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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 [...]

Holy Floribunda, It’s Rose Time!

Holy Floribunda, It’s Rose Time!

In case you haven’t noticed, roses are erupting all over town more dramatically than the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. While they’re not disrupting air traffic, they’re certainly slowing some cars, like ours, which have been prone to screech to a stop in front of some of the more dazzling displays in the west San Gabriel Valley. And [...]

Get Thee to the Design House!

Get Thee to the Design House!

We say it every year, but this time we mean it: This year’s Pasadena Showcase House of Design is not to be missed. And there’s still time left to get there — it’s open through Sunday, with later hours (until 7:45 p.m.) on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Easily an all-day outing, especially when lunch by [...]

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.

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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