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The Whipping Man

The Whipping Man
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On April 13, 1865, the war is over and Caleb DeLeon returns home to Richmond, Virginia to find the family mansion in ruins. Surprisingly, it is being guarded by the family’s elderly house slave Simon. These two men are later joined be another family slave, young John. Officially, there are no such things as “master” […]

Embracing Black History

Embracing Black History

We begin a month of celebrating Black and African-American history. Of course, 28 days is hardly enough to learn and understand the breadth, depth, and nuance of the African experience since 19 Africans arrived in Virginia in 1619, but it’s a start. The observance—celebrating Black history and increasing the knowledge of Black history—began in 1926 […]

Lyd & Mo Photography

Lyd & Mo Photography

Twenty-seven North Mentor Avenue in Pasadena used to house a high-end guitar shop. What caught Lydia and Mo’s eyes was a wedding dress on display in the large picture window of Connie Tao Designs. What sealed the deal was the empty space next door. They’d found the perfect spot for Lyd & Mo Photography. When […]

Pasadena Int’l Film Festival: Year 2

Pasadena Int’l Film Festival: Year 2

Executive Director/Founder Jessica Hardin and Creative Director/Co-Founder Marco Neves are looking to fill a void. We would add, not just to fill a void but to provide a full-service, varied, distinctive experience. The Pasadena International Film Festival is not just a series of short and feature films reflecting various genres, stories, and skills, but taps […]

Mystery History Comes to PMH: A Chat with Ann Erdman

Mystery History Comes to PMH: A Chat with Ann Erdman

January 30th marks the opening of “Mystery History,” a new exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History. The creator or Mystery History, Ann Erdman, was kind enough to answer some questions…   HP: What drew you to these historical photos? Are you a historian, did you study history, are you interested in your own family […]

Rosie Bowl

Rosie Bowl

If men running and cutting, slamming and tackling are not your thing, then rather than labor through Super Bowl XLIX, maybe Rosie Bowl II will be to your liking. The Pawtriots and Sea Dogs, shelter dogs at the Pasadena Humane Society, have been committed and training hard. They will take to the “gridiron” looking for […]

The Stargazey

The Stargazey

I was looking for comfort. Easy but smart entertainment. So I turned to what I know. I returned to Martha Grimes. I was taking a walk and stopped at one of the several Little Free Libraries in the neighborhood and came upon Grimes’ The Stargazey, the fifteenth Richard Jury novel. Now, I’ve read 22 of […]

Scribblings: Week 14

Scribblings: Week 14

The best gifts are perhaps the unexpected ones…and, this week, I received three. Isn’t it interesting how three gifts arrived? No doubt you have heard the expression, “good things come in threes.” And, of course, bad things tend to take a cue from the musketeers as well. But here is something you may not have […]

Urban Forest Survey

Urban Forest Survey

For 24 years, the Arbor Day Foundation has designated Pasadena as a “Tree City USA.” Within the City limits, 63,500 trees are growing and under the care of the Pasadena Department of Public Works. Responsibilities include planting, small tree care, pruning, and, when necessary, removing public trees. Plantings and re-plantings include species such as Chinese […]

Inside the Story & Pierre Huyghe: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

Inside the Story & Pierre Huyghe: Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

For the Frieze Art Fair in 2011, Pierre Huyghe created and installed “Recollection.” Pierre brought in an aquarium, installed some purpley-pink coral rocks, a live hermit crab, and a copy of a Brancusi scuplture. Supposedly, hermit crabs are known for taking discarded shells and adopting them, and Pierre’s crab took up residence in the Brancusi […]

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