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Hunting Eggs at the Rose Bowl

Hunting Eggs at the Rose Bowl

It’s not until it’s mentioned that we think, It’s the perfect venue; what took so long? Thankfully, our lack of foresight and perfect hindsight is not what fuels local ideas, and others are engaged in thinking, conjuring, and creating our local events. 2015 may be the dawning of a new local tradition. The Rose Bowl […]

Symphony Pastoral

Symphony Pastoral

Beethoven is known to have been a nature lover, taking frequent walks in the country, and even leaving Vienna altogether to work in rural areas. Themes of spiritual renewal, pastoral landscapes, dramatic storms and startling beauty pull you into Beethoven’s sonic painting of the great outdoors. Conductor Nicholas McGegan of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops […]

Barbed Needles and Fluffy Wool

Barbed Needles and Fluffy Wool

When the phrase “barbed needles” is bandied about, we cringe then retreat into a defensive stance. “Barbed” flashes us back to Steve McQueen caught in barbed wire after being tossed from his motorcycle while Nazis advance in the 1963 classic The Great Escape. But in this instance, barbed is a good thing. Barbed needles are […]

Project Scientist for Girls

Project Scientist for Girls

Here’s a shout out to girls and teens who love science and math, enjoy tinkering, designing, and building, considers themselves young techies, and are inquisitive, curious, and keen.… Here comes Project Scientist. Project Science Academy is a summer program for girls and teens age 4-14 who have “a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math […]

What Came Before

What Came Before

What Came Before by Gay Degani was written by a woman who, admittedly, got “lost in living.” Like so many people, and I suppose I mean particularly women, Degani felt writing took up too much of her time, time that “should” be spent—and would be better spent—raising a family, i.e. taking care of others and […]

Melting Pot Food Tours Pasadena

Melting Pot Food Tours Pasadena

” ‘Angel Food’ is that which is prepared for people we love and by people who love us.” The philosophy behind Angel Food is that it will nourish us both physically and spiritually. The above is an excerpt from Angel Food*, a cookbook written by self-taught chef Diane Scalia. Since 2008, Diane has teamed with […]

Free/For All at ArtNight

Free/For All at ArtNight

Muse/Ique is having a free-for-all, but it shouldn’t come to blows. Street sounds of classical, Latin, and pop fusion collide for a dance party with QUATTRO and soul singer/songwriter Chris Pierce. Family audiences and urban revelers alike are invited to dance, groove, and enjoy food and drinks on the bustling grounds of the Civic Center […]

Tart & Crisp Figaro

Tart & Crisp Figaro

How often do we see “things” come full circle? Fashions, movies, music—the old becomes new again. Can you say, “Figaro, Figaro!” La Folle Journée, ou Le Mariage de Figaro (“The Madness of a Day, or The Marriage of Figaro”) was written by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais and produced in 1784. During “a private reading before […]

Wardrobe for a Girl

Wardrobe for a Girl

A grandmother needs a crib and a bed so her grandchildren can stay with her; a working mom needs a supply of diapers to leave at daycare for her toddler; a family living in a converted garage needs a refrigerator to maintain custody of the children. Through the Adopt a Child Abuse Caseworker (ACAC) Program […]

Contessa Pasta & Pesto

Contessa Pasta & Pesto

Ever since Maria Luisa Fabbri of Contessa Chocolates has begun offering cooking classes, they have sold out, so if your interest is piqued, we would recommend that you act fast. “Casarecce” is sold out on March 7th, but there are still seven spaces available for the March 13th class, which focuses on pesto. A word […]

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