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A Victorian Grand Ball

A Victorian Grand Ball

You could see Ivan the Terrible or a “Scot” in full kilt. Many ladies flutter fans. In proper mid-Victorian style, necklines are low and bustles abound. Late-Victorian dress boasts higher collars and tiny wasp waists. All dresses, concealing petticoats, corsets, and chamises, brush the floor as the ladies within them are led onto the dance [...]

It’s Time for (Holiday) Teas

It’s Time for (Holiday) Teas

We Americans may be more inclined to enjoy a cup o’ joe, but the lovers of tea have boldly muscled their way in, figuratively and literally. Tea houses—traditional English or modern Asian—liberally dot our valley. This holiday season offers some special high teas that involve history, elegance, bears, and a curmudgeon. Fenyes Mansion Holiday Tour [...]

Holiday Concerts Galore

Holiday Concerts Galore

Can we split ourselves in two? Maybe into quarters? The weekend of December 14th abounds with holiday concerts and we’re here to break them down, so that you may distinguish, choose, buy tickets (where applicable), and mark your calendar. Pasadena Symphony & Pops Grant Cooper conducts the L.A. Children’s Chorus, L.A. Bronze (Handbell Choir), The [...]

“Ring In” the Holiday Season

“Ring In” the Holiday Season

What better way to start the holiday season than with festive songs sung by the marvelous Los Angeles Children’s Choir? A silent auction that will benefit Friends in Deed and the concert will be held in the beautiful chapel of San Marino Community Church this Thursday, November 14th. The mission of Friends In Deed is to alleviate [...]

Ice Skating In Southern Cal

Ice Skating In Southern Cal

It’s November and for those of us who grew up in colder climates, we remember the twenty minutes it could take to bundle up in layers in an attempt to ward off the freezing temperatures outside. And still the icy winds and snow would find that gap between sleeve cuff and mitten or wool cap [...]

Saluting Our Young Veterans

Saluting Our Young Veterans

Once again, it is time to honor and thank the men and women who serve and have served in the armed forces. Pasadena’s salute in Centennial Square at City Hall on Monday, November 11th, includes the PCC Pep Band and a fly over by Condor Squadron. The Condor Squadron is actually the Condor Squadron Officer’s and [...]

The Main Hall Re-Imagined

The Main Hall Re-Imagined

Carpets were rolled up and chandeliers taken down. Now, the cork and marble floors that had been concealed for 40 years under carpet have been refinished and  three chandeliers have been restored “to evoke the space as it looked when it opened in 1920,” and the Huntington’s Main Hall, which has been closed since June [...]

Skeletal Horrors and Adorable Ghosts

Skeletal Horrors and Adorable Ghosts

Roaming the streets this weekend before All Hallow’s Eve, we searched for decorations from the spine-tingling and grotesque to the bewitching and winsome. Maybe it’s the popularity of The Walking Dead, but many of the decorations floating around this year—tied from trees, eerily swinging and turning in the wind—are reminiscent of Crypt Keeper and The [...]

Honoring Ancestors on el Día de los Muertos

Honoring Ancestors on el Día de los Muertos

We posted about The Folk Tree’s annual Día de los Muertos exhibit that opened on October 5th. Now, on the actual day of the holiday, Saturday, November 2nd, The Folk Tree will host a whole afternoon of festivities. 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Music by Martin Espino, traditional sounds inspired by indigenous cultures of the Americas 1-5 p.m.: [...]

United Nations Assoc. Film Fest

United Nations Assoc. Film Fest

  Girl Rising has been described as encompassing “stunning cinematography matched with intelligent, almost poetic, monologues” (entertainment.inquirer.net) Nine girls from nine developing nations. All of them struggling with poverty, inflexible cultures, and incessant obstacles. Girls Rising was launched by Intel Philippines one year ago with the desire to illustrate “the inspiring transformation that happens to [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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