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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: [...]

Pasadena Int’l Film Fest

Pasadena Int’l Film Fest

Nominated for an Academy Award for Cry of Reason in 1989, Robert Bilheimer’s Not My Life, narrated by Glenn Close, will screen during the Pasadena International Film Festival in February. Over four years, five continents, and in a dozen countries—including the U.S.—Bilheimer and his crew delved into the worlds of forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual [...]

Animal Care Center Opens

Animal Care Center Opens

In 2013, Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA “cared for more than 11,000 cats, dogs, and other animals.” On Thursday, January 9th, a $20 million expansion—the Animal Care Center—will open. Some of the highlights are an expanded spay/neuter clinic that will be open Tuesday through Saturday and allow veterinarians to perform 20 surgeries on cats, dogs, [...]

“Applaud My Friends. The Comedy Is Over.”

“Applaud My Friends. The Comedy Is Over.”

The above quote is supposedly a statement by Ludwig von Beethoven from his deathbed. The Pasadena Master Chorale would say that the entertainment is far from over. Sunday, January 9th, PMC joins with the L.A. Daiku to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. From the PMC press release, some fascinating facts: “In Japan, the word ‘daiku’ or [...]

Viewing Stones

Viewing Stones

The word suiseki is an abbreviation of the term sansui keiseki, which roughly translates as “landscape view stone” or “landscape scenery stone”. Suiseki is an incredibly deep hobby, and allows practitioners to see and feel nature on a scale as large as the entire universe through the viewing of a single stone. Like the wheels [...]

125th Rose Parade

125th Rose Parade

Forty-five floats, six rose princesses, a queen named Ana, and an icon named Scully. It’s time for the 125th Rose Parade, Wednesday, January 1st at 8 a.m. Cal Poly, La Cañada, Sierra Madre, and South Pasadena will have local, self-built floats reflecting this year’s “Dreams Come True” theme. The local cities of Alhambra and Glendale will [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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