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Arclight Opens Today

Arclight Opens Today

Even though it’s been quietly open all week, the ArcLight Pasadena officially unveils itself today with a midnight opening of Iron Man 2. We checked it out last weekend for a press preview movie, and as is so often true in life, there’s good news and not-so-good news. First, the good: The theaters themselves are [...]

Make Way for Geese

Make Way for Geese

Thanks to our friend Robert Harmon for sharing this wonderful photo he snapped this morning, while leaving Rusnak Audi on Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena. Traffic stopped while the family (families?) made its way across the street. Looks like the kindergartners in front and the middle-schoolers in the back.

Red Hen Roosts in Pasadena

Red Hen Roosts in Pasadena

On Saturday we stopped by the open house to celebrate the arrival in Pasadena of Red Hen Press, Southern California’s premier publisher of poetry and indie literary fiction. Like us, many of you may know the building on El Molino and Union as “Dr. Jeannie’s,” because it was home to one of Pasadena’s best pediatric [...]

Oh, What a House!

Oh, What a House!

It’s home-and-garden tour season in the San Gabriel Valley, and we’re all peeking into vast mansions, classic family homes and precious bungalows to see how people with good taste remodel, paint, decorate and landscape. But to see the beauty of a truly great Pasadena home stripped bare of ornamentation, check out the website for the Hindry [...]

May Day! Imminent Doo Dah!

May Day! Imminent Doo Dah!

After 33 years in Old Town, the venerable Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade is ready for a change of scenery. Conceived as an antidote to the stiff formality of the Rose Parade, the Doo Dah Parade is relocating to a more fitting setting for its irreverence: East Pasadena, which looks now the way Old Town [...]

It’s Almost ArcLight Time

It’s Almost ArcLight Time

Every construction project we’ve ever heard of takes months, if not years, and goes long over schedule. So it’s quite extraordinary that Pacific Theatres, owner of the theater complex at the Paseo, is pulling off a total renovation of the space in a mere five weeks. The former Pacific Theatres at the Paseo closed earlier [...]

Tour Heaven for Bungalow Lovers

Tour Heaven for Bungalow Lovers

It’s a heavenly time of year in Pasadena, with flowers blazing, sun shining — and homes opening for tours in Bungalow Heaven. That’s right, Pasadena’s most desirable middle-class neighborhood, where yuppies fuss over modest early 1900s houses like they were priceless Ming vases, is hosting its annual tour this weekend.

Another Showcase House, Another Show!

Another Showcase House, Another Show!

Economy be darned, we’ll fantasize if we feel like it over rooms with walnut paneling and marble floors, boudoirs hung with crystal chandeliers and reading rooms furnished with silk-upholstered easy chairs. April 18 through May 16 marks the return of our annual fantasy-estate time, when the Pasadena Showcase House of Design is up and open [...]

Angst in the Bronx

Angst in the Bronx

Playwright Clifford Odets has a lot on his mind in Awake and Sing!, now in repertory at A Noise Within in Glendale. The play deals with a year in the life of a struggling Bronx family in the middle of the other Depression. Standing in for economic collapse, ossified class structure and the system in [...]

On the Air With Off-Ramp at KPCC’s New Digs

On the Air With Off-Ramp at KPCC’s New Digs

Yesterday I got a tour of KPCC‘s commodious new headquarters on Raymond, conveniently located across the street from Jones Coffee, near Del Mar Station, and just up the street from Prospect Park‘s world headquarters. It’s a wonderful building, modern and light-filled and airy, with studios galore, a vast office space for on-air talent (said hi [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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