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Beauty…at the Mall?

Beauty…at the Mall?

Though we’re not ones to frequent malls—crowds, lights, too many choices!—it was necessary to attend one such environment, the indoor/outdoor Westfield Santa Anita mall next to Santa Anita Racetrack. Surprisingly, there was beauty to behold… Westfield Mall, 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 91007. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Westfield,com/SantaAnita.     […]

It’s Fall & Art on Palm

It’s Fall & Art on Palm

It’s time once again to step into the secluded woods. Not scary woods, but Wildwood Park, a small, intimate canyon nestled in the Foothills of Altadena—for Art on Palm, Fall 2015. Mary Jane Elgin with seven classmates began Art on Palm back in 2004, which has now blossomed to include 40 artists and a day’s […]

POZ Life Seminar

POZ Life Seminar

Can you remember when you first heard about AIDS? When this unknown disease was first mentioned on the evening news, in the local newspaper? How the fear began to grow as the number of people infected increased at an alarming rate and doctors, researchers, and scientists couldn’t provide any answers? The dominant feature of this […]

Home Beer Brew

Home Beer Brew

“From ancient Mesopotamia to the modern day, beer has played an important role as the very foundation of civilization.”¹ As the very foundation of civilization. That’s an extraordinary statement. Who knew that the Craftsman rye pale ale we enjoyed yesterday evening had such a crucial lineage? Professor Linda Raley of Texas Tech University writes that […]

Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak

He’s been called “a mercurial former general”  and “Israel’s most prominent warrior-statesman of his generation” with “a distinguished and tumultuous career that spanned half a century.”¹ Aron Heller writing for the Huffington Post relates how Barak is Israel’s most decorated soldier “ever.” As commander of Sayeret Matkal, Barak led the 1972 raid on a hijacked […]

Lions, Tigers, And…

Lions, Tigers, And…

Historically, lions symbolize strength and courage. As a nocturnal animal, they also symbolize authority and “command over subconscious thought (as night is an ancient symbol of the subconscious—or dream states).”¹ Seen as the lord of the land, the lion…. is one of the favorite symbols of leadership, warriors and emperors. It is not only seen […]

Marco Paolo Spiced Pumpkin with Burnt Caramel

Marco Paolo Spiced Pumpkin with Burnt Caramel

  “Spiced pumpkin with burnt caramel.” For us, those words create visions of fall and plant ghost-flavors on the tongue. Spiced pumpkin with burnt caramel is the new fall flavor, along with passionfruit and ginger, from Marco Paolo Chocolates and may be sampled at the Artisanal L. A. fall show at The Reef in downtown […]

Craftsman! For the Weekend

Craftsman! For the Weekend

The sheer number of events can seem rather daunting. House tours, bus and walking tours, a show and sale, workshops, lectures, presentations, evening receptions, and a silent auction. But, Craftsman Weekend, which actually spans a four-day period, is the crème de la crème, quintessential event for lovers of the architectural Arts & Crafts movement. Here’s […]

Innovation & the Past

Innovation & the Past

China’s ceramic history is renowned, as it is in other East Asia countries such as Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. In the Pacific Asia Museum new exhibit “Reshaping Tradition: Contemporary Ceramics from East Asia,” today’s East Asian ceramicists consider their country’s past, both positively and critically, and re-shape and redefine traditional ceramics with innovations of their […]

New World Symphony & Puts’ Violin Concerto: Opening Night with the Pasadena Symphony

New World Symphony & Puts’ Violin Concerto: Opening Night with the Pasadena Symphony

Not many composers of the 19th century could say they’ve been to the moon. Practically speaking, Antonín Dvořák has not been and never will go to the moon, but his work has been. Neil Armstrong chose Dvořák’s New World Symphony as his music of choice before embarking on the epic 1969 Apollo 11 mission to […]

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