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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

This is a tale by Mohsin Hamid, set in Lahore, Pakistan, in which a charming local named Changez tells a story of immigration, assimilation, disillusion, and emigration in the course of a single afternoon and evening. His “guest” at the table in the bustling market restaurant might be a CIA operative, but is most certainly [...]

I Have My Reasons

I Have My Reasons

I have my reasons to keep on truck’in, going down the age path, considering $5 haircuts, walking with heavy feet, tired still on antibiotic legs 3 miles for 2 days, listening to my husband sound like an aging pug dog, because he caught my cold, and I have my reasons to keep on going, even [...]

Poulet Dijon

Poulet Dijon

Ingredients: 2 pounds chicken pieces 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 shallot, minced 2 sprigs tarragon (plus additional for garnish) 2 cup dry white wine 1 cup chicken stock 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard ¼ cup crème frâiche Directions: Preheat oven to 375º. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper. In a large sauté pan, heat the [...]

Beyond the Olive, 2013

Beyond the Olive, 2013

Ever tasted great olive oil…the kind that brings out the best in recipes or simply tastes delicious—mixed with a 25-year-old balsamic and accompanied by a fresh piece of ciabatta ready for dipping? If that description makes your mouth water, you need to visit Beyond the Olive. This Old Town store calls itself “Pasadena’s premiere source [...]

Alice Sebold at Red Hen with Champagne

Alice Sebold at Red Hen with Champagne

Alice Sebold, author of the international bestseller The Lovely Bones will join Charles Yu and C.D. Wright at the 19th anniversary party for Pasadena’s own Red Hen Press. The three acclaimed authors will do readings of their work and Brendan Constantine will emcee the event in the Westin Pasadena’s Fountain Ballroom on November 10th. On [...]

Day of the Dead at Zona Rosa

Day of the Dead at Zona Rosa

The sign (to the right) says it all. Blue Milagro will transform the Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard into a Mexican Zocolo where artists and the community can taste sugar skulls, smell fresh marigolds, make thematic art with Little June Bugs, enjoy children’s calaca face painting, drink horchata from El Portal, eat Norma’s handmade tacos, see traditional [...]

Orchid Masquerade

Orchid Masquerade

Don’t be intimidated, “they” say. You can learn “to grow and properly care for orchis,” says Robert Lauri, one of the event organizers of “Orchid Masquerade” at The Huntington. She will talk about “Growing Stanhopea” on Sunday, October 20th. Lauri suggests joining an orchid society with monthly meetings for tips. (Find a local group here.) [...]

Colin Hay of Men at Work

Colin Hay of Men at Work

Who sang, ”Who can it be knocking at my door?” Hint: “He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich.” Lead singer of the iconic Men at Work will be featured at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles and Pasadena’s “An Evening with Colin Hay.” Hay’s solo shows intersperse classic and new songs with hilarious, poignant, and downright [...]

Villains

Villains

Imagine if Shakespeare’s best villains were taken out of their respective plays, reassembled Frankenstein-style, and finally got to be the focus of their own stories. Did you ever think you’d read “Shakespeare” and “Frankenstein” in the same sentence? But so it shall be as California Shakespeare Ensemble presents VILLAINS at the Lineage Performing Arts Center starting October 27th. [...]

Halloween Happenings

Halloween Happenings

Kids of all ages are invited to South Pasadena’s “Spooktacular” on Friday, October 25th where there will be free games and prizes, costume contests, crafts, food and the entertaining Mad Science putting on a Fire & Ice show. Spooktacular Friday, Oct. 25th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Orange Grove Park 815 Mission St., South Pasadena 91030 For more [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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