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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 [...]

Burma Brown Paintings in Altadena

Burma Brown Paintings in Altadena

“He finds his inspiration from the two things he loves the most—jazz and the ocean.” Burma Brown is a Missouri transplant to Pasadena. For 29 years, he worked in the field of telecommunications. Now in retirement, he is “dedicating himself in perfecting his skills and exploring the creative he has placed on hold for so [...]

Parade! Parade!

Parade! Parade!

Are you going to the 124th Tournament of Roses parade or do you avoid Old Pasadena like the plague? Do you still enjoy watching the parade on television or do you tape it so you can fast forward through the three-hour telecast? Do you have any plans to see the floats up close and personal [...]

Rose Bowl Float Viewing

Rose Bowl Float Viewing

A favorite holiday activity that is almost better than the Tournament of Roses Parade, is strolling around, viewing, ooh and aahing, marveling, inhaling, and snapping pics of the Tournament of Roses floats before their big day. Experience the magic of the floats before they make their debut in the 2013 Rose Parade presented by Honda. [...]

Christmas Scenes

Christmas Scenes

One of our favorite things to do is drive around in the evening and see Christmas lights and decorations. Time is getting a little tight, evenings are filling up with last minute buying, wrapping, and the writing of cards, so during a break today, with the sun shining lower in the winter sky, we went [...]

Holiday Food & More Food!

Holiday Food & More Food!

It’s foodie soup today. A little of this and a little of that, all in one post. 1. The Spot Gourmet, 1936 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale 91201. 818. 861.7335 From appetizers like Moroccan spiced shrimp with pomegranate aioli and beef empanadas, the delicious-sounding beef Wellington served with a porcini cream sauce, to individual chocolate whiskey cakes [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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