Archive for ‘November, 2010’


Bill Burnett: giving thanks at the Coffee Gallery Wed.

Bill Burnett: giving thanks at the Coffee Gallery Wed.

Alta-troubador Bill Burnett and friends will be holding court at the Coffee Gallery, 2029 N. Lake Ave., on Thanksgiving Eve (Wed., Nov. 24): I feel thankful in so many directions I wanted to just let my voice fly free on Thanksgiving Eve, the day before we all gather with our loved ones and overeat.  Please […]

Indelibly Inky Chickens

Indelibly Inky Chickens

On the last Tuesday of every month (except December), POP Champagne & Dessert Bar hosts Indelible Ink, a performing arts series with a reliably interesting mix of poets, storytellers, musicians, and a variety act of some kind (most memorable: an opera-singing magician who sang the Figaro whilst escaping from a straitjacket). The next show—Tuesday the […]

Christopher Burgan Trio at the Coffee Gallery

Christopher Burgan Trio at the Coffee Gallery

Chris Burgan should be a familiar face by now to Coffee Gallery regulars.  He’s got his trio, which plays a wide variety of musical styles (and with more than three instruments!). And since 1998, he’s been the lead guitarist of We Five, who were nominated for a Grammy in 1965. Jerry Burgan is the only […]

The Summoning of Every Parson’s Nose (with Food!)

The Summoning of Every Parson’s Nose (with Food!)

The mission of the wonderfully named Parson’s Nose Productions is to introduce “classic theater to family audiences,” through original one-hour adaptations of dramatic masterpieces. These staged readings are designed to be both smart enough for grownups and boisterous enough for kids, though this week’s play is maybe a little heavy for the single digit set. […]

Why We Live Here: Reason #17

Why We Live Here: Reason #17

The view from a dog walk on Parkview in Pasadena’s Linda Vista neighborhood midday Sunday, after the fierce rain Saturday night, panning from north to south, as best as an iPhone could capture it:

Orris

Orris

WHY Such exquisite French-influenced small plates as shrimp-mousse-filled ravioli with shiitake sauce, grilled hearts of romaine salad, filet mignon with Roquefort butter and foie gras with Japanese eggplant. WHAT After running Franco-Japanese restaurant Shiro in South Pasadena for many years, chef Hideo Yamashiro flipped the name and opened the smaller and more casual Orris on […]

A Three Story House

A Three Story House

Chapter One: A Chicago millionaire’s fireproof mansion.  Chapter Two: a celebrity author’s monument to himself.  Today, the Zane Grey Estate is writing a new chapter: sustainable urban farm. Pictured: Steve Rudicel, Gloria Putnam, and the goats of the Zane Grey Estate. Steve Rudicel and his fiancee, Gloria Putnam, are in their back yard showing off […]

Storms and Lights

Storms and Lights

Ordinarily, rainy weather makes me feel poetic and snuggly. Yesterday, for whatever reason, all of the soggy gray just bummed me out. I’m tempted to post a Sylvia Plath poem or link to some naval-gazing mid-90s trance music on YouTube. I am resisting the urge to compare the fall season’s chilly drizzle with middle age […]

Cold Up There

Cold Up There

Hey, guess who won this week’s contest: it was Betsy Coles! Congratulations, Betsy! Like everyone else who entered this week, Betsy answered Friday’s question correctly. “What famous San Marino institution just received a $100 million gift?” Why, the Huntington, of course. I’ll be mailing out Betsy’s copy of Hometown Pasadena 2009-2010 this week. It’s my […]

Rain doesn’t dampen elven magic

Rain doesn’t dampen elven magic

The Pasadena Waldorf School's Elves' Faire went on despite the rain (everyone just ran for shelter when it got too wet).  A fun and magical day for all. These young knights are bringing back the manly art of cudgel fighting. A young maiden tries her hand at jousting in our annual John C. Reilly-doing-Dad-duty picture. […]

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