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Karol’s Sneak Peek: 2017 Showcase House

Karol’s Sneak Peek: 2017 Showcase House

A tease and a taste. Karol Franks has walked the halls, rooms, and grounds of this year’s Showcase House of Design. She has a masterful photographer’s eye and we’re delighted she’s sharing her photographs with us. Nineteen design firms have transformed the interior of the 1916 English Tudor, while 6 exterior design firms revamped the extensive grounds. The architectural […]

It’s Time to Go to Heaven. Bungalow Heaven.

It’s Time to Go to Heaven. Bungalow Heaven.

The 28th Annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour is April 30th. There’s something cozy and magical about strolling down the walkway—no street, no cars in sight—with tidy lawns and entry paths leading up to historical California bungalows. Right, left, ahead, behind. It’s Bungalow Heaven. In 2009, the American Planning Association has listed Bungalow Heaven as one of […]

Two Walking Tours of Pasadena’s Historic Churches

Two Walking Tours of Pasadena’s Historic Churches

For a tease we turn to former Pasadena Information Officer Ann Erdman and her blog: All Saints was founded in 1883, the first Episcopal parish in Pasadena. Members who had begun meeting in a private home three years earlier purchased a site among orange groves at Garfield Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in 1885 and built a […]

Taking Wing

Taking Wing

We are thankful to Pasadena artist Kate Carvellas as she knows a gazillion artists and continually attends art openings—exhibits about which we would never otherwise know… “Taking Wing” at Neutra Gallery offers painting, photography, and assemblage—with insects as subjects and inspiration. Presented by Dion Neutra and Dulce Stein, “Taking Wing” features four artists: Gwen Samuel, Sheri Neva, […]

Brahms “Unbound” But Not Unsung

Brahms “Unbound” But Not Unsung

Editor’s Note: Our thanks for the following official text, which explains this event better than we could ever do—as we love music, but have no formal knowledge or appropriate language. He once quipped “A symphony is no joke.” As the third “B” in the classical music triumvirate of “Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms,” Johannes Brahms became most famous […]

Bella Gaia: Music, Dance & NASA

Bella Gaia: Music, Dance & NASA

Bella Gaia is a live concert that mixes music, dance, and NASA immersive imagery that turns the stage planetary. Sublime and Transcendental. —Village Voice Bella Gaia was inspired by stories from astronauts “who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing the Earth from space.” The production combines “supercomputer data-visualizations” thanks to NASA, live music and dance, […]

The Lay of the Land

The Lay of the Land

We spent an hour driving up into the hills and down along the flats of South Pasadena to snap pictures of houses, which you can see in our piece, the “47th Annual South Pasadena Garden Tour.” This is a self-drive tour on April 30. When guests conclude the tour they are invited to stop at South Pasadena’s Community Garden. We’ve […]

In a World of Wisteria

In a World of Wisteria

Fabaceae (Leguminosae). Wisteria. Along with SoCal’s jacaranda, wisteria is a divine purple power flower. Wisterias climb by twining their stems either clockwise or counterclockwise round any available support. They can climb as high as 66 ft. above the ground and spread out 33 ft. laterally. The world’s largest known wisteria is in Sierra Madre, California, measuring […]

“Hearing” Satellites via NASA’s Spiral Shell

“Hearing” Satellites via NASA’s Spiral Shell

David Delgado, one of the visual strategists at NASA’s JPL, reminds us of the all the times we picked up a shell and put it to our ear and “heard” the sound of the ocean. This is one of the reasons he and fellow creator Dan Goods—along with the New York design firm StudioKCA—chose the […]

A Healthy Brain

A Healthy Brain

The keys left in the freezer, the phone in the laundry basket, the 50th birthday party forgotten. Growing older can be a bear. Frustrating, annoying, humiliating. Sometimes, when we’re in a good mood, laughable. Learn about ways to retain a healthy brain from Dr. Robert Tager at the Arboretum on April 1. Dr. Tager is […]

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