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Golden Poppies at 1905 Casa Roca

Golden Poppies at 1905 Casa Roca
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It was called a “white elephant,”¹ but for a short while Pasadena had an elevated cycleway, something cyclists and environmentalists might pine for now. Horace Dobbins invented the California Cycleway, which opened in 1900, starting at Castle Green (Hotel Green then) and continuing for about a mile, near to the newly rebuilt Raymond Hotel (1901-34). […]

Pinot, Pinot!

Pinot, Pinot!

It is said that ancient Romans first knew the pinot grape as Helvenacia Minor and it was “vinified” as early as the first century A.D.¹ The “golden child” of pinot grapes are grown in Burgundy, France along the Côte d’Or or Slope of Gold, a two-mile wide and thirty-mile long stretch of hills. Pinot Noir […]

A Human Vase & Flower Crowns

A Human Vase & Flower Crowns

Floral artist Alison Franchi of La Petite Gardinia and make-up effects artist Jennifer Aspinall use layers of body paint, jewels, and “perfectly manipulated flowers” to create a human vase at this weekend’s Rose Festival at Descanso Gardens. A live model will be the object in creating the Rose Queen, her body the canvas for this […]

Mid-Century Living on Millionaire’s Row

Mid-Century Living on Millionaire’s Row

South Orange Grove Boulevard was once dubbed “Millionaire’s Row” as a result of the “grandiose Victorian style mansions” that were erected. “As a result of economic shifts and population explosion following World War II,” the neighborhood transitioned to include many mid-century garden apartments. On May 16th, Pasadena Heritage presents “South Orange Grove: Mid-Century Living on […]

The Three Sundays of a Poet

The Three Sundays of a Poet

Sincere thanks to Claudia Bailey, member of Chorale Bel Canto, for providing the text below… It’s time for the final concert of our Chorale Bel Canto season, and it’s going to be a very unusual and diverse program. This is the first time we’ll be back performing in Pasadena since June 2013. Many of our […]

Spring Fair at Xiem

Spring Fair at Xiem

Xiem Clay Center is holding its spring fair on May 8th with artists who learn and create at Xiem presenting demonstrations and selling their wares. At Xiem’s show last fall, we found a delicate, exquisite bowl, a whimsical “cat” cup, an elegant vase, and a beautiful stone pear—our Christmas shopping was finished by half by […]

Art on Palm 2015

Art on Palm 2015

“My, how you’ve grown!” This is an exclamation that’s been heard by the majority of us dozens of times—as we’ve visited grandma or family friends over the years, first about our own growth, then in regard to our own youngsters. But today, we address this remark to Art on Palm. Art on Palm began with […]

/Kuhl-er/

/Kuhl-er/

It’s all about color. Or as in the phonetic spelling of the word, /kuhl-er/. Nearly two dozen San Gabriel Valley artists, including Barbi Taylor of Pasadena and Robert Nydam of Sierra Madre, have examined “the role color plays in art inspiration and interpretation.” The resulting works will be exhibited at Jones Coffee with an opening […]

Tea Lovers Fest

Tea Lovers Fest

It’s a tea lover’s dream. A whole festival about tea. With tea parties, a tea marketplace, a tea lab, tea ceremonies, brewing basics, tastings, a hands-on tea party planning workshop, “an adventurous tea and dessert pairing experience,” and even tarot card readings. Some ten years ago in a small yoga studio in Santa Monica, the Tea […]

Castle Green for Mother’s Day

Castle Green for Mother’s Day

Pasadena’s Castle Green, that looming, iconic mix of Moroccan, Moorish, and Victorian styles built in 1898 opens its doors to the public—especially Mom!—on Mother’s Day, May 10th. Guests may roam the main salon, ballroom, library, sun room, original elevator, and over 20 private apartments, “each unique in layout and design plus the exquisite penthouse.” This […]

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