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The Artist’s Kitchen

The Artist’s Kitchen

Papi says, “A splash more for good measure.” Of course this we understand because of the subtitles, but his tapping of the jar indicates his delight as much as his words. Luis Gomez is father of singer songwriter Marissa who is featured on Monica Mader and L.A. Photographer and D.P. Rick Mendoza’s new endeavor The […]

Less Clutter More Life

Less Clutter More Life

If Barbara says get rid of it, get rid of it. For twenty years, Barbara Hemphill, founder of Productive Environment Institute, has been helping individuals, executives, and whole companies eliminate stacks of paper and piles of clutter. With the advancement of technology, she began aiming her focus at digital clutter. Now, Barbara has refined her […]

A Round of Limericks – On the House!

A Round of Limericks – On the House!

There are limericks and there are limericks. Clean, PG-rated limericks sound something like this: There was an American resident Who’d long had a wish to be President. But the modest amount In his savings account Was probably why he felt hesitant. (Anthony Bowden) Or… There was a young lady of Lynn Who was so excessively […]

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 […]

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