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Beauty from the Ashes

Beauty from the Ashes

Artist’s Statement I chose the name “Beauty from the Ashes” because it resonated with me as a poignant description of my life and my artistic journey. Before I rediscovered my creativity, I lived a very small and isolated life. When I began to make art again (after years of repressing it), the thought never crossed […]

Getting Off on Sinatra: A Copper Black Mystery

Getting Off on Sinatra: A Copper Black Mystery

Editor’s Note: Because of rain, this event has been rescheduled for May 20, though author Megan Edwards is no longer able to attend. Our thanks to Flo Selfman, member of the Independent Writers of Southern California, for information regarding a relatively new author—who’s also a former resident of Altadena… “What would you do if all your […]

Chantal Giddens

Chantal Giddens

The first weekend in June brings the annual spring Open Studios Alta/Pasa/Dena Tour, which, impressively, has garnered Altadena’s 2016 Business of the Year Award. In an effort to share it’s ever-changing and growing list of participating artists, this week Open Studios is highlighting the works of Chantal Giddens. Chantal was born and educated in France. She […]

Sierra Madre Art Fair

Sierra Madre Art Fair

Listen to Scotland’s Natalie Clark, peruse the wearable art, then stop for a beverage in the Wine & Beer Garden before snacking on the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library‘s ever-popular sweet “quick” breads. It’s time for the 55th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair, May 6-7. Over 80 artists—including 14 newly juried participants—show and sell […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Basil Galette

Strawberry Rhubarb Basil Galette

The best part of not having a green thumb is all the lovely people who actually do and their excess of produce during the summer months. We were given a ton of rhubarb and it has gone into two berry crumbles and this gorgeous galette. My favorite thing about this dessert is how simple it […]

Cinco de Mayo Events

Cinco de Mayo Events

You’d Better Shop Around for just the right Cinco de Mayo event. What fits your fancy for the evening? Here are a few ideas…   Mariachi Night at Descanso Gardens: A Mexican buffet, cash bar, and mariachi music on the main lawn. The buffet included “drunken beans,” Spanish rice, cheese enchiladas, homemade chicken tamales, a […]

A Stitch in Time

A Stitch in Time

“Living without language.” Can you imagine. In 2007, Pasadena native Lauren Marks woke up in the Critical Care Unit of Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland. She woke up into The Quiet. “I was an American actor, director, and PhD student in New York City, touring a show to the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh,” Marks […]

The Tooth Fairy

The Tooth Fairy

    The Tooth Fairy I pictured a figure somewhere between Tinker Bell and Dopey, wafting down through slumberland to collect, for some uncanny reason, my latest molar, placed with care between sheet and pillow, where, in the morning, I’d find another shiny dime. The fairy hailed, I felt, from the box-top capital, Battle Creek, […]

Garden Conservancy: Open Days Pasadena

Garden Conservancy: Open Days Pasadena

April 30 is The Garden Conservancy‘s Open Day Pasadena, a self-tour of 6 private gardens. Begin at the historic La Casita del Arroyo to pick up a map and purchase tickets, then take yourself upon a a garden tour that includes: The John Bakewell Phillips House (photo, right), a Greene & Greene 1906 Craftsman Chalet-style home, redesigned […]

Free Women’s Self-Defense Instruction

Free Women’s Self-Defense Instruction

Teens and women, 14 years and older, are invited to learn “a sampling of options for building skills and confidence when self-defense is necessary.” On Saturday, April 29, the Pasadena Police Department and San Rafael Neighborhoods Association offer a free lecture and demonstration about self defense in conjunction with Rosemead’s UFC Gym and IMPACT Personal […]

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