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Stephen Hawking at Caltech

Stephen Hawking at Caltech

The great man in the wheelchair is returning to his home away from home at Caltech for a month, as he does each year, and while he’s here he’s giving a free lecture called “My Brief History.” Professor Hawking‘s talk is intended for regular folks—no need to have a doctorate in quantum physics to understand [...]

Bring Us Your Sick, Your Diseased….

Bring Us Your Sick, Your Diseased….

Historian Michele Zack, the award-winning author of Southern California Story and Altadena: Between Wilderness & City, is giving a talk this weekend that’s sure to be a good one: How Illness Helped to Spread the California Dream. That’s right, more than just TB was spread; without the sanitariums of the San Gabriel Valley, many of [...]

365 Thank Yous for a New Year

365 Thank Yous for a New Year

On New Year’s Eve I waited with several friends to watch Rose Parade floats being towed along Huntington Drive. We were seated in a car parked at San Marino High School plowing through two boxes of See’s candy and dissecting our dinner at Gus’s BBQ. Then one friend mentioned a gathering she had just attended [...]

A Creative Hiatus for Fatty’s

A Creative Hiatus for Fatty’s

Thanks to our friend Kim Ohanneson for passing on the news about our favorite vegetarian restaurant: Angelenos, get ready to speed dial. After a decade of delighting Angelenos with high-end vegan and vegetarian fare paired with fine wines, Fatty & Co.’s will close its doors for an unspecified amount of time, Eat/Drink/See Eagle Rock has learned. [...]

Badger Band: Ready!

Badger Band: Ready!

Thanks to our friend Ann Erdman, aka Pasadena PIO, for sharing this video of the University of Wisconsin marching band as it prepared to come to Pasadena. They’ve arrived here now, trading snow for rain, but it looks like they’re going to get a classic California day for their big march down Colorado Boulevard. You’ve [...]

Lian’s Insider’s Guide to the Rose Parade & Rose Bowl

Lian’s Insider’s Guide to the Rose Parade & Rose Bowl

Here Come the Badgers! Here Come the Horned Frogs! Here Come the Bandies! It’s that time of year again in Pasadena: Rose Bowl time. New Year’s weekend is right around the corner, and my in-box has been filled with a unusually high number of requests for advice, information and parking requests. Yes to advice and [...]

Hiding from the Holidays in a Korean Day Spa

Hiding from the Holidays in a Korean Day Spa

If you haven’t read Helen of Pasadena, by Lian Dolan, treat yourself to a sweet truffle of a novel. For many reasons it is a delicious local confection; and one such reason is its reference to a Korean day spa, which echoes the Olympic Spa not far from us in Koreatown. I just visited the Olympic [...]

Soggy Scenes of Winter

Soggy Scenes of Winter

A few thoughts as we wait for Noah’s Ark to float by: One of these years we’re going to get a Rose Parade day like this. As soon as there’s a momentary lull, we’re making a mad dash for some Christmas shopping. We’re worried about our retailer friends—business must be slow because of the downpour. [...]

Win a Weekend at the Langham

Win a Weekend at the Langham

If you’ve read Lian Dolan’s bestselling new novel, Helen of Pasadena, you know how the historic Langham Huntington Hotel is the setting for the big love scene. And now it’s the setting for the grand prize for the Helen of Pasadena contest, which is running through December. We can’t guarantee that a sexy archaeologist will [...]

Clowns in La Canada

Clowns in La Canada

That’s right, clowns are coming to La Canada, and we not talking about California legislators. The clown comedy troupe Everybody Nose is on tour, performing at such esteemed venues as the Hayworth Theater, the Long Beach Playhouse, and Flintridge Preparatory School. That’s right, Flintridge Prep—because drama teacher Lisa Bierman is a member of the troupe [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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