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Nat ‘n’ Mom

Nat ‘n’ Mom
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The inaugural Jackalope Art & Craft Fair is in a few weeks and we caught up with local artist Meriel Stern who’s collaborated with her son Nat to create products they’ll be selling the weekend of April 25th-26th in Central Park, Pasadena.   Meriel shared with us some details about their creative journey… The Nat’n’Mom […]

2015 Showcase House Sneak Peek

2015 Showcase House Sneak Peek

Along Oak Knoll Avenue, from San Marino up into Pasadena, fragments may be glimpsed of large homes and mansions—a winding driveway, gables with intricate bargeboards, Corinthian columns, or an arched, carved Mahogany front door with wrought iron door knockers. Speeding past, one may get a whiff, a hint, a flash of vast lawns, fountains, and […]

The Making of Salt, S(e)a & Smoke

The Making of Salt, S(e)a & Smoke

How does one balance “creative ambition” with “professional comittment”? Pasadena resident, music producer, co-owner of London Bridge Studio in Seattle, Washington, songwriter, and musician Eric Lilavois writes… Understanding a project as it stands, those are the primary colors. Helping an artist fully realize the vision and not be afraid to take the back roads and […]

Energy Unmatched: Quattrosound

Energy Unmatched: Quattrosound

Rachel Worby, Muse/Ique‘s founder and conductor, states that Quattrosound’s “energy is unmatched.” At the 14th Annual Latin Grammy’s, Quattrosound was nominated for Best New Artist. The ensemble blends Latin pop, jazz, and classical, what the group calls “popzzical,” which is also the name of its debut album. Quattrosound, writes Worby, “share(s) our passion to rethink rules […]

Hunting Eggs at the Rose Bowl

Hunting Eggs at the Rose Bowl

It’s not until it’s mentioned that we think, It’s the perfect venue; what took so long? Thankfully, our lack of foresight and perfect hindsight is not what fuels local ideas, and others are engaged in thinking, conjuring, and creating our local events. 2015 may be the dawning of a new local tradition. The Rose Bowl […]

Debussy at the Villa

Debussy at the Villa

“When you don’t have any money to go on holiday, you must make do by using your imagination,” wrote Achille-Claude Debussy (1862-1918) who was considered the founder of musical impressionism.¹ Debussy: “I love music passionately. And because I love it, I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it.”² By the age of […]

Barbed Needles and Fluffy Wool

Barbed Needles and Fluffy Wool

When the phrase “barbed needles” is bandied about, we cringe then retreat into a defensive stance. “Barbed” flashes us back to Steve McQueen caught in barbed wire after being tossed from his motorcycle while Nazis advance in the 1963 classic The Great Escape. But in this instance, barbed is a good thing. Barbed needles are […]

“Past the Expiration Date”

“Past the Expiration Date”

A “life-changing cancer diagnosis” results in “an explosion of work in a plethora of media.” It’s Lynda Pyka’s “silver lining” and her collection is titled “Past the Expiration Date,” on exhibit at Louis Jane Design Studio, March 13th-27th. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Cancer Support Community Pasadena. Statement by Lynda Pyka: “Past […]

Tart & Crisp Figaro

Tart & Crisp Figaro

How often do we see “things” come full circle? Fashions, movies, music—the old becomes new again. Can you say, “Figaro, Figaro!” La Folle Journée, ou Le Mariage de Figaro (“The Madness of a Day, or The Marriage of Figaro”) was written by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais and produced in 1784. During “a private reading before […]

For Artists: A Must See

For Artists: A Must See

Lost in Living is a film for artists. Particularly women artists, though not exclusively. It’s also a film for people who are living with, loving, or trying to understand artists. For me, Kat Ward (no journalistic royal “we” here), Lost in Living by Mary Trunk and Paul Sanchez of Ma and Pa Films was a pivotal […]

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