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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 [...]

The Children’s Book

The Children’s Book

Arty, Crafty & a Little Bit Potty The English Arts and Crafts movement  is the mothership to our own Arroyo arts culture, and A.S. Byatt’s new novel, The Children’s Book,  though a bit too teeming (why name one boy Gerald and one Geraint when you can make all 20 of your major characters’ names up?), [...]

Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

Attention Tudor fanatics: This new novel by Hilary Mantel, winner of the Man Booker Prize, is a fascinating take on Henry VIII’s early reign. Brawling, brilliant Thomas Cromwell, the Archbishop Thomas Cranmer’s loyal dogsbody, is the central character who rises literally from the mud of the London dockside to Henry’s right hand. Meanwhile, Katherine of [...]

Zofia Kostyrko, Painter

Zofia Kostyrko, Painter

We recently caught up with the creative whirlwind otherwise known as Zofia Kostyrko. She’s one of the Altadena artists behind the now-famous Fork in the Road at Pasadena and Bellefontaine avenues, pulled in by Ken Marshall to create “Photoshop voodoo” to visualize his wacky idea. After designing the Put a Fork in Hunger logos, T-shirts, [...]

Holiday Shopping the Flea Market Way

Holiday Shopping the Flea Market Way

On of the more obvious places to find unique holiday gifts (and get a deal) is the Rose Bowl Swap Meet, held the second Sunday of every month. The PCC Swap Meet (first Sunday of the month) is free, smaller, almost as fun and great for quirky holiday gifts, but as they say, the granddaddy [...]

Green Street Tavern

Green Street Tavern

Not to be confused with Green Street Restaurant (why, oh why do restaurants do this to us?), Green Street Tavern just may be Old Town’s best-kept secret, a cozy, upscale bistro (it’s not actually a tavern) located on relatively quiet Green Street. The tiny indoor space is sculpted with Art Nouveau curves and consists of [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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