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Magical Music at the Mill

Magical Music at the Mill

Surrounded by pomegranate trees on the patio at the Old Mill in San Marino, guests may enjoy a summer evening, sitting only feet away from the musicians. Once every month, the Old Mill presents intimate summer concerts, and this year it’s all about the ensemble of instrumental performers, as in four of them. On June 28th, [...]

Pasadena Confidential 2014

Pasadena Confidential 2014

The Crown City masquerades as a calm and refined retreat, where well-bred ladies glide around their perfect bungalows and everyone knows what fork to use first. But don’t be fooled by appearances. Dip into the confidential files of old Pasadena and meet assassins and oddballs, kidnappers and slashers, Satanists and all manner of maniac in a [...]

2014 Pasadena Chalk Festival

2014 Pasadena Chalk Festival

The event made their way into the Guinness World Record™ in 2010 as the largest street painting festival in the world. It attracts 600 artists and more than 120,000 folks will view works of art in chalk over Father’s Day weekend, June 14th-15th. Last year, Jem-Arlou Somo created Kissing Couple (right, partial) and won Best in [...]

National Donut (Not Doughnut) Day

National Donut (Not Doughnut) Day

In 1917 young Helen Purviance, an ensign in the Salvation Army, was sent to France to work with the American First Division. Putting her Hoosier ingenuity to work, she and a fellow officer, Ensign Margaret Sheldon, patted the first dough into shape by hand, but soon employed an ordinary wine bottle as a rolling pin. [...]

Make Music Pasadena 2014

Make Music Pasadena 2014

It’s twelve hours of rock ‘n roll, chamber music, acoustic guitar, pop, soul, blues, and country. It’s Make Music Pasadena. Dozens of individuals and groups will play their rhythms and songs, all for free, from Cal State L.A., Fuller Seminary and Bar Celona to Beyond Hair, the Armory, the Paseo and Vroman’s Bookstore. Vertical Wine [...]

Pachamama: World Mother

Pachamama: World Mother

In early literature, she was depicted as “a cruel goddess eager to collect her sacrifices,” which included elaborate miniature garments, as well as llamas. Today, Pachamama, revered by the indigenous people of the Andes is regarded as benevolent and giving, as nature itself; a “dragoness fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting” (BroomCloset). In [...]

Joe & the Snow Leopard

Joe & the Snow Leopard

Sept 26 In a tent. Each of us has quickly developed a tent survival layout. In order to exist in a tent, you have to organize the space as if you were a blind person. Everything has to be where you know it is by touch and orientation. You think you’re going to wake up [...]

Visiting Queen Anne

Visiting Queen Anne

It happens only twice a year. The door to Lucky Baldwin’s National Register guest house—Queen Anne Cottage at the Arboretum—will open. Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin and his fourth wife, Lillie Bennett (who was a mere sixteen years old) constructed the cottage in 1885-1886. It was designed by Lillie’s father, architect Albert A. Bennett. Unfortunately, marital [...]

Vintage Car Show for Dreamkeepers

Vintage Car Show for Dreamkeepers

It’s time to channel your inner Steve McQueen. This Saturday, Thorson Motors in East Pasadena will present its Second Annual Classic Car Show, featuring drool-worthy vintage hot rods from the 1930s to the present, all lovingly restored. The show is being produced by Great Autos of Yesteryear, with food provided by Pasadena’s Stonefire Grill. This is no ordinary [...]

Mystery Lit Mash-Up

Mystery Lit Mash-Up

Unbound Productions likes interactive theater—Wicked Lit and History Lit—where the audience sits or stands feet, even inches from the action, able to feel the emotional energy, the very breath of the actors. Walking from here to there, from set to set, scene to scene. We loved the immediacy and immersion during HistoryLit, which held inside the [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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