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Hey, Pasadena Drivers—Pay Attention!

Hey, Pasadena Drivers—Pay Attention!

Not-so-fun facts: —Pasadena has the second-highest rate of pedestrian-car accidents for mid-size cities in California, behind only Berkeley. — In 2010 alone, cars in Pasadena hit a whopping 83 pedestrians. — Contrary to what you might think, the majority of these accidents do not stem from jaywalking—the walker is most often either in a crosswalk [...]

This Week at Vroman’s: Victoria Patterson & Eleanor Brown

This Week at Vroman’s: Victoria Patterson & Eleanor Brown

Victoria Patterson’s collection of short stories, Drift, was released last year to much fanfare, including an interview with this here online magazine (she’s a South Pas resident), which you can read by clicking these words. Now she’s got a novel out, This Vacant Paradise, which she’ll be reading from at Vroman’s this Thursday at 7, [...]

Prepare for the “Drought”

Prepare for the “Drought”

Ever feel like maybe we’re just a bit too obsessed with the perfection of our lawns here in Pasadena? A recent notice from the Pasadena City Council declaring a ten-day water shutdown due to a necessary seismic retrofit of the F.E Weymouth Water Treatment Plant in LaVerne provides ample evidence of this suspicion. In fact, [...]

La Loma Secret Stairs Worth Exploring

La Loma Secret Stairs Worth Exploring

Last weekend, I headed out to take a ramble up the staircases that weave through the La Loma neighborhood in western Pasadena, as outlined in Charles Fleming’s guidebook, Secret Stairs. Honestly, I had no idea that these stairs (or, for that matter, any of the stairs in this book) existed, and I was looking forward to [...]

A CIF Bonanza

A CIF Bonanza

It was a huge weekend for Pasadena-area teams as CIF playoffs swept Southern California. Muir’s boys’ basketball team had a superb season, and they made to CIF finals against a school just a couple of miles away: Flintridge Prep. Prep won on Saturday night, as did Flintridge Sacred Heart’s girls’ soccer team, which beat San [...]

The League of Extraordinary Women

The League of Extraordinary Women

Sounds like a good name for a comic book, doesn’t it? But while the women of the League of Women Voters don’t appear to have any superpowers—and in fact more than a few need walkers or the elbows of friends to get around—they have undoubtably made life in our Gotham a lot better. The Pasadena [...]

A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things

Sometimes I ask people if they are comfortable going places by themselves. In the past year I’ve grown ever more capable of taking myself on solo excursions. I’ve discovered places that are satisfying little idylls, either for singular or plural outings. Here are five I can vouch for in no particular order. 1. Tommy’s Restaurant, [...]

Athletes & Actors Star at… Caltech?

Athletes & Actors Star at… Caltech?

It’s been a big week for our smart friends at Caltech. The school has never been what you might call an athletic powerhouse; after all, it takes too much time from discovering black holes to fit in six hours of practice a day. And yet… there was joy in Smartville on Tuesday, when the Beavers actually [...]

Pasadena’s March Toward Sustainability

Pasadena’s March Toward Sustainability

Kudos to our hometown for taking steps to better care for our environment and resources! Pasadena recently released its 2010 Green City Report, which outlines the ways the city has begun to fulfill the mandates laid out in the 2006 Green City Action Plan. That plan established 21 goals in seven key areas: energy, water, waste reduction, [...]

The Reality of Camino Real

The Reality of Camino Real

A confined, claustrophobic place filled with desperate people controlled by a despotic ruler. The latest urban Middle East protest? No—an early 1950s work by Tennessee Williams, rarely produced, atypical (think Dante, not Stanley Kowalski) and now strangely relevant: Camino Real. The Theatre @ Boston Court could not have predicted the resonance of its current production [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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