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10.05.17 | VOLUME 33 | NUMBER 40<br />

opinion ....................................................................7<br />

Letters .................................................... 9 Editorial ..................................................10<br />

<strong>Best</strong> of <strong>Pasadena</strong> .................................................... 15<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Way .................................................................................................................17<br />

Services .........................................................................................................................31<br />

Shopping ....................................................................................................................... 53<br />

Nitelife ............................................................................................................................71<br />

Dining ............................................................................................................................77<br />

life ......................................................................... 97<br />

Restaurant Review .................................. 97<br />

Home Sales ...........................................102<br />

Bulletin Board ........................................103<br />

Well-Being ............................................104<br />

arts ...................................................................... 105<br />

Into the Night .........................................109<br />

Trax ..................................................... 110<br />

Calendar ............................................... 112<br />

Film ...................................................... 115<br />

classifieds .............................................................117<br />

8 days .................................................................. 122<br />

ABOUT THE COVER: Cover design by Stephanie Torres<br />

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NEWS<br />

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EDITOR<br />

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PW OPINION PW NEWS PW LIFE PW ARTS<br />

•LETTERS •<br />

THE FRENCH MISTAKE<br />

I read your restaurant reviews whenever<br />

they appear in the <strong>Pasadena</strong> Weekly. I like them!<br />

I forget whether or not I’ve written to you<br />

before, but I wanted to write to you about a little<br />

thing in your review of the Glendale Shaker’s.<br />

It’s a common error that probably at least 90% of<br />

people make, so don’t feel singled out!<br />

You used the term “braised boneless beef<br />

short ribs with a rich au jus.” Here’s the error:<br />

the French term “au jus” is not a noun; it is a prepositional phrase.<br />

The French word “au” is a contraction of the two French words “a le”<br />

(which is, of course, parallel to “a la”). You know what “a la” means<br />

(as in chicken a la king); “a le” means the same thing except it’s used<br />

for masculine French nouns, while “a la” is used for feminine ones.<br />

But the French convention is to not write “a le” but rather compact it<br />

into “au”, so instead of our saying “steak a le poivre” we say “steak au<br />

poivre”. In the phrase “au jus”, “au” is like “a la”, and “jus” is the noun<br />

that it connects with. “Jus” literally means “juice”, and in practice it<br />

usually means “broth”. And so what you were looking for to follow the<br />

adjective “rich” was simply the word “jus”: “short ribs with a rich jus”.<br />

File this little tidbit away for future use.<br />

Keep those good reviews coming!<br />

~ AL FISICARO<br />

GLENDALE<br />

A SIMPLE WAY<br />

We have all let our democracy<br />

slide, probably because we are all<br />

still enamored of our individual<br />

chance of making it big with our<br />

own American dream. Nobody<br />

realized the promise of the<br />

American dream had fascism at<br />

the end of its rainbow.<br />

Only the likes of politicians<br />

and billionaires kept the dream<br />

going. Their twisted relationship<br />

Teaching<br />

BY SHIRLEY HAWKINS<br />

Trust<br />

BAD MEDICINE<br />

USC dean who allegedly lived a<br />

double life faces dismissal<br />

WELLNESS WORKS OFFERS HOPE TO<br />

VETERANS SUFFERING WITH PTSD<br />

A SECOND LOOK<br />

Glendale’s Shakers transforms<br />

with the public now allows them<br />

to do exactly what they want,<br />

no matter how ugly, and still be<br />

applauded for it.<br />

I believe there is a simple<br />

way to change our relationship<br />

with ourselves by creating in<br />

ourselves another dream that<br />

promises a heroic future of<br />

increased safety and peace.<br />

To achieve that, the individual<br />

must relate to his or her own self<br />

BE<br />

f Pasad<br />

VOTING CONTINUES!<br />

‘CHANGE’ F<br />

THE BETTE<br />

Peter Kalmus on<br />

revolution in ‘Be<br />

alone, understanding what that<br />

self is personally, politically and<br />

socially.<br />

For the American public it is<br />

not easy to do what’s right when<br />

no one seems to know what<br />

right is. We are not outraged as I<br />

believe we should be. (I watched<br />

Al Gore on CNN last night.<br />

Here he was talking the end of<br />

the world scenario as if he was<br />

addressing a ladies charity event.<br />

He was mild-mannered and<br />

politically correct and because<br />

of his diluted passion he had no<br />

emotion or outrage in his tone<br />

and was, for me, ineffectual.)<br />

When we were taught to turn<br />

the other cheek, we became<br />

pacifists, and all our resistance<br />

collapsed, weighed down with<br />

political correctness and a<br />

pacifist POV enabling the ruling<br />

class to fragment us and control<br />

us easily.<br />

When someone is angry, upset<br />

and emotionally outraged at the<br />

lack of social justice, we have<br />

been taught to look away; but<br />

these real outraged feelings are in<br />

us all. If we are going to change<br />

things, we must find a way for all<br />

of us to know what is definitively<br />

right and wrong and then express<br />

ourselves accordingly.<br />

To know that we must relate<br />

to the innermost original part of<br />

ourselves (the building blocks<br />

of life) gives us the knowledge<br />

and human right to be honestly<br />

outraged against injustice.<br />

I am talking about each one<br />

of us applying a simple matrix<br />

to the origins of our own human<br />

psychology that tells us for sure<br />

what’s right and wrong. It will<br />

show us social justice not only<br />

lives in us but must be fought for<br />

as a health issue and a duty to<br />

ourselves and the common good.<br />

~CHRISTOPHER JUDGES<br />

VENTURA<br />

FROM THE WEB:<br />

To André Coleman:<br />

Congratulations on your<br />

excellent investigative reporting<br />

for the <strong>Pasadena</strong> Weekly. The<br />

recent story about the ATF and<br />

the <strong>Pasadena</strong> Police Department<br />

contains important information<br />

including the fact that the police<br />

officer who has been accused<br />

of selling off-roster weapons is<br />

receiving paid administrative<br />

leave and has earned more<br />

than $45,000 of annual $135,000<br />

salary. You may want to consider<br />

getting an interview with Chief<br />

Phillip Sanchez to explain to<br />

your readers why Lt. Vasken<br />

Gourdikian is receiving paid<br />

administrative leave while<br />

he is under investigation. Lt.<br />

Gourdikian and Chief Sanchez<br />

are not part of the union of police<br />

officers since their titles are<br />

higher than ordinary officers who<br />

have fewer years of service. Since<br />

providing Lt. Gourdikian with<br />

monthly or weekly payments<br />

while he is being investigated<br />

by the ATF was not part of<br />

any union rule, it appears that<br />

this decision was made by the<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Police Department. It<br />

may have been made by Chief<br />

Sanchez for reasons unknown.<br />

The level of morale must be<br />

low in the department since<br />

police officers who were not<br />

involved in this type of activity<br />

to sell off-roster weapons to<br />

make additional money on the<br />

side illegally may be amazed that<br />

Lt. Gourdikian is still receiving<br />

a paycheck. In any case, keep<br />

up the very good work you are<br />

doing to keep the citizens and<br />

tax payers of <strong>Pasadena</strong> informed<br />

about this ongoing issue.<br />

~CONCERNED<br />

AUDITED CIRCULATION of 27,516<br />

Serving Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, Eagle<br />

Rock, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Montrose,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong>, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

LETTERS WANTED:<br />

Send letters to kevinu@pasadenaweekly.com.<br />

For news tips and<br />

information about happenings and<br />

events, contact Kevin at the address<br />

above or call (626) 584-1500, ext.<br />

115. Contact Deputy Editor André<br />

Coleman at andrec@pasadenaweekly.com<br />

or by dialing ext. 114.<br />

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PW OPINION PW NEWS PW LIFE PW ARTS<br />

•OPINION•<br />

BY KEVIN UHRICH<br />

Another<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

Way<br />

Words cannot ease the pain, emotional anguish and anger that we all feel<br />

following the horrific events at the country music Route 91 Harvest Festival<br />

in Las Vegas late last Sunday night, where 59 people were shot to death and<br />

more than 500 more were wounded by 64-year-old Stephen Paddock and the stampede<br />

that his high-powered assault created.<br />

At the risk of sounding politically incorrect, our thoughts and prayers go out to<br />

all those who have suffered as a result of this latest act of senseless violence and<br />

bloodshed, eclipsing the carnage of the deadly Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando in<br />

June 2016, where 49 people died and 58 were wounded.<br />

Images, however, are much more powerful than words in some if not most cases,<br />

possessing meanings that can be understood in different ways by any number of<br />

people, sometimes quite the opposite of what the creator of that image originally<br />

intended.<br />

It is for this reason — to eliminate the risk of our intentions being misread at this<br />

time of great tragedy — that we decided to change this week’s <strong>Best</strong> of <strong>Pasadena</strong> cover<br />

image from that of a reinterpretation of the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign to that<br />

of a winning hand of high-stakes blackjack, our actual intent — indeed, our hope —<br />

for all PW readers.<br />

For those unfamiliar with the history behind this week’s issue, each year we give<br />

our <strong>Best</strong> of <strong>Pasadena</strong> edition a theme. And this year’s theme, winning at life — not by<br />

exploiting tragedy, but through hard work and some luck — runs through just about<br />

every entry in each of the five categories: The <strong>Pasadena</strong> Way, Services, Shopping,<br />

Nightlife and Dining.<br />

We open with the <strong>Pasadena</strong> Way section, where we are introduced to Sonny “Slots”<br />

Boombatz, owner of the “casino” where our <strong>Best</strong> of <strong>Pasadena</strong> party is being held this<br />

year. Sonny, reportedly the streetwise cousin of Rodney Dangerfield’s old physician,<br />

Dr. Vinny Boombatz, then introduces us, in his own inimitable way, to all of the<br />

winners for such things as being the <strong>Best</strong> Citizen, the <strong>Best</strong> Public <strong>Of</strong>ficial, the <strong>Best</strong><br />

Annual event, the <strong>Best</strong> Place to Worship and the <strong>Best</strong> Place of Higher Learning, among<br />

numerous other categories. Just remember, as they say before each episode of “Law &<br />

Order,” any similarities between Sonny Slots and anyone else is merely coincidental.<br />

