Reimagining Justice

All Saints hosts conference on prison reform

Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the world’s largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program, and Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking,” will be featured speakers at “Reimagining Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” a conference sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and Prism Restorative Justice at All Saints Church in Pasadena.

Also included are Vijay Gupta & the Street Symphony, whose musicians ask: Is the role of the artist to heal and inspire, but also to ask brave questions and tell important stories? Also there will be members of the Actors’ Gang Prison Project, started in 2006 in response to California’s huge recidivism rate and excessive overcrowding.

The conference is expected to provide new perspectives for those who have long been working against mass incarceration and for those new to the struggle.

The event will be held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave. Pasadena. For more information, visit

Sprouting Good Ideas

Public invited to check out Altadena Seed Library on Saturday

As the idiom goes, you reap what you sow.

What no one tells us — but perhaps in the future should — is to be sure to return the seeds “borrowed” to create your new garden to the local “Seed Library.”

Starting in December, the Altadena Library District went into a partnership with the Venice-based Seed Library of Los Angeles to house Altadena’s own Seed Library — now among 100 such biological “lending institutions” in the United States.

Since then, the public has been invited to visit the new attraction from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of every month and “check out” seeds for their own gardens and farms.

The next meeting takes place this Saturday at the Altadena Public Library’s Community Room, 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena.

“Through the educational programming provided by the Seed Library of Los Angeles and the ongoing operations of this new seed library, we will expand the knowledge of our already environmentally conscious community and provide community members with access to invaluable seed-saving skills they may never have encountered otherwise,” Library Director Mindy Kittay said in a statement issued soon after the start of the program.

On Saturday, Jessica Yarger and fellow master gardener Patricia Hasen will present an introduction to summer gardening. Membership is not required, but anyone who wants to join the Seed Library can buy a lifetime membership for $10.

For more information, contact Yarger at, call the library at (626) 798-0833 or visit

Cinematic ‘Shadow’

Pasadena Shakespeare company makes its film debut

In their new independent film, “Lear’s Shadow,” the Pasadena Ensemble Shakespeare Theater Co. has found a new way to bring The Bard to a new generation.

As two actors navigate their shared grief over the loss of a friend, they turn their frustration with each other into an argument about “King Lear,” acting out scenes to prove their points.

Founded in 2013 by a group of actors getting back to their theater roots, the Ensemble Shakespeare Theatre Co. performs at both Lineage Dance Co. in Old Pasadena and Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge.

Made possible in part by the Nancy E. Barton Foundation, the city of Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the city’s Cultural Affairs Division, the film screens at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., during the Pasadena International Film Festival.