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Love Our Authors

Love Our Authors

You will be met in the great hall by six local publishing groups, such as Prospect Park Books that has published Lian Dolan’s Elizabeth the First Wife, Naomi Hirahara’s Mas Arai mystery series, Christine Moore’s Little Flower:  Recipes from the Cafe, Jennie Cook’s recently released Who Wants Seconds? cookbook, and Diane Lang’s whimsical Vulture Verses. Why such a dizzying array of talented works [...]

Digital Bookmobile Coming to Pasadena

Digital Bookmobile Coming to Pasadena

Browse ebooks on business and finance like Blink by Malcolm Gladwell or Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman. A variety of non-fiction will be on hand, such as Heads in Beds and Barefoot in Paris; or Barbara Kingsolver’s biography Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and Russell Freedman’s Lincoln:  A Photobiography. Ebooks and audio books on the law, technology and computer primers, [...]

Annie Jacobsen’s Operation Paperclip

Annie Jacobsen’s Operation Paperclip

What does it say about a country or even a world that in the midst of defeating a great evil, the priority is not justice or morality, but preserving its brain trust? In August 1945, President Truman agreed to the execution of Operation Paperclip—recruiting German scientists so that America would benefit from their knowledge and [...]

Black History: RISE Arts Exhibit

Black History:  RISE Arts Exhibit

Over 40 artists submitted work that references the legacy of the Black Panther Party. Los Angeles is the first of 5 cities for this show concept, which also includes Oakland, New York, Chicago, and London. The Black Panther Party…these men and women, who were motivated by love for their communities, inspired people all over the [...]

Make & Believe Lemonade Stand

Make & Believe Lemonade Stand

Buy a glass of lemonade and help a child. This is the idea behind Courtney Collins’ Camp Make & Believe lemonade stand fundraising event. On March 2nd, kids will sell 4 different kinds of lemonade from 4 different stands—the colors of which represent the four different teams to which they belong:  teams purple, red, yellow, [...]

Dark Side of the ’70s: The Darth Vader Building

Dark Side of the ’70s: The Darth Vader Building

The Plaza Centre building at 150 E. Colorado Boulevard looks like “the future” as imagined by a 1970s dystopian sci-fi film. No wonder it’s been dubbed the “Darth Vader Building.” Conceived in 1975 and finished in 1979, it was the brainchild of the Pasadena Redevelopment Agency (PRA), Wolff-Sesnon Development Company, and actor Wayne Rogers, best known [...]

What a Wonderful World

What a Wonderful World

“What a Wonderful World” comes to Art Center for Kids when their classes start on February 23rd. For students ages 4-8, Art Center offers “classes in creativity, innovation, and visual literacy.” “Look Back in wonder…my 1st picture of Earth from the surface of Mars,” tweeted NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover last week. Accompanying that text was [...]

An Unusual Reunion

An Unusual Reunion

TV’s were rare back then—back in1952—so all the kids would come over to Howard’s house, jostling for space in front of the 8-inch screen. Howard, never Howie, also could boast about having the only pool on the block—but because both of his parents had to work, if no other parent could watch them, the kids [...]

Salsa Pizza

Salsa Pizza

It’s been a samba/salsa kinda week for me—both in the world of music (at a lively Latin jazz event at the Hollywood Bowl), and in the sweet and spicy notes of a perfect pizza recipe I conjured up in my kitchen! Salsa’s are used to compliment fish, chicken, tortilla chips—I’ve even seen a recipe to scoop [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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