Archive for ‘June, 2009’


Fête de la Musique, Pasadena Style

Fête de la Musique, Pasadena Style

My family was fortunate enough to have spent a few summers traveling in rural France several years ago, and we ended up at several Fêtes de la Musique, which typically took place around the summer solstice in a small village in the middle of nowhere. Musicians from all over the region performed, as did local […]

Summer Shows at PMCA

Summer Shows at PMCA

The summer season is bringing four new shows to the Pasadena Museum of California Art, starting with a recently opened exhibit of the work of five seminal faculty members from the early years at UC Davis: Robert Arneson, Wayne Thiebaud, Manuel Neri, Roy De Forest and William T. Wiley. Equally compelling is the exhibit called […]

Urban Archeology at Stern Gallery

Urban Archeology at Stern Gallery

If you’re on the Frederic Stern Gallery’s e-mail list, we know where you’re heading Saturday night, but if you’ve not yet made your way to this simple, sparkling gallery — what are you waiting for? Typically, the bright white walls are hung with a mix of historic, modern and contemporary California art. Saturday’s opening is […]

Blood & Dumplings

Blood & Dumplings

L.A.’s favorite quirky-historic tour company, Esotouric, returns to the San Gabriel Valley this weekend for its popular Blood & Dumplings tour, hosted in conjunction with Vroman’s Bookstore. Departing from Vroman’s at noon on Saturday, the bus adventure cruises Alhambra, Temple City, Monterey Park, Rosemead and El Monte, with a stop for a picnic of dumplings […]

Alice Hoffman at Vroman's

Alice Hoffman at Vroman's

Magic realist novelist Alice Hoffman, author of Here on Earth, Practical Magic, the Ice Queen and many other novels, including some for young adults and children, will be speaking and signing at Vroman’s on Friday about her new novel, The Story Sisters. The book tells the tale of three sisters who become recluses after tragedy […]

Smogtown at Aloud LA

Smogtown at Aloud LA

Pasadena author Chip Jacobs takes center stage on Tuesday night at the Los Angeles Central Library for its Aloud LA lecture series. Moderated by Kevin Roderick of LA Observed, this free event is really a panel discussion, not a lecture, featuring Jacobs and his co-author, William J. Kelly; author and former state legislator Tom Hayden; […]

Altadenablog at the Mausoleum

Altadenablog at the Mausoleum

Timothy Rutt, proprietor of the very fine Altadenablog, went on the Altadena Historical Society’s tour of the Mountain View Mausoleum over the weekend, and his report and video are well worth checking out here. He also posted some of Bill Westphal’s terrific photos, which really take you in the lovely and historic place. If you […]

Vroman's Bestsellers 6/08/2009

Vroman's Bestsellers 6/08/2009

Hardcover Fiction Shanghai Girls, Lisa See Scarecrow, Michael Connelly Signal, Ron Carlson My Father’s Tears and Other Stories, John Updike Shadows of Death, David Sundstrand Four Corners of the Sky, Michael Malone Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, Alexander Smith Into the Beautiful North, Luis Urrea 8th Confession, James Patterson Help, Kathryn Stockett Hardcover Non-Fiction Renegade, Richard Wolffe Losing Mum & Pup, Christopher Buckley Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell Pull […]

I Was Told There’d Be Cake

I Was Told There’d Be Cake

Colleen’s Fun Read for Summer I’ll pay any sum for a truly funny book, so to pay a mere $14 for the funniest book I’ve read in several years was a gift of grand proportions. Every single reviewer has compared young New York essayist Sloane Crosley — favorably — to David Sedaris, so I’m not […]

Concours d'Elegance Car Show

Concours d'Elegance Car Show

The Concours d’Elegance has fast become one of the premier classic car shows in the country, and it’s returning to Brookside Park this Sunday. At dawn, more than 350 vintage automobiles will parade into the Rose Bowl area, from horseless carriages to European sports cars, ’50s muscle cars to Aston Martins. After the judges do […]

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