Talk of Our Towns


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 [...]

The State of Our City

The State of Our City

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard gave the 2012 State of the City address last Thurday evening at A Noise Within Theatre. He reported on our city’s recent achievements and the details of what lays ahead. Although he was positive and took a strong, proactive tone, he was honest and open about the city’s significant challenges. You can [...]

Let Freedom Ring

Let Freedom Ring

Martin Luther King, Jr. was honored by Pasadena Unified School District students through various service activities, celebratory musical and dance performances, and art and essay contests. As part of their beautification program, the Pasadena MLK Community Coalition led Madison Elementary School students, their families and staff in a day of planting and landscaping their campus. [...]

Actualizing Your Dream at ltdLIVE

Actualizing Your Dream at ltdLIVE

In the 1970′s, women burned bras, marched, and raised their voices, pushing their agenda for equality, led by the likes of Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan and Bella Abzug. Economic and social constraints slowly and eventually loosened, and women (who, let’s be real, have always had to forge their own way) said, watch out world, here we [...]

Pasadena Design at LACMA

Pasadena Design at LACMA

We highly recommend a trip west to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to check out its contribution to Pacific Standard Time, the county-wide retrospective of California art in the mid 20th century. Called California Design, 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way, the show is visually exciting and great fun, showcasing everything from surfboards [...]

Begin 2012 With an Art Infusion

Begin 2012 With an Art Infusion

To start of the year with an inspiring, varied and solid dose of art, make sure you head over to the Pasadena Museum of California Art. This is the last week to catch four impressive exhibits: Roland Rice’s psychologically imbued miniature tableaux and his monumental life-size representation of a living room entitled The Castle of Perseverance [...]

Come Join the Parade!

Come Join the Parade!

There’s nothing like sitting in the front row—feet on the pavement, Norton Simon at your backside, picture-blue day, it’s 7:45 in the morning and you’ve already been up for three hours! It must be time for the Rose Parade. In case you missed it—in case you slept in, had a nice leisurely breakfast, read the [...]

Lian’s Guide to the 2012 Rose Parade

Lian’s Guide to the 2012 Rose Parade

Grab a cup of cocoa, light the fire and settle in for some great TV viewing as the 123rd annual Rose Parade rumbles through the streets of Pasadena. As a proud resident of the City of Roses and a 20-year veteran of parade-going, I envy those of you who get to skip the early wake-up [...]

Floating for the Legacy of Life

Floating for the Legacy of Life

While all of the floats in the Rose Parade are remarkable for their beauty and attention to detail, my children and I have a special spot in our heart for this year’s entry from Donate Life and its Los Angeles affiliate, One Legacy. In fact, we personally glued a couple hundred split peas to its left [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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