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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 [...]

Fall NoCo Week

Fall NoCo Week

Purchase some cheese or charcuterie and The Market on Holly will hand you a free glass of wine. Receive an archival print with any photography session at Classic Kids Photography. Get 20% off of candles at Maude Woods and 15% off of books and artists’ works at Flower Pepper Gallery & Bookstore. Today through Sunday, [...]

Red Cross Collects for Sandy

Red Cross Collects for Sandy

Until 7 p.m. today—Friday, November 2nd—the Red Cross is collecting donations for Hurricane Sandy relief. It’s just as easy as a drive-thru, so come on down. NBC will also be hosting a television fundraising event, which can be seen on their station as well as Bravo, CNBC, USA, MSNBC, and E! network. The show begins [...]

Llegos & Pop Art at Designer Con

Llegos & Pop Art at Designer Con

It’s art. It’s design. And there are toys. Collectible toys. Design apparel. Urban, underground, and pop art. Smashed all together. This Saturday, Designer Con. Llego creations. Art contest with $2 entry fee and prizes like custom Morphik bands. Cracking open blindboxed goodies. Carson Catlin will sacrifice a Munny to the gods of reticulation. Sr. Toast versus [...]

South Pasadena Halloween Ghosts

South Pasadena Halloween Ghosts

We wandered some South Pasadena streets today and found a bunch of ghosts and skeletons—some kind of freaky, slightly disconcerting, and impressively creative. Then we found the cute, adorable, Caspar-like ghosts (thank goodness). But beware, come Wednesday evening, when the sun goes down and the strobe lights, fog machines, and sound effects come alive—then nothing [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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