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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Louie started smoking at five years old, drinking at eight, stole anything edible, jumped off a moving train, greased the rails to get back at a railcar conductor, deflated a teacher’s car tires for disciplining him, rigged the bell at a local church rousing the whole area including the police and fire department, rigged a [...]

World Book Night with Shakespeare

World Book Night with Shakespeare

As mentioned in last week’s post about World Book Night, the California Shakespeare Ensemble—who has been partnering with Pasadena LEARNS—spent the evening of April 23rd with John Muir High School students who have joined the after school Drama club. HP:  What was the idea behind your involvement with World Book Night and the John Muir [...]

REDCAT for Kids

REDCAT for Kids

The arts center is called REDCAT and stands for the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, operating within the Disney Concert Hall complex. REDCAT continues the tradition of the California Institute of the Arts, its parent organization, by encouraging experimentation, discovery, and lively civid discourse. (Redcat.org) But, what about fun? Fun comes in the manner of [...]

Turmeric Rice with Vegetables (and Chicken, If You Like)

Turmeric Rice with Vegetables (and Chicken, If You Like)

In case you haven’t heard, tumeric is not only delicious, it’s a very healthy addition to our diet. “Yellow” rice, famously Indian, may be made with saffron also—but tumeric is far less expensive and just as tasty! Ingredients: 2 tbsp. olive oil 1-2 tbsp. butter (optional) 1 cup basmati or jasmin white rice 2 cups [...]

The Story Behind the Painting

The Story Behind the Painting

The model sits comfortably on an old tree stump in a forest glade. Her head is slightly tilted and she gazes directly at the painter. Her costume is styled in the tradition of Oaxaca, Mexico, and she wears huaraches on her feet. On her lap she holds a piece of pottery, a vase or a [...]

Table 50 at Showcase

Table 50 at Showcase

For the 50th anniversary of Pasadena Showcase House of Design, Natalia Pedroza and Melissa Corkern Davis of TasteBuds Culinary have created Table 50. Ticketholders may partake of breakfast and a light lunch menu, as well as a dinner menu that includes daily soups, grilled entrées, quiches, made-to-order salads, and the Golden Anniversary Salad. For the [...]

Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Party

Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Party

Critics of the 17th and 18th centuries accused William Shakespeare of “a want of artistic restraint.” In the 20th century, George Bernard Shaw questioned his moral propriety. And then there’s Laurence Olivier who said, “Shakespeare – The nearest thing in incarnation to the eye of God.” A Noise Within celebrates the Bard’s 450th birthday on April [...]

Showcase House 2014

Showcase House 2014

One of the most interesting, fun, and historical elements on the 3+ acre lot with the 1915 country estate, site of the 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design, is the minute, partially submerged Creekside Spring House. It was built with river rock and actually pre-dates the house. We were told that farming used to be [...]

Split Decision

Split Decision

She just couldn’t go back. It was the fear of returning, returning to the narrow, pale Dickensian chins, colorless competition with glazed blue eyes looking beyond and through her; the easing of their shapeless forms against cold leather chairs, pushing corporate words over, around and past her. The routine movements stretched and splattered, extending like [...]

Share Faire at Farnsworth

Share Faire at Farnsworth

It started as a few neighbors (3 miles above Pasadena, in the foothills) who had too much fruit all at one time. We set up a fruit stand and sold blackberries to passers by. We were amazed at the generosity of our neighbors, who liked to stay and chat, and even return with their own [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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