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May 7th, 2017 by Cherry
Pasadena welcomes the 1st Annual Tequila & Taco Music Festival Downtown Pasadena 

Who doesn’t love tacos under the sun?? Sounds like Pasadena does with this spring Tequila & Taco Music Festival at the Brookside Park (next to the Rose Bowl) on June 10th & 11th, 2017. On Saturday the festival will have an exclusive tequila sampling and throughout the weekend attendees will enjoy entertainment, food and drinks for guests 21 and up. Musical guests will include Metalachi, Adelaide, Third Sol and more to be announced.

Tequila & Taco Saturday, June 10, 2017
11:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Tequila Tasting:  Saturday, June 10, 2017
11:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Mas Margaritas! Sunday, June 11, 2017
11:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Brookside Park
360 N Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103

Saturday tequila sampling tickets are $40. General admission tickets are $10 per individual Saturday and Sunday ticket. Individuals must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to enter the festival and to consume alcohol. There is no tequila tasting on Sunday. Tickets will also be sold at the door while supplies last. For more information, please visit



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November 27th, 2016 by Cherry


Bar Method is making it easy to help the hungry with the LA Food Bank this Holiday Season. The LA Food Bank works to fight hunger in our community and been named by the LA Business Journal as the “Nonprofit Organization of the Year” among large local organizations in 2013 and it is rated a”4-star” organization by Charity Navigator. 

Visit the Bar Method studios in Pasadena, Silver Lake, Downtown LA, Hermosa Beach and Long Beach where they are collecting food. When you bring in five cans of food, dried good or toiletry items (toothpaste, hygiene, shampoo, soap, etc) the Bar Method will give you a free class. Call to make a reservation and let the studio know you are bringing a donation or stop in and see if they have room in the class.

Bar Method West Los Angeles
1950 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 110
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Bar Method West Hollywood
8416 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Bar Method Brentwood
13050 San Vicente Blvd (at 26th Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Bar Method Marina del Rey
13400 W. Washington Blvd.
Marina del Rey, CA 90292


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November 22nd, 2016 by Cherry

Octavia E. Butler Legacy TourIf you have family and friends visiting Los Angeles and looking for a fun cultural event. Consider purchasing tickets to attend the Radio Imagination Octavia E. Butler Guided Legacy Bus Tour on Sunday, December 4th.

The event will depart from the Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts and will be celebrating the noted science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler with Ayana A.H. Jamieson as host exploring the writers muse, beloved hometown and burial site. 


Scholar and founder of the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network, Ayana A. H. Jamieson will lead a guided bus tour through Octavia E. Butler’s hometown of Pasadena, California. Jamieson will provide historical context of the neighborhood, with notable stops at the writer’s gravesite, and other locations key to Butler’s biography and writing.

Tickets are $35 ($25 students with valid ID). The tour will begin and end at the Radio Imagination exhibition at the Armory.

Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler

“The best part of Radio Imagination is the view it provides into Butler’s archive itself.” 
— Los Angeles Times

    • Buy Tickets


Sunday, December 4, 2016, 11:00am–12:30pm

Tour departs from Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, California 91103

Tickets for Tour $25 Students
$35 General Admission
$50 Tour + Tote Bag*


Tickets are non-refundable, non-transferable.


Ayana A. H. Jamieson is the founder of the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network.

* Tour + Tote Bag ticket offered with Symbiosis is Deeply Sexy tote only.


Exhibitions » 2016 » Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler


On view now through 01.08.17

Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler

Laylah Ali, Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, Lauren Halsey, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Connie Samaras, and Cauleen Smith

“The best part of Radio Imagination is the view it provides into Butler’s archive itself.” 
— Los Angeles Times

Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler is a group exhibition organized by the Los Angeles-based not-for-profit organization Clockshop. The exhibition debuts 6 new commissions inspired by the Octavia E. Butler papers at the Huntington Library. The exhibition is part of Clockshop’s year-long program throughout 2016 celebrating the life and work of Pasadena science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006).

Octavia E. Butler was a bestselling and award-winning author, receiving both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her groundbreaking science fiction, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN West. She was the first Black woman to achieve international prominence in the genre, and is the first and only writer of science fiction to earn a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. With Black female protagonists, radical notions of kinship, and a keen understanding of power dynamics, Butler’s writing revamped the conventions of the science fiction genre. Ultimately, her work suggested new ways of thinking and new models of working for generations of writers and artists to come. 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of Butler’s death.

