Talk of Our Towns


Roaming Frogtown

Roaming Frogtown

Our cell phone read 7:42; we were pushing the “fashionably late” concept as the party had started around four. But then, this was not an invite-only party, this was the 8th annual Frogtown ArtWalk. The streets here—south of Route 2 and squished between the 5 Freeway and the L.A. River—are long and don’t provide a [...]

Zandra Rhodes: Lunch with a Legend

Zandra Rhodes: Lunch with a Legend

Enjoy a lunch prepared by chef Bryant Wigger at Pasadena’s relatively new Trattoria Neapolis (dubbed best new restaurant) while also having “an exclusive opportunity to meet, mingle, and enjoy conversation with legendary British designer Zandra Rhodes, CBE.” “‘I am tired of good taste,’ Zandra Rhodes once said. ‘I want to do everything wrong and get [...]

Frogtown Artwalk & Cactus Gallery Pop Up

Frogtown Artwalk & Cactus Gallery Pop Up

Once again, we’re pushing the boundaries of San Gabriel Valley, but how can we not when this Saturday’s the 8th annual Frogtown Artwalk? The three As (a rip off of the three Rs concept) are artists, artisans, and architects. These creators, inventors and explorers of Elysian Valley (a.k.a. Frogtown) inhabit the industrial buildings that run [...]

Listen First, Then Pay

Listen First, Then Pay

They’re calling it “voting with your pocketbook musically.” The Pasadena Master Chorale (PMC) is opening its 5th season with “A Portrait of Benjamin Britten” on October 12th with “listen first, then pay” pricing. Tickets may be purchased for $0 online or through PMC members. Excuse me? you ask. Let us clarify. Ticketholders are invited to [...]

International PARK(ing) Day

International PARK(ing) Day

It began in 2005 when a San Francisco art and design studio, Rebar, took over a single metered parking space and transformed it into a “temporary public park.” In a traditionally-sized 7′ x 20′ parking space, Rebar rolled out some sod, heaved and positioned a potted tree (yes, a tree, not a shrub), as well [...]

Viva Tequila!

Viva Tequila!

The perpetually gracious and smiling host and owner of El Portal Restaurant, Abel Ramirez, once again presents their yearly “Tequila Tasting” on Thursday, September 12th. We indulged in last year’s festivities and they were quite an eye opener (literally) and, of course, informative (though an addled brain isn’t conducive to effective note-taking). We did our [...]

Taste of Old Pas & Festival of the Arts

Taste of Old Pas & Festival of the Arts

For thirty George Washingtons you can visit 35 different eating establishments in during A Taste of Old Pasadena 2013. Sample fare at casual establishments such as Ixtapa or 50/50, go international with Tibet Nepal House (photo, right), Il Fornaio, Himalayan Cafe, Mezraan Indian Cuisine, or Kal’s Mediterranean, or jump directly—on this self-guided walking tour—to satisfying one’s sweet tooth [...]

Pasadena Pops, Gershwin, & Louisiana Juke Joint

Pasadena Pops, Gershwin, & Louisiana Juke Joint

Michael Feinstein will be conducting at The Arboretum this Saturday with a production of “The Gershwins & Me.” “It will be my great joy to present a unique and singular program devoted to the works of George and Ira Gershwin. The selections will range from well-known standards, to some delicious rarities that I hope will delight our [...]

Esotouric’s Pasadena Confidential

Esotouric’s Pasadena Confidential

A wife screams through the phone, “If you hang up on me, I’m going to kill myself.” The husband does not hang up, but a severe storm cuts the phone lines. The husband tells a friend, “I think my wife just committed suicide.” Such is the one of many story lines in the life of [...]

Smokey Joe’s at the Playhouse

Smokey Joe’s at the Playhouse

When we read, see, or hear “Hound Dog,” many of us think, Elvis Presley. This song by composer Mike Stoller and lyricist Jerry Leiber was originally a hit in 1953 for blues singer Big Mama Thornton. Three years later, Elvis would bump and grind and the song would forever be linked in people’s minds to [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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