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Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon

Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon

A taut thriller set in Istanbul just after WWII, Istanbul Passage features a compelling compact narrative, an intriguing multinational and fully drawn cast of characters, and moody musings on morality and patriotism. The clipped dialogue, à la Robert MItchum, may be a deal breaker for some, but it’s worth sticking with as the action becomes [...]

Fountain Avenue

Fountain Avenue

                Andalusia smells like saffron, stones, rosemary, and dirt. The gypsies reckon the devil lives in me and move to the other side of the square when I walk past. They make their living telling palm-carved fortunes. One binds your wrists, smiles square in your eyes, tell you [...]

Simply Delicious Summer Fruit Crisp

Simply Delicious Summer Fruit Crisp

Ingredients: 3 cups chopped stone fruit—a variety of peaches, plums, nectarines, etc. ¼ cup flour A few healthy shakes of cinnamon 1 cup raw oats ¼ cup packed brown sugar A few pads of butter Directions: Mix fruit with flour. Spread out in baking pan. Sprinkle oats, then cinnamon, then brown sugar over top. Put [...]

Hen’s Teeth & the Sidewalk Cafe

Hen’s Teeth & the Sidewalk Cafe

They started with a coffee cart and small business events. Kip had experience in the food and beverage industry. Bernard was a bartender. The third in the group, Ayo, was a photographer. But there weren’t a lot of coffeehouses in the area, so they opened Sidewalk Cafe at Woodbury and Los Robles, “where Pasadena and [...]

Mystery History No. 18

Mystery History No. 18

What’s happening here? With apologies for the morbidity, in the photo to the right, City of Pasadena public safety personnel look over the rubble left behind after a grandstand collapsed during the Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 1926. Eight spectators died. It was a terrible tragedy that, thanks to resulting regulations for careful construction and inspection [...]

Fear Factor & Spaghetti Structures

Fear Factor & Spaghetti Structures

Ever wondered what your child could construct from something as simple as marshmallows and pasta? La Pintoresca Branch Library invites kids to come create spaghetti structures, test them for earthquake resistance, and judge them based on creativity. To sign up children, call 626.744.7268. Spaghetti Structures, Tuesday, July 30th, 3:30 p.m., La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. [...]

Art & Coffee “On The Menu” at Europane

Art & Coffee “On The Menu” at Europane

Avi Roth has trademarked the word “coffeegraph,” which is described as “the process of applying coffee grinds and coffee by-products as organic pigment without a binder to solid and porous surfaces by way of staining, layering, and water burning.” Coffeegraph® and other mediums of art are on exhibit at the original Euro Pane just east [...]

Summer’s Edge at Louis Jane Studio

Summer’s Edge at Louis Jane Studio

The exhibit named “Summer’s Edge” at Louis Jane Studio in Old Pasadena features “the personal relationships of five artists to the natural world. The twenty works in ‘Summer’s Edge’ explore inner connections to the natural realm in a wide array of styles and voices.” Exhibitor Janet Bothne states that color is her “natural anti-depressant.” I see color [...]

Farmers Market Opens in Old Pasadena

Farmers Market Opens in Old Pasadena

Organic fruit and locally grown vegetables. Orchids in a pot and cut flowers and bouquets. Artisanal jams and chutneys. Fresh baked goods and homemade tamales. Gourmet olive oils and spreads. All of this and more will be found at Old Pasadena’s first Farmers Market at Holly Street and Fair Oaks Avenue. Another Farmers Market? Well, [...]

Clean Out Your Art Supplies for Room 13

Clean Out Your Art Supplies for Room 13

Hopefully, you read our post a couple of weeks ago about art supplies needed for the new Room 13 for students at San Rafael Elementary School. Saturday, August 3rd is the last and Grand Receiving Day for donations and will also entail continuing clean-up. Clean out those closets, boxes, shelves, and bins. Help nurture the [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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