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Arcadia Skater Ready for Her Close Up

Arcadia Skater Ready for Her Close Up

Hometown girl Mirai Nagasu hits the ice tonight for her country at the Olympic games in Vancouver, and you can be sure that all of Arcadia High — hell, all of Arcadia itself — will be watching. The 16-year-old figure skater was born in Montebello and raised in Arcadia, attending Foothills Middle School and then [...]

Book People Honors

Book People Honors

Boy, does this town have a lot of great writers. Just in the last few weeks alone, two of our own have earned national honors for their work. The most recent was children’s book illustrator and author Marla Frazee, whose new book (with Liz Garton Scanlon) All the Word just earned a 2010 Caldecott Honor [...]

The Marathon Already?

The Marathon Already?

I guess we’ve been too caught up in the Olympics and the Playhouse and other dramas, but somehow it’s just now sinking in that the Pasadena Marathon is Sunday morning…. and we’re guessing you might just be figuring that out, too. Full-course runners will be trotting all over town, starting at PCC at Colorado and [...]

Funny Valentine

Funny Valentine

Back in the fall, the Glendale-based repertory company A Noise Within staged the classic modern farce Noises Off!, and it was such a hit that they’ve brought it back for a brief extra run in February. I caught the show in this brief rerun, and I’m here to tell you: If you have time this [...]

Rainbow Wow

Rainbow Wow

Neighbors were shouting to neighbors and cell phones were ringing furiously late yesterday as a truly spectacular rainbow appeared in Pasadena and Altadena. (And not just here — my daughter was at the upper campus of Immaculate Heart High School in the Los Feliz hills and said everyone on campus and at neighboring AFI had [...]

Scholarship to Honor South Pas Student

Scholarship to Honor South Pas Student

In memory of their son, Aydin, Hamid and Azita Salek have established a scholarship fund that is being maintained by the Pasadena Community Foundation. The Aydin Salek Memorial Leadership Scholarship will be used to provide educational funds for “South Pasadena High School student leaders and/or high-achieving students of Iranian descent.” The first grant will go [...]

Petrea Goes to City Council

Petrea Goes to City Council

We were quite taken with the report on the recent Pasadena City Council meeting about the plan for Hahamongna Annex by our friend Petrea Burchard (the photographer/writer behind Pasadena Daily Photo). So we wanted to share it in case you missed it. Gives a person hope in this time of Congressional incompetence. Here’s the lead [...]

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena Playhouse

By now we are all aware that our solid old “always there” Pasadena Playhouse is on precarious footing. She’s the grand dame of Pasadena culture. We are shocked and distressed to hear of her misfortune, even if we are not playgoers. How can we make sense of her decline, and is there anything that we [...]

Eternal Life Through Soup?

Eternal Life Through Soup?

I made eternity soup the other day with my friend, Pasadena author Greg Critser. His new book about the science (and the eccentric scientists) behind anti-aging – called Eternity Soup – was inspired by research on a true Renaissance man. In the 1500s in Padua, Italy, Alvise “Luigi” Cornaro (1483-1566) worked out a recipe for [...]

A Gift of a Weekend

A Gift of a Weekend

Wow. That’s all we can say about Saturday in the San Gabriel Valley. And Sunday’s not too shabby, either. Here’s our post about the storms we just had, and forecasts to come; the latest is more rain arriving Monday night or Tuesday, dry Wednesday and Thursday, and another good-size storm next weekend. Everyone wants to [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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