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Matt Hormann’s “The Darkest Night” at Women’s City Club

Matt Hormann’s “The Darkest Night” at Women’s City Club

On May 6, local historian and journalist Matt Hormann presents his lecture “The Darkest Night: The Destruction and Rebirth of Pasadena’s Chinatown.” Didn’t know that Pasadena even had a Chinatown? You’ve probably walked it several times or at least seen the entryway, easily recognizable by the throwback burger joint on the corner. Of course, Jake’s has now […]

Castle Green, Historic Architecture on Mother’s Day

Castle Green, Historic Architecture on Mother’s Day

Need a Mother’s Day idea? Take mom on an architectural self-tour at historic Castle Green for Mother’s Day. On May 14, guests to Castle Green can tour one of Pasadena’s most iconic locations: the Moorish and Turkish Rooms, as well as the Grand Salon. Perhaps sip a lemonade on the veranda and check out the progress […]

Survivors of Kent State

Survivors of Kent State

“Here I am again, dodging bullets.” So said Randy Gardner to The Arizona Republic. The first time, before “again,” the date was May 4, 1970 and twenty-eight Ohio National Guardsmen “fired approximately 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four (Kent State University) students and wounding nine others.” The protest that day was […]

California Art Club & Merrell Gage

California Art Club & Merrell Gage

The California Art Club, headquartered in Pasadena, has nine chapter locations up and down the state. In 1909, the Painters’ Club of Los Angeles formally ended, yet some members believed that a need existed still for “artists living in Southern California to meet and share their ideas, and to exhibit together.” In this version of the club […]

The Art in the Street… and of Getting There

The Art in the Street… and of Getting There

Two new exhibitions at Pasadena Museum of History take a look at art from different perspectives. Art in the Street: 25 Years of the Pasadena Chalk Festival celebrates the silver anniversary of one of the area’s most popular art attractions. The Art of Getting There: Railroad Inspired Artistry explores how railroads, the apex of the […]

Tropico: the Glendale Train Station

Tropico: the Glendale Train Station

Great American Train Stations tells us that the Southern Pacific Railroad built the Spanish Colonial Revival Glendale train station in 1924. The smashing WaterAndPower.org (with its extensive historical photographs and history) states that the architects were Maurice Couchot and Kenneth MacDonald, Jr., and the station was built in 1923, replacing “an older one that dated as […]

Cast & Fired: Pasadena’s Mid-Century Ceramics Industry

Cast & Fired: Pasadena’s Mid-Century Ceramics Industry

Southern California, with its rich clay deposits, emerged as a world leader in pottery and ceramics production for household use in the mid-twentieth century. “Cast & Fired: Pasadena’s Mid-Century Ceramics Industry” explores this boom, which was ushered in by Ernest Batchelder’s luminously-glazed Asian-inspired forms. This exhibit examines, for the first time, Pasadena’s contributions to this […]

BHM Feb. 13 – Mar. 19

BHM Feb. 13 – Mar. 19

Details below thanks to the City of Pasadena… February 1-28: “Black History Month Displays” —38th Annual Pasadena Martin Luther King Community Coalition’s Art Contest Winners featuring artwork of students grade 4 through 12. Central Library/Centennial Room, 285 E. Walnut Street. —A historical view of African-American families as seen through African-American literature and the Civil Rights Movement. […]

Black History Month 2017

Black History Month 2017

Thank you to the City of Pasadena for this comprehensive rundown of Black History Month events: Celebrate Black History 2017 in Pasadena by attending the parade and other special events, lectures and activities beginning Saturday, February 4, through Sunday, March 19, 2017. the City and volunteer Black History Parade & Festival Planning Committee present a […]

History Lit Opens July 9th

History Lit Opens July 9th

Our gratitude to Unbound Productions for providing stills from the upcoming 2016 History Lit, which opens on July 9. As in the 2012 productions, the program includes adaptations of Katherine Mansfield’s The Garden Party and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s The Two Altars: Or Two Pictures in One. New this year is an adaptation of L. Frank  Baum’s The Girl Who […]

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