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Literary Pasadena at Vroman’s

Literary Pasadena at Vroman’s

Local authors Jim Krusoe, Rachel Harper, Denise Hamilton, Scott O’Connor and editor Patricia O’Sullivan will be at Vroman’s tonight to read, sip wine, and spread the word about Prospect Park Books’ new Literary Pasadena: The Fiction Edition. This literary journal has been produced as a companion to LitFest Pasadena (May 11, 2013 in Central Park) [...]

The Sadness of the Samurai

The Sadness of the Samurai

Caudillo de España por la gracia de Dios. Francisco Franco, by the Grace of God, the Leader of Spain, instilled his authoritarian dictatorship from 1936 until his death on November 20th, 1975. Generalissimo, or El Jefe, led his rebel Nationalists against the democratically elected Spanish Republic to victory in 1939. “Atrocities were committed by both [...]

The Reel Classroom by Margaret Finnegan

The Reel Classroom by Margaret Finnegan

  A little bit of a nervous breakdown brought me back to teaching. I had left academia when my daughter was born, and for a good while I loved everything about the stay-home mom business. I was that woman who wanted to see the first step and hear the first word.  I was the one [...]

Lemony Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Lemony Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

An oldie but a family-and-friend favorite, thanks to Molly Ringwald who shared this recipe with my mother when my sisters and I were all young’uns. As a pre-teen, and once I operated confidently around the kitchen, I commandeered this dessert, making it for holidays and special events. An aside: In my mid-20s, I spent half [...]

Street Food Fest

Street Food Fest

They’ve got watering holes, tequila tasting, ice cream socials, test kitchens, food cook-offs, and carts for a cause. It’s the 4th Annual Summer Tasting Event at the Rose Bowl, otherwise known as the L.A. Street Food Fest. Shawna Dawson and Sonja Rasula not only share the same birthday, they both love street food. “Our goal [...]

Takashi Tomo-oka at Pacific Asia Museum

Takashi Tomo-oka at Pacific Asia Museum

Born in Kyoto in 1971 to a basket weaver and a dressmaker, Takashi Tomo-oka developed an eye for the diversity of the natural world at an early age while accompanying his father on field trips to gather bamboo for baskets. So begins the journey of a young artist who was intrigued by nihonga (neo-tradtional Japanese painting), but [...]

Save the Monarchs; Eat Cake

Save the Monarchs; Eat Cake

The Monarch butterfly population this year is expected to be down to its lowest level since 1976, a “catastrophic collapse.” In response, La Monarca Bakery is expanding its Cakes for Cause campaign to include all its locations beginning on April 22nd, which is Earth Day. Ten percent of the proceeds from cake sales will benefit [...]

Pasadena Restaurant Week Has an App

Pasadena Restaurant Week Has an App

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is going hi-tech and for this year’s Pasadena Restaurant Week they are offering an app for iPhone and Android users that identifies participating restaurants by location, cuisine, and price, as well as an alphabetical list. Users can also use the app to make reservations and find out about other yearly [...]

Fancy That! – Closing Its Doors

Fancy That! – Closing Its Doors

Over the years, we’ve marveled at their extensive Easter windows, gotten goosebumps from their Halloween display, ooh-ed and aah-ed strolling through their magical Christmas world, and wanted to snatch the birthday cupcake string of lights, the handmade birthday crowns, and the precious birthday plates and cups. Now, Fancy That! on Mission Street in San Marino [...]

Ulla’s Birds

Ulla’s Birds

By the abundance of art that Ulla Anobile creates, she must be working every nanosecond of the day. Whether it be devils in felt, masks from pieces of driftwood, her interpretation of The Magi (“Three Shamans Follow a Star”), or a paper mache family of owls—with two sleepy-looking home-schooled young’uns—perched on a branch, her work is engaging, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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