Archive for ‘April, 2010’


Arcadia High’s Government Team Wins National Championship

Arcadia High’s Government Team Wins National Championship

After three days of simulated congressional hearings on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the class from Arcadia High School of Arcadia, California, has emerged as the national champion of the 23rd annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals. The academic competition marked the end of months of study […]

Vroman’s Bestsellers 4/25/10

Vroman’s Bestsellers 4/25/10

Hardcover Fiction Hollywood Moon, Joseph Wambaugh The Walk, Richard Paul Evans Wild Child and Other Stories, T.C. Boyle Pearl of China, Anchee Min Help, Kathryn Stockett Matterhorn, Karl Marlantes This Body of Death, Elizabeth George Blame, Michelle Huneven The Double Comfort Safari Club, Alexander McCall Smith Lucid Intervals, Stuart Woods Hardcover Nonfiction Magnificent Desolation, Buzz […]

Showcase House 2010 – Cravens Estate – Being There – That’s Half the Fun

Showcase House 2010 – Cravens Estate – Being There – That’s Half the Fun

The History of the Cravens Estate Completed in 1930 for Pasadena residents Mr. and Mrs. John Cravens, this elegant estate was designed by renowned San Francisco architect, Lewis P. Hobart. His inspiration for the estate’s design was the baroque Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, which was also the inspiration for Versailles. Situated just south of Paris, the chateau […]

Capitol Steps; or, How to Laugh (Harder) at the Government

Capitol Steps; or, How to Laugh (Harder) at the Government

For the 18th year in a row, this troupe of former Congressional staffers will bring to Caltech its patented mix of political parody and scathing satire. Leaving no lobby unturned, the Steps make light of left, right and center. I actually bought one of their CDs once, by accident. I was 11. The jokes weren’t […]

Busch Gardens: Not Just for Roller Coasters Anymore

Busch Gardens: Not Just for Roller Coasters Anymore

When my East Coast friends come to visit, occasionally (okay, rarely) they express a desire to visit an amusement park. When, in the course of that discussion, I mention Knott’s Berry Farm, the reaction, invariably, is: “Huh? That doesn’t sound like an amusement park.” I would wager the same is often said of the Busch […]

Armory Opening: The Trees on My Block

Armory Opening: The Trees on My Block

Speaking of trees, the Armory has a new installation up, a collection of about 90 oil paintings by Pasadena artist Elizabeth Saveri. As you can probably discern, the paintings are all of trees (or tree leaves or tree seedpods) on her block. That block is Heather Square, in the neighborhood of Washington Square. The paintings […]

Treepeople of the World, Unite!

Treepeople of the World, Unite!

Earth Day has come and gone — did you plant a tree? I sure didn’t. No, I chose instead to indulge in a grand festival of paper products. If you, too, want to atone, or are just in a tree-planting mood, consider joining up this weekend with Sue Stranger, owner of La Cañada’s own Adobe, […]

Reza Aslan on “Beyond Fundamentalism: confronting religious extremism in the age of globalization”

Reza Aslan on “Beyond Fundamentalism: confronting religious extremism in the age of globalization”

In his new book, Daily Beast editor Reza Aslan asserts that by infusing the War on Terror with its own religiosity, the Unites States has fallen prey to the same failed logic of its enemies, ultimately engendering a religious war in which God is believed to be directly engaged on behalf of one side against […]

Book Must: Balance is a Crock, Sleep is for the Weak

Book Must: Balance is a Crock, Sleep is for the Weak

Hello, Chaos Crew.Over the new few weeks, I will be celebrating all things Mom in publishing. I have a stack of books in my office nook ready for perfect Mother’s Day Gift-Giving. Up first:   Balance is a Crock, Sleep is for the Weak by Amy Eschliman and Leigh Oshirak. Click here to see Amy […]

Why religions are not the same and why it matters

Why religions are not the same and why it matters

Religious thinkers like Gandhi and the Dalai Lama have said that all religions are different paths to the same God. But scholar Stephen Prothero says that the world's religions aim at very different goals, and to claim they are all the same is foolish. In his book God Is Not One, Prothero details the unique […]

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