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Laurie Kallevig’s Survivor Girl Ukulele Band Project

Laurie Kallevig’s Survivor Girl Ukulele Band Project
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For most of us, human trafficking is a just grim statistic in the news. For Laurie Kallevig, it’s up-close-and-personal. She works in India with survivors of forced prostitution, youngsters who have been sold or viciously tricked and trapped into life in a brothel. Laurie’s work is unique: she brings ukuleles to India and teaches girls […]

John Cleese

John Cleese

The really good ideas is always traceable back to quite a long way, often to a not very good idea, which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting. —John Cleese, writer, actor & tall person […]

Master Chorale on the Prowl

Master Chorale on the Prowl

It is no accident that composing plays as nearly a leading a role in Pasadena Master Chorale’s mission as singing. For starters, founder (and Altadena resident) Jeffrey Bernstein is a composer who has written works that have been performed nationwide and throughout Europe, Japan and Australia. Then, in 2014, PMC commissioned local composers Matthew Brown […]

Jackalope Arts in November

Jackalope Arts in November

Jackalope Art & Craft Fair debuted this past April and has received rave reviews from buyers and vendors alike. Our friend Emily Akers of Candle Stash said it was perfectly organized and she was blown away by the vendors, and the quality and variety of the products. November 7-8, Jackalope will rise again in Central […]

Pre-Craftsman Weekend: Dinner at The Raymond

Pre-Craftsman Weekend: Dinner at The Raymond

Craftsman Weekend 2015 opens on Thursday, November 13, with cocktails, a presentation, and dinner at the richly historical, intimate, upscale, and beautiful Raymond Restaurant. Reservations for this event must be provided by Thursday, November 5, and the restaurant has limited seating, so click here to reserve a seat at the table. Or if a drink […]

Girl Not. Man? No.

Girl Not. Man? No.

    Girl Not. Man? No by Nicole Stranz Yes, I found your crumbs and followed them to the sour milk cave. At least I think your dried toast was meant for me. But I have to tell you that I can only take so much. You see I’ve given up the assuming game. Turns […]

The Diaries of Adam & Eve

The Diaries of Adam & Eve

We seem to be on an apple bent in Talk of Our Towns this week, as Saturday is the time for the Hard Core Cider Tour at Brookside Park, and apples always bring to mind the story about the first of our kind, Adam and Eve.… SATURDAY.–I am almost a whole day old, now. I […]

Hard Core Cider

Hard Core Cider

Reverend Nat is a self-described “hard core cider evangelist.” Waupoos Premier Cider is made from an orchard that’s been producing apples since 1850. See Canyon in San Luis Obispo touts that its hard ciders are small batch, hand-crafted, contain no sulfites, and are gluten-free with no artificial sweeteners. It’s time for the Hard Core Cider […]

Taste of Art: Street Foods & Farmers’ Markets

Taste of Art: Street Foods & Farmers’ Markets

Al pastor sopes with refried beans, cabbage, and cotija cheese on a freshly hot, crunchy cornmeal shell—right off the cart. Carrots, radishes, and beets popping with color and long, leafy, feathered “tails. Balsamic vinegar so thick it hardly drips and tastes more appropriate for a bowl of artisanal vanilla bean ice cream than to toss […]

Tex Mex Cornbread Strata

Tex Mex Cornbread Strata

Strata is one of those great prepare-ahead casseroles that is simple and very versatile. As long as you have eggs and milk, you can use whatever bread and ingredients you have lying around. I happened to have leftover cornbread this week and it was too stale too eat alone so I decided to turn it […]

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