Archive for ‘January, 2011’


Helen of Pasadena on the Manic Mommies Book Club: Podcast or Audio Online!

Helen of Pasadena on the Manic Mommies Book Club: Podcast or Audio Online!

One of the great joys of being out and about with Helen of Pasadena is being on the other side of the microphone, so to speak. As most of you know, I enjoy talking. But usually, I am the one doing the prep work and the producing and eventually the questioning. After a series of […]

The Fork will stick around, after all

The Fork will stick around, after all

Pictured: David Smith in his construction yard on Kellogg Ct. last June, after the Fork was removed. Joyous news in the Pasadena Star News today: the Fork in the Road will return — the original fork, in its original place at the junction of St. John’s and Pasadena Avenues in Pasadena. PSN’s Janette Williams says […]

This is your brain – without fear

This is your brain – without fear

Snakes, spiders, heights, enclosed spaces, or a suspicious-looking character lurking in a dark alley, we all experience fear. But what is fear? For that matter, what is courage? Is it a lack of fear, or an ability to overcome it? Researchers at the University of Iowa, the California Institute of Technology and the University of […]

Why is Los Angeles still the “homeless capital of America?”—Part One: the Safer City Initiative

Why is Los Angeles still the “homeless capital of America?”—Part One: the Safer City Initiative

With over 40,000 homeless living on its streets, Los Angeles is the homeless capital of the country. The largest cluster of those homeless men and women—nearly four thousand—lives on Skid Row, just in the shadow of city hall, where city and county government make policy decisions about the issue. Nearly five years after Mayor Villaraigosa's […]

Chaya Downtown

Chaya Downtown

WHY Terrific L.A.-style Euro-Asian fusion food, a swinging happy hour, four hours free parking and a free shuttle to the Music Center. WHAT The latest member of L.A.’s great Chaya family is a hit. The serene, Asian-accented space has an impressive art-glass chandelier in the bar and comfy outdoor booths that, on a warm summer […]

Sheriffs out in force this morning: compliance checks

Sheriffs out in force this morning: compliance checks

We’ve had a couple of readers ask about major police presence early this morning, and we saw a stop ourselves with multiple sheriff cars on Lake Ave. Altadena Station tells us that they’re checking on parolees and probationers today to make sure they’re in compliance with the rules they have to follow. These checks usually […]

Melting Pot Food Tours in Pasadena

Melting Pot Food Tours in Pasadena

This past weekend I had the pleasure of partaking in a Melting Pot Food Tour of Old Pasadena. I was lucky enough to get the owner of the tour company, Lisa Scalia, to give the tour. I was very impressed … Continue reading → Read the Full Story at Brigham Yen

Strip Mall in Monochrome

Strip Mall in Monochrome

It could have just been a crummy sidewalk. Add a few arches, vines, wooden beams, pendant lamps, square tiles, silver tables, big splashes of sunlight… and voila! It’s art! Right next to the laundromat. Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena

Superfluous Detail: Underfoot

Superfluous Detail: Underfoot

A sidewalk grate on the Caltech campus. Do most places go to this kind of trouble for sidewalk grates? This thing is above and– –no– –below and beyond. To me, a superfluous detail is something beautiful that doesn’t have to be–something that enhances the look of a functional item, just for the sake of art. […]

Noises All Around

Noises All Around

The confusion that arises from the theater troupe known as A Noise Within (let’s call them ANW) doing a show called Noises Off, which is a show about another show called “Nothing On,” is really only the beginning. Reviving last year’s hit production, ANW’s show is fast-paced, funny, overwrought and charming. It’s an exhilarating night […]

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