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Fierce Kingdom

Fierce Kingdom

It’s been fifteen minutes since I read the last line of Gin Phillips‘ Fierce Kingdom and still my heart is lodged in my throat. It’s described as a “thrill ride” and an “exploration of motherhood.” Yet, the word “thrill” has a positive connotation and the intensity of Fierce Kingdom is not a result of pleasure. As to the […]

Helping One of Our Own

Helping One of Our Own

Of course, Pasadena, Altadena, and the environs are large enough that we can’t know everyone, but this area often feels like a village rather than a city (cities), especially when we’re out with friends like Ann Erdman, Vicki Laidig, and Peggy Sue Davis who seem to know someone—or someone x 2 or 3—everywhere we go. That […]

For the Love of Woodworking

For the Love of Woodworking

Professionals from Rockler Woodworking & Hardware want to teach you how to turn a branch into a handle for your barbecue spatula. The Arboretum hosts a 4-class series demonstrating the techniques and methods for working with wood. Rockler is the presenting sponsor of the Arboretum’s “Forces of Nature II” exhibit with works of art created […]

BoldPas: An Art Takeover

BoldPas: An Art Takeover

Old Pasadena is going bold. Bold in size, shape, color, and concept. Old Pasadena “is the canvas for your day of art and play” on August 12 at the inaugural BoldPas: An Art Takeover. Artists with backgrounds in design, history, urban planning, and architecture descend upon Old Pasadena’s historic and renovated 22-blocks with 12 site-specific installations—to be erected, arranged, placed, or […]

Carnivals & Butterflies: The Armory Art Classes for Kids

Carnivals & Butterflies: The Armory Art Classes for Kids

From “Silent Movie Sillies” and “Buildings, Boats, and Bridges,” to “Butterflies, Bees & Ladybugs” to “Carnivals and Carousels,” it’s time for little hands and expansive minds to create, create, create! Week 6 out of 8 of Armory Center for the Arts‘ Summer Classes is almost upon us. If you’re looking for child-engagement and your boy […]

The Ash Girl

The Ash Girl

This is not your ordinary Cinderella story. The lead character in The Ash Girl, a play by Timberlake Wertenbaker, is called Ashgirl, appropriately enough. Besides her stepsisters and stepmother (simply called “Mother”), the Seven Deadly Sins are part of the cast with names such as Slothworm, Gluttontoad, Pridefly, Sadness, and Greedmonkey. Other participants are Otter, Mouse, […]

The Folly Bowl 2017

The Folly Bowl 2017

One of Altadena’s “many hidden treasures,” and an experience described as “magical” is the one and only Folly Bowl. The Folly Bowl is held at an outdoor garden amphitheater on the grounds of a private home. Bring your own picnic, refreshments, cushions (and even a blanket and pillow, if you’d like) for an evening under the trees […]

Politicon 2017

Politicon 2017

Whether your right or left, conservative or liberal on July 29 and 30 at Politicon, the “unconventional political convention,” there are folks you won’t want to miss. For President Trump fans, go listen to his new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci while people with a definitive leftist bent will make a beeline to hear Rob […]

Free & Inaugural Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival

Free & Inaugural Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival

KCET’s looking to save the planet. Or do what it can to help motivate all of us to action. On July 29, KCET and Link TV’s “Summer of the Environment” series presents the inaugural Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival. You’ll have to brave the freeway or meander the back streets because the films are screening […]

Pickwick Vintage

Pickwick Vintage

If you’re an enthusiast of vintage clothing, jewelry, and other accessories, we suggest you drive beyond Pasadena and out past San Gabriel Valley limits to attend the Pickwick Vintage Show at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank on July 30. Over 65 booths offer a smorgasbord of goodies including textiles, design, and “inspiration.” Shop an assortment of […]

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