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Saturday, April 26

Alicia Silverstone discusses and signs The Kind Mama

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101


In The Kind Mama, Alicia Silverstone has created a comprehensive and practical guide empowering women to take charge of their fertility, pregnancy, and first 6 months with baby. Drawing on her own experience, as well as that of obstetricians, midwives, nutritionists, holistic health counselors, and others, Silverstone offers advice on getting one's "baby house" in order through nutrient-rocking foods that heal and nourish, and, once pregnant, gentle ways to boost comfort, energy, and health during each trimester.

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Sunday, April 27

Pasadena Restaurant Week 2014



Pasadena’s restaurant community opens its doors to guests from throughout Southern California for the fourth Pasadena Restaurant Week. The Pasadena Chamber is sponsoring the event which takes place from Sunday, April 27th through Friday, May 2nd.

Find out why MyLife.com named Pasadena the best mid-sized city for dining in the United States. Pasadena’s favorite, most unique and finest dining destinations offer prix fixe menus, special meals and deals during Pasadena Restaurant Week. Return to an old favorite or try someplace new. Taste the best Pasadena has to offer at unbeatable prices. Pasadena Restaurant Week offers menus and venues to suit every appetite, budget and craving.

Pasadena Restaurant Week is a citywide event featuring the cuisine of many of Pasadena’s top dining establishments. Participating restaurants will offer fixed price dinner and/or lunch menu items for visitors. Dinners will be three-course meals while lunches will consist of two-courses. Depending on the venue and menu offered, meals will be priced at either $26, $35 or $44 for dinner or $15, $20 or $25 for lunch. (Some prices may vary.) Alcoholic beverages, gratuity and tax are not included in the price unless specified by the individual restaurants in advance.

Pasadena Restaurant Week showcases Pasadena as a restaurant destination. The week-long dining event reminds Southern California that our local restaurants offer dining experiences to satisfy all tastes at every price range. Chefs and restaurateurs are offering their finest lunch and dinner dishes at special prices throughout the week.

Participating restaurants will be preparing special meals at extraordinary introductory prices. Two course lunch meals are available at $15, $20 or $25 depending on the restaurant. A three course fixed price dinner is available at $26, $35 or $44. Some participants will offer a special deal or discount instead of the fixed price menu. (All prices are subject to change, as not all venues can provide meals at these prices.)

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Tuesday, April 29

Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series: Esther McCoy: Piecing Together L.A.

Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church

301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, 91103


In the 1950s, no one was writing about California (much less Los Angeles) architecture. Critics didn’t take California architecture seriously and thought nothing of value would come from the Golden State.

But then Esther McCoy proved them all wrong.

For “Esther McCoy: Piecing Together L.A.” on April 29, 2014, writer Susan Morgan presents a discussion on the life, times and work of McCoy and her groundbreaking (and now classic book) Five California Architects which changed the world’s impression of the West Coast.

“McCoy’s book and her writings made everyone sit up and take notice of what was happening in California and Los Angeles,” says Morgan “She put West Coast Modern architecture on the map.”

Through her 60-year career, McCoy wore many hats: she was author, lecturer, screenwriter, architectural preservationist and exhibition curator. Morgan points out that McCoy’s life parallels the changing times; her life charted the progressive edge of American idealism from the utopian spirit of Jazz Age Greenwich Village through the radical evolution of post-war architecture. In addition, McCoy was also an authority on Mexican and Italian architecture of the period as well.

A companion tour of the Ester McCoy Collection at the Greene and Greene Archives is slated for May 3, 2014. Visitors will be able to view McCoy’s library that includes more than 500 books, periodicals and rare and unusual examples of architectural publications of the times. Highlights of this collection are the many personal autographs and author dedications to McCoy which illustrates her numerous friendships and influence in the architectural world.

“Esther McCoy: Piecing Together L.A.” takes place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena CA 91103. Lecture tickets are $30 per person, $25 for FOGH members. Because of the limited seating, reservations are recommended.

“The Esther McCoy Collection” is on May 3, 2014 with tour times at 10 and 11:30 am. Tour details will be announced to ticketholders only. $25, $20 for FOGH members. To purchase tickets for lecture and/or tour, visit www.gamblehouse.org.

About Susan Morgan
Susan has written extensively about art, design and cultural biography. Her book Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader published in 2012 was the first anthology about McCoy. With support from the Graham Foundation, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution, Morgan is currently researching the life and work of McCoy. She’s a contributing editor for Aperture and www.eastofboreneo.org, a collective online art journal and archive.

About the Friends of the Gamble House (FOGH)
A support group of the University of Southern California, the FOGH is composed of individuals, corporations and organizations dedicated to the financial support of the Gamble House. Membership fees and Friends-sponsored events help fund the education and restoration programs of the Gamble House.

About the Gamble House
Built in 1908, the Gamble House is the most complete and best-preserved example of the work of renowned Pasadena architects Charles and Henry Greene. The Gamble House is an internationally recognized National Historic Landmark, in the style of the American Arts and Crafts movement. The Gamble House is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California School of Architecture.

The Gamble House is open for public, docent-led, one-hour tours Thursday through Sunday, noon – 3:00 p.m. and for specialty tours and programs, closed on national holidays. For more information please visit www.gamblehouse.org.)

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Thursday, May 1

Vroman’s presents Sandra Tsing Loh discussing and signing Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101


This is not your grandmother’s menopause story. In The Madwoman in the Volvo Loh speaks hilariously and candidly about her life as a mother, daughter, and artist. She recounts her journey through a tumultuous time of life, trying to maintain appearances during an epic hormonal change. The relatable, everyday perils displayed throughout this book include: the pressures of keeping her daughters off Facebook while managing the legal and marital hijinks of her eighty-nine-year-old dad and a despairing withdrawal to a tiny cabin where she combined wine and Ambien, paralyzing her arm into a claw. 

 Event location: All Saints Church, 132 N Euclid Ave, Pasadena. This is a ticketed event. Admission is $27.00 + tax (includes one copy of Madwoman in the Volvo and two tickets.) Because this event is being held right at the book’s release, paid reservations will be taken ahead of time and books + tickets will be handed at the venue the night of the event. 

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Friday, May 2

Saturday, May 3