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Lady of Leisure

Lady of Leisure

As many people may know, Ann Erdman is now the former Public Information Officer for the City of Pasadena. Today she is happily retired. A lady of leisure. Her fine character and her 25 years of service have been celebrated right and left, here and there, for the past 12 months. Just yesterday, Ann was [...]

Mystery History No. 15

Mystery History No. 15

Where are we? And what’s happening? In this 1986 photo, children climb the Ant Wall at the original location of Kidspace Children’s Museum inside the McKinley School gymnasium where they were located for 20 years. In a move that was somewhat controversial at the time, Kidspace relocated in 2004 to the former Fannie E. Morrison Horticultural Center, which they spent five years [...]

Altadena Heritage Celebrates Local Gardens

Altadena Heritage Celebrates Local Gardens

Altadena Heritage is celebrating local gardens at their annual Spring Garden Celebration and Golden Poppy Awards on Sunday, June 9th. Altadena Heritage members nominate local gardens that are striking and remarkable, either by enhancing the neighborhood with their beauty or their adherence to being water-wise—or, both! Four to eight awards are presented in any given [...]

Scottish Pipes & Drums at Kidspace

Scottish Pipes & Drums at Kidspace

Free family night on Tuesday, June 4th at Kidspace with the award-winning Pasadena Scottish Pipes & Drums. Learn the history of this Scottish tradition, watch a feature performance, and march in a parade through the central courtyard (6 p.m.). June will also bring a Father’s Day event where classic games and new games from around [...]

Summer Nights, L.A. Opera, & CA Phil

Summer Nights, L.A. Opera, & CA Phil

We’ve got music coming out our ears. This past weekend Pasadena was swarming with pedestrians hunting for the 150 free concerts that made up Make Music Pasadena. We could hear the music and fans during the silences as we sat in the intimate surroundings of the First United Methodist Church on Colorado Boulevard enjoying an [...]

Dishcrawl Old Pasadena

Dishcrawl Old Pasadena

The Beatles didn’t provide a soundtrack but the inaugural Dishcrawl Pasadena in May was a magical mystery food tour just the same. Nitar Lohaphaisan, the vivacious Dishcrawl Pasadena Ambassador, designed the “Old Town, New Flavors” tour to introduce the twenty-three participants to four of Old Town Pasadena’s off-the-beaten path restaurants.  Foodies purchased the $45 Dishcrawl [...]

Visiting The Gooden School

Visiting The Gooden School

It could be the neighbor’s house next door. How lovely. How charming and inviting. Then we notice that the grounds hold several “houses” and a few buildings, and even spill across the street tucked between a church and the pastor’s home. At this point, we realize we have arrived. This is The Gooden School. We [...]

Michael Feinstein Leads the Pasadena Pops

Michael Feinstein Leads the Pasadena Pops

To be named successor to the late Marvin Hamlisch of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops seems to have come as a surprise to “singer, pianist, and renowned interpreter of the American Songbook” Michael Feinstein. He also sees it as an honor. His inaugural season begins this Saturday, June 1st. This “musical grab bag” of an [...]

Death at the Voyager Hotel: a Novella

Death at the Voyager Hotel: a Novella

by Kwei Quartey Prologue In equatorial Africa, day breaks around 5:30 a.m. no matter the time of year. Morning preparations at the Voyager Hotel in Accra, Ghana follow a similar timetable. The breakfast buffet is laid out, the day staff arrives to take over from the graveyard shift, the janitor sweeps the lobby, and tour buses and hired [...]

Being Julia! Mezzo-Soprano Julia Metzler

Being Julia! Mezzo-Soprano Julia Metzler

  Pasadena Pro Musica celebrates the return of the prodigiously talented mezzo-soprano Julia Metzler to Southern California by featuring her in Benjamin Britten’s Cabaret Songs and Henry Purcell’s Orpheus Britannicus. The program will include the chorus performing Britten’s Lift Boy, I Lov’d a Lass, Choral Dances from Gloriana, Rejoice in the Lamb, and Hymn to St. Cecilia. Accompanists will [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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