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An Unusual Reunion

An Unusual Reunion

TV’s were rare back then—back in1952—so all the kids would come over to Howard’s house, jostling for space in front of the 8-inch screen. Howard, never Howie, also could boast about having the only pool on the block—but because both of his parents had to work, if no other parent could watch them, the kids [...]

Hearts by Vibiana at Zona Rosa

Hearts by Vibiana at Zona Rosa

Hearts, jazz bossa nova acoustic guitar, munchies, and “a lively bunch of amistades” (friends). So says artist Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin in regard to her art exhibit that has its opening reception Wednesday, February 12th at Zona Rosa Coffee in Pasadena. Valentine art, candy kisses, and Mexican coffee. Valentine-making for kids of all ages. “Buy art for [...]

B.J. Novak Offers One More Thing

B.J. Novak Offers One More Thing

“When 90210 was popular, I wanted to be an actor, because I thought—and, it turns out, correctly—people would treat me better.” This quote may be found in a Vanity Fair interview with doe-eyed, tight-lipped B.J. Novak who began acquiring name recognition playing the insufferable Ryan Howard on The Office (2005-2012). He’s gone on to play [...]

The Dead Hour

The Dead Hour

Paddy Meehan is shite. Or rather, she feels like shite after she’s eaten a half a bag of lemon bonbons, which she’d bought for her mother to eat on their way to see The All Priests Holy Roadshow, and she feels like shite after she goes a round, tumbling with a polis in his very [...]

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, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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