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Art from the Forces of Nature

Art from the Forces of Nature

Creating art from destruction and heartache. This is the idea behind the “Forces of Nature Artists Exhibition” at the Arboretum. The unexpectedly brutal windstorm that struck just a year ago took out 235 trees and damaged 1,000 on the Arboretum grounds. “In the subsequent massive cleanup by Los Angeles County crews, private contractors, and countless [...]

From Disney to Pluto

From Disney to Pluto

“In the immediate wake of a local school shooting, single mother Elizabeth Miller and her college-age son Bailey struggle to communicate while also contending with aggressive household appliances, the odd new family pet, a forceful crowd threatening to invade their kitchen, and a tree that’s crashed through the ceiling.” Like, an angry fridge? Or a [...]

Snow & Gingerbread

Snow & Gingerbread

Snow Day is back! On Saturday, Vroman’s will bring in 5 tons of snow and even Frosty the Snowman will make an appearance. If you arrive at 2 p.m., you can sign up for the snowman-making contest that will start at 3 p.m., but remember to bring your own carrot, scarf, coal—whatever you’d like with [...]

Trolley Pics at PMH

Trolley Pics at PMH

Desperate to put that holiday card together, but running out of ideas? The Pasadena Museum of History has a vintage trolley prop that’s now been festooned with Christmas garlands, ribbons, ornaments, a wreath, and even a bird and a squirrel (?). The prop was created by photographer Steve Crise who co-curated with Michael Patris the [...]

Holiday Houses

Holiday Houses

In their 45th year, the Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Association presents its annual Holiday “Look In” Tour with local rose kings Jacob Maarse, the daringly untraditional Ixora, and the lovely Mary Falkingham Floral Designs. Four houses and their gardens will be dressed for the holidays: the Banta Residence; a 1931 Monterey Colonial Burge home; the [...]

Operation Santa

Operation Santa

The Pasadena Jaycees are gearing up for Santa. For 78 years, letters have been received and read, toy drives have been organized, funds raised, houses mapped out, and on Christmas, Eve Santa and Mrs. Claus visit children with gifts in hand. For Operation Santa to be a success, volunteers are needed. Every Tuesday and Thursday [...]

Shop Small, Shop Local

Shop Small, Shop Local

This Saturday, November 24th is Small Business Saturday, which was begun by American Express in 2010. Now, mega-conglomerate American Express hardly exemplifies one’s notion of “small” (even in fantasy fiction), but if you can move beyond that, the idea of and the encouragement to shop at small, independently-owned businesses this holiday season is a kind [...]

Amateur Baker, Anyone?

Amateur Baker, Anyone?

So, we get a call the other day. “Hello, I’m Scrschasl (weak cell phone connection)and I’m a producer for Scrschasl. We’re looking for amateur bakers and would like to spread the word in the Pasadena area.” We listened to the message twice, but still couldn’t make out the name of the woman or the show, [...]

USC vs UCLA, Gus’ BBQ-style

USC vs UCLA, Gus’ BBQ-style

Ya gotta order 24 hours in advance, so if holiday shopping is definitively not on your weekend schedule because your Trojans or Bruins are calling you, and you’re so nervous you don’t trust yourself to hold a knife to slice a tomato let alone fire up the barbecue, Gus’ in South Pasadena is all ready [...]

Check “Mate” at Caltech Opens Friday

Check “Mate” at Caltech Opens Friday

“He could beat any man, until he met a woman.” So goes the slogan for Mate, a play about former Pasadena resident and world chess champion Bobby Fischer. In 1960, young chess phenomenon, 17-year-old Bobby Fischer traveled to Buenos Aires to compete. While there, he became intimate with a woman for the first time. Fischer [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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