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Susan Sironi: Books Sculpted

Susan Sironi:  Books Sculpted

She’s been called a “literary vandal” and a “dissector” by Leah Ollman (LATimesBlog 2011). Why so? Because artist Susan Sironi cuts up books. Over the last ten years,” Sironi states, “I have been using vintage books as an initial source material, altering them into sculptural collages that reflect on history and/or the past.” For Flower [...]

BOOK ‘Em Closing

BOOK ‘Em Closing

After 24 years, Mary and Barry are closing their doors. After Wednesday, April 30th, BOOK ‘Em Mysteries bookstore in South Pasadena shall be no more. Over the years, author events have included the likes of Michael Connelly and Robert Crais to local mystery authors Denise Hamilton, Naomi Hirahara, and Kwei Quartey. Mary and Barry’s shop, [...]

Singing Sisters

Singing Sisters

We were introduced the other day to Sister Timothy of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles who make their home in Alhambra. We admit we were caught off guard when told that they are releasing their new CD Lean Into the Wind. CD? Singing nuns? And the answer to both is [...]

Pot-Luck Up-Pop

Pot-Luck Up-Pop

Surrogate Gallery Projects‘ Pot-Luck Up-Pop exhibition at Paseo Pasadena comes to a close on Friday, April 4th, though it will be open until 9 p.m. for a closing reception to which the public is invited. The Paseo donated the space and curator Holly Boruck has transformed the space, exhibiting artists like Meriel Stern, Barbara Lai [...]

Huntington High Tea & Chinese Garden

Huntington High Tea & Chinese Garden

We spent a few hours on the last day of March 2014 at the Huntington, stopping in for late afternoon tea and focusing on the Chinese Gardens. Before we could enter the Tea Room, one of the two teenagers in our foursome took us on a detour. Teen No. 1 lured her friend under a canopy and [...]

Creative Writing for Wee Ones

Creative Writing for Wee Ones

Julia Edwards believes a child doesn’t need to be able to write (or read) to be a great storyteller. We tend to agree as memories of our junior Hometown Pasadena associate replay through our heads—many an evening was spent watching act after act of endless (until bedtime) improvisational plays with a cast of characters channeled [...]

Sunday Night Supper

Sunday Night Supper

Can’t get away to your summer place in Nantucket? Don’t have a summer place in Nantucket? Let Vertical Wine Bistro create the illusion:  a seaweed-infused Atlantic breeze, chilly sand between the toes, red and white checked tablecloths, melted butter and lemon, sticky fingers, full stomachs… Sunday Night Supper begins on April 6th with an East Coast classic: [...]

It’s Bungalow Time

It’s Bungalow Time

In the blink of an eye, another twelve months has passed and another home tour looms, preening and demanding our attention, desiring to instill a sense of history, place, and delight. On Sunday, April 27, 2014, Pasadena’s Bungalow Heaven Home Tour celebrates its 25th anniversary during a one-day, six-hour, self-guided “strolling” tour of homes located in [...]

Baking with Grist & Toll

Baking with Grist & Toll

Natural leaven or commercial dried yeast? How does one naturally develop gluten? Dutch oven, baking stones, or an outdoor oven? Is the transition from white bread to whole grain painful? And, what in the world is “Autolyse”? Find the answer to all of these questions, and more, at Grist & Toll‘s new Bread Baking Series [...]

Mujeres De Luz y De Sombra

Mujeres De Luz y De Sombra

Video of Urban Intervention by Cecilia Aguilar Castillo. Photography by Olivia Barrionuevo. Mixed Media by Marianne Sadowski. Video by Beatriz Valls. “…Portraying the essence of women in light and shadow.” “…Within memory and presence…” Mujeres De Luz y De Sombra at Studio 50 in Highland Park. Artists in Discussion Thursday, March 27th, 7-9 p.m. 131 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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