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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 [...]

Frankenstorm: Hurricane Sandy

Frankenstorm: Hurricane Sandy

This year, Frankenstein’s a lady. Hurricane Sandy descends upon the East Coast today, tomorrow, and Wednesday, from North Carolina all the way up to Maine. Though this doesn’t concern San Gabriel Valley directly—and as such may seem an odd item for Hometown Pasadena—many of us have loved ones up and down the East Coast, and [...]

South Pas Arts Crawl

South Pas Arts Crawl

They call it South Pasadena’s “neighborhood night-on-the-town.” In reality, it’s an evening of hopping from gallery to gallery, listening to a smattering of live music, locating the kid-friendly activities, and taking advantage of the numerous discounts offered by the shops along this historic district on Mission Street. SPACE Arts Center will host the closing reception [...]

Sweeney Todd for Halloween

Sweeney Todd for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, the Pacific Opera Project has three more performances of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony award-winning musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” POP is concluding its first full season. Artistic Director Josh Shaw and Music Director Stephen are “committed to fully professional productions of worthy masterpieces and daring new works [...]

George McGovern Dead: Proud Liberal Dies at 90

George McGovern Dead: Proud Liberal Dies at 90

George McGovern, the man whom Bobby Kennedy once called “the most decent man in the Senate,” died today at the age of 90 from a combination of medical conditions that had worsened over the last few months. Regarding his 1972 presidential campaign that ended in a Nixon landslide, McGovern “once joked that he had wanted [...]

Sweetest Day, Pasadena Style

Sweetest Day, Pasadena Style

Did you know that the 3rd Saturday in October is considered “Sweetest Day”? Jen Steers of newsnet5.com reports that “in 1922, an employee at a Cleveland candy store, Birch Kingston, decided to share some sweets with orphans and elderly confined to their homes, Hallmark said.” (Yes, that Hallmark.) Other Cleveland candy makers soon joined in, [...]

Jennifer Worick’s Punch Party

Jennifer Worick’s Punch Party

“Things I Want to Punch in the Face.” How long would your list be? Jennifer Worick wrote about her pet peeves on her blog. Then local publisher Colleen Bates of Prospect Park Books gathered, sorted, and organized Worick’s pronouncements. Et voilá, a hilarious new book. In an interview on poetrie.com, Worick responded to a question [...]

Mr. Potato Head Becomes a “Spud Missile”

Mr. Potato Head Becomes a “Spud Missile”

Tomorrow, October 16th. Location: the “Fork in the Road,” at Bellefontaine Street and South Pasadena Avenue. Why: Because when was the last time you saw an 18-wheeler hauling around a 6-ton potato? The Idaho Potato Commission is celebrating their 75th anniversary. It appears that their party planner decided to either “go big, or go home,” [...]

Netflix “Netflixed” at Vroman’s

Netflix “Netflixed” at Vroman’s

Collecting data, optimizing the utilization of consumer behavioral patterns, and in 1997, a little upstart company called Netflix that eventually turned the video rental world upside down and eviscerated Blockbuster. Gina Keating is a former reporter at Reuters who became intrigued by the public story about the company’s beginning as repeatedly told by CEO Reed [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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