Talk of Our Towns


School Garden Need a Facelift? Apply Now

School Garden Need a Facelift?  Apply Now

The salsa company La Victoria is offering to makeover one California school’s garden. Know of one that could use a facelift? Enter by April 30th. The winning school will be the recipient of everything needed to start and maintain a garden, including supplies and tools, expert growing instructions, follow-up visits from a horticulturist, and recipes [...]

Diane Keaton: Vroman’s Presents

Diane Keaton:  Vroman’s Presents

Have a child who swims at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center? Then maybe you’ve seen one of America’s most iconic actresses keeping her eyes peeled on a particular lane during a particular race. Diane Keaton. Looking her true age (68) with an endearing smile and none of her onscreen stammer, she usually keeps her trilby-type [...]

It’s a Space Fest

It’s a Space Fest

Some folks may know that Edgar Mitchell was a member of Apollo 14 in 1971 and was the sixth man to walk on the moon. Perhaps not as many know that he also is interested in “human paranormal potential” and “conducted ESP experiments with an earthbound colleague during downtime en route to the moon.” Eileen [...]

Everything You Touch: Late Nite Salon

Everything You Touch:  Late Nite Salon

Glamorous muse versus Midwestern every-woman. A protégé versus the masses. Gorgeous size zero in this corner. (Admiration, envy.) Likable size 18 in this corner. (Forgettable.) Jess watches Esme. Esme does not see Jess. Boston Court presents Everything You Touch by Sheila Callaghan, directed by Jessica Kubzansky. The play is a world premier co-production with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. [...]

Susan Sironi: Books Sculpted

Susan Sironi:  Books Sculpted

She’s been called a “literary vandal” and a “dissector” by Leah Ollman (LATimesBlog 2011). Why so? Because artist Susan Sironi cuts up books. Over the last ten years,” Sironi states, “I have been using vintage books as an initial source material, altering them into sculptural collages that reflect on history and/or the past.” For Flower [...]

BOOK ‘Em Closing

BOOK ‘Em Closing

After 24 years, Mary and Barry are closing their doors. After Wednesday, April 30th, BOOK ‘Em Mysteries bookstore in South Pasadena shall be no more. Over the years, author events have included the likes of Michael Connelly and Robert Crais to local mystery authors Denise Hamilton, Naomi Hirahara, and Kwei Quartey. Mary and Barry’s shop, [...]

In the Beginning…

In the Beginning…

The evening has no Charlton Heston as John the Baptist or Max von Sydow as Jesus Christ as in George Stevens’ 1965 epic film The Greatest Story Ever Told, but rather a group of no name “biblical bystanders” in the greatest story never told. The Cultural Arts Program of the Jewish Federation and the JFed Players [...]

It’s Bungalow Time

It’s Bungalow Time

In the blink of an eye, another twelve months has passed and another home tour looms, preening and demanding our attention, desiring to instill a sense of history, place, and delight. On Sunday, April 27, 2014, Pasadena’s Bungalow Heaven Home Tour celebrates its 25th anniversary during a one-day, six-hour, self-guided “strolling” tour of homes located in [...]

Red Hens at Flintridge

Red Hens at Flintridge

Austin Straus is a painter, teacher, speaker, and former host of KPFK’s The Poetry Connexion. His first two poetry collections, Drunk with Light and Intensifications, are described as “fabulous” and continuing “his autobiographical and philosophical explorations of self-in-the-world.” Now, Pasadena’s own Red Hen Press has just published perhaps his most intimate work, The Love Project: [...]

Gobble Up

Gobble Up

Caltech Professor Emeritus Oscar Mandel is said to write with an ironic wit. His new book, Otherwise Fables, is scheduled to be released in April and will be published by Pasadena’s own Prospect Park Books. A selection of stories from the book has been adapted into a theatrical production titled Gobble Up Stories, which shall be [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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