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One City, One Story

One City, One Story

“A haunting and unforgettable story about coming of age during extraordinary times and about people going on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty.” This is a description of this year’s One City, One Story selection: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker, which is her fictional debut. Walker was born and [...]

Now That She’s Gone

Now That She’s Gone

The Coffee Gallery in Altadena is busy on this Saturday afternoon, filled with the young, middle-aged, and beyond; with Latinos, African Americans, and Caucasians; with mismatching tables and chairs. I like it. I buy a Hammerhead—a shot of espresso that can be mixed with coffee, which does rather jolt me awake after a morning of [...]

Independent Artists: Come One, Come All

Independent Artists: Come One, Come All

This year’s Make Music Pasadena event will be held Saturday, June 1, with a goal of over 150 free concerts and an estimated attendance of over 50,000. Will you be one of the performing artists? All aspiring artists from all musical genres are encouraged to apply. Two selected artists will receive $400 cash, a luxury [...]

L.A. Arts Show & Local Artist J. Michael Walker

L.A. Arts Show & Local Artist J. Michael Walker

  From oversized photographic cut-outs of a woman sticking out her tongue whose skin is actually cat hair to a sketch by Rembrandt, this is the L.A. Arts Show. Last Wednesday night was the gala opening and thanks to Victoria Wilson Roberts and Vicki Laidig, yours truly was able to experience the evening. Also in [...]

Dear Abby, Ellen & Fred

Dear Abby, Ellen & Fred

In honor of the 2nd officially recognized Fred Korematsu Day Pasadena and, in his words, to highlight that “even in times of crisis, we must guard against prejudice and keep uppermost our commitment to law and justice,” Ellen Snortland shares a camp story. Back in the 1970’s, I rented my home in McArthur Park to a [...]

For the Holidays: Jordi & CO

For the Holidays: Jordi & CO

Thinking about the holidays can elicit images of easy laughter, loving hugs, good wine, and delicious food. It can also create heartburn, knots in your shoulders, and the desire to retire to bed at 10 a.m. One possible “out” for the latter would be to hire yourself a holiday decorator and party planner. This month’s [...]

Frozen by Carla Tomaso

Frozen by Carla Tomaso

Imagine Joan Crawford-turned-Frankenstein-reborn-as-Honey Boo Boo. Only then will you begin to understand the monster at the center of Frozen, the story of a woman who must reanimate her cryogenically frozen, narcissistic mother and raise her from childhood. Elizabeth is determined to re-raise horrible Helen to be the mom she deserves, but her mother-turned-daughter is worse [...]

Styling for Charity

Styling for Charity

He liked to mow lawns and garden. He became mesmerized with the effects of peroxide when he experimented on his own hair. After seeing a Vidal Sassoon team—so put-together and dashing—at McLaren Hall, he chose their image as a role model. He attended 9 high schools and as many different foster care homes in a [...]

Tom Coston: the Doo Dah Man (and So Much More)

Tom Coston: the Doo Dah Man (and So Much More)

HP: You were heavily involved in the recent debut of LitFest Pasadena. How and why did you get involved? What was the goal of this event and do you think you and the other organizers achieved it? How do you see LitFest growing, expanding, and changing in the years ahead? TC: I was first introduced [...]

Winging It…& Loving It

Winging It…& Loving It

  Steve Skrovan: stand-up comic; talk show host on MTV; game show host of “That’s My Dog”; writer on “Seinfeld” and “Everybody Loves Raymond”; writer, producer and director of “An Unreasonable Man,” a documentary about Ralph Nader; and a dedicated supporter of Public Citizen, a nonprofit organization, which advocates on behalf of Americans citizens before Congress, [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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