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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10:00 am Arboretum Wreath Making Class @ Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Arboretum Wreath Making Class @ Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Dec 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
An old-fashioned wreath making class runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Guests will use traditional and unusual greens, including some from the LA Flower Mart, to make the wreaths. All materials are included. Guests should[...]
7:00 pm J.C. Hyke Songwriter Serenade @ Matt Denny's Ale House
J.C. Hyke Songwriter Serenade @ Matt Denny's Ale House
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm
The weekly showcase features Christmas carols with Annette Conlon, Brainard & Corman, Tim Tedrow, Alice Wallace, Wild Mountain Mystics, The Hardly Sisters and Marty Axelrod at 7 p.m. Free.
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7:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm
Michele Zack discusses and signs “Lisu: Far from the Ruler” at 7 p.m.
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10:00 am Nutrition for Healthy Eyes at Pa... @ Pasadena Senior Center
Nutrition for Healthy Eyes at Pa... @ Pasadena Senior Center
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am
A free health fair offers glucose, blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, hearing screenings, counseling and community health resources, from 9 to 11 a.m. Free films screen at 1 p.m. on select Fridays. Friday’s film[...]
2:30 pm Wildflower “Superbloom” Garden T... @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Wildflower “Superbloom” Garden T... @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Dec 14 @ 2:30 pm
A garden talk features Kathy Musial, the Huntington’s curator of living collections discussing last spring’s “super bloom” of California wildflowers in an illustrated lecture, with images from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Joshua Tree National Park,[...]

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