Archive for ‘December, 2011’


The Second Annual Cartoon Hall of Fame Big Screen Event!

That’s not even the whole title. The whole title, strictly speaking, is: “Alex Film Society Presents: The Second Annual Cartoon Hall of Fame Big Screen Event!” If someone had a sense of humor, it would be: “Alex Film Society Presents: The Second Annual Cartoon Hall of Fame Big Screen Event, Presented by the Alex Film […]

The Arboretum is Reopening!

The Arboretum is Reopening!

Like most things in the SGV, the Arboretum was hit hard by the recent wind disaster–325 trees were knocked down, and 700 more were damaged. They had to close down for a while. But they’ll be reopening the day after Christmas, just in time for a post-holiday stroll through one of LA’s scenic treasures.   […]

Guest Post: Old Friends

Guest Post: Old Friends

Today’s guest post comes from Nicole White, a former Vroman’s children’s department bookseller and current Penguin Young Readers Rep. She will be at Vroman’s Hasting Ranch on Thursday, December 22 at 6pm to discuss her holiday picks. When I think about what is great about independent bookstores, I think about all of the wonderful conversations […]

Ale House offers one last chance to contribute toys for the sheriff’s toy drive

Ale House offers one last chance to contribute toys for the sheriff’s toy drive

by Timothy Rutt Even though the Altadena Sheriff’s Food and Toy Drive ended with distribution Saturday, there’s still a need for toys for needy children. Gail Casburn of the Altadena Ale & Wine House, 2329 N. Fair Oaks Ave., says she will be taking toys for the Sheriff’s Station for last-minute distribution, or for you […]

The Artist Studio at One Colorado

Perhaps the most interesting storefront in OneColoradoPlazacan be found at 24 Smith Alley. More often than not, you can’t buy anything there. It’s The Artist Studio, a collaboration with the Armory that turns the showroom at 24 Smith Alley into an interactive space. Through the rest of the year (!) the artist-in-residence is David P. […]

The Hummingbird’s Daughter

The Hummingbird’s Daughter

This wonderful novel captures a remote time and place (northern Mexico in the late 1800s) teeming with fascinating characters who live large while debating politics, spirituality, community and faith. There is an aristocratic Don and his engineer companion; his mistress, his wife and illegitimate children; faithful retainers; rebellious natives; a dastardly priest; and soldiers who […]

Toys Are a Spark of Love

Toys Are a Spark of Love

Christmas morning and no gifts under the tree? Unfortunately, far too many children will experience just this scenario on Christmas morning, the day many of us will be celebrating with family, engulfed in wrapping paper, and opening boxes filled with wonderful surprises—expressions of the love that is all around us. What brings meaning to the […]

Loving Our Trees

Loving Our Trees

Our city of Pasadena lost close to 1,100 trees during the hurricane-force windstorm. Additionally, some 70 trees were seriously damaged in local parks; their chances of survival are currently being assessed. The Pasadena Community Foundation is teaming up with Pasadena Beautiful Foundation and has established the Windstorm Tree Fund to raise money to buy and […]

The Airtalk Play-by-Play

The Airtalk Play-by-Play

Larry and local theater critics Steven Leigh Morris and Don Shirley look back at the year’s on-stage offerings and talk about what was hot, what was not and what performances they recommend you see during the holidays. They'll be discussing 2011's hits such as "God of Carnage," as well as the plays that are currently […]

Holiday music at its best – and worst

Holiday music at its best – and worst

Christmas music… entire stops on the radio dial are devoted to it for at least a month every year. Record stores have entire sections full of it. It inspires delight and sometimes loathing, depending on your faith and musical preferences. Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

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