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Merry Merry!

Merry Merry!
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    To spread the visual merriment of the holiday season, here are some scenes we saw around town…                       A friend of ours who is Catholic laments the lack of crèche displayed nowadays. We found a couple…       The above mini-crèche with […]

The Zen of Suiseki

The Zen of Suiseki

It’s such an odd concept: viewing stones. And yet, after the hectic holiday schedule a dose of zen stone viewing may be just the ticket as we ready ourselves for a new year. The California Aiseki Kai presents its 26th annual show, which runs through January 3, 2016. Over 100 examples of suiseki or viewing […]

Echo Mountain Festival of Lights

Echo Mountain Festival of Lights

Hometown Pasadena received a Facebook message from Mike Simms a few weeks back. He was hoping we would help spread the word about the December 20th inaugural—and first annual—Echo Mountain Festival of Lights. We are happy to do so… Mike Simms is the curator of the Echo Mountain ruins above Altadena. “For over a year, […]

Hey, Sweetie Pies! The Old Pas Artisanal Holiday Market

Hey, Sweetie Pies! The Old Pas Artisanal Holiday Market

One hundred fifty creators, 150 indie makers… Organizers welcome some of their favorite Artisanal L. A. vendors along with Old Pasadena independent shops, restaurants, and cafes and host the 2nd Holiday Market in Old Pasadena on December 5. It’s free, family friendly and dog (on a leash) friendly. Santa will be on hand and welcomes […]

A Castle Green Holiday

A Castle Green Holiday

The archways, the moldings, the fireplace mantels. The dark wood, the large windows, the obvious elegance, the whisper of another era. We’re speaking of Castle Green, now over 117 years old, no longer a hotel, but rather a home and place of business. On December 6, Castle Green opens its doors to the public once […]

Shop Indie: Support Independent Businesses

Shop Indie: Support Independent Businesses

The holidays are a wonderful time to find unique gifts for the special people in our life and we love to frequent the many independent shops in the area. Places like Homage in Old Pasadena on Holly Street, just around the corner from another favorite, Lula Mae;  Groove and Little Flower in Eagle Rock; Attire, Meredith M, […]

The Advent of the Holiday Season

The Advent of the Holiday Season

Currently we have no religious affiliation, but we did grow up attending church regularly. Because of this, we have an abiding affection for sitting in empty chapels and a joy of Christmas carols. The chapel will not be empty this Advent season at All Saints Church, but the compelling sound of music will eliminate any […]

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Through the art and music of France, Pasadena choreographers Shauna Barger, Diane De Franco Brown, and Jackie Kopcsak “explore blue’s evocative hues.” On November 21, ArtistPlus Productions presents Out of the Blue, “a dynamic multimedia performance of ballet, baroque, and contemporary dance that celebrates the history of the color blue and its rich presence within […]

Primal Holiday: Music of the Human Spirit

Primal Holiday: Music of the Human Spirit

Despite the frantic scheduling and the hustle and stress, the holidays are a time of reflection, good wishes, and gratitude. The heart-wrenching and hate-fueled events in Paris only solidify the necessity for these observances this holiday season. On December 12, the Angeles Chorale presents “Primal Instincts: Music of the Human Spirit” and perhaps an evening […]

Culinary Tuscan Adventure

Culinary Tuscan Adventure

If you haven’t stopped by for a bottle of olive oil or a dish of pasta, then engaged in a chat with Luisa of The Contessa Collection and Contessa Chocolates, we urge you to do so. Luisa’s hospitality, knowledge, vitality, and passion about Italy (particularly Tuscany) and good food are infectious. Before we know it, […]

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