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The B**** Is Back

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When someone graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Caltech, we don’t expect to see them discussing the down and dirty of menopause onstage or uttering the f-word on live radio. But while science still plays a part in her life, it is merely one element of the many, many elements that make […]

Roaring Nights: It’s a Party

Roaring Nights: It’s a Party

Do you dare roam the grounds after dark? Summer is here with the L. A. Zoo‘s “Roaring Nights” music series that’s an adults only party with vibes for dancing, a slew of victual and libation options, fun and games, and close encounters. DJs, live music, food trucks, “pop-up” zookeeper talks and animal encounters, and a […]

Celebrating Our Independence 2015

Celebrating Our Independence 2015

Our country’s day of Independence is here. How will you celebrate? Here’s a rundown of offerings: Rose Bowl: the big daddy event in the area, this year’s America Fest will have Liverpool Legends “the ultimate Beatles cover band experience,” motorcycle stuntmen, and a screening of Despicable Me 2, and PyroSpectaculars by Souza. Saturday, July 4th […]

A World All Its Own: Zorthian Ranch

A World All Its Own: Zorthian Ranch

A commune. An art studio. A junkyard. A personal Utopia. Beatniks, intellectuals, bohemians. “The Dionysus of the Altadena foothills”¹ During the Open Studios weekend at the beginning of June, we entered the world of Zorthian Ranch. That was 2½ hours that easily could’ve been all day. We imagine we looked like the 6-year-old feels walking […]

The Art of Seating

The Art of Seating

Thus emerged the chair… Though something to sit upon—other than the ground, a tree branch, or a large rock—may be an ancient product going back to ebony and ivory, carved and gilded wood chairs for Egyptian royalty, such as the arm-chair found in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings that may date back […]

Artist’s Open Day at Storrier Stearns

Artist’s Open Day at Storrier Stearns

Constructed in 1937, the garden at the estate of Charles and Ellamae Storrier Stearns was designed by Kinzuchi Fujii and took seven years to complete. Every month, Storrier Stearns’ Japanese garden, which is a registered historic landmark, is open to the public and on June 28th, artist Barbara Thomason gives a talk and presents a […]

Earth Speaks

Earth Speaks

From the time I started composing, I was keenly aware that, at least visually speaking, I was the goose in a bunch of ducks. A Julliard graduate with a masters degree from the Yale School of Music, a Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship recipient, a 2011 INK Fellow, and an enthusiast of Hindustani vocal studies, Reena Esmail is […]

Jimmy Carter’s Coming to Pasadena

Jimmy Carter’s Coming to Pasadena

Jimmy Carter has been one of America’s most maligned presidents. He funded the Afghan mujahideen, as well as the dictatorship in El Salvador in the 1980s.¹ He’s been called an anti-semite, a bigot, and has been taken to task by Jason Maoz, senior editor at the Jewish Press (2006).² Author Steven F. Hayward even declares […]

These Birdly Delights

These Birdly Delights

The ancient Chinese philosophy Taoism (also known as Daoism) believes that a three legged red crow which lives in the sun symbolises the Great Triad which is the three great powers of being: Man, Heaven and Earth. (Signology.org) The Egyptian god Atum chose a bird to represent the moment of creation while birds of prey […]

Pasadena’s Prospect Park Books: Open House, Book Sale & Murder

Pasadena’s Prospect Park Books: Open House, Book Sale & Murder

Hometown Pasadena, this online magazine, is all thanks to Colleen Dunn Bates and her crew of fabulous writers, designers, photographers, editors, characters, and partner Patty O’Sullivan at Prospect Park Books. Since 2006, PPB has published dozens of funny, informative, introspective, entertaining, and riveting books from Lian Dolan’s Helen of Pasadena, Naomi Hirahara’s Mas Arai mystery […]

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