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More Arroyo Seco hardscape

More Arroyo Seco hardscape

I shot this last week from the far northwest corner of the Arroyo Seco recreation loop, up Parkview from West Drive. The construction site in the middle distance used to be a raised triangle that was occasionally landscaped; now it’s flat and black-topped. It’s part of the plan to make the heavily used Arroyo floor [...]

Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton

Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton

Big Star was the greatest songwriting-centric rock band to never make it … big. Its co-leader, Alex Chilton, had a big taste of the big at 16 with “The Letter,” a crazy blue-eyed Memphis soul No. 1 hit he sang for the Box Tops. But never again. He should have been Beatle-sized on the basis [...]

Michelle Bagneris on the secret police chief panel

Michelle Bagneris on the secret police chief panel

Saturday morning, Pasadena City Attorney Michelle Bagneris and I were two of the three panelists — city head librarian Jan Sanders was the other — at a forum at the Neighborhood Church on openness in government sponsored by the League of Women Voters as part of a celebration of Sunshine Week, the annual homage to [...]

New middle school at Blair

New middle school at Blair

This rendering by GKK Works, the Pasadena architectural firm, was up on the fence this morning in Allendale Park at the groundbreaking celebration for the Blair Middle School campus across Marengo from the Blair High campus. In my day — early ’70s — as a Blair Viking, the 2-acre site was known as the C [...]

L’opera sans lorgnettes

L’opera sans lorgnettes

Barbara Double is well-known to Pasadena bibliophiles as a long-time books — mysteries, especially — columnist in the Friends of the Public Library’s newsletter. She’s also an operaphile, if that is a word, and graciously had us up to the Altadena Town & Country Club Sunday night for a Valentine’s concert of arias presented by [...]

This weekend at Pasadena Museum of California Art

This weekend at Pasadena Museum of California Art

Among the three striking and fabulously dissimilar shows opening this weekend at the PMCA on Union between Oakland and Los Robles is a pen-and-ink filled room from the Los Angeles collective Sumi, in which many artists young and old get together to create black and white drawings. This China surfer is on the wall there [...]

Spacing out for Kidspace

Spacing out for Kidspace

At the Kidspace benefit Saturday night in massive tents in the Parkway Grill parking lot, The Sky’s the Limit was the theme, and the costumes — most everyone in the crowd of many hundreds were good sports and wore them, many very complex — were themed Cosmic Attire. That meant a lot of Mr. Spocks, [...]

Digging Downtown Oakland

Digging Downtown Oakland

The Gourmet Gulch on Shattuck in Berkeley is both getting too crowded and spinning off restaurants like crazy to more affordable storefronts in Oakland. I get up to the East Bay five or six weekends a year on business for the nonprofit I chair. The best restaurant in the world, so far as I’m concerned, [...]

Angeles Crest undermined

Angeles Crest undermined

Sometimes I think Caltrans and other government agencies get a little … trigger-happy about closing the Angeles Crest Highway into our mountains after the various disasters that plague the forest-area roads. Fire. Floods. Motorcycles down. But Lori Paul of Altadena forwards this photo, courtesy of Mike McIntyre, the district ranger, shot during the last big [...]

Record-setting Caltech women’s hoop squad

Record-setting Caltech women’s hoop squad

Caltech’s basketball team, above, just won its first conference road game, ever, against the Pomona Pitzer Sagehens, 76-61. See my Friday column for the details … Read the Full Story at Larry Wilson’s Public Eye

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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