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A Noise Revolution

A Noise Revolution

1. “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” 2. “Revolution can be ribald.” 3. “Love is a battlefield.” 4. “Beggars and bankers, desserts not all just.” 5. “Great men do most good when they do us no harm.” 6. “When friends are foes, all bets are off.”   Connect the statements, above, with [...]

Daikokuya: Visiting Little Tokyo

Daikokuya: Visiting Little Tokyo

I brush past a bespectacled hipster whose flannel and denim belies the intense heat of Little Tokyo. He is part of a growing and varied crowd outside of Daikokuya, trying to dodge sunlight underneath verandas and entrances. I put my name down on an enormous list and realize I’m about to join that crowd. The [...]

Cycling to End the Cycle

Cycling to End the Cycle

Pasadena is our home. The place we raise our children, work, learn, and play. It seems idyllic, too good to be true. And so, like everywhere, it is. No place is a perfect place. No place utopia. The real world is inhabited by real people with real issues who lash out and hurt and abuse [...]

“Cheer on the Boys in Blue” Hathaway-Sycamores Fundraiser

“Cheer on the Boys in Blue” Hathaway-Sycamores Fundraiser

We once had the opportunity to work on a Bud Light commercial in Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Three days of night shoots. As the craftservice person for the main talent, we were rather over-the-moon because he primary talent was none other than Joe Namath. We admit to a bit of “fangirling,” but remained professional [...]

Energy Efficiency for Historic Homes

Energy Efficiency for Historic Homes

We love our little bungalow. Built in 1926, we revel in the hand-wrought iron work, the hand-crafted joinery, the built-in fireplace flanked by inglenooks, the hipped covered porch, and the “elaborated” rafter ends. But after all these years of loving, a piece of us is also sapped, longing to tap out. Uncle, uncle. How is [...]

Trash Can Nights (Excerpt)

Trash Can Nights (Excerpt)

1 • Dorothy Wu Monday, September 3 Today was a day for the scribes to record and the blind bards to sing about. For today I went on a glorious adventure with my perfect prince. We overcame hordes of vile villains, gathered crucial supplies for our greater mission, and strengthened our bond as destiny mates. [...]

Trash Can Days & Nights: A Chat with Teddy Steinkellner

Trash Can Days & Nights: A Chat with Teddy Steinkellner

I was raised in Santa Barbara, CA, where, in seventh grade, I was dumped into my first trash can. So begins the biography of Teddy Steinkellner. Teddy persevered and survived the next five years of middle and high school, after which he attended Stanford University, majoring in English and American Studies…and writing his first novel Trash [...]

The Secret Fork

The Secret Fork

Are you a local chef, a producer of artisanal foods or a creator of craft? Or, are you someone who likes to sample and purchase foods and handmade goods? The Secret Fork is a community organization with the aim of bringing together artisans—who make jams, breads, sweets, prepared foods and food-related pottery like mugs and bowls—to [...]

Chicano Sublime: A Q&A with Val Echavarria

Chicano Sublime: A Q&A with Val Echavarria

“Notes from the Chicano Sublime” is an exhibition of abstract work that brings into focus ideas that border on otherworldly themes associated with the cosmic, biological and spiritual worlds, writes curator and contributing artist Linda Arreola. This is where the beauty of the sublime is found…not in what we recognize but rather in what we have [...]

Cain

Cain

After giving the Pulitzer Prize committee a piece of my mind for The Goldfinch, I can only heap kudos on the Nobel people awarded the intoxicating, maddening, brilliant Jose Saramago the Prize for Literature in 1998. Saramago’s last book was Cain, a dark yet whimsical take on the human relationship with God that is literate, ironic, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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