Glimpses of S. Pas.


Synchronicity

Synchronicity

I opened an old notebook and a page fell out. It was something I copied down a long time ago, scribbled among other scribbles copied down a long time ago. It was a poem, written by someone named Pixie Foudre: Browsing the dim back cornerOf a musty antique shopOpened an old book of poetryAngels flew [...]

Trick of the Light

Trick of the Light

Add a little neon to a dark night and suddenly a perfectly ordinary parking garage becomes a potential film noir setting. Which reminds me of a great quote…. “I didn’t know they were doing film noir,” Marie Windsor once said. “I thought they were doing detective stories with low lighting.” Read the Full Story at [...]

History carved in … asphalt

History carved in … asphalt

When the Arroyo Parkway (now known as the 110 or Pasadena Freeway) opened in December of 1940, it was hailed as a marvel of modern motoring. While the Pennsylvania Turnpike staked the claim of first United States freeway (opening in October of 1940,) the Arroyo Parkway came in a close second. In fact, some historians [...]

Caption this photo… (#21)

Caption this photo… (#21)

Anyone? Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena

Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper

The old Fair Oaks/Mission Security Pacific Bank building (and future Comerica Bank building) continues to be drilled, sanded and chiseled. Yesterday I watched the construction team pry off stone to reveal what I assume is the original brick exterior. I’m kind of sad they took off the wonderful rosettes. I’ll research the history and find [...]

Memory Lane

Memory Lane

When I was in my early twenties I lived in Hollywood and briefly dated the lead guitarist for an arty, alternative band. While trying to find a record deal, these guys played little local venues with names like Club Lingerie and Gaslight. Their work sounded kind of like The Smiths, Echo and the Bunnymen or [...]

Italian Beauty

Italian Beauty

I often drive past this intriguing gate, slowing a bit to try and sneak a peek at the mystery villa beyond the garden maze, obscured by trees. A little sleuthing revealed that the Florentine palazzo-inspired home was built in 1916 as a winter residence for Dr. John S. Tanner of Chicago. How could he ever [...]

Penny for your Thoughts

Penny for your Thoughts

I leaned down to pick up a penny, and when I looked up I saw this interesting staircase. So tell me, what do you think we would find up there? Read the Full Story at Glimpses of South Pasadena

Excavation

Excavation

Take a look at what’s being uncovered at the corner of Mission and Fair Oaks. The old Security Pacific Bank building used to look like this. Those big, empty windows used to have these 1950s style louvers. Who could have guessed that beneath the midcentury aqua facade lurked this historic beauty? (I’m particularly fond of [...]

Space

Space

“We are lovers of the arts,” the SPACE Arts Center website proudly proclaims. “We believe art makes you happy. Art has the power to change lives. Art makes a community richer. Art is for everyone.” Here here! The center has a gallery, a fine art book collection, a variety of unique gifts as well as [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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Camelot and Vine

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