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Helping One of Our Own

Helping One of Our Own

Of course, Pasadena, Altadena, and the environs are large enough that we can’t know everyone, but this area often feels like a village rather than a city (cities), especially when we’re out with friends like Ann Erdman, Vicki Laidig, and Peggy Sue Davis who seem to know someone—or someone x 2 or 3—everywhere we go. That […]

The Spy Across the Table

The Spy Across the Table

Barry Lancet brings PI Jim Brodie back for a fourth appearance in The Spy Across the Table, which he’ll be discussing and signing at Vroman’s on August 10. Lancet has lived in Japan in for the last 25 years and in reviewing his first novel Japantown (2013) Steve Sacks writes… Lancet’s fluency in the Japanese […]

Shout, Sister, Shout!

Shout, Sister, Shout!

Bob Dylan remarked that Sister Rosetta Tharpe was “a powerful force of nature, a guitar playing, singing evangelist.” Through August 20, Tracy Nicole Chapman portrays Sister Tharpe in a production directed by Randy Johnson who received a 2014 Tony Award nomination for his production of A Night with Janis Joplin. Chapman has portrayed Shenzi in […]

Charcuterie, Anyone?

Charcuterie, Anyone?

A “proper” charcuterie and cheese plate. Who knew? Patina 2nd Level Sommelier Alexandre Oliver leads an “intimate cooking class experience” teaching how to prepare a proper charcuterie and cheese plate on August 9. Additionally, appropriate wine pairings will be revealed. Will Oliver suggest aged or firm cheeses? Soft, crumbly, and creamy? Some folks put their foot […]

For the Love of Woodworking

For the Love of Woodworking

Professionals from Rockler Woodworking & Hardware want to teach you how to turn a branch into a handle for your barbecue spatula. The Arboretum hosts a 4-class series demonstrating the techniques and methods for working with wood. Rockler is the presenting sponsor of the Arboretum’s “Forces of Nature II” exhibit with works of art created […]

BoldPas: An Art Takeover

BoldPas: An Art Takeover

Old Pasadena is going bold. Bold in size, shape, color, and concept. Old Pasadena “is the canvas for your day of art and play” on August 12 at the inaugural BoldPas: An Art Takeover. Artists with backgrounds in design, history, urban planning, and architecture descend upon Old Pasadena’s historic and renovated 22-blocks with 12 site-specific installations—to be erected, arranged, placed, or […]

Carnivals & Butterflies: The Armory Art Classes for Kids

Carnivals & Butterflies: The Armory Art Classes for Kids

From “Silent Movie Sillies” and “Buildings, Boats, and Bridges,” to “Butterflies, Bees & Ladybugs” to “Carnivals and Carousels,” it’s time for little hands and expansive minds to create, create, create! Week 6 out of 8 of Armory Center for the Arts‘ Summer Classes is almost upon us. If you’re looking for child-engagement and your boy […]

Growing Up on Millionaire’s Row: An Immersive Fenyes Mansion Tour

Growing Up on Millionaire’s Row: An Immersive Fenyes Mansion Tour

Imagine the experience of a child in the year 1910 on Pasadena’s famed “Millionaire’s Row.” “Growing Up on Millionaire’s Row” interactive tours of historic Fenyes Mansion at Pasadena Museum of History invite young visitors to step back in time and discover how different it would have been had they lived a century or more ago. […]

The Ash Girl

The Ash Girl

This is not your ordinary Cinderella story. The lead character in The Ash Girl, a play by Timberlake Wertenbaker, is called Ashgirl, appropriately enough. Besides her stepsisters and stepmother (simply called “Mother”), the Seven Deadly Sins are part of the cast with names such as Slothworm, Gluttontoad, Pridefly, Sadness, and Greedmonkey. Other participants are Otter, Mouse, […]

The Folly Bowl 2017

The Folly Bowl 2017

One of Altadena’s “many hidden treasures,” and an experience described as “magical” is the one and only Folly Bowl. The Folly Bowl is held at an outdoor garden amphitheater on the grounds of a private home. Bring your own picnic, refreshments, cushions (and even a blanket and pillow, if you’d like) for an evening under the trees […]

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