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Katrina Kenison: The Gift of an Ordinary Day

Katrina Kenison: The Gift of an Ordinary Day

“Watching my sons growing and changing so visibly, almost from one day to the next, I sensed something in me breaking loose and changing as well, something no less powerful for being invisible. It was almost as if, having strived for years for predictable comforts, urban conveniences, and security of our well-established routines, I was [...]

Noir Food & Wine on a Winter’s Day

Noir Food & Wine on a Winter’s Day

Early on in the day, writing at the computer in my north-facing apartment, which means it was near cold enough to snow, my hands were hardly able to find the appropriate keys. This was despite the fact that the heat was roaring (though since the heater is in the hallway and faces the bathroom and [...]

NELA Art Gallery Walk This Saturday

NELA Art Gallery Walk This Saturday

This Saturday, January 13th, is the second Saturday of the month, which means that it’s time for NELA Art Gallery Night on York Boulevard in Highland Park. Galleries and shops are open late along York from around Avenue 50 to Avenue 54 is filled with pedestrians, patrons, clients, and diners. Sawhorse Shop & Gallery has [...]

South Pasadena’s Book ‘Em!

South Pasadena’s Book ‘Em!

They must feel like an endangered species. The local mystery shop, Book ‘Em Mysteries, is only one of two bookshops dedicated to the mystery and crime genres that still exist in the state of california. Open for 23 years, and after an inauspicious start (seven months after they opened, an arsonist destroyed their building), Mary [...]

Master Sommelier Elizabeth Schweitzer: Wine, Wisdom, and Wit

Master Sommelier Elizabeth Schweitzer: Wine, Wisdom, and Wit

“She’s a kick,” says a reputable Hometown Pasadena source. “I once had her do a wine tasting for ____’s birthday. We asked her to bring wine that would go with spicy food (Thai and Indian), the hottest we could find, and she brought lots of great white wine and champagne. The whole event was great.” [...]

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger

The holidays may be over, but this is no time to be cutting back; Pasadena Cheeseburger Week starts this Sunday, January 13th. Okay, maybe you should get in a few salads and green smoothies for the next few days—ya know, to prep. The new Slater’s 50/50, Trattoria Neapolis, and Kings Row Gastropub are a few to [...]

6th Annual Pasadena Pinot Fest

6th Annual Pasadena Pinot Fest

Is there a limit to how much good pinot one can sniff, swirl, and sip? Not likely. Get your palates primed and ready to judge balance, complexity, body, and flavors because there will be 200 pinot noirs to taste from 100 California and Oregon wineries, including Ampelos, Clary Ranch, Clos Pepe, Dragonette, Hitching Post, Zovitch [...]

Dancers Needed!

Dancers Needed!

Come dance right this way… The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse is looking for Spanish, Flamenco, and Folklorico Dancers for The Mission Play.  Auditions will be held Monday, January 14th at 7 p.m. and Thursday, January 17th at 7 p.m. The Mission Play will be presented April 5-7 of this year. It “charts the beginnings of [...]

Amy’s Own

Amy’s Own

Editor’s Note: There’s a bit of a crunch this week because of the holidays and being in and out of town, so this week’s contribution comes from me. Here is the first chapter of my novel Amy’s Own. Amy’s Own Chapter One “Your father and I were lovers,” the woman tossed lightly over her shoulder, [...]

Tobacco Road by Jack Kirkland

Tobacco Road by Jack Kirkland

In tandem with the February opening of The Grapes of Wrath, A Noise Within is offering a free, one-night-only reading of Jack Kirkland’s Tobacco Road, which is based on the novel by Erskine Caldwell. This Depression-era Broadway blockbuster, which exposes the South’s social and racial injustices with biting satirical humor, portrays an ignorant, dysfunctional and [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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