Talk of Our Towns


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.

Flintridge Bookstore’s Grand Opening

Flintridge Bookstore’s Grand Opening

How lucky am I? Yesterday afternoon I walked a fraction of a block to the grand opening of the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse. Just when I had given up hope that anything would be built on the site of the long-abandoned service station at the top of the street, Peter and Lenora Wannier purchased the property and fought hard to fulfill their dream of creating a first-class independent bookstore.

And Now, a Word About Pasadena

And Now, a Word 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. Here’s Part 1 of our favorites; stay tuned for Part 2 soon. Now I was truly in “God’s country”—the real Southern California which is peerless…. Next day, […]

Mothers’ Club Searches for Alumni

Mothers’ Club Searches for Alumni

Mothers’ Club of Pasadena is celebrating its 50th anniversary and wants to know: Are you one of these kids? Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center has served more than 2,000 Pasadena families over the past half a century and its staff members are looking for those whose lives have been touched by the organization. Mothers’ Club […]

Dine Well to Aid a Little Girl

Dine Well to Aid a Little Girl

On Wednesday, Weiser Family Farms will be hosting and donating produce for a gourmet dinner in order to raise money for the child of an employee: 2-year old Emily Rico, who suffers from neuroblastoma, a rare nerve cancer in her stomach. Emily has spent a month in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy and will soon have […]

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