Archive for ‘April, 2012’


What a birthday weekend!

What a birthday weekend!

There are birthdays, and then there are birthdays. This last weekend there were two celebrations that took place. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is now one year old.   Lovely celebration took place Saturday, complete with cake for a thousand, prepared by students of the Manual Arts high School culinary program – an introduction to […]

Echo Park religious leader diagnosed with cancer

Echo Park religious leader diagnosed with cancer

Photo from L.A. Episcopal Diocese Bishop Jon Bruno, head of the Echo Park-based Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles,  has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia.  The former police officer and professional football player who arrived  in Echo Park during the mid 1980s as rector of St. Athanasius church announced late last week that he […]

St. Elizabeth Fiesta: I love the nightlife

St. Elizabeth Fiesta: I love the nightlife

by Timothy Rutt St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church is holding its annual parish fiesta this weekend, a rare chance for Altadena residens to enjoy some carnival rides close to home. The carnival rides always look a little better at night, so here are some choice views. Read the Full Story at Altadena Blog

What?!?! Noisy Restaurants in L.A.

What?!?! Noisy Restaurants in L.A.

On the most recent Eat LA on Off-Ramp, we focused on LOUD—places where the food’s good, the décor is smashing, but the noise level is on a par with Runway 24 at LAX. Does too much sound ruin an otherwise good meal? Or does it make it even better? And how do restaurateurs deal with […]

Camphor Tree: macro

Camphor Tree: macro

Ah, beautiful camphor trees. The shade is amazing, the leaves smell like Vicks Vapo Rub, the berries are parrot food and the bark is worthy of a photo. (So here’s one.) Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena

Poo Dah

Poo Dah

Due to unforeseen circumstances I wasn’t able to make it to yesterday’s Doo Dah Parade. That’s lousy because yesterday’s parade was, to me, the most important one ever. The Grand Marshall was Pasadena’s outgoing public information officer and my friend, Ann Erdman. This year’s Doo Dah Queen is also a friend. She’s Dianne Patrizzi, the […]

LitFest @ Doo Dah

LitFest @ Doo Dah

A handful of literary folk somewhat out of their element, braved the bold, wacky, and superlatively creative Doo Dah Parade. Committee members from LitFest Pasadena (coming your way May 12th), joined the throngs of enthusiastic entrants and marched along Colorado Boulevard in East Pasadena flashing—a “flasher” book is their logo—thousands of ogling and bemused onlookers. Come […]

Busy Altadena/Pasadena Saturday

Busy Altadena/Pasadena Saturday

Another "too much to do Saturday" in Altadena. What’s on today’s calendar: Eliot Middle School E-Waste roundup, 9 AM-3 PM at the school, 2184 N. Lake Ave. Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy Rubio Cañon Trail Hike, 9 AM, meet at 1101 E. Loma Alta Drive. Intermediate Victory Garden Classes start, 9:30-12 PM at the Altadena Community […]

Listen to this playlist and call me in the morning

Listen to this playlist and call me in the morning

Do you use your playlist to enhance a mood? Sony’s Walkman and Apple’s iPod are the two most famous gadgets that put a person’s record collection in their pocket, allowing us to walk around with our own personal life soundtrack. Author Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel “High Fidelity” and its movie adaptation elevated the practice of […]

Would you vote for a tax increase on cigarettes?

Would you vote for a tax increase on cigarettes?

Prices are advertised for cigarettes March 30, 2009 in New York City. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Californians will head to the ballot box in June to vote on Prop 29, which if passed, would boost taxes on a pack of cigarettes in California by $1 (it’s currently .87 cents – and $4.35 in New York). […]

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