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Zeffirelli & Rossellini: Day Tripping to Italy

Zeffirelli & Rossellini: Day Tripping to Italy
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Stunning locations, a cast of icons, a smidgen of history-lite, and a large dose of Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. On July 31st, Distant Lands hosts the viewing of Tea with Mussolini, starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Lily Tomlin, Joan Plowright, and Cher as part of the annual Old Pasadena Film Festival. Tea with Mussolini is […]

Wanderlust, Loving the Macabre & Dancing Under Rainbows

Wanderlust, Loving the Macabre & Dancing Under Rainbows

High tea at the Rose Garden, an afternoon break alongside the lily ponds, wandering the new Chinese Garden. Been there, done that? One way to see the “old” with new eyes is by taking a “Quirky Tour” of The Huntington. Huntington intern Sara Schacht writes about self-guided tours for those who want to focus their […]

Flame of Hope

Flame of Hope

Seven thousand athletes from 170 nations will compete in 25 sporting events at the 14th Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles beginning July 25th. This is the first time in 16 years that the Special Olympics will be held in America, the largest event hosted by Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics, and […]

Miracle May, GelTech & CJ’s Recipe for a Green Lawn

Miracle May, GelTech & CJ’s Recipe for a Green Lawn

“We dodged a bullet,” said Bill Hasencamp of the Metropolitan Water District’s Colorado River Program as reported by the L.A. Times. Hasencamp’s referring to the “May Miracle.” This past spring, water levels in Lake Mead at the Arizona-Nevada border had fallen to a level not seen since the early 1930s. Then it began to rain. […]

Hockney: Painting & Photography

Hockney: Painting & Photography

One of the earliest jobs we had when we first arrived in Los Angeles County in the fall of 1989 was playing hostess at The Ivy restaurant on Robertson Boulevard near Beverly Hills. We say “playing” as the girls were required to wear long, flowery-type dresses and a straw hat adorned with fake flowers that […]

Amanda Plummer’s Little Heart

Amanda Plummer’s Little Heart

She was a Sister of Immaculate Heart. She questioned authority, even within her own religion. She studied, taught, created, and “changed the course of modern art.¹ Sister Mary Corita Kent’s pop-inspired serigraphs made her known internationally, and transformed the small art department at Immaculate Heart College into a global center for design and printmaking.² In […]

Free Sunday Concerts Galore

Free Sunday Concerts Galore

Sunday, July 12th, seems to be the day for live music in West San Gabriel Valley. Here’s the breakdown—in order to choose the one that fits your mood… Jazz on Sunday Grey Beret – Pasadena The smooth sounds of jazz fill the evening air in Vroman’s courtyard to jump start the Playhouse District’s free summer […]

Roaring Nights: It’s a Party

Roaring Nights: It’s a Party

Do you dare roam the grounds after dark? Summer is here with the L. A. Zoo‘s “Roaring Nights” music series that’s an adults only party with vibes for dancing, a slew of victual and libation options, fun and games, and close encounters. DJs, live music, food trucks, “pop-up” zookeeper talks and animal encounters, and a […]

Celebrating Our Independence 2015

Celebrating Our Independence 2015

Our country’s day of Independence is here. How will you celebrate? Here’s a rundown of offerings: Rose Bowl: the big daddy event in the area, this year’s America Fest will have Liverpool Legends “the ultimate Beatles cover band experience,” motorcycle stuntmen, and a screening of Despicable Me 2, and PyroSpectaculars by Souza. Saturday, July 4th […]

A World All Its Own: Zorthian Ranch

A World All Its Own: Zorthian Ranch

A commune. An art studio. A junkyard. A personal Utopia. Beatniks, intellectuals, bohemians. “The Dionysus of the Altadena foothills”¹ During the Open Studios weekend at the beginning of June, we entered the world of Zorthian Ranch. That was 2½ hours that easily could’ve been all day. We imagine we looked like the 6-year-old feels walking […]

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