Creative Types


Timothy Rutt, Altadenablog

Timothy Rutt, Altadenablog

Given his devotion to Altadena, you might think that Timothy Rutt, writer/editor/chief bottlewasher at Altadenablog.com, was a native. In fact, he hails from Fort Collins, Colorado, and he found his way to California the way so many do — seeking success in the entertainment industry. After earning a journalism degree from the University of Colorado, [...]

Tyler Meahl & Holy Grail: Pasadena’s Kings of Metal

Tyler Meahl & Holy Grail: Pasadena’s Kings of Metal

Pasadena, for all of its innumerable charms and attractions, isn’t exactly known as a rock and roll hotbed. A full generation after the rise of Pasadena shred-legends Van Halen, however, the band Holy Grail is looking to restore the 626 to its status as the birthplace of rock legends. The latest band to emerge from [...]

Michelle Huneven

Michelle Huneven

Altadena resident (and native) Michelle Huneven is one of our finest writers, and if you doubt it for a moment, pick up her third novel, Blame, just published by Farrar Straus Giroux. A quietly captivating tale of a talented and beautiful Pasadena professor who struggles with alcoholism, men and, most of all, the guilt for [...]

Julia Child Prud'homme, Pasadenan

Julia Child Prud'homme, Pasadenan

Our pal Adrienne Crew has a lovely interview on the L.A. Weekly‘s excellent food blog, Squid Ink, with Julia Child Prud’homme, namesake to her famous great-aunt. Julia the younger, an actress who now lives in Hollywood, grew up in southwest Pasadena and shares memories about visits there with her great-aunt and uncle. If you’ve seen [...]

Rebecca Bonebrake, Lighting Designer

Rebecca Bonebrake, Lighting Designer

I first met Rebecca Bonebrake while we were both working at a nonprofit theatre camp a couple hours outside of L.A. I was wary when we were paired up as counselors, but I soon found that my concerns were unfounded. Beyond having the best name ever, she was fun and entertaining, and I’d never been [...]

Jacquelyn McBain, Painter – Part 2

Jacquelyn McBain, Painter – Part 2

As promised, here’s Part 2 of our Q & A with Pasadena artist Jacquelyn McBain; here’s a link to Part 1. Jacquelyn McBain doesn’t produce a lot of work, but she works very, very hard, which is evident when you see her paintings — they are astonishingly detailed, richly colorful and as meticulously crafted as [...]

Jacquelyn McBain, Painter – Part 1

Jacquelyn McBain, Painter – Part 1

Pasadena artist Jacquelyn McBain doesn’t produce a lot of work, but she works very, very hard, which is evident when you see her paintings — they are astonishingly detailed, richly colorful and as meticulously crafted as any of the Old Masters. Her work doesn’t get to be seen often enough locally; she is represented by [...]

Trish Albright, Romancer

Trish Albright, Romancer

A true daughter of the San Gabriel Valley, Trish Albright grew up in Pasadena’s Hastings Ranch, escaping her hilly suburban neighborhood to romp in the wilds of Eaton Canyon and catch polliwogs in the streams of Sierra Madre. Her mother says, “Her nose was always in a book,” and Trish used to teased her friends [...]

Victoria Patterson, Writer

Victoria Patterson, Writer

Victoria Patterson and her then-boyfriend, now-husband Chris Patterson first discovered South Pasadena in 1993, when Chris was accepted in a graduate program at Art Center. They scored an affordable apartment above the dry cleaners at Huntington and Fletcher, she found a job at Julienne, and they set out to be artists: her a writer, him [...]

Jin Kim of Common Thread Studio

Jin Kim of Common Thread Studio

The other day I was walking down Mission Street and stumbled upon a new shop: Common Thread Studio. It had opened only  the week before, and it’s like no other boutique in South Pasadena — the front retail space sells journals, sewing kits, jewelry and whimsical fabric-based gifts, and the airy, open studio space in [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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