Radio Imagination debuts new work by Laylah AliMalik Gaines and Alexandro SegadeLauren HalseyMendi + Keith ObadikeConnie Samaras, and Cauleen Smith—contemporary artists working in performance, sound, installation, photography, drawing, and video. Forming an unprecedented collaboration with Clockshop, the Huntington Library in San Marino granted these artists access to work in Butler’s archive. The Octavia E. Butler Collection at the Huntington Library consists of 8,000 individually cataloged items and more than 80 boxes of additional ephemera. Materials range from Butler’s very first short stories, written at age 12, to manuscripts, photographs, and Butler’s collection of inspirational quotes. The commissioned artists comprise an intergenerational group of emerging and established artists, each with an affinity for Butler’s work and a long-standing interest in her oeuvre.
Laylah Ali

Octavia E. Butler Legacy Tour led by Ayana A. H. Jamieson

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September 13th, 2015 by Cherry
1. How did you get involved with No to Dog Meat
Lori AlanOne of my best friends from college (Fia Perera) asked if I wanted to help organize a demonstration outside the Hollywood Bowl during the “Chinese Splendor.” Having served on my Union’s Board I was relatively experienced with organizing people, so I said, “Sure. What’s it for?” When Fia told me it was for the dog (and cat) meat trade and that a torture food culture even existed, I immediately knew I had to be a part of the solution.
2. When did you first learn of the UK based non profit

When Fia and I were researching organizations for this demonstration, we came across the NoToDogMeat website and found they had readily available materials for us to print and use. We explored the site further and began a dialogue with the org’ founder Julia Cadet. After learning more about the programs and frontline efforts NoToDogMeat was creating, we decided we wanted to start a U.S. chapter. And that’s exactly what we’ve done.

3. What can the average person do to help with No to Dog Meat if they aren’t in the LA metro area
Help educate people. This is a barbaric practice that doesn’t just happen in “other countries”. It also happens right here in America. It happens in communities you would never think it would and dogs by the thousands are being stolen to fulfill this evil industry. So educate others, help protect all dogs, and donate money to organizations making a direct impact like NoToDogMeat. We have a direct link on our website and please join our mailing list on our website as well to stay abreast of what we are doing. Start a chapter in your city or town!
4. Are you a dog and/or cat lover
Yes, I grew up with both. My first dog was a Saint Bernard and I would hang on his neck to cry…to love him…he was my everything. We also had a cat named ‘Pyewacket’ named from the play “Bell, Book & Candle” that my actress mother was doing at the time. I was extremely allergic to her, but I would try to pretend like I wasn’t because I loved her so much. If I could I think I would live with more canines and felines than humans 🙂 🙂
5. Who’s your best pet friend and why
For the first time I have a small dog named ‘Bumble’. I found him on the street – he was hanging out at a gas station – the week after my beloved ‘Harry’ dog passed away. I thought I would help find him a home, but I quickly realized he was home. He’s the sweetest, cuddliest boy who looks like a small human in a dog costume.


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September 12th, 2015 by Cherry


I’m so excited to cover the first annually Putting for Pups Golf and Gala on Sunday, September 13 at the Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena. Lori is one of the organizers bringing attending to the Dog & Cat meat trade in China. She’s gathered animal lovers from all walks of life for this fundraiser and I’m excited to have gotten a chance for a Q&A with EG Daily. Her name might be familiar as the voice of  many animated characters including the Emmy award-winning “Rugrats”, where she is the voice of lead character Tommy Pickles. She can also be heard as the voice of Buttercup in “The Powerpuff Girls” animated series, as Babe in “Babe – Pig in the City”, and as Rudy Tabootie in Nickelodeon’s© “Chalkzone”. Additional voice-over credits include Dizzy in the TV animated series, “Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles”, “Eek the Cat”, “Duck Days”, “Duckman”, “Jungle Cubs”, “Problem Child”, and “Baby Blues”. She also provided the voice of Froggie in the feature film “The Little Rascals”, Bam Bam in “The Flintstones”, and Lorenzo in the Academy Award winning feature film, “Lorenzo’s Oil” as well as being a singer.

How did you get involved with No to Dog Meat?

I’d been hearing about it along with Last chance for animals and other animal support groups.

When did you first learn of the UK based nonprofit?

Lori Alan started posting and doing events for it which was where I became more aware .

What can the average person do to help with No to Dog Meat if they aren’t in the LA metro area?

