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Christmas Tree Lane Lighting & Festival

Christmas Tree Lane Lighting & Festival

Everyone knows the best thing about Christmas is Christmas trees. What not everyone knows is that Southern California, despite its distinctly un-wintry climate (except perhaps for this week), is home to some of the most picturesque Christmas trees in the universe. Chief among these SoCal trees, of course, are the ones lining Altadena’s Christmas Tree [...]

Offramp Art Gallery Holiday Reception

Offramp Art Gallery Holiday Reception

Art is good. Good art is better. Good art with music and wine is, in most circumstances, the best — and that’s just what you’ll find next Sunday at Offramp, a relatively new gallery in a historic property. The reason for this party? The closing reception for their current exhibition, Small Works, a 12-artist show [...]

Lighting the Big Tree

Lighting the Big Tree

Tuesday brings the annual lighting of the city of Pasadena’s 20-foot Noble fir tree. Mayor Bill Bogaard will turn on the lights and kick off a celebration that includes music and food. To keep in the city’s increasingly green spirit, Pasadena Water & Power donated LED tree lights that use 90% less energy than traditional [...]

Charles Phoenix’s Retro Holiday

Charles Phoenix’s Retro Holiday

Mid-century-obsessed funny guy and social observer Charles Phoenix, author of Southern Californialand and Americana the Beautiful, is bringing a different sort of holiday cheer to the Neighborhood Church on Saturday night. He’s edited his massive collection of vintage Kodachrome slides and will be showing them, with witty running commentary, in a celebration of the most [...]

Christmas in the Castle Green

Christmas in the Castle Green

December means more in Pasadena than fake snow and Old Town mobs — it means it’s time for the seasonal open house and tour of the historic Castle Green, the building that defines Pasadena almost as much as City Hall. Normally closed to the public, this ornate remnant from the city’s days as a 19th-century [...]

Nutcracker Season Already?

Nutcracker Season Already?

If it’s December, there must be a Nutcracker performance happening somewhere — fortunately, the one running this weekend at Glendale’s historic Alex Theatre is a fine one. A Los Angeles Ballet production, this is an elegant ballet that hews to tradition but is not stodgy. The performance opens here in Glendale, then moves to UCLA’s [...]

Creole Jazz at Caltech

Creole Jazz at Caltech

Everything comes from somewhere. Chickens come from eggs, paper comes from trees, and jazz comes from New Orleans — as do Don Vappie & The Creole Jazz Serenaders. The city’s self-proclaimed “premier classic jazz orchestra” has developed quite a following for its early Creole jazz, as well as for playing the tunes of Jelly Roll [...]

Religion & Art in Southeast Asia

Religion & Art in Southeast Asia

That’s the topic of the day on Sunday at the Norton Simon, and we can think of no better way to spend a post-Thanksgiving Sunday. A staff educator will lead seekers on an exploration of sacred bronze and stone sculpture and their roles in the beliefs, practices and cultures of Buddhism, Hindusim and Jainism. These [...]

It’s Thanks-mas Time Again

It’s Thanks-mas Time Again

Thanksgiving weekend is anon, which in retail land really means it’s Christmas season. So, not surprisingly, Old Pasadena is pulling out all the Christmas stops before you even have a chance to make morning-after turkey hash. The stores, of course, wlll be in full swing Friday morning, but Friday evening is when the formal fun [...]

Holiday Look In

Holiday Look In

Time’s approaching for the 42nd annual home tour to benefit the Pasadena Symphony, and this year is a doozy. On the itinerary is our favorite traditional Colonial in town, a Madison Heights beauty owned by a couple of Pasadena’s pre-eminent artists, as well as a fantasy bungalow island of cottages and bungalows on Bellefontaine owned [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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