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Sons of Anarchy with One Heart

Sons of Anarchy with One Heart

“When Sons of Anarchy finished filming Season 4, my wife and I went to Tanzania to visit our daughter who was working as Education Director of the school (One Heart Source). There we found our daughter happily living in a mud hut, teaching elementary school students, and fluently speaking Swahili. No electricity, no running water—but [...]

A Hollywood Star for Gale Anne Hurd

A Hollywood Star for Gale Anne Hurd

They’re classics: The Terminator, The Abyss, and Aliens. They’re documentaries: True Whispers and The Pirate Code. They’re suspenseful, adventurous, and patriotic: Armageddon. They’re silly: Tremors. They’re zombies (always a crowd pleaser): “The Walking Dead.” They’re sometimes green: The Hulk. “They” have all been produced by Pasadena local Gale Anne Hurd and this Wednesday, October 3rd, she will be receiving [...]

TV Commercial Acting Classes

TV Commercial Acting Classes

“Bored with retirement?” asks Dennis McCarthy (L.A. Daily News). “Got too much time on your hands? Go see Buddy Powell. There’s never a dull moment in his classroom.” Buddy Powell, who has performed in over a 100 commercials, is credentialed in adult education and has been teaching commercial acting for 10 years. Starting on Tuesday, [...]

Andrew McCarthy at Vroman’s

Andrew McCarthy at Vroman’s

Becoming famous amidst the 1980s and (it appears) a reluctant member of the “brat pack,” Andrew McCarthy seems to have spent the intervening years finding his way—in his acting career and his personal life—desiring to move forward via his own direction, and not as a consequence of the Hollywood creation-and-packaging machine. Oh, and he wanted [...]

New Owner for Hometown Pasadena

New Owner for Hometown Pasadena

For months now, you’ve been reading posts by Kat Ward and admiring her photographs. Now, I’m happy (and a little sad) to report that as of October 1, I’m handing the reins to Kat for good. Six years ago, I set up a simple site at hometown-pasadena.com to help promote the book my fledgling company [...]

Beltran’s Gumbo & Some Zydekats

Beltran’s Gumbo & Some Zydekats

Lisa Haley was singing up a storm, making her violin strings hum, and leading the crowd in cheers to support “the girls.” Those girls would be the foster teenagers who live in a cottage run by Rosemary Children’s Services. Chef Claud Beltran and his team were whipping up gumbo, doling out bowls full of cooked [...]

Mystery History

Mystery History

Where are we? And what’s happening? Editor’s Note: Ann Erdman, newly retired Public Information Officer for the City of Pasadena, has kindly agreed to regularly share with Hometown Pasadena readers her love of local history,…and clear up some of its many pictorial mysteries. In this 1940 photo, members of the Sorelle Club, a Pasadena City [...]

Tequila Fun

Tequila Fun

It was quickly apparent that a pre-event shower was overkill; sweat could soon be felt running down our backs and along our hairlines. It was only 6:30 and the patio outside El Portal was packed. People held plates, piling them high with treats from the generous buffet of appetitzers—tasty empanadas, meatballs, tacos, smoked salmon, churros, [...]

What If?

What If?

It’s time for Saturday High again. On September 29th, classes for high school students at Art Center College of Design begin, offering “dozens of classes to exercise that big, beautiful brain of yours.” Classes are offered in various disciplines: advertising and graphic design; digital media; entertainment design; fine art and illustration; photography and imaging/film; and [...]

Hey, Kids: Audition for the Glendale Pops

Hey, Kids: Audition for the Glendale Pops

Can you rock “Jingle Bells”? Melt hearts with your rendition of “Silent Night”? Make a skeptic believe again with “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”? Well, there is still a little time left to prep. The Glendale Pops Youth Chorus is holding auditions on Thursday, October 4th. If accepted, rehearsals will be held on five [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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