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The Wedding Dress

The Wedding Dress
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It began with Chiyomi falling in love with Kaz Ogawa. The time was 1944; the United States was at war. The location of their wedding: Manzanar, one of the 10 internment camps for Japanese-Americans and Japanese immigrants during World War II. Chiyomi’s aunt Nui was a professional seamstress. She designed and made Chiyomi’s wedding dress. […]

Going Public With PUSD

Going Public With PUSD

Jim is a teacher at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Dawn is on the board of the Pasadena Educational Foundation. Together, the O’Keeffe’s have taken on the public school system. Not in protest, but in celebration. This past May 8th, 200 people split into 50 crews and scattered onto all 28 Pasadena public school […]

Doo Dah Fun: Thx, PS!

Doo Dah Fun: Thx, PS!

Last week, HP post a piece about the Doo Dah Parade retrospective coming to the Pasadena Museum of History. Peggy Sue Davis of Altadena was there to enjoy the opening reception’s festivities and was good enough to share her spoils (photographs) of the evening. “What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been: 35 Years of the […]

Finding Balance Abstractly

Finding Balance Abstractly

Cells phone rings can differ from electronic “music” or your favorite song to beeps and trills. The “swoosh” of cars is never far away, or the blare of sirens or helicopters. Even pumping gas no longer allows for a solitary moment as screens mounted atop the gas pump flash images while assorted voices assail you […]

Tony: Top Gun

Tony: Top Gun

There was no hesitation, one witness said. A man climbed the 8- to 10-foot fence on the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, and jumped. As most people know by now, that man was 68-year-old Tony Scott, famed and respected director of classic films and commercials. His “kinetic” and […]

Beethoven at the Race Track

Beethoven at the Race Track

What: Music of Beethoven and John Williams by the California Philharmonic Chorale and Soloists Program: Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9 and John William’s scores from Star Wars, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Amistad, and Saving Private Ryan. When: Saturday, August 25th Where: Santa Anita Race Track, on their “specially renovated lush infield” […]

What a Long, Strange…

What a Long, Strange…

“What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been: 35 Years of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade.” Yes, that’s quite a mouthful. But it also makes sense; our local Doo Dah Parade is a spectacle that assaults all of our senses. Our eyes widen as we see a table set for eight, complete with china, hot food, […]

710 Freeway Meeting

710 Freeway Meeting

Wednesday, August 8th, the Metro’s Community Liaison Council Meeting will now be held at the Pasadena Scottish Rite Center at 150 N. Madison Avenue from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This meeting is in regard to the “SR-710 Study” project that’s looking into the idea of connecting the 710 Freeway with possibly the I-210 Freeway […]

Curiosity Lands on Mars!

Curiosity Lands on Mars!

The target was Gale Crater (a mere 94 miles wide). Fourteen minutes after the 1-ton spacecraft Curiosity touched down on Mars’ surface, a radio telescope in Australia picked up the “text message” from the orbiting Mars Odyssey satellite and Australia sent it on to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory here in Pasadena. On receiving two thumbnail […]

Landing on Mars

Landing on Mars

It’s happening. Right now (and tomorrow). The Curiosity rover hits Martian space at 13,000 mph—154 million years from earth—but will be braking and landing on the planet “with the grace and lightness of a feather.” The Planetary Society is offering a weekend of complete immersion in everything space at the Pasadena Convention Center that includes […]

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