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Julia Child: A Salute

Julia Child: A Salute

“I always give my bird a generous butter massage before I put it in the oven. Why? Because I think the chicken likes it—and, more importantly, I like to give it.” Julia Child, born in Pasadena 101 years ago this August 15th, 2013, had a voice we’ll always hear—slightly grating—in our ears, though her laugh, [...]

Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut

Jasmine and Fire: A Bittersweet Year in Beirut

Salma Abdelnour spends a year in Beirut, the city she fled with her parents at age nine, contemplating the meaning of “home” as she ponders whether to resettle there. The book begins tilted much towards an Eat Pray Love style personal confessional but gradually gives way to a broader picture of Beirut, the Middle East [...]

Homelessness

Homelessness

Homelessness looks like how I’m feeling about me. Sometimes homelessness looks like I’ve got it all together and know how to present the Diva in me to the world. Yes, a homeless woman can be a diva on a good day. Then, homelessness can feel and look like “Chicken Little” as in the tale of [...]

Traditional Spanish Gazpacho

Traditional Spanish Gazpacho

Have some extra tomatoes in your garden that you’d rather have on your table? Look no further than Jennie Cook’s traditional Spanish gazpacho, a summer classic perfect for a California August. This recipe is excerpted from a chapter of Who Wants Seconds? on Spanish cooking, which Jennie fell in love with during her travels in [...]

Endangered Cultures

Endangered Cultures

I started by making one shirt for my son. He came home and told me that his buddies working at Val Surf asked about it. I didn’t pay attention at first. Then I was making them for him, and his friends were ordering. One friend said he wore a shirt to a party and folks [...]

Fannie’s House: SGV Humane Society

Fannie’s House: SGV Humane Society

Why do us shelter dogs get such a bad rap?  It wasn’t my fault I didn’t have a home…I wasn’t a bad or destructive dog. If people haven’t noticed, times are tough out there. Our owners have to give us up when they can’t afford us anymore; they have to move away and can’t take [...]

Who Wants Seconds? Coming This Fall

Who Wants Seconds? Coming This Fall

It’s amazing how many “things”—jobs, career paths, specialist abilities—that some individuals can list on their resume. Those of us with less to flourish should not bow our heads, but partake of the bounties of others! Jennie Cook is one such incredibly learned woman. She is chef and owner of Jennie Cook’s Catering and Plant-Based Parties. [...]

Upstairs Downstairs at the Gamble House

Upstairs Downstairs at the Gamble House

With the Gamble House being only two stories, this doesn’t feel like a traditional upstairs/downstairs situation. The servants weren’t tucked away, never to be thought of or considered. Yes, most often Mary Gamble only used first names in her diary, so historians aren’t able to place all those in their service, but some were regarded [...]

Free Summer Movies

Free Summer Movies

Gru, the girls, and the minions are onscreen—free— in the original Despicable Me at the Paseo Colorado on Wednesday, with complimentary popcorn and Coldstone offering root beer floats. Seating is first come first serve and the screening starts at 8 p.m. If you present a same-day receipt from a restaurant located in the Paseo, you [...]

Val Kilmer as Citizen Twain & Vanessa as Zora

Val Kilmer as Citizen Twain & Vanessa as Zora

From Iceman, Batman, Jim Morrison, and Doc Holliday to Citizen Twain. For four performances only, Val Kilmer will portray “the greatest American humorist of his age” and “the father of American literature” at the Pasadena Playhouse. Each performance will end with a live post-show Q&A with Kilmer, though for an extra 25 bucks, you can [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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