Archive for ‘April, 2014’


Going to the Fringe

Going to the Fringe

“Is Shylock really a villain? Is Macbeth?” These are the questions poised by the devotees of Shakespeare who constitute the California Shakespeare Ensemble. Villains, which debuted in November 2013, questions what it means to be a villain and speculates that “The Bard’s more complex villains may actually show us how much evil is in all of […]

Bloomin’ Roses

Bloomin’ Roses

From a delicate individual rose with striated white and scarlet petals to luminescent pearl, sun-backed petals, the roses are in bloom. Strolling the neighborhood, we experienced this week’s cool winds carrying mere hints to intense blasts of rose bouquet.                                 […]

School Garden Need a Facelift? Apply Now

School Garden Need a Facelift?  Apply Now

The salsa company La Victoria is offering to makeover one California school’s garden. Know of one that could use a facelift? Enter by April 30th. The winning school will be the recipient of everything needed to start and maintain a garden, including supplies and tools, expert growing instructions, follow-up visits from a horticulturist, and recipes […]

Diane Keaton: Vroman’s Presents

Diane Keaton:  Vroman’s Presents

Have a child who swims at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center? Then maybe you’ve seen one of America’s most iconic actresses keeping her eyes peeled on a particular lane during a particular race. Diane Keaton. Looking her true age (68) with an endearing smile and none of her onscreen stammer, she usually keeps her trilby-type […]

Gluten Free Chocolate Raisin Muffins

Gluten Free Chocolate Raisin Muffins

I decided to try to make something passable as a muffin, without the flour. I was making this recipe up as I went along and ended up being really happy with the results. Luckily, I wrote down my process. These muffins are made mostly of nuts, seeds and fruit, so they are high in fiber […]

Scenes & Sightings: Easter Bunny hops into Highland Park

Scenes & Sightings: Easter Bunny hops into Highland Park

Photo by Martha Benedict Photos by Martha Benedict The Easter Bunny had to compete for the kids’ attention during Saturday’s “Spring Eggstravaganza” at the Ramona Community Center next to Sycamore Park.  Kids splashed in soap bubble pools, jumped around in a   bouncer house, ate sandwiches, drank sodas and dipped marshmallow peeps into a  chocolate […]

Sunday Gardener

Sunday Gardener

My neighbor Dale and I are planting food in my back yard. This is going to be a potato. I don’t mind sharing the leaves with a hungry bug as long as it leaves the potatoes for me. We had three tomatoes growing as of yesterday. Probably more today. They are determined, and in the […]

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Aprll 19 to 24

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Aprll 19 to 24

Here are my top picks for events scheduled from Saturday, April 19, to Thursday, April 24. All events are free, so take a look — and don’t you dare tell me there’s nothing to do in Pasadena! Saturday, April 19, at 2 p.m. is the opening reception for “Celebrating Women,” a juried art exhibition of original art […]

Paramount Drive-In re-opens tonight after being closed for more than 20 years

Paramount Drive-In re-opens tonight after being closed for more than 20 years

A uniformed drive-in theater attendant hands a clip-on speaker to the driver of convertible while the car’s other passengers watch, New York, early 1950s. ; Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images The drive in movie theater is making a triumphant return to Los Angeles after the screens last went dark in 1991. Glenn Bianchi, the son of Joseph […]

Scenes & Sightings: Silver Lake’s Polka Dot Plaza gets a spring cleaning

Scenes & Sightings: Silver Lake’s Polka Dot Plaza gets a spring cleaning

Photo by Patrick Pascal A pristine Polka Dot Plaza in February 2012.. SILVER LAKE –  Two years after it was created, Sunset Triangle Plaza – aka Polka Dot Plaza – is getting cleaned up and apparently repainted.  Patrick Pascal of Los Feliz snapped photos on Thursday after workers had closed off the area and were […]

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