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Seeds of Transformation Garden Party

Seeds of Transformation Garden Party

Great food in an outstanding location is a lure for charity-goers and the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy has nailed it for this year’s Seeds of Transformation benefit. On April 29, Chef Bruce Kalman of the highly praised Union Restaurant provides guests with a buffet of northern Italian cuisine. Union’s spaghetti “must be some of the best in […]

Apple, Pomegranate & Kale Quinoa Salad

Apple, Pomegranate & Kale Quinoa Salad

Make this recipe because it’s plain ol’ fabulous.   Fridge: 1 cup pomegranate seeds 1 to 1 1/2 cups baby kale, large stems removed and roughly chopped 1/3 cup scallions, thinly sliced 1 1/2 Tbs mint, finely minced 1 1/2 Tbs Italian parsley, finely minced 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard Counter: 2 cups apples (I used […]

“Get Happy” Happy Hour (Extended)

“Get Happy” Happy Hour (Extended)

During these days in which we find ourselves, the traditional “Happy Hour” may be more important than ever. An hour after our day job to relax with co-workers or meet up with friends not often seen. An hour to turn off the day of work—and for many, politics—and socialize, laugh, and detach from the world, yet connect […]

Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Boops

Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Boops

Here’s a hook: In Collective Rage, five different Bettys collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and “thea-tah.” Broadway World calls Jen Silverman’s play—now in production at The Theatre @ Boston Court, through March 19—as “a perfect balance between the really absurd and the absurdly real.” Well now, doesn’t that fit our times? The Washington […]

2017 Festival of Women Authors

2017 Festival of Women Authors

From veblens to a lady cop in 1910, it must be the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors being held on April 8. Tickets tend to vanish as this has become quite a popular event (though it does offer a wait list). This year’s authors include Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen and Amy Stewart […]

Cast & Fired: Pasadena’s Mid-Century Ceramics Industry

Cast & Fired: Pasadena’s Mid-Century Ceramics Industry

Southern California, with its rich clay deposits, emerged as a world leader in pottery and ceramics production for household use in the mid-twentieth century. “Cast & Fired: Pasadena’s Mid-Century Ceramics Industry” explores this boom, which was ushered in by Ernest Batchelder’s luminously-glazed Asian-inspired forms. This exhibit examines, for the first time, Pasadena’s contributions to this […]

It’s Bloomin’ Cherries!

It’s Bloomin’ Cherries!

It’s not bloomin’ cherries as in cherries off the vine, freshly pressed in juice, or tucked between flaky, buttery crusts. It’s the Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens and the beauty and aroma may make you swoon! Tree after tree will be popping with pink cherry blossoms. But that’s not all. The magnolia trees are in […]

STAKE

STAKE

  Persuaded by late-night movies of Lugosi, I shrouded myself with Grandfather’s brown bathrobe and became Dracula. On moonless nights, I left the refrigerator door ajar to create Nosferatu shadows. The fedora box on the commode looked like a cat, a gargantuan bat, a beheaded horseman. My slippers scraped against the marble of the corridor. […]

Chiwan Choi at March Whisky & Poetry Salon

Chiwan Choi at March Whisky & Poetry Salon

We have been extolling Kim Ohanneson and Karolyn Kiisel’s Whisky & Poetry Salon since we first attended in January 2014. Now into its fourth year, W&PS is going strong. We love Chiwan Choi!  We love him and we’re so lucky to book him as our feature poet for the March 16 Whisky & Poetry Salon—just after […]

The Weather ‘Round Here!

The Weather ‘Round Here!

This has been such a wet, soggy, blustery, shivery winter—after it had gotten to a point we thought perhaps we’d never experience another one—that some people we know are pining for the drought. But on our drive up the 101 to San Francisco several weekends ago, the rolling hills, vast fields, and endless vineyards, even under a […]

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