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David Kipen at Literary Fest & Tree Lighting

David Kipen at Literary Fest & Tree Lighting

The holidays and literature seem to go hand-in-hand, so rather than ringing in the season with only the flick of a switch to “light” the Christmas tree, Allendale Public Library is adding a literary angle to the event. David Kipen, proprietor of Libros Schmibros (a lending Library and used bookshop) in Mariachi Plaza and book correspondent [...]

Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

For ten years, 40+ people have gathered on Saturday mornings at Calvary Presbyterian Church in South Pasadena to practice Handel’s Messiah. Tomorrow, Sunday, December 2nd the public is welcome to sing along. Director Mike Wilson will conduct and the choir will be accompanied by an orchestra, harpsichord, and professional soloists. George Frideric Handel composed this [...]

Art from the Forces of Nature

Art from the Forces of Nature

Creating art from destruction and heartache. This is the idea behind the “Forces of Nature Artists Exhibition” at the Arboretum. The unexpectedly brutal windstorm that struck just a year ago took out 235 trees and damaged 1,000 on the Arboretum grounds. “In the subsequent massive cleanup by Los Angeles County crews, private contractors, and countless [...]

From Disney to Pluto

From Disney to Pluto

“In the immediate wake of a local school shooting, single mother Elizabeth Miller and her college-age son Bailey struggle to communicate while also contending with aggressive household appliances, the odd new family pet, a forceful crowd threatening to invade their kitchen, and a tree that’s crashed through the ceiling.” Like, an angry fridge? Or a [...]

Shop Small, Shop Local

Shop Small, Shop Local

This Saturday, November 24th is Small Business Saturday, which was begun by American Express in 2010. Now, mega-conglomerate American Express hardly exemplifies one’s notion of “small” (even in fantasy fiction), but if you can move beyond that, the idea of and the encouragement to shop at small, independently-owned businesses this holiday season is a kind [...]

Amateur Baker, Anyone?

Amateur Baker, Anyone?

So, we get a call the other day. “Hello, I’m Scrschasl (weak cell phone connection)and I’m a producer for Scrschasl. We’re looking for amateur bakers and would like to spread the word in the Pasadena area.” We listened to the message twice, but still couldn’t make out the name of the woman or the show, [...]

Folk Tree’s Int’l Nativities

Folk Tree’s Int’l Nativities

Are you looking for Christmas decorations and gifts with an international bent? The Folk Tree is having its 26th Annual International Nativities Exhibition, which opens with a holiday open house this Saturday. The exhibit will feature handmade nativities and ornaments from around the world with an emphasis on folk art from Mexico. Many of the [...]

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Starting life as a guest house, expanding into the very grand Vista del Arroyo Hotel, and procured by the federal government during World War II, this grand building is now the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Heading west on the 134 Freeway, the Colorado Street Bridge and this Marston and Van Pelt-designed former hotel are [...]

Words & Works: on Paper

Words & Works: on Paper

J. Michael Walker opens his solo show, “Words on Paper/Works on Paper,” paintings and drawings inspired by the printed word, this Saturday at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park. Walker believes in “cross-fertilization,” stating that the creativity of others, whether it be the written word or a more tactile medium, influences his work. “We inspire [...]

Madame Butterfly Lands on One Colorado

Madame Butterfly Lands on One Colorado

Madame Butterfly will be flitting into town this week. One Colorado will host the L.A. Opera with several members performing arias from the Puccini’s tragic story this Thursday, November 8th. There will be two showings and it is first come, first served. L.A. Opera’s production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly (officially opens November 17) is directed by Ron [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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