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Pachamama: World Mother

Pachamama: World Mother

In early literature, she was depicted as “a cruel goddess eager to collect her sacrifices,” which included elaborate miniature garments, as well as llamas. Today, Pachamama, revered by the indigenous people of the Andes is regarded as benevolent and giving, as nature itself; a “dragoness fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting” (BroomCloset). In [...]

Joe & the Snow Leopard

Joe & the Snow Leopard

Sept 26 In a tent. Each of us has quickly developed a tent survival layout. In order to exist in a tent, you have to organize the space as if you were a blind person. Everything has to be where you know it is by touch and orientation. You think you’re going to wake up [...]

Visiting Queen Anne

Visiting Queen Anne

It happens only twice a year. The door to Lucky Baldwin’s National Register guest house—Queen Anne Cottage at the Arboretum—will open. Elias Jackson “Lucky” Baldwin and his fourth wife, Lillie Bennett (who was a mere sixteen years old) constructed the cottage in 1885-1886. It was designed by Lillie’s father, architect Albert A. Bennett. Unfortunately, marital [...]

Vintage Car Show for Dreamkeepers

Vintage Car Show for Dreamkeepers

It’s time to channel your inner Steve McQueen. This Saturday, Thorson Motors in East Pasadena will present its Second Annual Classic Car Show, featuring drool-worthy vintage hot rods from the 1930s to the present, all lovingly restored. The show is being produced by Great Autos of Yesteryear, with food provided by Pasadena’s Stonefire Grill. This is no ordinary [...]

Mystery Lit Mash-Up

Mystery Lit Mash-Up

Unbound Productions likes interactive theater—Wicked Lit and History Lit—where the audience sits or stands feet, even inches from the action, able to feel the emotional energy, the very breath of the actors. Walking from here to there, from set to set, scene to scene. We loved the immediacy and immersion during HistoryLit, which held inside the [...]

A Mother Lover Market

A Mother Lover Market

Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia, in 1908. The first Mother’s Day was born. She subsequently began a campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in America and was successful in 1914. A mere 6 years later, she was already bemoaning the excessive commercialization of the holiday, having [...]

Opera Sing-a-Long

Opera Sing-a-Long

It is said that the role of Thäis in Jules Massenet’s opera of the same name is “notoriously difficult to sing and is reserved for only the most gifted performers.” It’s also been called a “diva spectacle”¹. An opera company does not decide to mount a production of Massenet’s Thäis and then look for a [...]

My Mother’s Voice

My Mother’s Voice

“Becoming an orphan after losing her family in the Armenian Genocide, my mother took a chance that the man in the picture would make a good husband…” The Armenian Genocide was a planned campaign by the Young Turk government to annihilate the Christian Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire. Embarked upon in 1915, during WWI, [...]

SpringTopia & Buffalo Migration

SpringTopia & Buffalo Migration

Can you imagine the music created by a band called Earthworm Ensemble? Or Swinging Eight Balls? Panjive? Earthworm Ensemble was started by Shawn and Sherri Nourse and their 3-year-old son Nolan. This family trio has been joined by Paul Lacques of I See Hawks in L.A., Victoria Jacobs, and Denny Moynahan. Instruments used:  fiddles, mandolins, [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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