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Art on Palm, 12th Chapter

Art on Palm, 12th Chapter

This is the twelfth year that the one-day-only event Art on Palm will offer all comers a chance to stroll down one of Altadena’s prettiest streets on a beautiful day — and shop. Artwork shown by 30 artists from around Southern California, including ceramics, painting, jewelry, woodwork, glass and  photography, will be available (Mother’s and […]

Flipping Pancakes, Tossing Bikes, Saving Trails

Flipping Pancakes, Tossing Bikes, Saving Trails

On Sunday morning, head for the Mt. Wilson Bicycling Association’s Save the Trail pancake breakfast and fundraiser at the top of Lake Avenue in Altadena. Held at the Cobb Estate (the trailhead for Mt. Lowe trail), this is the 21st annual fundraiser held by the group, which is dedicated to the responsible use of trails […]

Gardens of Water: One Book, Many Discussions

Gardens of Water: One Book, Many Discussions

If you did not get a chance to read Pasadena’s One City One Story choice for 2010 in time for the events on March 14, it’s a good read any time: accessible, dramatic and fascinating. Gardens of Water takes place in a distant, lower-class suburb of Istanbul during the devastating Marmara earthquake of 1999. First-time […]

Shakespeare’s Richard II at Oxy

Shakespeare’s Richard II at Oxy

Richard II is the most elusive of Shakespeare’s history plays. It retells the strange story of the dissolution of the reign of King Richard and the ascendance of his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, to the English throne (which triggered decades of civil war and the Tudor ascent to power). Peculiar twists of profound and elusive private […]

The Playboy Within

The Playboy Within

Geoff Elliott, co-founder and co-artistic director of A Noise Within, directs the company’s final play of the season, John M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World.  The once-controversial play sparked riots during and after its debut in Dublin in 1907, was booed in New York four years later, and resulted in the arrest of […]

Angst in the Bronx

Angst in the Bronx

Playwright Clifford Odets has a lot on his mind in Awake and Sing!, now in repertory at A Noise Within in Glendale. The play deals with a year in the life of a struggling Bronx family in the middle of the other Depression. Standing in for economic collapse, ossified class structure and the system in […]

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 […]

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