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Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night
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The South Pasadena Public Library’s community room was packed. Chairs miraculously appeared a full fifteen minutes into the evening’s history lecture. Local residents, reflecting the area’s diverse ethnicity and cultural backgrounds, had gathered for Matt Hormann’s “The Darkest Night.” It was a quiet room as Matt launched into his presentation, a lecture accompanied by slides. The topic: Pasadena’s […]

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

Matt Hormann: The Darkest Night

On April 28, Matt Hormann, who has written so many wonderful history articles for Hometown Pasadena over the years—including “A Love that Dared Not Speak Its Name,” “Courage and Cowardice in San Marino,” and “When South Pasadena Was for Whites Only“—comes to South Pas. Library for a History Night presentation entitled “The Darkest Night—The Destruction and Rebirth of […]

The Lost Adult Theaters of Pasadena

The Lost Adult Theaters of Pasadena

They were called “dirty movie houses,” “adult cinemas,” or “girlie theaters.” From 1959 until about 1990, Pasadena had roughly ten of them, ranging from soft-core “nudie cutie” houses to hardcore venues. Some were former picture palaces fallen on hard times; others little more than dingy-looking storefronts – but before the Internet, DVDs and Blu-Ray cornered […]

Pasadena in Song

Pasadena in Song

“Fair Pasadena, Crown of the Valley, Diadem set on the brow of the hills, Bright was the promise thy christening gave thee, And Fate, thy handmaiden, fulfills.”    – William Andrew Spalding, Snatches of Song: With Verses of Lighter and More Sober Moods, 1907 “Pasadena town is where I’m goin’,There ain’t no other town that […]

Digging Up Secrets in Lamanda Park (Part 3)

Digging Up Secrets in Lamanda Park (Part 3)

“We wish to do the tourist who reads this book a good turn, having his comfort and enjoyment at heart; therefore we advise him to stop at Lamanda Park and make his headquarters for a day, or a week, or a fortnight, in this delightful spot.” – Over the Range to the Golden Gate: A Complete Tourist’s […]

Culinary Historians

Culinary Historians

They are “dedicated to pursuing food history and supporting culinary collections.” The Culinary Historians of Southern California was founded in 1995 as an affiliate of the Los Angeles Public Library. Today, 250 women and men—chefs, writers, academics, product purveyors, restaurateurs, as well as people in the fields of entertainment, business, and culture—”have fun learning about […]

Caught in a Zoot Suit Riot

Caught in a Zoot Suit Riot

June 10, 1943. An overcast and unseasonably cold evening in Pasadena. The time: World War II. The place: a street corner at the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Raymond Avenue. It was the middle of the Zoot Suit Riots in Los Angeles, and on this particular night, two African-American teenagers with a fondness for flamboyant clothing […]

Vintage Car Show for Dreamkeepers

Vintage Car Show for Dreamkeepers

It’s time to channel your inner Steve McQueen. This Saturday, Thorson Motors in East Pasadena will present its Second Annual Classic Car Show, featuring drool-worthy vintage hot rods from the 1930s to the present, all lovingly restored. The show is being produced by Great Autos of Yesteryear, with food provided by Pasadena’s Stonefire Grill. This is no ordinary […]

More Ghost Signs of Pasadena

More Ghost Signs of Pasadena

Spotting these faded reminders of merchants past can be more fun than a scavenger hunt. Someone either had the foresight to preserve them or the lack of funds to remove them. Either way, they remain an enticement to the architectural detective. As in our May 2011 feature, we take a look at four more “ghost signs” […]

Pasadena’s Vegetarian Colony

Pasadena’s Vegetarian Colony

  (Photo via Brigham Yen) “I am starting a Botanic Garden on the foothills of the Sierra Madre,” wrote Dr. Victor B. Hall in a letter to magazine The Peacemaker in 1902. Long before vegetarian restaurants seemingly dotted every corner, members of the “Victor University of Vitaphysics” purchased a 40-acre tract in the Linda Vista […]

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