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Photography in the Facetune Era: Lyd and Mo
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Photography in the Facetune Era: Lyd and Mo

Husband-and-wife team up to offer timeless portraits and more By Emily Glory Peters “When photographing portraits, you have to bring out the essence of a person,” says Mo Cee, co-owner with his wife Lydia Tam of Lyd and Mo Photography in Pasadena. “Too often I see photographers too focused on their gear—but photography is having…

Learn Hip-Hop Dancing at Pasadena’s Action Arts Movement Lab
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Learn Hip-Hop Dancing at Pasadena’s Action Arts Movement Lab

The most popular class at Action Arts Movement Lab is their hip-hop class. Joe Chaplin, the instructor, is high-energy and highly motivational. He adapts every class to meet each student’s needs and makes the class incredibly fun. Gaga classes have been very popular with adult students. It’s a dance style created by the famous Israeli…

Saint Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church of Pasadena
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Saint Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church of Pasadena

St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church has been the spiritual and cultural center for the Armenian community in Pasadena and surrounding areas for over 60 years. Since the first meeting of the St. Gregory parish council in 1947, the church grounds have burgeoned into a dynamic complex that currently includes their newly built sanctuary,…

Pasadena Black Pages Takes a Seat at the Media Table
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Pasadena Black Pages Takes a Seat at the Media Table

How insufficient representation sparked a new outlet for Pasadena’s African-American community By Emily Glory Peters “It started when Councilwoman Jacque Robinson lost the mayoral election in 2015,” says Dennis Haywood, founder and editor-in-chief for online publication Pasadena Black Pages (PBP). It was the first time the seat had been open in 16 years, and was…

Fantasy Frostings Finds its Sweet Spot in Pasadena
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Fantasy Frostings Finds its Sweet Spot in Pasadena

By Emily Glory Peters Congratulations: you’ve made it two months into 2019 and we bet you’re ready for a break from all those health-centric resolutions. Enter Fantasy Frostings. With a 2018 “Best of Pasadena” win to its name and longstanding popularity for its custom cakes and desserts, Fantasy Frostings is the bakery dream come true…

2019 Readers’ Choice Is Underway
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2019 Readers’ Choice Is Underway

It’s that time of year again – the highly anticipated annual Readers’ Choice Awards are officially underway! Every year, Beacon Media News, publisher of Arcadia Weekly, Monrovia Weekly, Pasadena Independent, and Sierra Madre Weekly (AMPS) prepares its annual tip-of-the-hat to local businesses and organizations through the colorful Readers’ Choice publication. Why is Readers’ Choice impactful?…

Lifeline for Pets Gives Animals a Second Chance
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Lifeline for Pets Gives Animals a Second Chance

By Emily Glory Peters Pet overpopulation remains a tremendous challenge for Los Angeles, where hundreds of animals regularly pour into already crowded shelters. In Pasadena, no-kill rescue organization Lifeline for Pets makes an impact by transitioning neglected and abused animals into beloved pets. “For us, rescue means taking full responsibility for the lives and care…

From Sierra Madre, With Love Songs: Zach and Bridget
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From Sierra Madre, With Love Songs: Zach and Bridget

By Emily Glory Peters Business and music seem an unromantic pairing, but for local band Zach & Bridget, they’re two sides of the same coin. Like the performers themselves, one can’t succeed without the other. “When we’re at our best is where I’m the content instigator and she’s the editor,” says Zach Galanis of his…

Building a Business as a Latino Entrepreneur
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Building a Business as a Latino Entrepreneur

By Bankrate Staff Claudia Ramos, graphic designer and illustrator from North Hollywood, Calif., dreams of turning her side business, Claudia Ramos Designs, into a full-time gig. Her dreams are specific, she’d like to see her work and that of other Latina artists sold in her very own shop. Ramos, who was born in El Salvador, currently…

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