Talk of Our Towns


A Winning New Take on Camelot

A Winning New Take on Camelot

Beloved for its music, medieval pageantry and romance, the original 1960 Lerner and Loewe musical was a bit heavy-handed in terms of story — but that cannot be said of David Lee‘s rendition at the Pasadena Playhouse. The director, known for his television writing and directing work (Frasier and Wings) and for such plays as [...]

Thoughts on Eagle Rock

Thoughts on Eagle Rock

Those of us in west Pasadena consider Eagle Rock our funky but engaging next-door neighbor—the house with the weedy front lawn and the great music and aromas wafting out the front door. So in that spirit we offer our friend Scott Timberg’s musings on his hometown from his blog, the Misread City. Tough times for [...]

Huell Howser in the Kitchen

Huell Howser in the Kitchen

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 was just like any other lunchtime for Henry Gammill, a sophomore at NYU who was home for the winter holidays and found himself at the In-N-Out Burger on Foothill in east Pasadena. Careful as usual not to block the  driveway at Reina Insurance next door, Henry waited in the car lineup [...]

Top Ten Pasadena

Top Ten Pasadena

Like our friend and neighbor Lian Dolan of the Chaos Chronicles, we’re suckers for a top-ten list. (Here’s her Top Ten Action Items for 2010.) Her list got us to think about our Top Ten Experiences in Pasadena for the preceding year. Here they are. What are yours? 10. The fabulous and free staged readings [...]

Ready to March

Ready to March

We aren’t crazy about every aspect of the Rose Parade — as the parents of teenage daughters, for instance, we’re a little disturbed by the message that the Rose Princess thing sends out. And while the floats are astonishing displays of technical and floral accomplishment, the more corporate ones are, well, a little too corporate. [...]

Name that Pharmacist

Name that Pharmacist

We’ve got a quirky contest for you: Name this onetime Pasadena pharmacist. The winner gets a copy of Hometown Pasadena 2009.2010, signed by the editor. Here’s the back story. About seven or eight years ago, Lilli Rouleau found this massive portrait at a Pasadena thrift store. She couldn’t take her eyes off it: the intense [...]

Why We Live Here: Reason #19

Why We Live Here: Reason #19

The reason is not the Rose Parade itself, which to be honest we much prefer half-watching from the sofa instead of fighting the battle to leave our Rose Bowl-adjacent neighborhood, which is pretty much in lockdown on January 1. No, what we love is the everydayness of the parade preparation in the month of December. [...]

Remembering Avery

Remembering Avery

By mid-December the ginkgos lining south Allen Avenue toward the Huntington Library are dropping their leaves, so many yellow potato chips settling beneath each tree. Comes the showy end of another cycle of a landscaping staple in our neighborhoods: the ginkgo, whose nascent green ushers spring, whose fan-shaped leaves quietly deepen over summer, whose gold [...]

Daisy Mint, Parson’s Nose and Thou…

Daisy Mint, Parson’s Nose and Thou…

About two weeks ago I met my pal Pat Atkins for some evening fun. We used to teach high school together. Pat has since retired, but her avocation is that of character actress. In fact, I’ll bet you’ve seen Pat in Nestle or Hallmark commercials. She’s the kindly matriarch who beams over a cup of [...]

Why We Live Here: Reason 72

Why We Live Here: Reason 72

For days like today. God, it’s fun to bundle up with scarves and coats — not to mention look upon the San Gabriels this morning and contemplate a ski outing!

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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