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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 [...]

Mystery History

Mystery History

Where are we? And what’s happening? Editor’s Note: Ann Erdman, newly retired Public Information Officer for the City of Pasadena, has kindly agreed to regularly share with Hometown Pasadena readers her love of local history,…and clear up some of its many pictorial mysteries. In this 1940 photo, members of the Sorelle Club, a Pasadena City [...]

Tequila Fun

Tequila Fun

It was quickly apparent that a pre-event shower was overkill; sweat could soon be felt running down our backs and along our hairlines. It was only 6:30 and the patio outside El Portal was packed. People held plates, piling them high with treats from the generous buffet of appetitzers—tasty empanadas, meatballs, tacos, smoked salmon, churros, [...]

What If?

What If?

It’s time for Saturday High again. On September 29th, classes for high school students at Art Center College of Design begin, offering “dozens of classes to exercise that big, beautiful brain of yours.” Classes are offered in various disciplines: advertising and graphic design; digital media; entertainment design; fine art and illustration; photography and imaging/film; and [...]

Hey, Kids: Audition for the Glendale Pops

Hey, Kids: Audition for the Glendale Pops

Can you rock “Jingle Bells”? Melt hearts with your rendition of “Silent Night”? Make a skeptic believe again with “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”? Well, there is still a little time left to prep. The Glendale Pops Youth Chorus is holding auditions on Thursday, October 4th. If accepted, rehearsals will be held on five [...]

PSHA Gifts & Grants

PSHA Gifts & Grants

Do you know of or are you involved with a non-profit that focuses on “symphonic or classical music, youth music education, (or) music therapy”? If so, could you use some financial support? The Showcase House is accepting applications for its Gifts and Grants program until Friday, October 12th. This past May, Pasadena Showcase House for [...]

A Bend in the Road

A Bend in the Road

It’s intriguing what can come out of being principal for a day. The story goes something like this: Once upon a time—or 3 years ago, to be more accurate—former Executive Director of the Pasadena Playhouse Stephen Eich was the “Principal for a Day” at Blair High School. During the course of his tenure—or 8-hour shift—he [...]

Britten’s “The Company of Heaven”

Britten’s “The Company of Heaven”

The subject is angels. The timing is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the inaugural broadcast. The piece is Benjamin Britten’s choral work “The Company of Heaven,” which shall be performed this Saturday, September 29th, at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Britten was known for not only operatic works, but symphonies, instrumental works and “a large [...]

Getcha Pancakes!

Getcha Pancakes!

This coming Saturday at Farnsworth Park in Altadena, the Fork Foundation is hosting a free breakfast with enough pancakes, they proclaim, to “feed the entire city and beyond.” In return for free pancakes, founders Philip Coombes (Teles Properties) and Ken Marshall (Coffee Gallery Backstage) are asking attendees to bring non-perishable food items, which will be [...]

Space Shuttle Flyover!

Space Shuttle Flyover!

All of Pasadena was outdoors and looking. At our office, on South Raymond, everyone who could get on a roof was on one. We’re on the second floor, so we had a pretty darn good view of the shuttle coming up to Pasadena from downtown L.A., banking west at the mountains, flying over JPL, and [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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