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Thursday, December 11

Claudette Sutton discusses and signs Farewell, Aleppo: My Father, My People, and Their Long Journey Home

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101


Farewell, Aleppo is the story—told by Mike's daughter—of the journey that would ultimately take him from the insular Jewish community of Aleppo to the solitary task of building a new life in America. It is both her father’s tale that journalist Claudette Sutton describes and also the harrowing experiences of the family members he left behind in Syria, forced to smuggle themselves out of the country after it closed its borders to Jewish emigration. The picture Sutton paints is both a poignant narrative of individual lives and the broader canvas of a people’s survival over millennia, in their native land and far away, through the strength of their faith and their communities. Multiple threads come richly together as she observes their world from inside and outside the fold, shares an important and nearly forgotten epoch of Jewish history, and explores universal questions of identity, family, and culture.”

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Saturday, December 13

Paseo Arts & Holly Fest

Paseo Colorado

280 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 91101


The “Paseo Arts & Holly Fest” is Pasadena’s Premier Holiday Shopping Event on the famous “Rose Parade Route” on Colorado Blvd. This artistic and scenic venue was featured by Huell Howser and will provide a great “end-of-the-season” chance to find great seasonal “Arts & Holly” creations for the last minute art lovers & shoppers! This wonderful holiday destination center caters to all the surrounding cities and features dining, entertainment, nearby residents and the lucky locals who live on-site in beautiful high-rise luxury homes & condos. Join us along with all the visitors on vacation, out of school, attendees to Pasadena Civic & Convention Center events and travelers from around the world to visit Pasadena! Come enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and celebration of the holiday season, not to mention the beautiful art vista veranda and majestic mountain views! Remember to mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 13 & Sunday Dec. 14, Admission is Free! Go To www.PaseoHollyFestival.com or www.LaydBack.com for more information and feel free to call or Festival Hotline at (909) 941-7100.

Hours: 10-5 Saturday and 11-5 Sunday

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Monday, December 15

Marcel The Shell:The Most Surprised I've Ever Been

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101


Jenny Slate & Dean Fleischer-Camp read from & sign Marcel The Shell:The Most Surprised I've Ever Been.

YouTube sensation Marcel the Shell is back. The loveable mollusk, created by Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate garnered 23 million views in his first short film, and his first book, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: Things About Me, was a bestseller.

Now Jenny and Dean are sending Marcel on a big, new adventure… all the way across the apartment! Marcel's second illustrated book, MARCEL THE SHELL: THE MOST SURPRISED I’VE EVER BEEN is here! 

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Robbie Rogers presents and signs Coming Out to Play

Book Soup

8818 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069


Robbie Rogers knows better than most that keeping secrets can crush you. But for much of his life Robbie lived in paralyzing fear that sharing his big secret would cost him the love of his family and his career as a professional soccer player. So he never told anyone what was destroying his soul, both on and off the field.  While the world around Robbie was changing with breathtaking speed, he knew that for a gay man playing a professional team sport it might as well be 1958. He could be a professional soccer player. Or he could be an out gay man. He couldn't do both.  Then last year, at the age of twenty-five and after nearly stepping away from a brilliant career--one that included an NCAA Championship, winning the MLS Cup, and competing in the Olympics--he chose to tell the truth. But instead of facing the rejection he feared, he was embraced--by his family, by his teammates, and his fans.  In Coming Out to Play, Robbie takes readers on his incredible journey from terrified teenager to a trailblazing out and proud professional soccer player for the L.A. Galaxy, who has embraced his new identity as a role model and champion for those still struggling with the secrets that keep them from living their dreams.

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Thursday, December 18

Wednesday, December 24

Union + Christmas Eve = Feast of 7 Fishes


37 E. Union Street, Pasadena, CA


For Christmas Eve, Chef Kalman of Union will be hosting a Feast of Seven Fishes dinner. The Feast of Seven Fishes is an Italian celebration that typically consists of seven different seafood dishes being served on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Christ.

$125 per person

1.  ESCABECHE OF SARDINES, stewed beans, crostini

2. SQUID INK MACCHERONI ALLA CHITARRA, baccala, roasted tomatoes, uni

3. OLIVE OIL POACHED ALBACORE, insalata trecolore, soft boiled duck egg

4.  BABY OCTOPUS, Tuscan potatoes, smoked almond romesco

5.  RICOTTA CAVATELLI, Spiny Lobster, wild mushroom fricassee

6. ARBORIO CRUSTED SEA SCALLOP, tomato, Calabrian chile

7.  BRANZINO, farro, artichokes, olives, Salmoriglio

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Thursday, December 25

Thursday, January 1