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Strawberry Yellow

Strawberry Yellow

East Coast WASPS are known for speaking through clenched teeth—their jaw muscles taut and their lips barely moving. They smile through breakdowns, financial ruin, the suspension or arrest of a teen, and rejection by the golf, swim, beach, or yacht club admittance committee. Historically, the British have invoked and cultivated the “stiff upper lip” to [...]

Girl Rising at Laemmle Playhouse 7

Girl Rising at Laemmle Playhouse 7

Around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. And, yet, when you educate a girl, you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. (10×10 press release) Academy award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins’ Girl Rising spotlights stories of unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. Stories of individual girls [...]

After Imaging by Linda Dove

After Imaging by Linda Dove

After imaging In the scan of my head there are lakes, frozen and lit. At altitude, sockets of snow. In the door of my head lights left burning where I crave the doused dark. The doctor’s voice is a mouthful of cloud. She spits out words sequela      foci      lesions  that flit [...]

Flour + Tea = Mmm Mmm Good

Flour + Tea = Mmm Mmm Good

With a location on the corner of Arroyo Parkway and Cordova and parking in a garage at the bottom of an apartment/condo complex, it would seem as though this tea house/bakery/cafè would be at a disadvantage. But, it is not. While we were chatting with Nancy Ou, co-owner with her cousin Johnson Wang of Flour [...]

Perfumanistas

Perfumanistas

Recycled birch tar, boiled down into sap, was once used in the making of perfumes. What? Birch tar is now banned, designated as an allergen—as have been many other natural ingredients—much to the consternation of many perfume enthusiasts (or perfumanistas). Nowadays, aromachemicals are prevalently used, but there are a few perfumers who have leaned back into [...]

Fajitas!

Fajitas!

As promised last month, I’m offering an easy-tasty-healthy fajita recipe for leftover chicken. Pork or beef can also be used. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ red onion, sliced 1 garlic clove, pressed 1 bell pepper, diced ½ cup chopped “other” vegetable (I use carrots—yes, carrots—in this recipe) ¼ teaspoon garlic salt ¼ teaspoon black [...]

When Garfield Promenade Was Cabrillo Place

When Garfield Promenade Was Cabrillo Place

Stand at the intersection of Garfield Avenue and East Colorado Boulevard. Now face south looking into the Paseo Colorado toward the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The shopping lane before you, which leads to a sunny plaza and proceeds to an impressively wide Green Street crosswalk, is the Garfield Promenade. In the early 20th century this relatively [...]

Egg Hunt at Kidspace

Egg Hunt at Kidspace

Hundreds of candy-filled eggs will be hidden around the grounds of Kidspace Gardens in the wee hours of Easter Sunday, March 31st, just waiting for egg hunters—basket provided, thirty minutes to hunt (10-10:30 a.m.), maximum tally 5 eggs. Kids can also enjoy making “EGGceptional” art, and even personalized bunny ears. Registration is required and available [...]

Arlington Garden: A Moment of Lovely

Arlington Garden: A Moment of Lovely

The California poppies—with the sun at their backs—literally glowed orange as we drove along Pasadena Avenue just south of “The Fork in the Road.” We missed the right turn, thought about continuing home, but the left hand flicked the blinker while the right hand pulled on the steering wheel. We drove around the block, parked, [...]

Thick & Thin by Luis Ituarte

Thick & Thin by Luis Ituarte

Officially, the exhibit of Luis Ituarte‘s new works is called “Alambriques y Alambrones.” For those of us not that advanced in Spanish, this is translated as “Thin and Thick Wires.” Luis Ituarte was born in Tijuana in 1942. After attending law school and art school, he was “involved in the 1968 student movement (Tlaltelolco), which [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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