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Native Plants: The Big Picture

Native Plants: The Big Picture

Lisa Novick is ready to talk plants, going native, and California lovin’. Novick is the Director of Outreach and K-12 Education at the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley. Mr. Theodore Payne (b. 1872), in case you have not heard, hailed from Northamptonshire, England. At the age of 21, he sailed to America and his [...]

Jr. League of Pasadena

Jr. League of Pasadena

Love volunteering? Training? Taking action? Helping women reach their potential? The Junior League of Pasadena holds an open house on August 9th where interested parties may meet current members, ask questions, learn about volunteer projects run in partnership with local nonprofits. Some projects “focus on girls’ health and wellness, art education in Pasadena schools, family [...]

Major Barbara

Major Barbara

A bomb-maker, a classics professor, and a female evangelist walk into a bar… This is the tease for Explicit’s newest production Major Barbara written by George Bernard Shaw. Major Barbara is described as one of Shaw’s “discussion plays” (SparkNotes). Andrew Undershaft is a military industrialist, Adolphus Cusins is a Greek scholar, and Barbara is Undershaft’s daughter [...]

Jacqueline Winspear Comments

Jacqueline Winspear Comments

One thing we love about writing and publishing Hometown Pasadena is that we read in order to write book reviews. Since reading is one of our favorite pastimes and a perfect vehicle for endless procrastination (which legitimately can be labeled “work”), we snapped up Jacqueline Winspear‘s new novel The Care and Management of Lies, headed straight to Vroman’s [...]

Public Fruit Jam

Public Fruit Jam

Public Fruit Jams, Nocturnal Fruit Forages, and even Public Fruit Meditations are offshoots of an idea conceived in Los Angeles by David Burns, Matia Viegener, and Austin Young in 2004 and materialized  by David and Young in 2013. Fallen Fruit “began by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles.” This [...]

Summer Shorts

Summer Shorts

Elixir Sipped cup of words strong brew milked mind sweetened tongue.     To be Turn up quiet shut down noise inside out outside in begin.     Wonder Full Smile stretch forget frown witness baby’s first step       Ponder Not knowing hopeful Know it all hopeless.       Distracted Look over [...]

Mystery History No. 29

Mystery History No. 29

Where are we? What’s happening? Tuesday’s guess by Daniel: “Colorado Street Bridge, temporary suicide prevention fence – sometime in the 1930′s.”       In the Aug. 9, 1937, noir-esque photo above, a man pauses to look through the tall, chain link, suicide prevention fence topped with barbed wire on the Colorado Street Bridge. It [...]

Pics from La Casita del Arroyo

Pics from La Casita del Arroyo

It’s rounding toward 6 o’clock on a Friday afternoon, the mugginess of the day revealed by my shirt sticking to my skin in various places, too many places, almost to the point of making movement restricted. A feeling of continuous moistness on my skin, the feeling of sweat and a day’s amount of dirt clinging to my [...]

Fox’s Diner

Fox’s Diner

The pining for diner food has been gnawing our bones for some time. We’ve tried places here and there, but nothing quite lives up to the classic stainless steel roadside diner along the Post Road in Norwalk, Connecticut, right off I95, that we used to frequent as teenagers and then as young adults after a [...]

Supermoons & a Perseid Meteor Shower

Supermoons & a Perseid Meteor Shower

More “supermoons” are in our future. They may be observed on Sunday, August 10th and then on Tuesday, September 9th. According to NASA, supermoons can appear 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than regular full moons. The August 10th supermoon will be approximately 222,000 miles from Earth (a situation known as perigee) in comparison to [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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