Last Saturday night I had the pleasure of attending the MUSE/IQUE Concert called "Lose Your Senses with Ellis Hall" conducted by MUSE/IQUE Artistic Director Rachael Worby. The concert was held at Caltech's...
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When All Saints Church in Pasadena announced that it would host the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s (MPAC) 12th annual convention as part of its efforts toward “interfaith peacemaking,” the Episcopal church that was founded in 1883 became the target of hate mail and attacks.
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December 17, 2008 | 2:17 amAnother guest post from Friend of Bloggish Anita Susan Brenner:
Westsiders have a lot of choices: Federations, congresses, associations and shuls of every denomination. Out here in Old Town Pasadena, I can walk for hours without ever seeing a kippa. My kosher chicken doesn't...
May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pmCovering a meeting of Friends of Sabeel is a strange experience. "Strange" as in walking through the looking glass and encountering a reverse universe on the other side.
While we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence, they are mourning six decades of the nakba, the...
May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm
An ancient Japanese legend holds that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish. If three L.A.-area day schools were to get one, it might be for peace and understanding.
Pasadena's Weizmann Jewish day school hosted an interfaith origami session on Tuesday, May...
May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pmIn the few courses that I have taken and books that I have read on management, one of the main components of success is the ability to engage in "big visioning" or "blue sky" thinking. By not letting barriers, restrictions or even reality get in the way, we must find ways -- and...
May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm"I long for the loss of memory," grieves Jakob, the central character in "Fugitive Pieces," a sensitive, at times wrenching, film based on the best-selling novel by Canadian poet Anne Michaels and directed by her countryman, Jeremy Podeswa, the son of Holocaust survivors.
But he is...
April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pmFood Issues
Rob Eshman's article about food issues is a voice of reason in a sea of insanity ("Food Issues," April 11).
Much of the meaning behind the holiday is in its simplicity, as Rob indicates. Changing one's diet for seven or eight days obviously extends beyond the seders....
January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pmI'm always leery when Jewish groups ride in from out of town to try to save us from the bad guys. We have plenty of sharp-eyed Jewish defense groups locally who can tussle on our behalf. It's just a bit condescending to think we rubes, out in America's second-largest Jewish city,...
October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pmI sometimes wonder what the Prophet Isaiah would think about Pasadena.
It was Isaiah whose words we just read this past Yom Kippur.
God, speaking through Isaiah, says, "Do you think the fast that I demand this day is to bow down your head like a bulrush? No! The fast I demand is...
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Saturday, July 1
In time for summertime, the Skirball has rekindled its weekly Café Z live music series. Take advantage today, and head down to groove to Elliott Caine Quintet’s Afro-Cuban jazz beats. According to Caine’s Web site, KCRW’s Bo Leibowitz described him as a...
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October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Imagine an Uzbek warlord who takes time between mortar attacks to remove his clothes and display his manhood in the bunker. Now, imagine that he willingly does this for a camera operator, who films the chieftain and his family for an "Osbournes"-meets-"Sopranos" reality-TV show.
September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Most people are surprised, even flabbergasted, to learn that there is a sizeable Jewish community in Pasadena, one that has been here for well over a century.
I grew up in the San Fernando Valley, and I had never been to Pasadena. I knew little about it -- mostly that the Rose Parade...
May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 21
Ah, love. We get a heaping helping of it at the Getty's "Love Story Weekend," which continues today. Hear noted actors read short stories by noted writers -- Regina King reads Charles Johnson, Alec Baldwin reads John Updike and William H. Macy reads Etgar...
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January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Big into cantorial music? Is this ever your weekend! Head over to the Pasadena Jewish Temple & Center's (PTJC) "Cantors in Concert." (No worries, they've probably cleared out all of the Rose Parade mess by now.) Or, for you West Valley-ites, wait till tomorrow and swing by...
December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm
It took 50 years, but this New Year's Day a childhood dream and mother's fantasy is about to come true.
I was born on Jan. 1, 1953. Dwight D. Eisenhower prepared to assume the presidency, American troops remained in Korea and newspapers heralded mine as Los Angeles County's first...
March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pmLate one night last week, Rabbi Chaim Hanoka stood talking to David Angel in a large, almost empty parking lot, well past the appointed hour that each man had expected to get into his car and drive home. Hanoka was attempting to unravel the mathematical complexities of how Purim...