Archive for ‘December, 2009’


The Wilderness Warrior

The Wilderness Warrior

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My Year in Books: Last Night in Montreal

My Year in Books:  Last Night in Montreal

Debut novels are not supposed to turn out like this one.  They’re supposed to flop around on the table, show a few glimpses of potential, and then leave you waiting for the next, better effort.  Last Night in Montreal is an accomplishment unto itself.  At its heart, it’s a story about communication and the enormous […]

Directing An Education

Directing An Education

Danish director Lone Scherfig gained attention with her 2000 film "Italian for Beginners." The movie was part of the Dogme 95 film movement, which emphasized principles such as the use of hand-held cameras and natural lighting. Scherfig's new film is "An Education." Written for the screen by Nick Hornby and set in 1960's London, it […]

High wind warning, 30% chance of rain today

High wind warning, 30% chance of rain today

We were up early, reading the weather reports, and it was absolutely mild and clear.  Now (about 7:25 AM) the winds have kicked up, and here's what the weather service has to say for LA County and environs: THE HIGH WIND WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM PST WEDNESDAY. * TIMING: WINDS WILL […]

Name that Pharmacist

Name that Pharmacist

We’ve got a quirky contest for you: Name this onetime Pasadena pharmacist. The winner gets a copy of Hometown Pasadena 2009.2010, signed by the editor. Here’s the back story. About seven or eight years ago, Lilli Rouleau found this massive portrait at a Pasadena thrift store. She couldn’t take her eyes off it: the intense […]

Winter Dining

Winter Dining

Despite the cool weather the poinsettias in front of Pinocchio’s Pizza on North Lake Avenue looked festive yesterday. The cloudy skies made the white table cloths look all the more crisp. Note that Big Mama’s Rib Shack has poinsettias in their planters, too. And someone has planted more with the sidewalk tree. I could use […]

Picture Yourself at the Norton Simon

Picture Yourself at the Norton Simon

Here’s a worthwhile family event that has not a thing to do with Christmas: On Sunday the Norton Simon is offering a free family-hour activity as part of its Stories in the Afternoon series. Called Look at Me, the program is tied to the new show of portraiture anchored by Jean-August-Dominique Ingres’s Comtesse d’Haussonville. Young artists […]

Old Town Video Art Installation

Old Town Video Art Installation

There’s no time like the holidays for… environmentally themed public video art installations? Absolutely, say Alex Kritselis and Joey Forsyte, the masterminds behind “Don’t Blow It/A Rising Tide.” Kritselis and Forsyte have placed 13 projectors, pointing at 13 glass windows and doors, throughout One Colorado Plaza. The videos, which are supposed to be exquisitely beautiful, […]

Pasadena Heritage Bus Tour

Pasadena Heritage Bus Tour

The fine folks at Pasadena Heritage have put together a two-hour bus tour of the city’s historic sights, just in time for the annual wave of Bowl and Parade tourists. Stops include the Arroyo Seco, Old Pasadena and several “architecturally distinguished” residential neighborhoods. The tour will be led, of course, by expert docents, so even […]

My Year in Books: Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost

My Year in Books:  Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost

Whoa, a non-fiction book.  Yes, it’s true, I sometimes read stories that actually happened.  In this case, though, that old cliche that the truth is stranger than fiction might be apt.  Richard Rushfield went to Hampshire College in the late 1980s, when it was at the height of its reign as an alternative education hippie […]

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