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The Engine 2 Diet

The Engine 2 Diet

Who doesn’t like firemen? Anyone? This Thursday, you can meet and chat with a fireman—and even dine like one. Well, one like Rip Esselstyn. Whole Foods Arroyo is hosting an evening with Rip (he does look as though he’s got 6-pack abs) as he promotes his new book The Engine 2 Diet, which is noted [...]

Luna Fest: Bloom Again

Luna Fest: Bloom Again

Know someone who’s economically vulnerable? Dealing with a health crisis? Can’t even afford a bus pass? The women of the Bloom Again Foundation are dedicated to supporting “working, but economically vulnerable, women who are experiencing a health crisis.” Partners with whom they’ve created relationships—primarily health care agencies—take note of the women who fit this criteria, discern their [...]

Raveling by Peter Moore Smith

Raveling by Peter Moore Smith

“All right.” Eric laughed. “Mom’s nuts.” Eric Airie is a brain surgeon. He’s examining his mother who says she’s seeing ghosts. He can’t find anything wrong with her so he declares her crazy though the other person in the room, his brother Pilot, appears to be the one going through the psychotic break. So begins [...]

Dick Van Dyke & L.A. Children’s Chorus

Dick Van Dyke & L.A. Children’s Chorus

What does Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Magic of Lassie and Iron Man 2 have in common? All have benefited from the talent of composer Richard M. Sherman. Along with his brother Robert B., in 1965, Richard won an Academy Award for Best Music, Substantially Original Score for Mary Poppins, and he won another one [...]

Will You Be Queen?

Will You Be Queen?

Individuals of all genders, shapes, ages, and persuasions will test their fate to become queen. So states the literature informing the denizens of Pasadena of the upcoming tryouts (raucous spectacle) to determine who will be queen of the 36th Occasional Doo Dah Parade. Contestants are usually outnumbered by equally-costumed judges, who include many former queens, [...]

Milk Crafting, Bacon Curing & Vino

Milk Crafting, Bacon Curing & Vino

The Institute of Domestic Technology may have the strangest of names, but the courses they offer run such the gamut—from learning how to make fresh chevre and curing your own bacon to preserving fruit and making artisanal bread—that your IRA or child’s college fund may have to take a considerable hit so that you may [...]

Does Your Wardrobe Match Your Art?

Does Your Wardrobe Match Your Art?

Artist Holly Boruck has a goal, and Louise Wannier with her Louis Jane Studio space are helping her implement it, in more ways than one. The Butterfly Hurricanes Project exhibit was created by Holly with the hope of motivating people to become involved with contemporary global and local issues. Each one of her oil on [...]

Local Authors at Webster’s in Altadena

Local Authors at Webster’s in Altadena

“No matter if you are sick, tired, unemployed, had a bad day or are even angry, your dog will love you. “That’s why I made Luke, the Dog, the narrator of this story.” So explains Carol McKibben, author of Luke’s Tale: A Story of Unconditional Love who will be a part of this Saturday’s “Authors [...]

Strawberry Yellow

Strawberry Yellow

East Coast WASPS are known for speaking through clenched teeth—their jaw muscles taut and their lips barely moving. They smile through breakdowns, financial ruin, the suspension or arrest of a teen, and rejection by the golf, swim, beach, or yacht club admittance committee. Historically, the British have invoked and cultivated the “stiff upper lip” to [...]

Flour + Tea = Mmm Mmm Good

Flour + Tea = Mmm Mmm Good

With a location on the corner of Arroyo Parkway and Cordova and parking in a garage at the bottom of an apartment/condo complex, it would seem as though this tea house/bakery/cafè would be at a disadvantage. But, it is not. While we were chatting with Nancy Ou, co-owner with her cousin Johnson Wang of Flour [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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