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A Noise Within Christmas Carol

A Noise Within Christmas Carol

A Noise Within is at its best when it sticks to the written text, but the lavish and often absurd musical numbers of the current production of A Christmas Carol are engaging for both young and old audiences. The sets are intricate and beautiful, and the constant changes give a sense of movement. The costumes […]

Phoebe at Backstage

Phoebe at Backstage

We remember when she was hardly four feet tall, slinging the strap of an adult-size guitar over her head and taking the stage in the Sequoyah School courtyard. Phoebe Bridges began writing, singing, and strumming, and has never looked back…but always up. Phoebe has played at a myriad of local venues and last year her […]

Christmas Musical at Alex Theater

Christmas Musical at Alex Theater

We’re slightly giddy over here as an old, old, going back to high school days in Darien, Connecticut-friend Geoff Aymar, a jazz pianist, will be one of the evening’s guest performers at the Los Angeles Premiere Orchestra in “Christmas Musical Spectacular” at the Alex Theater in Glendale on December 13th. He will be performing with […]

The Lighting of Trees

The Lighting of Trees

My mother’s family, the Broemmel family of San Francisco, were, naturally, of German descent and she remembers her grandparents’ Christmas tree being meticulously decorated with ornaments and the placement of individual strings of tinsel being overseen by Valda, the family matriarch. My mother remembers, also, real candles decorating the tree—and being lit. Of course in […]

In the Wheelhouse

In the Wheelhouse

We seem to be on a “ceramics” kick at the moment. We stopped by Flintridge Bookstore during Small Business Saturday to see Beverly Crist’s plates, bowls, and vases and started a savings jar for a future purchase. We snagged a stunning vase and bowl for Christmas presents at Xiem Clay Center’s fall show a few […]

Shop Small, Shop Indie 2014

Shop Small, Shop Indie 2014

The Playhouse District is urging us to shop local and support our independent businesses. Many of us often do shop local, and on a daily basis, but it’s even more important since the invasion of change stores and shopping online that we help our towns, our neighbors, and our friends by shopping at the hundreds […]

Bulgarini Brings in the Wine

Bulgarini Brings in the Wine

Leo Bulgarini of the famous gelato, endorsed by none other than Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold, is bringing his irresistible Italian ice creams and pairing them with wine to benefit Literature for Life‘s fundraising party, kicking off the holiday season on December 7th. Also for liquid refreshment will be “delectable” holiday punches, and for victuals, Jonathan Gold’s “lush” red […]

Lookin’ In on the Holidays

Lookin’ In on the Holidays

After the turkey has been consumed and before the mad panic of holiday shopping, allow yourself to be swept into the spirit of the season with the Holiday Look In home tour. Four homes, from a Louis de Puget-Millar 1907 Arts and Crafts and a 1926 Monterey Colonial Revival overlooking the Arroyo Seco to a […]

Xiem Fall Ceramic Art Fair

Xiem Fall Ceramic Art Fair

Andrea (Andi) Fordyce is an East Coast native, an Altadena resident, a Royal Academy of Dance-trained dancer, a painter, a photographer, and, since the 8th grade but refocusing in 2006, a ceramicist. “She loves the utility, the beauty, and the process of making ceramic art…Her work strives to encapsulate all her loves of keeping things […]

Artisans, Boutiques & Rummage Sales for the Holidays

Artisans, Boutiques & Rummage Sales for the Holidays

Louise Wannier of Louis Jane Design is a textile designer, clothier, photographer, philanthropist, and soon-to-be author will be participating in Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center’s annual artisan boutique. She will be exhibiting and selling the company’s new line of coin purses, travel bags, jewelry pouches, and tote bags. Each “art fabric” is developed for digital […]

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