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Distinguished Poets: First Up…

Distinguished Poets: First Up…
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We first met Luivette Resto at the Allendale Branch Library’s inaugural Holiday Literary Fest in December 2012. We enjoyed an evening of listening to poignant, humorous, raucous, irreverent, and nostalgic poetry, followed by joining the crowd outside and watching the lighting of the towering holiday tree. Afterwards, Luivette was kind enough to listen to our […]

Urban Nature Fest

Urban Nature Fest

  It’s a 2-day celebration of nature—nature surviving and thriving in the big city. It’s the the inaugural “L. A. Urban Nature Fest” sponsored by LADWP and the Natural Museum of History on June 27th and 28th. Coyotes cross Sunset Boulevard. Lizards scale manzanitas. P-22, Los Angeles’ resident mountain lion, explores Griffith Park. Vaux’s swifts […]

Mystery Lit at The Huntington

Mystery Lit at The Huntington

  It’s Sherlock Holmes times three in a fiendishly clever mash-up of stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, including “A Scandal in Bohemia,” “The Red-Headed League,” and “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.” Follow three different versions of Doyle’s iconic Baker Street detective through a literary labyrinth of clues and misdirection in a script-in-hand performance […]

Empty Bowls Summer 2015

Empty Bowls Summer 2015

The devoted, enthusiastic potters of Wheelhouse Ceramics are looking to break a record. Last year, at their Empty Bowls event—where 500 bowls were sold at $10 apiece—they raised $5,000 to benefit Foothill Unity Center. This year, they want to break $6,000…one ten-dollar bowl at a time. Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement for hunger relief […]

Community Garden Annual Picnic

Community Garden Annual Picnic

It’s an open house! More accurately, it’s the open house concept applied to a community garden, the Altadena Community Garden in fact. Located in the foothills, near the top of Lincoln Avenue, ACG is opening for the public on June 27th. Tickets are only ten dollars and there will be live music, raffles (gift certificates […]

Gardening Shears

Gardening Shears

“Gardening Shears” by Amy Uyematsu   Anyone who truly knows Southern California understands the longheld secret about “my Japanese gardener”— the handiwork of issei and nisei gardeners still showcased from the tract homes of West Los Angeles to the manicured pines and cypress trees of wealthy Hancock Park estates. This wasn’t true before the war, […]

Peach Strawberry Crumble Bars

Peach Strawberry Crumble Bars

Summer is finally here and that means outdoor eating is upon us. My first beach BBQ is this weekend and I was put in charge of burgers and dessert. Actually I self-appointed the dessert because I wanted to try to make a dessert that doesn’t require refrigeration, heat or à la mode (although it certainly […]

The Art of Seating

The Art of Seating

Thus emerged the chair… Though something to sit upon—other than the ground, a tree branch, or a large rock—may be an ancient product going back to ebony and ivory, carved and gilded wood chairs for Egyptian royalty, such as the arm-chair found in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings that may date back […]

Artist’s Open Day at Storrier Stearns

Artist’s Open Day at Storrier Stearns

Constructed in 1937, the garden at the estate of Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns was designed by Kinzuchi Fujii and took seven years to complete. Every month, Storrier Stearns’ Japanese garden, which is a registered historic landmark, is open to the public and on June 28th, artist Barbara Thomason gives a talk and presents a […]

Happy 129th, Pasadena!

Happy 129th, Pasadena!

In 1886, Pasadena incorporated “largely as a measure to rid the city of its saloon.”¹ How’s that for a reason? Would Pasadena’s “founding fathers” cringe at the multitude of basic, casual, raucous, and fine drinking venues that currently exist? We hope not. Hopefully, a thimble of 93.7 proof Kentucky Ridgemont Reserve whiskey at the Blind […]

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