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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 [...]

Much Fun Ado-ing at A Noise Within

Much Fun Ado-ing at A Noise Within

Much Ado About Nothing has nearly every Shakespearean device except murder and mistaken identity — you’ve got your jealously, your wit, your clowns, your disguises, your courtship, a couple-three marriages, and feigned death. Mostly, you’ve got your laughs, because Much Ado About Nothing, especially as played by the expert company of A Noise Within, is [...]

Elizabeth House: Where Love Embraces Life

Elizabeth House: Where Love Embraces Life

Hoping to raise funds for a second home to provide a home and support services for pregnant, homeless women in the San Gabriel Valley, Elizabeth House is mounting a gala at the University Club in Pasadena on Saturday, March 20. Dodger announcer Eric Smith will emcee; syndicated radio talk show host (KRLA) Hugh Hewitt will [...]

Raise a Glass to Raise a Home

Raise a Glass to Raise a Home

The San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity’s Family Selection Committee is holding a “FUNdraiser” on Friday, March 19 at the Wine Cave in Montrose. “A Taste of Home” costs $40 per person; the ticket includes wines, appetizers from Damon’s Restaurant and music by the Sam Palmer Group. If you buy wine at the event, the [...]

Activist, Musician, Physician: Women Who Inspire

Activist, Musician, Physician: Women Who Inspire

Making a difference in countless lives around the globe, the three women being honored at the Women of the World Awards on the afternoon of Saturday, March 13 bring compassion, ingenuity, energy and vision to their work. Organizers hope that those who come to hear and honor the stories of these outstanding women will be [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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