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What Came Before

What Came Before
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What Came Before by Gay Degani was written by a woman who, admittedly, got “lost in living.” Like so many people, and I suppose I mean particularly women, Degani felt writing took up too much of her time, time that “should” be spent—and would be better spent—raising a family, i.e. taking care of others and […]

Melting Pot Food Tours Pasadena

Melting Pot Food Tours Pasadena

” ‘Angel Food’ is that which is prepared for people we love and by people who love us.” The philosophy behind Angel Food is that it will nourish us both physically and spiritually. The above is an excerpt from Angel Food*, a cookbook written by self-taught chef Diane Scalia. Since 2008, Diane has teamed with […]

Free/For All at ArtNight

Free/For All at ArtNight

Muse/Ique is having a free-for-all, but it shouldn’t come to blows. Street sounds of classical, Latin, and pop fusion collide for a dance party with QUATTRO and soul singer/songwriter Chris Pierce. Family audiences and urban revelers alike are invited to dance, groove, and enjoy food and drinks on the bustling grounds of the Civic Center […]

Tart & Crisp Figaro

Tart & Crisp Figaro

How often do we see “things” come full circle? Fashions, movies, music—the old becomes new again. Can you say, “Figaro, Figaro!” La Folle Journée, ou Le Mariage de Figaro (“The Madness of a Day, or The Marriage of Figaro”) was written by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais and produced in 1784. During “a private reading before […]

Wardrobe for a Girl

Wardrobe for a Girl

A grandmother needs a crib and a bed so her grandchildren can stay with her; a working mom needs a supply of diapers to leave at daycare for her toddler; a family living in a converted garage needs a refrigerator to maintain custody of the children. Through the Adopt a Child Abuse Caseworker (ACAC) Program […]

Contessa Pasta & Pesto

Contessa Pasta & Pesto

Ever since Maria Luisa Fabbri of Contessa Chocolates has begun offering cooking classes, they have sold out, so if your interest is piqued, we would recommend that you act fast. “Casarecce” is sold out on March 7th, but there are still seven spaces available for the March 13th class, which focuses on pesto. A word […]

De-Cor: A Winter Sale

De-Cor: A Winter Sale

We love stepping into De-Cor, an enchanting profusion of color, smells, shapes, and textures. The 7,500 square foot showroom is lined with shelves of hand made textiles, filled with “re-claimed” furniture that’s been restored and updated, and a handful of display “rooms” that illustrate how their merchandise work together so alluringly. During the first week […]

For Artists: A Must See

For Artists: A Must See

Lost in Living is a film for artists. Particularly women artists, though not exclusively. It’s also a film for people who are living with, loving, or trying to understand artists. For me, Kat Ward (no journalistic royal “we” here), Lost in Living by Mary Trunk and Paul Sanchez of Ma and Pa Films was a pivotal […]

Heartbreak Cake

Heartbreak Cake

“What are you daydreaming about?” “I’m thinking about cake. Big, multilayered cakes that are squeezed in between more layers of buttercream or chocolate ganache.” “How can you still be thinking about cake? I’ve had enough cake today to last me the week, if not more.” “How dare you,” I tease…   When Cindy Arora, author […]

Socks in the Frying Pan

Socks in the Frying Pan

Shane Hayes plays the accordion while brother Fiachra plays fiddle and banjo. Joining in playing guitar and providing vocals is Aodán Coyne. All three of them make up Socks in the Frying Pan and they’ll be playing their songs, reels, jigs, waltzes, and polkas at Caltech on February 28th. Socks in the Frying Pan Saturday, […]

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