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B.la

B.la

This tucked-away shop is named for the proprietor’s daughter, Isabella, whose best friend nicknamed her “bee-la” when they were very small. And speaking of small: This space is a tiny cube, about ten feet on a side, completely filled with eclectic gifts for friends, kids or yourself. You will feel as if you’ve entered owner [...]

Make Much Ado

Make Much Ado

Glendale’s 18-year-old classical repertory company, A Noise Within, continues its season with Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. Directed by Michael Murray (runs February  27 – May  21)  this classic comedy concerns itself with the battle of the sexes between Beatrice and Benedick. (But the state of our local theaters are no laughing matter; [...]

Follow Sierra Madre’s Lead — Read Zorro

Follow Sierra Madre’s Lead — Read Zorro

Sierra Madre just finished One Book One City, reading one of my all-time favorites: Zorro, by Isabel Allende. Zorro is among Allende’s lighter works (not much magical realism, but a healthy dose of feminism, and family-friendly on the love scenes). It’s a headlong but thoughtful re-imagining of our own California Robin Hood epic, starring the [...]

Do-Good Dining

Do-Good Dining

Do you want to do good by dining out?  On Wednesday night, March 3, more than 30 restaurants, mostly in Pasadena (as well as Joachim Splichal’s three Downtown restaurants), will particpate in Dinners from the Heart. Proceeds go to Hathaway-Sycamores, a venerable family-services agency headquartered in Pasadena. Now in its 19th year, Dinners from the Heart [...]

Youth Orchestra Day

Youth Orchestra Day

Think music education is important?  So do a lot of folks in town, including Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, who has declared this Sunday Youth Orchestra Day. And everybody is invited take part in an afternoon “summit” demonstrating the joys of music making. Nearly 300 high school and college students from four youth orchestras (the Los Angeles [...]

Everything’s Coming Up Camellias at Descanso

Everything’s Coming Up Camellias at Descanso

I sniff camellias every chance I get. My reward? A delicate fragrance — and a nose dusted with yellow pollen.  It’s fun to poke your nose into camellias — and at the week-long Descanso Gardens Camellia Festival beginning Saturday, visitors will not only be sniffing, they’ll also be tasting camellia teas and cocktails, showing off prize homegrown blooms, [...]

A Fast Valentine to Slow Food

A Fast Valentine to Slow Food

Erica Bauermeister’s lyrical novel about the adventures of a cooking class in a snug little Seattle bistro — The School of Essential Ingredients —  is out in paperback. If your valentine is into slow food, soft rain and happy endings, this fantasia on the healing power of food and connection makes a nice little gift for [...]

Ian Whitcomb

Ian Whitcomb

Ian Whitcomb, Altadena’s ukelele/accordion stylist, Tin Pan Alley expert and songwriter extraordinaire, has kept a daily journal of his adventures in Los Angeles since 1972. A born raconteur, with a well-educated Englishman’s command of the mother tongue and a biting wit, Whitcomb sees all, tells all, and makes it incredibly, wryly funny. The Huntington Library [...]

Eternal Life Through Soup?

Eternal Life Through Soup?

I made eternity soup the other day with my friend, Pasadena author Greg Critser. His new book about the science (and the eccentric scientists) behind anti-aging – called Eternity Soup – was inspired by research on a true Renaissance man. In the 1500s in Padua, Italy, Alvise “Luigi” Cornaro (1483-1566) worked out a recipe for [...]

Ian Whitcomb at Vroman’s

Ian Whitcomb at Vroman’s

Ian Whitcomb, Altadena’s ukelele/accordion stylist, Tin Pan Alley expert and songwriter extraordinaire, has kept a daily journal of his adventures in Los Angeles since 1972. A born raconteur, with a well-educated Englishman’s command of the mother tongue and a biting wit, Whitcomb sees all, tells all, and makes it incredibly, wryly funny. The Huntington Library [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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