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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 [...]

Pasadena Voted Fair Trade City

Pasadena Voted Fair Trade City

The City Council of Pasadena was unanimous, Mayor Bill Bogaard was on board, and the Chamber of Commerce was supportive, and now Pasadena has been designated a Fair Trade city. In the morning of Thursday, February 14th there will be a ribbon cutting at City Hall to celebrate this “historic designation” accompanied by the unveiling [...]

The Black Pickup by Rachel M. Harper

The Black Pickup by Rachel M. Harper

The Black Pickup By Rachel M. Harper Holding onto the clear plastic handle, Kyle hung from the shopping cart with his knees bent. He knew that he was too old to be playing on the cart, but it was fun to sway back and forth and try not to touch the ground. He ignored the [...]

Love Is in the Air

Love Is in the Air

One Colorado is requesting some PDA, and there’s only three days left! In the courtyard, those in love, yearning for love, or simply wishing Happy Valentine’s thoughts can pen their poetic prose on “Heart Strings.” You will find the hearts—awaiting your romantic, goofy, gushy, or heartfelt musings—at Papyrus at 20 Hugus Alley. Create as you wish, [...]

Peter Pan—with a Tinker Bell Tea

Peter Pan—with a Tinker Bell Tea

Tink? Peter? Wendy? Tiger Lilly? Captain Hook, maybe? Who’s your favorite character in J. M. Barrie’s famous work Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, or Peter and Wendy? The Pasadena Civic Ballet will perform Peter Pan as a full length ballet at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, directed by Diane De Franco-Brown, Tania [...]

Christine Moore’s Little Flower

Christine Moore’s Little Flower

The pretzel rolls, the caramels, the garlic edamame spread, the garlic mushrooms and brie sandwich served open-faced on a baguette with thyme and lemon, the Dal bowl. Is your mouth watering yet? These are just some of the delicious offerings at Christine Moore’s Little Flower Cafe across the old bridge on Colorado Boulevard, tucked under [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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