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Funerary Art & Candlelit Cemetery Tour

Funerary Art & Candlelit Cemetery Tour

From pyramid mausoleums to Art Nouveau-style headstones. From two fieldstone graves—one for lady J. van Aefferden that is closest to the dividing wall in the Protestant part of the cemetery while her husband’s is closest to the wall in the Catholic part—joined for all eternity by stone hands reaching across the top of the wall to a [...]

Opera Animata Goes GOCAAP – Cxled

Opera Animata Goes GOCAAP – Cxled

How does one preserve an art form that’s over 500 years old? How does one maintain the interest of current audiences and for modern sensibilities? What if the art form to be preserved is opera and the vehicle for restoring its popularity and significance in today’s world is an opera à la…a beauty pageant? Opera Animata made its [...]

Lowriders & Pakistani Jingle Trucks

Lowriders & Pakistani Jingle Trucks

They’re known as “moving art”—trucks and buses that Pakistani owners have tricked out and dressed to the nines. Amazing Stuff writes: “All across Pakistan, this rolling folk art has turned village lanes, city streets, and long-distance highways in a national gallery without walls…a free-form, kaleidoscopic exhibition in perpetual motion.” It is said that “as early as [...]

Mystery History No. 31

Mystery History No. 31

Where are we? And what’s happening? I stumped everyone this week. See what happens when you don’t see an exhibition at Pasadena Museum of History?I shot this photo straight from the wall in the north gallery, where the exhibition Crown City Jubilee celebrated institutions in Pasadena’s history. One section was about schools and included the photo below. The [...]

Week Without Violence

Week Without Violence

Nearly 20 years ago, YWCA USA created “Week Without Violence” in order to “mobilize people in communities across the United States to take action against all forms of violence, wherever it occurs” (YWCA.org). Eliminating racism, empowering women. Week Without Violence is this week, October 13th-18th, with events, workshops, screenings, and social get-togethers organized by YWCA [...]

Halloween Fun, Halloween Haunts

Halloween Fun, Halloween Haunts

Kidspace Pumpkin Festival Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 18th-19th, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Have the kids wear their costumes and they can join the costume parade. Visit the pumpkin patch and pick out a Halloween pumpkin. Crafts and activities will be offered, as well as face painting, a petting zoo, live music and performances, and with purchased tickets, [...]

Food As Art

Food As Art

South Pasadena’s Arts Crawl involves art of all kinds, including the culinary variety. Michelle Hohman’s Urban Kitchen is celebrating it’s one-year anniversary on October 18th with “Food As Art.” Hohman has invited Chef Beer Vee to conduct an interactive cooking demonstration, sharing his “artful” French macarons, truffles, and other treats. For Urban Kitchen’s cooking classes, Hohman [...]

Every Man an Immigrant

Every Man an Immigrant

Back home on Long Island my father’s family of origin knew within an Irish radius of 20 miles where his family had come from. A one-room straw and mud house tipping it’s roof hat to passersbys, half in the main road, halfway uphill, halfway to Roscrea, County Tipperary, halfway to the coast. Somehow it didn’t [...]

Way of Tea at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Way of Tea at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Chado, Sado, Chanoyu. It’s the Way of Tea. This highly choreographed ritual is the Japanese ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha or green tea, “a sacred tea ceremony (that) embodies harmony, respect, and tranquility.” Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one’s attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, [...]

Kate Douvan: Greetings from South Pasadena

Kate Douvan: Greetings from South Pasadena

South Pasadena resident and illustrator, graphic designer, and artist Kate Douvan has just released a “souvenir tea towel” that celebrates her town. She was kind enough to answer a few questions… HP: You say the small town charm of South Pas is part of the reason you were drawn here. Drawn from where? KD: My [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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