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Sondheim’s Company

Sondheim’s Company

Thank you, dear friend, who informed us of the newest production in rehearsal at Theater Arts Caltech, Company by Stephen Sondheim opens February 24 and runs through March 4. (Text courtesy of TAC on FB.) Theater Arts Caltech, a diverse group of Caltech undergrads/grads/staff/alums, JPL and associated community members, dives headfirst into the Sondheim revival with a contemporary spin […]

Baklava on the Kitchen Table

Baklava on the Kitchen Table

Fruit flies hovered over the ooze of the honey syrup. Crumbled walnuts mimicked broken teeth. No one touched them. The paper thin filo dough became wrinkled, and Mother kept pushing the plate to the center of the table. During breakfast, I placed olive seeds next to the fallen pistachios. Mother removed them with irritation and […]

BHM Feb. 13 – Mar. 19

BHM Feb. 13 – Mar. 19

Details below thanks to the City of Pasadena… February 1-28: “Black History Month Displays” —38th Annual Pasadena Martin Luther King Community Coalition’s Art Contest Winners featuring artwork of students grade 4 through 12. Central Library/Centennial Room, 285 E. Walnut Street. —A historical view of African-American families as seen through African-American literature and the Civil Rights Movement. […]

Yvonne’s Basic Pruning Overview

Yvonne’s Basic Pruning Overview

What a great way to end 2016 and begin 2017—with lots of rain! Yay! So glorious to relish each gentle drop over long hours so the soil was able to absorb all the goodness… and then have those downpours that really filled the soil’s air pores so the moisture could sink deeply down into rootzones. Love it! With the promise […]

Hot Red Bus

Hot Red Bus

We were in the mood for some chicken tikka masala and our local go-to was closed (we’d missed lunch and was too early for dinner). On a late afternoon run to Alhambra we came across Hot Red Bus, “L. A.’s first British Indian chip shop.” We thought the combo of Brit and Indian might satisfy. And, […]

Artichokes + Fresh Peas with Mint and Sage

Artichokes + Fresh Peas with Mint and Sage

This is a dish I savor while in Sicily. Within days of my arrival, I can always be found sitting jet-lagged at the dining room table throwing back a bowl of this regional, homegrown dish. It is at that moment, that I know I have finally arrived in my beloved Sicily. My mother-in-law is a […]

Hot Lips’s SwitHearts

Hot Lips’s SwitHearts

As most people know, Loretta Swit is famous for her role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan on the iconic M*A*S*H TV show from 1972 until the series ended in 1983. Since then, Swit has been a guest star on TV series’, hosted the 26-part series Those Incredible Animals on the Discovery Channel, written a […]

Trike Squadron

Trike Squadron

We’ve learned they’re called “recumbent tadpole bicycles.” Thank you, Trike Asylum. Of course, this name doesn’t make me think any less that this is a sport for chillin’ aquatic larvae that are systematically going insane, but that seems not to be the truth and we don’t want to promulgate alternative facts. Not only is a Trike […]

Strolling the Campus

Strolling the Campus

After we roamed, bedazzled by the ceramics at the Scripps College 73rd Ceramic Annual exhibit—and even though we were somewhat oversaturated and overstimulated by the sumptuous art work—we decided to take a stroll… One of our first sites was this memorial to Harriett Tubman, with a note tucked in her arm. It reads, “What makes her heroic?”     […]

Bee-Luther-Hatchee

Bee-Luther-Hatchee

Who has the right to a life’s story—the person who lived it, or the people who were touched by it? This is the central unanswerable question behind Bee-Luther-Hatchee, a play by Thomas Gibbons…. Intelligent and unsettling, Bee-Luther-Hatchee pulls off a nearly impossible trick: creating a situation in which two people, at a complete bypass, are both right and […]

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