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Fête de la Musique, Pasadena Style

Fête de la Musique, Pasadena Style

My family was fortunate enough to have spent a few summers traveling in rural France several years ago, and we ended up at several Fêtes de la Musique, which typically took place around the summer solstice in a small village in the middle of nowhere. Musicians from all over the region performed, as did local [...]

Urban Archeology at Stern Gallery

Urban Archeology at Stern Gallery

If you’re on the Frederic Stern Gallery’s e-mail list, we know where you’re heading Saturday night, but if you’ve not yet made your way to this simple, sparkling gallery — what are you waiting for? Typically, the bright white walls are hung with a mix of historic, modern and contemporary California art. Saturday’s opening is [...]

Altadenablog at the Mausoleum

Altadenablog at the Mausoleum

Timothy Rutt, proprietor of the very fine Altadenablog, went on the Altadena Historical Society’s tour of the Mountain View Mausoleum over the weekend, and his report and video are well worth checking out here. He also posted some of Bill Westphal’s terrific photos, which really take you in the lovely and historic place. If you [...]

Lisa See Wows at the Huntington

Lisa See Wows at the Huntington

I trooped over to the Huntington on Tuesday morning for a tour of the new Garden of Flowing Fragrance (aka the Chinese Garden) tied into a book signing and talk by author Lisa See, whose latest work, Shanghai Girls, just hit the shelves. The L.A. native has a large and devout national following, with goodly [...]

Good Art, Good Food, Good Cause

Good Art, Good Food, Good Cause

The third annual Taste of Art took over Gale’s Restaurant in Pasadena on Monday night, and although host Gale Kohl worried about a smaller turnout than last year (thanks, recession!), the event was a social, artistic, culinary, alcoholic and, most importantly, fundraising success. The cost of admission covered the full bar (featuring wonderful pomegranate martinis), [...]

Purple Happy Trees

Purple Happy Trees

Just in time to brighten the June gloom is our annual explosion of jacaranda blossoms. For clean-up reasons, I’m grateful not to have one at my house, but I’m especially grateful to the neighborhoods that host them for all of our enjoyment. Here are a couple of shots from Pasadena’s Jacaranda Row, aka Del Mar [...]

Do-Good Dining — and Bargains, Too

Do-Good Dining — and Bargains, Too

Following the success of DineLA’s restaurant weeks in February, many of the restaurants in and around Old Pasadena are taking part in Old Pasadena Restaurant Week, from June 1 to 8. Not only is each place offering a good-value fixed-price menu, but each is donating ten percent of revenue to Union Station Homeless Services, whose main facility [...]

The Poor Man's Hearst Castle

The Poor Man's Hearst Castle

Somehow I’d lived several decades without ever visiting Rubel Castle, or even hearing about it. And now I shall try to save you from the same fate. Way up on Live Oak in Glendora is an honest-to-goodness castle so jam-packed with sometimes-historic flotsam and jetsam that it’s taking a fleet of volunteers years to catalogue [...]

Madison Heights Walk

Madison Heights Walk

The last in our series of Pasadena-area architectural walks takes place in lovely Madison Heights, the neighborhood bordered by California on the north, Glenarm on the south, Lake on the east and Marengo on the west. Much of this neighborhood was built between 1910 and 1917, and it is rich with the architectural diversity that [...]

A New Oak for Armada

A New Oak for Armada

While we watch the city plant inappropriate palms in the Playhouse District, we’re happy to report the planting of just the right tree on the banks of the Arroyo: an Englemann Oak, aka a Pasadena Oak. The occasion was the 68th birthday of Dave Kennedy, a longtime resident of the Prospect Park neighborhood. Dave has [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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