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Mayfield Musicians Make Merry

Mayfield Musicians Make Merry

Sorry for the alliteration, but the scene we stumbled upon at Jones Coffee the other day made us so happy that we had no choice. As I was leaving with my coffee, girls in red sweatshirts and Santa hats started arriving, laden with black instrument bags, so of course we had to stay and see [...]

Michele Zack, Author & Historian

Michele Zack, Author & Historian

After making a name for herself with a local history book that stands head and shoulders above the norm, Altadena: Between Wilderness and City, Michele Zack is back with a new book: Southern California Story: Seeking the Better Life in Sierra Madre. A career journalist and former resident of Thailand, Zack and her husband have [...]

William Stranger, Furniture Maker

William Stranger, Furniture Maker

For more than twenty years, William Stranger has been turning wood into beautiful furniture. Only, as he would be the first to tell you, it’s still wood — but not just wood. Rather, in Stranger’s capable hands, lumber that would otherwise be destined for the scrap heap gets a “Second Life” (the title of his [...]

Hometown Boy Makes a Movie

Hometown Boy Makes a Movie

We’re sending out snaps to Pasadena’s own Zach Shipko, whose new feature-length video-format film, Why Are You Weird?, is getting a lot of attention. Interview magazine’s film site said it “might just be the best VHS feature film to be made in 2009,” and that it “sets a high bar in the world of straight-to-YouTube [...]

Celebrating with Julienne Wins Big

Celebrating with Julienne Wins Big

Permit us to share some in-house joy: At the annual Southern California Independent Bookseller Awards Saturday night at the Biltmore, Susan Campoy’s cookbook, Celebrating with Julienne (which we distribute) won Best Nonfiction Book 2009. It was chosen by the booksellers themselves as their favorite nonfiction book published in the last year by an author with [...]

Ray Turner, Painter

Ray Turner, Painter

Stockton native Ray Turner arrived in Pasadena in 1982 to study painting at Art Center College of Design and never looked back. The moment he earned his BFA, Art Center hired him to teach painting, which he did for sixteen years, while working on his own paintings and building a career. During this time he [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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