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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 […]

Last Hurrah for Old Pas Film Festival

Last Hurrah for Old Pas Film Festival

The fourth annual Old Pasadena Film Festival is in its final week of films with only three movies left for your viewing pleasure. The month has offered an impressive lineup of Elizabeth Taylor films, along with other classic favorites. Enjoy the last of these July evenings with a treat from 21 Choices or your favorite […]

Women in Business Awards

Women in Business Awards

Twenty-one outstanding local businesswomen were honored recently at the 12th Annual Women in Business Awards luncheon. State Senator Carol Liu and Assemblymembers Mike Gatto and Anthony Portantino hosted the event, which celebrates the power of women who serve as role models and contribute to the greater good of the business community. Each year, the Women […]

My Dream Come True: Rose Queen for a Day

My Dream Come True: Rose Queen for a Day

Last Sunday, I was invited into a very elite sorority. Millions have aspired to join. Thousands have tried out. Only 93 have actually been selected for such special honor. But for one shining moment Sunday, I was named an Honorary Rose Queen. It was a dream come true. I was an invited guest at a […]

Pssst! Word of Mouth! Go See Terri

Pssst! Word of Mouth! Go See Terri

Terri is an intimate, autumnal-lit film about an overweight high school boy and his unexpected relationship with his assistant principal, Mr. Fitzgerald. Though we locals can sense that the movie was filmed right under our noses, the location is meant to be a woodsy Anywhere, USA. The players are Everyman. Their situation is both heart-rending […]

Reefs, Rubbish & Reason—with Ruffles

Reefs, Rubbish & Reason—with Ruffles

The stunning new show at Art Center’s Williamson Gallery is part of a series of thought-provoking explorations of science and art. For the summer, curator Stephen Nowlin has installed the extraordinary work of twin sisters and Australia natives Margaret and Christine Wertheim. A few years ago, the sisters became alarmed at the rate of coral degradation, a result […]

Shakespeare’s Summer Festival

Shakespeare’s Summer Festival

A Shakespeare festival in… La Cañada? At a Catholic girls’ high school? Sure, why not! This summer Vanguard Repertory Company is staging the La Cañada Flintridge Shakespeare’s Summer Festival, and they’ve rented the spectacular, view-rich Flintridge Sacred Heart campus for the duration. This year brings three productions, two of which are world premieres developed by Vanguard Rep. […]

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