Archive for ‘August, 2010’


Still Thirsty

Still Thirsty

Last Friday’s Slake event was absolutely amazing. I’m still kind of having a hard time explaining how cool it was to be in a room filled to the brim with people who think print isn’t dead or dying, but rather vital, evolving, and downright important. Not only that, but every single person there was supporting […]

Looking at Something-or-other on My Conference Table

Looking at Something-or-other on My Conference Table

During a meeting in my office today, Michael Beck (left), the mighty Zack Stromberg, Robert Montaño and I pored over some designs for something that will be revealed to you in time. Michael is the city manager, Zack is my graphic designer in the Public Affairs Office and Robert is a project planner in the […]

And more flowers

And more flowers

Last weekend Phoebe and I drove up to the Lake Tahoe area the back way: 395 up past Bridgeport and into Nevada, then a left at Carson City: to attend her niece Mariana’s wedding. Mariana was a flower girl in our own wedding 25 years ago this month, so it was pretty sweet symmetry. We […]

Briganti

Briganti

Briganti is the sort of lively Tuscan trattoria that’s common on the westside but rare on the eastside, and locals can’t get enough of its seafood salad, burrata with pesto and roasted tomatoes, ethereal thin-crust pizzas, classic pastas, excellent fresh-fish specials, and a lovely flourless chocolate cake. The joint is always jumping, with noise bouncing […]

Beethoven and Broadway

Beethoven and Broadway

Summer is almost over, which means the California Philharmonic’s Festival on the Green is, too: the last show is tomorrow. The title doesn’t leave much to the imagination—there will be Beethoven, and there will be show tunes. Specifics: the concert opens with Beethoven’s Leonora Overture, No. 3 and ends with the Choral Movement of the […]

Help us, Hollywood, you’re our only hope

Help us, Hollywood, you’re our only hope

We’ve had our prefabricated blockbusters, an installment of a vampire franchise and the usual romantic comedy fare, but the summer of 2010 has felt… well… uneventful at the local cinema. Maybe even dismal. With a struggling economy and soaring temperatures this is a summer when we need air conditioned escapism the most. Inception and the […]

Rover, come over!

Rover, come over!

If you’re out on the upper arroyo today, Hometown Pasadena let us know that they’re testing the next generation Mars rover, Athlete, in the arroyo today.  Maybe you can see it bust a move: ____________ Read the Full Story at Altadena Blog

Market Analysis

Market Analysis

Hey, someone took a bite out of my still life. (Can you find it?) Late summer produce abounds at the South Pasadena Farmers Market, and some of it is as artistically inspiring as it is tasty. For 11 years the market has been a fantastic place for food (and creative inspiration) but now that the […]

Boz Kerouac

Boz Kerouac

Boz and I need a road trip and I don’t see it happening soon enough. Boz languished around the house yesterday, dying for some action. He didn’t believe me when I told him it was too hot to go out, so to prove it I took him for a brief walk in the mid day. […]

The Hidden Staircases of Los Angeles

The Hidden Staircases of Los Angeles

In 2006, Charles Fleming, a sufferer of chronic back pain, was told by his doctor that he’d need to undergo his third back surgery in three years. Instead of going under the knife, he decided to walk – specifically up and down public staircases – to cure his pain. Four years later, he’s climbed over […]

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