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Mud! Mud! Mud!

Mud! Mud! Mud!
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It’s gooey. It’s gloppy. It soaks through clothes and dries like a scaly skin on one’s arms, legs, and face. And, it’s one of the funnest “play toys” on the planet. Mud. June 20th and 21st, Kidspace is celebrating International Mud Day with activities that include creating homemade seed bombs, mud pie masterpieces, and collaborating […]

Earth Speaks

Earth Speaks

From the time I started composing, I was keenly aware that, at least visually speaking, I was the goose in a bunch of ducks. A Julliard graduate with a masters degree from the Yale School of Music, a Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship recipient, a 2011 INK Fellow, and an enthusiast of Hindustani vocal studies, Reena Esmail is […]

Jimmy Carter’s Coming to Pasadena

Jimmy Carter’s Coming to Pasadena

Jimmy Carter has been one of America’s most maligned presidents. He funded the Afghan mujahideen, as well as the dictatorship in El Salvador in the 1980s.¹ He’s been called an anti-semite, a bigot, and has been taken to task by Jason Maoz, senior editor at the Jewish Press (2006).² Author Steven F. Hayward even declares […]

Waterfall

Waterfall

A Tony Award nominee. A Tony Award winner. An Academy Award winner. Waterfall has quite a pedigree. This musical has its world premier at the Pasadena Playhouse—with choreography by Tony Award-nominee Dan Knechtges (Xanadu, Lysistrata Jones), lyrics by Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby, Jr. (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Miss Saigon), and music by Academy Award and two-time Grammy […]

Requiem by Brahms as “Community Art”

Requiem by Brahms as “Community Art”

Founder and Artistic Director of the Pasadena Master Chorale Jeffrey Bernstein says The Brahms Requiem to be performed by the choir on June 14th is not just a concert but a “community art project.” The choir will sing Eines Deutsches Requiem—what the director calls a journey through grief, sorrow, triumph, gratitude, and comfort—and between the […]

Inaugural Asian Heritage Jazz Festival

Inaugural Asian Heritage Jazz Festival

“I didn’t know Asian Americans played jazz.” This is a sentence saxophonist Michael Paulo has heard time and again. His answer? The inaugural Asian Heritage Jazz Festival, to be held at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center on June 20th. Rob Fukuzaki of ABC7 Eyewitness News is the emcee of the event, which features […]

Designer Pop Up

Designer Pop Up

ASID—American Society of Interior Designers—is having a “pop up” sale Saturday, June 13th, and it’s open to the public. For 8½ hours, shoppers are invited to roam the “designer warehouse” in Sierra Madre hunting for chairs, tables, vases, pillows, and oodles more. Designer Pop Up Sale Saturday, June 13th, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Designer Warehouse, 89 […]

Pasadena’s Prospect Park Books: Open House, Book Sale & Murder

Pasadena’s Prospect Park Books: Open House, Book Sale & Murder

Hometown Pasadena, this online magazine, is all thanks to Colleen Dunn Bates and her crew of fabulous writers, designers, photographers, editors, characters, and partner Patty O’Sullivan at Prospect Park Books. Since 2006, PPB has published dozens of funny, informative, introspective, entertaining, and riveting books from Lian Dolan’s Helen of Pasadena, Naomi Hirahara’s Mas Arai mystery […]

50+ Artists. 25+ Locations. 2 Days. Open Studios.

50+ Artists. 25+ Locations. 2 Days. Open Studios.

We’ve written repeatedly about Open Studios…and were not done yet. The 4th bi-annual Open Studios has finally arrived—Saturday and Sunday, June 6th-7th. This event is completely organic, begun as a way for local artists to show and sell their work, while also offering visitors a glimpse into work spaces with access to the artists, as […]

All Around Us

All Around Us

This week’s Home & Garden focuses on the beautiful cacti, plants, and flowers that we see while walking our neighborhoods…                                                     Take pictures? Plants, architecture, people, events, still life, landscapes? […]

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