Talk of Our Towns


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 [...]

How About Suburban Homesteading?

How About Suburban Homesteading?

It’s been oh so entertaining to follow the national kerfuffle around Pasadena’s Dervaes family and their announcement that they have trademarked the terms “urban homestead” and “urban homesteading” and that they intend to legally enforce said trademarks. This came, of course, as a great surprise to the nationally known authors (and nearby Silver Lake residents) [...]

Dangerous Beauty

Dangerous Beauty

It’s a voguish year for biographies as entertainment – just look at the Oscar nominations if you disagree. The first full production of the resurrected Pasadena Playhouse, Dangerous Beauty, is right on trend. Based on the story of a real-life Venetian courtesan, Veronica Franco, this sumptuous musical hits the highs and lows of the tumultuous [...]

More Words About Pasadena

More Words About Pasadena

Writers both famous and undeservedly little-known have lived in, or passed through, Pasadena and her sister towns, and we’ve collected some of their bot mots about these towns. Recently we posted Part 1; here’s Part 2. Tiny ramshackle houses gave way to stores, and then again to houses, albeit nicer, as they crossed into Alhambra, and nicer [...]

A Square-Cornered Archivist

A Square-Cornered Archivist

We are upstairs at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, and the folding chairs are filling fast. Somebody has thoughtfully placed a cooler of cheap beer toward the back of the space, and the hospitality is gratefully received by the crowd gathered to hear several experts discuss the work of the late Los Angeles poet and novelist Charles Bukowski.

The event is billed “An Evening with Bukowski’s Friends,” and the night’s speakers have been chosen by the author’s widow, Linda Lee Bukowski. The woman at the podium, though, does not look like the usual Bukowski connoisseur.

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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