Archive for ‘March, 2011’


April is the coolest month: San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival

April is the coolest month: San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival

April is the month when trees and flowers open; we celebrate April Fools, Arbor Day, and Earth Day; and do our taxes. It is also the time to celebrate National Poetry Month and the second annual San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival. “Last year’s festival was so successful we decided to make it an annual event,” […]

Multicolored

Multicolored

When Jon and I were first married, we painted the walls and doors of our West LA house about a dozen different colors. It was kind of like living inside of a kaleidoscope. All you had to do was turn your head for festive, ever changing views of what would have otherwise been a fairly […]

Santa Ana’s gentrification wars

Santa Ana’s gentrification wars

Does downtown Santa Ana need a face lift? The Santa Ana City Council has proposed multiple projects to upgrade housing and bring new business activity to the area. But some very vocal and active groups oppose this redevelopment. They argue that these changes will push out family owned businesses and negatively transform the character of […]

Losing your job to a machine

Losing your job to a machine

How would you feel about a vending machine, instead of a person, serving you your warm pizza, with your topping of choice; asking you if you’d like to buy boxers or briefs; and dispensing your morning coffee or box of cigarettes at the gas station? To cut costs, companies are increasingly turning to machines instead […]

Sandwiches by Connal

Sandwiches by Connal

We were hungry, and as is often the case we couldn’t bring ourselves to cook. All we wanted was a sandwich. What we got was neighborhood regulars regaling us with recommendations (“Ask for well-done fries, they do ’em a little light–you’ll learn…”) and stories (“Did you see that youtube video…”) and ideas for next time […]

New Traffic Signal in Pasadena Aides Pedestrians Crossing Street

New Traffic Signal in Pasadena Aides Pedestrians Crossing Street

I’m always glad to see investments by the city when it comes to pedestrian oriented development. In the Playhouse District, a new traffic signal has gone up at the intersection of Union and Oakland, which can get pretty busy with … Continue reading → Read the Full Story at Brigham Yen

Tin Roof Bistro

Tin Roof Bistro

WHY Excellent and affordable cocktails and wine by the glass, a killer burger and farmers’ market produce. WHAT Mike Simms has hit a home run with this new indoor-outdoor bistro that rises above its shopping-mall setting. Skip the undercooked pizzas in favor of the terrific curry spinach dip, thick burgers, salads, roast chicken, fresh fish […]

A Car of One’s Own

A Car of One’s Own

Virginia Woolf was once asked why she liked driving so much. “The sense it gives one of lighting accidentally,” she said, “like a voyager who touches another planet with the tip of his toe, upon scenes which would have gone on, have always gone on, will go on, unrecorded, save for this chance glimpse. Then […]

Raise Your Hats Ladies And Gentlemen

Raise Your Hats Ladies And Gentlemen

By Susan Motander Rather than “Hats Off” to the Pasadena Museum of History, it was definitely a hats on event for the opening of its new exhibit, “Mad for Hats,,” a retrospective of millinery trends starting in the 1800s. At the reception, attendees were encouraged to don their favorite chapeau. And the favorites ranged from […]

Joseph Nye’s The Future of Power

Joseph Nye’s The Future of Power

In a world where China and India are growing in influence, what is the place of the perennial superpower the United States? Nye, an international relations theorist, works on answering this question in his book <i>The Future of Power</i>. In this book, he focuses on applying his theory of ‘smart power’ to explain past historical […]

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