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“Ladies Night Out” Goes to Carnivale

“Ladies Night Out” Goes to Carnivale
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We’re grateful to Vicki Laidig for sharing her thoughts on Cancer Support Community Pasadena… CSCP is such an important resource for people who are going through cancer treatment. It even offers support for their children and caregivers. CSCP provides a unique community of social and emotional support where people can meet others who are facing similar […]

Rally for Choice

Rally for Choice

We consider ourselves pro-life because we believe in helping women live a quality life with access to affordable healthcare and the right to make their own decisions in all circumstances—especially when it’s a decision regarding their own bodies (and whatever’s going on inside it). We remember when we were a poor student attending UCSB and […]

Real Women Have Curves

Real Women Have Curves

My primary reason for recommending the Pasadena Playhouse’s newest production, Josefina López’s Real Women Have Curves, is Blanca Araceli. Playing Carmen, mami of the well-read, restless, feminist, ambitious Ana and the creative, stressed, worried, and relentless Estrela, Araceli inhabits her character completely. She doesn’t need half of the first act to breathe and get into […]

Ink & Clay

Ink & Clay

Ink & Clay 41 is a juried exhibition now in its 41st year. Delightfully, Milagro Charter School artist-in-residence and City of Pasadena Art Commissioner Meriel Stern has had some works, including Sisters (porcelain, pictured right), accepted into this national competition. Artists from all 50 states compete with works in the areas of ceramic ware, clay […]

Teale Hatheway: Fragmented Realities

Teale Hatheway: Fragmented Realities

She recalls working at the Pasadena Playhouse and in the Cultural Affairs Department at Pasadena City Hall; she visits her parents just south of Pasadena City College in the home where she grew up. Now Teale Hatheway calls home a small studio in the industrial area of Taylor Junction, just off Main Street near the […]

On the Beach: So Long Summer

On the Beach: So Long Summer

Even though more and more children return to school in mid-August (a miserable decision), Labor Day is still the official indicator that summer is at an end. To acknowledge our gratefulness for living in Southern California—and despite the recent vicious heat wave, which sparks wistful visions of the sunny, 45º September temps in Nuuk, Greenland—we […]

9th Annual Chocolate Salon

9th Annual Chocolate Salon

We believe Pasadena “does” chocolate pretty dang well. Mignon, Amara, Contessa, and Marco Paolo  (MP’s hand-painted chocolates pictured right). Now, take these four quality chocolate makers and square them to the nth degree, and welcome to The 9th Annual Los Angeles Chocolate Salon. This is not just a show, a taste-testing, or an exhibit. A […]

Salon: Stewardship & Conservation of Culture with Architect Kelly Sutherlin McLeod

Salon: Stewardship & Conservation of Culture with Architect Kelly Sutherlin McLeod

She earned a MFA in drama at Yale, studied at Cambridge, and acquired a Doctorate of Philosophy from USC. Carol Soucek King resides in Pasadena, in a home called Arroyo del Rey, which was designed for her and her husband, Richard King, in 1979 and has been declared a Historic Monument by the City Council. […]

Imagine Tea at the Langham

Imagine Tea at the Langham

It is said that one day in 1865, Anna Maria Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford who lived at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire and was a Lady-to-the-Bedchamber to Queen Victioria, “experienced a ‘sinking feeling’ in the middle of the afternoon.” She instructed her footman to bring her the makings for tea along with some bread […]

D2 for Happy Hour

D2 for Happy Hour

Rather than meet for our monthly late morning coffee, our small band of (mostly) women decide to do an early evening, gathering for Happy Hour at DusitD2 Constance Hotel Pasadena. Though the name is laborious and clunky, this historic site, formerly known as the Constance Hotel and built in 1926 by Perry Constance, has been […]

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