Talk of Our Towns


Can We Save Our Rialto?

Can We Save Our Rialto?

On Sunday, October 2nd, South Pasadena’s Rialto Theatre will be, once again, the main attraction. The revitalization symposium will begin with student filmmaker Miranda Gontz’s documentary of this historic gem, followed by expert speakers recounting their experiences restoring the Orpheum Theatre in L.A., the Alex in Glendale, and the Pomona Fox. Built in 1925, the [...]

It’s Craftsman—All Day & All Night!

It’s Craftsman—All Day & All Night!

Ya gotta scratch that itch, don’cha? It’s that time of year again and the Craftsman are calling you. Pasadena Heritage‘s 20th Craftsman Weekend is approaching quickly and tickets do run out (in fact, some events are already sold out). To help you decide what temptations to choose from, you can download the event brochure, but [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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