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Reefs, Rubbish & Reason—with Ruffles

Reefs, Rubbish & Reason—with Ruffles

The stunning new show at Art Center’s Williamson Gallery is part of a series of thought-provoking explorations of science and art. For the summer, curator Stephen Nowlin has installed the extraordinary work of twin sisters and Australia natives Margaret and Christine Wertheim. A few years ago, the sisters became alarmed at the rate of coral degradation, a result [...]

Dog On It

Dog On It

A savory little summer read for lovers of dogs and mysteries, Dog On It is the first in a series that features a disgraced K-9 member of the police force (Chet) partnering with his equally misfit human partner (Bernie). A real romp in the arroyo, this Arizona-set mystery is saved from being over-sweet by a [...]

Fundamentally, Transcendentally American

Fundamentally, Transcendentally American

Tinkers, by Paul Harding This quietly beautiful book centers around the deathbed of George Crosby, a remarkable, unremarkable old man. As the life fades from this modern Yankee, his mind opens in cascading fragments of his present and past—and the pasts of his father and grandfather. An examination of family, beauty and ecstasy, this novel [...]

A Balladeer’s Dream: John Frame at the Huntington

A Balladeer’s Dream: John Frame at the Huntington

Editor’s note: I’m reposting this piece because the Huntington extended the John Frame show until June 27th, thanks to its tremendous success. I just went to the show myself, and it’s simply extraordinary. You have to go. There are many amazing things about the beautiful, intricate and strange John Frame gallery show, Three Fragments of [...]

The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger

Its blurbs claim that the excellent novel The Little Stranger is haunted by the spirits of Edgar Allen Poe and Henry James. I would say that author Sarah Waters, so successful in channeling Dickens’ and Wilkie Collins’ Victorian London in Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith, took on, with this gothic-tinged novel set after World War [...]

Michelle Obama in Pasadena

Michelle Obama in Pasadena

Michelle Obama and about 500 of her closest friends converged on a Pasadena Monday morning, the first sunny day in what felt like months. While helicopters hovered, a patient crowd lined the sidewalks of Orlando Road as valets sprinted and the smart folks had friends drop them off at the end of the ever-lengthening line. [...]

Joy for Beginners

Joy for Beginners

I slipped into this inviting novel like a warm bath.  It’s soothing and sensual, comforting and relaxing.  There’s no psycho behind the shower curtain either – if you are looking for a reading experience that is the equivalent of a good long soak, and are willing to shed some tears and giggle a bit as [...]

The Race to Nowhere

The Race to Nowhere

A new documentary, Race to Nowhere, skewers high school students’ overly demanding academic and extracurricular schedules. The result of so much stress, according to the film, is sleep-deprived, time-starved, overtested and, incredibly, under-educated American kids.

Oceanview Bistro

Oceanview Bistro

Ugh, the dreaded office lunch out. (OK, I know, offices are lucky to be able to afford lunch out these days, and if you have a job at all, you’re happy. But work with me here.) The boss dreads it because of the expense, the hassle and the excruciating need to make small talk. The [...]

Red Rosie, the Doo Dah Queen

Red Rosie, the Doo Dah Queen

Rosie Schoen, aka Red Rosie, is a 17-year-old actress, vintage movie and clothing buff, and the 2011 Doo Dah Queen. Tall, thin, brunette and gorgeous, she’s an Alverno High School junior whose favorite class is AP U.S. History. I’ve known her since she was in diapers, and I have always been struck by her sense [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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