In the Services Section, Sonny sits out the write-up, turning it over to one of PW’s<br />

ink-stained wretches. And here we see how more hard work than chance played a role<br />

in the success of architects, accountants, physicians and even local maid and laundry<br />

service owners who are among dozens of awardees this year.<br />

In Shopping, we once again see there’s not much gambling involved in achieving<br />

success in an area that requires a high level of artistic creativity, empathy for<br />

customers and knowledge of business and retail sales.<br />

In Nightlife, we look at the best that <strong>Pasadena</strong> has to offer when it comes to live<br />

music, theater, film, places to drink and other ways to have a good time and celebrate<br />

all the good things life has to offer.<br />

Finally, we honor the hundreds of restaurants doing business in <strong>Pasadena</strong>, places<br />

just full of people who have come here from every walk of life and every corner of the<br />

planet to ply their skills in one of the most competitive markets in the state, if not the<br />

country.<br />

As you can probably guess, we plan this extra-special issue many months in<br />

advance, picking a theme and then starting a voting process that’s more rigorous and<br />

closely watched than most municipal elections. It was at that time that we came up<br />

with the takeoff on the “Welcome to Las Vegas” for the cover image, which in view of<br />

recent events seems inappropriate right now.<br />

Unfortunately, due to our all-consuming attention to <strong>Best</strong> of <strong>Pasadena</strong>, we are<br />

forced this one week out of the year to go without our regular news and feature<br />

sections. But rest assured that we will be back next week with stories about the<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> and Los Angeles connection to this tragedy, with six firefi ghters from<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> attending that concert, along with two LA firefi ghters, and two LA County<br />

sheriff’s employees, none of whom suffered physical injuries. One Orange County<br />

sheriff’s deputy was not so lucky, according to the Los Angeles Times, reportedly<br />

being shot in both the abdomen and thigh, but he still managed to survive as of<br />

deadline this week.<br />

It is for these and all the other victims of this heinous act that we pray and wish<br />

them all the very best in their respective struggles for closure and recovery. ■<br />

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BEST OF PASADENA READERS’ POLL RULES AND METHODOLOGY<br />

All awardees were determined by tabulating verifi ed readers’ ballots. People, places and businesses within<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Weekly’s circulation area were eligible. Ballots for <strong>Best</strong> of <strong>Pasadena</strong> were available for download at PW’s<br />

home page from Aug. 3 through August 23, <strong>2017</strong>. Registered users of pasadenaweekly.com were also able to vote<br />

online. All ballots submitted were validated for authenticity. Each category has the potential of one Winner and two<br />

Reader Recommended awards. Ties were not broken and appear as additional entries where appropriate.<br />

There is a limit of three awards per year per entity.<br />

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PASADENA TO WIN!<br />

THE PASADENA WAY IS HOW THE GAME IS PLAYED<br />

BY SONNY “SLOTS” BOOMBATZ<br />

(AS TOLD TO PW EDITOR KEVIN UHRICH)<br />

Being the proprietor of this casino, I, Sonny Slots, personally know that it takes a lotta<br />

grease to get things rollin’ in this town, if ya know what I mean, and I think you do.<br />

Yeah, yeah, I know, I know. But just in case you’re not playing with full deck<br />

and really don’t know what I mean, let me just spell out for ya exactly what I’m<br />

sayin’ here.<br />

We’re talkin’ huuuuuge frickin’ motorized floats with lots of movin’ parts all<br />

decked out with beautiful freakin’ flowers from all over the woild. These babies,<br />

these floats, need to move like a snake, with every joint lubed. If that don’t happen,<br />

someone could get hoit. See what I’m sayin’?<br />

Plus, I’m talkin’ marching bands, and dancers, and gorgeous young princesses,<br />

and a queen, and movie stars, and old cars, and horses — a regular pageant. But what<br />

keeps that train rollin’ on time? See what I’m sayin’ here?<br />

OK, ya say you want football, too? Fuggetaboutit. We’re talkin’ football, lots of<br />

football. And. I. Love. It.<br />

But hold on a sec. Maybe grease ain’t exactly the right woid, ’cause, while that’s<br />

generally always a very good thing, depending on the business you’re in, what it really<br />

takes is yards and yards, er, I mean hundreds and hundreds of volunteer hours from<br />

each individual member of the Tournament of Roses to pull off this kinda New Year‘s<br />

Day caper, er, floral extravaganza.<br />

Hmmm, then again, maybe grease is the right woid after all: maybe it’s really<br />

elbow grease. Yeah, that’s it, elbow grease.<br />

OK, so then, right after the Rose Parade is what they call it, there’s the granddaddy<br />

of ’em all when it comes to college football bowl games, the Rose Bowl.<br />

These two are naturals together — like an ace and a face, or a handful of hearts,<br />

or lemons and vodka. Not even New Joisy has anything like this. Not even a good<br />

day at Santa Anita can beat this deal, at least not according to PW readers. All<br />

yous guys picked these two as the <strong>Best</strong> Annual Events in the paper’s annual <strong>Best</strong><br />

of <strong>Pasadena</strong> polling, which, incidentally, I swear on the souls of my grandchildren,<br />

was all on the up and up.<br />

Another sure bet this year was the Huntington Library, Art Galleries and<br />

Botanical Gardens, which may be the very finest art gallery and art collection in all<br />

the woild. And that Jennifer Jones over at the Norton Simon Museum, what a class<br />

act. “Song of Bernadette.” Ever see that? Terrific movie. She and Norton, her old man,<br />

they both cashed in their chips way too early but they still get plenty of respect from<br />

PW readers, who once again voted Jennifer’s and Norton’s place <strong>Best</strong> Museum. Those<br />

crazy kids win without even tryin’.<br />

While I’m on the subjects of art and school, there ain’t no gamblin’ goin’ on with<br />

serious art students who want to succeed at ArtCenter College of Design, another<br />

regular visitor to the PW winner’s circle, voted the <strong>Best</strong> Art School again this year.<br />

These kids ain’t taking any chances with their educations. They’re in it to win it.<br />

It’s really over at Caltech where all the high-stakes education games are being<br />

run, with those math-lovin’ Beavers winning <strong>Best</strong> Institute of Higher Learning for the<br />

umpteenth friggin’ time, and their rocket-launchin’ kissin’ cousins Jet Propulsion<br />

Laboratory voted one of the <strong>Best</strong> Places to Work, right behind … wait for it … Integrity<br />

Lash. You coulda been using a NASA telescope and still not seen that one comin’.<br />

Also in the realm of education, a bunch of sure things finished in the money<br />

again this year, with Aveson Charter School winning for <strong>Best</strong> Charter School, the<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Conservatory of Music voted the community’s <strong>Best</strong> Music School, and<br />

Mentor Avenue Preschool named <strong>Best</strong> Preschool. Oh, and the <strong>Best</strong> Teacher… you<br />

guessed it. It’s beloved Yvonne Davis of Don Benito … again. How many years in a<br />

row is that, Mrs. Davis?<br />

Oh, and speaking of good, and I’m talkin’ The Man Upstairs kinda good, it looks<br />

like Friendship Baptist Church finally came out on top for <strong>Best</strong> Place to Worship, unseating<br />

former worshipping champ All Saints Episcopal Church. Who coulda called<br />

that? All I can say is life really is just a roll of the dice sometimes, ain’t it? Just wish I<br />

had put a couple C-notes on that race.<br />

When it came to <strong>Pasadena</strong>’s <strong>Best</strong> Citizen, <strong>Best</strong> Business Person and <strong>Best</strong> Public<br />

<strong>Of</strong>ficial, the smart money was on activist Monica Hubbard, former council candidate<br />

and Chamber of Commerce chief Ishmael Trone and Council member<br />

Tyron Hampton, in that order, taking home well-deserved trophies. Reserve Police<br />

<strong>Of</strong>ficer Darryl McKenzie was also voted <strong>Best</strong> Public Employee. Nice job, folks.<br />

And talk about doublin’ down, Michael Calderon, aka Mr. <strong>Pasadena</strong>, that<br />

guy who knows a little somethin’ about everything — and everyone — is once again<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong>’s <strong>Best</strong> Local Personality for the second straight year. Bada bing bada boom<br />

to you, my friend. Way to go, Mikey.<br />

OK, so before I cash in my chips and head over to the party, I want to say a coupla<br />

things. First, congratulations to everyone who won. Enjoy it while it lasts.<br />

And second, to those who did not win — or place, or show — buck up; you can<br />

always spin the big wheel again next year.<br />

OK, enough already. Seeya at the party.<br />

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BEST ANNUAL EVENT<br />

THE ROSE PARADE AND ROSE<br />

BOWL GAME<br />

tournamentofroses.com<br />

Jan. 1 marks the 129th anniversary<br />

of the Rose Parade, again this year<br />

sponsored by Honda. It’s also the<br />

104th playing of the Rose Bowl Game,<br />

with this year featuring the College<br />

Football Playoff Semifinal game<br />

presented by Northwestern Mutual. If<br />

we were betting types, we’d be looking<br />

hard at USC this year to be in that<br />

game, and, depending, maybe the<br />

national championship. Then again,<br />

UCLA sure looked good a few weeks<br />

back. But I digress. Together, as the<br />

Tournament of Roses website aptly<br />

describes it, these events create “a<br />

festival of flowers, music and sports<br />

unequaled anywhere else in the<br />

world.” Over the years, the parade and<br />

game have come to be considered<br />

“America’s New Year Celebration.”<br />

The coming year also marks another<br />

milestone; the 100th anniversary<br />

of the Rose Queen and Court. The<br />

theme of the coming extravaganza is<br />

“Making a Difference.” This a sure bet<br />

for starting off the New Year on the<br />

right foot.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ARTNIGHT<br />

artnightpasadena.org<br />

CHALK FESTIVAL<br />

pasadenachalkfestival.com<br />

DOO DAH PARADE<br />

https://pasadenadoodahparade.info<br />

BEST ART GALLERY<br />

HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART<br />

COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANI-<br />

CAL GARDENS<br />

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino<br />

(626) 405.2100<br />

huntington.org<br />

This national treasure started by railroad<br />

baron and art connoisseur Henry<br />

Huntington, who instead of gambling<br />

put his money on sure things, started<br />

out as a personal collection of 18thand<br />

19th-century paintings and<br />

literature amassed in the Huntington<br />

family mansion, located on 120 acres<br />

near the <strong>Pasadena</strong> city line with San<br />

Marino. The AC Boardwalk’s Taj Mahal<br />

it ain’t, but it is a research library,<br />

and the property houses several new<br />

structures and exhibits, as well as numerous<br />

specialized gardens. Some of<br />

the books and manuscripts counted<br />

among its many treasures are a<br />

Gutenberg Bible on vellum and early<br />

editions of Shakespeare’s works.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

