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Murder Charged in Flintridge Bookstore Crash

Murder Charged in Flintridge Bookstore Crash

The Mercury News (in Silicon Valley, no less, not a SoCal paper), via Associated Press, reports that long-haul trucker Marcos Barbosa Costa was rearrested on Friday and charged with murder. He had originally been charged with vehicular manslaughter and was out on bail; he’s now back in jail with a much larger bail. On April [...]

Rare Corpse Flower in Bloom

Rare Corpse Flower in Bloom

Editor’s note, 6/23: The Pasadena Star-News reports that the Corpse Flower, aka Son of Stinky, keeled over dead yesterday, so if you didn’t get to the Huntington already, you’ve missed your chance. There is, however, hope for Son of Son of Stinky in a few years….. Breaking news from San Marino: The very rare Amorphophallus [...]

Dogs of the Arroyo

Dogs of the Arroyo

If you live within a five-mile radius of the south Arroyo Seco and you don’t walk there regularly, shame on you. And if you have a dog, double dog shame on you. It is green and gold and shady, with streams and red-tailed hawks and jackrabbits. There’s room enough for joggers and equestrians and dog-walkers, [...]

Backyard Bear at Lake & Elizabeth

Backyard Bear at Lake & Elizabeth

A small (200-pound) black bear was found in a backyard pecan tree, apparently having a little lunch, on Elizabeth Street near Lake yesterday — quite a ways from the Altadena wilds. Fish & Game staffers, who named her “Dusty,” were able to sedate her, get her out safely, and take her back to the foothills. [...]

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 [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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