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

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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