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Gayle Bluemel: Principal, Dramatist, Musician

Gayle Bluemel: Principal, Dramatist, Musician

Now the beloved principal of the Sierra Madre School, Gayle Bluemel has been a PUSD educator for more than 30 years. For even longer, she has been in love with the theater. Fortunately for her and her students, these pursuits have dovetailed often, leading to classroom after classroom—and now a whole school—saturated with the spirit [...]

Caltech Clean Tech Seminar

Caltech Clean Tech Seminar

Any aspiring clean-tech entrepreneurs out there? If so, next Saturday’s Caltech-sponsored forum on the subject is a must-attend. California, it turns out, attracts a majority (as in over 50%) of U.S. clean tech investment, and is way ahead of its Union siblings in enacting forward-thinking energy-efficiency standards (these two things are maybe related?). So if [...]

Night Hikes to Henninger Flats

Night Hikes to Henninger Flats

Supposedly, nature is good for you. Maybe, maybe not. But it’s certainly pleasant, often verging on beautiful. We could all use a little more nature. So what better way to start off the new year than with a twice-monthly night hike up to Henninger Flats, a small hanging basin about three miles up the Mt. [...]

Old Town Video Art Installation

Old Town Video Art Installation

There’s no time like the holidays for… environmentally themed public video art installations? Absolutely, say Alex Kritselis and Joey Forsyte, the masterminds behind “Don’t Blow It/A Rising Tide.” Kritselis and Forsyte have placed 13 projectors, pointing at 13 glass windows and doors, throughout One Colorado Plaza. The videos, which are supposed to be exquisitely beautiful, [...]

Pasadena Heritage Bus Tour

Pasadena Heritage Bus Tour

The fine folks at Pasadena Heritage have put together a two-hour bus tour of the city’s historic sights, just in time for the annual wave of Bowl and Parade tourists. Stops include the Arroyo Seco, Old Pasadena and several “architecturally distinguished” residential neighborhoods. The tour will be led, of course, by expert docents, so even [...]

A Baroque Christmas with PPM

A Baroque Christmas with PPM

The marketplace for Christmas concerts is extremely competitive, and fairly redundant, as many shows fill out their programs with the same old popular selections one hears every year. If you want to hear something you’ve never heard before, consider Pasadena Pro Musica’s holiday choral concert on Sunday. PPM is dedicated to bringing audiences “less frequently [...]

Christmas Cinema, Playhouse District Style

Christmas Cinema, Playhouse District Style

The Playhouse District Association is getting in on the holiday spirit with a free (that is, $0) screening of The Polar Express, the film adaptation of the beloved children’s Christmas story; the movie is known mostly for making people uncomfortable. In addition to a free show, attendees will be feted with holiday treats and surprises [...]

The Nutcracker Swings!

The Nutcracker Swings!

And boy does it ever. Christmas is a musical holiday, maybe the most musical of all. It’s been celebrated in many genres, from rock (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, anyone?) to techno, to, of course, classical. There’s something about jazz, though, that makes for a really special holiday feeling. If you want to share in that feeling, and [...]

North Lake Shop Hop

North Lake Shop Hop

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means ever more Christmas music, Christmas shopping and Christmas parties. Only one of these things is fun in high doses (and even that’s a stretch): the parties. You know who knows how to party, Christmas-style? The Altadena Arts Coalition, which is bringing a bit of the [...]

Christmas Tree Lane Lighting & Festival

Christmas Tree Lane Lighting & Festival

Everyone knows the best thing about Christmas is Christmas trees. What not everyone knows is that Southern California, despite its distinctly un-wintry climate (except perhaps for this week), is home to some of the most picturesque Christmas trees in the universe. Chief among these SoCal trees, of course, are the ones lining Altadena’s Christmas Tree [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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