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Open Mic of All Kinds, For All Ages

Open Mic of All Kinds, For All Ages

Joe Normal and Gigi Hutchinson never thought they’d be working together. In the same place; within the same space. Primarily because Joe is a musician and Gigi is a hairdresser. Ah, po-tay-to, po-tah-to. Music and hair styling are vastly different arts, but they’re not polar opposites. Perhaps, they are perfect foils. When the opportunity arose, […]

John Cleese

John Cleese

The really good ideas is always traceable back to quite a long way, often to a not very good idea, which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting. —John Cleese, writer, actor & tall person […]

Jackalope Arts in November

Jackalope Arts in November

Jackalope Art & Craft Fair debuted this past April and has received rave reviews from buyers and vendors alike. Our friend Emily Akers of Candle Stash said it was perfectly organized and she was blown away by the vendors, and the quality and variety of the products. November 7-8, Jackalope will rise again in Central […]

The Diaries of Adam & Eve

The Diaries of Adam & Eve

We seem to be on an apple bent in Talk of Our Towns this week, as Saturday is the time for the Hard Core Cider Tour at Brookside Park, and apples always bring to mind the story about the first of our kind, Adam and Eve.… SATURDAY.–I am almost a whole day old, now. I […]

San Gabriel Mission

San Gabriel Mission

We were corralled to do an early morning drop-off in Rosemead, and as we were in no hurry, we decided to leisurely wind our way home. Suddenly, we turned right and there was the San Gabriel Mission in an early morning glow. We didn’t have time to take a proper tour, but here are some […]

Make Your Own Bitters

Make Your Own Bitters

Woodsy and spicy or anise-scented? Angostura or Peychaud’s? Along with orange, Thomas Parsons calls this “the holy trinity” of bitters.¹ Many people know bitters as a classic ingredient for cocktails. We did not know that originally bitters were medicinal tonics. Supposedly in 1838, Antoine Amedie Peychaud, a pharmacist and Creole immigrant from Haiti, “began dispensing […]

Nosferatu, Accompanied

Nosferatu, Accompanied

Brandt Sponseller of Classic-Horror writes that “nosferatu” is a modernization of a Slavic term, which is itself a modernization of the Greek “nosophoros,” or “plague carrier.” Director Freidrich Wilhelm Murnau, in the 1922 classic silent film Nosferatu, embraces this idea, having his Orlock (Dracula) appear rather rat-like with pointed teeth, nose, and those famously pointed […]

A Witch’s Brew

A Witch’s Brew

Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. (Second Witch, Scene I, Macbeth)   Maite Gomez-Rejón […]

Shakespeare’s Night of Terror

Shakespeare’s Night of Terror

This is not Freddy Kruger terror or Stephen King horror, but after a bit of knifing, roaring, and disemboweling, the Ensemble Shakespeare Theater‘s “Night of Terror” steps into the truly terrifying… Emcee Fred Cross addresses an audience member and asks, “What is more frightening than blood and gore?” The man considers, then answers: “The mind.” […]

AltaEats’ Farm-to-Table Supper

AltaEats’ Farm-to-Table Supper

AltaEats, the “up, up the hill” little neighborhood restaurant located in Pasadena—but feels like it’s in Altadena—is the creation of Paul Ragan and Angela Visca. AltaEats has been praised as being ambitious, intriguing, and fun by Gayot and Jessica Ritz of LA Weekly writes, “What isn’t really up for debate is this team’s dedication to […]

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