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Jury Walkabout No. 2

Jury Walkabout No. 2

On our first Tuesday as a full-fledged juror, designated as one of twelve “judges” by the sitting judge herself, we strolled and sweated through the heat, down through the bottom half of Grand Park and then around the side of City Hall only to be told, “It’s not here today.” The “it” is what’s promised [...]

Jury Duty Walkabout

Jury Duty Walkabout

We’ve drawn jury duty. Two and a half days later and we’re sitting on a jury, a civil trial that may go nine working days. At the rate we’re going, all the jurors are mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially preparing themselves for longer. One perk: an hour and a half lunch, during which we’ve walked [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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