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Indie Bookstore Day 2017

Indie Bookstore Day 2017

Vroman’s, Flintridge, Book Alley, Century Books: Thank you, Universe, for independent book stores! Saturday, April 29 is Independent Bookstore Day and  here’s what’s on the menu: Vroman’s at 3 p.m.: Author Liza Palmer discusses and signs The F Word!. Olivia Morten’s constantly hungry (literally), captive to her high-flying publicist job, and missing her drop-dead-gorgeous doctor-husband. With an […]

POP! Comedy

POP! Comedy

For a moment, artist Scott Gandell had a shop down on Fair Oaks in South Pasadena (where we met him). Since 2014, he’s been located in Eagle Rock, founding Pop Secret Gallery where he seems to have found a neighborhood in which to manifest his idea of an eclectic, varied, and creative store, gallery, classroom, and performance venue. […]

In Conversation with Ozomatli’s Raul Pacheco

In Conversation with Ozomatli’s Raul Pacheco

The first time we heard Ozomatli was at Farnsworth Park’s small amphitheater in the foothills of Altadena. It was magical from the first note played. The crowd—mostly parents with the kids of all ages—was on its feet immediately, clapping, heads bopping, and feet moving. Before long, people were dancing in the aisles, kids filled the area down front, […]

Poetry & Cookies

Poetry & Cookies

Malware found me one prolific night. Stole my words, my voice, my malapropisms, illiterating them from memory yet holding them for ransom, for real. Pay in bit coins the red pop-up page demanded, by a certain date after which the price will rise. I examine my maladjusted bank account and draw my optical conclusion: Byte […]

Scaling the Big Trucks

Scaling the Big Trucks

Do you remember being a 3½ foot 5-year-old? Besides playing with your friends, your toys, or the family dog, your days were about looking up. Looking up at your parents, your teacher, the tree branch you wanted to reach, even the dang sink! Dreaming of the time you’d no longer need the step-stool to wash […]

It’s Time to Go to Heaven. Bungalow Heaven.

It’s Time to Go to Heaven. Bungalow Heaven.

The 28th Annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour is April 30th. There’s something cozy and magical about strolling down the walkway—no street, no cars in sight—with tidy lawns and entry paths leading up to historical California bungalows. Right, left, ahead, behind. It’s Bungalow Heaven. In 2009, the American Planning Association has listed Bungalow Heaven as one of […]

Castle Green, Historic Architecture on Mother’s Day

Castle Green, Historic Architecture on Mother’s Day

Need a Mother’s Day idea? Take mom on an architectural self-tour at historic Castle Green for Mother’s Day. On May 14, guests to Castle Green can tour one of Pasadena’s most iconic locations: the Moorish and Turkish Rooms, as well as the Grand Salon. Perhaps sip a lemonade on the veranda and check out the progress […]

Kids in the Kitchen Summer Camp

Kids in the Kitchen Summer Camp

Chef Michelle Hohman has created a casual, simple, welcoming space at Urban Kitchen. She teaches pasta making classes, and classes about seafood and steak, mastering souffles, and even “skills for crafting meals.” And, not only for adults. With summer arriving shortly, if you have a young’un who has shown deftness in the kitchen—or perhaps does […]

Red Vines Concoctions @ Twohey’s

Red Vines Concoctions @ Twohey’s

Some things you just can’t make up: Red Vines brand ambassadors are climbing into a VW retro-style bus “to promote the California Collection on its Red Vines Made in America Tour.” Okay, then! And to coincide with the arrival of said ambassadors into Southern California, Twohey’s iconic restaurant in Alhambra (established 1943) has created two […]

BAD GIRLS & Outcasts

BAD GIRLS & Outcasts

Sandra Mastroianni knows scores of artists and, lucky for us, they create unique pieces for her diverse exhibitions. She embraces themes that make us smile simply by reading their titles and eager to see the artists’ interpretations: Tiny Treasures, Beastly Beings, Birdly Delights, ¡Loteria!, Communing with the Ancestors, Sticks and Stones, and Over the Moon and Under the Stars. Opening at […]

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