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It’s Pasadena Restaurant Week!

It’s Pasadena Restaurant Week!

The first one ever, apparently, though there’s also an Old Pasadena Restaurant Week, and plenty of Pasadena restaurants have participated in dineLA and. Two course (and some three course) lunches will be $15, $20, or $25, while three course dinners will be $23, $34, or $45—depending on the restaurant and excluding tax, tip, and, of [...]

The Banff Mountain Film Festival at Caltech

The Banff Mountain Film Festival at Caltech

Banff is one of those words that looks like it should be constantly accompanied by an exclamation point: Banff! If it referred to a loud, lisping thud and not a city in Alberta, it could be onomatopoetic. Instead, it will have to settle for being one of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations and the home [...]

Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles, in Pasadena

Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles, in Pasadena

Since early March, the Pasadena Central Library has been hosting two related exhibitions: “Barrio Baseball: The Los Angeles Story” and “Latinas at Work and Play: Pasadena Stories,” presented, respectively, by the Baseball Reliquary and Latino Heritage, two local nonprofits. From the 40s to the 70s, Los Angeles was home a to flourishing amateur and semi-pro [...]

A Private Evening with the Father of Slam

A Private Evening with the Father of Slam

Marc Kelly Smith is the father of Slam Poetry as it is practiced today in a thousand dimly lit cafes across the country. It all began in 1987 at the Green Mill Tavern in Chicago, where Smith built an audience for the performative, competitive, communal, overtly rhythmic style of oral versifying that has so successfully [...]

Linda Johnston & Pet Adoption Fair at Vroman’s

Linda Johnston & Pet Adoption Fair at Vroman’s

If you’re in need or want of a pet, consider stopping by Vroman’s pet adoption fair this Saturday, cosponsored by the Pasadena Humane Society. If you’re not in need or want of a pet, but enjoy mysteries about animal shelters, consider stopping by anyway, as author Lauren Vancouver will be signing and reading from her [...]

Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival

Descanso Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s still dark out when I get up, which must mean Spring is here (!), which in turn must mean the cherry trees are blossoming, which means it’s Cherry Blossom Festival Season. Descanso Gardens has a pretty spiffy one this weekend, complete with Japanese tea ceremonies, Japanese cooking demonstrations, cherry tree sales, guided tours of [...]

St. Paddy’s at Lucky’s

St. Paddy’s at Lucky’s

Beer is wonderful, a fact which borders on self-evident. As Californians, we are fortunate to have so many fine craft breweries in our midst, including the extremely local Craftsman Brewery and Eagle Rock Brewery. And as Pasadenans, we are fortunate to have so many fine establishments in which to drink all this fine craft beer: [...]

Step Afrika! at Caltech

Step Afrika! at Caltech

What do you call a tap dance with no shoes? A band with no instruments? According to Caltech, you call it Step Afrika!, a Washington, D.C.-based troupe of professional steppers. Steppers? Steppers. Stepping is percussive dance—kicking, stomping, clamping, chanting—sans shoes, and with, as the name suggests, an African dance heritage. Step Afrika! purports to be [...]

ARTTalk at Boston Court

ARTTalk at Boston Court

Boston Court—now in what, its sixth or seventh year?—has been a wonderful addition to the Pasadena arts scene, with programming that is regularly awesome, and occasionally even free, such as this Saturday’s ARTTalk, a six hour festival dedicated to the spoken word featuring sixteen performances on two stages. That was a long sentence. Though all [...]

From Australia to Pasadena and Back Again: An Architecture Lecture

From Australia to Pasadena and Back Again: An Architecture Lecture

Did you know the first frame house ever built in California was constructed of Tasmanian wood? True story. Lots of Aussies made their way to California during the gold rush years, and brought their architecture with them. Lots of them went back, and with more (or less) than gold: nuggets of Californian culture. Erika Esau [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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