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Crepes de Paris

Crepes de Paris

Hometown Pasadena’s teenage consultant “DW” had a yen for crêpes this past weekend, so naturally she Googled, finding Crepes de Paris on Fair Oaks Avenue, just south of Green Street. We drive by it twice and almost settle for Amara,(which anyone knows is not settling), but we do succeed…by literally stumbling into it. Aside: We blame our inability to quickly […]

Not So Famous Views & Drink L.A.

Not So Famous Views & Drink L.A.

Pasadena’s Prospect Park Books invites the public—libation enthusiasts and L.A. County advocates will be particularly interested—to a reception on November 8th, to celebrate two new releases, 100 Not So Famous Views of L.A. by Barbara A. Thomason and Drink Los Angeles. Created by the folks behind the very successful Eat: Los Angeles guidebook, Drink: Los Angeles is the essential flexibound pocket guide to […]

Field of Poppies

Field of Poppies

I am the light that lives in me. The only voice I need tonight is here inside. Travis Dow, The Light That Lives   “Let’s go for a ride and show your mom the desert. April is the best time to see the poppies.” My husband Ralph was excited. I was tired. My head ached. […]

Holiday Market in Old Pasadena: Calling All Vendors

Holiday Market in Old Pasadena: Calling All Vendors

Artisanal L.A. began four years ago with spring and fall shows featuring creators of edibles from all around the country. The Artisanal Holiday City Market expands on that idea and will be held in Old Pasadena with six vendor areas sprinkled along the streets and along the pedestrian alleys. Apparently, 150 independent businesses and 150 […]

Deep Down Dark

Deep Down Dark

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free   On August 5, 2010, a “gray guillotine” — “a vast destructive mega-block” — “a broken skyscraper of stone” trapped 33 men in the depths of a copper and gold mine in Chile. On […]

Curried Veggie Stew

Curried Veggie Stew

This is my take on curry made with whatever seasonal vegetables I have, coconut milk or coconut cream (depending on how decadent I’m feeling), some raisins and an apple for a bite of sweetness and warm spices that are perfect for a chilly day. About 5 years ago, I ate a coconut curry at the […]

Wonderful Water: A Neighborhood Fest

Wonderful Water: A Neighborhood Fest

Once upon a time… It all began with butterflies. The Butterfly Fair, in fact. “Then we went underground for the Wiggly Worm Fair.” Now, The Farmer’s Yard, Northwest Pasadena Community Gardeners, and the Trailer Trash Project presents “Wonderful Water” on November 15th. Appropriately for a day of water appreciation, everyone is welcome to come and “enjoy […]

The Klutzes and the Butzes

The Klutzes and the Butzes

“Anything like the sound of a rat/Makes my heart go pit-a-pat!” So says the Mayor of Hamelin in Brunswick in Robert Browning’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Just as the Mayor shudders and squirms, a knock is heard upon the door… And in did come the strangest figure! His queer long coat from heel to […]

Join Us in the Locker Room

Join Us in the Locker Room

“Play is our way  of finding spontaneous happiness together…and all play is child’s play.” So declares MUSE/IQUE, Pasadena’s “counter conventional orchestra” led by Rachael Worby who will be joining with 3-time Grammy Award-winner, composer, and pianist Billy Childs for “Childs Play.” This evening celebrating the joy of jazz and featuring “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Hallelujah,” and “Sophisticated […]

In a Word, Hillary & Clinton

In a Word, Hillary & Clinton

A so-called “on-the-road comedy with a jazz soul” is called Mad Beat Hip & Gone. (Do we need to be trippin’ to understand that title?) Your Name Will Follow You Home has such elements as Charlie Chaplin, the House Committee on Un-American Activities, 50’s B-monster movies, and “fake” Latinos. Greek myth meets East L.A. in Mojada: […]

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