Archive for ‘December, 2009’


A few places still open for watercolor classes

A few places still open for watercolor classes

The ever busy and forktacular Donna Barnes-Roberts tells us that she has a few spaces open for her watercolor classes at the Coffee Gallery starting in January: They are in the Conference Room at The Coffee Gallery, and since the room is small, the classes are small.  That way I can see what everyone is […]

The Great Vroman’s Holiday Video Collaboration Project: A Wrap-Up

The Great Vroman’s Holiday Video Collaboration Project:  A Wrap-Up

A few weeks ago, we asked you to tell us what you wanted for the holidays this year.  Some of you responded with videos telling us what books would make your wish list.  In all, we got five entries, and they were all great.  The winner, in the end, was the first person to enter, […]

Hootenanny 2.0

Hootenanny 2.0

Local artist Donna Barnes-Roberts, who plies her trade in the Coffee Gallery, also participates in the gallery's Wednesday night singalongs.  But not every song is covered by Rise Up Singing, so they've introduced a new wrinkle: Laptop Lyrics: We are actually trying to help organize our Wednesday singalongs, so everyone has lyrics in front of […]

Frank Schaeffer’s “Patience with God”

Frank Schaeffer’s “Patience with God”

Frank Schaeffer found himself equally disgusted by right-wing evangelists as by “uber liberal New Atheists.” In “Patience with God,” he searches for a middle ground between the polarizing forces of religion—and anti-religion—in America. In this critical look at the goals and strategies of both fundamentalism and New Atheism, Schaeffer offers a kind of spirituality for […]

Ed Sullivan’s America

Ed Sullivan’s America

"Tonight, we have a really big show…" Gerald Nachman's book "Right Here on Our Stage Tonight!" explores the history of the Ed Sullivan Show and its place as an American institution. As kingmaker (and tastemaker) of American pop culture in the mid-20th century, looking at the Ed Sullivan Show means looking at our own history. […]

Random Thoughts on throwing the Office Holiday Party

Random Thoughts on throwing the Office Holiday Party

The empties are in the recycling. The guys just came to pick-up the heaters and standing cocktail tables. And the dog is back from the "ranch." The Office Holiday Party must be over!That’s right, Chaos Crew, we hosted about 50 co-workers and spouses/boyfriends/girlfriends last night on behalf on my husband’s company. My husband is in […]

The Gorbals

The Gorbals

WHY Inventive, comforting combinations that work well without being gimmicky or overpriced — the most expensive dish is $15. WHAT Helmed by Top Chef season-two winner Ilan Hall, this has been a long time coming and greatly touted. But it’s anything but flashy — a sparse, candlelit room tucked away into the aging Alexandria Hotel, […]

"Circa Sometime" show at McGinty’s Jan. 9-31

"Circa Sometime" show at McGinty’s Jan. 9-31

McGinty’s Gallery at the End of the World is pleased to present Circa Sometime, an exhibition of selected works by six artists working in assemblage and collage. Circa Sometime marks the first such show at the gallery and includes collaborative and individual installation works. Described by Altadena Heritage as "the epicenter of the art scene […]

Tidings of Great Joy

Tidings of Great Joy

Then wherefore in these merry daysShould we, I pray, be duller?No, let us sing some roundelaysTo make our mirth the fuller.And whilst we thus inspired sing,Let all the streets with echoes ring;Woods, and hills, and everythingBear witness we are merry. — George Wither Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena

First day of winter

First day of winter

Faithful skywatcher Bill Westphal reminds us: The Winter Solstice occurs on Mon. Dec. 21 at 9:47 a.m. At that moment the Sun, in its apparent path around the Earth, reaches its farthest point in the South. This marks the beginning of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of Summer in the Southern Hemisphere. […]

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