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Vertical’s Oktoberfest

Vertical’s Oktoberfest

Vertical Wine Bistro is “bringing Munich to Pasadena.” Oktoberfest dates back to 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig invited the locals to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, clueless about the historical significance of this invitation—the consequent conceptualization, the ever-popular and ever-growing spirited realization, let alone the fervent adherents this “autumnal festival of merrymaking […]

Sons of Anarchy with One Heart

Sons of Anarchy with One Heart

“When Sons of Anarchy finished filming Season 4, my wife and I went to Tanzania to visit our daughter who was working as Education Director of the school (One Heart Source). There we found our daughter happily living in a mud hut, teaching elementary school students, and fluently speaking Swahili. No electricity, no running water—but […]

A Hollywood Star for Gale Anne Hurd

A Hollywood Star for Gale Anne Hurd

They’re classics: The Terminator, The Abyss, and Aliens. They’re documentaries: True Whispers and The Pirate Code. They’re suspenseful, adventurous, and patriotic: Armageddon. They’re silly: Tremors. They’re zombies (always a crowd pleaser): “The Walking Dead.” They’re sometimes green: The Hulk. “They” have all been produced by Pasadena local Gale Anne Hurd and this Wednesday, October 3rd, she will be receiving […]

TV Commercial Acting Classes

TV Commercial Acting Classes

“Bored with retirement?” asks Dennis McCarthy (L.A. Daily News). “Got too much time on your hands? Go see Buddy Powell. There’s never a dull moment in his classroom.” Buddy Powell, who has performed in over a 100 commercials, is credentialed in adult education and has been teaching commercial acting for 10 years. Starting on Tuesday, […]

Andrew McCarthy at Vroman’s

Andrew McCarthy at Vroman’s

Becoming famous amidst the 1980s and (it appears) a reluctant member of the “brat pack,” Andrew McCarthy seems to have spent the intervening years finding his way—in his acting career and his personal life—desiring to move forward via his own direction, and not as a consequence of the Hollywood creation-and-packaging machine. Oh, and he wanted […]

Beltran’s Gumbo & Some Zydekats

Beltran’s Gumbo & Some Zydekats

Lisa Haley was singing up a storm, making her violin strings hum, and leading the crowd in cheers to support “the girls.” Those girls would be the foster teenagers who live in a cottage run by Rosemary Children’s Services. Chef Claud Beltran and his team were whipping up gumbo, doling out bowls full of cooked […]

Tequila Fun

Tequila Fun

It was quickly apparent that a pre-event shower was overkill; sweat could soon be felt running down our backs and along our hairlines. It was only 6:30 and the patio outside El Portal was packed. People held plates, piling them high with treats from the generous buffet of appetitzers—tasty empanadas, meatballs, tacos, smoked salmon, churros, […]

What If?

What If?

It’s time for Saturday High again. On September 29th, classes for high school students at Art Center College of Design begin, offering “dozens of classes to exercise that big, beautiful brain of yours.” Classes are offered in various disciplines: advertising and graphic design; digital media; entertainment design; fine art and illustration; photography and imaging/film; and […]

Hey, Kids: Audition for the Glendale Pops

Hey, Kids: Audition for the Glendale Pops

Can you rock “Jingle Bells”? Melt hearts with your rendition of “Silent Night”? Make a skeptic believe again with “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”? Well, there is still a little time left to prep. The Glendale Pops Youth Chorus is holding auditions on Thursday, October 4th. If accepted, rehearsals will be held on five […]

PSHA Gifts & Grants

PSHA Gifts & Grants

Do you know of or are you involved with a non-profit that focuses on “symphonic or classical music, youth music education, (or) music therapy”? If so, could you use some financial support? The Showcase House is accepting applications for its Gifts and Grants program until Friday, October 12th. This past May, Pasadena Showcase House for […]

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