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Geminid Meteor Shower

Geminid Meteor Shower

On Thursday, December 13th, the whole world can experience the wonder of Mother Nature together. The Geminid meteor shower will begin in the late evening of Thursday and continue until dawn. Earthsky states that “as a general rule, the shower intensifies after midnight and produces the greatest number of meteors for a few hours, centered around [...]

710 Tunnel Decision

710 Tunnel Decision

Today the Pasadena City Council will “take a position” on the 710 Freeway tunnel. Should a tunnel complete the Long Beach Freeway, creating a link from the 10 to the 210 Freeways? The council’s position, though, may not possess any genuine significance. Councilman Terry Tornek states, “Frankly, I’ve been asking to have this brought forward [...]

L.A.’s Poet Laureate Eloise Klein Healy and Pasadena’s Red Hen Press

L.A.’s Poet Laureate Eloise Klein Healy and Pasadena’s Red Hen Press

Eloise Klein Healy has been named Los Angeles’ official poet laureate by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Born in El Paso, then raised in a small town in Iowa, Healy moved with her family to L.A. when she was ten years old. She began writing poetry at a young age (supposedly on the back of movie and television [...]

Yellow, Yellow

Yellow, Yellow

If you get a chance to amble down Huntington Drive just East of Garfield Avenue, you’ll experience a wash of yellow. The trees growing in the median catch the sunlight and dazzle, while the leaves that have fallen make a carpet underneath, creating the appearance of stripes against the green grass in between. Driving by, [...]

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, [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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