Talk of Our Towns


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 [...]

Rose Bowl Pathway Renovation

Rose Bowl Pathway Renovation

As Rose Bowl walkers of considerable experience, we’re glad to see work beginning this week on a new dedicated pedestrian path circling Brookside Golf Course, the Rose Bowl and Brookside Park. And we’re even happier to hear that as part of the construction, the city will take down all those ridiculous signs telling walkers and [...]

Helen of Pasadena

Helen of Pasadena

Over here at Prospect Park Media (HQ for Hometown-Pasadena.com, Eat-LA.com and Prospect Park Books), we’re celebrating today’s announcement that we’re jumping into the fiction pool to publish Helen of Pasadena, the first novel by Pasadena author Lian Dolan. Many of you know Lian, either through her writing (Chaos Chronicles, Oprah.com, the Satellite Sisters book, etc.), her [...]

No Laughing Matter

No Laughing Matter

It is a glorious spring day, it is 8 a.m., and I have a horrible cold. I should be in bed, or sitting on my patio broiling my germs in the hot sun. Instead, I am sucking cough drops in a darkened room with brick walls, a black ceiling and a faint smell of old [...]

The Art of the Spoken Word

The Art of the Spoken Word

Pasadena’s continuing growth as a haven and showcase for artists will be made clear on Saturday at an all-day, totally free event called ARTTalk, hosted by the Playhouse District Association and Boston Court Performing Arts Center. This celebration of the spoken word (with some music and dance for good measure) will bring a new performer [...]

A Big Ol’ Slab of Treat

A Big Ol’ Slab of Treat

The world’s largest Rice Krispie Treat — a 10,460-pound creation that seemed spawned from Willy Wonka’s factory — came to be on Sunday on the field outside the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge. A new TLC show called Mega Bites, hosted by San Diego restaurateur and Top Chef season-three finalist Brian Malarkey, created the [...]

Much Fun Ado-ing at A Noise Within

Much Fun Ado-ing at A Noise Within

Much Ado About Nothing has nearly every Shakespearean device except murder and mistaken identity — you’ve got your jealously, your wit, your clowns, your disguises, your courtship, a couple-three marriages, and feigned death. Mostly, you’ve got your laughs, because Much Ado About Nothing, especially as played by the expert company of A Noise Within, is [...]

What’s New with Hometown Pasadena?

What’s New with Hometown Pasadena?

The answer? A lot. So we’d like to share a bit. For one thing, readership continues to climb. Last month saw some 30,000 visitors checking in with us, reading nearly 130,000 pages in the process. We are grateful for your company and hope to hear more from you. For another, we’re proud to bring you [...]

Here Comes James Madison’s Sun

Here Comes James Madison’s Sun

This Saturday morning, our local chapter of the League of Women Voters celebrates “sunshine laws” by offering a community forum that promises to be an intelligent antidote to the, ahem, less than impressive level of political discussion on the public airwaves. So turn off the radio and TV and commune for a moment with the [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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