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Sublime Schubert!

Sublime Schubert!

Upcoming concert of the week: Saturday, March 1st, 7:30 p.m. “The brilliant, young Armenian mezzo soprano, Garineh Avakian, sings music of Schumann and Poulenc, accompanied by the sensitive pianism of Vika Simonian.” Cost:  $20. Franz Schubert was born on January 31st, 1797. Because of this, Pasadena Schubertiade schedules their concerts in the months immediately following. On […]

Is the Rialto Finally Getting Its Makeover?

Is the Rialto Finally Getting Its Makeover?

We were stopping along Fair Oaks Avenue near Oxley Street in South Pasadena to get some duplicate keys made. Despite seeing the plastic clock sign that hung inside the door with the hands turned to fifteen minutes into the future, our mind didn’t actually register this straightforward message until we clicked on the door handle […]

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 […]

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