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9th Annual South Pas. Eclectic Music Festival

9th Annual South Pas. Eclectic Music Festival

It begins with Ozomatli, so how much more do we have to say to entice you to this year’s South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival. Right? Are were done here? Okay, we’ll share a bit more… First, if you haven’t read our interview with Ozomatli band member Raul Pacheco, then you must.     Four stages! (And this […]

Wild West Day

Wild West Day

Do a little panning for gold, rope a steer, and ride in a U. S. Mail stage coach at the Arboretum‘s “Wild West Day” on May 6. Kids can learn how to write telegrams, play horse shoes, and watch a blacksmith. Christy Lewis of Trick Roper provides a roping demonstration, the Shadow Mountain Band plays […]

In the Pool

In the Pool

We were delighted to visit old friends at their home in Palm Springs. While taking a break from work one morning, we strolled the lawn, side-stepping mammoth grapefruits while harvesting some for our breakfast. The rising sun was already blinding and warm, the raging winds from the evening before had unfortunately moved on; the water […]

Beauty from the Ashes

Beauty from the Ashes

Artist’s Statement I chose the name “Beauty from the Ashes” because it resonated with me as a poignant description of my life and my artistic journey. Before I rediscovered my creativity, I lived a very small and isolated life. When I began to make art again (after years of repressing it), the thought never crossed […]

A Stitch in Time

A Stitch in Time

“Living without language.” Can you imagine. In 2007, Pasadena native Lauren Marks woke up in the Critical Care Unit of Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland. She woke up into The Quiet. “I was an American actor, director, and PhD student in New York City, touring a show to the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh,” Marks […]

Masters of Taste 2017

Masters of Taste 2017

Thank goodness, Rob and Leslie Levy, owners of The Raymond restaurant, thought, let’s do something different for a fundraiser. Not the same old gala cocktail hour or buffet as a fundraiser, but something different. Perhaps they should’ve said, “go big or go home” because “Masters of Taste” is a fun idea with an ambitious concept, located in […]

Funky House, Glendale

Funky House, Glendale

Even after 18 years in Los Angeles County, the quirky, crazy architecture we stumble upon makes us smile, shake our head and pull the car to a stop. Here’s a home we found in Glendale at the corner of Sunset Canyone Drive and Providencia Avenue.                    

Garden Conservancy: Open Days Pasadena

Garden Conservancy: Open Days Pasadena

April 30 is The Garden Conservancy‘s Open Day Pasadena, a self-tour of 6 private gardens. Begin at the historic La Casita del Arroyo to pick up a map and purchase tickets, then take yourself upon a a garden tour that includes: The John Bakewell Phillips House (photo, right), a Greene & Greene 1906 Craftsman Chalet-style home, redesigned […]

Matt Hormann’s “The Darkest Night” at Women’s City Club

Matt Hormann’s “The Darkest Night” at Women’s City Club

On May 6, local historian and journalist Matt Hormann presents his lecture “The Darkest Night: The Destruction and Rebirth of Pasadena’s Chinatown.” Didn’t know that Pasadena even had a Chinatown? You’ve probably walked it several times or at least seen the entryway, easily recognizable by the throwback burger joint on the corner. Of course, Jake’s has now […]

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 […]

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