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Then and now: Pasadena welcomes new Steinbeck production

8 Feb 2013
As John Steinbeck's historic "The Grapes of Wrath" ends in California, it is fitting that Pasadena-based theater company A Noise Within (ANW) has chosen to make the classic Dust Bowl saga as the centerpiece of its new 2013 season. The play, which opens February 23 and runs through May 11, sticks close to Steinbeck's original, although there are a Read More
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Elevating pizza to the level of haute cuisine

8 Feb 2013
It may not be the most gourmet or the most elegant cuisine, but pizza - when it's made properly by true culinary experts - can be every bit as delicious and satisfying as any traditional fine-dining option. New York City and Chicago are typically known as America's most respected purveyors of perfect pies, but a cult classic pizza shop located nea Read More
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Renowned classical pianist brings her improvisations to Santa Fe

8 Feb 2013
On the cold January day in 2009 when Barack Obama was first sworn in as President, a diminutive woman took the stage alongside two classical music titans - Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma - to play piano in front of millions of people. For many of them, this occasion was their first introduction to Gabriela Montero, a Venezuelan-American pianist who h Read More
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Two reasons why Santa Ynez is becoming California's locavore hotspot

8 Feb 2013
In many ways, the Santa Ynez Valley is the ideal community to find itself at the center of the steadily growing local, organic and artisan food movement. It has a perfect growing climate, a community of residents dedicated to environmentally friendly consumption habits and is located in close proximity to many of the finest examples of wine countr Read More
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Inventory of for-sale homes at 12-year low in Sonoma

8 Feb 2013
After several years during which homes often languished for several months before finding a buyer, Sonoma County real estate appears to have finally turned the corner, and houses are now flying off the market. According to the Press Democrat , Sonoma's inventory of for-sale homes has dipped to its lowest level in 12 years. This has led to increase Read More
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In for recess: A creative way to de-clutter your home

8 Feb 2013
For many years, Suchi Reddy was on a quest for the perfect piece of Manhattan real estate . She told New York Magazine that she was holding out for a home that was close to the Union Square Greenmarket and offered great natural light. Eventually, she found one, but she learned quickly that it would need a significant amount of work. From that poin Read More
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World-famous food festival returns to southern Florida

8 Feb 2013
In its 12-year existence, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival has become one of the country's most heavily attended, anxiously awaited and hunger-inducing gatherings in the country. Last year, more than 60,000 guests from around the world came to the event to sample food from more than 150 renowned chefs and drink wines from more than 250 vintn Read More
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"Girl with a Pearl Earring" and other Dutch masterpieces come to San Francisco

8 Feb 2013
Legendary works from several Dutch masters are coming to America as part of a traveling exhibit, and their first stop is at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The show - "Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis" - has already been heralded as one of the finest exhibitions to hit the states this season. The exhibition, wh Read More
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Ventura-based author finally completes his dream house

8 Feb 2013
It took Richard La Plante more than seven years to complete his new Ventura home, but the result is a one-of-a-kind house that can serve as an inspiration for creative local residents. It is perhaps not an undertaking for the faint of heart - the construction process became so complicated that La Plante considered abandoning it at several differen Read More
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Local Cape artist exhibits new paintings

8 Feb 2013
After moving to Cape Cod in 1996, Ronald Tinney's painting imagination truly began to blossom. The coastal landscape and stunning views inspired him to focus more on natural landscapes and hone his oil painting skills. Since then, Tinney has become one of the most cherished local artists, and his legacy will surely grow with a new show at the Cult Read More