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The Klutzes and the Butzes

The Klutzes and the Butzes

“Anything like the sound of a rat/Makes my heart go pit-a-pat!” So says the Mayor of Hamelin in Brunswick in Robert Browning’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Just as the Mayor shudders and squirms, a knock is heard upon the door… And in did come the strangest figure! His queer long coat from heel to [...]

Join Us in the Locker Room

Join Us in the Locker Room

“Play is our way  of finding spontaneous happiness together…and all play is child’s play.” So declares MUSE/IQUE, Pasadena’s “counter conventional orchestra” led by Rachael Worby who will be joining with 3-time Grammy Award-winner, composer, and pianist Billy Childs for “Childs Play.” This evening celebrating the joy of jazz and featuring “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Hallelujah,” and “Sophisticated [...]

In a Word, Hillary & Clinton

In a Word, Hillary & Clinton

A so-called “on-the-road comedy with a jazz soul” is called Mad Beat Hip & Gone. (Do we need to be trippin’ to understand that title?) Your Name Will Follow You Home has such elements as Charlie Chaplin, the House Committee on Un-American Activities, 50′s B-monster movies, and “fake” Latinos. Greek myth meets East L.A. in Mojada: [...]

Contemporary Crafts for the Holidays

Contemporary Crafts for the Holidays

Susan Zalkind writes that her work “is an exploration of stone and fire.” The work pictured (right) is white San Pedro alabaster that has been gathered throughout the southwest. As Zalkind works, she hopes to reveal “the highest beauty hidden in each stone, uncovering its shape, its flow, the place where it can be brought [...]

The Trucks Are Coming

The Trucks Are Coming

As many as 400,000 double-bed, diesel belching monsters, clogging streets, creating noise, dust, pollution, destroying precious habitat and severely impacting recreational opportunities and our neighborhoods. Is this any way to manage a river? Do you feel this way? The sentiment above is from the Arroyo Seco Foundation‘s Save Hahamongna campaign. They announced that the L.A. County [...]

Indian Mallow & Emerald Carpet

Indian Mallow & Emerald Carpet

Indian mallow and Emerald Carpet manzanita are two of the many native plants that will be on hand at the 2014 Garden Native Plant Sale on November 8th at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Knowledgable members of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) will be available to answer any questions and offer recommendations as you [...]

Halloween Cometh

Halloween Cometh

Whimsical or scary, Pasadena is all decked out for Halloween!                     For more Halloween visions, visit “Halloween 2014-Style” by Kat Ward. 

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

With stressing about whether the turkey is going to be overcooked or undercooked; a half an hour late or an hour late to the table; how to keep the mashed potatoes warm and the gravy smooth; and how to time the green beans to be ready along with the glazed carrots—why not not stress about the [...]

75 South Grand Avenue: 1896-1949

75 South Grand Avenue: 1896-1949

Before they married, Eva Scott Muse and Adalbert Fenyes had decided to settle down in California. If there were choices at the time, their list might have included: Egypt, where they had met and where the Doctor practiced medicine at the Helouan Hotel near Cairo; Hungary, the Doctor’s birthplace and where the couple would marry; [...]

Michelle’s Pumpkin Waffles

Michelle’s Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin Waffles!! I cannot write the name of this recipe without at least two of these: !! I also cannot make this recipe without doubling it—thus the mountain of pumpkin waffles featured today. Why make a mountain of waffles? Because they keep in the fridge for a week and in the freezer for far longer—and if you’re [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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