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John Banville as Benjamin Black at Vroman’s

John Banville as Benjamin Black at Vroman’s

It was one of those summer Tuesday afternoons when you begin to wonder if the earth has stopped revolving. The telephone on my desk has the look of something that knows it’s being watched. Traffic trickled by in the street below, and there were a few pedestrians, too, men in hats going nowhere. (Excerpt from The [...]

Love Constitute

Love Constitute

  Love Constitute (serves 2) 1/4 pound Basic Lust 1/3 cup Infatuation 5-6 chunks of Total Joy Equal pinch of Want & Need 6 heaping tablespoons of Unrealistic Expectations Essence of Blind Devotion Layers of Denial Sprinkling of Fairy Dust (optional) Add each ingredient sequentially. Mix thoroughly. Cover and let rise in a heated environment. [...]

The Cheese Store of Pasadena

The Cheese Store of Pasadena

South Lake Avenue in Pasadena has a feel that is—if you squint, blur your vision, and take a prodigious imaginative leap—almost reminiscent of a mid-size, quaint European town with taupe-color buildings and wrought iron embellishments next to street-to-ceiling shop windows decorated with urbane apparel, art, antiques, and fine food. The first such area is between [...]

After, all

After, all

“Are Los Angeles friendships shallower than in other places or do they just cover more ground with people in less time?” This is the question that Jennifer Berry‘s new play After, all poses to audiences as the award-winning playwright and director explores the “power, passion, and persuasion of unlikely female friendships.” We had a chance to [...]

Sublime Schubert!

Sublime Schubert!

Upcoming concert of the week: Saturday, March 1st, 7:30 p.m. “The brilliant, young Armenian mezzo soprano, Garineh Avakian, sings music of Schumann and Poulenc, accompanied by the sensitive pianism of Vika Simonian.” Cost:  $20. Franz Schubert was born on January 31st, 1797. Because of this, Pasadena Schubertiade schedules their concerts in the months immediately following. On [...]

Is the Rialto Finally Getting Its Makeover?

Is the Rialto Finally Getting Its Makeover?

We were stopping along Fair Oaks Avenue near Oxley Street in South Pasadena to get some duplicate keys made. Despite seeing the plastic clock sign that hung inside the door with the hands turned to fifteen minutes into the future, our mind didn’t actually register this straightforward message until we clicked on the door handle [...]

Annie Jacobsen’s Operation Paperclip

Annie Jacobsen’s Operation Paperclip

What does it say about a country or even a world that in the midst of defeating a great evil, the priority is not justice or morality, but preserving its brain trust? In August 1945, President Truman agreed to the execution of Operation Paperclip—recruiting German scientists so that America would benefit from their knowledge and [...]

Make & Believe Lemonade Stand

Make & Believe Lemonade Stand

Buy a glass of lemonade and help a child. This is the idea behind Courtney Collins’ Camp Make & Believe lemonade stand fundraising event. On March 2nd, kids will sell 4 different kinds of lemonade from 4 different stands—the colors of which represent the four different teams to which they belong:  teams purple, red, yellow, [...]

An Unusual Reunion

An Unusual Reunion

TV’s were rare back then—back in1952—so all the kids would come over to Howard’s house, jostling for space in front of the 8-inch screen. Howard, never Howie, also could boast about having the only pool on the block—but because both of his parents had to work, if no other parent could watch them, the kids [...]

Hearts by Vibiana at Zona Rosa

Hearts by Vibiana at Zona Rosa

Hearts, jazz bossa nova acoustic guitar, munchies, and “a lively bunch of amistades” (friends). So says artist Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin in regard to her art exhibit that has its opening reception Wednesday, February 12th at Zona Rosa Coffee in Pasadena. Valentine art, candy kisses, and Mexican coffee. Valentine-making for kids of all ages. “Buy art for [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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