Come to the event (if in LA), visit the site “Putting for Pups“, learn about it at the NoToDogMeat site! It’s unbearable to look at these Precious animals in Horrific conditions it is so painful to see, it will be hard not to want to do something . Get more awareness. More voices can make a bigger impact .

Are you a dog and/or cat lover?

I am a huge Animal Lover. I tend to lean into dogs more  because Im allergic to cats but I still love cats!!! I will stop in the middle  of an intersection and block all taffic to help out an animal in need. I have made it one of my missions of my career to be a voice for animals  and animal cruelty  awareness. I honestly can’t believe at this time how much awful treatment of animals is still going on!

Who’s your best pet friend?

Best Pet friends are my 3 Dogs  BBY a two lb Chihuahua, Juju a 5 lb Chihuahua and Bumblebee a Huge 110 lb  Rottweiler …Oh we also have many birds that enjoy out property along with a whole family of Lizards that hang out on our Patio furniture 🙂

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July 17th, 2013 by Cherry

Ford is very confident with their lineup and decision to have a nationwide EcoBoost City Tour across the US to give people the chance to check out their fuel efficient EcoBoost powered vehicles.   Ford plans by the end of 2013 to have more than 90 percent of  their North American lineup to have an EcoBoost engine.

Ford is showing off their fuel-efficient EcoBoost lineup that includes the all new Fiesta ST, Escape and Fusion that allows people

to drive the competition to compare in real time on a closed track.  If you’re in the following cities you can sign up at Ford EcoBoost Challange Drive to schedule a drive.  It’s a great way to look at a variety of autos especially if you like Ford and are deciding to ‘go American’ or switch brands for a more green alternative engine.

“Ford is delivering on its promise to give fuel-efficiency-minded customers the power of choice, by offering a lineup that includes five electrified vehicles, two plug-in hybrids and eight vehicles available with EcoBoost Technology,” said David Mondragon, general marketing manager for Ford and Lincoln. “Throughout this tour, we will let consumers experience the technology that helps deliver better fuel economy and engaging driving than the competition.”

The  EcoBoost Challenge events are on Saturdays in July, August and September that will have an ST Performance Academy, a hyper-mile challenge for Ford hybrid vehicles and head-to-head competitive drives on an EcoBoost challenge course.
Pre-registration is live at Space is limited and available on first-come, first-served basis.
Events will open at 9 a.m. and run all day through 6 p.m. in most markets. Locations and dates are:
  • Los Angeles, Rose Bowl, July 20
  • New York City, Citi Field, August 17
  • Charlotte, Charlotte Motor Speedway, August 24
  • Atlanta, Turner Field, September 7
  • Dallas, Cowboys Stadium, September 7
  • Orlando, Orange County Convention Center, September 14
  • Houston, Sam Houston Race Park, September 14
  • Miami, Gulfstream Park, September 21
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, Canterbury Park, September 21
Are you considering buying a new car and is Ford on your list?

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June 12th, 2013 by Cherry

I’m always on the lookout to find makeup and hair tips for my coloring/hair texture so will defintely head to Pasadena to check out PHAMexpo from June 29 – 30, 2013.

I’ve been desperate to find a good strong bright pink eyeshadow and blush that will look good on my dark brown skin but NOBODY is making the fushia pink Iwant.  I’m sure someone will have it at PHAMExpo or I can bend their ear to MAKE the color!  Anyone else planning to see what what’s coming around the bend for fashionable people and of course professionals?

Hmmm will for sure see what hair products they have and maybe find a stylist who is experienced with naturally texture hair like my own!

<sigh> I can’t wait to go it will be like a candy store but without the calories hmmm but a lot more expensive!  bwa ha ha

PHAMExpo Beauty and Fashion Show


The ultimate beauty event that allows savvy professionals, novice students and cosmetic enthusiasts to discover the latest products and treatments within leading brands from various trade experts
(Pasadena, CA) – Thousands of makeup artists, hair stylists, vendors, manufacturers, and in- vogue devotees will gather at the Pasadena Convention Center on June 29th and 30th forPHAMExpo.  This two-day hair and makeup extravaganza is all about beauty; showcasing the latest products, cutting edge technology, and up-to-the-minute hair and makeup trends.  The event will feature deep discounts on favorite products, seminars by industry virtuosos, and demonstrations by world-renowned artists and stylists.  Prime educators include Caitlin Callahan, Senior Artist at M.A.C Pro;  Kim Greene, Co-Founder of Greene Street Beauty LLC;  Melissa Street, Owner and Founder of Epic Makeup & Co-Founder of Greene Street Beauty LLC; and Donna Mee, veteran makeup artist, educator and founder of Empire Makeup Academy.


