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A Castle Green Holiday

A Castle Green Holiday
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The archways, the moldings, the fireplace mantels. The dark wood, the large windows, the obvious elegance, the whisper of another era. We’re speaking of Castle Green, now over 117 years old, no longer a hotel, but rather a home and place of business. On December 6, Castle Green opens its doors to the public once […]

Carol Bus – with Hot Toddies!

Carol Bus – with Hot Toddies!

Would you like to sing a carol or two? You won’t be riding in an open sleigh, but rather in a holiday-festooned red, double-decker bus. On December 5 and 12, the Los Angeles Master Chorale‘s Carol Bus makes stops at Grand Central Market, Walt Disney Music Hall, L. A. Live, and the Music Center. Guests (21+ years […]

Open Studio Days This December

Open Studio Days This December

We’re looking forward to attending our second Open Studios event because during the event this past June—and despite the fact that we committed to both Saturday and Sunday—we were not able to get to all the locations we’d highlighted with sharpie. Most of Saturday was occupied with roaming the grounds of Zorthian Ranch, which we […]

A Taste of Tuscany

A Taste of Tuscany

Two tables set for a small group amidst Tuscan pottery, hand made jewelry, hand blown glass, and shelves of pasta, olive oils, preserves, and sauces. It’s dining Contessa-style. We were invited last Monday to one of Luisa Fabbri’s intimate Monday dinners. Previously held at her chocolate shop along the middle of the Burlington Arcade on […]

The Advent of the Holiday Season

The Advent of the Holiday Season

Currently we have no religious affiliation, but we did grow up attending church regularly. Because of this, we have an abiding affection for sitting in empty chapels and a joy of Christmas carols. The chapel will not be empty this Advent season at All Saints Church, but the compelling sound of music will eliminate any […]

Purchase Holiday Gifts—Help Olive & Leno

Purchase Holiday Gifts—Help Olive & Leno

Last year, we wrote “Sip & Munch for Big Cats” to help promote a fundraising event that would benefit Amazonia Wildlife Foundation and its newest residents Olive and Leno who as 3-month old cubs were found under a car in Burbank in 2011. Malnourished and covered with parasites, initially they were helped and sheltered at […]

Storrier Stearns Transitions

Storrier Stearns Transitions

Kendall Brown, Professor of Asian Art History at Cal State Long Beach and Curator at Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, described the garden this way in his 2003 letter of Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places: In its design and construction, the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden represents one of the best pre-war examples […]

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Through the art and music of France, Pasadena choreographers Shauna Barger, Diane De Franco Brown, and Jackie Kopcsak “explore blue’s evocative hues.” On November 21, ArtistPlus Productions presents Out of the Blue, “a dynamic multimedia performance of ballet, baroque, and contemporary dance that celebrates the history of the color blue and its rich presence within […]

Beaujolais Nouveau Karaoke

Beaujolais Nouveau Karaoke

Cette semaine, nous sommes tous français. This week, we are all French. We must forget/Yes, we can forget/All that’s flown beyond/Let’s forget the time/The misunderstandings/And the wasted time. (“Ne Me Quitte Pas,” Jacques Brel) To emphasize this bond with our brethren across the Atlantic and simply to have a good time, Alliance Française de Pasadena […]

Primal Holiday: Music of the Human Spirit

Primal Holiday: Music of the Human Spirit

Despite the frantic scheduling and the hustle and stress, the holidays are a time of reflection, good wishes, and gratitude. The heart-wrenching and hate-fueled events in Paris only solidify the necessity for these observances this holiday season. On December 12, the Angeles Chorale presents “Primal Instincts: Music of the Human Spirit” and perhaps an evening […]

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