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A “Sockdologizing Old Mantrap”

A “Sockdologizing Old Mantrap”
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In the season finale at Parson’s Nose, the company has cast its varied talents into Tom Taylor’s three-act play, Our American Cousin, written in 1852. The play is a farcical comedy whose plot is based on the introduction of an awkward, boorish American to his aristocratic English relatives. It premiered at Laura Keene’s Theatre in […]

Spring in Connecticut

Spring in Connecticut

Spring 2015 officially commenced in the northern hemisphere on March 20th. Here in lovely Southern California, the season is easy to spot with the blooming of tulips, poppies, cherry blossoms, calla lily, and pansies. In New England, the changing of the guard after the vernal equinox is not so obvious. We recently visited southern Connecticut […]

The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

At the beginning of The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, we learn learn that moss is an emblem of maternal love, a bouquet of marigolds represents grief, and a bucket of thistle, misanthropy. This is amidst the protagonist Victoria Jones detailing her dreams of fire (which she’s had for eight years), only to wake […]

New Slate of Classes at SPACE

New Slate of Classes at SPACE

Fables & Folk Tales, Nature’s Elements, Everyone Can Draw, and The Path of Story are a few of the new slate of classes being offered at SPACE Art Center in South Pasadena. The Path of Story: Writing Lab for Adults will be taught by Karen Rizzo, author of last year’s Famous Baby, and Jim Macdonald. […]

One Starry Night for ALS Benefit with Renée Zellweger

One Starry Night for ALS Benefit with Renée Zellweger

From Broadway to Hollywood, Jonathan White is once again co-producing a night to remember for this year’s gala to support the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association, with proceeds benefiting the continuing effort to fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Pasadena Playhouse will be full on the evening of April 20th with headliners of […]

Young African-American Women’s Conference for Girls

Young African-American Women’s Conference for Girls

In May 2014, Grant AME Church reported that… “…seven young women, three parents, and four Daughters of Destiny mentors attended the Young African American Women’s Conference at Pasadena College. The event was sponsored by the Pasadena Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. There were separate workshops for both the girls and the adults. Attending […]

Hunting Eggs at the Rose Bowl

Hunting Eggs at the Rose Bowl

It’s not until it’s mentioned that we think, It’s the perfect venue; what took so long? Thankfully, our lack of foresight and perfect hindsight is not what fuels local ideas, and others are engaged in thinking, conjuring, and creating our local events. 2015 may be the dawning of a new local tradition. The Rose Bowl […]

Symphony Pastoral

Symphony Pastoral

Beethoven is known to have been a nature lover, taking frequent walks in the country, and even leaving Vienna altogether to work in rural areas. Themes of spiritual renewal, pastoral landscapes, dramatic storms and startling beauty pull you into Beethoven’s sonic painting of the great outdoors. Conductor Nicholas McGegan of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops […]

Barbed Needles and Fluffy Wool

Barbed Needles and Fluffy Wool

When the phrase “barbed needles” is bandied about, we cringe then retreat into a defensive stance. “Barbed” flashes us back to Steve McQueen caught in barbed wire after being tossed from his motorcycle while Nazis advance in the 1963 classic The Great Escape. But in this instance, barbed is a good thing. Barbed needles are […]

Project Scientist for Girls

Project Scientist for Girls

Here’s a shout out to girls and teens who love science and math, enjoy tinkering, designing, and building, considers themselves young techies, and are inquisitive, curious, and keen.… Here comes Project Scientist. Project Science Academy is a summer program for girls and teens age 4-14 who have “a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math […]

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