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Pumpkin Fest 2013 at Kidspace

Pumpkin Fest 2013 at Kidspace

Yes, there will be the petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games, craft making, face painting, and bounce houses. And the parents will be happy there are books for sale and costumes to purchase (jumping the Halloween rush), and “tasty treats.” But the real draw is the pumpkin patch. Kidspace’s 19th Annual Pumpkin Festival kicks off […]

Craftsman Weekend 2013

Craftsman Weekend 2013

Only a few weeks from now and it will be Craftsman Weekend 2013. From Friday, October 18th through Sunday the 20th, there will be an excursion to the California Club, an historic churches walking tour, an Arts & Crafts embroidery workshop, and a wood restoration workshop. An opening reception on Friday night will be held at […]

Eastside Property: A chance to live high above Sunset

Eastside Property: A chance to live high above Sunset

This 104-year-old home in Angeleno Heights has a Sunset Boulevard address. But finding the front door might be a bit tricky. The two-story home and several others sit on a bluff about 40 feet above the street, with pedestrian access off Sunset provided via a short stairway and pathway that climbs up the hill and […]

Sam Francis: Inside the Story

Sam Francis: Inside the Story

Abstract expressionism. Monochromatic abstractions. Richly-colored murals. Lots of white space. The “Blue Balls” series. Minimal color and strong lines. “Fresh Air” pictures. Etchings, lithographs, and monotypes. Native Californian and artist Sam Francis was a busy man. From the early 50s until his death in 1994, Francis explored his creativity—his influences fluid, paralleling his life experiences, […]

Ann Erdman’s Mystery History No. 22

Ann Erdman’s Mystery History No. 22

Where are we?   And what’s happening?   In this circa 1957 photo, actors take a break from their classes at the Pasadena Playhouse.     It all began when Gilmore Brown had a vision for a community theater in 1917. The Community Players offered performances in facilities throughout Pasadena. In 1924, the cornerstone was […]

Copa Vida

Copa Vida

Cup of life. Living like a cup? Fill you life’s cup up with coffee, tea, and something called a shakerato at Pasadena’s newest coffee and tea spot, Copa Vida. We ordered a latte for a whopping $4.50, though to be fair the cafe covers a lot of real estate that must cost a pretty penny […]

Moreton Fig

Moreton Fig

WHY For a ‘real’ restaurant with good modern American cooking and a worthy happy hour, smack in the middle of the USC campus. WHAT For proof that college campuses are now luxury resorts, check out this sleek place in the lavish new student center at USC. With a cozy bar, a chic dining room, a […]

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy on the iPad program fiasco

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy on the iPad program fiasco

Do you think iPads are helpful for students? ; Credit: FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images Since it began the first phase of its roll out, the LAUSD’s $1-billion iPad program has been plagued with issues. First, some 300 students figured out how to unlock the security feature on the devices so they could use them to surf […]

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous

La Catrina cometh. Mictecacihuatl, the goddess, the “Lady of the Dead,” presides over us during Día de los Muertos. Many peoples worldwide honor loved ones who have died by building altars with their favorite foods and beverages, pictures of the beloved, as well as marigolds, candles, and memorabilia “to encourage visits by the souls, so the […]

Roaming Frogtown

Roaming Frogtown

Our cell phone read 7:42; we were pushing the “fashionably late” concept as the party had started around four. But then, this was not an invite-only party, this was the 8th annual Frogtown ArtWalk. The streets here—south of Route 2 and squished between the 5 Freeway and the L.A. River—are long and don’t provide a […]

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