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Sunday’s Doo Dah Parade Celebrates 40 Years of Showcasing Pasadena’s Quirkiest Characters

What started out as a beer-enhanced flight of fancy by a couple of locals in a popular Old Pasadena tavern in 1978 and has since evolved into the city’s alternative parade that sticks to almost no rules and all fun – The Occasional Doo Dah Parade – celebrates its 40th year reveling with the area’s quirkiest characters this weekend. The parade remains a beloved if not…

Pasadena Rent Control Petition Drive Launched

Supporters of an initiative which would establish rent control in Pasadena as well as limitations on the termination of rental tenancies officially notified City officials…

Armory Center for the Arts Executive Director Scott Ward Announces Retirement

Armory Center for the Arts Executive Director Scott Ward has announced his retirement from the nationally-recognized contemporary arts center following a 17-year tenure there dedicated to leading a community arts education movement in Pasadena and beyond. Ward said his final day as Executive Director will be June 30, 2018. Under…

All Autonomous Roads Lead to Pasadena

Driverless cars seem to many people to be a blurry, far-off sci-fi idea. In fact, they are right around the corner. Autonomous vehicles, once the…

China’s Biggest Film Company Pairs with Pasadena Foundation, Premieres Hollywood-Judged Short Films Starring Local Nonprofits

Local up-and-coming filmmakers are set to premiere Hollywood-judged films about select Pasadena nonprofits this Thursday at the “Big Heart Small Film” short film competition sponsored by Alibaba Pictures and the Pasadena Community Foundation. In January 2017, Alibaba Pictures and Pasadena Community Foundation announced a partnership to support nine local nonprofits…

Caltech Engineers Create Stable Plasma Ring in Open Air, A Scientific First

A torus of plasma, viewed from above. The ring is created by a jet of water striking a crystal plate. Credit: Mory Gharib/Caltech For the…

With Literary Scene in Pasadena Blossoming, Red Hen Press Celebrates and Celebrates

“A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom,” wrote the poet Robert Frost. Thus was poet A.E Stallings introduced by poet and writer Dana Gioia at the 23rd annual Red Press Champagne luncheon Sunday afternoon at the Westin, before she read a short selection of her own works to…

Pasadena Ranks in the Top 10 of U.S. Digital Cities Its Size

The City of Pasadena again secured a spot in the top 10 digital cities of its size in this year’s nationwide Digital Cities Survey. Now…

Week in Review: Top Pasadena Stories of the Week

The Editors of Pasadena Now go through over 100 articles published this week on our site and cull the top 46 most newsworthy, informative, and readable. Top Stories: ArtCenter Shows Off Dramatic 15-Year Master Plan County Supervisors Approve Smaller “Big Dig” Sediment Removal Project for Devil’s Gate Dam City Council…

Five Famous Locals Who Were Veterans

L-R: Owen Brown, Henry Harrison Markham, General George S. Patton Jr., Edwin Hubble, Paul Fussell, Jr. As America celebrates Veterans Day on November 11, Pasadena remembers five local residents who served in some of America’s greatest conflicts. Owen Brown (1824-1889) Owen Brown was the third son of the abolitionist and notorious anti-slavery activist John Brown. Born in Hudson, Ohio, Owen Brown fought with his father and participated in the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859, escaping capture. A few years earlier, he also served under his father’s command in Kansas as a guerrilla warrior during a bloody period of slavery-related…

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