Talk of Our Towns


The YWCA Inspires

The YWCA Inspires

You live in a town for almost 18 years and you think you know it — and then something happens and you realize you hardly know it at all. That happened to me today, when I attended the YWCA’s Women for Racial Justice Breakfast, as a guest of Ann Erdman, Pasadena’s public information officer and […]

Pasadena Women Connect Across a Century

Pasadena Women Connect Across a Century

I know, I know, I’ve been going on quite a bit about the three shows now on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. But that’s because they’re so freaking amazing. And I haven’t yet paid proper due to the one with the deepest roots here — Behold the Day: The Color Block Prints […]

A Cry for Help from the Pasadena Playhouse

A Cry for Help from the Pasadena Playhouse

I’m sorry to report that our historic hometown theater, the Pasadena Playhouse, is in dire financial straits, although the situation is not hopeless. New executive director Stephen Eich, who recently discovered that the Playhouse’s debt was more daunting that he’d realized, has pulled theaters through tough times before; he hopes to use the same strategies […]

Good Golly, It’s Craftsman Weekend Again

Good Golly, It’s Craftsman Weekend Again

Some towns note the arrival of fall with an profusion of red and yellow leaves. In Pasadena we herald the season by celebrating our profusion of Arts & Crafts bungalows. That’s right, it’s almost time for Pasadena Heritage’s Craftsman Weekend. For 18 years, it’s been drawing both locals and aficionados from all over the country […]

Rose Court Dream Denied

Rose Court Dream Denied

We just had to share Lian Dolan’s column today on Chaos Chronicles, her national blog about life as a modern working mom. Once again, her dream of making the Rose Court has been denied, but she’s made her peace with it, and even shares some grooming tips picked up from examining the photo of this […]

Check Out Our Concierge

Check Out Our Concierge

Okay, greater Pasadenans — and yes, we mean you up in Altadena and you down in South Pas and you over in Eagle Rock or Sierra Madre — we want you to know about a resource that until now has been too hidden on our site. It’s called Concierge, and it’s basically Angie’s List, except […]

PMCA Scores with a Triple Header

PMCA Scores with a Triple Header

A triple-exhibit opening at the Pasadena Museum of California Art is bringing one of the most appealing shows in years to town. The headline exhibit is devoted to the work of California painter Wayne Thiebaud, with a survey of more than 100 of his works, from his famed bakery paintings to lesser-known landscapes and still […]

Tom Gammill Visits the New Yorker

Tom Gammill Visits the New Yorker

Altadena funny guy Tom Gammill, creator of the Doozies comic strip, a Simpsons writer and a regular YouTube video producer, took his Doozies show to the other coast recently, visiting the hallowed halls of the New Yorker to see about getting published. Will he be hanging out with George Booth and sharing cover time with Roz […]

Computer Giveaway Helps Local Kids

Computer Giveaway Helps Local Kids

Snaps are due to John Stephens, our first assistant here at Hometown Pasadena and now the editor of the Pasadena Indepedent and its sister weeklies. He got to thinking about the One Laptop Per Child program, which provides computers for kids in developing nations, and wondered about the many kids right here in the San […]

Post-Fire Roundup

Post-Fire Roundup

Our colleagues in the local blogosphere have been busy posting about life in the San Gabriels after the Station Fire. Here are a few reports worth checking out. And yes, that is ash that’s covering your car and your patio furniture — the dry and dreaded Santa Ana conditions are redistributing the white stuff all […]

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