Archive for ‘May, 2009’


Do-Good Dining — and Bargains, Too

Do-Good Dining — and Bargains, Too

Following the success of DineLA’s restaurant weeks in February, many of the restaurants in and around Old Pasadena are taking part in Old Pasadena Restaurant Week, from June 1 to 8. Not only is each place offering a good-value fixed-price menu, but each is donating ten percent of revenue to Union Station Homeless Services, whose main facility […]

Getting Dirty at Descanso

Getting Dirty at Descanso

Summer vacation is looming, which means it’s time for kids to get outdoors and get dirty. This year La Cañada’s Descanso Gardens gives your kids the chance to do just that and more with its Descanso Discoveries program. The camp aims to wrangle the natural curiosity and energy of kids 6 to 12 and channel it […]

Taste of Art

Taste of Art

Worthy charity events fill up the spring calendar in Pasadena like so many poppies, and it’s hard to give them all their due. But we’re singling out one for special attention: the Taste of Art, an art-lover’s party at Gale’s Restaurant. This intensely local event started in 2007 when a group of friends having dinner […]

Mel's Silly Reads for Summer

Mel's Silly Reads for Summer

It’s been a fun few weeks on my bedside table, starting with Gods Behaving Badly, by Marie Phillips, a silly romp that puts a dysfunctional, dissipated and dispirited family of Greek gods in a dilapidated house in contemporary London. Aphrodite is a phone-sex operator, Artemis is a dog walker, and a couple of innocent mortals […]

We Always Knew Altadena Was Sustainable

We Always Knew Altadena Was Sustainable

We have lots of friends in Altadena who compost, grow their own fruits and vegetables, have drought-tolerant yards and shop farmers’ markets; some even keep their own chickens (including Hometown Pasadena‘s own egg farmer, Sandy Gillis) or have invested in solar panels. So it’s no surprise to hear that Altadena Heritage is going beyond the […]

A Midcentury Modern Tour

A Midcentury Modern Tour

If you didn’t know that May was Historic Preservation Month, you have one last chance to celebrate, by joining Pasadena Heritage on Sunday in honoring the midcentury modern homes of Ain, Johnson and Day. First attend a lecture and book signing by Professor Anthony Denzer of the University of Wyoming, author of Gregory Ain: The Modern House […]

The Poor Man's Hearst Castle

The Poor Man's Hearst Castle

Somehow I’d lived several decades without ever visiting Rubel Castle, or even hearing about it. And now I shall try to save you from the same fate. Way up on Live Oak in Glendora is an honest-to-goodness castle so jam-packed with sometimes-historic flotsam and jetsam that it’s taking a fleet of volunteers years to catalogue […]

Basil Thai Cooking

Basil Thai Cooking

Few restaurant neighborhoods in the San Gabriel Valley are more depressing than the stretch of Huntington connecting Monrovia and Arcadia. You name the soulless chain, and it’s here, from Macaroni Grill to the Olive Garden. So we’re grateful to our friend Sherri (Vroman’s book buyer and avid cook) for turning us on to Basil Thai, […]

Vroman's Bestsellers 05/25/09

Vroman's Bestsellers 05/25/09

Hardcover Fiction Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, Alexander Smith Gone Tomorrow, Lee Child Sunny Side, Glen David Gold Road Dogs, Elmore Leonard First Farmily, David Baldacci Brooklyn, Colm Toibin Dead & Gone, Charlaine Harris Cemetery Dance, Douglas Preston The Host, Stephenie Meyer Into The Beautiful North, Alberto Luis Urrea Hardcover Non-Fiction 10 10 10, […]

Ian Whitcomb at the Coffee Gallery

Ian Whitcomb at the Coffee Gallery

Altadena’s one and only Ian Whitcomb — musician, music historian, bon vivant, wit and Grammy winner— returns to his favorite hometown performance space, the Coffee Gallery Backstage, for an evening with guitarist Fred Sokolow and possible “surprise guests.” He’ll be playing ukelele, accordian and piano, and singing songs both comic and sentimental, from the Tin […]

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