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Another Darko Dawson Mystery

Another Darko Dawson Mystery
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Many of the reviews of Wife of the Gods mention that if you “like” The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency then you’ll “love” Dr. Kwei Quartey’s first novel. Nothing against Alexander McCall Smith, but it’s a bit like “apples and oranges.” This is what we wrote in early 2013 about Pasadena resident Kwei Quartey’s most recent mystery novel at […]

“Third” by Wendy Wasserstein

“Third” by Wendy Wasserstein

Regarding the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Wendy Wasserstein’s last play Third, which was written shortly before her death in 2005, Mark Favermann at Berkshire Fine Arts writes, “It is among her wittiest, wisest, and perhaps most personal play.” Favermann continues… Set at an unnamed, elite, New England liberal arts college, this play’s central character, Professor Laurie Jameson, […]

Summer Whites

Summer Whites

We often hear good stories: quirky yarns, eccentric takes. We’d like to add this to the treasure chest. A gentleman in the early 20th century—perhaps so fearful, wary, and diligent in regard to the safety of his family—that he asks his architect to make his soon-to-be constructed new home fireproof. The resulting bungalow is indeed fireproof, thanks […]

Artists at Play

Artists at Play

Since 2011, “a collective of Asian American creative professionals” have been telling ‘the stories of communities underrepresented in theatre.” Artists at Play debut on the local theater scene was its production and the L. A. premiere of Lauren Yee’s “cheekily subversive comedy” Ching Chong Chinaman, which was followed in 2012 by Edith Can Shoot Things and […]

Avec Eric: Chef Ripert in Conversation with Jonathan Gold

Avec Eric: Chef Ripert in Conversation with Jonathan Gold

Eric Ripert is executive chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin restaurant in New York City. Born in France, Ripert attended culinary school in Perpignan and moved to the U. S. in 1989. By 1994 and at the age of 29, he was executive chef at Le Bernardin and earned a 4-star rating from the New York […]

Enduring Heroes

Enduring Heroes

Todd, JP, Willie, Sergio, Cory, Rogelio, Joe, Adam, Dion, Carla, and Scott. They “are a diverse group of young soldiers who, nonetheless, have much in common. Those lucky enough to have known them, remember their bravery, selflessness, and the love they brought into the world.” They are… Army 2nd Lt. Todd Bryant Marine 2nd Lt. James […]

Meditation, Writing & Halotherapy at The Salt Studio

Meditation, Writing & Halotherapy at The Salt Studio

Dr. Davina Kotulski is a psychologist, a life coach, and an author. She also uses writing to awaken one’s spirituality, holds a tele-class called “Courageous Heart: From Fear to Fulfillment,” and organizes 7-day writing workshops and retreats (the last being March 2016 in Venice, Italy). She’s been an activist for marriage equality as well as LGBT rights, […]

Intermediate Wheel Throwing

Intermediate Wheel Throwing

Sharon Mann of Mann Handmade ceramics is one of our favorite local ceramicists. Her work is functional and yet our meals look definitively more impressive—and appealing—on Mann’s plates. Our dining room table is a very simple pine and a Mann bowl, ceramic spoon, coffee cup, vase, or pitcher adds color, warmth, and depth to the table, […]

Rockin’ for the Homeless 5k

Rockin’ for the Homeless 5k

Not everyone will consider running a 5 kilometer route the makings of a rockin’ good time, but how about a walk? It’s the 2nd annual Rockin’ for the Homeless 5k, and it’s a run or walk. Could even be a stroll. There’s even a kiddie dash and all participants, of every age, are encouraged to […]

Tots, Tweens & Teens

Tots, Tweens & Teens

Over 30 authors and illustrators will be on site at the Tots, Tweens & Teens Book Festival on May 14. Pasadena High School hosts this free event, noon to 6 p.m. Three stages—Picture Book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult—feature books, authors, and illustrators for hours and hours! Authors include Pseudonymous Bosch of the Secret Series and […]

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