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Pasadena Gets Neurotic

Pasadena Gets Neurotic

J.D. Rothman never considered herself a helicopter mom; she says she was the one most likely to forget to pick up the carpool. But when her oldest son began the search for a college home, she couldn’t believe how crazy the whole thing had become since she went through it in the olden days, and [...]

Picoult’s In Town

Picoult’s In Town

Jodi Picoult, bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, and Change of Heart, will be discussing and signing her newest novel, Lone Wolf, this Wednesday, March 7th at Caltech (presented by the Caltech Center for Diversity). Picoult often tells a story from many points of view to illustrate how a situation can be interpreted [...]

One City, One Story: People of the Book

One City, One Story: People of the Book

This year, Pasadena celebrates a decade of participating in One City, One Story, and has chosen Geraldine Brooks‘ People of the Book. People of the Book is described as a novel of “sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity.” A rare-book expert, Hanna Heath, finds herself in the precarious position of protector, seeking a safe journey [...]

This Isn’t B of A

This Isn’t B of A

With the arrival of ATM cards, some of us haven’t seen the inside of a bank in years. At the automated tellers, there’s not even a need for deposit slips; you can insert fifty checks at a time or fifty bills; zip in, zip out. You can hardly count a trip to the bank as [...]

Loving the 626, Fung Brothers Style

Loving the 626, Fung Brothers Style

Three cheers for SGV entertainers and video makers the Fung Brothers for this terrific music-video shout-out to the joys of the 626. Sorry, Altadena, they don’t mean you: This love goes out to the south end, where the good food and late-night café action live: Alhambra, San Gabriel, Monterey Park, Rosemead and even El Monte. [...]

A Pinch of Hamlet, A Bite of Twelfth Night…

A Pinch of Hamlet, A Bite of Twelfth Night…

Sunday, late afternoon, and Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena stands regal against the backdrop of crystal clear mountains. This was the incredible location of the second fundraiser for LitFest Pasadena, the city’s upcoming entrance into the world of book festivals to be held on Saturday, March 17th, in Central Park. Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard joined the [...]

A Festival of Women

A Festival of Women

Novel #1: Round Rock, named one of the LA Times Best 100 Books of the year. Novel #2: Jamesland, winner of the Southern California Booksellers Award for Fiction. Novel #3: Blame, nominated for a 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award. Author: Altadena’s own Michelle Huneven. Huneven is one of the five acclaimed women who will [...]

Toasting Pinot

Toasting Pinot

Prepare the palate, for we see 200 pinot noirs in your future. That is if you choose to attend the 4th Annual Pasadena PinotFest this Saturday at the Altadena Town & Country Club. Sponsored by Noir Food & Wine, 100 California wineries (including FlyingGoat, Vergari, Clary Ranch, and Phantom Rivers Wine) will be offering 200 [...]

Taking It to the Ballroom

Taking It to the Ballroom

It began as a way to create quality time for their family. They didn’t realize it was in their blood. “It” is ballroom dancing. “They” are mother Kari Fraser, 14-year-old Grace, and 11-year-old Holden. It seems Grandpa, Albert “Scotty” Fraser, who worked for the Rolls Royce Corporation in his hometown of Paisley Renfrewshire, Scotland during [...]

ART Night

ART Night

Every mother knows that a playdate involving three kids is a recipe for disaster. Two kids gang up to pick on or exclude the third; there are bound to be hurt feelings, tears, and maybe a fight. In Art, now at the Pasadena Playhouse, this triangle is played mostly for laughs, with plenty of serious [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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