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Crispy & Tender

Crispy & Tender

Chef Sunny Vohra could finally say that after two years of trying, he’d done it. He and sous-chef Greg Schutt had just heaved a whole pig out of the China box stationed out on the patio of King’s Row Gastropub in Old Pasadena. The 74-pound porker lay splayed out on its platter with score marks all [...]

Govine: Words that Anchor

Govine: Words that Anchor

The human body. Roughly 96 percent of the mass of the human body is made up of oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen[1], but attributes like the capacity to imagine[2], allows people the freedom from a single, lone path… Not only is Gerda Govine Ituarte a Doctor of Education, she has a B.S. and M.A. in [...]

Sawhorse in Highland Park

Sawhorse in Highland Park

It’s eclectic. A bit funky. Kind of cool. It’s takes  a moment to get your bearings because it’s not immediately apparent what kind of shop is this Sawhorse in Highland Park. Looking around, there are paintings and mirrors, wooden wall cabinets, china sets, teapots, vases, toasters, books, and jewelry. The owner is Jim. He’s the [...]

Now That She’s Gone

Now That She’s Gone

The Coffee Gallery in Altadena is busy on this Saturday afternoon, filled with the young, middle-aged, and beyond; with Latinos, African Americans, and Caucasians; with mismatching tables and chairs. I like it. I buy a Hammerhead—a shot of espresso that can be mixed with coffee, which does rather jolt me awake after a morning of [...]

It’s Horrors at Caltech

It’s Horrors at Caltech

“Musical theater triumphantly returns to Caltech” the press release says. The object of this praise is the upcoming Little Shop of Horrors, which opens this Friday, February 22nd. Caltech theater always seems to be a whole community endeavor. Not only are there current undergrad and graduate students involved, but Caltech alumna Miranda Stewart is the [...]

It’s About Bloomin’ Time

It’s About Bloomin’ Time

The glories of Southern California—blooming trees and flowers in mid-February while the Upper Mid-West prepares for another snow storm. Not that snow is not a joy in its own way, and we are going to get a taste of winter temps with a low of 41º on Wednesday morning (cuddle up!), but the magnolias are [...]

Roasting the Pig

Roasting the Pig

We’re foregoing cocktail hour on Thursday evening for a little pig. Okay, we’re only delaying cocktails, but it’s all in order to honor and partake of one from the family Suidae, the omnivorous domesticated hoofed mammal descended from the wild boar and domesticated over 8,000 years ago—also commonly known as hog, swine, porker, and pig. We’ll be arriving [...]

Playing on the Aeolian-Skinner

Playing on the Aeolian-Skinner

They have been called “beasts.” They can be bought sometimes for as little as $20,000, only to have to be moved, restored, and installed, jacking the price up several hundreds of thousands of dollars. These “complicated machines” are Aeolian-Skinner organs. For one such organ being moved from Houston to Atlanta, it took a 54-foot flatbed [...]

AIDS/Life Cycle Fundraiser: Go Molly!

AIDS/Life Cycle Fundraiser: Go Molly!

On January 20, 2013 as I was playing soccer in Pasadena, I looked up to see someone ride off on my bike. I chased the guy, but I just could not catch him. The feeling of heartbreak is hard to put into words; that bike was more than two wheels and components. That bike was [...]

Naomi Hirahara of “Strawberry Yellow”

Naomi Hirahara of “Strawberry Yellow”

Fifteen years. Fifteen bloody years. It took that much time for a seed of a novel to germinate, grow, and be mowed down over and over again. I finally became a debut novelist at the age of forty-one. So shares local author Naomi Hirahara, talking about the laborious journey to get her first manuscript written [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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