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Monday, November 10

tour a japanese tea house



When we think of tea time, we tend to think of an English tea, with scones and clotted cream (or maybe that’s just us, and our love of clotted cream!).  But there’s another ceremonial and lovely tea time – Japanese Tea.  Take a peek inside the Huntington Garden’s ceremonial teahouse and learn the traditions behind its use.  Informal tours are offered on the second Monday of the month.

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Thursday, November 13

Friday, November 14

Through a Lens Darkly

Laemmle's Playhouse 7

673 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, 91101


The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, THROUGH A LENS DARKLY probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into lives, experiences and perspectives of black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and society and its founding ideals.

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Saturday, November 15

Sunday, November 16

Walk to End Epilepsy

Rose Bowl Stadium

1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, 91103

8:00am to 12:00pm

Join us at our inspiring Walk to End Epilepsy on November 16! This fun-filled community fundraiser provides people the opportunity to speak up about epilepsy, to learn more, and to connect with others affected by epilepsy!

It will take place at the Rose Bowl from 8 am to 12 pm and the registration fee is $25 for every person over the age of two. There will be games, music, a giant inflatable brain, entertainment and more! We look forward to seeing you on the 16th!

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Red Hen Press’s 20th Anniversary Champagne Luncheon

Westin Pasadena

191 N. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, 91101


PASADENA, CA – Red Hen Press will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena on November 16th with an annual champagne luncheon. The afternoon festivities will highlight Red Hen’s vibrant tradition in the literary community with performances from local school children, a silent auction and raffle, and readings by acclaimed authors Richard Blanco, Pete Fromm, Pam Houston, and Sharon Olds.

Pam Houston’s most recent book is Contents May Have Shifted. She is also the author of two collections of linked short stories, a novel, and a collection of essays. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA Award for Contemporary Fiction, the Evil Companions Literary Award, and multiple teaching awards.

Richard Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States. He has received numerous honors for his writings and performances, including an honorary doctorate from Macalester College and being named a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. His books have also received the prestigious Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and PEN American Center’s Open Book Award. His third book, Looking for The Gulf Motel, received various accolades, including the Thom Gunn Award, the Maine Literary Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize.

Pete Fromm is a four-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award for his novels As Cool as I Am and How All This Started, the story collection, Dry Rain, and the memoir, Indian Creek Chronicles. The film of As Cool as I Am, starring Claire Danes, James Marsden, and Sarah Bolger will be released this spring. He is the author of four other short story collections and has published over two hundred stories in magazines. His latest work, the novel If Not For This, will be published by Red Hen Press in the fall of 2014.

Sharon Olds is the author of eight volumes of poetry. Her numerous honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant; a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; and the Lamont Poetry Selection and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Dead and the Living. Named New York State Poet Laureate (1998 – 2000), Olds teaches graduate poetry workshops at New York University and the writing workshop she helped found at a state hospital for the severely disabled. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. Her most recent collection, Stag’s Leap, was named one of Oprah’s Favorite Reads of 2012 and won the T.S. Eliot Prize, and also the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

Other Guests:

Mark Doty, Ron Carlson, Mark Jonathan Harris, David St. John, Amy Gerstler, Tom Lutz, B.H. Fairchild, Douglas Kearney, and more to be determined. Previous attendees include Virginia Madsen, Billy Collins, T.C. Boyle, Alicia Ostriker, Percival Everett, Aimee Liu, Judith Freeman, Charles Harper Webb, Helena Maria Viramontes, and Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard.

Silent Auction/Raffle:

Red Hen Press’s 20th Anniversary Luncheon will feature a silent auction and raffle, which will be displayed in the ballroom’s foyer when guests arrive. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on and win packages and items from Caribbean resorts, Catalina Express, Total Wine, and more.



Ticket Prices:

Individual tickets: $125
Bronze tables: $1,150 for 10 seats
Silver tables: $2,500 for a table with one Notable Guest
Gold tables: $5,000 for a table with one Featured Author
Raffle Tickets: $20 for a set of 5 raffle tickets

Beneficiary: Funds raised through the Anniversary Luncheon will benefit Red Hen Press and its three flagship programs: publishing, Writing in the Schools, and literary events.

Contact Us:

Please contact us at (626) 356-4760 or [email protected] to request additional information.

About the Press:

Red Hen Press has published over 320 poetry, fiction and literary nonfiction titles since its inception in 1994. In addition, Red Hen founded its Writing in the Schools Program in 2003, through which authors conduct writing workshops for more than 200 underserved students each school year. The press has established three literary awards conferring $5,000 annually, and publishes The Los Angeles Review, a nationally distributed biannual literary journal. Proceeds from this event will help Red Hen Press continue its tradition of literary excellence by supporting its operations and programs, including the press’ work in local schools. Individual tickets are available for $125, and tables can be purchased starting at $1,150.

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Thursday, November 20

Saturday, November 22