Author: Mary Reinholz

Remembering journalist and author Digby Diehl, ‘Ghost Whisperer’ to the rich and famous

The late Digby Diehl, a longtime Pasadena resident, was a journalist, author and literary critic — a big, bearded guy who sometimes gave the impression that life for him was a day at the beach. I first got to know him nearly 50 years ago, when he assigned me books to review at Coast, a fine arts guide, and later for the Los Angeles Times. Then I moved to New York. The last time I saw him in person was on vacation around 1980 or 81. He was having a wonderful time playing volleyball with San Francisco novelist Herbert...

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‘Hollywood in Havana’ at PMCA exhibits Spanish-language posters promoting US films as Cuban art

Starting Sunday, Aug. 20, the Pasadena Museum of California Art presents the exhibition “Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films,” showcasing approximately 40 posters advertising iconic movies — most from the capitalist heart of La La Land that were produced from 1960 through 2012. The posters were created by Cuban artists trained at a free, government-sponsored studio in the communist paradise. How the American films got past the US trade embargo against Cuba remains unclear. Among the posters are bold silkscreen prints publicizing such Hollywood blockbusters as “The Silence of the Lambs” with Anthony Hopkins...

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Lionel Rolfe makes a comeback with ‘The Fat Man Returns: The Elusive Hunt for California Bohemia and Other Matters

Peripatetic author and journalist Lionel Rolfe has slimmed down considerably judging from the cover of this slender 155-page collection of personal essays first written for the Pasadena Weekly and the Huffington Post and compiled nearly two decades after the publication of his 1998 volume, “Fat Man on the Left: Four Decades in the Underground.”  In these short chapters, Rolfe, now in his 70s, makes it clear that he still maintains many of his hefty lefty beliefs. He’s all for unions to help working folks deal with the bosses despite his memories of unsavory mob figures in the background. You...

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Fresh Eyes

Artists and others who have visited Cuba reminisce about the beautiful island and ponder its future without Fidel Castro

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LEGO Activity at Lamanda Park Li... @ Pasadena Public Library, Lamanda Park Branch
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Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
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