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Casa Marengo & a Stairway to Heaven

Casa Marengo & a Stairway to Heaven

Val Echavarria is moving to the back. That is, this local artist has created her new studio space at the back of Avenue 50 Studio. Val is a multi-media artist who works in pastel, pencil, acrylics, and watercolor. She’s also a sculptor and done assemblage art and collage. She opens her studio doors this weekend… […]

Hoopla!

Hoopla!

Lori and Scott Webster have left the “Webster” enclave on North Lake Avenue and opened up their own brand of “good things” emporium on Fair Oaks Avenue called Hoopla! The exclamation mark is deliberate and indicative of the shop’s atmosphere and the owners’ personalities. Even as we were visiting, we heard a customer remark Lori, […]

Fenyes & Queen Anne for the Holidays

Fenyes & Queen Anne for the Holidays

We find holiday decorations hard to resist. Wreaths on front doors, faux candles in windows, sparkling lights in trees. We love getting off main roads to meander along side streets, checking our rear view mirror so we can putter along at 20 miles per hour, swinging our head left to right to catch sightings of […]

A Round of Limericks – On the House!

A Round of Limericks – On the House!

There are limericks and there are limericks. Clean, PG-rated limericks sound something like this: There was an American resident Who’d long had a wish to be President. But the modest amount In his savings account Was probably why he felt hesitant. (Anthony Bowden) Or… There was a young lady of Lynn Who was so excessively […]

Skies, Moons & Lights

Skies, Moons & Lights

  Amid evening traffic a moon rises next to clouds colored by the setting sun; holiday lights are being hung; a quiet street after the storm; and sunset colors…                

Painting Los Feliz Adobe

Painting Los Feliz Adobe

“She was never so happy as when motoring and looking for adobes.”[1] One hundred years ago this fall, sometime around the end of November and the beginning of December, Eva Scott Fenyes made a study of an old adobe ranch house in Griffith Park. Her watercolor sketches of the adobe bear November dates and the […]

Arroyo Champions

Arroyo Champions

The Council of Arroyo Seco Organizations presents the 2014 Arroyo Verde Awards honoring “outstanding dedication” to “protecting and improving the Arroyo Seco during the past year.” On December 16th, a holiday party will be held and awards awarded at L.A. County Fire Camp 2, Hahamongna Watershed Park. A lifetime achievement award will be given to […]

The Curiosity Tales

The Curiosity Tales

Shakespeare is said to have been a member of the troupe that first performed Ben Johnson’s 1598 play, Every Man in His Humour, in which these lines were first heard: Helter skelter, hang sorrow, care will kill the cat, up-tails all, and a pox on the hangman. “Care” at that time indicated worry and sorrow. […]

Make Evergreen Wreaths with Fresh Flowers

Make Evergreen Wreaths with Fresh Flowers

Want the holiday wreath on your front door to be your work of art this season? On Saturday, December 13th, The Huntington welcomes guests to build a wreath from scratch, as well as “deconstructing a ready-made wreath and embellishing it with ornaments, fresh flowers, berries, and branches.” We remember when our mom made homemade wreaths—the […]

Quixote and Me

Quixote and Me

By the time you read this the caballeros of Altadena will long be gone, done leaning back on their homeward mounts, done clip-clop climbing the too narrow sidewalks north of Lincoln near the stables toward Castillo, done telling code of crisp days coming. Clip clop, the sound for clocks, knock-knock jokes, a slow castanets, hoofs […]

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