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Symphony Pastoral

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Beethoven is known to have been a nature lover, taking frequent walks in the country, and even leaving Vienna altogether to work in rural areas. Themes of spiritual renewal, pastoral landscapes, dramatic storms and startling beauty pull you into Beethoven’s sonic painting of the great outdoors. Conductor Nicholas McGegan of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops […]

Cherry Blossom Walk, Talk, Buy

Cherry Blossom Walk, Talk, Buy

Despite temperatures in the high 80s and even low 90s, we know it’s officially spring because it’s time for the Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens. Walks, talks, music, origami, food, and the sale of cherry trees will take place all weekend, March 21st-22nd. 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday-Sunday, March 21st-22nd Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso […]

The North Stars

The North Stars

One of the missions of the YWCA Pasadena Foothill Valley is to showcase local artists’ work “that involves themes of inequality, feminism, and the fight for civil rights.” Everyone is welcome to the opening reception of “The North Stars: Canonizing the American Abolitionists” with new work by Hope Demetriades on March 21st. The works focus […]

Simply Speaking

Simply Speaking

Jane Olson “has devoted her life to international justice and humanitarian work.” Olson will be the featured speaker at the Junior League of Pasadena‘s second annual speaker luncheon on April 11th. She chairs the International Board of Human Rights Watch and chairs the board of Landmine Survivors Network. This event will honor Pasadena Mayor Bill […]

Debussy at the Villa

Debussy at the Villa

“When you don’t have any money to go on holiday, you must make do by using your imagination,” wrote Achille-Claude Debussy (1862-1918) who was considered the founder of musical impressionism.¹ Debussy: “I love music passionately. And because I love it, I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it.”² By the age of […]

Bringing Art to the Streets…at the Crosswalk

Bringing Art to the Streets…at the Crosswalk

Hataya Tubtim’s “influences & favorites” include surrealism, animation, L.A. murals, and Thai paintings and traditional motifs.¹ Currently, Tubtim is a faculty member at Art Center College of Design; she was commissioned to participate in Pasadena District’s crosswalk art program. The program began in 2011 with crosswalk installations titled Moonwalk designed by local artist and designer […]

Roasted Chickpea and Hearts of Palm Salad

Roasted Chickpea and Hearts of Palm Salad

This is a healthy salad that I love and has found its way onto my tapas menu for tonight. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! It’s simple and lasts for a while in the fridge- great dish to have lying around for a healthy but hearty lunch. Fridge: 1 red pepper, […]

Barbed Needles and Fluffy Wool

Barbed Needles and Fluffy Wool

When the phrase “barbed needles” is bandied about, we cringe then retreat into a defensive stance. “Barbed” flashes us back to Steve McQueen caught in barbed wire after being tossed from his motorcycle while Nazis advance in the 1963 classic The Great Escape. But in this instance, barbed is a good thing. Barbed needles are […]

Paul Revere Home Tour in La Cañada

Paul Revere Home Tour in La Cañada

In 1963, Williams wrote an essay for Ebony magazine titled “If I Were Young Today”; in it he recounted the reaction of a Polytechnic High School guidance counselor upon discovering his career goal. “He stared at me with as much astonishment as he would have had I proposed a rocket flight to Mars,” Williams wrote. […]

Ancestors Dance

Ancestors Dance

  Eagle migrated to the lands of the Ice Tribe. Diffused patches of light sparkled on his wings. Among the greenish glow of the northern lights Native ancestors danced in the next life. Sealskin boots stomped and turned on a floor lit by stars. Eagle thanked the sky for this gift of colors. Asked the […]

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