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Saturday at the Bowl

Saturday at the Bowl

Thanks to our friends Gillian and Rick Gough, we sat in a box at the Tchaikovsky whatnot at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night — the annual T-athon that climaxes with the real fireworks at the end of the “1812 Overture.” The company was great, the food and drink really good and I never fell asleep [...]

And more flowers

And more flowers

Last weekend Phoebe and I drove up to the Lake Tahoe area the back way: 395 up past Bridgeport and into Nevada, then a left at Carson City: to attend her niece Mariana’s wedding. Mariana was a flower girl in our own wedding 25 years ago this month, so it was pretty sweet symmetry. We [...]

Marka’s plumerias

Marka’s plumerias

We spread the ashes of my mother, Marka Ann Oliver Wilson Hibbs, last week off this point at Ha’ena, right around the corner from the northernmost part of Kauai and thus of all the Hawaiian Islands. She had a place there for 20 years, and it was her favorite on Earth. After paddling out on [...]

Mannequins at the museum

Mannequins at the museum

These dresses by Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer are on view at the California Design Biennial at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. It’s a color shot — everything is just so black and white. Read the Full Story at Larry Wilson’s Public Eye

The Old Mill and the Langham

The Old Mill and the Langham

A reader was worried and so was I about the current state and the future of the California plein-aire-style paintings on panels by Frank Moore, painted in 1922 and then left out in … the plain air, though under the covered Picture Bridge at the Huntington Hotel — all this after I wrote about coming [...]

Horse latitudes

Horse latitudes

When my daughter and I went Jeeping very early last Sunday morning in the Palo Duro Canyon outside of Amarillo, Texas, this horse came over to greet us. We had neither apple nor carrot so we weren’t very interesting. But it became all too interesting once we stopped to pat its nose seeing as it [...]

Wild, wild, wild newts

Wild, wild, wild newts

Regarding this photo by Mario Miralles taken in Millard Canyon above Altadena, local wildlife biologist Lori Paul gave the play by play Wednesday as their breeding grounds were endangered by a shutoff of canyon water by the Lincoln Avenue Water Company: California newts in “amplexus,” a newt “orgy” in which mating and egg laying occurs. [...]

I (heart) LA

I (heart) LA

Downtown Los Angeles is finally beginning to look and feel urban in that way that the world’s big cities do: People living and working and eating and shopping in tallish, Gotham City-like, handsome buildings. But outside the hot Cal-French restaurant Church & State on Industrial Street last night, I saw this indication posted on a [...]

Uncle Johnny at 93

Uncle Johnny at 93

That’s my great-uncle Johnny O’Brien on his 93rd birthday Saturday at a family cabin in Palo Duro Canyon outside of Amarillo, Texas — with his great-grandaughter Exie Manahan and the chocolate cake. Johnny is the patriarch of our large O’Brien clan. Some 60 or so relatives gathered Thursday (beef), Friday (gumbo) and Saturday (more beef) [...]

Altadena nostalgia

Altadena nostalgia

Gazing at this fragment of a map of the intersection of Lake and Loma Alta and the Angeles National Forest above was an excercise in nostalgia for me for several reasons, including: That obscured reference to Camp Chiquita on the left middle — it was the old Camp Fire Girls overnight hangout on Fair Oaks [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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