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Lian’s Guide to the Rose Season

Lian’s Guide to the Rose Season

Here Come the Ducks! Here Come the Badgers! Here Come the Bandies! It’s that time of year again in Pasadena: Rose Bowl time. New Year’s weekend is right around the corner, and my in-box has been filled with a unusually high number of requests for advice, information and parking requests. Yes to advice and information; no […]

Our Own Festival of Lights

Our Own Festival of Lights

We love lights. Any kind of lights: July 4th fireworks; firelight (indoors or out, fireplace or campfire); moonlight; sunlight (that’s a big one); the lights we hope to see one day, like the Aurora Borealis. And then there are Christmas lights. Walking our neighborhoods on Boxing Day, a sliver of a moon rises in the […]

Loving Our Trees

Loving Our Trees

Our city of Pasadena lost close to 1,100 trees during the hurricane-force windstorm. Additionally, some 70 trees were seriously damaged in local parks; their chances of survival are currently being assessed. The Pasadena Community Foundation is teaming up with Pasadena Beautiful Foundation and has established the Windstorm Tree Fund to raise money to buy and […]

What’s Old Is New Again

What’s Old Is New Again

During several summers following high school, I, like nearly every teenager in Orange County, worked at Disneyland. Early in my career, one of my pals introduced me to another coworker in the parking lot. Actually, this new acquaintance was crawling out of the rumble seat of a 1939 Packard, if memory serves me. And as […]

The Day God Sneezed

The Day God Sneezed

Thanks to Hometown Pasadena friend Claudia Bailey for pointing us to the video made by Ryan Weber, a Valley resident who works in South Pasadena. It’s his narrated drive-through of South Pas on the day after the Wind From Hell hit town. Check it out:

A Case of Two Nutcrackers

A Case of Two Nutcrackers

It’s a time of good cheer times two this year; the perennial favorite, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, will be performed at The Pasadena Civic Center and The Pasadena Playhouse. The Long Beach Ballet will once again perform at the Civic Center with its usual full symphony orchestra and special effects. Additionally, this already elaborate production will be enhanced by the young, […]

See a Teahouse Being Built—Vicariously

See a Teahouse Being Built—Vicariously

Vimeo it’s called. Team Vimeo is 57 filmmakers and video creators who had a desire to share their works. This has grown into a community that values quality over novelty, whose members are supportive and encouraging and have a wide array of interests. Vimeo member and Pasadena photographer Michael Stern has created a time-lapse video documenting […]

Our Wild Wind Event: Updated All Day

Our Wild Wind Event: Updated All Day

The Pasadena and Foothills area was slammed by winds overnight and daybreak delivered the expected mayhem – power outages, fallen trees, downed power lines and structure fires… and there’s more coming tonight. Make yourself another cup of coffee and do the city a favor—stay off the streets today. All local schools are closed; see list […]

A Better Life Rings True

A Better Life Rings True

“Teacher, why are you showing me such a sad movie? I’m gonna cry all day.” “Miss, I’d kill to have a father like that!” Sometimes I strike gold while watching a film with my students. It happened last week when we saw the summer 2011 independent film A Better Life, directed by Chris Weitz. It’s my […]

Pasadena Standard Time

Pasadena Standard Time

The Pasadena Art Museum was a legendary institution at the white-hot epicenter of postwar art in Southern California. That fascinating, percolating, seminal era is being celebrated throughout the Southland in a series of exhibitions called Pacific Standard Time—and in Pasadena right now. The Pasadena Art Museum began in 1924 in a house on the northwest […]

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