Archive for ‘December, 2009’


Gallery at the End of the World

Gallery at the End of the World

Come support local artists at McGinty’s Gallery at the End of the World, December 3-6th, 2009! 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3 artist reception, free. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 4, First Friday Art Club, $5, includes entertainment and refreshments. Saturday potluck barbecue, please bring a dish to share. Sunday brunch, dish to share is welcome. View artwork […]

Azeen’s Afghani Restaurant

Azeen’s Afghani Restaurant

Azeen’s is an elegant white-tablecloth restaurant with a restful, welcoming atmosphere. Squint at the menu you’ll recognize derivatives (or ancestors) of such Indian, Pakistani, Persian and Chinese dishes as pakoras, curries, dumplings, kebabs and pilafs. Share a sampler plate of appetizers, then try tender beef kebabs or quabili pallaw (lamb with carrots and raisins). Sweet, […]

COBRA – or no health insurance at all?

COBRA – or no health insurance at all?

If you are unemployed and purchase your health plan through COBRA, the interim insurance plan available to those who lose their jobs but continue purchase their employer's health plan at a higher rate, you may see your premium increase by 300% or more. The reason? A government subsidy authorized in March is scheduled to expire […]

Film Based on Tom Drury Story Online This Week

Film Based on Tom Drury Story Online This Week

It’s no secret that I’m a big Tom Drury fan. His novel The End of Vandalism is one of the five best books I’ve read in the last ten years, and his other work is excellent as well.  Drury lives in Pasadena now, and this locale has begun to find its way into his more […]

America’s cheating game

America’s cheating game

Poker, the liar's game, is one of America's most popular pastimes. In "Cowboys Full," author James McManus illustrates the connections between poker, politics and our national spirit. He traces the history of steamboats, American trade and westward expansion, and the connection to poker. Larry talks with McManus about his new book and what poker says […]

Random Thoughts on the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame Concert

Random Thoughts on the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame Concert

It was an epic, two-night TV event in our house: the four-hour Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert. Thanks to Tivo and a light holiday homework load, we were able to gather around the TV for what amounted to a Rock n’ Roll 101 survey course for the kids. Springsteen, CSN, Simon […]

Request: want to form a neighborhood Yahoo group?

Request: want to form a neighborhood Yahoo group?

———- View Proposed HAHA boundaries in a larger map ———– We subscribe to most of the neighborhood newsgroups to keep up with what's going on, and have been very impressed with how well they communicate and what they do — the neighborhood groups were very active during the Station Fire, they share burglary information with […]

$29 for a Movie — Really?

$29 for a Movie — Really?

We’re all for the quality movie-going experience, regularly taking the trouble to drive from Pasadena to the Arclight in Hollywood for a primo theater, with large, comfy, reserved seats, ushers, no commercials, clean prints/sound, and a strictly enforced no-talking policy, not to mention art shows, a good bar/restaurant, a fabulous gift shop and regular movie-star […]

Wait and See

Wait and See

The first of the month means it’s Theme Day for participating City Daily Photobloggers. This month’s theme is Waiting. I often drive past this bench on Arroyo Drive. It perches high above lower Arroyo Park with scenic views of hillside trees and open sky. Sometimes it is surrounded by high school kids skipping school. At […]

Theme Day: Waiting

Theme Day: Waiting

The first of every month at the City Daily Photo blogs, we play variations on a theme. This month’s theme is “waiting.” I had planned a different photo but when nosing around through my stuff last night I came across this sorry pair. I don’t know about your dogs, but Boz and Sprocket can’t seem […]

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