Archive for ‘August, 2010’


Dan Cole Trio at redwhite+bluezz

Dan Cole Trio at redwhite+bluezz

As his bio makes clear, Daniel Cole is a musical jack of all trades. Currently the director of Commercial Music Studies at PCC, Dan has worked as a church organist, scored films and commercials, played guitar for Burt Bacharach, and, most entertainingly, for 500 performances of CATS. As a local (besides his PCC gig, he […]

In Praise of Adoption

In Praise of Adoption

There are 1.5 million adopted children in the United States and 58 percent of Americans know someone who has been adopted, has adopted a child, or has relinquished a child for adoption. Scott Simon, host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition” joins Larry Mantle to tell the story of how he and his wife Caroline found true […]

The Murder Room

The Murder Room

Everyone’s heard of the literary detective extraordinaire Sherlock Holmes, but perhaps fewer have heard of the real life French detective, Eugene Francois Vidocq, who inspired Holmes’ character. Even fewer have heard of the Vidocq Society, a group of 82 of the world’s greatest detectives and investigators, which meets monthly to solve cold cases. Sounds like […]

Puro Sabor Peruvian Food

Puro Sabor Peruvian Food

WHY Pure, unadulterated Peruvian flavors (puro sabor means ‘pure flavor’) in a sweet Valley spot with modest prices. WHAT This isn’t the most scenic neighborhood in Van Nuys, but inside is a cheerful, spotless café that showcases the accomplished cooking of chef Juana Paz, a bank teller from Peru who succeeded in achieving her twin […]

…We All Scream for Ice Cream!

…We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Two days after an ice cream social at City Hall for employees, the city manager hosted another one for employees who work at the City Yards on the north side of Mountain Street just east of the 210 Freeway. This is where many of the operations for the Public Works Department and Pasadena Water and […]

Endurance and the human spirit at Loma Alta Park Sun.

Endurance and the human spirit at Loma Alta Park Sun.

The Angeles Crest 100 mile Endurance Race started early Saturday morning in Wrightwood, and came to a glorious end at Loma Alta Park in Altadena on Sunday.   Spectators, support crew, and early finishers wait to cheer on the next runners. Thomas Kuerton of Los Angeles by way of Germany savors his accomplishment. Lorraine Gersitz […]

Vroman’s bestsellers 8/30/2010

Vroman’s bestsellers 8/30/2010

Hardcover Fiction Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest, Stieg Larsson Dogs Purpose, Bruce Cameron Help, Kathryn Stockett Bum, Nevada Barr Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, David Mitchell Super Sad True Story, Gary Shteyngart Three Stations, Martin Cruz Smith Tower the Zoo and the Tortoise, Julia Stuart Crossfire, Dick Francis Last Night at Chateau Marmont, […]

Labor Day Fun at Descanso Gardens

Labor Day Fun at Descanso Gardens

Speaking as a former child, there’s not usually a whole lot for kids to do at botanical gardens: walk around, look at plants, be shooed off the grass. Descanso Gardens, with its regular kid-focused events and that enchanted railroad, does a fine job of not being a bore for young people. This good work continues […]

Grüp Shö at the End of the World

Grüp Shö at the End of the World

Hometown Pasadena really likes the Gallery at the End of the World, way up on North Lake. Hometown Pasadena also really likes Lynne McDaniel, who paints good. Ipso facto, Hometown Pasadena really really likes that Lynne is the featured artist at this weekend’s GatEotW show. It’s on the calendar simply as “Art Bender weekend,” which […]

A SPECTRAL Happening at the Folly Bowl

A SPECTRAL Happening at the Folly Bowl

What do you get when you mix live video, poetry, harp, trombone, and various electronics? If you guessed “a Darren Aronofsky remake of The Music Man,” you would be wrong, though inventive. No, you get a Labor Day Weekend performance at the Folly Bowl, an outdoor amphitheater in the yard of a private Altadena home. […]

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