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Love Our Authors

Love Our Authors

You will be met in the great hall by six local publishing groups, such as Prospect Park Books that has published Lian Dolan’s Elizabeth the First Wife, Naomi Hirahara’s Mas Arai mystery series, Christine Moore’s Little Flower:  Recipes from the Cafe, Jennie Cook’s recently released Who Wants Seconds? cookbook, and Diane Lang’s whimsical Vulture Verses. Why such a dizzying array of talented works [...]

Valentine Heart Strings, Love Potions, An Ideal Husband, & the Tango

Valentine Heart Strings, Love Potions, An Ideal Husband, & the Tango

Are you in love? Have a special story? Share your romantic memories or simply publicly announce yourself a “plus one” at One Colorado‘s “Heart Strings” nook. Colorful strings with hearts (and pens) are available to anyone wishing to put their love on display this Valentine’s Day. If PDAs are not your thing, but sweet Valentine [...]

Bill Cosby for Valentine’s Day

Bill Cosby for Valentine’s Day

Whether you have a lover on your arm or you’re going solo, spending Valentine’s Day with Bill Cosby will only lead to sore cheeks from smiling and a sore stomach from laughing—and those are indicators of time well spent. Bill Cosby will be performing at the Pasadena Civic on Friday, February 14th. Only a few [...]

Black History Is Our History

Black History Is Our History

Black History Month is a time for all of us to remember that our individual stories and familial, cultural, and ethnic histories are what have made our home—America—the complex (sometimes convoluted), creative, expressive, inspiring, and fascinating place it is today. Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every [...]

Celebrating the Table with ALTAeats

Celebrating the Table with ALTAeats

Paul Ragan is Executive Chef/Owner of ALTAeats, which opened last year on a quiet stretch of North Allen Avenue in Altadena. It is a sophisticated yet neighborly spot that has become a foothill favorite (despite the storefront’s lack of signage!) and is enjoying a dedicated following amid glowing reviews. Chef Paul creates food he likes [...]

Organic – Form, Body, & Nature

Organic – Form, Body, & Nature

Artists Ann BinghamFreeman, Kerry Kugelman, Meriel Stern, and Jamie Sweetman are exhibiting at the Kellogg Gallery at Cal Poly through February 22nd.   BinghamFreeman states, “All my life experiences have pushed me into expressing myself through hands-on media: graphite, paint, steel, and anything else I can get my hands on that looks good to me.” [...]

An Empty Showcase

An Empty Showcase

The Pasadena Showcase House of Design event is fifty years old. This translates into fifty years of fundraising, totaling into millions of dollars, that have benefited local youth music programs, concerts, competitions, and grants. Along one of the numerous curves of Arroyo Boulevard, in the South Grand-Covington area of Pasadena, is this year’s Showcase House, [...]

Festival of Women Authors

Festival of Women Authors

“It takes a great talent to make something beautiful out of a trailer park,” writes Susannah Meadows of the New York Times about Tupelo Hassman‘s debut novel Girlchild in 2012. Her novel has also been described as “lacerating,” her words “are as elegant as they are fierce,” and Hallman is such “a poised storyteller that her prose practically [...]

An Evening Revolves Around a Legend

An Evening Revolves Around a Legend

He was a Shabbos Goy who spoke Yiddish. He studied economics, memorized and wrote poetry, spoke fluent French, and frequently read a book in a single day. He did the New York Times crossword puzzle in ink. These are the little treasures about an American legend that are shared by his biographer and widow Patricia [...]

A Tribute to Wanda Coleman

A Tribute to Wanda Coleman

This weekend, Pasadena’s Red Hen Press and the Poetry Society of America offer a tribute to poet Wanda Coleman. Join us as we pay tribute to Los Angeles’ unofficial poet laureate, Wanda Coleman, with an evening of readings and shared memories. We will honor what she did for poetry and who she was in Los Angeles: [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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