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Anne Lamott at Caltech

Anne Lamott at Caltech

Anne Lamott has chronicled, laughed at, and succumbed to boomer/outsider angst for the last couple of decades. Through her best-selling nonfiction memoirs (Grace, Eventually; Plan B; Operating Instructions) we feel that we know her: outspoken and frank, a possessor of a wicked wit and hidden backbone, a woman tested by all kinds of travails, from [...]

Through a Glass Darkly

Through a Glass Darkly

The glass room is the centerpiece of a starkly modern “machine for living” house built by the equally modern Landauers, a young, progressive couple who marry in the heady days of the new democracy of Czechoslovakia. The sleek, striking building expresses their hopes and personalities and the drive to be “new.” But old forces are [...]

Hop to It: Easter at Descanso

Hop to It: Easter at Descanso

Descanso Gardens welcomes Easter with its traditional egg hunts and popular (i.e., reserve now!) weekend brunches. Brunch seatings are both Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4, at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. The scrumptious buffet brunch by Patina chefs, served in the Rose Pavilion, include seasonal fruit ratatouille, a build-your-own waffle bar, [...]

Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega: The People’s Conductor

Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega: The People’s Conductor

I met Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega a couple of years ago and was immediately struck by her intelligence, passion and intensity. Statuesque, with tumbling black hair and a commanding, smiling presence, simultaneously sensual and intellectual, she could be a character from an Isabel Allende novel:  dashing, generous, grounded and forceful. Sonia surprised me [...]

Good Neighbors Go All Out

Good Neighbors Go All Out

Neighborliness is all about helpfulness, and often it’s the young people moving in who give the old folks a hand. Here’s a great example: Union Salon recently opened next to the Old Pasadena administration office of Hathaway-Sycamores, the 100-plus-year-old institution that provides social services for children and families in the San Gabriel Valley. So Union [...]

Awake and Sing! in Glendale

Awake and Sing! in Glendale

Chronicling one wrenching year in the life of a family during the depths of the Great Depression, Cilfford Odets’ classic Awake and Sing! has just opened in repertory at Glendale’s A Noise Within. Awake and Sing! is set among the economic ravages of 1930s New York that threaten to destroy the tenuous ties that bind [...]

No Laughing Matter

No Laughing Matter

It is a glorious spring day, it is 8 a.m., and I have a horrible cold. I should be in bed, or sitting on my patio broiling my germs in the hot sun. Instead, I am sucking cough drops in a darkened room with brick walls, a black ceiling and a faint smell of old [...]

Belle’s Nest

Belle’s Nest

Moms from nearby St. Rita’s school have taken over this cheerful, light-filled space and turned it into a unique co-op shop with giftware by local artists (including as far-flung climes as Claremont and Ojai) – scarves, towels, baby clothes, soft goods and hand-crafted wooden wands, tops and pencils. The sunny back patio is a relaxing [...]

Chowder Hound: Pappa Rich

Chowder Hound: Pappa Rich

When I first walked into Pappa Rich, I assumed it was a rip-off of Beard Papa, but this Korean import (133 stores under the name “Pappa Roti” in South Korea and counting) is completely different. Its large, soft, sienna-brown buns are brushed with a barely sweet mocha coating that soaks into the golden dough and [...]

Why Settle for a 3-D Alice?

Why Settle for a 3-D Alice?

Theatre 360, Pasadena’s best children’s theatre, presents Alice in Wonderland beginning March 19. With a skilled troupe of performers who range in age from 6 to 18, Theatre 360 always puts on a great show, with professional directors and producers supporting the young company every step of the way. The cavernous old church auditorium, with [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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