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The Courage to Write Workshop: Free!

The Courage to Write Workshop: Free!

Find your voice. Walk (write) through various modes of writing. Work, share, listen, learn, and play. Solicit your hutzpah and enroll in a hands-on workshop with author Esther Bradley-DeTally. Beginning Friday, September 20th, Esther will lead a free six-week writing workshop at La Pintoresca Branch Library. One of her groups just came out with an [...]

Sangria!

Sangria!

Ingredients: 1 bottle red wine 2 cups orange juice 1 can club soda Sliced seasonal fresh fruit 1-2 shots rum (or brandy or triple sec) 2 tablespoons sugar Directions: Place fruit (I used a plum and a white nectarine), rum, and sugar together in refrigerator for an hour or more. Chill all other ingredients. When [...]

Smokey Joe’s at the Playhouse

Smokey Joe’s at the Playhouse

When we read, see, or hear “Hound Dog,” many of us think, Elvis Presley. This song by composer Mike Stoller and lyricist Jerry Leiber was originally a hit in 1953 for blues singer Big Mama Thornton. Three years later, Elvis would bump and grind and the song would forever be linked in people’s minds to [...]

Free Water Wise Landscaping Workshops

Free Water Wise Landscaping Workshops

Fed up with that itchy, rough Bermuda grass that you have to mow every weekend? Considering replacing it with a drought tolerant lawn? The City of South Pasadena is offering free water wise landscaping workshops starting September 7th. “Preparation and Design” will teach you how to remove grass and give your yard a makeover with [...]

Farmer Days at Kidspace & Make Your Mark

Farmer Days at Kidspace & Make Your Mark

It’s harvest season and Kidspace is lookin’ for li’l farmers. “Plants games” will be going on in the Nature Exchange, as well as butter making, nature art creating, barnyard boogieing, and spinning wool. For anyone who gets the yen, they can play the gutbucket and washtub bass or else head to the petting zoo, open [...]

Mrs. Fenyes and the Movies (Part 3 of 4): Warner’s Egyptian Theater

Mrs. Fenyes and the Movies (Part 3 of 4): Warner’s Egyptian Theater

By Sheryl Peters, Pasadena Museum of History docent, researcher, and educator. Warner’s Egyptian Theater opened in Pasadena, California on May 6, 1925 as a combination vaudeville, legitimate theater, and movie house.  It offered the latest feature films, newsreels and comedies, plus first rate vaudeville acts between the pictures.  Newspaper articles promoting a gala opening emphasized [...]

Fiore: A Jolly Good Choice for Lunch

Fiore: A Jolly Good Choice for Lunch

My daughter raved, so when friends came into town from Palm Springs and we were going to catch up over a Saturday lunch, we walked a few blocks to Fiore Market Café. My girl didn’t even have to look at the menu, ordering her new favorite: the roast chicken on homemade bread with basil, walnut [...]

A Musical Legacy

A Musical Legacy

The names of the time were there: Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, James Baldwin, even Charles Heston. And the musicians: Josephine Baker; Lena Horne; 22-year-old Bob Dylan; Joan Baez; Peter, Paul & Mary. August 28th, 1963. The March on Washington. “I have a dream today!” roared Martin Luther King, Junior. To commemorate [...]

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Written as a glossed self-help book, this hilarious and hard-hearted book by Moshin Hamid is both cynical and hopeful; it’s a love story and a cautionary tale, told by a master writer/observer. We follow the ascent of a smart, hard-working boy, who rises from his origins in a dusty village of an unnamed Asian country [...]

Dancing the Tunes

Dancing the Tunes

I am a woman of rich inner means, of hips which widen, and of feet which grown clumpier as the years go by. The word “dance” doesn’t call to me as it did in my younger years. At twelve, my twin Liz climbed out of a tree, swung into the back door of our twelve-room [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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