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South Pasadena Goes Eclectic

South Pasadena Goes Eclectic

Over three dozen musical performances will be conducted during the afternoon and evening on the streets of downtown (okay, three or four streets worth) of South Pasadena for the 5th Annual Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk. On stage at the Gold Line Metro stop, at the South Pas Music Center, in galleries, and even […]

CA Bookstore Day

CA Bookstore Day

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. California Bookstore Day is a statewide party on May 3, […]

Winsome Home No. 1

Winsome Home No. 1

We often step on the brake and turn our head (for a second too long) when a house or garden attracts our attention. Now that we’ve joined the 21st century and own an iPhone, and consequently no longer curse and scold ourselves for forgetting our camera, we have begun to safely pull over to the […]

SpringTopia & Buffalo Migration

SpringTopia & Buffalo Migration

Can you imagine the music created by a band called Earthworm Ensemble? Or Swinging Eight Balls? Panjive? Earthworm Ensemble was started by Shawn and Sherri Nourse and their 3-year-old son Nolan. This family trio has been joined by Paul Lacques of I See Hawks in L.A., Victoria Jacobs, and Denny Moynahan. Instruments used:  fiddles, mandolins, […]

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Louie started smoking at five years old, drinking at eight, stole anything edible, jumped off a moving train, greased the rails to get back at a railcar conductor, deflated a teacher’s car tires for disciplining him, rigged the bell at a local church rousing the whole area including the police and fire department, rigged a […]

World Book Night with Shakespeare

World Book Night with Shakespeare

As mentioned in last week’s post about World Book Night, the California Shakespeare Ensemble—who has been partnering with Pasadena LEARNS—spent the evening of April 23rd with John Muir High School students who have joined the after school Drama club. HP:  What was the idea behind your involvement with World Book Night and the John Muir […]

Table 50 at Showcase

Table 50 at Showcase

For the 50th anniversary of Pasadena Showcase House of Design, Natalia Pedroza and Melissa Corkern Davis of TasteBuds Culinary have created Table 50. Ticketholders may partake of breakfast and a light lunch menu, as well as a dinner menu that includes daily soups, grilled entrées, quiches, made-to-order salads, and the Golden Anniversary Salad. For the […]

Showcase House 2014

Showcase House 2014

One of the most interesting, fun, and historical elements on the 3+ acre lot with the 1915 country estate, site of the 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design, is the minute, partially submerged Creekside Spring House. It was built with river rock and actually pre-dates the house. We were told that farming used to be […]

Koertge at Boston Court

Koertge at Boston Court

The drive is okay:  A.C. on high (it’s torrid in Los Angeles, with the usual muslin-yellow sky), radio up, some gratifying amiable/envious/admiring/lubricious glances. At the mall, she has to park at the top of a new structure, following a ramp so circuitous it’s like an inner ear. Is she going to emerge under the invisible […]

Going to the Fringe

Going to the Fringe

“Is Shylock really a villain? Is Macbeth?” These are the questions poised by the devotees of Shakespeare who constitute the California Shakespeare Ensemble. Villains, which debuted in November 2013, questions what it means to be a villain and speculates that “The Bard’s more complex villains may actually show us how much evil is in all of […]

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