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Chili Chefs: Bring Your Best

Chili Chefs: Bring Your Best

Lake Avenue Church is hosting a “Chili Cook-Off” and somehow this will be paired with a Classic Car Night. Classic cars and chili? With the temperature predicted to hit 91 degrees on Friday, August 23rd, the heat of a good chili may actually cool the body down. Anyone with a favorite chili recipe can entry […]

Real Food Devotee

Real Food Devotee

Who learns how to make yogurt from a grandma on a farm who lives out in the sticks of Poland on a property with chickens and rabbits, and the tiniest cow ever seen, then somehow sneaks it—er, replicates it—once she gets home? Highland Park’s Monica Ford. Her two-year enterprise, Real Food Devotee, offers nutrient dense foods and […]

Authors in Our Midst

Authors in Our Midst

Authors in Our Midst in an ebook written by participants in the Spring 2013 Courage to Write Writing Workshop led by author/instructor Esther Bradley-DeTally and held at La Pintoresca Branch Library. How about a taste of a Faukner-length sentence in “Toasting Relations” by Bradley-DeTally: The toast, more than slightly burned and twisted, rose with her […]

Seeking Spirits with J. Michael Walker

Seeking Spirits with J. Michael Walker

A lot goes on in J. Michael Walker’s work. You need time, a moment, maybe a little stillness and quiet to take it all in, to hear the birds, to feel the rustle of the wind, the ache of years, the magic of life, to be infused by the characters and souls he nurtures to […]

Meander with John O’Brien

Meander with John O’Brien

John O’Brien likes to meander. And so he does. The title of Los Angeles-based artist John O’Brien’s exhibition references a literal meandering up and around the Arroyo Seco Parkway, which the artist recounts through this installation, as well as the process of “meandering” at the core of O’Brien’s practice. Juxtaposing large-scale cartographic images of the […]

Visiting The Gooden School

Visiting The Gooden School

It could be the neighbor’s house next door. How lovely. How charming and inviting. Then we notice that the grounds hold several “houses” and a few buildings, and even spill across the street tucked between a church and the pastor’s home. At this point, we realize we have arrived. This is The Gooden School. We […]

Kwei Quartey & Death at the Voyager Hotel

Kwei Quartey & Death at the Voyager Hotel

Kwei Quartey is a physician with more than 20 years in the field of Internal Medicine, Urgent Care, and Wound Care. He also writes books. Mystery novels. Quartey was born in Accra, Ghana. His mother is African-American and his father is Ghanaian. His first book Wife of the Gods (2009) introduces Detective Inspector Darko Dawson who […]

Merrill Joan Gerber Is Lost in Living

Merrill Joan Gerber Is Lost in Living

You may have seen prize-winning novelist Merrill Joan Gerber in the fabulous documentary Lost in Living by Mary Trunk. Or maybe you’re a New Yorker fan, a Redbook reader, or favor The Atlantic, and have read one of her many short stories. Maybe you’ve seen her walking the campus of Caltech where she teaches fiction […]

Yoonie Han at Steinway Pasadena

Yoonie Han at Steinway Pasadena

  Yoonie (Yoonjung) Han  of South Korea had her debut recital in 2010 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. In 2011, she won first prize at the Washington International competition. They, then, sponsored her recital in 2012 at the Kennedy Center (reviewed by Robert Battey in the Washington Post), and as a result of winning the Fulbright Concerto Competition, […]

One Night With Janis Joplin

One Night With Janis Joplin

The Pasadena Playhouse presented the powerhouse production of One Night With Janis Joplin, and after parking carefully, grabbing a drink at the new Red White and Bluez restaurant relocation next door, theatergoers immersed themselves into the energy of the show. Mary Bridget Davies captures the title role and for more than two hours, the playhouse […]

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