Archive for ‘March, 2011’


Jerusalem: an ancient city ignites the modern world

Jerusalem: an ancient city ignites the modern world

Jerusalem has long been a topic of interest due to its rich tradition and historical significance. In biblical times, Jerusalem’s society was rigid and brutal, an extension of the threats which faced Jerusalem in its formative stages. In the middle ages, Europe looked to the city as a heavenly beacon, breeding the resentful seeds of […]

Vacation, Schmacation! Made-up Spring Break Alternatives

Vacation, Schmacation! Made-up Spring Break Alternatives

Last week on the podcast,  the subject turned to Spring Break. Naturally, we’d all like a real, feet-in-the-sand vacation but  the recent ecomonic downturn has resulted in many of us taking staycations, a made-up word for staying at home for the week and making the best of it. Now, the folks at Disney have introduced […]

In Memory of Dr. Moustafa T. Chahine, 1935-2011

In Memory of Dr. Moustafa T. Chahine, 1935-2011

The founder of the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder Mission, Team Leader Dr. Moustafa T. Chahine The founder of the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder Mission, Team Leader Dr. Moustafa T. Chahine, leaves behind a distinguished legacy of science, discovery, mentorship, and deep friendship. Beyond a career rich in accomplishment, Mous was a dear friend and colleague to so […]

This is Pasadena Restaurant Week!

This is Pasadena Restaurant Week!

It’s Pasadena Restaurant Week! The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, City of Pasadena and Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau are among the sponsors, and we had the press conference on the front steps of City Hall on Thursday. Mayor Bill Bogaard was a great sport, letting local chefs and restaurant owners outfit him in the fashion […]

Zen Monday: #139

Zen Monday: #139

On Zen Monday, we experience the photo and share what we’ve learned in the comments. Well, I don’t. Monday’s your turn. (Your first Zen Monday? Tell us what the photo makes you think of or how it makes you feel. Say whatever comes to mind. There’s no right or wrong, no secret, no prize. Just […]

Morning jolt: poetry and doggies

Morning jolt: poetry and doggies

The library’s Poetry and Cookies celebration is coming up April 9, and we think they need to set up a whole session called "Poems about Code Enforcement." Gloriana Casey has weighed in on this page, and now Alta-poet Tony Peyser has contributed another one to the Pasadena Star-News (along with plugging tomorrow’s ACONA meeting). We […]

A Noise Within The Chairs

A Noise Within The Chairs

On June 5th, the curtain will come down once and for all on A Noise Within’s Glendale location, their home of 19 years. ANW—Southern California’s premier classical repertory theatre company—is moving to a permanent space in Pasadena come the fall, a brand new facility right next to the Sierra Madre Gold Line station. But that’s […]

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble at Caltech

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble at Caltech

In a strange bit of scheduling, the second night of the Caltech Dance Show has been programmed opposite the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, a professional troupe blending classical Indian Odissi dancing with some modern practices and ideas. Nothing against Caltech’s homegrown dancers, but one wonders how they stack up against this. In addition to being an […]

It’s Pasadena Restaurant Week!

It’s Pasadena Restaurant Week!

The first one ever, apparently, though there’s also an Old Pasadena Restaurant Week, and plenty of Pasadena restaurants have participated in dineLA and. Two course (and some three course) lunches will be $15, $20, or $25, while three course dinners will be $23, $34, or $45—depending on the restaurant and excluding tax, tip, and, of […]

Valerie Confections

Valerie Confections

WHY Four words: Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake. WHAT Luxurious truffles, chocolate-dipped toffee squares, square-tiered wedding cakes clad in candied rose petals, exquisite petits fours and house-made preserves are artfully arranged in the small display area at the front of this commercial kitchen space, which offers a few baked goods and, in the See’s tradition, a […]

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