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The Rose Queen

The Rose Queen
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Imagine if Shakespeare had written a feminist epic. When ancient family rivalries pit an ineffectual king against his bloodthirsty cousin in a violent civil war, his charismatic queen takes over. Shakespeare’s “War of the Roses” plays featured women in unprecedentedly powerful roles long unknown to American audiences. Now, the “Rose Queen” has been adapted by […]

Chocolate Wonders: Food of the Gods

Chocolate Wonders: Food of the Gods

  Etymologists trace the origin of the word “chocolate” to the Aztec word “xocoatl,” which referred to a bitter drink brewed from cacao beans. The Latin name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means “food of the gods.” —”A Brief History of Chocolate” (1 March 2008) by Amanda Fiegl, SmithsonianMag.com       Almost nothing […]

Kitchens, The Arrangement & I Heart Obama

Kitchens, The Arrangement & I Heart Obama

The Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is roaring into 2016. On February 17, two Penguin Random House authors—J. Ryan Stradal and Ashley Warlick—will be “in conversation” and sign their novels. Stradal has published Kitchens of the Great Midwest and no, it is not a book of design or quaint collections of nana’s recipes. Stradal is a […]

Favorite Go -To Comfort Food

Favorite Go -To Comfort Food

Gale Kohl of Gale’s Restaurant and Peg Rahn, founder of “Fresh: Celebrating the Table” will be joined by Peggy Dark, co-author of the Fabulous Parties books, for “Cooking at the Arboretum.” This month’s topic: Favorite go-to comfort food. The menu: —50 wonderful soups —Chicken stock “from scratch” —Homemade hearth bread —Baked cheesy pasta casserole with […]

Local Pushcart Prize Nominees

Local Pushcart Prize Nominees

Gratitude to poet, author, and publisher of Golden Foothills Press Thelma T. Reyna for informing us of several local poets who have been nominated for the esteemed Pushcart Prize. Describing the 6 selected poets, Thelma Reyna states: These are highly dedicated writers, most of them having written poetry for most, if not all, of their […]

Utility Box Art

Utility Box Art

South Pasadena has followed in the path of many cities that have decided to bring art to the streets. Actually, to the sidewalks and traffic light utility boxes. Ten artists submitted their ideas to the South Pasadena Arts Council in the summer of 2015 and now South Pasadena beams with ostriches, picnics in the park, […]

Showcase House: 1918 Mission Revival

Showcase House: 1918 Mission Revival

The word is this 1918 Mission Revival was designed by the esteemed and prolific local architect Myron Hunt (think Huntington Library, Caltech, Occidental College, and the Ambassador Hotel). More specifically, the mansion is “thought” to have been designed by Myron Hunt, according to official text. What is certain is that this 16,000 square feet main […]

Houzz & Gamble

Houzz & Gamble

Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohen wanted to remodel their 4-bedroom ranch house in Palo Alto, according to George Anders, contributor to Forbes.com. And that’s when it all began…   One of oft-repeated catchphrases of (primarily) politicians running for office is living “the American dream,” of which one essential element is buying and owning one’s home. […]

Art By the Sidewalk

Art By the Sidewalk

At Art by the Sidewalk, local artist Valérie Daval curates “Home Icon” featuring engravings by Marie-Noelle Deverre with an opening reception to view the art and Skype with the artist on February 7. “I collect and gather food, beauty, medication, and toy packagings, which I open and flatten in order to engrave them using a […]

Mexican of America

Mexican of America

    MEXICAN OF AMERICA A Sonnet   Mestizo come, America, you call. Amniotic oceans Pacific join, break through the virgin hymen, wailing wall from the fluids of her earthen loins. Tender eyes burn with the new day’s fire. Bullets shatter your bones, your flesh torn on border fences electrified barbed wire. Knives slash and […]

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