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Poetry Circus 2017

Poetry Circus 2017

Celebrating the 97th anniversary of the 19th amendment—prohibiting the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex— The Poetry Circus presents “Ladies Night” on August 26. Griffith Park’s lovely merry-go-round is the venue for Poetry Circus. Not only are free merry-go-round rides on the menu, […]

Night Ladder by Lois P. Jones

Night Ladder by Lois P. Jones

Lois P. Jones is a woman we’ve been honored to get to know (a wee little bit) during this last year. On the other hand, Jones is well known by many thanks to her work hosting KPFK’s Poets Café for the past ten years and co-hosting Moonday Poetry in La Cañada. She’s also Poetry Editor for the Kyoto Journal […]

Rosemont Preserve Tour

Rosemont Preserve Tour

Cassey Aoyagi is eager to show off the Rosemont Preserve. On August 26, don your hiking boots, slap your hat on, and head up to La Crescenta/Montrose for a free tour. Aoyagi is the president of FormLA Landscaping and she leads the way, including sharing with attendees a “space recently reclaimed from invasive plant species in an effort to prevent fire […]

My Year at the Moulin Rouge

My Year at the Moulin Rouge

After the phone call, Cliff Simon got a one-way ticket from South Africa to Paris and spent the next year dancing at the Moulin Rouge. One moment, after which his “life was changed forever.” On August 14, Simon and his co-author Loren Stephens read from Paris Nights: My Year at the Moulin Rouge, followed by […]

End of Summer at the Levitt Pavilion

End of Summer at the Levitt Pavilion

We hope you’ve been enjoying another summer of free concerts at Pasadena’s Levitt Pavilion. This Saturday, Dustbowl Revival gets the crowd up on its feet to dance and stomp. On site food trucks on Saturday: Lobsta Truck, Mary Sue’s Homemade Eats, Erva Yerba Mate, and Nomad Ice Pops. A “kid zone” is set up for […]

Walter Askin: Through the Eyes of Artists

Walter Askin: Through the Eyes of Artists

We never miss a chance to mention one of our favorite artists, Pasadena native Walter Askin. His work is currently included in the Los Angeles Metro’s “Through the Eyes of Artists” exhibit at Union Station along its new photographic light box passageway. Speaking with Kirk Silsbee of the LA Times during his “Mainstreaming the Muse” exhibit at the […]

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 […]

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