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Art Parties

Art Parties

Celebrate a birthday by making crazy crowns or princess crowns… or crazy princess crowns! Or maybe a volcano. Celebrate for the heck of it and create secret gardens or box purses. Kids, teens, and adults are invited to consult with the Armory for the Arts party-organizing guru to create a unique party in a “spacious, […]

Expanding on the Expansive

Expanding on the Expansive

Eleven days and counting… October 10, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline for applying to Free Painting, the conclusion of a 9-part, 9-artist, nineteen-month series called Expanding on an Expansive Subject, the Armory Center for the Arts. Since May 2014, Margie Livingston, Analia Saban, John Burtle, Liat Yossifor, John Knuth, Kendell Carter, Kate Gilmore, […]

The Poetry Circus

The Poetry Circus

Imagine reciting lines while riding a lion. How about riding one’s steed while being regaled with verse? Well, the “poetic rides” are free at Griffith Park’s historical and restored merry-go-round on September 19, at The Poetry Circus. Favorite local writers and poets will be reading such as Ron Koertge, Kim Dower, Nicelle Davis, Douglas Kearney, […]

“Ladies Night Out” Goes to Carnivale

“Ladies Night Out” Goes to Carnivale

We’re grateful to Vicki Laidig for sharing her thoughts on Cancer Support Community Pasadena… CSCP is such an important resource for people who are going through cancer treatment. It even offers support for their children and caregivers. CSCP provides a unique community of social and emotional support where people can meet others who are facing similar […]

Rally for Choice

Rally for Choice

We consider ourselves pro-life because we believe in helping women live a quality life with access to affordable healthcare and the right to make their own decisions in all circumstances—especially when it’s a decision regarding their own bodies (and whatever’s going on inside it). We remember when we were a poor student attending UCSB and […]

Real Women Have Curves

Real Women Have Curves

My primary reason for recommending the Pasadena Playhouse’s newest production, Josefina López’s Real Women Have Curves, is Blanca Araceli. Playing Carmen, mami of the well-read, restless, feminist, ambitious Ana and the creative, stressed, worried, and relentless Estrela, Araceli inhabits her character completely. She doesn’t need half of the first act to breathe and get into […]

Ink & Clay

Ink & Clay

Ink & Clay 41 is a juried exhibition now in its 41st year. Delightfully, Milagro Charter School artist-in-residence and City of Pasadena Art Commissioner Meriel Stern has had some works, including Sisters (porcelain, pictured right), accepted into this national competition. Artists from all 50 states compete with works in the areas of ceramic ware, clay […]

Teale Hatheway: Fragmented Realities

Teale Hatheway: Fragmented Realities

She recalls working at the Pasadena Playhouse and in the Cultural Affairs Department at Pasadena City Hall; she visits her parents just south of Pasadena City College in the home where she grew up. Now Teale Hatheway calls home a small studio in the industrial area of Taylor Junction, just off Main Street near the […]

On the Beach: So Long Summer

On the Beach: So Long Summer

Even though more and more children return to school in mid-August (a miserable decision), Labor Day is still the official indicator that summer is at an end. To acknowledge our gratefulness for living in Southern California—and despite the recent vicious heat wave, which sparks wistful visions of the sunny, 45º September temps in Nuuk, Greenland—we […]

9th Annual Chocolate Salon

9th Annual Chocolate Salon

We believe Pasadena “does” chocolate pretty dang well. Mignon, Amara, Contessa, and Marco Paolo  (MP’s hand-painted chocolates pictured right). Now, take these four quality chocolate makers and square them to the nth degree, and welcome to The 9th Annual Los Angeles Chocolate Salon. This is not just a show, a taste-testing, or an exhibit. A […]

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