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2016 Empty Showcase House: The “Before”

2016 Empty Showcase House: The “Before”
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We do find it rather astonishing that people hand over the keys to their stately homes, with only a few caveats here and there, and say, do what you will. But so it is every year with the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. As we missed the charity’s opening event—the lovely and fun Empty Showcase […]

Feb. 19: Rickie Lee Jones

Feb. 19: Rickie Lee Jones

As it is Valentine’s week, with a constant onslaught of pleas to call 1-800-Flowers or purchase Valentine pajama-grams and oddly configured edible arrangements, we are sticking with the soothing sounds of music to celebrate this commercially inundated pseudo day of love. On her 18th birthday, November 8, 1972, Rickie Lee Jones left Washington state and […]

Lovin’ Judy

Lovin’ Judy

Though a child piano prodigy, once she heard folk music and the likes of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Judy Collins lifted her hands from the keyboard and placed her fingers on guitar strings.¹ Her first commercial hit was “Both Sides Now” and now, entering her 77th year, she still performs—from Sondheim’s “Send in the […]

Kitchens, The Arrangement & I Heart Obama

Kitchens, The Arrangement & I Heart Obama

The Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is roaring into 2016. On February 17, two Penguin Random House authors—J. Ryan Stradal and Ashley Warlick—will be “in conversation” and sign their novels. Stradal has published Kitchens of the Great Midwest and no, it is not a book of design or quaint collections of nana’s recipes. Stradal is a […]

Showcase House: 1918 Mission Revival

Showcase House: 1918 Mission Revival

The word is this 1918 Mission Revival was designed by the esteemed and prolific local architect Myron Hunt (think Huntington Library, Caltech, Occidental College, and the Ambassador Hotel). More specifically, the mansion is “thought” to have been designed by Myron Hunt, according to official text. What is certain is that this 16,000 square feet main […]

Art By the Sidewalk

Art By the Sidewalk

At Art by the Sidewalk, local artist Valérie Daval curates “Home Icon” featuring engravings by Marie-Noelle Deverre with an opening reception to view the art and Skype with the artist on February 7. “I collect and gather food, beauty, medication, and toy packagings, which I open and flatten in order to engrave them using a […]

Sasha Vom Dorp: Prequel

Sasha Vom Dorp: Prequel

It may look like CG, but according to artist Sasha vom Dorp, his work is “good ol’ fashioned photography. Sound, sunlight, and H2O.” Vom Dorp writes: I’ve made these photographs to better know my place in the universe.… I’ve built a machine in an attempt to observe elemental transactions. I’ve created a mechanical solution to […]

Art of the City Wall: Mixed Message

Art of the City Wall: Mixed Message

As a quick intro, there are four things to know about Bill Wishner: —He is 74 years old. —Though retired from his medical practice, Dr. Wishner is still a professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC “helping to teach medical ethics.”¹ —For thirty years his focus was photography, primarily on-stage portraits […]

Beautiful Rain, Colored Skies

Beautiful Rain, Colored Skies

Waking up in the morning recently, the temperature has been as low as 37ºF, 5 degrees from freezing. One evening we stepped outside and it smelled like snow. Yet the sky was clear, the stars as bright as possible while fighting through the glare of city lights. Now the rain has come. Glorious rain. From […]

The Neighborhoods in Which We Live

The Neighborhoods in Which We Live

Near the north end of the Hahamongna Watershed Park, on the edge of the foothills, west of Lincoln Avenue and not far from West Alta Loma Drive, artist Ana Marini-Genzon lives, paints, and walks. We were first introduced to Ana’s art during the Open Studios tour in the spring of 2015. We’ve been an admirer […]

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