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Phoenix Food Boutique in South Pas

Phoenix Food Boutique in South Pas

“Food” and “boutique” are not generally words that we expect to find in the same sentence unless we’re thinking of artisan jams or pickled homegrown cukes. Yet, Phoenix Food Boutique in South Pasadena aims to fit the definition—”a business that serves a sophisticated or specialized clientele.” Chrysanthemum tea, a barley and lime drink, osmanthus with […]

Rockapella & Irving Berlin

Rockapella & Irving Berlin

In the movie, snow covers everything in sight while Bing and Danny croon. This famous song became a famous movie in 1954, then premiered as a musical in 2004. This holiday season, come watch and listen as World War II veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis—with romance on their mind—follow two sisters to a lodge […]

Open Studio Days

Open Studio Days

Local watercolorist Kathleen Swaydan is holding her 3rd Annual Open Studio Holiday Art Sale event this weekend. For viewing and holiday shopping opportunities, sixteen artists will exhibit their assemblages, ceramics, paintings, photography, collage, handcrafted jewelry, and hair adornments constructed with vintage millinery, as well as clothing made with vintage fabrics and trim. “We are a group […]

It’s Time to “Shop Indie”

It’s Time to “Shop Indie”

November 30th is a big day for the “small” guy. It’s the day we focus on the hundreds of independent stores and businesses that give our hometowns their unique flair. Whether you are beginning, continuing, or wrapping it up, show your appreciation by patronizing these indie stores and making your holiday purchases. Pasadena Playhouse District […]

Tree Lighting, Carolers, & Let It Snow!

Tree Lighting, Carolers, & Let It Snow!

It’s time to light it up and embrace the holiday season. Here are a few options: ONE COLORADO, annual tree lighting with Santa:  Friday, Nov. 29th, 6-7 p.m. with the Salvation Army Tabernacle Children’s Choir, Charles Dickens Carolers and Resound Ringers of F.U.M.C. Pasadena handbell choir. There will also be some elf hijinks and cookies and […]

Sunday Brunch at The Market on Holly

Sunday Brunch at The Market on Holly

If you look askance at those people who are walking into Ixtapa on Sunday at 9:30 in the morning in order to catch their team’s 10 a.m. kickoff—we’re talking American football here—then maybe a visit to Old Pasadena’s new farmers’ market followed by brunch at The Market on Holly is more your cup of tea on […]

Holiday Paper Flower Workshop

Holiday Paper Flower Workshop

She’s been in Mexico City teaching at MUAC. She’s about to head off to Nottingham, England “where she will be collaborating with fashion students on a paper fashion show and installation. But on Saturday, November 30th, you can catch Patssi Valdez‘ workshop and learn the craft of making holiday paper flowers. Valdez is a founding […]

The Transition Movement

The Transition Movement

Mary Gothard recounts that the Transition event called “The Power of Just Doing Stuff” held at Throop Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church on October 14th and featuring Transition co-founder Rob Hopkins was “over the top.” She continues: “The church was packed with people and all were trading cards and information. The church told us that they […]

Let’s “Look In”

Let’s “Look In”

It’s that time of year again when we get to take a peek. For 45 years, the Women’s Committee of The Pasadena Symphony Association (TPSA) has financially supported programs like the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra, and Pasadena All-City Orchestra with their “Holiday Look In” home tour. Over the decades, this event […]

Fitzpatrick & Constantine at Alta-L.A.

Fitzpatrick & Constantine at Alta-L.A.

Thursday is the 3rd and final Alta-L.A., the poetry series hosted by Altadena Library’s Poet Laureate. The evening features Pasadena poet Mary Fitzpatrick who has been featured in the Atlantic Review, North American Review, and has been published in numerous journals such as The Georgetown Review, ASKEW, Agenda (UK), and The Dos Passos Review. She […]

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