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Oh west Pasadena Christmas trees

Oh west Pasadena Christmas trees

Not only are the 12 days of Christmas long past — we’re closing in on Valentine’s Day. And yet the sidewalks and gutters of west Pasadena are still lined with browning yuletide trees that, in theory, the city’s Public Works Department or its hired guns are going to pick up and mulch, as has been […]

Last days of The Countess

Last days of The Countess

This past weekend was the last time to view Ingres’s painting “Comtesse d’Hausonville” at the Norton Simon in Pasadena before it heads back to the Frick Collection in New York City. The crowded parking lot — I grabbed a spot across the street — seemed to indicate that lots of people had come to Pasadena […]

Floods close off The Meadows

Floods close off The Meadows

Christopher Nyerges forwards this photo from early this morning after the reopening of Canyon Crest, the only road into the farthest northwest neighborhood of Altadena, The Meadows. Monday afternoon and evening the road was closed down because those logs in the picture had blocked off the culverts that run under the road and black mud […]

The commandment at Mary’s Market

The commandment at Mary’s Market

There are other 11th commandments. Perhaps there are others memorialized in mock-Gaelic script. But there is none more worth following, or posted in a more endearing location, than this one on the corner of Mary’s Market in Sierra Madre Canyon, where I did my Christmas shopping — E. Waldo Ward preserved fruit products galore! — […]

Last of the BCS

Last of the BCS

At last week’s Texas Exes party on Brookside Golf Course outside the Rose Bowl before the BCS game, amid a sea of burnt orange, this father-daughter team included the only person wearing anything resembling crimson within hundreds of yards. And this fellow below, name of John “No Relation We Know Of” Wilson, told my Longhorn […]

The burning bus

The burning bus

There’s a Metro bus on fire across the street from the Star-News right now — that’s 4.20 Wednesday afternoon. Talk about your easy pickings for the journalistas! Walt’s better shots will be up soon. One of those natural-gas buses — so Janette Williams noted the irony, considering all the smoke, in its motto: “Nation’s Largest […]

Sully’s doppelganger

Sully’s doppelganger

Pasadena bon vivant, financial advisor, Rose Bowl Operating Company board member and wearer of fine Jack Purcell products Ross Selvidge sends over the world’s most out-of-focus photo and this explainer: One famous, one somewhat less famous… We are both pilots (with airplane and glider ratings) but I think he has more hours. Taken at the […]

The ugliest snowman

The ugliest snowman

I don’t know if some intrepid Sierra Madreans went up to Baldy and got a truckload, or if this is the crushed leftover slush from a late night at the Buccaneer, but this old boy at Baldwin and the Boulevard is the sorriest snowman in the San Gabriel Valley, so far as I can tell. […]

A Rising Tide when Christmas shopping Old Pas

A Rising Tide when Christmas shopping Old Pas

That’s Alex Kritselis, left, dean of the arts at PCC, and his wife Joey at the Thursday night opening of his multi-media installation piece “Don’t Blow It / A Rising Tide” at One Colorado. This part’s in the windows of the now-shuttered Gordon Biersch inside the courtyard, but there are also crazy watery slide shows […]

Reading Partners celebrates at Washington School

Reading Partners celebrates at Washington School

Reading Partners, the nonprofit I wrote about last spring that has established a fine foothold at the PUSD’s Washington Elementary — motto, “one tutor. one child. infinite possibilities.” — held a pre-Christmas Reading Recital Tuesday night on campus. Like a screachy-violin recital for the little ones, except easier to listen to. Most of the 52 […]

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