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9th Circuit Court Mystery History

9th Circuit Court Mystery History

What is this? What’s happening here? Editor’s Note: please welcome the second installment of Ann Erdman’s “Mystery History” column, where she provides the seldom known details of locally historical photographs. One of Ann’s readers, Wanda, guessed correctly: “Guests are enjoying their stay at the Arroyo Vista Guest House, which later became the Vista del Arroyo [...]

Latino Heritage Parade

Latino Heritage Parade

It all leads to jamaica. Not Jamaica the lovely islands in the Antilles, but jamaica with a little “j,” pronounce ha-my-ca, which is a traditional community fair. This year’s 14th Annual Latino Heritage Parade on Saturday, October 6th, will begin at Howard Street and Los Robles Avenue in Pasadena and have its jamaica at La [...]

Sandra Tsing Loh & Jonathan Gold at LitFest’s WitFest

Sandra Tsing Loh & Jonathan Gold at LitFest’s WitFest

LitFest Pasadena had its inaugural event—the community’s first book festival—this past May and is now gearing up for what co-founder Larry Wilson, public editor of the Pasadena Star-News, calls, “LitFest 2.0.” On Thursday, October 25th, the LitFest team is unveiling a new concept and fundraising event. Introducing, WitFest: A Quiz-Style-Show Battle of the Gliterary Minds. The [...]

Vertical’s Oktoberfest

Vertical’s Oktoberfest

Vertical Wine Bistro is “bringing Munich to Pasadena.” Oktoberfest dates back to 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig invited the locals to celebrate his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, clueless about the historical significance of this invitation—the consequent conceptualization, the ever-popular and ever-growing spirited realization, let alone the fervent adherents this “autumnal festival of merrymaking [...]

Sons of Anarchy with One Heart

Sons of Anarchy with One Heart

“When Sons of Anarchy finished filming Season 4, my wife and I went to Tanzania to visit our daughter who was working as Education Director of the school (One Heart Source). There we found our daughter happily living in a mud hut, teaching elementary school students, and fluently speaking Swahili. No electricity, no running water—but [...]

A Hollywood Star for Gale Anne Hurd

A Hollywood Star for Gale Anne Hurd

They’re classics: The Terminator, The Abyss, and Aliens. They’re documentaries: True Whispers and The Pirate Code. They’re suspenseful, adventurous, and patriotic: Armageddon. They’re silly: Tremors. They’re zombies (always a crowd pleaser): “The Walking Dead.” They’re sometimes green: The Hulk. “They” have all been produced by Pasadena local Gale Anne Hurd and this Wednesday, October 3rd, she will be receiving [...]

TV Commercial Acting Classes

TV Commercial Acting Classes

“Bored with retirement?” asks Dennis McCarthy (L.A. Daily News). “Got too much time on your hands? Go see Buddy Powell. There’s never a dull moment in his classroom.” Buddy Powell, who has performed in over a 100 commercials, is credentialed in adult education and has been teaching commercial acting for 10 years. Starting on Tuesday, [...]

Andrew McCarthy at Vroman’s

Andrew McCarthy at Vroman’s

Becoming famous amidst the 1980s and (it appears) a reluctant member of the “brat pack,” Andrew McCarthy seems to have spent the intervening years finding his way—in his acting career and his personal life—desiring to move forward via his own direction, and not as a consequence of the Hollywood creation-and-packaging machine. Oh, and he wanted [...]

New Owner for Hometown Pasadena

New Owner for Hometown Pasadena

For months now, you’ve been reading posts by Kat Ward and admiring her photographs. Now, I’m happy (and a little sad) to report that as of October 1, I’m handing the reins to Kat for good. Six years ago, I set up a simple site at hometown-pasadena.com to help promote the book my fledgling company [...]

Beltran’s Gumbo & Some Zydekats

Beltran’s Gumbo & Some Zydekats

Lisa Haley was singing up a storm, making her violin strings hum, and leading the crowd in cheers to support “the girls.” Those girls would be the foster teenagers who live in a cottage run by Rosemary Children’s Services. Chef Claud Beltran and his team were whipping up gumbo, doling out bowls full of cooked [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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