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Riding the Birds in South Pas

Riding the Birds in South Pas

The South Pasadena Public Library staff has spent years digitalizing historical photos of this small town, south of big sister Pasadena, which are now on view to the public at Online Archive California. Perusing a few of the pics, we came across the picture to the right… The Cawston Ostrich Farm was located in the [...]

Camellia Lounge at Full Moon Tea

Camellia Lounge at Full Moon Tea

There are only six more chances to enjoy the Camellia Lounge this summer. On the Descanso Garden‘s main lawn (Tuesdays and Thursdays) or at the Full Moon Tea House (Wednesdays), the Patina Restaurant Group offers signature cocktails and a mini menu. Tuesdays are All-American night with the choice of an Angus beef cheeseburger, a hot [...]

Commemorating the March on Washington

Commemorating the March on Washington

August 28th will be the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, three months before the assassination of President Kennedy. For this writer who was only a year old, the day most probably came and went with lots of napping, consuming and digesting, but for the mother of said [...]

SIP-tember: a Celebration of the Cocktail

SIP-tember: a Celebration of the Cocktail

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce’s SIP-tember kicks off on August 15th to honor the birthday of “culinary pioneer” Julia Child. Just as with the inaugural Julia Child Pasadena Cocktail Party last year, this year’s event will take place at restaurants all over the city with a citywide happy birthday toast at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged [...]

Julia Child: A Salute

Julia Child: A Salute

“I always give my bird a generous butter massage before I put it in the oven. Why? Because I think the chicken likes it—and, more importantly, I like to give it.” Julia Child, born in Pasadena 101 years ago this August 15th, 2013, had a voice we’ll always hear—slightly grating—in our ears, though her laugh, [...]

Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut

Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut

Salma Abdelnour spends a year in Beirut, the city she fled with her parents at age nine, contemplating the meaning of “home” as she ponders whether to resettle there. The book begins tilted much towards an Eat Pray Love style personal confessional but gradually gives way to a broader picture of Beirut, the Middle East [...]

Who Wants Seconds? Coming This Fall

Who Wants Seconds? Coming This Fall

It’s amazing how many “things”—jobs, career paths, specialist abilities—that some individuals can list on their resume. Those of us with less to flourish should not bow our heads, but partake of the bounties of others! Jennie Cook is one such incredibly learned woman. She is chef and owner of Jennie Cook’s Catering and Plant-Based Parties. [...]

Upstairs Downstairs at the Gamble House

Upstairs Downstairs at the Gamble House

With the Gamble House being only two stories, this doesn’t feel like a traditional upstairs/downstairs situation. The servants weren’t tucked away, never to be thought of or considered. Yes, most often Mary Gamble only used first names in her diary, so historians aren’t able to place all those in their service, but some were regarded [...]

Free Summer Movies

Free Summer Movies

Gru, the girls, and the minions are onscreen—free— in the original Despicable Me at the Paseo Colorado on Wednesday, with complimentary popcorn and Coldstone offering root beer floats. Seating is first come first serve and the screening starts at 8 p.m. If you present a same-day receipt from a restaurant located in the Paseo, you [...]

Val Kilmer as Citizen Twain & Vanessa as Zora

Val Kilmer as Citizen Twain & Vanessa as Zora

From Iceman, Batman, Jim Morrison, and Doc Holliday to Citizen Twain. For four performances only, Val Kilmer will portray “the greatest American humorist of his age” and “the father of American literature” at the Pasadena Playhouse. Each performance will end with a live post-show Q&A with Kilmer, though for an extra 25 bucks, you can [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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