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Black History Is Our History

Black History Is Our History

Black History Month is a time for all of us to remember that our individual stories and familial, cultural, and ethnic histories are what have made our home—America—the complex (sometimes convoluted), creative, expressive, inspiring, and fascinating place it is today. Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every [...]

Anna Elyse: Special Occasion Attire

Anna Elyse: Special Occasion Attire

Anna Elyse is the location of visual and tactile wealth—in the form of colors, shapes, and materials. Are you going to be a bridesmaid or scheduled to attend a wedding, the Oscars, or an Oscar party? Or maybe you’re having a special Valentine’s dinner for two, hosting the ultimate cocktail party, your daughter is a [...]

Celebrating the Table with ALTAeats

Celebrating the Table with ALTAeats

Paul Ragan is Executive Chef/Owner of ALTAeats, which opened last year on a quiet stretch of North Allen Avenue in Altadena. It is a sophisticated yet neighborly spot that has become a foothill favorite (despite the storefront’s lack of signage!) and is enjoying a dedicated following amid glowing reviews. Chef Paul creates food he likes [...]

Exchanging Scion Woods

Exchanging Scion Woods

Fruit tree grafting is a great way to grow more fruit varieties in less space. This is the time of year to collect scionwood from dormant fruit trees like apples, peaches, etc. The California Rare Fruit Growers  (founded in 1968) has eighteen chapters within the state of California. DRFG Foothill chapter is having their annual scion wood [...]

Organic – Form, Body, & Nature

Organic – Form, Body, & Nature

Artists Ann BinghamFreeman, Kerry Kugelman, Meriel Stern, and Jamie Sweetman are exhibiting at the Kellogg Gallery at Cal Poly through February 22nd.   BinghamFreeman states, “All my life experiences have pushed me into expressing myself through hands-on media: graphite, paint, steel, and anything else I can get my hands on that looks good to me.” [...]

An Empty Showcase

An Empty Showcase

The Pasadena Showcase House of Design event is fifty years old. This translates into fifty years of fundraising, totaling into millions of dollars, that have benefited local youth music programs, concerts, competitions, and grants. Along one of the numerous curves of Arroyo Boulevard, in the South Grand-Covington area of Pasadena, is this year’s Showcase House, [...]

Bittersweet Treats

Bittersweet Treats

Tucked in between a stretch of eateries (that includes an ever-present Starbucks), a block or so east of PCC, and across the side street from Samy’s Camera is Bittersweet Treats. We stumbled upon it about a year ago, looked at the treats presented on the counter and thought, these are different. We introduced ourselves and [...]

Now It’s America’s Turn

Now It’s America’s Turn

 ‘Cause the free wind is blowin’ through your hair And the days surround your daylight there Seasons crying no despair Alligator lizards int he air, in the air Ventura Highway in the sunshine Where the days are longer The nights are stronger than moonshine We’re gonna go, I know Remember these lines? Gerry Beckley, Dewey [...]

Free Museum Admission

Free Museum Admission

On Saturday, January 25th, twenty museums will be open to the public with free admission. Choices include the Autry, the California African American Museum, the Science Center, and locally, the Armory Center for the Arts, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The Armory is currently showing Home Away, which is [...]

Motherland

Motherland

Motherland follows the trials of a German family during World War II, which springs from the experiences of the author Maria Hummel’s grandfather. The story is fiction, with a backbone of palpable truths. Liesl is a young woman who has married Frank Kappus, a doctor and newly widowed with three boys, the youngest a baby. Before [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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