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The Folly Bowl

The Folly Bowl

An outdoor garden amphitheater on the grounds of a private home. Bring your own picnic, refreshments, cushions, and even a blanket and pillow if you’d like for an evening under the trees in an intimate setting, thanks to Susanna Dadd and James Griffith of Altadena. It’s the Folly Bowl. We’re almost halfway through their summer [...]

Wearable Tech

Wearable Tech

Wearable tech? Wearable computing is the study or practice of inventing, designing, building, or using miniature body-borne computational and sensory devices. Wearable computers may be worn under, over, or in clothing, or may also be themselves clothes (i.e. “Smart Clothing” (Mann, 1996a)). (Interaction Design Foundation) In 1981, Steve Mann designed and built a backpack-mounted 6502-based [...]

Vaud & the Villians

Vaud & the Villians

There are 19 villains in Vaud and the Villains, beginning with Vaud Overstreet who’s described as “charlatan, seducer, tenor saxophone.” Born 1892. Big Daddy’s a fence, loan shark, and slum lord. Oh yes, and fiddle man, vocals. Shadie Sadie Sinclair probably doesn’t need to be explained. Coco Gitan is listed as a “sultry Creole queen, French [...]

June Wayne: Finding the Proper Context

June Wayne: Finding the Proper Context

She was a high school drop out, began work at a factory at the age of fifteen, and, by her own admission, said in regards to standards of art: “I didn’t have any.” Many articles about June Wayne (1918-2011) state that she dropped out of high school because she wanted to become an artist. After reading Betty [...]

Women + Business = Celebrate

Women + Business = Celebrate

Best selling author (Helen of Pasadena, Elizabeth the First Wife), columnist, humorist (The Chaos Chronicles), award-winning talk show host (The Satellite Sisters), and Lian Dolan will moderate the 6th Annual Women In Business Luncheon on Thursday, June 26th at the Langham. Dolan’s innate public speaking ability and humor is reason enough to attend, let alone [...]

Stoneface

Stoneface

In the 1924 classic silent comedy, Sherlock Jr., its dreaming protagonist, played by the picture’s star and director, the great Buster Keaton, literally walks into a movie he’s watching and becomes part of the action. It’s a theme that’s had many a variation played on it since then—Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo, for [...]

Magical Music at the Mill

Magical Music at the Mill

Surrounded by pomegranate trees on the patio at the Old Mill in San Marino, guests may enjoy a summer evening, sitting only feet away from the musicians. Once every month, the Old Mill presents intimate summer concerts, and this year it’s all about the ensemble of instrumental performers, as in four of them. On June 28th, [...]

Pasadena Confidential 2014

Pasadena Confidential 2014

The Crown City masquerades as a calm and refined retreat, where well-bred ladies glide around their perfect bungalows and everyone knows what fork to use first. But don’t be fooled by appearances. Dip into the confidential files of old Pasadena and meet assassins and oddballs, kidnappers and slashers, Satanists and all manner of maniac in a [...]

2014 Pasadena Chalk Festival

2014 Pasadena Chalk Festival

The event made their way into the Guinness World Record™ in 2010 as the largest street painting festival in the world. It attracts 600 artists and more than 120,000 folks will view works of art in chalk over Father’s Day weekend, June 14th-15th. Last year, Jem-Arlou Somo created Kissing Couple (right, partial) and won Best in [...]

National Donut (Not Doughnut) Day

National Donut (Not Doughnut) Day

In 1917 young Helen Purviance, an ensign in the Salvation Army, was sent to France to work with the American First Division. Putting her Hoosier ingenuity to work, she and a fellow officer, Ensign Margaret Sheldon, patted the first dough into shape by hand, but soon employed an ordinary wine bottle as a rolling pin. [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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