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Open Studios for the Holidays

Open Studios for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again. No, not time to take out the holiday boxes or planning a sit-down dinner for twenty-five. It’s time for Open Studio Days, when a slew of talented artists and craftspeople open their doors and welcome the public to walk right in. For the fourth year, artist Kathleen Swaydan invites […]

Bookmark Contest

Bookmark Contest

How cool would it be if your little one’s drawing was found in books all over San Gabriel Valley? Vroman’s Bookstore is holding its annual bookmark contest and the winning 2 selections will be printed on bookmarks that will be in circulation for an entire year. The contest is open to children in Kindergarten through […]

Opera, Anyone?

Opera, Anyone?

Opera is coming to Pasadena. Firstly, Caltech engineering and literature graduate, JPL summer research fellow, pianist, vocal coach, music director, and conductor Dana Sadava. Secondly, Professor of Sciences and Humanities at San Francsico Conservatory of Music, cognitive neuroscience affiliate at USC’s Memory and Aging Center, and working soprano Dr. Indre Viskontas. Jointly, these two women […]

Holiday Market in Old Pasadena: Calling All Vendors

Holiday Market in Old Pasadena: Calling All Vendors

Artisanal L.A. began four years ago with spring and fall shows featuring creators of edibles from all around the country. The Artisanal Holiday City Market expands on that idea and will be held in Old Pasadena with six vendor areas sprinkled along the streets and along the pedestrian alleys. Apparently, 150 independent businesses and 150 […]

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 […]

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