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Ya Gotta Love Lucy

Ya Gotta Love Lucy

A redhead who was one of a kind. An American original. Her work will go down in the annals of TV and comedic history. We’re talking about Lucille Ball and one of America’s most popular TV shows,  I Love Lucy. This Saturday, the Greenway Arts Alliance will host a special performance of  “I Love Lucy” [...]

Taking It to the Ballroom

Taking It to the Ballroom

It began as a way to create quality time for their family. They didn’t realize it was in their blood. “It” is ballroom dancing. “They” are mother Kari Fraser, 14-year-old Grace, and 11-year-old Holden. It seems Grandpa, Albert “Scotty” Fraser, who worked for the Rolls Royce Corporation in his hometown of Paisley Renfrewshire, Scotland during [...]

Primates in Hi-Def

Primates in Hi-Def

Seventy Cameramen. Fifty countries. Four years. As many of you may already know, the BBC and Discovery Channel have co-produced a high-definition series called Life, a successor to Planet Earth. One episode in that series, Life: Primates, shall have a screening at Caltech on Saturday, February 11th. The documentary explores the “intelligence, adaptability, and resourcefulness that have enabled primates to thrive [...]

Going Vertical at Descanso

Going Vertical at Descanso

Each of Descanso’s gardens has their own individuality, charm and allure. From the thicket of magnolias and the peace of the Japanese garden you can take a stroll along the Promenade, tiptoe through the Rose, inhale the fragrance of the the lilacs in the Lilac, and go native Californian. The newest nugget of gold is [...]

Dinners from the Heart

Dinners from the Heart

The idea is “eat out locally, help out locally.” On the evenings of February 28th, 29th and March 1st, dozens of popular local restaurants are donating dinners to the Hathaway-Sycamores’ annual “Dinners from the Heart” event. How it works: choose your favorite restaurant (it’s got to be on their extensive list), make your reservation through [...]

The Alphabet Starts at ‘D’

The Alphabet Starts at ‘D’

That’s her slogan and she’s sticking to it. Jenette Goldstein says that she was forty years old and wearing a bra “that made me look matronly and vulgar at the same time.” Mon dieu, that wasn’t going to do at all. Once she was enlightened to the bliss of wearing a properly-sized bra, Jenette tossed [...]

Jazz for the ALS Angels

Jazz for the ALS Angels

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. This degenerative motor neuron disease that effects more than 30,000 Americans (5,600 are diagnosed each year) is more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Research for new treatments is ongoing and the fight to eradicate it is continuous. This Sunday, First United Methodist Church Pasadena is hosting a jazz concert and [...]

The State of Our City

The State of Our City

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard gave the 2012 State of the City address last Thurday evening at A Noise Within Theatre. He reported on our city’s recent achievements and the details of what lays ahead. Although he was positive and took a strong, proactive tone, he was honest and open about the city’s significant challenges. You can [...]

Héctor Tobar Speaks

Héctor Tobar Speaks

Not surprisingly, as the son of Guatemalan parents, a L.A. native, a former Los Angeles Times bureau chief in Buenos Aires, and a weekly local columnist, Héctor Tobar’s fiction is infused with the desire to illuminate the complex layers, significance, and consequences of cultural and ethnic differences and conflict. His latest novel, The Barbarian Nurseries, is an [...]

Let Freedom Ring

Let Freedom Ring

Martin Luther King, Jr. was honored by Pasadena Unified School District students through various service activities, celebratory musical and dance performances, and art and essay contests. As part of their beautification program, the Pasadena MLK Community Coalition led Madison Elementary School students, their families and staff in a day of planting and landscaping their campus. [...]

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