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Primal Holiday: Music of the Human Spirit

Primal Holiday: Music of the Human Spirit
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Despite the frantic scheduling and the hustle and stress, the holidays are a time of reflection, good wishes, and gratitude. The heart-wrenching and hate-fueled events in Paris only solidify the necessity for these observances this holiday season. On December 12, the Angeles Chorale presents “Primal Instincts: Music of the Human Spirit” and perhaps an evening […]

Culinary Tuscan Adventure

Culinary Tuscan Adventure

If you haven’t stopped by for a bottle of olive oil or a dish of pasta, then engaged in a chat with Luisa of The Contessa Collection and Contessa Chocolates, we urge you to do so. Luisa’s hospitality, knowledge, vitality, and passion about Italy (particularly Tuscany) and good food are infectious. Before we know it, […]

Whisky & Poetry Salon: Three Years!

Whisky & Poetry Salon: Three Years!

How time flies. We’re struggling to acknowledge that it’s been three years (we blinked!) since we walked up six flights of stairs—though with a 3rd landing whisky pick-me-up—to a building-wide penthouse that was surprisingly open and intimate and where in a small corner of the space, mix-matched chairs and a sofa circled around a table […]

The Diaries of Adam & Eve

The Diaries of Adam & Eve

We seem to be on an apple bent in Talk of Our Towns this week, as Saturday is the time for the Hard Core Cider Tour at Brookside Park, and apples always bring to mind the story about the first of our kind, Adam and Eve.… SATURDAY.–I am almost a whole day old, now. I […]

Hard Core Cider

Hard Core Cider

Reverend Nat is a self-described “hard core cider evangelist.” Waupoos Premier Cider is made from an orchard that’s been producing apples since 1850. See Canyon in San Luis Obispo touts that its hard ciders are small batch, hand-crafted, contain no sulfites, and are gluten-free with no artificial sweeteners. It’s time for the Hard Core Cider […]

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons was initially published in 1725, as a twelve concerto set titled The Test of Harmony and Invention.¹ If this name is not recognized, the tune most certainly is, having been heard in dozens of commercials and movies such as Tin Cup, Spy Game, Pacific Heights, and A View to Kill. […]

A Witch’s Brew

A Witch’s Brew

Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. (Second Witch, Scene I, Macbeth)   Maite Gomez-Rejón […]

Shakespeare’s Horrors, Wicked Lit, Altars & Growl-o-ween

Shakespeare’s Horrors, Wicked Lit, Altars & Growl-o-ween

We of a certain age are too old for trick or treating, and for that we are grateful. And though it’s enjoyable now to sit on the porch with a glass of wine and dole out candy, being witness to some marvelous costumes—from wee ones who can hardly walk to teenagers the size of refrigerators—Halloween […]

Edward S. Curtis & ‘The Vanishing Race’

Edward S. Curtis & ‘The Vanishing Race’

  Looking through his photographs, you can almost hear the sound of horse hoofs running across an open plain or hear the sound of a drum beat in the distance rippling through the air. Edward S. Curtis (1868 – 1952) was an American ethnologist and photographer of the American West and the Native American people. […]

Urban Girl Supper Club

Urban Girl Supper Club

Urban Kitchen of South Pasadena teams up with Girl Friday for a Sunday afternoon of wine and cooking. What could be a more perfect way to phase out the weekend? On October 25, the newly born Urban Girl Supper Club invites folks to come sip wine, listen to music, and learn from classically-trained chef and […]

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