Author: Rebecca Kuzins

Chances are diners will enjoy a great meal at most of Pasadena’s outstanding restaurants

By: Rebecca Kuzins and Lisa Dupuy Pasadena-area restaurant owners and managers don’t need to go to Las Vegas to shoot craps, hit the slots or play a hand of blackjack. Everyday these brave souls are gambling in an arena that’s much tougher than any Vegas casino. Running a restaurant in Pasadena and surrounding cities is a high-stakes occupation, and, with hundreds of area restaurants, it is also a highly competitive activity. Local restauranteurs can’t afford to hedge their bets — they must go for broke in their efforts to create new dishes or prepare traditional entries that will attract...

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The Huntington launches exhaustive two-year effort to restore its most famous painting

“The Blue Boy” has long been the best-known and most popular artwork at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Artist Thomas Gainsborough’s painting of a young man in a blue satin suit has been on almost constant display since The Huntington opened in 1928. But the years have not been kind to “The Blue Boy.” The painting is covered with layers of varnish and dirt, the colors have darkened over time and become dull and hazy, and some of the paint has started to lift and flake. “The Blue Boy” was taken off view last month —...

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Pasadena museums and galleries present a plethora of eye candy this fall

A broad range of Latin American artwork –– from 15th-century depictions of nature to 21st-century performance pieces — will be the focus of exhibitions opening this fall at four Pasadena-area museums. The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena Museum of California Art, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and USC Pacific Asia Museum are among 70 Southern California cultural institutions participating in “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA,” a series of thematically linked art exhibits supported by grants from the Getty Foundation. As part of PST, the Armory will present “Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in 1990’s...

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Backers believe charter schools offer students and parents greater educational flexibility

Alma Fuerte Public School will open Monday with about 85 students in transitional kindergarten through the second grade. Unlike most public schools in the area, Alma Fuerte was not created by the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD). It is a charter school designed by a group of parents who want their children to learn entrepreneurship.    “We want our students to succeed in 21st-century careers,” said co-founder and Director of Operations Anne Lee, an attorney and mother of two who lives in Pasadena. “They will need social and emotional skills as well as academics.” Students will also learn about...

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Before light rail, Red Cars led the way to expansion of Los Angeles County

Southern Californians are so accustomed to going everywhere in their cars that most people can’t remember a time when there were no freeways and few people owned automobiles. However, in the early 20th century an innovative network of electric-powered trolleys was the region’s dominant form of transportation. The Pacific Electric Railway (PE), with its Big Red Cars, was the world’s largest electric-powered interurban trolley system. The Red Cars operated for almost 60 years, taking passengers to cities throughout Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. In its heyday during the 1920s and 1930s, PE ran more than 2,100...

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Upcoming Events

10:00 am Flintridge Coffeehouse and Books... @ Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
Flintridge Coffeehouse and Books... @ Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The store’s Small Business Saturday features guest authors, artists, live music and activities for all ages, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.
1:00 pm Guided Tour at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Guided Tour at Norton Simon @ Norton Simon Museum
Nov 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
A guided tour visits high drama depicted in baroque art, from 1 to 2 p.m., included with museum admission of $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, free for members, students and guests 18 and younger.
2:00 pm Alex Film Society Screenings @ Alex Theatre
Alex Film Society Screenings @ Alex Theatre
Nov 25 @ 2:00 pm
The Society presents its annual Three Stooges Film Festival, screening episodes including “A Plumbing We Will Go” (1940), “An Ache in Every Stake” (1941), “Disorder in the Court” (1936), “Men in Black” (1934), “Oily to[...]
2:00 pm I Love You NO Matter What!” -Sel... @ ONE LIFE YOGA
I Love You NO Matter What!” -Sel... @ ONE LIFE YOGA
Nov 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
I Love You NO Matter What!” -Self-Love Experience @ ONE LIFE YOGA
This workshop is an invitation to love yourself intimately. It is an experience of how to recondition your body to be in the most empowered states through the power of word, breath and movement. As[...]
6:30 pm Dietary Supplement Discussion at... @ Cancer Support Community
Dietary Supplement Discussion at... @ Cancer Support Community
Nov 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Dr. Amaliya Santiago discusses how dietary supplements and the right foods can improve a patient’s ability to fight cancer, reduce the side effects of treatment and enhance recovery, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free, but[...]

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