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Mediterranean Layer Dip

Mediterranean Layer Dip

Sometimes the tastiest eats are more “assembled” than cooked. Fifteen minutes to put together; gorgeous presentation; a creative twist on the layered dip idea…and absolutely scrumptious. Ingredients: 16 ounces hummus, approximately ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese, approximately 2 cucumbers, diced 2 red bell pepper, diced A few tomatoes, diced Kalamata olives, diced Directions: Spread hummus […]

Pumpkin Fest 2013 at Kidspace

Pumpkin Fest 2013 at Kidspace

Yes, there will be the petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games, craft making, face painting, and bounce houses. And the parents will be happy there are books for sale and costumes to purchase (jumping the Halloween rush), and “tasty treats.” But the real draw is the pumpkin patch. Kidspace’s 19th Annual Pumpkin Festival kicks off […]

Craftsman Weekend 2013

Craftsman Weekend 2013

Only a few weeks from now and it will be Craftsman Weekend 2013. From Friday, October 18th through Sunday the 20th, there will be an excursion to the California Club, an historic churches walking tour, an Arts & Crafts embroidery workshop, and a wood restoration workshop. An opening reception on Friday night will be held at […]

Sam Francis: Inside the Story

Sam Francis: Inside the Story

Abstract expressionism. Monochromatic abstractions. Richly-colored murals. Lots of white space. The “Blue Balls” series. Minimal color and strong lines. “Fresh Air” pictures. Etchings, lithographs, and monotypes. Native Californian and artist Sam Francis was a busy man. From the early 50s until his death in 1994, Francis explored his creativity—his influences fluid, paralleling his life experiences, […]

Ann Erdman’s Mystery History No. 22

Ann Erdman’s Mystery History No. 22

Where are we?   And what’s happening?   In this circa 1957 photo, actors take a break from their classes at the Pasadena Playhouse.     It all began when Gilmore Brown had a vision for a community theater in 1917. The Community Players offered performances in facilities throughout Pasadena. In 1924, the cornerstone was […]

Copa Vida

Copa Vida

Cup of life. Living like a cup? Fill you life’s cup up with coffee, tea, and something called a shakerato at Pasadena’s newest coffee and tea spot, Copa Vida. We ordered a latte for a whopping $4.50, though to be fair the cafe covers a lot of real estate that must cost a pretty penny […]

Drop Dead Gorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous

La Catrina cometh. Mictecacihuatl, the goddess, the “Lady of the Dead,” presides over us during Día de los Muertos. Many peoples worldwide honor loved ones who have died by building altars with their favorite foods and beverages, pictures of the beloved, as well as marigolds, candles, and memorabilia “to encourage visits by the souls, so the […]

Roaming Frogtown

Roaming Frogtown

Our cell phone read 7:42; we were pushing the “fashionably late” concept as the party had started around four. But then, this was not an invite-only party, this was the 8th annual Frogtown ArtWalk. The streets here—south of Route 2 and squished between the 5 Freeway and the L.A. River—are long and don’t provide a […]

Jack Black & Celebrity Charity Poker

Jack Black & Celebrity Charity Poker

Can you beat Jack Black? Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D are leading the charge and the Annual Celebrity Poker Texas Hold-Em Tournament to benefit RSN (Renal Support Network) on November 2nd. The Beat the Odds event will help people with kidney disease receive “nonmedical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease…developing their […]

Garden Talks & Field Trips

Garden Talks & Field Trips

It’s Thursday garden talks with Lili Singer at the Arboretum through October 31st. The series has already started but 5 remain and each class can be attended and paid for individually. Thursday, Oct. 3rd: Beneficial Insects: Good Bugs in the Garden with Lily Singer Productive gardens depend on a diverse array of tiny creatures to […]

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