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Gone Girl

Gone Girl

I had just set aside a novel that didn’t merit my time. (Okay, I threw it aside.) Then I picked up Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, a blockbuster novel of 2012, and from page one I knew I could relax into expert hands. Gone Girl is one of those un-put-downable books that keeps you reading with [...]

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

Twenty-four hours after surgery and it’s time now for me to clean and dress for the first time, in my home and on my own, the wound bequeathed to the back of my left ear. I stand before the bathroom mirror affixed to the medicine cabinet above the faux porcelain sink and stare. My bespectacled [...]

Tram Tour of Love & That’s Amore!

Tram Tour of Love & That’s Amore!

A tram will take those with a special someone on a guided tour of the most romantic spots in the Descanso Gardens. Then a glass of bubbly will be offered and a toast shall be had! For info on romantic tram tour, call 818.949.7980. The Patina Group will have two seatings for a Valentine’s Day [...]

Spirit & Stone

Spirit & Stone

Artist and designer Louise Wannier states, “I am fascinated by observing patterns, noticing how light interacts with both nature and our dynamic urban landscapes.…Lately I have become captivated by the presence of abstract patterns within both natural and manmade objects and structures, and noticing that some can be revisited whilst others are only present in [...]

Hearts by Vibiana at Zona Rosa

Hearts by Vibiana at Zona Rosa

Hearts, jazz bossa nova acoustic guitar, munchies, and “a lively bunch of amistades” (friends). So says artist Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin in regard to her art exhibit that has its opening reception Wednesday, February 12th at Zona Rosa Coffee in Pasadena. Valentine art, candy kisses, and Mexican coffee. Valentine-making for kids of all ages. “Buy art for [...]

B.J. Novak Offers One More Thing

B.J. Novak Offers One More Thing

“When 90210 was popular, I wanted to be an actor, because I thought—and, it turns out, correctly—people would treat me better.” This quote may be found in a Vanity Fair interview with doe-eyed, tight-lipped B.J. Novak who began acquiring name recognition playing the insufferable Ryan Howard on The Office (2005-2012). He’s gone on to play [...]

Cuisine de l’Amour

Cuisine de l’Amour

If Valentine’s Day means—to you—an ambrosial dining experience, then here are several options from which to choose: Vertical Wine Bistro is offering a cozy cheese plate for two with a pairing of Prosecco for $30. Their Valentine’s Day dinner menu includes a first course of shrimp bisque, fresh crab cakes, pappardelle pasta with scallops or [...]

The Dead Hour

The Dead Hour

Paddy Meehan is shite. Or rather, she feels like shite after she’s eaten a half a bag of lemon bonbons, which she’d bought for her mother to eat on their way to see The All Priests Holy Roadshow, and she feels like shite after she goes a round, tumbling with a polis in his very [...]

Hot Cocoa Valentines

Hot Cocoa Valentines

Create a special hot chocolate valentine for yourself or to give someone you love this Valentine’s Day at the Altadena Library. All supplies provided. This event is free and open to the public. Time:  3:30 p.m. Altadena Library, Bob Lucas Branch, 2659 Lincoln Ave., Altadena 91001. AltadenaLibrary.org. 626.798.8338. ~~~ Teens, age 11-17, are invited to make [...]

Strawberries in Sweet Vermouth

Strawberries in Sweet Vermouth

Are you planning a romantic dinner at home with your amore for Valentine’s Day? Look no further for the perfect dessert—a simple and sweet recipe from my Italian cookbook You Never Grow Old at the Dinner Table. The perfect color for the occasion—enticing red strawberries steal the show, yet don’t rob you of prep time [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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