FLOWER PEPPER GALLERY<br />

121 E. Union St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-1895<br />

fl ower-pepper.com<br />

MCGINTY’S GALLERY<br />

869 E. Mariposa St., Altadena<br />

(626) 794-4477<br />

BEST ART SCHOOL<br />

ART CENTER COLLEGE OF<br />

DESIGN<br />

1700 Lida St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

870 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

950 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

1111 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 396-2200<br />

artcenter.edu<br />

ArtCenter College of Design offers<br />

students a new model for art and<br />

design education in the 21st century.<br />

The college’s alumni list contains the<br />

names of major figures in the fi elds<br />

of transportation design, product design,<br />

graphic design, illustration, and<br />

photography and imaging. Founded in<br />

Los Angeles in 1930 as the Art Center<br />

School, the institution changed its<br />

name to Art Center College of Design<br />

in 1965 and moved to its current<br />

Hillside Campus in <strong>Pasadena</strong> in 1976,<br />

opening a South Campus in <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

in 2004. “Learn to create. Influence<br />

change. This is our mission statement<br />

— and our answer to how art<br />

and design impact our global society.<br />

Part call-to-action. Part promise.<br />

All opportunity,” states the school’s<br />

website. Here, big dreams can turn<br />

into big payoffs.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ARMORY CENTER FOR THE ARTS<br />

145 N. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-5101<br />

armoryarts.org<br />

ELIOT ARTS MAGNET<br />

2184 Lake Ave., Altadena<br />

(626) 396-5680<br />

pusd.us/eliot<br />

BEST BUSINESS<br />

PERSON<br />

ISHMAEL TRONE<br />

While running for the <strong>Pasadena</strong> City<br />

Council in 2012, longtime businessman<br />

Ishmael Trone once told a<br />

reporter that “nothing stops a bullet<br />

like a job,” and he has made it his<br />

life’s work to stop bullets aimed<br />

at <strong>Pasadena</strong>’s unemployed young<br />

people looking for work with his nonprofi<br />

t Ideal Youth, which he formed<br />

in 2009. Ishamael, who ran for the<br />

council in 2012, owns the business<br />

consulting firm F&M Business Center,<br />

in partnership with Unyque Financial,<br />

a real-estate interest. In 2016 he took<br />

over as chairman of the <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

Chamber of Commerce Board of<br />

Directors. And over the past several<br />

years, many of his interns found<br />

their way to the PW offi ces, where<br />

quite a few found work as writers and<br />

photographers.<br />

BEST CHARTER SCHOOL<br />

AVESON CHARTER SCHOOLS<br />

1919 E. Pinecrest Drive, Altadena<br />

(626) 797-1438 | aveson.org<br />

The goal at Aveson Charter Schools,<br />

where teachers are known to 800-<br />

plus students as “advisors,” is to help<br />

children master all the necessary<br />

skills (no, not dealing and card counting)<br />

and content while building confidence<br />

in their ability to learn, thrive<br />

intellectually and think independently,<br />

a process which they call Personalized<br />

Mastery Learning (PML). Yous<br />

see, you must know the hand you’ve<br />

been dealt in order to play that hand<br />

effectively. The PML continuum,<br />

school offi cials say, teaches children<br />

about learning itself.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

LEARNING WORKS<br />

90 N. Daisy Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 564-8762 | publicworksinc.org<br />

ODYSSEY CHARTER SCHOOL<br />

725 W. Altadena Drive, Altadena<br />

(626) 229-0993<br />

odysseycharterschool.org<br />

BEST CITIZEN<br />

MONICA HUBBARD<br />

Monica Hubbard is many things<br />

to many people. At Caltech, she<br />

conducted choirs in academic, church<br />

Ishmael<br />

Trone<br />

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and community settings from 1966<br />

to 1999. After leaving conducting,<br />

she opened a consulting practice for<br />

arts and social services nonprofi ts<br />

with a focus on board development<br />

and capacity-building, with clients<br />

such as the <strong>Pasadena</strong> Playhouse, Los<br />

Angeles County Arts Commission, the<br />

AIDS Service Center and Occidental<br />

College. In Altadena, her work with<br />

nonprofi ts and other communitybased<br />

organizations earned her<br />

the title Citizen of the Year in 2014.<br />

“When I see people do good,” Monica<br />

once said, “I like to help them in any<br />

way possible.”<br />

BEST CULTURAL<br />

FESTIVAL<br />

ARTNIGHT PASADENA<br />

artnightpasadena.org<br />

They say that when it comes to casinos<br />

and gambling, there’re no free<br />

rides. But when it comes to art, just<br />

the opposite is true in <strong>Pasadena</strong>. Art-<br />

Night <strong>Pasadena</strong>, set for Friday, Oct.<br />

13, are nights of free art, one in the<br />

spring and another in the fall, both of<br />

which feature some of the city’s most<br />

prominent arts and cultural institutions<br />

opening their doors to the public<br />

free of charge. Art lovers begin their<br />

journeys by parking at any of the participating<br />

venues, where free shuttles<br />

wait to transport them to their next<br />

destination. If you get a little hungry<br />

along the way, don’t worry. Enjoy delicious<br />

food from some of LA County’s<br />

favorite food trucks, with 10 percent<br />

of the proceeds going back into helping<br />

future ArtNights.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

LATINO HERITAGE PARADE<br />

pasadenalatinoheritageparade.org<br />

PASADENA ART WALK<br />

playhousedistrict.org/calendar-ofevents/artwalk<br />

|<br />

BEST HISTORIC<br />

LANDMARK<br />

PASADENA CITY HALL<br />

100 N. Garfield Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 744-4000 | cityofpasadena.net<br />

Even though it turns 90 this December,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> City Hall has lost none<br />

of its original charm. In fact, considering<br />

all the dough invested in repair<br />

work that’s been done over the years<br />

on the six-story, 235-room Spanish<br />

Colonial Revival style structure, it’s<br />

a safe bet most would say it’s even<br />

more beautiful now than it’s ever<br />

been. For many years, the stunning<br />

structure has served as a backdrop to<br />

many, many television commercials,<br />

TV shows and films. The historic<br />

building is located in the heart of the<br />

city’s Civic Center District and in 1980<br />

both it and the district were placed<br />

on the National Register of Historic<br />

Places.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

COLORADO STREET BRIDGE<br />

ROSE BOWL<br />

1001 Rose Bowl Drive, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-3100<br />

rosebowlstadium.com<br />

BEST INSTITUTE OF<br />

HIGHER LEARNING<br />

CALTECH<br />

1200 E. California Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 395-6811 | caltech.edu<br />

The mission of the California Institute<br />

of Technology, Caltech, is as unambiguous<br />

as it is impressive: “Expand<br />

human knowledge and benefi t society<br />

through research integrated with<br />

education.” That’s a tall order, and to<br />

that end, scientists, mathematicians,<br />

engineers and students aren’t playing<br />

any games when they “investigate<br />

the most challenging, fundamental<br />

problems in science and technology<br />

in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary<br />

atmosphere, while educating<br />

outstanding students to become<br />

creative members of society.” Having<br />

managed Jet Propulsion Laboratory<br />

for NASA and producing 33 Nobel<br />

Prize winners and 70 National Medal<br />

of Science or Technology winners<br />

since opening in 1891, it could be said<br />

the school achieves its mission with<br />

each new enrollment.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY<br />

135 N. Oakland Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 584-5200 | fuller.edu<br />

PASADENA CITY COLLEGE<br />

1570 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 585-7123 | pasadena.edu<br />

BEST KIDS/FAMILY<br />

FUN SPOT<br />

KIDSPACE CHILDREN’S<br />

MUSEUM<br />

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-9144 | kidspacemuseum.org<br />

No one wants to gamble with the<br />

minds of young kids, so Kidspace<br />

Children’s Museum provides growing<br />

children with an incredible incubator<br />

of educational opportunities for<br />

discovery in a learning environment<br />

filled with the wonder and joy of the<br />

natural world. By teaching children<br />

about respect, integrity, safety and<br />

experiential learning, Kidspace is able<br />

to fulfill its mission of nurturing the<br />

potential of all children through kiddriven<br />

experiences, inspiring them to<br />

become joyful, active learners.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BROOKSIDE PARK<br />

360 N. Arroyo Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 744-7311 | ci.pasadena.ca.us/<br />

PublicWorks/brookside_park<br />

HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLEC-<br />

TIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS<br />

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino<br />

(626) 405.2100 | huntington.org<br />

BEST LOCAL CHARITY<br />

UNION STATION HOMELESS<br />

SERVICES<br />

825 E. Orange Grove Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 240-4550 | unionstationhs.org<br />

There are a lot of people out there<br />

who took their best shots in life and<br />

came up short. That’s where Union<br />

Station comes in. You see, the thing<br />

is most homeless people we see on<br />

the streets are from here. Although<br />

the city’s taken huuuge steps over<br />

the years to bring down the number<br />

of homeless folks, the problem continues.<br />

But you can bet Union Station<br />

will be there to help, as it’s been since<br />

1973, offering shelter from life’s<br />

storms, providing hot meals, good<br />

advice and other services.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

FOOTHILL UNITY CENTER<br />

191 N. Oak Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

415 W. Chestnut Ave., Monrovia<br />

(626) 358-3486 foothillunitycenter.org<br />

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FRIENDS IN DEED<br />

444 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 797-2402 | friendsindeedpas.org<br />

