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Sweet Marmalade

Sweet Marmalade

The crop was harvested, the fruit preserved and now the jars have arrived. The Arlington Garden‘s 48 Washington Navel orange trees are more than decoration at this public park. Two years ago, E. Waldo Ward & Sons of Sierra Madre was enlisted by creators Betty and Charles McKenney to take the harvested fruit and craft [...]

Tom Coston: the Doo Dah Man (and So Much More)

Tom Coston: the Doo Dah Man (and So Much More)

HP: You were heavily involved in the recent debut of LitFest Pasadena. How and why did you get involved? What was the goal of this event and do you think you and the other organizers achieved it? How do you see LitFest growing, expanding, and changing in the years ahead? TC: I was first introduced [...]

Drawing Marathon; It’s a Monster

Drawing Marathon; It’s a Monster

One day. Four one-hour shifts. Twenty-five artists. It’s the Monster Drawing Rally. Held at the Armory and established by Outpost for Contemporary Art, you can enjoy a cold one provided by the local Craftsman Brewing Company, loosen your limbs dancing to a live DJ, and satiate your appetite with purchases from the many food trucks [...]

Father’s Day at Descanso

Father’s Day at Descanso

Ah, the smell of barbecue in the air; the toe-tapping inclusion of country music; hanging with your dad, papi, papa, or pops. It’s Father’s Day at the Descanso Gardens. Patina will be the BBQ provider and Debra Davis and the Band of Gold will be creating the musical allure. Throw a few lawn chairs in [...]

Create It With Chalk

Create It With Chalk

Over the 20 years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival, Light Bringer Project estimates that 2,500 artists have created 3,000 murals—with over 4 million pieces of chalk. Yeah, that’s a lot of chalk. And this weekend, a few more will be worked down to nubs. For 9 hours a day on Saturday and Sunday at Paseo Colorado, [...]

Observe Airborne Snow

Observe Airborne Snow

Well, not literally. In response to the increased demand for water in a time of climate change, drought, and dust deposition—which has led to a severe drop of lake levels on Lake Mead—NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is developing the Airborne Snow Observatory. This observatory and other systems would bring the nation “to a mature monitoring [...]

Make Music Pasadena

Make Music Pasadena

Music your thing? Well then, for a full twelve hours on Saturday, June 16th, plan to experience nirvana. One hundred fifty free concerts will be available to the public from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. throughout downtown Pasadena—including “performances in alleys, buses, churches, rooftops, libraries and museums.” Make Music Pasadena is modeled after the Fête de [...]

Opera á la Carte

Opera á la Carte

“A fine practitioner of Gilbertian patter and Sullivanian lyricism,” so says the Los Angeles Times of Richard Sheldon, founder of the forty-year-old Gilbert and Sullivan repertory company Opera á la Carte. The Neighborhood Church and Garden will be the location this Saturday for a Victorian garden party with a silent auction, raffle, victuals and beverages, [...]

Unique Summer Digs

Unique Summer Digs

Not many 17-year-olds will be spending their summer in Northern Kenya learning the principles and field methods of paleoanthropology. But not every 17-year-old is Susanna Sabin. It is said that the remote Koobi Fora in Kenya is “the richest and most spectacular early hominid region in the world.” The Koobi Fora Field School was founded by [...]

Take a Nibble: It’s Yours

Take a Nibble: It’s Yours

For two years, Pasadena Community Gardens has worked towards creating “eco-friendly, edible, and sustainable community gardens.” Ground breaks on the site of former California Governor Henry Harrison Markham’s ranch house on Pasadena Avenue, north of Bellefontaine Street. The event on Saturday, June 9th, from 9 a.m.-noon, will be the kickoff for a $80,000 fundraising campaign. [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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