Talk of Our Towns


San Marino School Board

San Marino School Board

We don’t cover hard news here at Hometown Pasadena—we’re all about the features. And so we don’t officially endorse anyone in elections. But I feel the need to unofficially sing the praises of our pal from pilates class, Lisa Link, who’s running for the San Marino Board of Education on Tuesday. For a couple of [...]

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Shakespeare’s purest, silliest comedy opens the inaugural season for A Noise Within, in Pasadena’s newest theater complex. The excellent A Noise Within repertory company has moved to Pasadena from its longtime home in Glendale. This troupe of spirited actors has been in existence for twenty years and they play together that way, finding the fun [...]

The Fork In the Road Is Back

The Fork In the Road Is Back

It was a staple like meat and potatoes. And then, it was gone. But now…Pasadena’s largest fork has returned. In addition to the fork’s reappearance, The Fork In The Road Gang has organized what they hope to be Pasadena’s largest food drive (which will benefit Union Station Homeless Services). They will be accepting non-perishable foods Saturday [...]

Dave, the Costco Frog

Dave, the Costco Frog

“So a frog hops into a Costco…” No, seriously. A tiny tree frog made his way into our local Alhambra Costco, sequestered in a package of organic salad mix. He’s found himself a new home with surprised salad shopper Liya Ma of South Pasadena, who asked to keep him. We bet he’s glad he chose [...]

A Noise Within Opens in New Home

A Noise Within Opens in New Home

A packed house greeted the gala opening of A Noise Within’s new Pasadena home in the Stuart Pharmaceutical building on the corner of Sierra Madre Villa and Foothill Avenues last Saturday night, October 29. ANW is a professional repertory company dedicated to the classics which has been in business in Glendale for two decades. Their [...]

It’s Heeeere! (Queue the Spooky Music)

It’s Heeeere! (Queue the Spooky Music)

“You go.” “No, you go first.” “Well, maybe, we’ll just let these kids go ahead of us.” “Maybe, I’ll see you back at the car.” “Scaredy-cat.” “Then, you go.” “No, you go.” Does this exchange sound familiar? That’s right. It must be Halloween. We stopped by as Ken Shaw lumbered out of his garage, not [...]

It’s Official (via London): Caltech’s #1

It’s Official (via London): Caltech’s #1

“Who me?” “Yes, you.” “Couldn’t be.” “Then, who?” It’s certainly not Harvard; not this year. It’s you, Caltech! The California Institute of Technology has achieved number one in the World University Rankings as accorded by the Times Higher Education magazine in London. Thirteen “performance indicators” that represent teaching, citations, international outlook, industry statistics, research budgets, [...]

LitFest Pasadena 2012 – Launching From Castle Green

LitFest Pasadena 2012 – Launching From Castle Green

Last Thursday saw a fundraising soiree to kick off LitFest Pasadena, a literary festival coming to Pasadena next St. Patrick’s Day. Attendance (and funds received) exceeded the organizers’ hopes, and enthusiasm for the day-long, family-friendly, book-loving festival ran very high indeed. Here are a few photos from the Castle Green happening. Gallery Girl founder Jennifer [...]

A Queen for This Season

A Queen for This Season

Number 94 is the number to be: Drew Helen Washington is this year’s 94th Rose Bowl queen and will preside over the 123rd Rose Parade and the 98th Rose Bowl game. Washington was selected out of seven finalists princesses from an initial pool of 1,000 young woman from the Pasadena area. Drew Helen (yes, she’s [...]

Launching LitFest Pasadena

Launching LitFest Pasadena

Book ‘em. No, wait, that’s not what we meant (no handcuffs are involved). It’s books. Literally. And literary. And singing. For books. March 17th, 2012 is bookmarked (see?!) for the first—hopefully, soon to be foremost—LitFest Pasadena. As that is only five months away and counting, to get the party started, our historic, integral Castle Green [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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