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Sam Francis: Inside the Story

Sam Francis: Inside the Story

Abstract expressionism. Monochromatic abstractions. Richly-colored murals. Lots of white space. The “Blue Balls” series. Minimal color and strong lines. “Fresh Air” pictures. Etchings, lithographs, and monotypes. Native Californian and artist Sam Francis was a busy man. From the early 50s until his death in 1994, Francis explored his creativity—his influences fluid, paralleling his life experiences, [...]

Copa Vida

Copa Vida

Cup of life. Living like a cup? Fill you life’s cup up with coffee, tea, and something called a shakerato at Pasadena’s newest coffee and tea spot, Copa Vida. We ordered a latte for a whopping $4.50, though to be fair the cafe covers a lot of real estate that must cost a pretty penny [...]

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous

La Catrina cometh. Mictecacihuatl, the goddess, the “Lady of the Dead,” presides over us during Día de los Muertos. Many peoples worldwide honor loved ones who have died by building altars with their favorite foods and beverages, pictures of the beloved, as well as marigolds, candles, and memorabilia “to encourage visits by the souls, so the [...]

Roaming Frogtown

Roaming Frogtown

Our cell phone read 7:42; we were pushing the “fashionably late” concept as the party had started around four. But then, this was not an invite-only party, this was the 8th annual Frogtown ArtWalk. The streets here—south of Route 2 and squished between the 5 Freeway and the L.A. River—are long and don’t provide a [...]

Jack Black & Celebrity Charity Poker

Jack Black & Celebrity Charity Poker

Can you beat Jack Black? Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D are leading the charge and the Annual Celebrity Poker Texas Hold-Em Tournament to benefit RSN (Renal Support Network) on November 2nd. The Beat the Odds event will help people with kidney disease receive “nonmedical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease…developing their [...]

Garden Talks & Field Trips

Garden Talks & Field Trips

It’s Thursday garden talks with Lili Singer at the Arboretum through October 31st. The series has already started but 5 remain and each class can be attended and paid for individually. Thursday, Oct. 3rd: Beneficial Insects: Good Bugs in the Garden with Lily Singer Productive gardens depend on a diverse array of tiny creatures to [...]

Wiggle Waggle Time

Wiggle Waggle Time

The Pasadena Animal League has already collected $15,725. The Pasadena Pacers, $335. The Franco family, $295. Will you come Wiggle Waggle Walk? You can join as a team or sign up as an individual here. If you wiggle waggle right along with your four-footed friend, you’ve got to stay for the Wiggle Waggle Walk Fair [...]

Fall Organic Vegetable Gardening

Fall Organic Vegetable Gardening

Like the idea of eating pesticide-free food? Become an organic gardener starting with Garden Manager Rachel Young at Descanso Gardens this Saturday. Young will explain the importance of planning your garden, “maintaining garden vitality,” and prepping for the upcoming spring and summer. The lecture will be in the Maple classroom, while a garden talk will [...]

Oprah Book Club Author, Bestsellers & Story Finalist

Oprah Book Club Author, Bestsellers & Story Finalist

The South Pasadena Public Library is offering a feast of talented this Wednesday evening (September 25th). The panel will include Christina Schwarz who’s novel Drowning Ruth is included in Oprah’s Book Club collection. “Drowning Ruth started out with my thinking of a Boo Radleyish neighbor I had when I was growing up,” states Schwarz at [...]

Get Bald!

Get Bald!

More than 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. According to Wil Dee, Managing Partner of Haven Gastropub +Brewery, “only 4 percent of all federal cancer research (is) dedicated to pediatric cancer research.” As the month of September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, on Saturday, September 28th, HGB is teaming up with St. Baldrick’s Foundation [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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