Creative Types


A Cactus Birthday

A Cactus Birthday

For nine years Sandra Mastroianni has been hanging and hustling, organizing and managing, networking and promoting. Her outlet:  Cactus Gallery. Her motivation:  to exhibit and sell traditional, outsider, and folk art; loyally promoting and supporting the artists who create it. Names you’ve heard before in these pages, such as Mavis Leahy, Janet Olenik, Oscar Rosales, [...]

Black History: RISE Arts Exhibit

Black History:  RISE Arts Exhibit

Over 40 artists submitted work that references the legacy of the Black Panther Party. Los Angeles is the first of 5 cities for this show concept, which also includes Oakland, New York, Chicago, and London. The Black Panther Party…these men and women, who were motivated by love for their communities, inspired people all over the [...]

B.J. Novak Offers One More Thing

B.J. Novak Offers One More Thing

“When 90210 was popular, I wanted to be an actor, because I thought—and, it turns out, correctly—people would treat me better.” This quote may be found in a Vanity Fair interview with doe-eyed, tight-lipped B.J. Novak who began acquiring name recognition playing the insufferable Ryan Howard on The Office (2005-2012). He’s gone on to play [...]

Laura’s Mobile Kitchen

Laura’s Mobile Kitchen

This past week, we received an email, which included the information below: Altadena native (and former Hometown Pasadena intern) Laura Derr has started Laura’s Mobile Kitchen, a private cooking instruction service. Drawing on a lifelong passion for cooking and bringing people together around food as well as experience working at cooking classes, farms, farmers markets [...]

Exploring Mandalas

Exploring Mandalas

The word “mandala” is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean “circle,” a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself–a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world [...]

Brendan’s Poetry & a Shot of Whisky

Brendan’s Poetry & a Shot of Whisky

It’s time to start 2014 off right. Let’s start with whisky. Smoky, spicy, peppery, orangey, woody, creamy. How about “cerealy” or “phenolic”? Every one of these words, and many more, may be used when sipping, and then describing, whisky. And when interspersed with classic or home-written poetry, with dozens of candles lit and delicious munchies, [...]

Ignite! The Art of Sustainability

Ignite! The Art of Sustainability

What role may museums play when it comes to “building healthy communities, both human and nature”? A statewide dialogue ensued between contemporary artists and museum leaders, environmentalists, scientists, and “community stakeholders.” Thirteen of California’s foremost environmental artists collaborate to communicate a heightened connection to their natural surroundings through rich imagery using a variety of media [...]

Gallery McGinty

Gallery McGinty

Hey, All, we’re doing it again! New location just around the corner from Gallery at the End of the World. You can even take a trip down memory lane and be amazed at how small the old space was! Would love for you to drop by and see the new Gallery McGinty. So speaks Ben [...]

Grist & Toll for the Holidays

Grist & Toll for the Holidays

Grist: grain that is ground to make flour. Toll: origin, Old English, denoting a charge, tax, or duty. Paying a tribute, compensation. Grain is milled into flour. In bygone days, the miller was aloud a “toll” or percentage of the final product as payment for his work. Grist & Toll on Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena [...]

A Castle Carol

A Castle Carol

Creativity knows no bounds they say, so we’re stretching the definition of our “Creative Types” category once again. This year, the annual holiday tour of Pasadena’s glorious Castle Green takes on a creative Dickensian twist. Charles Dickens’ festive and enduring vision of Christmas transforms Castle Green into a Victorian wonderland…Experience firsthand its restored 1890′s splendor…Enjoy [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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