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LitFest 2017

LitFest 2017

Evolve is the word. From its inception as a book festival in Central Park in 2012, LitFest Pasadena has evolved into a Playhouse District neighborhood day-long event of speakers, panels, music, and readings, which continues to celebrate the written word. There’s spontaneity in conversation and writing, LA mystery writers chatting about inspirations and adventures, and […]

9th Annual South Pas. Eclectic Music Festival

9th Annual South Pas. Eclectic Music Festival

It begins with Ozomatli, so how much more do we have to say to entice you to this year’s South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival. Right? Are were done here? Okay, we’ll share a bit more… First, if you haven’t read our interview with Ozomatli band member Raul Pacheco, then you must.     Four stages! (And this […]

A Stitch in Time

A Stitch in Time

“Living without language.” Can you imagine. In 2007, Pasadena native Lauren Marks woke up in the Critical Care Unit of Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland. She woke up into The Quiet. “I was an American actor, director, and PhD student in New York City, touring a show to the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh,” Marks […]

It’s Time to Go to Heaven. Bungalow Heaven.

It’s Time to Go to Heaven. Bungalow Heaven.

The 28th Annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour is April 30th. There’s something cozy and magical about strolling down the walkway—no street, no cars in sight—with tidy lawns and entry paths leading up to historical California bungalows. Right, left, ahead, behind. It’s Bungalow Heaven. In 2009, the American Planning Association has listed Bungalow Heaven as one of […]

Two Walking Tours of Pasadena’s Historic Churches

Two Walking Tours of Pasadena’s Historic Churches

For a tease we turn to former Pasadena Information Officer Ann Erdman and her blog: All Saints was founded in 1883, the first Episcopal parish in Pasadena. Members who had begun meeting in a private home three years earlier purchased a site among orange groves at Garfield Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in 1885 and built a […]

Taking Wing

Taking Wing

We are thankful to Pasadena artist Kate Carvellas as she knows a gazillion artists and continually attends art openings—exhibits about which we would never otherwise know… “Taking Wing” at Neutra Gallery offers painting, photography, and assemblage—with insects as subjects and inspiration. Presented by Dion Neutra and Dulce Stein, “Taking Wing” features four artists: Gwen Samuel, Sheri Neva, […]

Brahms “Unbound” But Not Unsung

Brahms “Unbound” But Not Unsung

Editor’s Note: Our thanks for the following official text, which explains this event better than we could ever do—as we love music, but have no formal knowledge or appropriate language. He once quipped “A symphony is no joke.” As the third “B” in the classical music triumvirate of “Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms,” Johannes Brahms became most famous […]

Bella Gaia: Music, Dance & NASA

Bella Gaia: Music, Dance & NASA

Bella Gaia is a live concert that mixes music, dance, and NASA immersive imagery that turns the stage planetary. Sublime and Transcendental. —Village Voice Bella Gaia was inspired by stories from astronauts “who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing the Earth from space.” The production combines “supercomputer data-visualizations” thanks to NASA, live music and dance, […]

The Lay of the Land

The Lay of the Land

We spent an hour driving up into the hills and down along the flats of South Pasadena to snap pictures of houses, which you can see in our piece, the “47th Annual South Pasadena Garden Tour.” This is a self-drive tour on April 30. When guests conclude the tour they are invited to stop at South Pasadena’s Community Garden. We’ve […]

In a World of Wisteria

In a World of Wisteria

Fabaceae (Leguminosae). Wisteria. Along with SoCal’s jacaranda, wisteria is a divine purple power flower. Wisterias climb by twining their stems either clockwise or counterclockwise round any available support. They can climb as high as 66 ft. above the ground and spread out 33 ft. laterally. The world’s largest known wisteria is in Sierra Madre, California, measuring […]

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