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Mystery History No. 28

Mystery History No. 28

Where are we? What’s happening? In the circa 1900 photo (right), men lounge in what is identified on the back as “the rotunda” at the Hotel Green. I did a somewhat comprehensive post about the Hotel Green on my Pasadena PIO blog in 2011. You can see that post here for plenty of background. A couple of [...]

Moonlight at the Castle

Moonlight at the Castle

In the beautifully appointed Castle ballroom, the lovely chanteuse Janet Klein will be dishing out her obscure, naughty and lovely tunes from the 20s and 30s.  Flapper-inspired Klein and Her Parlor Boys will be entertaining guests at Castle Green for the annual Spring Tour on June 6th. More than 15 Castle residences and the penthouse [...]

Local Museums Get a Blue Star

Local Museums Get a Blue Star

Once again, Pasadena Museum of History is joining more than 2,000 museums across the nation to illustrate their appreciation for “those who serve” through the Blue Star Museums program—offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from May 26th through Labor Day, September 1st. Upon showing an active military ID, service men and women, and [...]

JoLo Solo, Duo & Trio

JoLo Solo, Duo & Trio

“We got to play for The Dude!” exclaims guitarist Joe LoPiccolo on his professional website. By “The Dude,” he means none other than Gustavo Dudamel (Disney Hall, May 24, 2014). On other evenings, JoLo may be found playing solo at POP Champagne & Dessert Bar, as a duo with guitarist Vahagni at the Next Door Lounge, [...]

How I Lost My Best Friends

How I Lost My Best Friends

“I think the idea for this film was inspired by a lot of things,” says Natalie Schwan, author of the How I Lost My Best Friends, a screenplay currently undergoing a Kickstarter campaign. “The backbone for the theme is pretty close to what I am currently experiencing in my life, being in my early twenties and [...]

Open Studios – Up Close & Personal

Open Studios – Up Close & Personal

Not only will there be art to be found in well-known local hangouts such as Perry’s Joint and Sidewalk Cafe, but personal homes and studio spaces are open to the public on Sunday, June 1st for an even larger, ever-growing Open Studio Days. Park on Oakland Avenue along a street of California Craftsman homes. Find the [...]

The Daylily Show

The Daylily Show

Their scientific name is Hemerocallis. Those who are not so scientific, call them daylilies. The daylily is “sometimes referred to as the perfect perennial.” Why? Because it is: Available in a rainbow of colors and a variety of shapes and sizes. Able to survive with very little care in a wide range of climates. Suitable for [...]

On Hold

On Hold

Phone rings 3:10 a.m. dad in hospital come now heart races little girl in white dress snaps to attention 3,000 miles last seat on flight feels different this time frail man in a chair my knees want to buckle hi dad I’m here Gerdie is that you? Yes, it’s me I feel him slipping away [...]

Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana is divided into three parts, titled Spring, In the Tavern, and Love. “Everything that’s important in life is in this piece. There you go,” says conductor Marin Alsop in a 2006 interview with NPR Music. Professional soloists and a chamber orchestra with two pianos and a “fleet” of percussion instruments will join Pasadena Master [...]

Pachamama: World Mother

Pachamama: World Mother

In early literature, she was depicted as “a cruel goddess eager to collect her sacrifices,” which included elaborate miniature garments, as well as llamas. Today, Pachamama, revered by the indigenous people of the Andes is regarded as benevolent and giving, as nature itself; a “dragoness fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting” (BroomCloset). In [...]

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