Talk of Our Towns


Tracking the Altadena Bear

Tracking the Altadena Bear

Hometown Pasadena pal Debra Whitehouse came out of her La Viña house the other morning to find fresh bear tracks on the pavement. She shot a bit of video and took a photo, and she was gracious enough to share it with us. Make sure to have your sound on so you can hear her [...]

Remembering a 9/11 Angell

Remembering a 9/11 Angell

I wrote this piece on September 20, 2001, at the request of the Writers Guild magazine, Written By, to remember my friend Lynn Angell. She and her husband, Frasier co-creator David Angell, died when terrorists crashed their plane, American Airlines Flight 11, into the World Trade Center. The Pasadena residents had just moved to Cape [...]

Public Art Coming to a Corner Near You

Public Art Coming to a Corner Near You

This week Pasadena began to see the fruit of more than two years of planning—the installation of several pieces of public art, creatively positioned in unexpected spots such as the pocket park on Washington just east of the 210. We’ve seen three pieces on our jaunts about town and think this is a fine addition [...]

Thich Nhat Hanh in Pasadena

Thich Nhat Hanh in Pasadena

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is coming to Pasadena in a couple of days, and he’ll be addressing this question: What are the practices that will help us touch the core of our being and be able to live fully the gift of this moment? During this talk, the world-famous monk, one of the best-known [...]

Institute for Domestic Techology

Institute for Domestic Techology

Hometown Pasadena colleague Joseph Shuldiner (art director of Celebrating with Julienne and EAT: Los Angeles as well as an accomplished cook) has launched the Institute of Domestic Technology, a lighthearted yet dead-serious organization for food lovers who want to go beyond shopping farmers’ markets and eating at the latest hot restaurant. In August he held his [...]

22 Miles Across the Sea

22 Miles Across the Sea

Catalina is a local destination I’d never visited before. The occasion? A day trip with a dear friend who was celebrating her birthday. Since she’s more in the know than I am, she had acquired a free boat pass courtesy of the birthday promotion at CatalinaExpress.com. (Take a look! The offer is legitimate and it [...]

Free Summer Concerts: The Roster

Free Summer Concerts: The Roster

We’ve entered the dog days of summer, which means three more weeks of free summer concerts. The San Gabriel Valley is packed with ‘em; here’s the roster. See you on the green! Altadena Every Saturday, 7 p.m. Farnsworth Park, 568 E Mt. Curve Ave. Aug 13th Lisa Haley & the Zydekats (Zydeco) Aug 20th The [...]

A Noise Within Cleans House

A Noise Within Cleans House

A Noise Within (ANW), Southern California’s celebrated classical repertory theatre company, says farewell to its Glendale home of 19 years at a “Garage Sale” on Saturday. They’re cleaning house before moving to a permanent location in Pasadena this fall. Here’s your chance to get that perfect Halloween costume you can wear for years, as well [...]

Long and Fat

Long and Fat

Several weeks into my stay in Accra, I found myself back in the classroom of the Street Academy. Standing before the same group of students I had worked with in 2007, I attempted to fill in for an absent English teacher.

Madame Curie, Caltech & Me: One of These Is Not Like the Others

Madame Curie, Caltech & Me: One of These Is Not Like the Others

A few weeks ago, my friend Leslie gave me a tour of her alma mater and current place of employment, the crown jewel of Pasadena’s academic life, Caltech. I’ve lived here for nearly 20 years but had never walked around the beautiful campus or soaked in the moonbeams and brain waves. Leslie was a fantastic [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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