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The Soap Kitchen: Smell It, Try It, Love It

The Soap Kitchen: Smell It, Try It, Love It

Need some aromatherapy? Welcome to The Soap Kitchen on Fair Oaks Avenue in Old Pasadena. To open the door and step in is to be enveloped with the scents of oils and herbs. Usually right inside the door is the main ingredient in which to mix these oils and herbs. It’s easy to miss, but [...]

Schubert’s “Winterreise”

Schubert’s “Winterreise”

They’re called “song cycles” for voice and piano. Franz Schubert composed “Winterreise” or “Winter Journeys” in 1828, a setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller in two parts, each containing 12 songs about a young poet walking away, then meandering vainly, trying to leave behind a love who has found another. In “Winterreise,” Schubert raises the [...]

Cat Can’t Jump

Cat Can’t Jump

Silliness. Pure silliness. But it got a laugh out of us on this rather gloomy, chilly, rainy day. Supposedly, the original copy came from Japan and was without any music. A posting at The Chive has it paired with the perfect score (“Sail” by AWOLnation), which in tandem with the cat’s antics is what actually made [...]

Dorian Cohen: Decorations

Dorian Cohen: Decorations

Dorian Cohen’s work incorporates writing, photography, and sound. As a member of the Pasadena-based Otela Group, he created poetry pamphlets, performances, and recordings. He was also a regular contributor to the music magazine Option. Excerpts of his new multimedia composition, Pinney House: A Memoir and his iPhone Street Shot Series are posted on his blog Piedmont Avenue.     Decorations The name [...]

Naughty or Nice? Giveaways & Savings

Naughty or Nice? Giveaways & Savings

It’s down to the wire. There are only 7 days until Christmas. How’s that list coming? Still stuck on that brother-in-law who only seems to barbecue and watch Dodger games? Parents who are at the age where there’s no more room on any shelf for another knickknack and they constantly say, “Oh, honey, I’m just [...]

Thoughts

Thoughts

This holiday season, I am reminded even more of the importance of exercising compassion and empathy. I shouldn’t have to be homeless to imagine the bitterness of winter temperatures for those who have no roof over their heads and no bed with fluffy pillows and a down comforter to keep them warm at night. I don’t [...]

Pasadena Heritage Legacy Walking Tour

Pasadena Heritage Legacy Walking Tour

Pasadena Heritage wants to show you how “Pasadena developed from a simple Indiana farm colony to the wealthiest resort community in the United States during the 1920s.” Four walking tours will be offered on Sunday, December 30th. The “Old Pasadena Walking Tour” will delve into the town’s Victorian past amongst smaller streets and alleyways, as [...]

For the Holidays: Jordi & CO

For the Holidays: Jordi & CO

Thinking about the holidays can elicit images of easy laughter, loving hugs, good wine, and delicious food. It can also create heartburn, knots in your shoulders, and the desire to retire to bed at 10 a.m. One possible “out” for the latter would be to hire yourself a holiday decorator and party planner. This month’s [...]

Fancy That! Twains, Twains!

Fancy That! Twains, Twains!

If trains on train tracks, whistles, quaint houses and stores, little people and dogs, and with everything dressed up for the holidays grabs your fancy and turns you into a little boy or girl, head over to Fancy That! on Mission in San Marino. Ask Jim to flip the switch, setting off two sets of [...]

Geminid Meteor Shower

Geminid Meteor Shower

On Thursday, December 13th, the whole world can experience the wonder of Mother Nature together. The Geminid meteor shower will begin in the late evening of Thursday and continue until dawn. Earthsky states that “as a general rule, the shower intensifies after midnight and produces the greatest number of meteors for a few hours, centered around [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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