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Mt. Wilson Threatened; Station Fire Update

Mt. Wilson Threatened; Station Fire Update

It looks like the hillside residential neighborhoods from La Crescenta and La Canada to La Vina and north Altadena are in less peril as of Monday morning; concern is more focused on the homes in and near Acton, where at least 18 structures have burned, and Mt. Wilson, home to many telecommunications towers that serve [...]

Station Fire Spreading

Station Fire Spreading

Update, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 8/29: — Fire continuing to spread but so far houses seem safe. Some previously evacuated neighborhoods in La Canada are now open for residents to move back. — The city of La Canada is posting hourly updates on this site — Altadenablog remains an excellent local resource; check the Comments for [...]

The Surreality of La Cañada

The Surreality of La Cañada

I just got back from a chiropractor appointment in La Cañada (Tom Sawyer, in case you’re wondering), and it is ever surreal there right now. Flames are clearly visible on the ridgelines from Foothill Boulevard, ash and smoke is everywhere, helicopters are dumping water… and on Foothill Boulevard, everyone is going about their business, stopping [...]

Mt. Wilson Toll Road Reopens

Mt. Wilson Toll Road Reopens

After nearly five years of waiting and work, the Mt. Wilson Toll Road has finally re-opened, restoring one of our favorite local hikes. Here’s the story in the Los Angeles Times. In honor of the occasion, we’re featuring the hike as it appeared in the first edition of Hometown Pasadena, updated with the news. Mt. [...]

Solar: It's Time

Solar: It's Time

Over the last couple of years we’ve seen a few early adopters go solar in the Pasadena area, including our own Mel Malmberg, who lives in Altadena. But now the floodgates may be opening. Suddenly solar is looking a whole lot more affordable. Just a year or so ago, it cost in the range of [...]

Kogi BBQ: Are You Experienced?

Kogi BBQ: Are You Experienced?

On Friday night Kogi came to town, and hundreds of hungry night owls showed up to celebrate the occasion. Haven’t heard of Kogi? You’re not alone. Ask most Pasadenans if they’ve experienced the Kogi Korean BBQ taco truck, and they’ll likely respond with a confused stare and a muttered, “Wait… Korean… tacos?” Yes. The Kogi BBQ [...]

Crowns: Perils of the Matinee

Crowns: Perils of the Matinee

Crowns, the play by Regina Taylor currently in residence on the Pasadena Playhouse’s Main Stage, is an ode to the ornate hats worn by African-American women to church. Although the play is set in the South, the original home of these women and their “crowns,” the musical — based on the book pictured at right [...]

Pasadena Weekly Celebrates 25

Pasadena Weekly Celebrates 25

Whatever you do these next few days, make sure to pick up a copy of the Pasadena Weekly‘s 25th anniversary issue before it disappears. It’s a great read, full of local history, great people and amusing stories. Particularly enjoyable is the summary of 25 years in Pasadena, one year at a time: the rebirth of [...]

Hike o' the Week: The JPL Trail

Hike o' the Week: The JPL Trail

This post concludes our series on favorite hikes for summertime, and this one is the best of the bunch when summer kicks into full gear, as it has now. The trail is easy and shady, with streams for kids to splash in and dogs to drink from. Upper Arroyo Seco, Pasadena 5 miles round-trip; easy [...]

The Pain and the Itch

The Pain and the Itch

The Furious Theatre Company and the Theatre at Boston Court, both of Pasadena, opened their first joint venture last weekend. The Pain and the Itch, written by Bruce Norris, originated at Chicago’s Steppenwolf  Theatre and moved on to Playwright’s Horizon before its west coast premiere here. Furious Theater’s director Dámaso Rodriguez calls the comedy “an [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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