Archive for ‘June, 2014’


Ivy, The

Ivy, The

WHY To channel Danny DeVito in Get Shorty. WHAT There’s a white picket fence to keep the looky-loos out and the celebrities in, and the remarkable thing is how well it works. Movie and music stars really do come here, as do the agents, managers and publicists who feed off of them, and they’re all […]

Make Music Pasadena 2014

Make Music Pasadena 2014

It’s twelve hours of rock ‘n roll, chamber music, acoustic guitar, pop, soul, blues, and country. It’s Make Music Pasadena. Dozens of individuals and groups will play their rhythms and songs, all for free, from Cal State L.A., Fuller Seminary and Bar Celona to Beyond Hair, the Armory, the Paseo and Vroman’s Bookstore. Vertical Wine […]

“My Dog Is Home”

“My Dog Is Home”

“My name is Brigitte ______. I am downtown on skid row. This is my service girl Nubian. She has me because I have issues. I hate to say it, downtown is the only place where you can come and get assistance once you’ve been put in a position where you become homeless. “Thirteen years ago, I […]

The Golem and the Jinni

The Golem and the Jinni

Making a world of “magical things” weave into our idea of reality is a skill. Maybe even more so when this magic is woven into not our present time, but our history, as we have set ideas and an understanding of what has already been. In The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker brings to […]

The Noonday Rest

The Noonday Rest

For those acquainted with the life and accomplishments of early Pasadena resident, Eva Scott Fenyes, trying to imagine her idle may seem very nearly impossible. Even on road trips, when she and her companions would stop by the roadside for a picnic lunch, she remained keenly aware of her surroundings and invariably sketched a memorable […]

Simple Vibrant Summer Salad

Simple Vibrant Summer Salad

Cold Peanut Noodles with Veggies Ingredients: 1 pound soba noodles or your favorite long pasta ( spaghetti or linguini work well) 2 large zucchini, cut into bite sized pieces 1 large head broccoli, cut into bite sized florets 2 large carrots, cut into small rounds 1 package firm tofu, cut into small cubes 4 large cloves […]

Jury Walkabout No. 2

Jury Walkabout No. 2

On our first Tuesday as a full-fledged juror, designated as one of twelve “judges” by the sitting judge herself, we strolled and sweated through the heat, down through the bottom half of Grand Park and then around the side of City Hall only to be told, “It’s not here today.” The “it” is what’s promised […]

Katsuya Brentwood

Katsuya Brentwood

WHY Who knew Brentwood could be this happening? WHAT This upscale, always-packed, almost manic place is very Lost in Translation—lots of neon, purple and white leather, all of it created by famed French designer Philippe Starck. The menu, from sushi chef Katsuya Uechi, includes a variety of hot and cold items, including scallops with kiwi […]

Camping out by the L.A. River

Camping out by the L.A. River

GLASSELL PARK — There were campfires, ghosts stories and passing Metrolink passenger trains during Saturday night’s “First Ever L.A. River Camp Out.” Of course, homeless people live and sleep along the river channel but technically it has not been legal to camp out on the river for decades. Saturday night’s campout, organized by the arts […]

Falling in Love Again

Falling in Love Again

Long-time readers will remember Boz, the internationally famous, boxer/pit bull mix who stole my heart and — wait. That’s a cliché. He never stole a thing, not even treats. Maybe the occasional tidbit on the kitchen floor, but that’s not stealing. I willingly gave Boz my love, and he grew old and died, and that’s […]

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