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A view of City Hall

A view of City Hall

One of the best nighttime views of City Hall is from the rooftop terrace at the Pasadena Museum of California Art on Union. This was the other night when I slipped outside for some fresh air before the dinner for the poets who won Claremont Graduate University’s annual $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award for a mid-career [...]

Colbert in 2010

Colbert in 2010

Back from vacation, out of the loop and thown for a loop by this sign — blame it on gerrymandering. Since the conventional wisdom is that Adam Schiff, the Pasadena area’s Democratic congressman, couldn’t lose his seat unless he were convicted of a major felony — just as in days of old, Carlos Moorhead, the [...]

Lyla at 70

Lyla at 70

Last Sunday 100 or so of Lyla White’s nearest and dearest celebrated her birthday at a big backyard party at the home of Ann and Robert Hamilton. The former executive director of the Pasadena Playhouse has friends in high and low places, and they all came out to roast and toast. All Saints Rector Emeritus [...]

The Martinez mural at Scripps

The Martinez mural at Scripps

Scripps College commissioned Alfredo Ramos Martinez in 1946 to create a mural in its extraordinarily contemplative Margaret Fowler Garden called “The Flower Vendors,” his most ambitious project. Martinez, not as well known today as his contemporaries Orozco, Rivera and Siqueiros, was considered by some “The Father of the Mexican Muralists.” From the Scripps website: “He [...]

Trespassing collies on the Millard Canyon trail

Trespassing collies on the Millard Canyon trail

Trying, to no avail, to keep legitimate hikers from using the Millard Canyon trail, though this was taken more than a mile downstream from the La Vina area, where a small cabal on the homeowners association recently lost an expensive effort to close off the public from the age-old trail. That’s one border collie — [...]

Rachel and Rachael celebrate Jackie Robinson

Rachel and Rachael celebrate Jackie Robinson

Rachel Robinson, widow of Jackie, and Rachael Worby, music director of the Pasadena Pops, met up at the annual Jackie Robinson Foundation awards dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan honoring their mutual friend the opera great Jessye Norman. Rachael reports: “ms. robinson loves classical music, spends all her time in concert halls and was [...]

Fish heads, fish heads, Measure CC and fish heads …

Fish heads, fish heads, Measure CC and fish heads …

This flier arrived in (some — mine, at least) PUSD-area voter mailboxes on Saturday as part of the No on Measure CC campaign. If you don’t remember the novelty song “Fish Heads” by Barnes and Barnes I reference in the headline here, a great Dr. Demento favorite 30 years ago, perhaps you ought to watch [...]

Sophia Coppola meets Showcase House

Sophia Coppola meets Showcase House

When I mentioned the other day that the aesthetic of the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts that I got a preview of was Sophia Coppola meets Marie Antoinette, this is what I meant — like those parts in the young director’s fashion-crazy bio-pic about the queen that showed the 19th-century ladies in colorful Converse [...]

Big spenders for Arcadia City Council

Big spenders for Arcadia City Council

Raising and spending has become an issue in the Arcadia City Council race, with some candidates going for the big bucks — mostly in the form of personal loans to the campaign or loans from wealthy family members — and some holding it down. At a recent forum, there was talk of putting spending limits [...]

New guerilla art in Pasadena …

New guerilla art in Pasadena …

Well, the art was new when it was up, hugging a palm tree in Defenders Park at the southwest corner of Colorado and Orange Grove. But that was weekend before last, when this … stuffed effigy depicting someone I perhaps should recognize but don’t … clung there early on a Saturday morning. It was captured [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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