Talk of Our Towns


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 [...]

Vermont in Pasadena

Vermont in Pasadena

Well, maybe the colors aren’t as stunning as New England in October, but Pasadena in December is getting an unusual amount of fall colors. We understand it has something to do with the sharp drop in temperatures in November. Anyway, you’ll find pockets of red, gold and yellow all over town; here are photos of [...]

Put Grandma on a Bus

Put Grandma on a Bus

Celebrate Grandma successfully avoiding those reindeer by giving her the hometown tour she’s always wanted. By the end of December, the holiday rush will be over for many, but here in Pasadena, we’ll just be getting started, with family and friends arriving for the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl. While they’re waiting for the New [...]

Double Your Donating Dollar

Double Your Donating Dollar

Wouldn’t it be nice if every dollar you made was doubled? Not gonna happen…. unless you’re a lucky nonprofit that gets a matching-fund donor. That’s exactly what’s happened this holiday season to A Noise Within, Southern California’s only classical theater repertory company. It has received a $1 million “Patron to Patron” challenge grant, in which each donation [...]

The End of the End of the World

The End of the End of the World

We’re so sad to hear of the closing of Ben McGinty’s beloved Gallery at the End of the World, way up high on Lake in Altadena. But we understand. We’ve been waiting for two decades for that neighborhood to take off. Where’s the Trader Joe’s it should have? Where’s the wine bar? Where are the [...]

Goodbye to Two Artists

Goodbye to Two Artists

We were sad to have to attend two memorials over the last three days, but honored to take part in the celebration of two wonderful lives. What was so striking about the back-to-back services was how diametrically opposed they were—and yet, deep down, there was a pretty essential similarity. The first, for longtime Altadena resident [...]

Stan Smith Comes Home

Stan Smith Comes Home

Not many locals know that one of the 20th century’s best tennis players, Stan Smith, is a hometown boy. As Altadena author Kathleen Tuttle wrote in her new book, Altadena Town & Country Club: A Centennial History, Smith grew up in Altadena, and his dad, Ken Smith, was the tennis coach at PCC. The family [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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