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Imagine biting into a cracker with a name like Slightly Seedy, Spicy Dal, La Semolina, Cheddar Crispies, and Currant in the Rye, and being transported back to a farm in the Ukraine run by a Mennonite. Can you taste the heritage grain? Excuse me, you ask? The names of the crackers mentioned above are the […]

Papi’s Sangria

Papi’s Sangria

Papi’s sangria comes thanks to The Artist’s Kitchen… “The best sangria in Los Angeles!” Ingredients: Fresh Fruit 2 bottles red wine 3-6 oz. cognac 2-3 oz. Cointreau or triple sec ¼-½ cup sugar 2 liter bottle of lemon/lime soda Ice     Directions: In an extra large pitcher or vessel, add the following ingredients: Your […]

Theodicy Jazz

Theodicy Jazz

One Sunday morning this past June,” wrote Retta Blaney in 2012 at Upon The Sacred Stage, “seven American revolutionaries staged an assault on the sensibilities of some 800 worshipers gathered at Canterbury Cathedral for the 11 a.m. service, causing them to react in a most un-British way. “They applauded. For several minutes. And Dean Robert […]

Scribblings Week 13

Scribblings Week 13

The ants are back. Which only goes to prove the profound truth of the French proverb, plus ca change, plus c’est la même chose. Yes, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” In California, I was ceaselessly at war with ants. You know the kind—the six-legged, bulbous headed, plundering fiends that, like […]

Mystery History No. 33

Mystery History No. 33

Where are we? What’s happening? In this 1935 photo (right), Joseph Barry, J. Louis Comiskey, and Harry Grabiner sit on an arroyo stone wall at Brookside Park while the Chicago White Sox play a baseball game during spring training. From 1933 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1950, the Chicago White Sox had their spring […]

The Barber of Seville

The Barber of Seville

Ah, the beautiful Rosina! Ah, the handsome Count Almaviva! Ugh, the slimy old Doctor Bartholo! Ha, the scurrilous servant Figaro! “Gold, Monsieur, is the lubricant of mischief!” Dr. Bartholo, the old physician, entraps his ward, the beautiful Rosina, conniving to wed her for her fortune. Enter the humble and handsome Count Almaviva and his mischievous […]

Girl Friday’s Famous Baby

Girl Friday’s Famous Baby

Girl Friday is starting out the new year with Karen Rizzo’s Famous Baby, published in 2014 by Pasadena’s Prospect Park Books. On January 23, at SPACE Arts Center, local writer and author Karen Rizzo will chat, sip wine, answer questions, eat dessert, and read from her debut novel Famous Baby. For those who like to […]

Sister Corita, Celebrating MLK, Jr. & Kingian Stew

Sister Corita, Celebrating MLK, Jr. & Kingian Stew

She was born Frances Elizabeth. She became Sister Corita. Sister Mary Corita Kent, originally from Fort Dodge, Iowa, became a Catholic nun, an artist, and an educator. The medium for her artistic expression was silkscreen or serigraphy. Her works included messages of peace and love, which resonated during the social and political climate of the […]

Jackalope Art Fair: Calling All Artists!

Jackalope Art Fair: Calling All Artists!

They met while working for an international arts organization. They planned art events with 50+ artists every other month in their home cities, as well as Phoenix, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Seattle. “They” are Sara of Pasadena, Laura of Phoenix, and Melissa of Denver. And together, in those respective cities, they are about to […]

Savoie

Savoie

Savoie is a French department in the Rhône-Alps region of the French Alps. The region is in the southeast of France, near the Swiss-Italian border. Beginning in 1416, Savoie was a duchy ruled by the House of Savoy and considered a “vassal of the Holy Roman Empire.” Then the became a part of the kingdom […]

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