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Have you ever been to a party that goes a little bit past it’s expiration date? Over the 4th of July I had this experience and I knew it was time to head home when people started mixing whatever liquors were leftover on the counter to take shots. As someone who detests shots, this was […]

In Want of Water

In Want of Water

On January 17, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed a state of emergency and requested that all state residents voluntarily reduce their water use by 20%. (Gov.CA.gov) How’d you do? News outlets reported that we cut our water usage by a measly five percent. According to Jennifer Guess of Pasadena Water and Power, the city […]

TUGGER the Ship & Kevin Bertazzon

TUGGER the Ship & Kevin Bertazzon

About a year ago, I was asked if I might be willing to help build a spaceship. Since I spend my days looking at a screen and typing at a keyboard, I was a bit hesitant, especially as the weekends spent in the garage with my dad building a Bugatti (a VW kit car), which eventually […]

Swinging at the Ballroom

Swinging at the Ballroom

It’s a night for blue, but not for blues or a sombre mood. The Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association celebrates the Dog Days of Summer on August 9th with a “blue” themed night (as in color of clothing) with the sounds of Lost Dog Found from San Francisco. Stevie Mac and Chris Hudlow are friends from […]

Teddy Bear TLC

Teddy Bear TLC

Does Teddy have a foot that’s flopping, his seams pulling apart? Does Panda’s neck loll because of too many grab ‘n carries by little hands with a death, but loving, grip? Kidspace’s Imagination Workshop will lead children into “up-cycle” their favorite stuffed animal “using soft circuit technology, some simple sewing techniques, and a whole lot […]

Native Plants: The Big Picture

Native Plants: The Big Picture

Lisa Novick is ready to talk plants, going native, and California lovin’. Novick is the Director of Outreach and K-12 Education at the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley. Mr. Theodore Payne (b. 1872), in case you have not heard, hailed from Northamptonshire, England. At the age of 21, he sailed to America and his […]

Jr. League of Pasadena

Jr. League of Pasadena

Love volunteering? Training? Taking action? Helping women reach their potential? The Junior League of Pasadena holds an open house on August 9th where interested parties may meet current members, ask questions, learn about volunteer projects run in partnership with local nonprofits. Some projects “focus on girls’ health and wellness, art education in Pasadena schools, family […]

Major Barbara

Major Barbara

A bomb-maker, a classics professor, and a female evangelist walk into a bar… This is the tease for Explicit’s newest production Major Barbara written by George Bernard Shaw. Major Barbara is described as one of Shaw’s “discussion plays” (SparkNotes). Andrew Undershaft is a military industrialist, Adolphus Cusins is a Greek scholar, and Barbara is Undershaft’s daughter […]

Jacqueline Winspear Comments

Jacqueline Winspear Comments

One thing we love about writing and publishing Hometown Pasadena is that we read in order to write book reviews. Since reading is one of our favorite pastimes and a perfect vehicle for endless procrastination (which legitimately can be labeled “work”), we snapped up Jacqueline Winspear‘s new novel The Care and Management of Lies, headed straight to Vroman’s […]

Public Fruit Jam

Public Fruit Jam

Public Fruit Jams, Nocturnal Fruit Forages, and even Public Fruit Meditations are offshoots of an idea conceived in Los Angeles by David Burns, Matia Viegener, and Austin Young in 2004 and materialized  by David and Young in 2013. Fallen Fruit “began by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles.” This […]

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