BEST LOCAL CHARITY<br />

EVENT (TIE)<br />

AUTISM SPEAKS WALK<br />

Autism Response Team:<br />

(888) 288-4762<br />

En Español: (888) 772-9050<br />

familyservices@autismspeaks.org.<br />

autismspeaks.org<br />

Parents, grandparents, siblings,<br />

friends, relatives and supporters of<br />

people with autism are taking the<br />

gamble out of funding programs to<br />

help loved ones lead the best lives<br />

possible with events like the Autism<br />

Speaks Walk. This is the world’s<br />

largest autism fundraising event dedicated<br />

to improving the lives of people<br />

with autism. As they say, “Working<br />

together, there is no limit to what we<br />

can achieve.” And I believe ’em.<br />

PASADENA SHOWCASE<br />

HOUSE<br />

(626) 578-8500<br />

pasadenashowcase.org<br />

Now in its 53rd year, the <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

Showcase House of Design is one<br />

of the oldest, largest and most successful<br />

house and garden tours in<br />

the country. Each year, approximately<br />

30,000 people visit the showcase<br />

house, and this year was no exception.<br />

This year, the featured home was<br />

the 7,479 square foot, 101-year-old<br />

English Tudor home on Arroyo Boulevard<br />

once owned by lawyer-turnedactor<br />

Samuel Hinds. This gorgeous<br />

home, featured in a number of film<br />

productions over the decades, was<br />

most recently seen in the multipleaward-winning<br />

film “La La Land.”<br />

BEST LOCAL<br />

NONPROFIT<br />

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF<br />

PASADENA<br />

149 S. Madison Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-0244 jlpasadena.org<br />

Since its founding in 1901, the Junior<br />

League has evolved into one of the<br />

oldest, largest, and most effective<br />

women’s volunteer organizations<br />

in the world. Since 1926, the<br />

Junior League of <strong>Pasadena</strong> has been<br />

empowering women to roll the dice<br />

and go for broke in breaking barriers<br />

in order to build their futures and<br />

strengthen their communities. Over<br />

the years, the local league has been<br />

on the forefront of social reform by<br />

tackling a varied and lengthy list of issues,<br />

among them pollution, illiteracy,<br />

domestic violence and foster care, to<br />

name a few.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF PASADENA<br />

820 E. California Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-2068<br />

pasadena.assistanceleague.org<br />

BLOOM AGAIN FOUNDATION<br />

221 E. Walnut St., No. 245, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 405-7310 | bloomagain.org<br />

PASADENA HUMANE SOCIETY<br />

& SPCA<br />

361 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-7151<br />

pasadenahumane.org<br />

BEST LOCAL<br />

PERSONALITY<br />

MICHAEL CALDERON, AKA<br />

MR. PASADENA<br />

Michael Calderon is one of those guys<br />

who knows a little something about<br />

everything and everyone. This 48-yearold<br />

man about town, known to his<br />

friends as “Mr. <strong>Pasadena</strong>,” is a treasure<br />

trove of social life information,<br />

much of it derived from his association<br />

with meetup.com. According to his<br />

introduction on the website, Calderon<br />

is “That guy who always seems to<br />

know what is going on in <strong>Pasadena</strong>,<br />

recommending restaurants, places of<br />

interest and things to do in <strong>Pasadena</strong>.<br />

He loves <strong>Pasadena</strong>!” He also loves<br />

joining meetups, 13 currently. This is<br />

the second year in row Michael has<br />

won this coveted award. “There are<br />

always going to be a great group rate<br />

and a chance to meet new friends (or<br />

even better a chance to catch up with<br />

some old friends),” he says.<br />

BEST MUSEUM<br />

NORTON SIMON MUSEUM<br />

411 W. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-6840 | nortonsimon.org<br />

If you can believe it, the Norton Simon<br />

Museum, sitting near the corner of<br />

Colorado and Orange Grove boulevards,<br />

was once the only modern<br />

art museum in Southern California.<br />

Sheesh, that was three decades ago<br />

already. Today, the museum started<br />

by Academy Award-winning actress<br />

Jennifer Jones and her art-collecting<br />

husband Norton Simon contains one<br />

of most extensive and rarest art collections<br />

in the country.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

PASADENA MUSEUM OF<br />

CALIFORNIA ART<br />

490 E. Union St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 568-3665 | pmcaonline.org<br />

PASADENA MUSEUM OF HISTORY<br />

470 W. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-1660 | pasadenahistory.org<br />

BEST MUSIC SCHOOL<br />

PASADENA CONSERVATORY<br />

OF MUSIC<br />

100 N. Hill Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 683-3355<br />

pasadenaconservatory.org<br />

With more than 1,200 students attending<br />

the school annually and over<br />

3,000 students in schools throughout<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> benefi tting from its<br />

extensive outreach programs, the<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Conservatory of Music has<br />

conceivably come into the lives of just<br />

about every person in <strong>Pasadena</strong> since<br />

opening in 1984. The nationally accredited<br />

conservatory, which opened<br />

with the goal of teaching students of<br />

all skill levels to play music, offers<br />

a comprehensive curriculum for<br />

children and adults.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ALTADENA ACADEMY OF MUSIC<br />

2235 N. Lake Ave., No. 207, Altadena<br />

(626) 296-0799<br />

altadenamusicacademy.com<br />

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF MUSIC<br />

42 S. Catalina Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-1751 | ccmcollege.com<br />

ELIOT ARTS MAGNET<br />

2184 Lake Ave., Altadena<br />

(626) 396-5680<br />

pusd.us/eliot<br />

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Michael<br />

Calderon<br />

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Integrity<br />

Lash<br />

FOOTHILLS MUSIC TOGETHER<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Location<br />

Westminster Presbyterian Church<br />

1757 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 398-4159 | foothillsmusictogether.com<br />

BEST NEW BUSINESS<br />

WALKER/VIDEN LUXURY<br />

CONSIGNMENT<br />

1033 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 844-9244 | walkerviden.com<br />

First off, let’s define consignment,<br />

which is when an outside company<br />

sells your personal items using their<br />

network of customers and contacts<br />

in exchange for a consignment fee.<br />

The consignment fee is usually<br />

based on the value of the item to<br />

be sold. Capisce? OK, so with that<br />

understood, Walker/Viden Luxury<br />

Consignment specializes in finding<br />

the best sales outlet for your luxury<br />

items and working to get the highest<br />

market price possible. Simple. The<br />

difference between them and udder<br />

guys is Walker/Viuden takes the time<br />

needed to match items with interested<br />

buyers, resulting in higher prices for<br />

your precious stuff.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

GO ORTHODONTICS<br />

225 Allen Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 500-0626<br />

goorthopasadena.com<br />

FULL CIRCLE THRIFT SHOP<br />

2245 Lake Ave, Altadena<br />

(626) 639-3051<br />

BEST PARK OUTDOOR<br />

RECREATION SPOT<br />

BROOKSIDE PARK<br />

360 N. Arroyo Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 744-7311 | ci.pasadena.ca.us<br />

What’s not to like about Brookside<br />

Park, where the Rose Bowl, the<br />

Rose Bowl Aquatic Center, Kidspace<br />

Children’s Museum, Brookside Golf<br />

Course and Jackie Robinson Field are<br />

all conveniently located? Plus, even<br />

if there are no gaming tables on the<br />

grounds, there are plenty of fi tness<br />

trails, tennis courts and places to play<br />

soccer. Brookside, sometimes called<br />

Arroyo Terrace, was purchased by the<br />

city in 1912 and is one of <strong>Pasadena</strong>’s<br />

most popular recreation areas. It’s<br />

also the place where each year Rose<br />

Parade floats are put together and<br />

later viewed, at Rosemont Pavilion<br />

and Brookside Pavilion.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

EATON CANYON<br />

ecnca.org<br />

VICTORY PARK<br />

2575 Paloma St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 744-7500 | ci.pasadena.ca.us<br />

BEST PLACE OF<br />

WORSHIP<br />

FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST<br />

CHURCH<br />

80 W. Dayton St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-1062 | pfbchurch.net<br />

Friendship Baptist Church, also<br />

known as Friendship <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

Church, was considered a longshot<br />

to win this category. Then again, the<br />

church has been around for a long,<br />

long time, so the juice is there and<br />

this honor seems only fi tting, if not<br />

also long overdue. Located at the<br />

corner of South DeLacey Avenue and<br />

Dayton Street, a block away from the<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Weekly offi ces, the church<br />

was built in 1925 for a large congregation<br />

that formed what was the first<br />

African American Baptist church in<br />

the city in 1893. The church, which<br />

was visited by the Rev. Dr. Martin<br />

Luther King Jr., is the first African<br />

American-related cultural landmark<br />

in <strong>Pasadena</strong>. It is also recognized as<br />

a state of California landmark, and<br />

in 1978 it was listed on the National<br />

Register of Historic Places in the<br />

United States.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH<br />

132 N. Euclid Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-1172 | allsaints-pas.org<br />

LAKE AVENUE CHURCH<br />

393 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 844-4700 | lakeave.org<br />

BEST PLACE TO WORK<br />

INTEGRITY LASH<br />

350 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong> No. 290<br />

626) 437-4000 | integritylash.com<br />

Even though workers really enjoy<br />

what they do at Integrity Lash, they<br />

take their jobs pretty seriously. They<br />

see roughly 200 guests in a week’s<br />

time, and during their time in business<br />

have so far done more than over<br />

40,000 lash applications, each administered<br />

with the customer’s complete<br />

comfort and confidence in mind.<br />

Plus, members of the talented team of<br />

lash designers are all state licensed,<br />

and the business itself is licensed by<br />

the Board of Barbering of Cosmetology,<br />

ensuring compliance with state<br />

sanitation and safety procedures and<br />

regulations. Hey, no one wants the<br />

cops horning in on their action, do<br />

they? So they play it better safe than<br />

sorry. Smart.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

CITY OF PASADENA<br />

100 N. Garfi eld Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

cityofpasadena.net<br />

JET PROPULSION LABORATORY<br />

4800 Oak Grove Drive, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(818) 354-4321<br />

jpl.nasa.gov<br />

BEST PRESCHOOL<br />

MENTOR AVENUE PRESCHOOL<br />

308 N. Mentor Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 396-7008<br />

mentoravenuepreschool.com<br />

People say the nicest things sometimes,<br />

especially about winners. And<br />

many people did not spare the praise<br />

on Yelp for Mentor Avenue Preschool,<br />

a Christian preschool in <strong>Pasadena</strong>.<br />

According to its website, the school is<br />

“dedicated to providing quality early<br />

childhood education, while nurturing<br />

Christian Values,” to prepare little<br />

ones for kindergarten, elementary<br />

school, and beyond. Perhaps one<br />

former stay-at-home dad said it best:<br />

“This is where you want your kid to be<br />

if they can’t be with you,” said Michael<br />

N. “The teachers are caring and kind.<br />

It’s obvious that they love the kids.”<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

