Archive for ‘June, 2009’


Pops for Free on Sunday

Pops for Free on Sunday

The city of Pasadena and Pasadena Pops, with sponsorship from Target and Parsons, are kicking off summer with a free concert and festival this Sunday on the square in front of City Hall. Bring beach chairs, a picnic supper and, if the June gloom holds, a sweater, and stake out your seat by 5:30 p.m., […]

Lisa See Wows at the Huntington

Lisa See Wows at the Huntington

I trooped over to the Huntington on Tuesday morning for a tour of the new Garden of Flowing Fragrance (aka the Chinese Garden) tied into a book signing and talk by author Lisa See, whose latest work, Shanghai Girls, just hit the shelves. The L.A. native has a large and devout national following, with goodly […]

Castle Green Tour

Castle Green Tour

We Pasadenans are constantly tempted by beautiful things. Some, like the Castle Green, are usually shielded from our prying eyes — but not this weekend! Sunday brings a rare opportunity to peek inside this historic landmark. Built as a hotel in 1898, the Castle is now a mix of condos and apartments occupied by a […]

Good Art, Good Food, Good Cause

Good Art, Good Food, Good Cause

The third annual Taste of Art took over Gale’s Restaurant in Pasadena on Monday night, and although host Gale Kohl worried about a smaller turnout than last year (thanks, recession!), the event was a social, artistic, culinary, alcoholic and, most importantly, fundraising success. The cost of admission covered the full bar (featuring wonderful pomegranate martinis), […]

Super King Rules

Super King Rules

Sixteen years ago, the Fermanian family opened a supermarket in an ethnically diverse neighborhood in Anaheim, and over the next few years, their low prices, good service and unusual combination of mainstream American supermarket goods and a dazzling array of international foods built them a huge and loyal clientele. In 2006, the Fermanians opened their […]

The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes

New on the main stage at the Pasadena Playhouse is a revival of Lillian Hellman’s great play, Little Foxes. Starring Kelly McGillis and Julia Duffy and directed by Dámaso Rodriguez, the play opened on May 22 to excellent reviews from the Los Angeles Times (“the play’s social skewering remains satisfyingly fresh”) and Daily Variety (“The […]

Water-spare Gardening

Water-spare Gardening

Southern California is officially in a drought, and we’re all under orders to reduce our water consumption. This does not mean, however, that the beauty of the Pasadena garden (a considerable thing, as we all know) has to suffer. This Saturday Matthew Roberts from San Marcos Growers in water-spare Santa Barbara will lead a free […]

Purple Happy Trees

Purple Happy Trees

Just in time to brighten the June gloom is our annual explosion of jacaranda blossoms. For clean-up reasons, I’m grateful not to have one at my house, but I’m especially grateful to the neighborhoods that host them for all of our enjoyment. Here are a couple of shots from Pasadena’s Jacaranda Row, aka Del Mar […]

Vroman's Bestsellers 06/01/09

Vroman's Bestsellers 06/01/09

Hardcover Fiction Shanghai Girls, Lisa See Scarecrow, Michael Connelly Sunny Side, Glen David Gold Wicked Prey, John Sandford Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, C M Mayo Gone Tomorrow, Lee Child Tea Time for the Traditionally Built, Alexander Smith Into The Beautiful North, Alberto Luis Urrea Everything Ravaged Everything Burned, Wells Tower Sign, Raymond Khoury […]

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