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Laurie Kallevig’s Survivor Girl Ukulele Project

Laurie Kallevig’s Survivor Girl Ukulele Project

For most of us, human trafficking is a grim statistic in the news. For Laurie Kallevig, it’s up-close-and-personal. She works with survivors of human trafficking in India. Laurie’s work is unique; she brings ukuleles to India and teaches girls (and more recently, boys) to play the instruments. She hopes, eventually, these young survivors will “write [...]

Kate Douvan: Greetings from South Pasadena

Kate Douvan: Greetings from South Pasadena

South Pasadena resident and illustrator, graphic designer, and artist Kate Douvan has just released a “souvenir tea towel” that celebrates her town. She was kind enough to answer a few questions… HP: You say the small town charm of South Pas is part of the reason you were drawn here. Drawn from where? KD: My [...]

Telling Images by Debbi Swanson Patrick

Telling Images by Debbi Swanson Patrick

After studying, practicing, playing with, and exploring photography, writing, theatre, advertising, and philanthropy, Debbi Swanson Patrick realized she wanted to tell visual stories. The time came to accept the shy suitors lurking in the shadows, to claim them in my heart and in the light. (Telling Images) The light that Swanson Patrick mentions comes in [...]

MANN Handmade

MANN Handmade

While doing background research for “Masterpieces and Ballrooms,” we delved into the world of Xiem Clay Center, deeper and deeper, until we found ceramist Sharon Mann. She was kind enough to answer some questions: HP: Since you’ve been creating, have you always been working with clay or did you arrive here after drawing, painting, photography, [...]

Getting Down with Patrick Gothard

Getting Down with Patrick Gothard

  Walking up Patrick Gothard’s driveway, it’s clear an artist lives at the end. Not only is it located high up in Altadena, where pine needles line the streets in all seasons and painted rocks mark house numbers, but the yard is filled with empty easels and paintings are scattered underneath the carport. A cat [...]

Sex World by Ron Koertge

Sex World by Ron Koertge

“He teases out lyricism from the most mundane words, and significance from the most mundane situations,” says author Gene Yang. He is speaking about Ron Koertge, the highly prolific South Pasadenan author who’s newest book is a collection of flash fiction titled Sex World. The title story, it turns out, isn’t about sex at all [...]

Chicano Sublime: A Q&A with Val Echavarria

Chicano Sublime: A Q&A with Val Echavarria

“Notes from the Chicano Sublime” is an exhibition of abstract work that brings into focus ideas that border on otherworldly themes associated with the cosmic, biological and spiritual worlds, writes curator and contributing artist Linda Arreola. This is where the beauty of the sublime is found…not in what we recognize but rather in what we have [...]

Literary Death Match 2014

Literary Death Match 2014

Pasadena’s Prospect Park Books is feeling good. Their newest author Karen Rizzo is one of the readers at this year’s Los Angeles’ Literary Death Match “competition.” Rizzo’s debut novel Famous Baby is about a “mommy blogger” who’s 18-year-old daughter—the subject of many (too, too many) blogs—kidnaps her grandmother to save her from the same fate. The novel [...]

TUGGER the Ship & Kevin Bertazzon

TUGGER the Ship & Kevin Bertazzon

About a year ago, I was asked if I might be willing to help build a spaceship. Since I spend my days looking at a screen and typing at a keyboard, I was a bit hesitant, especially as the weekends spent in the garage with my dad building a Bugatti (a VW kit car), which eventually [...]

Jacqueline Winspear Comments

Jacqueline Winspear Comments

One thing we love about writing and publishing Hometown Pasadena is that we read in order to write book reviews. Since reading is one of our favorite pastimes and a perfect vehicle for endless procrastination (which legitimately can be labeled “work”), we snapped up Jacqueline Winspear‘s new novel The Care and Management of Lies, headed straight to Vroman’s [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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