Talk of Our Towns


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 [...]

In Full Bloom

In Full Bloom

We’d say, “Spring is in the air” with Decscanso Garden‘s upcoming annual Cherry Blossom Festival, but the temperatures have felt like the heat of summer. Nonetheless, the weather “experts” are predicting a pleasant 68º-72º F, over the weekend, so plan your day accordingly as parking spaces are quickly claimed (plan to park off site and [...]

Romance & Grandeur on Home Tour

Romance & Grandeur on Home Tour

Lansing and Katherine Beach met in France during World War One. When they returned in 1927 to Pasadena, they built a Norman-style house “as a reminder of their courtship.” Beach House has recently become a designated landmark and will be one of four homes on Pasadena Heritage‘s “Remarkable Historic Homes” tour on March 30th. Included [...]

Pasadena ArtNight: Finding Walter

Pasadena ArtNight: Finding Walter

Walter Askin invites us into his home, into his gallery, into his workspace with the gentlest of smiles, voice, and…essence? His movements aren’t slow, they’re just relaxed in a measured way, a bit like how he speaks. And he speaks a lot. His voice soothing, his humor slid in like a secret note being passed [...]

50/50 – Annual Women of the World

50/50 – Annual Women of the World

“March, march, be courageous. Fighting for our rights we may just start greatness for the ages.” (Lyrics from “Bad Romance:  Women’s Suffrage”) Our mission is to empower women as leaders and to transform the culture within which we live to one that naturally includes women on an equal basis in the selection of leaders. (50/50 [...]

John Banville as Benjamin Black at Vroman’s

John Banville as Benjamin Black at Vroman’s

It was one of those summer Tuesday afternoons when you begin to wonder if the earth has stopped revolving. The telephone on my desk has the look of something that knows it’s being watched. Traffic trickled by in the street below, and there were a few pedestrians, too, men in hats going nowhere. (Excerpt from The [...]

Is the Rialto Finally Getting Its Makeover?

Is the Rialto Finally Getting Its Makeover?

We were stopping along Fair Oaks Avenue near Oxley Street in South Pasadena to get some duplicate keys made. Despite seeing the plastic clock sign that hung inside the door with the hands turned to fifteen minutes into the future, our mind didn’t actually register this straightforward message until we clicked on the door handle [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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