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Spring Gardening Classes for Beginners

Spring Gardening Classes for Beginners
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Though we’ve been planting herbs, flowers, cacti, and vegetables for decades, the fact that we’ve never succeeded in establishing a thriving, blooming, surviving garden means we still classify our educational level as beginner, as that sounds more hopeful than doomed to fail. Thanks to information provided by Pasadena native and Master Gardener Yvonne Savio and […]

2016 Empty Showcase House: The “Before”

2016 Empty Showcase House: The “Before”

We do find it rather astonishing that people hand over the keys to their stately homes, with only a few caveats here and there, and say, do what you will. But so it is every year with the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. As we missed the charity’s opening event—the lovely and fun Empty Showcase […]

Feb. 19: Rickie Lee Jones

Feb. 19: Rickie Lee Jones

As it is Valentine’s week, with a constant onslaught of pleas to call 1-800-Flowers or purchase Valentine pajama-grams and oddly configured edible arrangements, we are sticking with the soothing sounds of music to celebrate this commercially inundated pseudo day of love. On her 18th birthday, November 8, 1972, Rickie Lee Jones left Washington state and […]

Lovin’ Judy

Lovin’ Judy

Though a child piano prodigy, once she heard folk music and the likes of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Judy Collins lifted her hands from the keyboard and placed her fingers on guitar strings.¹ Her first commercial hit was “Both Sides Now” and now, entering her 77th year, she still performs—from Sondheim’s “Send in the […]

Utility Box Art 2

Utility Box Art 2

Box art: One of the relatively new ways for a city to promote local artists and create public art, as well as “beautify” something rather bulky and visually prominent—traffic signal utility boxes. We hope you enjoy our second of two posts about the newly painted signal boxes in South Pasadena. Read more about the Box […]

Favorite Go -To Comfort Food

Favorite Go -To Comfort Food

Gale Kohl of Gale’s Restaurant and Peg Rahn, founder of “Fresh: Celebrating the Table” will be joined by Peggy Dark, co-author of the Fabulous Parties books, for “Cooking at the Arboretum.” This month’s topic: Favorite go-to comfort food. The menu: —50 wonderful soups —Chicken stock “from scratch” —Homemade hearth bread —Baked cheesy pasta casserole with […]

Utility Box Art

Utility Box Art

South Pasadena has followed in the path of many cities that have decided to bring art to the streets. Actually, to the sidewalks and traffic light utility boxes. Ten artists submitted their ideas to the South Pasadena Arts Council in the summer of 2015 and now South Pasadena beams with ostriches, picnics in the park, […]

Art By the Sidewalk

Art By the Sidewalk

At Art by the Sidewalk, local artist Valérie Daval curates “Home Icon” featuring engravings by Marie-Noelle Deverre with an opening reception to view the art and Skype with the artist on February 7. “I collect and gather food, beauty, medication, and toy packagings, which I open and flatten in order to engrave them using a […]

Keaton’s The General

Keaton’s The General

Roger Ebert wasn’t even sure if Buster Keaton’s The General (1927) was his best film, yet it appears to be one of his favorites. “Keaton defies logic with one ingenious silent comic sequence after another.” “Keaton was ambitious and fearless.” Buster Keaton was not the Great Stone Face so much as a man who kept […]

Hearts & Flowers 2016

Hearts & Flowers 2016

The day of love, Valentine’s Day, is swiftly swooping our way and it is time, once again, for The Folk Tree’s fun, beautiful, whimsical, and creative Hearts & Flower exhibit. Swearing off red roses and all things chocolate this Valentine’s Day? Come at Beverly Crist‘s unique ceramic pieces. Crist uses stamps on her slab-built plates, […]

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