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Queen of Dreams

Queen of Dreams
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Words are tricky. My mother had tried to teach me this. Once when I was persteringly insistent with my questions, she said, “Everyone breathes in air, but it’s a wise person who knows when to use that air to speak and when to exhale in silence.”   Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is […]

Poetrypalooza Pasadena

Poetrypalooza Pasadena

According to the critic Coleridge, prose is “words in their best order,” while poetry is “the best words in their best order. (Maeve Maddox at DailyWritingTips.com) Who knew that poetry could be fun? Not only inventive, reflective, thoughtful, calculated, precise, and written to evoke emotions. Poetrypalooza Pasadena is making an evening of it with free […]

Completely Hollywood (Abridged)

Completely Hollywood (Abridged)

For gentlemen who’ve partaken in such productions as Return to the Forbidden Planet, which is based on The Tempest and billed as “Shakespeare’s forgotten rock and roll masterpiece,” and The Real Inspector Hound, a one-act play by Tom Stoppard, perhaps it is no surprise to find them as a trio performing The Bible: The Complete […]

Sue Grafton In Conversation

Sue Grafton In Conversation

One mystery writer, a local, in conversation with one mystery writer who’s PI lives in a town that “looks” surprisingly like a neighbor up north, Santa Barbara. Bestselling author Sue Grafton comes to Vroman’s via All Saints Church on August 27, and partakes in conversation with local mystery writer Denise Hamilton. Sue Grafton is the […]

The Long Table 2015

The Long Table 2015

Early Bird reserved seating is closed, but there’s still time to get a seat at the table. The long, long table. On August 22nd, the Playhouse District Association hosts the 3rd Long Table event. Green Street at El Molino Avenue is closed and a long, beautifully decorated table is set. A pre-dinner wine and cheese […]

Backpack Kickback

Backpack Kickback

Whether a child’s eager to learn to read and write and about to enter kindergarten or a teenager is worrying more about wardrobe than her upcoming Honors Chemistry class, going back to school in August or September can be a cause for anxiety and stress—before the school year has even begun. Flintridge Bookstore is looking […]

Wiggle Your Waggle 2015

Wiggle Your Waggle 2015

As of this writing, 271 animals—cats, dogs, bunnies, hamsters, snakes, guinea pigs, turtles, and a cockatiel—are being sheltered at the Pasadena Humane Society. They’ve been welcomed, cleaned, checked by a vet, fed, housed, and pampered. This is what the Humane Society does, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, every […]

IWOSC Reads Its Own

IWOSC Reads Its Own

We were delighted to hear from Flo Selfman, President of Independent Writers of Southern California… Twice a year IWOSC presents a special FREE event – “IWOSC Reads its Own” – a spellbinding afternoon of eclectic, eccentric, and exemplary works – from poems to true stores to hilarious monologues and beyond, read aloud by distinguished IWOSC scribes. […]

The Tempest & Merry Wives

The Tempest & Merry Wives

On a rise the stage is set. On the grass, the chairs are settles, the blankets spread. Suddenly the wind shifts and the ocean begins to roll and froth. No, this isn’t watching an incoming storm along our dramatic coast, but the opening scene of Shakespeare’s Tempest. Shakespeare by the Sea arrives, once again, for […]

Scare L.A. in Pasadena

Scare L.A. in Pasadena

It may be hitting the mid-90s and a far cry from the cooler fall temps in late fall when we dress up as blood suckers, princesses, and pirates, but it’s time to have a Halloween-immersion in August at Scare L.A. Scare L.A. calls the weekend-long event a “season teaser” with “haunt entertainment professionals” meaning designers, […]

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