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Botanical Paradise: Reflections

Botanical Paradise: Reflections
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It’s a centennial celebration. One hundred years of the Pasadena Garden Club: 1916-2016. On April 23, PGC celebrates its 100th anniversary with a botanical paradise and garden show titled “Reflections” to be held at the Pasadena Central Library. Larry Wilson of Pasadena Star-News writes that it was in June 1916 that local architect Myron Hunt and […]

Places & Spaces: Artists View “the City” from L. A. to Pasadena

Places & Spaces: Artists View “the City” from L. A. to Pasadena

Couple and local artists Timothy Smith and Yuki Toy work may be seen thanks to the South Pasadena utility box art project, which we featured in Utility Box Art and Utility Box Art 2, respectively. Smith took on the metro at the Mission and Meridian in South Pasadena, complete with trains roaring by, the classic town […]

2016 Showcase Peek

2016 Showcase Peek

There are still a few tarps here and there, a plastic chair that’s obviously not part of the final staging, an empty light switch looking for a new cover, and a massive “something” waiting to  be unwrapped and displayed near the outdoor pool and putting green. Other than those few dangling threads, the 2016 Showcase […]

Literary Death Match with Smiley & Hirahara

Literary Death Match with Smiley & Hirahara

At the 2016 Los Angeles Literary Death March, A Thousand Acres author Jane Smiley will be one of four judges and Altadena resident and author Naomi Hirahara will be one of four competitors. LDM, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, once again teams up with the L. A. Times Festival of Books for a “Festival […]

Page to Table

Page to Table

Two of our favorite things: books and food. More precisely, cookbooks and the products of such. Altadena Public Library has launched a new kind of book club: “From Page to Table,” a potluck for those who love to browse or scour all sorts of cookbooks—and then race home to start cooking. If your cookbook collection […]

Snowapple

Snowapple

As we listened to the instrumental introduction of “Businessmen” by SnowApple, our first impression was of Safaris’ “Wipe Out.” When the vocals began, we thought of 1940s and 50s club singers or chanson in Paris. Three voices in harmony with operatic notes and the music bold and sometimes discordant, the overall sound is folk-ish while […]

Six Characters in Search of an Author

Six Characters in Search of an Author

“This season is themed ‘breaking and entering’,” states A Noise Within co-director Geoff Elliott. “And if there is any one play that of the six from the fall and the spring that so totally fits and falls right into that theme, it would be Six Characters in Search of an Author because these are characters […]

Gallery Tally Project

Gallery Tally Project

J Michael Walker is a local artist whose work clearly illustrates his deep regard for Los Angeles, Mexico and South America, and his attraction to literature, history, culture, and social issues such as class and race. From his study of L. A.’s “saint streets” that, over an eight year period, resulted in a magnificent body […]

Carnegie Observatories 2016 Lecture Series

Carnegie Observatories 2016 Lecture Series

Our friend Vicki Laidig informed us of a lecture series that is, in her opinion, out of this world—the Carnegie Observatories annual spring lecture series—which is free, open to the public, and begins on April 4. A bit of history we found fascinating (and addictive): In 1904, George Ellery Hale “seeking clearer skies than existed […]

Romeo, Valentina, Beast Jr., 80 Days, Willows & Charlotte

Romeo, Valentina, Beast Jr., 80 Days, Willows & Charlotte

From classics such as Charlotte’s Web, Romeo and Juliet, and an adaptation of The Wind in the Willows to the musical Beauty and the Beast, Jr., the autobiography of the three little pigs’ big bad wolf, and the West Coast premier of Casa Valentina by Harvey Feinstein at the Pasadena Playhouse—live theater abounds! Under the […]

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