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The King of Melody

The King of Melody

In 1947, composer Enrst Krenek dismissed Franz Schubert (1797-1828) as “lucky,” and his work as “pleasing tunes…lacking the dramatic power and searching intelligence which distinguished such ‘real’ masters as Bach or Beethoven.” Urged by a fellow composer to actually study Schubert’s songs, Krenek eventually did an about-face and declared that Schubert “exhibited a great wealth [...]

Feeding the Head, Heart & Hands

Feeding the Head, Heart & Hands

Folk artist, permaculture garden designer; teaching in Nairobi, Costa Rica, China, and Kenya; award-nominee and artist-in-residence. It’s a helluva a diverse resumé, but this has been the life of Leigh Adams, who will be the featured speaker this Tuesday, the 21st for “Coffee Talks” sponsored by the United Nations Association of the USA, Pasadena/Foothills Chapter. [...]

Special Occasions Head to Toe

Special Occasions Head to Toe

We’re looking for a particular clothing store. We think it’s within the first three blocks on Mission Street, west of Fair Oaks. Several drive-bys prove fruitless. Then, oh, this one looks familiar. We park; we lock; we step inside. Okay, now not so familiar. But, hmmm, look at this… A multi-colored dress attracts our eye. [...]

A Garden of Their Own

A Garden of Their Own

They’re in for the long haul. Several years ago, Charles W. Eliot Middle School in Altadena won the governor’s physical fitness challenge and received $100,000. With those funds, the school built a physical fitness center for the students. To continue this emphasis on health and wellness, the next goal was to turn a fallow lot [...]

“Honey, Did You Take Out the Trash?

“Honey, Did You Take Out the Trash?

Some people actually make the conscious decision to toss an empty wrapper onto the ground, or carelessly throw an empty soda can out the car window. Unfortunately, trash dumping is currently happening on Canyon Crest Road overlooking Millard Canyon in Altadena. This Sunday, the Arroyo Seco Foundation plans on tackling that situation up close and personal. [...]

A Pinch of Hamlet, A Bite of Twelfth Night…

A Pinch of Hamlet, A Bite of Twelfth Night…

Sunday, late afternoon, and Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena stands regal against the backdrop of crystal clear mountains. This was the incredible location of the second fundraiser for LitFest Pasadena, the city’s upcoming entrance into the world of book festivals to be held on Saturday, March 17th, in Central Park. Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard joined the [...]

Tears of Amber

Tears of Amber

You want a good story, check out the Greek myths. The Greek word for amber is elektron, which means “formed by the sun.” As such, it is associated with the sun god Helios. According to myth, when Helios’ son Phaëton had a bit of a tantrum and insisted on driving his father’s sun chariot, which [...]

A Festival of Women

A Festival of Women

Novel #1: Round Rock, named one of the LA Times Best 100 Books of the year. Novel #2: Jamesland, winner of the Southern California Booksellers Award for Fiction. Novel #3: Blame, nominated for a 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award. Author: Altadena’s own Michelle Huneven. Huneven is one of the five acclaimed women who will [...]

Camellia, Camellia

Camellia, Camellia

This weekend our intrepid weather persons are predicting partly cloudy skies on Saturday, and sunny skies on Sunday with temperatures in the mid-60′s. Wondering how to spend a mild winter weekend? Maybe a competition in the world of camellias would be the answer. The Huntington is holding its 40th Annual Camellia Show, where “hundreds of [...]

Have a Happy Victorian Valentine’s Day

Have a Happy Victorian Valentine’s Day

Making Valentine’s Day cards with your child can create wonderful moments and lasting memories. And sometimes you are just grateful to have the experience behind you, as in the times when you end up making valentines for your child. Let us explain: your child has come home from school and reported that she has been instructed [...]

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