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Bryan Denton, Our Eyes in Libya

Bryan Denton, Our Eyes in Libya

Local boy Bryan Denton, now all grown up, was featured today in the New York Times blog, Lens, which covers Photography, Video and Visual Journalism. Denton, a photojournalist and product of Sequoyah School, Flintridge Prep and NYU, is currently behind enemy lines in Misurata, Libya. C.J. Chivers, who is with him in Libya writes: This [...]

Well Done, Little Rover

Well Done, Little Rover

Every now and then we need to be reminded that mind-blowing history is being made daily, just two to three miles to the northwest. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, truly one of the finest feathers in our cap, has played a part in the nation’s space program since the early 1930s. And it’s right next door! This [...]

The Sacrifice of Deputy Charlene Rottler

The Sacrifice of Deputy Charlene Rottler

On January 3, 2010, retired Deputy Sheriff Charlene “Charlie” Rottler, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, died from injuries she sustained while working on patrol at the Altadena Sheriff’s Station. Most people are unfamiliar with Charlie’s story. She and her training officer were involved in a traffic collision with a drunk driver on November 5, 1972, [...]

The Armadillo String Quartet plays P.D.Q. Bach

The Armadillo String Quartet plays P.D.Q. Bach

If you fall into a certain age range and were fortunate enough to have musical education growing up, you undoubtedly had a music teacher who thought P.D.Q. Bach was just the cat’s pajamas. Which he is. P.D.Q., also known as (Johann) Peter Schickele, is a composer, comedian, and educator—think a more slapstick Victor Borge. Schickele [...]

ArtNight!

ArtNight!

What could be better than free admission to an excellent local museum on a beautiful Friday night? How about free admission to several excellent local museums. And to a bunch of other arts-oriented venues. And free shuttles running from stop to stop. And fancy food trucks. And live music. And did we mention it’s all [...]

Bureaucracy Run Amok

Bureaucracy Run Amok

UPDATE from Altadenablog.com — The county planning department’s drive to alter or eliminate Patticakes’ mural on Allen Ave. has been dropped, according to Patticakes’ owner Mike McLellan. According to the county officials, they have “settled the matter.” Honestly, it’s enough to make a liberal become a libertarian: Someone in Altadena apparently complained to the county [...]

A Park in the Playhouse District? Speak Up!

A Park in the Playhouse District? Speak Up!

You know that parking lot at the northeast corner of Union and El Molino? You’ve probably parked there to go to the Laemmle. It’s nice enough, as parking lots go. But it may not be around for much longer: There’s an initiative afoot to turn it into a park—a real park, with grass and trees [...]

Lian at the Libraries

Lian at the Libraries

Fans of author Lian Dolan and her bestselling novel Helen of Pasadena will finally get the chance to hear her speak this week and next at events hosted by the Pasadena and Glendale Public Libraries. A lively and funny speaker, Dolan has become the toast of the town, and many of her previous private events, like those [...]

Market on Holly Opening Shindig

Market on Holly Opening Shindig

On Thursday night, it became official: The Market on Holly is now open for business. The  joint venture by composer Marty Davich (our neighbor in Prospect Park) and caterer Mary Pat Brandmeyer (a longtime Altadenan) drew a big crowd to its grand opening party, which spilled onto the sidewalk (where a jazz band played) and into [...]

Friday Morning Music

Friday Morning Music

I was just running in for a quick cup of drip coffee to take to the office, but this morning Jones Coffee had other plans for me. Three guys were playing the most captivating music, a Latin American/Calypso/samba sound showcasing some remarkable guitar work. Hey, it’s Friday, so what’s the rush to get to work? [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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