Archive for ‘March, 2014’


Storefront Report: Does Echo Park need another place that sells coffee? Apparently so

Storefront Report: Does Echo Park need another place that sells coffee? Apparently so

Coffee shop proposed for former vintage store ECHO PARK – Work is underway to transform the former Bear Cat vintage store, which shut down less than a year after opening last summer, into a coffee shop at 1532 Sunset Boulevard, according to online city records and a construction worker in the storefront. The Eastsider is […]

Red Hens at Flintridge

Red Hens at Flintridge

Austin Straus is a painter, teacher, speaker, and former host of KPFK’s The Poetry Connexion. His first two poetry collections, Drunk with Light and Intensifications, are described as “fabulous” and continuing “his autobiographical and philosophical explorations of self-in-the-world.” Now, Pasadena’s own Red Hen Press has just published perhaps his most intimate work, The Love Project: […]

Michelle’s Cole Slaw

Michelle’s Cole Slaw

Cabbages abound at local farmer’s markets right now. The high vitamin C and sulphur content in cabbage gives it strong detoxification properties. High in vitamins and fiber, low in cost, and dee-lish make it a winter winner at our house. This recipes forgoes the all-too-common-and-very-unhealthy ingredient of mayonnaise. Fear not! After you taste this cole […]

Is it ethical to posthumously put an actor into a film?

Is it ethical to posthumously put an actor into a film?

US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman arrives for the screening of ‘The Master’ during the 69th Venice Film Festival on September 1 , 2012.; Credit: TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images When an actor or actress dies during the filming, production teams are often left at a crossroads. Can they continue on and adapt the film to fit with […]

Digging Up Secrets in Lamanda Park (Part 1)

Digging Up Secrets in Lamanda Park (Part 1)

“It did not take me all these 50 years to decide on the best place to live. Southern California is best, and to me there is no place which can compare with Lamanda Park.” – Iva Engle, interviewed by the Pasadena Star-News, 1927 East of Old Town, west of Arcadia, somewhere along good old Route […]

Gobble Up

Gobble Up

Caltech Professor Emeritus Oscar Mandel is said to write with an ironic wit. His new book, Otherwise Fables, is scheduled to be released in April and will be published by Pasadena’s own Prospect Park Books. A selection of stories from the book has been adapted into a theatrical production titled Gobble Up Stories, which shall be […]

Scenes & Sightings: Riding high on Fargo Street

Scenes & Sightings: Riding high on Fargo Street

Just watching cyclists ride up Fargo Street in Echo Park is enough to make your legs ache. But there were many hardy   bike riders willing to take on the steep street during today’s annual Fargo Street Hill Climb. We are awaiting to hear the finals results from the L.A. Wheelmen, the bike club which sponsors […]

Strolling Sierra Madre

Strolling Sierra Madre

We found ourselves with an extra hour to fill while in Sierra Madre. Here is what we saw…                                                                           […]

Pharrell Makes His Mark and it’s a Plus Sign

Pharrell Makes His Mark and it’s a Plus Sign

By now you’ve heard Pharrell Williams’s worldwide phenomenon, “Happy.” The song, from the film “Despicable Me 2” was nominated for a 2014 Oscar. I have a feeling Mr. Williams doesn’t mind that he didn’t take the prize. Do you remember the song that won? I don’t. I knew nothing about the International Day of Happiness, […]

Scenes & Sightings: Goodbye Del Mor Apartments, hello Grafton Lofts

Scenes & Sightings: Goodbye Del Mor Apartments, hello Grafton Lofts

Former Del Mor Apartments Only a few months after being sold for $9.275  million, the four-story Del Mor Apartments building on Echo Park Avenue has a new name – Grafton Lofts – and a new look thanks to a black-and-white color scheme on the ground floor. Kind of a classy look for the 86-year-old building. […]

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