [...]

A Garden of Jack O’Lanterns

A Garden of Jack O’Lanterns

Linus is waiting for the rise of the Great Pumpkin, Max is causing a ruckus with his Wild Things, Spidey is on the prowl, and even Disney princesses make an appearance at Descanso Gardens during the Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns. Enough said. Happy Halloween.                   Rise [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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