Talk of Our Towns


Make Music, Pasadena!

Make Music, Pasadena!

World Music Day, or the Fête de la Musique as it is called in its country of origin, is this Monday. On it, musicians all over France will take to the streets and play, jam, rock, shred and otherwise produce the noises that we have come to classify as music. The Fête has spread to [...]

Attack of the Ugly

Attack of the Ugly

Pasadena photo-blogger Kat Likkel posted about the latest visual blight to hit Pasadena, with a plea to Pasadena Heritage to try to do something about it. At right is the “before” sign atop the old storage building on Fair Oaks, on the south end of Old Town; below is the “after” sign, a giant swath [...]

Three Cheers for Real Local Journalism

Three Cheers for Real Local Journalism

We had to share colleague Timothy Rutt’s post today about Patch.com on his invaluable site, Altadenablog.com. And as part of that, we’re re-running the photo we took when we profiled him on Hometown-Pasadena.com—because now he’s more of a hyperlocal superhero than ever. It’s damn hard to turn down a cash-paying job in this day and [...]

Happy Birthday, Pasadena!

Happy Birthday, Pasadena!

It’s our birthday this week, and having reached a certain age, we take great comfort in seeing how good some of those who are much older than us look—like the city of Pasadena, which just turned 124 and doesn’t look a day over 100. The weekend’s celebration, held at the Pasadena Museum of History, centered [...]

Dionne Warwick Benefit Concert for Levitt Pavilion

Dionne Warwick Benefit Concert for Levitt Pavilion

Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, from June 23rd to August 29th, there is free live music at Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena’s Memorial Park. That’s a lot of music. Who pays for all this music, you ask? If Napster taught us anything, it’s that music is free. Except when it’s not, like at the [...]

Remembrances of Food Past

Remembrances of Food Past

If you’ve been around Southern California for a few decades, or even if you just wish you’d been around, you’re not going to want to miss the new KCET special Things That Aren’t Here Anymore 3 (the first two parts were made years ago and were so popular that they still run regularly). It’s apparently a [...]

Corpse Flower About to Pop

Corpse Flower About to Pop

Update:  Enthusiastic crowds turned out to see the Corpse Flower over the weekend, after it began to bloom Friday afternoon at about 2 p.m.Now the bloom is closing up and will soon get down to the business of producing fruit. The flower was at its fullest (and foulest) during the first 12 hours of its [...]

Church of Wine?

Church of Wine?

We had to share this photo taken by Petrea Burchard of Pasadena Daily Photo, who joined us the other night at a party for our advertisers, writers and some of our favorite bloggers at Vertical Wine Bistro. It was fun to watch her quietly slip away from the chatter and poke around with her camera, [...]

Pre-party for A Noise Within

Pre-party for A Noise Within

The classical reperatory theatre company A Noise Within may not be moving from Glendale to Pasadena until the fall of 2011, but the buzz is already building. And it was really buzzing in South Pasadena last weekend at a garden party thrown by Kathy Baker and Steve Robman. No strangers to the performing arts themselves [...]

A British Shout-out for Pasadena

A British Shout-out for Pasadena

We locals know that Pasadena is a destination town even when there isn’t a parade or football game going on, but sometimes it seems that no one else is in on the secret, except for the unimaginative throngs waiting outside Buca di Beppo and the Cheesecake Factory. But the secret’s out in London, thanks to [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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