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Tony Shalhoub & Brooke Adams in Happy Days

Tony Shalhoub & Brooke Adams in Happy Days

His head shrinks until he’s just two googly eyes in Men in Black. As Alexander Minion in Spy Kids, he was adorned with three extra heads. He played a chef and donned an Italian accent (despite being first generation American; his father emigrating from Lebanon) in Big Night. And, of course, he known for Monk, [...]

Dog Haus Dogs

Dog Haus Dogs

The first decision is fingers or fork, because we can tell just by looking at them that this is going to get messy. (Which is probably why a package of Uline Kraft Single-Fold towels are sitting in a cardboard box on every table.) We’re sampling dogs at the Dog Haus on Main Street in Alhambra. [...]

Ballroom

Ballroom

Alice Simpson’s unique art book Marc Ballroom, which she created while attending a workshop at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, has a hardcover that includes carved feet. Actually, they’re feet wearing dancing shoes; his and hers, which were carved by a local wood worker then painted. The book pages are watercolors of various [...]

Alice Simpson: Masterpieces & Ballrooms

Alice Simpson: Masterpieces & Ballrooms

The first thought that comes to mind upon meeting Alice Simpson is she’s got style, which we admire since linen or khaki pants and white button down shirts are primarily what inhabit our closet. Upon our first introduction, we saw a wide brim fedora straw hat with a wide ribbon tilted at a slight angle, [...]

A Healing Garden

A Healing Garden

Weeping bottlebrush trees with drooping branches and fuzzy red blossom create a natural enclosure, an enclave, a haven. It’s South Pasadena’s Memory and Healing Garden at Garfield Park, designed Lillian Montalvo and Mieke Kramer. We’ve walked the path, stepped through the arches, sat on the benches, read the names. It’s a contemplative spot. In the early [...]

CROP Hunger Walk

CROP Hunger Walk

Polish Catholics, Serbian Orthodox, Korean Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Swedenborgians, Coptics, American Baptists, and African Methodists. These are just a few of the 37 member communities that make up CWS, Church World Service. Working as partners, their goals are to “eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world.” Besides organizing to help [...]

Minoru Ohira’s “Quiet Power”

Minoru Ohira’s “Quiet Power”

Minoru Ohira’s sculptures, writes Scarlet Cheng of ArtScene, have a “quiet power.” Other adjectives used to describe the Japanese born, California resident’s art are epic, whimsical, and as having visual rhythm. On September 14th, Offramp Gallery welcomes the public to an opening reception for “Minoru Ohira,” a show featuring five works from Ohira’s Landscape series, six floor sculptures, and, according to [...]

Walls, Lamps & a Parking Lot

Walls, Lamps & a Parking Lot

Sometimes we shoot and don’t realize what we have until we edit, which is half the fun…           On a walk later that day…  

A Noise Revolution

A Noise Revolution

1. “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” 2. “Revolution can be ribald.” 3. “Love is a battlefield.” 4. “Beggars and bankers, desserts not all just.” 5. “Great men do most good when they do us no harm.” 6. “When friends are foes, all bets are off.”   Connect the statements, above, with [...]

Cycling to End the Cycle

Cycling to End the Cycle

Pasadena is our home. The place we raise our children, work, learn, and play. It seems idyllic, too good to be true. And so, like everywhere, it is. No place is a perfect place. No place utopia. The real world is inhabited by real people with real issues who lash out and hurt and abuse [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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