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Le Salon de Musiques

Le Salon de Musiques

An evening of profound music and impressive musicians in an intimate setting where no stage divides the audience from the performers. It’s the season finale for Le Salon de Musiques’ “without walls” chamber music concert series. Le Salon founder and artistic director François Chouchan welcomes music lovers to come hear the “wonderful and almost unknown” neo-romantic [...]

Keeping Sane, and Other Aspirations

Keeping Sane, and Other Aspirations

(Excerpt from a novel-in-progress) Although I am only eleven years old and one would think that young, blank canvas, nascent minds would be constantly in motion with new ideas, fun amusements, and creative endeavors, sometimes I need a mind-numbing pastime. Thank God for TV. It can’t get more anesthetizing than that (I’ll admit I had to [...]

2014 Doo Dah Queen Tryouts

2014 Doo Dah Queen Tryouts

It’s like adults in reverse. Shed the practical, the obligatory, and the hum bug. Embrace the silly, wacky, the expressive, the experimental, and the inspired. Get ready for the 37th Ocassional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade Queen tryouts. Want to be queen? Anyone may try. The competition is fierce, the judges costumed and being fed a [...]

Zamperini to Lead the Rose Parade

Zamperini to Lead the Rose Parade

Louis Zamperini, who’s life and trials are the subject of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, has been chosen to be the Grand Marshall for the 126th Rose Parade. We can’t think of a better choice—and, not a moment too soon. On January 26, 2015, Zamperini will turn 98 years old. Louie started smoking at five years old, [...]

Bonsai!

Bonsai!

How many people have gone through the decades pronouncing the “o” in bonsai like the “o” in bonbon (bän-bän)? Would it be surprising to hear that the Santa Anita Bonsai Society directs one to pronounce the word “bone-sigh” (bōn-sī)? Then again, listening to Merriam-Webster online and clicking on the speaker icon, the supposedly Japanese speaker sounds [...]

Visiting Queen Anne

Visiting Queen Anne

It happens only twice a year. The door to Lucky Baldwin’s National Register guest house—Queen Anne Cottage at the Arboretum—will open. Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin and his fourth wife, Lillie Bennett (who was a mere sixteen years old) constructed the cottage in 1885-1886. It was designed by Lillie’s father, architect Albert A. Bennett. Unfortunately, marital [...]

Vintage Car Show for Dreamkeepers

Vintage Car Show for Dreamkeepers

It’s time to channel your inner Steve McQueen. This Saturday, Thorson Motors in East Pasadena will present its Second Annual Classic Car Show, featuring drool-worthy vintage hot rods from the 1930s to the present, all lovingly restored. The show is being produced by Great Autos of Yesteryear, with food provided by Pasadena’s Stonefire Grill. This is no ordinary [...]

Ferraris on Colorado

Ferraris on Colorado

The official website states that Ferrari was “born” in 1947. Not that it was founded, established, or created, but born. Then again, when one has engineered the 250 GTO, which is considered “one of the most famous cars in history,” “legendary” models like the 275 and Daytona, and the Testarossa, “one of the most iconic [...]

Whole Grain Sonora Scones

Whole Grain Sonora Scones

Recipe courtesy of Grist & Toll Ingredients: 2½ cups Sonora whole grain pastry flour ⅓ cup sugar ¾ teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder 1 stick (4 oz.) cold, unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes ½ cup golden raisins 1 cup heavy cream 1 large egg Heavy cream for brushing, optional Sugar (superfine or [...]

Blind Beer Tasting, Wine, & Vega Workshop

Blind Beer Tasting, Wine, & Vega Workshop

This is promoting a big business, but periodically we do patronize Whole Foods and this week we’re drawn to several wine tastings, a blind beer tasting, and “Vega Workshop:  How to Thrive on a Plant-Based Diet.” Wednesday, May 14th, 6-8 p.m.: Jeffrey Cruz will be on hand representing Duckhorn winery and for $10 guests may [...]

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