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A Stitch in Time

A Stitch in Time

“Living without language.” Can you imagine. In 2007, Pasadena native Lauren Marks woke up in the Critical Care Unit of Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland. She woke up into The Quiet. “I was an American actor, director, and PhD student in New York City, touring a show to the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh,” Marks […]

Masters of Taste 2017

Masters of Taste 2017

Thank goodness, Rob and Leslie Levy, owners of The Raymond restaurant, thought, let’s do something different for a fundraiser. Not the same old gala cocktail hour or buffet as a fundraiser, but something different. Perhaps they should’ve said, “go big or go home” because “Masters of Taste” is a fun idea with an ambitious concept, located in […]

Funky House, Glendale

Funky House, Glendale

Even after 18 years in Los Angeles County, the quirky, crazy architecture we stumble upon makes us smile, shake our head and pull the car to a stop. Here’s a home we found in Glendale at the corner of Sunset Canyone Drive and Providencia Avenue.                    

Garden Conservancy: Open Days Pasadena

Garden Conservancy: Open Days Pasadena

April 30 is The Garden Conservancy‘s Open Day Pasadena, a self-tour of 6 private gardens. Begin at the historic La Casita del Arroyo to pick up a map and purchase tickets, then take yourself upon a a garden tour that includes: The John Bakewell Phillips House (photo, right), a Greene & Greene 1906 Craftsman Chalet-style home, redesigned […]

Matt Hormann’s “The Darkest Night” at Women’s City Club

Matt Hormann’s “The Darkest Night” at Women’s City Club

On May 6, local historian and journalist Matt Hormann presents his lecture “The Darkest Night: The Destruction and Rebirth of Pasadena’s Chinatown.” Didn’t know that Pasadena even had a Chinatown? You’ve probably walked it several times or at least seen the entryway, easily recognizable by the throwback burger joint on the corner. Of course, Jake’s has now […]

Indie Bookstore Day 2017

Indie Bookstore Day 2017

Vroman’s, Flintridge, Book Alley, Century Books: Thank you, Universe, for independent book stores! Saturday, April 29 is Independent Bookstore Day and  here’s what’s on the menu: Vroman’s at 3 p.m.: Author Liza Palmer discusses and signs The F Word!. Olivia Morten’s constantly hungry (literally), captive to her high-flying publicist job, and missing her drop-dead-gorgeous doctor-husband. With an […]

POP! Comedy

POP! Comedy

For a moment, artist Scott Gandell had a shop down on Fair Oaks in South Pasadena (where we met him). Since 2014, he’s been located in Eagle Rock, founding Pop Secret Gallery where he seems to have found a neighborhood in which to manifest his idea of an eclectic, varied, and creative store, gallery, classroom, and performance venue. […]

In Conversation with Ozomatli’s Raul Pacheco

In Conversation with Ozomatli’s Raul Pacheco

The first time we heard Ozomatli was at Farnsworth Park’s small amphitheater in the foothills of Altadena. It was magical from the first note played. The crowd—mostly parents with the kids of all ages—was on its feet immediately, clapping, heads bopping, and feet moving. Before long, people were dancing in the aisles, kids filled the area down front, […]

Poetry & Cookies

Poetry & Cookies

Malware found me one prolific night. Stole my words, my voice, my malapropisms, illiterating them from memory yet holding them for ransom, for real. Pay in bit coins the red pop-up page demanded, by a certain date after which the price will rise. I examine my maladjusted bank account and draw my optical conclusion: Byte […]

Scaling the Big Trucks

Scaling the Big Trucks

Do you remember being a 3½ foot 5-year-old? Besides playing with your friends, your toys, or the family dog, your days were about looking up. Looking up at your parents, your teacher, the tree branch you wanted to reach, even the dang sink! Dreaming of the time you’d no longer need the step-stool to wash […]

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