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Kim Fay’s “The Map of Lost Memories”

Kim Fay’s “The Map of Lost Memories”

Fiction often gives us characters who lie, cheat, and commit murder to achieve their goals. Usually these nefarious types are presented as the villain. But in Kim Fay’s The Map of Lost Memories, our young, determined heroine, Irene Blum, will stop at nothing to claim the mysterious lost scrolls of the Khmer. It’s the mid-1920s [...]

Holiday Dinner à la Julienne

Holiday Dinner à la Julienne

Is cooking not your thing? Would you rather be gift shopping than thumbing through cookbooks and braving the grocery store? Rather be relaxed, laughing, and chatting with a cocktail in hand than cringing and frantic as the green beans get cold, the mash potatoes gluey, and the filet is a 20 minutes away from barely [...]

SGV’s Holiday Lights & Fun

SGV’s Holiday Lights & Fun

We are simply suckers for holiday decorating, whether it’s inside or out, one tree on a small lawn, or a mansion decked to the hilt. In case you do as well, here are some holiday “holiday lighting” sights to see, as well as local holiday events. Do you have any experiences to share? Events, streets, [...]

Holiday Boutiques, Crafts & Fairs

Holiday Boutiques, Crafts & Fairs

There’s so much going on and not enough space! So, we’re slurping several together in the same post (hope you don’t mind): The Handmade Holiday Boutique: Carlie Ochoa will have edible crafts and Maria Garvin baked goods. Lori Koop will be selling ceramics and Darcy Arena Dichroic glass jewelry. Helga Mycroft has made ornaments, Lori [...]

The Holidays on Holly Street

The Holidays on Holly Street

This Thursday, November 29th, from 6-9 p.m. shops on Holly Street in Old Pasadena will hold a holiday party with discounts, give-aways, promotions, hors d’oeuvres, wine, and cocktails. (During the block’s Fall NoCo Week, Jenette Bras was whipping up a smashing Lavender Strap cocktail.) You’ll even be serenaded while you shop at Therapy Pasadena—a jazz [...]

Art from the Forces of Nature

Art from the Forces of Nature

Creating art from destruction and heartache. This is the idea behind the “Forces of Nature Artists Exhibition” at the Arboretum. The unexpectedly brutal windstorm that struck just a year ago took out 235 trees and damaged 1,000 on the Arboretum grounds. “In the subsequent massive cleanup by Los Angeles County crews, private contractors, and countless [...]

From Disney to Pluto

From Disney to Pluto

“In the immediate wake of a local school shooting, single mother Elizabeth Miller and her college-age son Bailey struggle to communicate while also contending with aggressive household appliances, the odd new family pet, a forceful crowd threatening to invade their kitchen, and a tree that’s crashed through the ceiling.” Like, an angry fridge? Or a [...]

Snow & Gingerbread

Snow & Gingerbread

Snow Day is back! On Saturday, Vroman’s will bring in 5 tons of snow and even Frosty the Snowman will make an appearance. If you arrive at 2 p.m., you can sign up for the snowman-making contest that will start at 3 p.m., but remember to bring your own carrot, scarf, coal—whatever you’d like with [...]

Trolley Pics at PMH

Trolley Pics at PMH

Desperate to put that holiday card together, but running out of ideas? The Pasadena Museum of History has a vintage trolley prop that’s now been festooned with Christmas garlands, ribbons, ornaments, a wreath, and even a bird and a squirrel (?). The prop was created by photographer Steve Crise who co-curated with Michael Patris the [...]

Dear Santa & Tree Lighting

Dear Santa & Tree Lighting

Just as the Pasadena Jaycees are looking for volunteers to read and sort the letters to Santa, remember that kids have to write to Santa! The stipulations are as follows: the letter must be legible (good luck) and in the child’s own words (no coaching). Letters should be mailed to Santa Claus who currently resides [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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