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Shakespeare Love Sonnets & Lear’s Shadow

Shakespeare Love Sonnets & Lear’s Shadow

The creative and fun Ensemble Shakespeare Theater Company kicks off spring with… April 1, 2, 8, and 9: “Sonnets in the Garden.” For 4 days only, ensemble members perform Shakespeare’s sonnets in the perfect setting of Descanso Gardens, which is bursting with spring color and vitality. This 30 minute show is appropriate for all ages and […]

Exhibition Walk Through and Marathon Figure Drawing

Exhibition Walk Through and Marathon Figure Drawing

The Pasadena Museum of California Art is offering more interesting events. April 1st at 4 p.m.: Exhibition Walkthrough: Painting in the Twenties by Joseph Kleitsch In 2014, an appraiser on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow explained how Joseph Kleitsch was born in Hungary and studied art in Budapest, Paris, and Munich. “He was quite accomplished, even at the age of […]

Sarah Michelle Gellar: Stirring Up Fun

Sarah Michelle Gellar: Stirring Up Fun

We still remember years ago when our girl went on a Buffy the Vampire Slayer binge watch—and sucked us right in with her. But Buffy is long in Sarah Michelle Gellar’s rear view mirror and on April 10, she will discuss and sign her cookbook Stirring Up Fun with Food: Over 115 Simple, Delicious Ways to […]

Swanson Patrick at Craft Hill Monrovia

Swanson Patrick at Craft Hill Monrovia

This Thursday, Altadena artist Debbi Swanson Patrick opens her solo show at Craft Hill in Monrovia. On March 30, from 7 to 9 p.m., guests may peruse Swanson Patrick’s art and Caroline Ducout Jewelry, be serenaded by “Sleepy James” Jim Fowler, snack on appetizers, and enjoy a libation at the cash bar. Swanson Patrick’s works of art […]

Everything’s Blooming

Everything’s Blooming

Our mother is the type of gardner who’s not particularly interested in gardening. She loves flowers, she enjoys a well-designed yard, yet she’d prefer to plant some things, maybe throw a few seeds and let nature take it’s course. She did receive some design guidance for her front yard, but in the backyard? One never […]

Yvonne Talks Tomatoes & Tomatomania

Yvonne Talks Tomatoes & Tomatomania

So many tomato varieties to choose from, between online, mailorder catalogs, and local resources. Even big-box stores carry some organically grown and heirloom varieties! I asked several tomato experts who had worked with me at two local Tomatomania events what their favorites were that they’d grow again this year, and which new ones they’d try […]

Celebrating the Table with Chef Bruce Kalman

Celebrating the Table with Chef Bruce Kalman

Chef Bruce Kalman of Union Restaurant in Pasadena and Knead & Co. in LA’s Grand Central Market is getting around. He’ll be feeding the crowd at the Seeds of Transformation garden party at the historical Robinson House on April 29 (tickets still available) and he’ll be setting up at the inaugural Arroyo Seco Music Festival […]

“Hearing” Satellites via NASA’s Spiral Shell

“Hearing” Satellites via NASA’s Spiral Shell

David Delgado, one of the visual strategists at NASA’s JPL, reminds us of the all the times we picked up a shell and put it to our ear and “heard” the sound of the ocean. This is one of the reasons he and fellow creator Dan Goods—along with the New York design firm StudioKCA—chose the […]

60th Annual Bonsai Show

60th Annual Bonsai Show

How many people have gone through the decades pronouncing the “o” in bonsai like the “o” in bonbon (bän-bän)? Would it be surprising to hear that the Santa Anita Bonsai Society directs one to pronounce the word “bone-sigh” (bōn-sī)? Then again, listening to Merriam-Webster online and clicking on the speaker icon, the supposedly Japanese speaker sounds as though […]

Contessa Cooking Classes Are Back!

Contessa Cooking Classes Are Back!

Luisa Fabbri of Contessa Italian Foods Collection is a favorite person of ours. Her boundless enthusiasm, endless optimism, extensive knowledge, and joy of life is addictive and contagious. So, anytime we can spend more time in Luisa’s presence, we sign right up. We’ll let her make the pitch… So many of you have asked and the […]

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