GOODMAN FAMILY DAYCARE &<br />

PRESCHOOL<br />

1090 El Campo Drive, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 578-1815<br />

goodmandaycare.com<br />

ST. EDMUNDS NURSERY SCHOOL<br />

1175 San Gabriel Blvd., San Marino<br />

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(626) 792-7742<br />

stedmundsnurseryschool.org<br />

BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL<br />

HIGH POINT ACADEMY<br />

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 798-8989<br />

highpointacademy.org<br />

The mission at High Point Academy,<br />

an independent, coeducational<br />

kindergarten through eighth-grade<br />

school, is ambitious and admirable.<br />

“Our mission,” according to the<br />

school’s website, “is dedicated to<br />

awakening the joy of learning in each<br />

student and inspiring every student<br />

to reach his/her fullest potential in<br />

a close-knit, nurturing, collaborative,<br />

and stimulating community of<br />

caring and learning.” Students here<br />

are encouraged to embrace creativity,<br />

critical thinking, communication/<br />

public speaking, character education,<br />

collaboration, and cross-cultural<br />

understanding.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

JUDSON INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL<br />

1610 E. Elizabeth St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 398-2476<br />

judsonschool.org<br />

POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL<br />

1030 E. California Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 396-6300<br />

polytechnic.org<br />

BEST PUBLIC<br />

EMPLOYEE<br />

PASADENA POLICE RESERVE<br />

OFFICER DARRELL MCKENZIE<br />

Described by his friends as the kind<br />

of person who will give you the shirt<br />

off his back, <strong>Pasadena</strong> Police Reserve<br />

<strong>Of</strong>fi cer Darrell McKenzie joined the<br />

Reserve Unit after completing the<br />

academy on June 13, 1986. Over<br />

his 31 years on the job, Darrell has<br />

logged over 12,000 hours of service<br />

to the city. On the job, Darrell can<br />

apparently do it all, working patrol, on<br />

traffic issues such as drunk driving,<br />

and even undercover. Anyone who<br />

knows the man knows how lucky we<br />

all have been to have Darrell McKenzie<br />

working to keep us safe.<br />

BEST PUBLIC OFFICIAL<br />

PASADENA CITY COUNCIL-<br />

MAN TYRON HAMPTON<br />

Few other members of the <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

City Council know how to run a business<br />

like District 1 Councilman Tyron<br />

Hampton. A native of <strong>Pasadena</strong> and a<br />

product of its public school system,<br />

Tyron left a seat on the school board<br />

to run for one on the council, taking<br />

office two years ago. He comes<br />

from a family of entrepreneurs and<br />

participates in the family’s construction<br />

business. His city biography<br />

tells us that he “excels at managing<br />

general construction projects for both<br />

residential and commercial clientele,”<br />

with responsibilities that include<br />

“reading blueprints, design, scheduling<br />

projects, budgeting, purchasing<br />

and supervising up to 30-plus<br />

employees and subcontractors.” For<br />

all the residential development being<br />

approved by the council these days,<br />

it might not be a bad idea for some of<br />

his colleagues to tag along with Tyron<br />

during a day on the job, just to see<br />

what it really entails.<br />

BEST PUBLIC SCHOOL<br />

JACKSON STEM DUAL LAN-<br />

GUAGE MAGNET ACADEMY<br />

593 W. Woodbury Road, Altadena<br />

(626) 396-5700<br />

pusd.us/Domain/1<br />

Placing strong emphasis on science,<br />

technology, engineering and math<br />

(STEM), Jackson offers an innovative<br />

academic program that nurtures the<br />

communication, collaboration, critical<br />

thinking and creative skills necessary<br />

to be a successful adult. Another<br />

return winner this year in our <strong>Best</strong> of<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> polling, Jackson also offers<br />

student an option to learn to read,<br />

write, and speak in both English and<br />

Spanish through participation in a<br />

Dual Language Immersion Program<br />

(DLIP). <strong>Of</strong> course, all students, according<br />

to the school’s website, benefi<br />

t from their STEM academic focus<br />

and hands-on science laboratory.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

DON BENITO FUNDAMENTAL SCHOOL<br />

3700 Denair St.,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 396-5870<br />

donbenito.pusd.us.org<br />

JOHN MUIR HIGH SCHOOL<br />

1905 Lincoln Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 396-5600 | pusd.us/muir<br />

BEST TEACHER<br />

YVONNE DAVIS<br />

Don Benito Elementary School<br />

3700 Denair St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 396-5870<br />

donbenito.pusd.us.org<br />

If anyone looked at the voting in this<br />

category, one might surmise there<br />

was only one teacher in <strong>Pasadena</strong>,<br />

and that would be Don Benito Fundamental<br />

School kindergarten teacher<br />

Yvonne Davis. Administrators, kids,<br />

parents and other teachers like her.<br />

But teachers really like her, mainly<br />

because Mrs. Davis represents them<br />

at PTA meetings. Plus, she helps the<br />

principal lead monthly tours for parents<br />

of prospective students. If you<br />

could use one word to describe what<br />

it is that makes Mrs. Davis so special,<br />

that word might be passion. Another<br />

might be spirit. Yet another might<br />

be enthusiasm. Whatever you call it,<br />

Mrs. Davis will do whatever it takes to<br />

help students succeed.<br />

BEST TUTORING<br />

READING PARTNERS LOS<br />

ANGELES<br />

3452 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(213) 399-8599<br />

readingpartners.org<br />

This national education nonprofi t is<br />

committed to helping kids become<br />

lifelong readers by empowering<br />

communities to provide individualized<br />

instruction with measureable results.<br />

Reading Partners works with elementary<br />

schools to support students who<br />

are reading at least six months below<br />

grade-level, with volunteers working<br />

one-on-one with students following<br />

a structured, research-validated<br />

curriculum. They have one simple<br />

goal, according to their website: “We<br />

envision a future in which all children<br />

in this nation have the reading skills<br />

they need,” states the site.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MERIEDUCATION<br />

Test Prep Tutoring<br />

845 Cordova St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 639-8810<br />

merieducation.com ■<br />

Yvonne<br />

Davis<br />

Tyron<br />

Hampton<br />

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IN IT TO WIN IT<br />

PASADENA BUSINESSES DO THEIR BEST TO EARN YOUR TRUST<br />

BY CARL KOZLOWSKI, JANA J. MONJI AND CELENE VARGAS<br />

If you’re a high roller, you want the best in perks. A comped luxury hotel room, free<br />

access to the tastiest buffets, and free-flowing liquor at the bars in any casino you<br />

roll through.<br />

But when you’re home in <strong>Pasadena</strong> taking a break from the high life in Vegas (or,<br />

well, Morongo if you’re not rolling too high), you still expect the best that the city<br />

has to offer. This year’s crop of <strong>Best</strong> of <strong>Pasadena</strong> Services winners leave no effort<br />

untried to bring their customers the best possible experience to make them feel like<br />

champs on a daily basis.<br />

You’ve got two great choices to manage your winnings this year, as both John<br />

Hornick, CPA and Martin Truitt of Truitt & Company tied<br />

for <strong>Best</strong> Accountant. You also have two great choices to<br />

build the mansion of your dreams with your wealth, as<br />

both Dahl Architects and Harvest Architecture<br />

LLC took <strong>Best</strong> Architect honors.<br />

Anyone who wants to be a player in life<br />

should have an attorney at the ready to help<br />

them out of any scrapes they might get into<br />

in dealing with their winnings, and the Law<br />

<strong>Of</strong>fice of Keith Rouse is the team to pick<br />

as our <strong>Best</strong> Attorney/Law Firm winners.<br />

It’s better to look good than to feel<br />

good, as the old joke goes, and winners<br />

wishing to spiff up their appearance<br />

should head to <strong>Best</strong> Cosmetic Surgery<br />

winner Dr. Gordon Sasaki. Clear<br />

up your face for your stunning new<br />

portraits by making a visit to Comprehensive<br />

Dermatology Center of<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong>.<br />

And if you need a great cut or fade to feel like a winner up top, head over to <strong>Best</strong><br />

Barber Shop winners Community Barber Shop. Add an extra layer of sharpness<br />

to your look by getting your best outfits cleaned at <strong>Best</strong> Cleaner/Laundry winner<br />

Magic Cleaners & Laundry. You also can be ready to flash your pearly whites<br />

anytime you feel like smiling about your success by making a visit to <strong>Best</strong> Dentistry<br />

winner Dr. Michael Yung & Associates.<br />

Want to stash your winnings somewhere safe? Look no further than <strong>Best</strong><br />

Bank winners Wells Fargo. An alternative way to manage your massive pile of<br />

money is through the fine folks at <strong>Best</strong> Credit Union winners Wescom<br />

Credit Union.<br />

Or feel free to splurge on a car that’s worth getting the<br />

five-star treatment at <strong>Best</strong> Car Wash winner <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

Car Wash. <strong>Of</strong> course, you’ll want to make yourself feel<br />

like a winner by treating yourself to the <strong>Best</strong> Day Spa/<br />

Massage in the city, at Burke Williams Day Spa,<br />

or a work-up at <strong>Best</strong> Chiropractor winner Innate<br />

Family Chiropractic.<br />

Hitting it big would make anyone want to<br />

dance in the streets, but you might as well move<br />

in style by learning some moves at <strong>Best</strong> Dance<br />

Studio winner Lumina Academy of Dance.<br />

Look over your new and wildly successful<br />

life through clear eyes by visiting <strong>Best</strong><br />

Eye Care winner Linden Optometry. It’s<br />

easy to see that, like so many of our Service<br />

winners, they are key players in making<br />

anyone feel like a million bucks.<br />

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BEST ACCOUNTANT (TIE)<br />

JOHN HORNICK, CPA<br />

709 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 150,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-6861 | hornickcpa.com<br />