One of the new concepts being introduced at is an exclusive beauty blogger and vlogger meet up area where pundits can go to both unwind and connect with their followers.   The “PHAMExpo Social Lounge” is also the perfect place for educators and experts to relax, rehydrate and re-charge both themselves and their electronics before heading back out onto the show floor.


PHAMExpo sponsors Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC); Lime CrimeRoyal & Langnickel Brush Company; CAO Cosmetics, Paul Mitchell the School Pasadena andNaimies Beauty Center, will all have a major presence at the show.  Throughout the weekend, makeup companies will unveil new products and tools and offer discounts on must-haves.  Cutting edge make up companies will be well represented by TEMPTU Pro, Embryolisse USA, Eye Kandy, Sugarpill, Violent Lips, Yaby, Saucebox and Pursebuzz, Violet Vozz, Enzo Milano, Brett Freeman Beauty, as well as industry pioneers and popular favorites Stila Cosmetics, MAC Pro, INGLOT and Eve Pearl.


Education and Demonstration Schedule


Saturday, June 29th

Main Stage 

11:00 – 12:00 ModXchange Fashion Show

12:15 –  1:15  Lime Crime  – Q&A with Doe Deere, Founder of Lime Crime Cosmetics

2:00 –   3:00  M.A.C. – Tiffany Johnson, Makeup as an Art

3:15 –   4:15  Stila

4:30 –   5:30  Valente Frazier Keynote- Glamour for any occasion!


Stage 2

11:00 – 12:00 PHAMExpo presents Kevin James Bennett:  Kit Focus

12:15 –   1:15 PAUL MITCHELL

2:00 –   3:00 PHAMExpo presents Donna Mee:  Learn how Donna has achieved much success in the makeup industry.  Her path was full of mistakes, obstacles and hard lessons learned.

3:15 –  4:15 PHAMExpo presents Star Walker – Personal Branding


Stage 3

11:00 –  12:00 OCC – Valerie Garcia & Courtney Tichman: Celebrity Driven Makeups

12:15 –   1:15 Royal & Langnickel

2:00 –   3:00 Yaby Cosmetics presents Kim Greene & Melissa Street of Greene Street makeup

3:15 –   4:15 Sue Bryce – Australian Photographer of the Year and Master Speaker from New Zealand

4:30 –   5:30 Eve Pearl


Sunday, June 30th

Main Stage 

11:00 – 12:00 Paul Mitchell

12:15 –  1:15

2:00 –  3:00    M.A.C. – Caitlin Callahan: Creating Perfect skin

3:15 –  4:15  Blogger Panel


Stage 2

11:00 – 12:00 PHAMExpo presents Kirstie Wight:  Building a business in bridal and portraiture.

12:15 –  1:15 London Brush Company presents Sian Richards

2:00 –  3:00 Local 706

4:30 –  5:30 Sue Bryce – Australian Photographer of the Year and Master Speaker from New Zealand – Build Your Own Portfolio.  Sue will teach you how to build and photograph your own portfolio with natural light and your point and shoot camera.


Stage 3

11:00 – 12:00 Eve Pearl

12:15 – 1:15  Eye Lashes demo using a variety of lashes from Mink to Paper and everything in-between

2:00 –  3:00  Royal & Langnickel – Kevin James Bennett 

3:15 –   4:15  PHAMExpo presents Donna Mee:  Contouring discover how understanding optical illusions will help you create them in makeup.

PHAMExpo will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday, June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 Green Street Pasadena, CA.  Ticket prices will range between $35 and $60 and include all classes and workshops.  For more details on speakers, educators, vendors, and special events visit www.phamexpo.comFacebook , Instagram,Pinterest or Twitter @PHAME_xpo.


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September 5th, 2012 by Cherry

I’m very excited to be covering the 2012 D-Con in November.  Last year’s was a blast with independent artists presenting their collectibles and the opportunity to talk with them.  So grab your tickets online for $5 and meet me in Pasadena!

Designer Con is an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys and designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art!

Designer Con 2012 will be on Saturday November 3rd, 2012. Doors open at 9 am and the show ends at 6 pm.

