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The Artist’s Kitchen

The Artist’s Kitchen
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Papi says, “A splash more for good measure.” Of course this we understand because of the subtitles, but his tapping of the jar indicates his delight as much as his words. Luis Gomez is father of singer songwriter Marissa who is featured on Monica Mader and L.A. Photographer and D.P. Rick Mendoza’s new endeavor The […]

Bread & Butter

Bread & Butter

Two of the greatest things the world has ever enjoyed—two excellent elements, which are perfect partners and congenial components: bread and butter. In February, Joseph Shuldiner of the Institute of Domestic Technology in Altadena will help you make and savor one of life’s greatest pleasures by teaching his no-knead bread technique, his 21-hour boule recipe, […]

Story Kitchen

Story Kitchen

Does your story, script, novella, or (maybe) the next great American tome need a little expert assistance? Are you feeling good about the work, but not jump over the moon excited? And—even more gut-churning and onerous—you’re not sure why? Are your draft-readers (i.e. your loving, patient, supportive friends) unable to figure out the most constructive […]

Phoebe at Backstage

Phoebe at Backstage

We remember when she was hardly four feet tall, slinging the strap of an adult-size guitar over her head and taking the stage in the Sequoyah School courtyard. Phoebe Bridges began writing, singing, and strumming, and has never looked back…but always up. Phoebe has played at a myriad of local venues and last year her […]

Santa as Tin Man…or Knight?

Santa as Tin Man…or Knight?

As some may know, we are holiday decoration addicts. We’re the ones slowing to 25 mph so we can get a good look at a worthy lawn decoration or light design. Whether it’s traditional and reminiscent of our East Coast childhood or pure “Cali” or something beyond words, we pull over to get our fix… […]

Hoopla!

Hoopla!

Lori and Scott Webster have left the “Webster” enclave on North Lake Avenue and opened up their own brand of “good things” emporium on Fair Oaks Avenue called Hoopla! The exclamation mark is deliberate and indicative of the shop’s atmosphere and the owners’ personalities. Even as we were visiting, we heard a customer remark Lori, […]

Skies, Moons & Lights

Skies, Moons & Lights

  Amid evening traffic a moon rises next to clouds colored by the setting sun; holiday lights are being hung; a quiet street after the storm; and sunset colors…                

Arroyo Champions

Arroyo Champions

The Council of Arroyo Seco Organizations presents the 2014 Arroyo Verde Awards honoring “outstanding dedication” to “protecting and improving the Arroyo Seco during the past year.” On December 16th, a holiday party will be held and awards awarded at L.A. County Fire Camp 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park. A lifetime achievement award will be given to […]

Christmas Musical at Alex Theater

Christmas Musical at Alex Theater

We’re slightly giddy over here as an old, old, going back to high school days in Darien, Connecticut-friend Geoff Aymar, a jazz pianist, will be one of the evening’s guest performers at the Los Angeles Premiere Orchestra in “Christmas Musical Spectacular” at the Alex Theater in Glendale on December 13th. He will be performing with […]

Twilight Zone: Holiday Edition, The Nutcracker, Turkey Lurkey & Unbound Christmas Carol – Holiday Theater Galore

Twilight Zone: Holiday Edition, The Nutcracker, Turkey Lurkey & Unbound Christmas Carol – Holiday Theater Galore

A Noise Within, Boston Court, Pasadena Playhouse. These are the bedrock of our local, professional theater. But in addition, we have several other avenues for theatrical experiences. Here are a few option for those pining to see stories told, live onstage… ● Twilight Zone Unscripted. This Special Holiday Edition “pays homage to Rod Sterling’s iconic […]

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