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CatCon for Lovers of the Feline

CatCon for Lovers of the Feline

We had to click the link to confirm the reality, and yes, there is such an event as CatCon and it is coming to Pasadena this weekend, August 12-13. CatCon, now in its 3rd year, calls itself “the convention with cattitude,” which might lead some folks to stop reading and others to say, “Aw, cute!” […]

From Butterfly Hub to Gardening for Your Dining Table

From Butterfly Hub to Gardening for Your Dining Table

It’s never too early to grab your calendar and start planning for fall classes at the Arboretum. From Creating Your Own Butterfly Hub and Plant Combinations for Pots to Garden Rocks, Beekeeping: A Symbiotic Relationship, and Gardening for Your Dining Table, the Arboretum offers numerous ways to pump up your garden, all the way to […]

The Blue Boy’s Makeover

The Blue Boy’s Makeover

“The Blue Boy has been using his defiant stare and unique fashion sense to transfix viewers for centuries.”¹ Thomas Gainsborough’s 1779 full-length, life-size portrait in oil The Blue Boy is about to get a makeover. On August 8, this work of art will be removed from its dominate position in the Huntington’s Thornton Portrait Gallery—where it has hung since […]

Fierce Kingdom

Fierce Kingdom

It’s been fifteen minutes since I read the last line of Gin Phillips‘ Fierce Kingdom and still my heart is lodged in my throat. It’s described as a “thrill ride” and an “exploration of motherhood.” Yet, the word “thrill” has a positive connotation and the intensity of Fierce Kingdom is not a result of pleasure. As to the […]

Helping One of Our Own

Helping One of Our Own

Of course, Pasadena, Altadena, and the environs are large enough that we can’t know everyone, but this area often feels like a village rather than a city (cities), especially when we’re out with friends like Ann Erdman, Vicki Laidig, and Peggy Sue Davis who seem to know someone—or someone x 2 or 3—everywhere we go. That […]

The Spy Across the Table

The Spy Across the Table

Barry Lancet brings PI Jim Brodie back for a fourth appearance in The Spy Across the Table, which he’ll be discussing and signing at Vroman’s on August 10. Lancet has lived in Japan in for the last 25 years and in reviewing his first novel Japantown (2013) Steve Sacks writes… Lancet’s fluency in the Japanese […]

Shout, Sister, Shout!

Shout, Sister, Shout!

Bob Dylan remarked that Sister Rosetta Tharpe was “a powerful force of nature, a guitar playing, singing evangelist.” Through August 20, Tracy Nicole Chapman portrays Sister Tharpe in a production directed by Randy Johnson who received a 2014 Tony Award nomination for his production of A Night with Janis Joplin. Chapman has portrayed Shenzi in […]

Charcuterie, Anyone?

Charcuterie, Anyone?

A “proper” charcuterie and cheese plate. Who knew? Patina 2nd Level Sommelier Alexandre Oliver leads an “intimate cooking class experience” teaching how to prepare a proper charcuterie and cheese plate on August 9. Additionally, appropriate wine pairings will be revealed. Will Oliver suggest aged or firm cheeses? Soft, crumbly, and creamy? Some folks put their foot […]

For the Love of Woodworking

For the Love of Woodworking

Professionals from Rockler Woodworking & Hardware want to teach you how to turn a branch into a handle for your barbecue spatula. The Arboretum hosts a 4-class series demonstrating the techniques and methods for working with wood. Rockler is the presenting sponsor of the Arboretum’s “Forces of Nature II” exhibit with works of art created […]

BoldPas: An Art Takeover

BoldPas: An Art Takeover

Old Pasadena is going bold. Bold in size, shape, color, and concept. Old Pasadena “is the canvas for your day of art and play” on August 12 at the inaugural BoldPas: An Art Takeover. Artists with backgrounds in design, history, urban planning, and architecture descend upon Old Pasadena’s historic and renovated 22-blocks with 12 site-specific installations—to be erected, arranged, placed, or […]

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