Pasadena Convention Center

300 East Green Street

Pasadena, CA 91101


Buy Tickets Now

Tickets are now on sale for DCon 2012! Order yours online here for only $5!

Note: Tickets will be $7 at the door.

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December 9th, 2011 by Cherry

Oh my gosh if your in Pasadena you HAVE to go to the Eat my Blog Bakesale benefitting the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.  Anyone want to meet me in Pasadena to eat sweets and keep people fed this winter????

How can you refuse??? It’s sweets AND the chance to meet ME! lol



Eat My Blog Restaurant Donations

1. Macarons from XT Patisserie

Eat My Blog Restaurant Donations

2. Bacon Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits and Fleur de Sel Pretzels from Manhattan Beach Post

Eat My Blog Restaurant Donations

3. Peppermint Cakewiches from Cake Monkey Bakery

Le Bon Garçon

4. Salted Caramels from Le Bon Garcon

Eat My Blog Restaurant Donations

5. Cannoli with Ricotta and Pistachio from Sotto Restaurant

Eat My Blog Restaurant Donations

6. Cupcakes and Brownies from Magnolia Bakery

Eat My Blog Restaurant Donations

7. Fresh Baked Pastries from Farmshop


Saturday, December 10th
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Pita Jungle
43 East Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105

from → Logistics

Eat My Blog 4.0 is about a week away. I don’t know about you, but my sweet tooth already aches for some chocolatey, gooey treats made by our super talented food/recipe bloggers and restaurants.

In order to help YOU get to US quickly and effortlessly, here is some parking information for your reference as you plot your way towards us in Pasadena.

Pita Jungle is located at 43 E Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91105:

Map courtesy of Pita Jungle Website

There are three “Park and Walk” garages in the vicinity which is the best option for you to save your money on the parking and spend it all on the Eat My Blog baked goods instead ;)   The first 90 minutes are free; $2 thereafter, and $6 daily max. The closest P&W garage to Pita Jungle is located at 33 E. Green street (entrances can be found at S. Fair Oaks Ave., Green St., and S. Raymond Ave) and of course there are metered parking everywhere. Please visit the Old Pasadena website for more information about parking.

Parking map courtesy of Old Pasadena Website.

Ok, so we will have the goods, now you know where to park….that means we’ll be seeing you there right?! RIGHT. Can’t wait to meet you and thanks in advance for all your support.

UPDATE: Hop Aboard the Gold Line!

Metro Gold Line
Memorial Park Station
125 E. Holly Street, Pasadena 

Del Mar Station
230 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena – 600 Park/Ride Lot spaces

To plan a trip, check out MTA’s Trip Planner and print out a customized itinerary in seconds!

For more information visit:
MTA Website  
Complete Metro Rail System Map
Metro Bus and Metro Rail Rider’s Guide

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November 7th, 2011 by Cherry

I attended the Designer Convention 2011 in Pasadena on November 5th.  I had the most fun EVER and got to meet quite a few artists.  It was great to see such a diverse group of men and women who are following their passions.

I fell in LOVE with Booty Babe Art.  They are beautiful lifelike full figured black women created by Spencer Davis. Such affirmation as a plus sized woman!

I thought it was so fun to meet Adah Glenn the street artist and creator of AfroPuff.  She has taken charge of the Piccaninny image!

I got to meet Jack Venturo who is a creative artist that brought a selection of his work from his site Jackorama.  His prints, drawings and a diarahma that features everyone’s favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett!


Click on the following links for my youtube videos:

Designer Convention Interview

Designer Convention Photos

Designer Convention Lego Art Photos




Designer Con 2011 took place on Saturday, November 5th, 2011


What is Designer Con all about?

Having fun and meeting all your favorite artists, designers, manufacturers, and vendors!

Designer Con was founded in 2006 under the name Vinyl Toy Network. The show was created to bring together artists, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in the vinyl toy/collectible figures market. The first show was in an 1,100 sq. ft. meeting room at the Pasadena Convention Center and has now grown into a 25,000 sq. ft. hall with over 90 vendors, art & custom shows, live demonstrations, and much more.

Designer Con now incorporates everything in the world of design including apparel, plush, printing, sculpture, designer toys, and art ranging from fine to urban. The show was founded and still run by companies who are also vendors which is why we strive to provide a fun, safe, comfortable environment for fans, artists, and vendors to meet! We look forward even bigger and better shows every year through the continued support of our amazing vendors and attendees. Without you, this show would not be possible, so from all of us at Designer Con, thank you!


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