Archive for ‘April, 2012’


Titania’s Bench

Titania’s Bench

William Shakespeare’s presumed 448th birthday (and the 396th anniversary of his death) landed on Zen Monday, so I saved this picture for today. On a stroll through South Pasadena I saw this bench, a perfect spot for faeries. I don’t recommend it as a chair for bards, though, unless they wear rubber pantaloons, because that […]

Storefront Report: Pioneering Echo Park coffee house changes ownership

Storefront Report: Pioneering Echo Park coffee house changes ownership

The Downbeat Cafe opened more than a decade ago in an Alvarado Street storefront as the first of many coffeehouses that popped up across Echo Park.  As new competitors opened across the neighborhood, The Downbeat  continued to brew coffee but began to look a bit tattered and started closing on Sundays.  But in February, new […]

Where Bungalows Are Heaven

Where Bungalows Are Heaven

Pasadena’s first Landmark District (and now listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places) is little, adorable, magical Bungalow Heaven. Eight Arts & Crafts-style homes built between 1905-1925 will be open to the public this Saturday, April 29th. It’s a self-guided tour where docents will be on hand to offer commentary of these simple […]

What you’re supposed to be doing

What you’re supposed to be doing

Saturday was a very full day.   It began with a quick visit to Adelante Mujer Latina at PCC.  2,000 young women – with mentors, mothers, and role models learning about or sharing the value of higher education.  It’s the eighteenth year of the conference.  It was brought back from the edge by dedicated work […]

Mojácar Flamenco at the Coffee Gallery Backstage

Mojácar Flamenco at the Coffee Gallery Backstage

There probably is such a thing as too much Flamenco, but in the same way as there is probably such a thing as too many cute pictures of kittens. Improbable, but possible. Aristotle liked his Flamenco, too, don’tcha know. He would urge you attend this weekend’s performance by Mojácar Flamenco at the Coffee Gallery. Though the […]

The Eternal Transience of Cherry Blossoms at the Norton Simon

The Eternal Transience of Cherry Blossoms at the Norton Simon

Cherry blossoms are an oft recurring motif in Japanese artistic and material culture, showing up frequently in poetry, design, and everyone’s favorite Japanese art form: woodblock prints. For example, in that apotheosis of Japanese culture, The Last Samurai, Ken Watanabe’s character is forever seeking the perfect cherry blossom. If you would like to know more […]

LA Children’s Chorus Open House

LA Children’s Chorus Open House

Do you have, or are you yourself, a youngster who is considering joining a choir? If so, you should consider attending the LA Children’s Chorus Open House this Saturday at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. You might want to attend even if you do not have or are not yourself a youngster who is considering joining a […]

Robots stole my job! Essay grading edition

Robots stole my job! Essay grading edition

Could a computer grade a written essay fairly? Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images A new automated reader developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) can grade an impressive 16,000 student essays in 20 seconds. And, according to experts like Mark Shermis, dean of the College of Education at the University of Akron, the robot reader […]

Big Man on Campus

Big Man on Campus

Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy speaks during a press conference at South Region High School #2 in Los Angeles, California February 6, 2012. Credit: Krista Kennell/AFP/Getty Images Superintendent John Deasy’s sits down with Patt to discuss LAUSD is considering lower the standards of high school graduation. Students may soon be able to pass college […]

Strawberry Tops

Strawberry Tops

South Pasadena’s Farmer’s Market is great for fresh produce — and for inspiration! Even these strawberry tops are beautiful. Trash or art? (Why not both?) Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena

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