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Cactus Woe

Cactus Woe
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We’re calling this “Cactus Woe” as we may be the only person on the planet that manages to kill cacti. Going back decades to a lovely specimen we had sophomore year at UCSB when we lived off-campus in a small house in Isla Vista, we were the doubting “Thomas” amidst three other young women—a Catholic, […]

Distinguished Poets: First Up…

Distinguished Poets: First Up…

We first met Luivette Resto at the Allendale Branch Library’s inaugural Holiday Literary Fest in December 2012. We enjoyed an evening of listening to poignant, humorous, raucous, irreverent, and nostalgic poetry, followed by joining the crowd outside and watching the lighting of the towering holiday tree. Afterwards, Luivette was kind enough to listen to our […]

Community Garden Annual Picnic

Community Garden Annual Picnic

It’s an open house! More accurately, it’s the open house concept applied to a community garden, the Altadena Community Garden in fact. Located in the foothills, near the top of Lincoln Avenue, ACG is opening for the public on June 27th. Tickets are only ten dollars and there will be live music, raffles (gift certificates […]

The Art of Seating

The Art of Seating

Thus emerged the chair… Though something to sit upon—other than the ground, a tree branch, or a large rock—may be an ancient product going back to ebony and ivory, carved and gilded wood chairs for Egyptian royalty, such as the arm-chair found in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings that may date back […]

Artist’s Open Day at Storrier Stearns

Artist’s Open Day at Storrier Stearns

Constructed in 1937, the garden at the estate of Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns was designed by Kinzuchi Fujii and took seven years to complete. Every month, Storrier Stearns’ Japanese garden, which is a registered historic landmark, is open to the public and on June 28th, artist Barbara Thomason gives a talk and presents a […]

Mud! Mud! Mud!

Mud! Mud! Mud!

It’s gooey. It’s gloppy. It soaks through clothes and dries like a scaly skin on one’s arms, legs, and face. And, it’s one of the funnest “play toys” on the planet. Mud. June 20th and 21st, Kidspace is celebrating International Mud Day with activities that include creating homemade seed bombs, mud pie masterpieces, and collaborating […]

Earth Speaks

Earth Speaks

From the time I started composing, I was keenly aware that, at least visually speaking, I was the goose in a bunch of ducks. A Julliard graduate with a masters degree from the Yale School of Music, a Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship recipient, a 2011 INK Fellow, and an enthusiast of Hindustani vocal studies, Reena Esmail is […]

Jimmy Carter’s Coming to Pasadena

Jimmy Carter’s Coming to Pasadena

Jimmy Carter has been one of America’s most maligned presidents. He funded the Afghan mujahideen, as well as the dictatorship in El Salvador in the 1980s.¹ He’s been called an anti-semite, a bigot, and has been taken to task by Jason Maoz, senior editor at the Jewish Press (2006).² Author Steven F. Hayward even declares […]

Waterfall

Waterfall

A Tony Award nominee. A Tony Award winner. An Academy Award winner. Waterfall has quite a pedigree. This musical has its world premier at the Pasadena Playhouse—with choreography by Tony Award-nominee Dan Knechtges (Xanadu, Lysistrata Jones), lyrics by Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby, Jr. (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Miss Saigon), and music by Academy Award and two-time Grammy […]

Requiem by Brahms as “Community Art”

Requiem by Brahms as “Community Art”

Founder and Artistic Director of the Pasadena Master Chorale Jeffrey Bernstein says The Brahms Requiem to be performed by the choir on June 14th is not just a concert but a “community art project.” The choir will sing Eines Deutsches Requiem—what the director calls a journey through grief, sorrow, triumph, gratitude, and comfort—and between the […]

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