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Demanding a $400 apology for enduring U2

Demanding a $400 apology for enduring U2

Most of the nearly 100,000 people in the Rose Bowl last night seemed to enjoy the U2 concert. So did most of the people in the neighborhoods surrounding the Arroyo Seco, with some having outdoor parties to take in the show’s audio at least. It was indeed very, very loud, very far away. At least [...]

The Tournament of Roses and newspapermen

The Tournament of Roses and newspapermen

The word that a longtime newspaper guy — P. Scott McKibben, the former publisher of our sister papers in the East Bay, the Alameda Newspaper Group — has been named the new chief executive of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses might seem odd. Actually, it’s the reverse — it’s par for the course. The Rose [...]

Big Sur moon

Big Sur moon

Up in Big Sur the first weekend of the month, the one-day-past full moon came over the Santa Lucias through the clouds that Sunday night. The hand-crafted fence above the Pacific on the Esalen cliffs. Down the coast above Cambria on Monday, it was elephant seal nap time. Read the Full Story at Larry Wilson’s [...]

Upper Millard, after the fire, before the rains

Upper Millard, after the fire, before the rains

Hiker Ken Farley went up the Sam Merrill trail at the top of Lake Avenue — way up — last weekend and took a bunch of photos that depict both the devastation of the Station Fire and the remarkable landscapes that were saved. The above shot is from Upper Millard Canyon looking to the east [...]

The way to win a Nobel

The way to win a Nobel

OK, so the best way to win a Nobel Peace Prize is clearly to be an American president — the surprised fellow in the Rose Garden today; or an ex-president building a legacy — the Georgian negotiator; or an almost-president — the king of cap ‘n’ trade; or a reluctant presidential fighter of the war [...]

A Coke on board ship

A Coke on board ship

I’d driven by the Streamline Moderne Coca-Cola bottling plant on South Central Avenue (from 1937 by architect Robert V. Derrah) in downtown L.A. many times — always doing a double-take. It’s an ocean liner on the city streets. Today I got to go inside to speak on a panel on the state of the SoCal [...]

Wayne Thiebaud at the PMCA

Wayne Thiebaud at the PMCA

There’s not a painter in our time who deserves to be, and perhaps is, more beloved by anyone with eyes — by the forward-looking, the traditionalist, the academic, the pop-ist, the longer for an art that takes massive graphic talent and the picture-looker who just wants to have fun — than Wayne Thiebaud. Fortunately for [...]

Treated to Tesla

Treated to Tesla

My step-brother Bart Hibbs has worked for Monrovia-based AeroVironment since the day he graduated from Caltech with a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1977. Bart is a genius — a font of many forms of knowledge, an inventor, a person with a big heart. He is also one of the world’s leading experts on the [...]

Jackie Robinson, the 1938 White Sox and the Star-News

Jackie Robinson, the 1938 White Sox and the Star-News

Brookside Park south of the Rose Bowl was a favored spring training location for baseball teams before they migrated to duller climes such as those of Arizona and Florida. The Chicago White Sox did the spring thing in Pasadena in 1938, and the Pasadena Library is planning an Art Night exhibit Oct. 9 featuring negatives [...]

Out of Poland, into the fire

Out of Poland, into the fire

La Canada filmmaker John Kent Harrison was in Gdansk the week before last for a screening of his “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler,” the Anna Paquin-starring flick about the woman who saved thousands of kids in the Warsaw ghetto in the war. Shown on CBS here last spring, it’s been turned into a feature [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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