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Everything’s Blooming

Everything’s Blooming

Our mother is the type of gardner who’s not particularly interested in gardening. She loves flowers, she enjoys a well-designed yard, yet she’d prefer to plant some things, maybe throw a few seeds and let nature take it’s course. She did receive some design guidance for her front yard, but in the backyard? One never […]

Yvonne Talks Tomatoes & Tomatomania

Yvonne Talks Tomatoes & Tomatomania

So many tomato varieties to choose from, between online, mailorder catalogs, and local resources. Even big-box stores carry some organically grown and heirloom varieties! I asked several tomato experts who had worked with me at two local Tomatomania events what their favorites were that they’d grow again this year, and which new ones they’d try […]

Celebrating the Table with Chef Bruce Kalman

Celebrating the Table with Chef Bruce Kalman

Chef Bruce Kalman of Union Restaurant in Pasadena and Knead & Co. in LA’s Grand Central Market is getting around. He’ll be feeding the crowd at the Seeds of Transformation garden party at the historical Robinson House on April 29 (tickets still available) and he’ll be setting up at the inaugural Arroyo Seco Music Festival […]

“Hearing” Satellites via NASA’s Spiral Shell

“Hearing” Satellites via NASA’s Spiral Shell

David Delgado, one of the visual strategists at NASA’s JPL, reminds us of the all the times we picked up a shell and put it to our ear and “heard” the sound of the ocean. This is one of the reasons he and fellow creator Dan Goods—along with the New York design firm StudioKCA—chose the […]

60th Annual Bonsai Show

60th Annual Bonsai Show

How many people have gone through the decades pronouncing the “o” in bonsai like the “o” in bonbon (bän-bän)? Would it be surprising to hear that the Santa Anita Bonsai Society directs one to pronounce the word “bone-sigh” (bōn-sī)? Then again, listening to Merriam-Webster online and clicking on the speaker icon, the supposedly Japanese speaker sounds as though […]

Contessa Cooking Classes Are Back!

Contessa Cooking Classes Are Back!

Luisa Fabbri of Contessa Italian Foods Collection is a favorite person of ours. Her boundless enthusiasm, endless optimism, extensive knowledge, and joy of life is addictive and contagious. So, anytime we can spend more time in Luisa’s presence, we sign right up. We’ll let her make the pitch… So many of you have asked and the […]

Music All Dressed Up

Music All Dressed Up

“It’s runway the MUSE/IQUE way.” Mingling, dining, music, and a runway show. MUSE/IQUE plays the likes of Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, and Michael Jackson—”artists who defined our style.” MUSE/IQUE will perform on the 8th floor of The Tower on Los Robles Avenue,—in “an office stripped bare.” Come listen to music, nibble and […]

A Healthy Brain

A Healthy Brain

The keys left in the freezer, the phone in the laundry basket, the 50th birthday party forgotten. Growing older can be a bear. Frustrating, annoying, humiliating. Sometimes, when we’re in a good mood, laughable. Learn about ways to retain a healthy brain from Dr. Robert Tager at the Arboretum on April 1. Dr. Tager is […]

The Belle of Amherst

The Belle of Amherst

The Belle of Amherst, most will have already deduced, is Emily Dickinson. Belle of Amherst is a one-woman play by William Luce. Julie Harris portrayed Dickinson in the original Broadway production in 1976, for which she won a Tony Award. The play was written while consulting Dickinson’s poetry, diaries, and letters. Watching a bit of Harris’s […]

Chris Hayes: A Colony in a Nation

Chris Hayes: A Colony in a Nation

Let us build bridges, my friends, build bridges to human dignity across that gulf that separates black America from white America. Black Americans, no more than white Americans, they do not want more government programs which perpetuate dependency. They don’t want to be a colony in a nation. —President Richard Nixon This is an excerpt […]

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