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Chirp Kids

Chirp Kids

Has it been years since you’ve been able to sit and have a lovely latte without having to keep your third eye on the look-out for a roaming toddler or two? Jennifer Gunn and Carole Fleischman are two moms who thought so, to the point that they have opened Chirp Kids Karaoke Cafe on Colorado [...]

Can It!

Can It!

Drying, smoking, pickling. Canning, bottling, jellying, and jugging. Have you guessed where we’re headed? Salt, sugar, lye, subterranean burial. Yes, we’re talking about ways to preserve food. Lye? Isn’t that used to unclog drains and used by criminals to make bodies disappear (literally dissolving them; 300 degrees for 3 hours)? Historically, lye has been used to [...]

Distinguished Speakers

Distinguished Speakers

Some people are bred to live under water, or at least it seems this way. Fabien Cousteau, grandson of renowned Jacques Cousteau, began scuba diving at the age of four and when he turned 12, he joined his grandfather’s crew. This year, Cousteau completed “Mission 31,” setting the record for the longest time spent underwater for a [...]

Rooftop Cinema on South Lake

Rooftop Cinema on South Lake

A baking parking lot under a hot sun is nobody’s idea of a fun place to be. But once the sun sets and the stars come out, a car park rooftop—along with some beach chairs, blankets, a picnic a basket of goodies, and a big screen for a nighttime flick—may be just the ticket as summer comes [...]

Feasting at the Ranch & Claud’s Duck

Feasting at the Ranch & Claud’s Duck

For the second year, Chef Claud Beltran of The Eatery leads a group of local chefs in creating a menu consisting of local and seasonal dishes at “The Feast at Baldwin Ranch” to be held on the Meadowbrook Lawn at the Arboretum on September 28th. The chefs will include Sushi Chef Ota-San of Japon Bistro [...]

Treasures Big & Small

Treasures Big & Small

All items must be appraised at a value of $250 or more by qualified appraisers. This is no ordinary thrift store. The Huntington Collection is located in a nondescript building on Fair Oaks Avenue near Fillmore in Pasadena—we drove by twice before noticing the sign; it’s easier to discern driving south on Fair Oaks than driving north. But once [...]

A Stink to Remember

A Stink to Remember

It’s the Huntington‘s 5th Amorphophallus titanum on display. See it in full bloom—if you dare—from Wednesday, August 20th through Saturday, August 23rd. We’re speaking of the Corpse Flower, which happens to grow several inches every day. On August 14th, the Huntington measured it to be 39.5 inches high. As of August 19th, the Titan Arum had [...]

Tweet Treats…and All That Jazz

Tweet Treats…and All That Jazz

Does your child like to build things? Always drawn to glue and nails, paint and sparkles? The American Institute of Architects Pasadena and Foothill Chapters (AIA-PF) is partnering with the Pasadena Community Gardens (PCG) to present the inaugural “Tweet Treats…and All That Jazz,” a birdhouse-making competition, followed by a day at the gardens with music, food, an auction [...]

Literary Death Match 2014

Literary Death Match 2014

Pasadena’s Prospect Park Books is feeling good. Their newest author Karen Rizzo is one of the readers at this year’s Los Angeles’ Literary Death Match “competition.” Rizzo’s debut novel Famous Baby is about a “mommy blogger” who’s 18-year-old daughter—the subject of many (too, too many) blogs—kidnaps her grandmother to save her from the same fate. The novel [...]

Feminist Stories: Celebrating Women’s Rights

Feminist Stories: Celebrating Women’s Rights

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” So stated the joint resolution as submitted by the sixty-six Congress of the United States of America “begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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