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The 1000 Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

The 1000 Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

The 1000 Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell David Mitchell took a 180-degree turn from Cloud Atlas to write this straight-ahead historic novel that takes place around 1800 in Nagasaki. In the harbor lies Japan’s only outpost for foreigners: a virtual prison island for the Dutch traders there. Each culture fears, mistrusts, and exploits [...]

Belinda’s Birthday by Petrea Burchard

Belinda’s Birthday by Petrea Burchard

Damn hot flashes. Belinda Marvel rolled over onto the empty Cheetos bag, causing orange dust to blow in her face. Her pajama pants pinched at the waist. Her stomach growled. She allowed her sock feet to flop to the floor, the motion propelling her to sit up. On the silent TV screen a skinny girl [...]

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger

The holidays may be over, but this is no time to be cutting back; Pasadena Cheeseburger Week starts this Sunday, January 13th. Okay, maybe you should get in a few salads and green smoothies for the next few days—ya know, to prep. The new Slater’s 50/50, Trattoria Neapolis, and Kings Row Gastropub are a few to [...]

6th Annual Pasadena Pinot Fest

6th Annual Pasadena Pinot Fest

Is there a limit to how much good pinot one can sniff, swirl, and sip? Not likely. Get your palates primed and ready to judge balance, complexity, body, and flavors because there will be 200 pinot noirs to taste from 100 California and Oregon wineries, including Ampelos, Clary Ranch, Clos Pepe, Dragonette, Hitching Post, Zovitch [...]

Mystery History No. 6

Mystery History No. 6

Where are we? And what’s happening? In this 1932 photo, Dr. E=mc2 himself, Albert Einstein, and his wife Elsa are given a huge send-off as they prepare to leave Pasadena after one of their sojourns here.     Here’s a more revealing shot: I did screen captures from a historic video that you’ll find here. In the early [...]

Brahms, Beethoven & CalStateLA

Brahms, Beethoven & CalStateLA

Brahms Double Concerto for violin and cello. Beethoven’s 1st Symphony. Cal State L.A. Huh? It does make sense, really. Conductor Fung Ho is not only a former Concermaster  for the Burbank Chamber Orchestra and West L.A. Symphony, current conductor of the Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO), but is also currently “on the violin faculty” (their [...]

Dancers Needed!

Dancers Needed!

Come dance right this way… The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse is looking for Spanish, Flamenco, and Folklorico Dancers for The Mission Play.  Auditions will be held Monday, January 14th at 7 p.m. and Thursday, January 17th at 7 p.m. The Mission Play will be presented April 5-7 of this year. It “charts the beginnings of [...]

Hilary Mantel’s “Bring Up the Bodies”

Hilary Mantel’s “Bring Up the Bodies”

If possible, better than its predecessor Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel‘s Bring up the Bodies continues to follow the harrowing career of Thomas Cromwell as he orchestrates, navigates, and patiently out-waits and outwits everyone at the court of Henry VIII. Mantel does more interesting things with her narrative, a sort of third-person singular  from Cromwell’s point of [...]

Amy’s Own

Amy’s Own

Editor’s Note: There’s a bit of a crunch this week because of the holidays and being in and out of town, so this week’s contribution comes from me. Here is the first chapter of my novel Amy’s Own. Amy’s Own Chapter One “Your father and I were lovers,” the woman tossed lightly over her shoulder, [...]

Mystery History No. 5

Mystery History No. 5

Where are we? What is happening? In the circa 1887 photo above, two adult males hang out on the back side of a barn that was used temporarily as living quarters. During the building boom of 1886 to 1888, settlers were teeming to put down roots in the newly incorporated city. Many put up barns [...]

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