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Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega: The People’s Conductor

Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega: The People’s Conductor

I met Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega a couple of years ago and was immediately struck by her intelligence, passion and intensity. Statuesque, with tumbling black hair and a commanding, smiling presence, simultaneously sensual and intellectual, she could be a character from an Isabel Allende novel:  dashing, generous, grounded and forceful. Sonia surprised me [...]

Brian Elerding, Actor

Brian Elerding, Actor

If Altadena native Brian Elerding looks familiar, that’s because he’s starting to show up on TV and movie screens a lot. He took a star turn in a hot Super Bowl commercial, has appeared in several indie movies and TV shows, and has three projects coming up: an episode of the new NBC series Parenthood, which just [...]

Ian Whitcomb

Ian Whitcomb

Ian Whitcomb, Altadena’s ukelele/accordion stylist, Tin Pan Alley expert and songwriter extraordinaire, has kept a daily journal of his adventures in Los Angeles since 1972. A born raconteur, with a well-educated Englishman’s command of the mother tongue and a biting wit, Whitcomb sees all, tells all, and makes it incredibly, wryly funny. The Huntington Library [...]

Liza Palmer

Liza Palmer

Pasadena native Liza Palmer hit the literary big time with her very first novel, Conversations with the  Fat Girl, which was named a Target Breakout book and hit the international bestseller lists within one week of publication in 2005. (It was huge in England.) It was optioned for an HBO series, and she went on [...]

Gayle Bluemel: Principal, Dramatist, Musician

Gayle Bluemel: Principal, Dramatist, Musician

Now the beloved principal of the Sierra Madre School, Gayle Bluemel has been a PUSD educator for more than 30 years. For even longer, she has been in love with the theater. Fortunately for her and her students, these pursuits have dovetailed often, leading to classroom after classroom—and now a whole school—saturated with the spirit [...]

Zofia Kostyrko, Painter

Zofia Kostyrko, Painter

We recently caught up with the creative whirlwind otherwise known as Zofia Kostyrko. She’s one of the Altadena artists behind the now-famous Fork in the Road at Pasadena and Bellefontaine avenues, pulled in by Ken Marshall to create “Photoshop voodoo” to visualize his wacky idea. After designing the Put a Fork in Hunger logos, T-shirts, [...]

Mayfield Musicians Make Merry

Mayfield Musicians Make Merry

Sorry for the alliteration, but the scene we stumbled upon at Jones Coffee the other day made us so happy that we had no choice. As I was leaving with my coffee, girls in red sweatshirts and Santa hats started arriving, laden with black instrument bags, so of course we had to stay and see [...]

Michele Zack, Author & Historian

Michele Zack, Author & Historian

After making a name for herself with a local history book that stands head and shoulders above the norm, Altadena: Between Wilderness and City, Michele Zack is back with a new book: Southern California Story: Seeking the Better Life in Sierra Madre. A career journalist and former resident of Thailand, Zack and her husband have [...]

William Stranger, Furniture Maker

William Stranger, Furniture Maker

For more than twenty years, William Stranger has been turning wood into beautiful furniture. Only, as he would be the first to tell you, it’s still wood — but not just wood. Rather, in Stranger’s capable hands, lumber that would otherwise be destined for the scrap heap gets a “Second Life” (the title of his [...]

Hometown Boy Makes a Movie

Hometown Boy Makes a Movie

We’re sending out snaps to Pasadena’s own Zach Shipko, whose new feature-length video-format film, Why Are You Weird?, is getting a lot of attention. Interview magazine’s film site said it “might just be the best VHS feature film to be made in 2009,” and that it “sets a high bar in the world of straight-to-YouTube [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

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