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Laura’s Mobile Kitchen

Laura’s Mobile Kitchen

This past week, we received an email, which included the information below: Altadena native (and former Hometown Pasadena intern) Laura Derr has started Laura’s Mobile Kitchen, a private cooking instruction service. Drawing on a lifelong passion for cooking and bringing people together around food as well as experience working at cooking classes, farms, farmers markets [...]

Leaving Everything Most Loved

Leaving Everything Most Loved

Jacqueline Winspear’s newest addition to the Maisie Dobbs saga, Leaving Everything Most Loved, is a continuation of the norm and of the magical life born out of tribulation and toil that we fans follow. Maisie is the daughter of a simple man who long ago lost his beloved wife and the mother of his only [...]

Lunar New Year Fest at Pacific Asia

Lunar New Year Fest at Pacific Asia

The USC Pacific Asia Museum is hosting its 4th annual Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, January 18th. A crowd favorite, the lion dance will be performed and Taiko drumming will resound thanks to Taiko Center Los Angeles—see below to watch them in Coldplay’s “Princess of China” video with Rihanna. Traditional Vietnamese dance will be [...]

MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service

Text obtained from PasadenaMLK.com: For over 10 years now, on the Saturday before the official MLK Day of Service, it is our tradition to provide a local school with volunteers to provide landscaping and campus beautification services.  Students and their families, along with members from the surrounding communities all come out to work together toward [...]

Wine & Song, Beer & Blues

Wine & Song, Beer & Blues

Hometown Pasadena: The San Gabriel Valley Book (Prospect Park Books, 2010) says that South Pasadena’s Firefly Bistro is “bright by day and romantic by night” and that they “turn out an always-interesting and usually wonderful menu with multiethnic offerings” and that “the lunchtime salads are excellent, the desserts comforting, and the wine list creative and [...]

A Tribute to Wanda Coleman

A Tribute to Wanda Coleman

This weekend, Pasadena’s Red Hen Press and the Poetry Society of America offer a tribute to poet Wanda Coleman. Join us as we pay tribute to Los Angeles’ unofficial poet laureate, Wanda Coleman, with an evening of readings and shared memories. We will honor what she did for poetry and who she was in Los Angeles: [...]

Pasadena Int’l Film Fest

Pasadena Int’l Film Fest

Nominated for an Academy Award for Cry of Reason in 1989, Robert Bilheimer’s Not My Life, narrated by Glenn Close, will screen during the Pasadena International Film Festival in February. Over four years, five continents, and in a dozen countries—including the U.S.—Bilheimer and his crew delved into the worlds of forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual [...]

Exploring Mandalas

Exploring Mandalas

The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world [...]

It’s Bananas

It’s Bananas

The backyard grass wet with pulp, beaten down by dropping fruit. Do you have a fruit tree that is unattended except for when you need a slice of lemon for your cocktail? The branches weighted down by ripe fruit, the leaves crowded? Garden Talks with Lili Singer welcomes Kazi Patelka on Thursday, January 16th for [...]

The Courage to Write in 2014

The Courage to Write in 2014

Contributor to Hometown Pasadena’s “Write Here” category for poetry and fiction, Esther Bradley-DeTally, begins the year with her “Courage to Write” workshop. Bradley-DeTally helps attendees to find their voice and walks them through various modes of writing in this six week, hands-on workshop. And…it’s free. The Courage to Write Begins Friday, Jan. 10th, 1-3 p.m. [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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