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“Believe” at Ave. 50 Studio

“Believe” at Ave. 50 Studio

“Three years ago I was blessed and honored to be awarded an artist fellowship from the Sacatar Foundation in Bahía, Brazil. I was profoundly moved by my experiences there—the warmly welcoming community, the rich cultural mixing, the palpable spiritually—and they have seeped continuously into my artwork ever since,” writes artist J Michael Walker. His newest [...]

Pasadena Confidential 2014

Pasadena Confidential 2014

The Crown City masquerades as a calm and refined retreat, where well-bred ladies glide around their perfect bungalows and everyone knows what fork to use first. But don’t be fooled by appearances. Dip into the confidential files of old Pasadena and meet assassins and oddballs, kidnappers and slashers, Satanists and all manner of maniac in a [...]

Art on Millionaire’s Row 2014

Art on Millionaire’s Row 2014

Art from 40 local artists, arts and crafts from local artisans, and local food vendors will be on hand June 14th to “celebrate a day dedicated to the arts and our Altadena community.” The 5th Annual Art on Millionaire’s Row will have live music—folk, jazz, pop, and classical—throughout the day, an official fire engine for [...]

Pop-Up Garden

Pop-Up Garden

We remember the time we visited Giverny and the home, pond, and gardens of Claude Monet. Of course, the first thing to register is that the house is pink. Oui, la chambre est peint en rose. It’s a two-story, wide pink house half covered with ivy and with bright green shutters. Inside, the kitchen is [...]

Depressed Cake Shop

Depressed Cake Shop

Not just feeling sad, but feeling empty. Not just short-tempered and irritable, but bursting with anger over little, minor hiccups. Loss of interest. Loss of pleasure. Nights awake, hyper-alert, careening, disconnecting thoughts unable to be herded and calmed. Exhausted days. Foggy brain. Depleted energy. Immobile body. These are some of the symptoms of depression. A [...]

Crossings Melts In Your Mouth

Crossings Melts In Your Mouth

An impromptu invite and we found ourselves seated at the bar on the second story of Crossings restaurant in South Pasadena. The small, cozy front room can be seen from Mission Street with white on white tables (tablecloths, napkins and dinnerware), u-shaped ribbed beige booth and matching chairs backed by the open kitchen and sided [...]

The Golem and the Jinni

The Golem and the Jinni

Making a world of “magical things” weave into our idea of reality is a skill. Maybe even more so when this magic is woven into not our present time, but our history, as we have set ideas and an understanding of what has already been. In The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker brings to [...]

Jury Walkabout No. 2

Jury Walkabout No. 2

On our first Tuesday as a full-fledged juror, designated as one of twelve “judges” by the sitting judge herself, we strolled and sweated through the heat, down through the bottom half of Grand Park and then around the side of City Hall only to be told, “It’s not here today.” The “it” is what’s promised [...]

Jury Duty Walkabout

Jury Duty Walkabout

We’ve drawn jury duty. Two and a half days later and we’re sitting on a jury, a civil trial that may go nine working days. At the rate we’re going, all the jurors are mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially preparing themselves for longer. One perk: an hour and a half lunch, during which we’ve walked [...]

How I Lost My Best Friends

How I Lost My Best Friends

“I think the idea for this film was inspired by a lot of things,” says Natalie Schwan, author of the How I Lost My Best Friends, a screenplay currently undergoing a Kickstarter campaign. “The backbone for the theme is pretty close to what I am currently experiencing in my life, being in my early twenties and [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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