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D2 for Happy Hour

D2 for Happy Hour
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Rather than meet for our monthly late morning coffee, our small band of (mostly) women decide to do an early evening, gathering for Happy Hour at DusitD2 Constance Hotel Pasadena. Though the name is laborious and clunky, this historic site, formerly known as the Constance Hotel and built in 1926 by Perry Constance, has been […]

Mad Catfish Blues

Mad Catfish Blues

  “What do you scat when you scat?” asks Barbara Morrison during a performance at the Australian Music Institute. Someone in the audience answers, “Nonsense syllables.” Barbara: “Hey, I like you. Nonsense syllables. You try to get down into the intervals, you try to make sense of where the song is going—just by nonsense syllables.” […]

EklectoMania

EklectoMania

When Kate Carvellas began creating artwork seven years ago it was made entirely of borrowed images and objects. Through the years, she slowly began leaving her own marks on the work. Starting out with light pencil markings to more visible lines and shapes. As her confidence grew, she was utilizing borrowed images less and less […]

Art & Activism: Reshaping Tradition with Ai Weiwei

Art & Activism: Reshaping Tradition with Ai Weiwei

The familiar and the iconic. Chinese history and tradition versus our “Western consumer culture.” Blue-and-white ware versus the psychedelic. Vases and moon jars. Contemporary art and traditional aesthetics. “The character of the present.” “Quiet aesthetics.” Opening on September 11, the Pacific Asia Museum presents pre-modern ceramic works exhibited alongside the works by 7 East Asian […]

Mad for Modern

Mad for Modern

It’s been called “satorially splendid” and “slow-burning,” and “a morality tale.” For the season finale, Mad Men pulled in 4.6 million viewers. The series opens in 1960, the dawn of a new decade, yet with the remnants of the prior decade still front and center—beautiful suits wrapped around beautiful men, and women donned in hats […]

Pasadena Society, 1898: The Octocorasion Supports Cuba Libre

Pasadena Society, 1898: The Octocorasion Supports Cuba Libre

The young women were thrilled to see their newly formed club announced in the society section of the newspaper. Miss Leonora Muse cut the article out and pasted it center top on a fresh page in her scrapbook. The announcement read, “The Octocorasion is another club of recent organization. The membership includes eight young ladies, […]

The Buddha in the Attic

The Buddha in the Attic

If I were to write a novel about the experience of a large group of people, I might choose to identify one or two characters and examine their lives in depth. I think most authors would go this way. But in her novel, The Buddha in the Attic, Pen/Faulkner Award winner and National Book Award […]

Altadena Heritage’s Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop Series

Altadena Heritage’s Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop Series

For some of us, we’re visual learners. See it, immerse in it, do it, and our retention ability is through the roof. Altadena Heritage is taking its water-wise landscaping workshop on the road, or down the road—horticulturalist Debby Figoni is offering up her lawn for this hands-on 3-session workshop. She will lead the series and… […]

Scribblings 41: Welcome to the Langham!

Scribblings 41: Welcome to the Langham!

Once upon a time, troublesome pre-teens were sent off to the convent. In the summer of 1967, my parents sent me off to my grandparents. This is more than likely a move that my mother – perpetually lamenting my “weirdness” – regrets to this day. For starters, it was my grandparents who introduced me to […]

Simply Citrus & Avocado Salad

Simply Citrus & Avocado Salad

The following is hardly a recipe—it’s so easy to throw together. This would actually be more of a winter salad in California, since oranges are in season in January, so I’m cheating on the seasonal thing a bit here…But it’s certainly tasty on a warm summer evening. Ingredients: 2 medium navel oranges 2 large, ripe […]

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