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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 [...]

A Musical Legacy

A Musical Legacy

The names of the time were there: Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, James Baldwin, even Charles Heston. And the musicians: Josephine Baker; Lena Horne; 22-year-old Bob Dylan; Joan Baez; Peter, Paul & Mary. August 28th, 1963. The March on Washington. “I have a dream today!” roared Martin Luther King, Junior. To commemorate [...]

Grammy Award-Winning Quetzal at Levitt

Grammy Award-Winning Quetzal at Levitt

Quetzal, who are known for their activist musical perspective, use of traditional instruments and the soulful vocals of lead singer/scholar Martha Gonzalez, won a 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Latin Urban, Rock, or Alternative Album” for their latest release “Imaginaries.” (San Francisco Son Jarocho Festival/sfsjf.com) In 2006, Agustin Gurza of the L.A. Times observed that [...]

Les Miz & Bernstein

Les Miz & Bernstein

This Saturday is the last Festival on the Green event with the California Philharmonic at Santa Anita Racetrack for the 2013 season. From the Broadway National Touring Company, Les Misérables stars Randal Keith and Melissa Lyons will be special guests. Lyons was born and raised in Orange County, attended UCLA, and played Lady Larken in Once [...]

SIP-tember: a Celebration of the Cocktail

SIP-tember: a Celebration of the Cocktail

Pasadena Chamber of Commerce’s SIP-tember kicks off on August 15th to honor the birthday of “culinary pioneer” Julia Child. Just as with the inaugural Julia Child Pasadena Cocktail Party last year, this year’s event will take place at restaurants all over the city with a citywide happy birthday toast at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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