Specializing in both tax preparation and<br />

construction industry financial statements<br />

and taxes, John M. Hornick has attracted<br />

clients far beyond his <strong>Pasadena</strong> home base,<br />

serving customers in San Diego County,<br />

Arizona and Nevada as well. He takes pride<br />

in providing personalized individual tax<br />

preparation with the personal expertise that<br />

software packages are capable of, and always<br />

considers how a new child, business,<br />

home or inheritance factors into getting the<br />

best results.<br />

MARTIN TRUITT<br />

Truitt & Company<br />

80 N. Euclid Ave., No. 503, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-6264<br />

Perennial <strong>Best</strong> of <strong>Pasadena</strong> winners are a<br />

special breed, and Martin Truitt remains at<br />

the top of the accounting class this year.<br />

He’s also a respected political consultant,<br />

giving invaluable guidance to a wide array<br />

of contenders in the city’s elections. As a<br />

key backer of Mayor Terry Tornek in both<br />

his mayoral and City Council races, Truitt<br />

has proven that he knows how to win on<br />

both financial and political fronts.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MARK HARRIS, ACCOUNTING<br />

MANAGEMENT INC.<br />

1605 E. Elizabeth St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

BEST ACUPUNCTURE<br />

DR. YA WEN CHENG ACUPUNC-<br />

TURE & CHIROPRACTIC<br />

51 N. Fifth Ave., No. 305, Arcadia<br />

(626) 292-6899 drcheng.net<br />

Dr. Cheng has now won this title from<br />

readers nine of the past 11 years, a remarkable<br />

run that reflects her ability to use<br />

acupuncture and chiropractic skills to solve<br />

all sorts of life problems, ranging from<br />

infertility and chronic fatigue syndrome to<br />

radiation side effects and sports injuries.<br />

She brings the best of Western and Eastern<br />

medicine together, ensuring that nutrition<br />

and traditional Chinese medicine are part<br />

of the mix.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BRENDA B. SMITH, PASADENA WOMEN’S<br />

WELLNESS CENTER<br />

99 S. Chester Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 356-3220<br />

pasadenabreastwellness.com<br />

TAO OF WELLNESS<br />

171 S. Los Robles Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 397-1000 | taoofwellness.com<br />

BEST ARCHITECT (TIE)<br />

DAHL ARCHITECTS<br />

1134 El Centro St., South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 564-0011 | dahlarchitects.com<br />

Dahl Architects has built a strong base<br />

of satisfied clients by offering diversified<br />

services in residential, commercial and<br />

restaurant projects. Their residential work<br />

ranges from simple one-room remodels<br />

to ground-up builds, while their commercial<br />

projects cover interior office spaces<br />

through designs for entire mall complexes.<br />

Their restaurant projects extend from<br />

small hole-in-the-wall joints to large chain<br />

restaurants and dinner theaters.<br />

HARVEST ARCHITECTURE, LLC<br />

1510 Oxley St., Suite A,<br />

South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 799-1078 | harvestarchitecture.com<br />

Longtime Los Angeles-area architect Lisa<br />

Henderson founded Harvest in 2002 after<br />

working with a forensic architect in <strong>Pasadena</strong>’s<br />

historic Bungalow Heaven neighborhood.<br />

Her team has shown a strong<br />

commitment to both historic structures and<br />

modern living, bringing a sense of fun and<br />

surprise to their work when appropriate —<br />

even including a secret passageway in a<br />

child’s room if a client requests it.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ALAN ZORTHIAN ARCHITECTS<br />

3990 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena<br />

(626) 797-3359<br />

ALEXANDER VARGA, ARCHITECT/REALTOR<br />

(626) 696-1434 | alexandervarga.com<br />

BEST ATTORNEY/LAW FIRM<br />

LAW OFFICE OF KEITH ROUSE<br />

600 S. Lake Ave., Suite 507, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-4211 | keithrouselawoffice.com<br />

Keith Rouse brings in-depth experience<br />

in both business and fine arts to the<br />

practice of law. He not only specializes in<br />

bankruptcy, business law and wills and<br />

trusts, but also in more unique fields like<br />

the complexities of wine law. Rouse earned<br />

a BFA in art with a concentration in painting<br />

and an MFA in animation from the UCLA<br />

Film School, giving him a passion for artist’s<br />

rights, copyright and art law.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

LAW OFFICES OF JAMES F. MILLER<br />

1275 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-2910 | jfmillerlaw.com<br />

MOLLY B. GIRARDI, ATTORNEY<br />

AT LAW<br />

2425 Mission St., Suite 1, San Marino<br />

(626) 799-9748<br />

BEST AUTO REPAIR/BODY<br />

SHOP<br />

PASADENA AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR<br />

2364 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-1800<br />

pasadenaautomotive.com<br />

Covering everything from basic tasks including<br />

oil changes and tune-ups, to the big<br />

jobs of fixing transmissions and programming<br />

updates for vehicle control module<br />

software, <strong>Pasadena</strong> Automotive Repair has<br />

been handling the needs of thousands of<br />

drivers since opening in 1990. Their staff<br />

is ASE Master Technician Certified and the<br />

shop is a member of the Bureau of Automotive<br />

Repair, helping them win the honor for<br />

the second year in a row.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

HRANT AUTO SERVICE<br />

1477 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 798-4064 | cartalk.com/ca/pasadena/128749<br />

/hrant-auto-service<br />

INDEPENDENT VOLVO SERVICE<br />

2244 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-5460 | independentvolvo.com<br />

BEST BANK<br />

WELLS FARGO BANK<br />

350 W. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-3661 | wellsfargo.com<br />

Wells Fargo is the winner again this year,<br />

continuing a long streak of success that<br />

is rooted largely in their participation in<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> causes such as supporting the<br />

Rose Parade and other community events.<br />

The spirit of their Old West-era founding<br />

continues in the present-day as they help<br />

voters manage their financial life both on<br />

the homestead and in their commercial,<br />

investment and retirement, insurance and<br />

loan and credit needs.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BANK OF AMERICA<br />

880 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 304-3120 | bankofamerica.com<br />

CHASE<br />

860 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-5177 | chase.com<br />

BEST BARBER SHOP<br />

COMMUNITY BARBER SHOP<br />

828 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 399-3026<br />

Their Facebook page has dozens of five-star<br />

reviews from customers, and the favorite<br />

special is the $12 cuts on Sundays. Customers<br />

rave about their fades and line-ups,<br />

great conversation and friendly service in<br />

a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Their<br />

Yelp page features plenty of photos of their<br />

impressive styling skills, and all that adds<br />

up to an experience that’s a cut above for<br />

their longtime and loyal customer base.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BEN’S BARBER SHOP<br />

444 Fair Oaks Ave., South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 441-6084<br />

FLOYD’S 99<br />

888 Cordova St, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 784-9648<br />

floydsbarbershop.com/pasadena<br />

LUKE WALKER’S BARBER<br />

& BEAUTY CARE<br />

627 N. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-6534<br />

BEST CAR WASH<br />

PASADENA AUTO WASH<br />

164 W. Del Mar Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-9944 | pasadenaautowash.<br />

powersites.ne t<br />

Readers perpetually love this car wash<br />

because they take care of their customers’<br />

cars, both inside and out with oil change<br />

service, auto detailing, car detailing and<br />

lube jobs. While their ace staff is working<br />

on your car, kick back and relax in the airconditioned<br />

lounge area and enjoy cookies,<br />

pretzels and coffee while reading the daily<br />

paper and watching TV.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

LUCKY CAR WASH<br />

3698 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-4888 | luckycarwash.com<br />

WALNUT-HILL HAND CAR WASH<br />

1465 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-6217<br />

BEST CHIROPRACTOR<br />

INNATE FAMILY<br />

CHIROPRACTIC<br />

33 S. Catalina Ave., No. 104, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-9600 | innatefamily.com<br />

Innate Family Chiropractic has become<br />

a frequent favorite of our readers since<br />

opening in 2010, becoming the leading<br />

family chiropractic practice in <strong>Pasadena</strong>.<br />

The husband-wife team of Dr. Chris and Dr.<br />

Adana both practice the Webster Technique<br />

and are certified by both the National<br />

Wellness Foundation and the International<br />

Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA).<br />

They also use the latest technology from<br />

the Insight Subluxation Station to measure<br />

the health of their patients’ nervous system<br />

on a 0-100 scale.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

DR. GUSTAVO A. NINO, NICALI SPORTS<br />

MEDICINE<br />

709 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 578-0618 | nicalisportsmed.com<br />

PREMIER WELLNESS CHIROPRACTIC<br />

2750 E. Washington Blvd., No. 140,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 797-5800 | pwcpasadena.com<br />

BEST COSMETIC<br />

SURGERY<br />

DR. GORDON SASAKI<br />

800 Fairmount Ave., No. 319, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-3373 | drsasaki.com<br />

Dr. Sasaki’s 6,500-square-foot facility<br />

has been the place to be for cosmetic<br />

surgery since opening the Sasaki Advanced<br />

Aesthetic Medical Center in the Huntington<br />

Medical Plaza Building in 1985. The<br />

Sasaki team handles it all, from breast, face<br />

and body procedures for women to scar<br />

revisions for all and special care for men in<br />

addition to a wide array of skin care options,<br />

all in a relaxing and elegant atmosphere.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

DR. LEIF ROGERS<br />

625 S. Fair Oaks Ave. No. 270, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 537-3737 | leifrogersmd.com<br />

DR. MICHAEL SCHWARTZ<br />

Skin Deep Laser Med Spa<br />

425 S. Fair Oaks Ave., No.110, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-8873<br />

drmichaelschwartz.com<br />

DR. WARREN STOUT<br />

800 E. Colorado Blvd. No. 260, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-6494 | stoutlaser.com<br />

BEST CREDIT UNION<br />

WESCOM CREDIT UNION<br />

123 S. Marengo Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 535-1000 | wescom.org<br />

Started by 13 Pacific Telephone workers<br />

who pooled their money to create a financial<br />

institution that would offer themselves<br />

loans back in 1934, Wescom Credit Union<br />

is clearly the most trusted choice in<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong>. With nearly 200,000 members,<br />

the union manages more than $2 billion in<br />

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assets and 22 branches throughout five<br />

Southern California counties.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

CALTECH EMPLOYEES FEDERAL CREDIT<br />

UNION<br />

515 S. Wilson Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 395-6300 | (800) 592-3328<br />

caltechefcu.org<br />

PASADENA SERVICE FEDERAL CREDIT<br />

UNION<br />

670 N. Rosemead Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 351-9651 | mypsfcu.org<br />

BEST DANCE STUDIO<br />

LUMINA ACADEMY OF DANCE<br />

1052 Allen Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 296-2812<br />

luminaacademy.com<br />

The Lumina Academy was founded as a<br />

place where people from different backgrounds<br />

could come together to share and<br />

appreciate the dances of different cultures.<br />

Its founders pride themselves on being<br />

one of the best and friendliest professional<br />

dance studios in Los Angeles County and<br />

offer a diverse slate of classes in Argentinian<br />

tango, belly dancing, flamenco, Zumba/<br />

Latin and Afro-Brazilian dance. Come here<br />

and you’ll be able to take on dance floors all<br />

over the world.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

DANCE STREET<br />

1715 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 791-7746 | dancestreetca.com<br />

LINEAGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER<br />

89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 844-7008 | lineagepac.org<br />

BEST DAY CARE<br />

ARAKELYAN FAMILY CHILD CARE<br />

1245 N. Sierra Bonita Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 487-7226 | care.com/b/l/arakelyanfamily-<br />

child-care/pasadena-ca-1245-nsierra-bonita-ave<br />

Arakelyan Family Child Care offers preschool<br />

and daycare services to up to 145<br />

children from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays<br />

through Fridays. Pre-school, nursery and<br />

pre-Kindergarten are all found here, making<br />

this a well-rounded way to prepare your<br />

kids for that eventual first day of school.<br />

Numerous five-star Yelp reviews reinforce<br />

just how positively parents feel about the<br />

staff here, with one parent commenting<br />

their daughter learns something new every<br />

day.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

GOODMAN FAMILY DAYCARE &<br />

PRESCHOOL<br />

1090 El Campo Drive, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 578-1815 | goodmandaycare.com<br />

KIDS KLUB PASADENA<br />

Child Development Center &<br />

Preschool<br />

380 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-2501 | campkidsclub.com<br />

BEST DAY SPA/<br />

MASSAGE<br />

BURKE WILLIAMS DAY SPA<br />

39 Mills Place, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 440-1222 | burkewilliamsspa.com<br />

Tucked away in Old <strong>Pasadena</strong>, Burke<br />

Williams Spa carries on the tradition of<br />

the 10-location California chain that’s<br />

been giving its clients heavenly treatment<br />

since 1984. Themes like “Escape,” “Defy”,<br />

“Balance” and “Revitalize” are the different<br />

levels of their “Transformative Journey”<br />

packages, while those skipping the full<br />

Journey can still enjoy massage therapy,<br />

Ayurvedic treatments, spa baths and even<br />

chiropractic care. Walk in tense, leave<br />

utterly relaxed.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MASSAGE ENVY<br />

345 S. Lake Ave. No. 205, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 240-1060 | massageenvy.com<br />

3707 E. Foothill Blvd. <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 351-9100<br />

1136 Fair Oaks Ave., South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 403-6000<br />

659 Foothill Blvd. La Cañada<br />

Flintridge<br />

(818) 952-3689<br />

333 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale<br />

(818) 246-3689<br />

SALT STUDIO<br />

1380 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-6180 | saltstudiopasadena.com<br />

BEST DENTISTRY<br />

DR. MICHAEL YUNG AND<br />

ASSOCIATES<br />

696 E. Colorado Blvd., No. 224, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-5420 | michaelyungdds.com<br />

You’re never too young to take care of your<br />

teeth, so Dr. Yung provides dental services<br />

for patients as young as 1. As a result, he<br />

has built a loyal customer base that has<br />

enabled him to score this top title for 11<br />

years in a row. A San Marino native, Yung<br />

established his <strong>Pasadena</strong> practice in 2003,<br />

specializing in fillings, porcelain veneers,<br />

implants and teeth whitening, while using<br />

digital X-rays to minimize radiation.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

LESLIE CARPENTER, DDS<br />

200 S. Oak Knoll Ave. No.102,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-4369 | lesliecarpenterdds.com<br />

MAK & KLEIGER, DDS<br />

959 E. Walnut St., No. 216, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-6175 | makandkleigerdds.com<br />

DR. MARIO TSE, DDS<br />

1060 E. Green St., No.208, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-9109<br />

BEST DERMATOLOGIST<br />

COMPREHENSIVE<br />

DERMATOLOGY CENTER OF PASA-<br />

DENA<br />

625 S. Fair Oaks Ave., No. 200, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-7790 | compdermcenter.com<br />

The center’s three physicians — Dr. Sara<br />

Gaspard, along with Dr. Heather Butler and<br />

Dr. Han Lee — and an in-house aesthetician<br />

work in treatment suites featuring the latest<br />

dermatological lasers, an in-house acne<br />

treatment center for all ages and stages of<br />

acne, and a full line of skin care products<br />

designed to leave their patients glowing.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

DR. DAVID DENENHOLZ<br />

960 E. Green St., No. 330, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-4207<br />

pasadenapremierdermatology.com<br />

DR. PAUL MCANDREWS<br />

50 S. Alessandro Place, Suite 115,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 405-1155 | hairgrowthdoctor.com<br />

BEST DOCTOR<br />

DR. IRINA JASPER<br />

960 E. Green St., No. 286,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 356-0340 | doctorjasper.com<br />

Dr. Jasper was awarded the title of “Resident<br />

of the Year” while training in Internal<br />

Medicine at Chicago’s University of Illinois<br />

Christ Hospital. She is certified by the<br />

American Board of Internal Medicine and a<br />

published author of medical research. She<br />

works closely with the hospitalists group of<br />

Huntington Hospital of <strong>Pasadena</strong>, ensuring<br />

access to state of the art treatment options<br />

to manage chronic medical conditions while<br />

solving acute problems.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

DR. CLAIRE TILEM<br />

65 N. Madison Ave., No. 800,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-3141|<br />

DR. STEPHEN HENRY<br />

2319 E. Washington Blvd., No. 2, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 797-8800 | health.usnews.com/doctors/step<br />

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BEST DRY CLEANER/<br />

LAUNDRY<br />

MAGIC CLEANERS &<br />

LAUNDRY<br />

89 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-1975 | magiccleanersinc.com<br />

Extending its hold on this title to six years,<br />

Magic Cleaners & Laundry has served<br />

the San Gabriel Valley for the past three<br />

decades. Their sophisticated barcode<br />

system scans every item, ensuring nothing<br />

gets lost, and they offer fresh popcorn and<br />

coffee for those who choose to wait. Finally,<br />

they utilize a six-point inspection process<br />

to ensure no mistakes, while offering to fix<br />

anything they do find in-house and within<br />

the same day.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

JACK’S CLEANERS<br />

2465 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 797-7323 | jackscleaners.com<br />

TIP TOP CLEANERS<br />

565 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-6777<br />

tiptopcleanerspasadena.com<br />

BEST EVENT PLANNER<br />

PEGGY KELLEY TIMELESS<br />

CELEBRATIONS<br />

(626) 222-1808<br />

timelesscelebrations.com<br />

Covering an extensive slate of full wedding,<br />

social and community event planning,<br />

Timeless Celebrations has helped <strong>Pasadena</strong>ns<br />

since 2006. Kelley has created magic<br />

for nonprofit organizations, numerous wedding<br />

couples and several major corporations,<br />

while also caring for individuals who<br />

want to be surrounded by love and laughter<br />

at birthdays and bar and bat mitzvahs. Their<br />

attention to detail at fundraisers leaves<br />

clients free to engage in discussions that<br />

can lead to fruitful donations.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

JOIE DE VIVRE & CO.<br />

(626) 720-1321 | setmore.com<br />

MILLER HAWKINS PRODUCTIONS<br />

61 S. Baldwin Ave., No. 1658,<br />

Sierra Madre<br />

(626) 791-1225<br />

mhpevents.com<br />

BEST EYE CARE<br />

LINDEN OPTOMETRY<br />

477 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-1191 | lindenvsp.com<br />

Linden has long been a favorite of <strong>Pasadena</strong>ns<br />

thanks to its amazingly extensive<br />

inventory of more than 10,000 types of<br />

sunglasses and glasses as well as contact<br />

lenses. With over 30 optometrists ready to<br />

handle customers with personalized care,<br />

they also look to the future by offering the<br />

ECO (Earth-Conscious Optics) line of green<br />

eyewear, composed of 95 percent recycled<br />

metal and plastics.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

DR. CHARLES KORTH<br />

1 W. California Blvd., No. 513, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-9987 | korthvision.com<br />

DIAMOND VISION OPTOMETRY<br />

350 S. Lake Ave., Suite 111, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 683-6868<br />

diamondvisionoptometry.com<br />

BEST EYEBROWS/<br />

WAXING<br />

INTEGRITY LASH<br />

350 S. Lake Ave., Suite 290, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 437-4000 | integritylash.com<br />

The simple truth is lash extensions make<br />

everyone look better. The secret to more<br />

defined eyes that impart a youthful sparkle<br />

is the definition gained by adding single<br />

extensions to your lash line. If you need<br />

more flutter and flash for that big night on<br />

the town, for not much cash the technicians<br />

at Integrity Lash can help bring out the best<br />

in your sexy peepers.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

VINITA’S BEAUTY AND THREADING STUDIO<br />

253 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 304-1107 | threadingstudio.com<br />

ZOEY VAN JONES BROW STUDIO<br />

455 S. Lake Ave., Studio 7, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 683-3308 | zoeyvanjones.com<br />

BEST FACIAL<br />

BURKE WILLIAMS DAY SPA<br />

39 Mills Place, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 440-1222 | burkewilliamsspa.com<br />

When you’re going out to play, you need to<br />

put your best face forward, so head over to<br />

Burke Williams. In your battle with Father<br />

Time, try their anti-aging facial which will<br />

brighten your skin and help repair damage.<br />

They also have facials specifically for gents<br />

and teens. While you’re there, you can<br />

also indulge in a massage or a bit of bone<br />

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straightening. Burke Williams can bring out<br />

your inner glow and get you relaxed and<br />

ready for a great night out.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

SASAKI INNOVESSENCE MEDICAL SKIN-<br />

CARE CENTER<br />

800 Fairmount Ave. S. No. 319, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-3373 | drsasaki.com<br />

THE SALT STUDIO<br />

1380 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-6180 | saltstudiopasadena.com<br />

BEST FUNERAL HOME<br />

CABOT & SONS FUNERAL HOME<br />

27 Chestnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-7159 | cabotcare.com<br />

When someone you loves passes away,<br />

Cabot & Sons can handle the details and<br />

help you cope, just as they’ve been giving<br />

guidance to <strong>Pasadena</strong>ns since opening<br />

in 1921. This family-owned funeral home<br />

prides itself on providing a personal touch<br />

and providing everything from cremation to<br />

burial options. If you’re the kind of person<br />

who likes to know all their options, Cabot &<br />

Sons provides a free planning book.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MOUNTAIN VIEW MORTUARY & CEMETERY<br />

