Author: Justin Chapman

Patrisse Khan-Cullors explains why Black Lives Matter in a powerful memoir with Asha Bandele, ‘When they call you a terrorist’

As the city of Pasadena deals with the fallout over the use-of-force incident in which Pasadena police officers beat a young African-American man named Chris Ballew on Nov. 9, Patrisse Khan-Cullors has released her timely and powerful memoir about co-founding Black Lives Matter and, in part, denouncing police brutality and calling for independent, community-led police auditors. “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” is a deeply personal exploration of Khan-Cullors’ life, from her hardscrabble upbringing in Van Nuys and the trauma of watching her pre-teen brothers being arrested for doing nothing to her exploration of...

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Calling Trump the ‘worst president in modern history,’ Congressman Adam Schiff says evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign is mounting

The investigations into whether President Donald Trump and associates in his campaign and administration colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election is picking up speed. Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has convened a grand jury, indicted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his aide Rick Gates, obtained a guilty plea from Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos and begun interviewing Trump’s top aides in the White House. Meanwhile, Republican leaders in Congress have said they are aiming to wrap up the congressional investigations in the House and Senate by February. Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who represents...

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‘One Arroyo Day’ Saturday seeks input from the community on its vision for the Arroyo Seco

After Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek called for a new vision for the Arroyo Seco during his State of the City address last January, the Arroyo Advisory Group (AAG) that he established will be presenting its initial report to the Pasadena City Council this January. “During 2017, the city will consider the entire Arroyo Seco in a comprehensive way, not just as a site for a huge variety of user-driven functions, but as the living, beautiful, natural heart of our city,” Tornek said in his Jan. 18 speech. In a recent interview, Tornek said his goal of getting people to...

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Arlington Garden gets a new name and new management as the city attempts to purchase the property from Caltrans

Arlington Garden in southwest Pasadena is undergoing branding and leadership changes. Betty McKenney, who along with her late husband and former Pasadena City Council member Charles “Kicker” McKenney founded and cared for the garden since 2005, has retired. The garden’s board of directors is expanding and has hired a new executive director, Michelle Matthews, who started July 1. And it has been given a new name: The McKenney Family Arlington Garden in Pasadena. The three-acre Mediterranean climate, water-wise garden is located in the infamous 710 Corridor and owned by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), which leases the property...

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Upcoming Events

12:00 pm California Art Club Artist Talk @ University Club of Pasadena
California Art Club Artist Talk @ University Club of Pasadena
Feb 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Master sculptor Christopher Slatoff discusses his influences and his creative processes for his various projects, while offering a sneak peek at works currently in development, running from noon to 2 p.m. Admission is $40 general[...]
12:30 pm Healing Sound Experience at Uni... @ Unity of Pasadena
Healing Sound Experience at Uni... @ Unity of Pasadena
Feb 18 @ 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Karen Apostolina conducts a group healing sound experience featuring a combination of gong and bowl sounds, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Guests should bring a mat or blanket and wear comfortable clothing. Cost is $25.
1:00 pm “Hawaii Try It” Event at Sierra ... @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
“Hawaii Try It” Event at Sierra ... @ Sierra Madre Playhouse
Feb 18 @ 1:00 pm
In conjunction with the current production of “Nothing Is the Same,” the Playhouse presents a free family event, “Hawaii Try It,” featuring mini-workshops exploring the cultural contributions of the Philippines, Korea and native Hawaiians to[...]
2:00 pm Women’s City Club of Pasadena Br... @ Women's City Club of Pasadena
Women’s City Club of Pasadena Br... @ Women's City Club of Pasadena
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Those planning weddings, rehearsal diners or bridal showers are invited to the event, featuring a wedding fashion show, makeup and beauty workshop, “Men’s Den” bourbon tasting, menswear show, floral designs, wedding décor and furnishing displays,[...]
3:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Feb 18 @ 3:00 pm
Nikki Grimes discusses and signs “Between the Lines” at 3 p.m.

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