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A Balladeer’s Dream: John Frame at the Huntington

A Balladeer’s Dream: John Frame at the Huntington

Editor’s note: I’m reposting this piece because the Huntington extended the John Frame show until June 27th, thanks to its tremendous success. I just went to the show myself, and it’s simply extraordinary. You have to go. There are many amazing things about the beautiful, intricate and strange John Frame gallery show, Three Fragments of [...]

Brown Bag Tuesdays at the Gamble House

Brown Bag Tuesdays at the Gamble House

Hot tip: Every Tuesday, when most cultural institutions are closed, the Gamble House throws open its proverbial doors for lunch-time tours.
 Whether you work here, live here or are simply visiting, whether you are ladies-who-lunch, co-workers or merely a passer-by, you can add a little culture to your Tuesday lunch break with a visit to the [...]

Art Your Way

Art Your Way

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Pasadena area is thick with artists, art lovers and resources for those who want to make their own beautiful things. Here are our favorite places to get creative. The Armory Center for the Arts Part gallery, part community center, the Armory is perhaps best known as a venue for [...]

Sunset Ridge to Cape of Good Hope, Altadena

Sunset Ridge to Cape of Good Hope, Altadena

Here’s another one of our favorite hikes in the San Gabriels. 6 miles round-trip; moderately strenuous Alternates: Dawn Mine & Millard Canyon Falls For a hike that combines beauty, history, and exercise, walk up Chaney Trail and follow the Sunset Ridge Trail, which hugs the side of steep Millard Canyon. You enjoy views of the [...]

Brand Library & Art Center

Brand Library & Art Center

High in the foothills overlooking Glendale, with a design inspired by the East Indian Pavilion of the 1893 Chicago World Columbian Exposition, “El Miradoro” was completed as a home for railroader Leslie C. Brand in 1904. (Since you’re at the library anyway, chick out The Devil in the While City by Erik Larson, an excellent [...]

The Gardens of Caltech

The Gardens of Caltech

We’re particularly fond of two of the many gardens on the most lovely 124-acre Caltech campus. Dabney Gardens, designed by landscape architect Beatrix Farrand in 1928, is a secluded and elegant courtyard behind a wrought-iron gate, home to olive trees, stuccoed and tiled walls, sitting and reading spots, climbing roses, a gorgeous wall fountains and [...]

Western Asset Plaza Courtyards

Western Asset Plaza Courtyards

Entering this huge commercial building via a walkway on Colorado, we’re aware of the right angles of sidewalk, walls and partitions. And then a chunky fountain set back from the street commands the realization that—ahh!—this is what public landscaping should be. Handsome, with clean lines and a cool gurgle, this glass-and-cement plaza is softened with [...]

Upper Arroyo Seco, Pasadena

Upper Arroyo Seco, Pasadena

5 miles round-trip; easy Alternate: El Prieto Trail Often called “the JPL Trail” by locals (JPL is next door), this is an ideal hike for hot summer months, following the Arroyo Seco stream under shady cover of bay, willow, sycamore and oak—although farther up the trail, much of the foliage remains destroyed or damaged from [...]

14 Spiritual Centers to Know

14 Spiritual Centers to Know

All Saints Episcopal Church Combining high-church Episcopalian pomp with liberal social activism, All Saints draws occasional national attention, like its run-in with the IRS over its tax-exempt status. It’s been a longtime leader in Pasadena, starting and then spinning off a number of excellent nonprofits, from Union Station to Young & Healthy. Offerings include frequent [...]

Norton Simon Museum

Norton Simon Museum

As many native New Yorkers will tell you, unless it was for a field trip, they never went to the Statue of Liberty until visiting friends dragged them there. Pity on the Pasadenan who has missed visiting the Norton Simon Museum because of that same sad civic naivete (or procrastination). This museum is a rare [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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Camelot and Vine

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