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Memorial for the Unknown

Memorial for the Unknown

Did you know Lurch? He died alone. On a bench. Right here in Pasadena. How about Tom, who died next to a dumpster at a pharmacy? These are just two out of the 50 local homeless people who died in 2011, and 50 out of the thousands nationwide who die each year from illness, exposure [...]

Cheeseball for the Holidays

Cheeseball for the Holidays

Let us rephrase: not cheeseball as in corny or goofy, but cheeseball as in yummy goodness. But let’s start from the beginning. In 1951, Jim Carmack was a naval aviator pilot. He and his wife Betty Jane were spending their first holiday together in wedded bliss. Then Jim got a hankering for a tasty cheeseball. [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 12/12/11

Vroman’s Bestsellers 12/12/11

Hardcover Fiction Week The Thirteen Hallows, Michael Scott Death Comes To Pemberley, P. D. James The Drop, Michael Connelly A Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes 11/22/63, Stephen King The Litigators, John Grisham 1Q84, Haruki Murakami A Prague Cemetery, Umberto Eco Rules of Civility, Amor Towles The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach Hardcover Non-Fiction Steve [...]

Bake Sale in a Pita Jungle & Holiday Pop-Ups

Bake Sale in a Pita Jungle & Holiday Pop-Ups

It’s a monster. A monster bake sale, that is. Eat My Blog contributing bakers will be hosting their 4th annual charity bake sale to benefit the LA Regional Foodbank at Pasadena’s Pita Jungle. Eat My Blog was begun by Cathy Chaplin, a Pasadena resident who authors the food blog Gastronomy Blog. She and Laurie Moore [...]

Home & Garden—A Personal Touch

Home & Garden—A Personal Touch

Julie O’Keefe says she wanted her shop Julie O’Keefe’s Home & Garden in La Canada to feel like walking into someone’s home—only more decorated. Having been in retail since her first job when she was 16 years old, Julie has had her hand in this particular business for seventeen years. Many people may remember it [...]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 12/5/11

Vroman’s Bestsellers 12/5/11

Hardcover Fiction Week The Drop, Michael Connelly The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes V is for Vengeance, Sue Grafton A Dance With Dragons, George R. R. Martin 11/22/63, Stephen King The Litigators, John Grisham Kill Alex Cross, James Patterson Micro, Michael Crichton The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach The Prague Cemetery, Umberto Eco Hardcover Non-Fiction Shaq Uncut, Shaquille [...]

Ulla’s Art

Ulla’s Art

Our first exposure to Ulla Anobile’s art was at Cactus Gallery & Gifts in Eagle Rock. The piece was called Dirge Singer, and as that name sounds, it was rather formidable and a bit frightening for those of us weaned on simple Americana. The work springs from a piece resembling wood with claw-like roots, and is [...]

Survival—Animal Style

Survival—Animal Style

How do you reduce stress when you’re in the middle of the jungle, only twenty inches long from head to foot, and birds of prey have got their beady eyes prowling for ya? Well, the tufted capuchin, a New World primate from South America, rubs urine on its hands and feet (oh, yeah, and it’s [...]

A Case of Two Nutcrackers

A Case of Two Nutcrackers

It’s a time of good cheer times two this year; the perennial favorite, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, will be performed at The Pasadena Civic Center and The Pasadena Playhouse. The Long Beach Ballet will once again perform at the Civic Center with its usual full symphony orchestra and special effects. Additionally, this already elaborate production will be enhanced by the young, [...]

See a Teahouse Being Built—Vicariously

See a Teahouse Being Built—Vicariously

Vimeo it’s called. Team Vimeo is 57 filmmakers and video creators who had a desire to share their works. This has grown into a community that values quality over novelty, whose members are supportive and encouraging and have a wide array of interests. Vimeo member and Pasadena photographer Michael Stern has created a time-lapse video documenting [...]

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