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“Get Happy” Happy Hour (Extended)

“Get Happy” Happy Hour (Extended)

During these days in which we find ourselves, the traditional “Happy Hour” may be more important than ever. An hour after our day job to relax with co-workers or meet up with friends not often seen. An hour to turn off the day of work—and for many, politics—and socialize, laugh, and detach from the world, yet connect […]

2017 Festival of Women Authors

2017 Festival of Women Authors

From veblens to a lady cop in 1910, it must be the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors being held on April 8. Tickets tend to vanish as this has become quite a popular event (though it does offer a wait list). This year’s authors include Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen and Amy Stewart […]

Favorite Pastime: Shopping for Books

Favorite Pastime: Shopping for Books

Our no. 1 favorite pastime is reading. We will forego swimming, dining, hiking, driving, playing, partying—almost anything—in order to tuck up on the couch or get comfy on the patio, with no one to interrupt, until we read “The End.” It’s our bliss, our heaven on Earth. Our no. 2 favorite pastime is shopping for books. […]

It’s Bloomin’ Cherries!

It’s Bloomin’ Cherries!

It’s not bloomin’ cherries as in cherries off the vine, freshly pressed in juice, or tucked between flaky, buttery crusts. It’s the Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens and the beauty and aroma may make you swoon! Tree after tree will be popping with pink cherry blossoms. But that’s not all. The magnolia trees are in […]

Chiwan Choi at March Whisky & Poetry Salon

Chiwan Choi at March Whisky & Poetry Salon

We have been extolling Kim Ohanneson and Karolyn Kiisel’s Whisky & Poetry Salon since we first attended in January 2014. Now into its fourth year, W&PS is going strong. We love Chiwan Choi!  We love him and we’re so lucky to book him as our feature poet for the March 16 Whisky & Poetry Salon—just after […]

Expressing Feelings…Through Your Art

Expressing Feelings…Through Your Art

Pasadena’s nonprofit Light Bringer Project may be better know for producing the marvelously fun, crazy, and creative Doo Dah Parade or the incredibly successful and ever-growing Chalk Festival, but Light Bringer focuses a substantial amount of its time on the arts and children. LA Futures brings a group of students in to work with major creative […]

Fire It Up!

Fire It Up!

Though we were told not to engage with the ceramicists, one did happen to be walking by, not poised at a potter’s wheel or a work station, so we thought it would be safe to address her. The next hour flew by as we spoke with Jennifer Simison, Kathryn Levee, and Jenelle Peterson. Their enthusiasm for […]

Night “Light” Painting

Night “Light” Painting

The LA County Arboretum is a local treasure we hope everyone has enjoyed at least once. But have you wandered after dark? Arboretum Botanical Information Consultant Frank McDonough leads another of his “Night Photography in the Garden” events on February 25. Later dates are March 18, April 29, and May 27. Light painting adds an […]

Cooking Jackfruit

Cooking Jackfruit

Who knew? Who knew we wanted to know? And when did we know that we didn’t know what we needed to know? (Channeling Rummy here.) But now we can know—how to cook jackfruit—thanks to a free workshop conducted by nutritionist Kelly Kearns at Grassroots Market in South Pasadena on Tuesday, March 7. Kearns will be […]

King Lear at ANW

King Lear at ANW

This may be a little close to home given the current political climate and who holds the pinnacle political seat in our country, but on the other hand, perhaps the timing is perfect. A Noise Within presents King Lear, opening on February 15 and running through May 6. The gut-wrenching devastation of Lear encompasses more than one man’s […]

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