2400 Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena<br />

(626) 794-7133 | mtn-view.com<br />

WOODS-VALENTINE MORTUARY<br />

1455 N. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 798-8941<br />

woodsvalentinemortuary.com<br />

BEST GOLF COURSE<br />

BROOKSIDE GOLF COURSE<br />

1133 Rosemont Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 585-3594 | brooksidegc.com<br />

Just in case you get invited to a celebrity<br />

golf invitational in Palm Springs, you need<br />

be ready. Here in <strong>Pasadena</strong>, you can stay<br />

sharp with a few rounds at the lush greens<br />

of Brookside Golf Course. Located next to<br />

the Rose Bowl, Brookside is about more<br />

than just golf. You can boost your energy<br />

with delicious breakfasts served on the<br />

club’s patio.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ALTADENA TOWN AND COUNTRY CLUB<br />

1456 E. Mendocino St., Altadena<br />

(626) 797-3821<br />

parks.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpr/ThingsToDo/Golf/Altadena_Golf_Course<br />

ANNANDALE GOLF CLUB<br />

1 N. San Rafael Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-6125 | annandalegolf.com<br />

BEST GYM<br />

TITLE BOXING CLUB<br />

87 Fraser Alley, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 340-2500<br />

oldpasadena.titleboxingclub.com<br />

At Title Boxing Club you don’t have to worry<br />

about losing any teeth with its no-hit boxing<br />

and kickboxing classes. Skilled trainers<br />

will take you from hand wrapping to hitting<br />

the bag. Once there, you can sharpen your<br />

punching and kicking skills and transform<br />

your body while losing weight and some<br />

of that LA-road rage — all without anyone<br />

getting hurt.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MC2 FIT<br />

460 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 665-3900 | mc2.fi t<br />

PURE BARRE PASADENA<br />

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-9400 | purebarre.com<br />

BEST HAIR SALON<br />

TANGLES SALON<br />

145 W. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-2948 | tanglespasadena.com<br />

You always need to look sharp for a night<br />

on the town. To make sure your mane is<br />

ready to go, stop by for a visit with these<br />

Old <strong>Pasadena</strong> stylists. You can get a New<br />

York blow dry for that sexy celebrity look<br />

that will make you the star of whatever<br />

event you attend. From Deva Curly hair and<br />

Japanese straightening to hair extensions,<br />

weaves and even some discrete nonsurgical<br />

hair replacement, this Green Street salon<br />

has your mane matters covered.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

FANTASTIC SAM’S<br />

502 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 639-3737 | fantasticsams.com<br />

3645 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 351-4720 | fantasticsams.com<br />

LITTLE KUTS<br />

350 S. Lake Ave., Suite 104,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 585-9075 | littlekuts.com<br />

BEST HEARING<br />

SPECIALIST<br />

LOVE HEARING<br />

2623 E. Foothill Blvd., No. 101, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-4535<br />

lovehearingservices.com<br />

To keep swooning to the tunes of Old Blue<br />

Eyes and his Rat Pack pals, consult with<br />

Love Hearing, which has been serving the<br />

San Gabriel Valley since 1947. Love Hearing<br />

prides itself on a staff that is in continual<br />

training so doctors Julia Shih, Nancy Mc-<br />

Coy and Vion Svilhovec and their staff<br />

can offer clients the newest products and<br />

procedures.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

HEAR CENTER<br />

301 E. Del Mar Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796- 2016 | hearcenter.org<br />

BEST HOME<br />

REMODELING<br />

NAVARRO CONSTRUCTION, INC.<br />

3579 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 398-1777<br />

navarroconstruction.com<br />

Need to update your pad so your pals can<br />

get in the groove? Consult with <strong>Pasadena</strong>’s<br />

best. Navarro Construction has the<br />

answer to all your remodeling or new build<br />

construction needs. Navarro has 26 years<br />

of experience at keeping customers happy<br />

throughout the greater <strong>Pasadena</strong> area. With<br />

the philosophy “Cover all of the details, right<br />

from the start,” they work only on referral.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ALL IN ONE CONSTRUCTION<br />

3060 Gainsborough Drive, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-1763 | allin1construction.com<br />

BEST HOSPITAL<br />

HUNTINGTON HOSPITAL<br />

100 W. California Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 421-7733 | huntingtonhospital.com<br />

Been swinging a little too hard? Even a<br />

good-time Charley needs a checkup once<br />

in a while, and with more than 70 top-notch<br />

services Huntington Hospital is the scene in<br />

which to be seen. The 625-bed facility was<br />

named for SoCal businessman Henry Edwards<br />

Huntington whose estate donated $2<br />

million to <strong>Pasadena</strong> Hospital in the 1930s.<br />

From caring for babies in the neonatal<br />

intensive care unit to providing cancer and<br />

psychiatric treatments, Huntington Hospital<br />

is where <strong>Pasadena</strong>ns turn for the best in<br />

medical service.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

CITY OF HOPE<br />

1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte<br />

209 Fair Oaks Ave., South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 256-4673 | cityofhope.org<br />

METHODIST HOSPITAL<br />

300 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia<br />

(626) 898-8000<br />

methodisthospital.org<br />

BEST HOTEL<br />

THE LANGHAM HUNTINGTON<br />

HOTEL AND SPA<br />

1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 568-3900 | langhamhotels.com<br />

The Langham Huntington Hotel is the kind<br />

of place where you’d expect high rollers<br />

to hide out during the winter, when they<br />

tire of the Vegas scene and want to be<br />

close — but not too close —to Hollywood.<br />

The Langham won’t reveal exactly which<br />

celebrities have graced its halls, but before<br />

Pierce Brosnan was James Bond, he was<br />

at the Langham as Remington Steele.<br />

Other TV programs that filmed here include<br />

“90210,” “Master Chef,” “Private Practice”<br />

and “Scandal.” Like the stars, other lesser<br />

known visitors can also enjoy dining at<br />

Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse, have a<br />

lovely afternoon tea with Wedgewood or<br />

go California casual at The Terrace. The<br />

Langham is nice splurge for a wedding, a<br />

stay-cation or a mental health weekend.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

DUSITD2 HOTEL CONSTANCE<br />

928 E Colorado Blvd, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 898-7900 | dusit.com/dusitd2/<br />

THE WESTIN PASADENA<br />

191 N. Los Robles Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-2727 | starwoodhotels.com<br />

BEST HOUSE CLEANING<br />

SERVICE<br />

TRUE BLUE MAID SERVICE<br />

2104 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 466-8488 | truebluemaids.com<br />

If you’re spending nights doing the town,<br />

you need a good maid service to keep your<br />

pad cool enough for company. Familyowned<br />

True Blue Maids takes pride in using<br />

a personalized touch of sparkling cleanliness<br />

in every home they visit. They wipe<br />

down windowsills and baseboards as well<br />

as vacuum, polish and dust. Whether it’s<br />

a one–time clean up or regular weekly gig,<br />

True Blue Maids are just the professionals<br />

to get the job done right.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

GRANNY’S SPIC ’N SPAN<br />

(626) 765-7250<br />

grannysspicnspan.com<br />

MAID BRIGADE<br />

(323) 254-6240<br />

pasadena.maidbrigade.com<br />

BEST INTERIOR DESIGN<br />

PELTIER INTERIORS<br />

1011-A Mission Street, South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 799 2265<br />

Amy Peltier is a Midwest gal who arrived<br />

in Southern California in 2010 and<br />

quickly gave the carefree California way<br />

a mid-western twist. Her interiors are all<br />

about family and comfort — with a sense<br />

of refinement and a bit of pop style. Plus,<br />

Peltier works with clients to create the<br />

perfect home design that best reflects who<br />

they really are.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ROBYN NAVARRO<br />

Upstage Design<br />

964A Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge<br />

(818) 790-0300 | upstagedesign.com<br />

ZEHANA<br />

766 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 107, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(845) 393-4262 | zehana.com<br />

BEST LAUNDRY<br />

PASADENA LAUNDRY<br />

2585 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 744-2948 | pasadenalaundry.com<br />

The folks at <strong>Pasadena</strong> Laundry know looking<br />

smart is a matter of pride for any high<br />

roller. Here, they fluff and fold your clothes<br />

by the pound ($1.35 per pound with a<br />

$12.50 minimum). And, if you’re in a hurry,<br />

they have you out by 6 p.m., if you turn in<br />

your clothes by 10 a.m. You can even do<br />

it yourself and use their express washer.<br />

If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll find someone<br />

interesting to chat with while you’re drying<br />

your clothes. If not, you don’t have to be<br />

cut off from your social media gang, with<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Laundry offering Wifi to its<br />

customers.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BRYAN’S CLEANERS<br />

544 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-4335 | bryanscleaners.com<br />

FRENCH HAND LAUNDRY<br />

606 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-3881 | frenchhandlaundry.com<br />

BEST LIBRARY<br />

PASADENA CENTRAL<br />

LIBRARY<br />

285 E. Walnut St. <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 744-4066<br />

cityofpasadena.net/library<br />

The Mediterranean-style Central Library<br />

was designed by the firm of Myron Hunt<br />

and H.C. Chambers, the same architects<br />

who built Huntington Library and Occidental<br />

College. The library first opened<br />

its doors at its current location in 1927<br />

and expanded in the 1960s to include the<br />

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Children’s Story Room and two reference<br />

wings. In the mid-1980s, private donations<br />

funded the renovation and restoration of the<br />

Donald R. Wright Auditorium, a climatecontrolled<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Centennial Room,<br />

the Ria C. Lee Humanities Wing, the Community<br />

Bank Business Room, the Ida Lloyd<br />

Crotty Genealogy Room, and the Ernestine<br />

C. Avery Children’s Wing, complete with a<br />

fully functional and expanded story room.<br />

The library, listed on the National Register<br />

of Historic Landmarks, is open seven days<br />

a week.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ALTADENA LIBRARY<br />

600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena<br />

(626) 798-0833 | altadenalibrary.org<br />

CROWELL PUBLIC LIBRARY<br />

1890 Huntington Drive, San Marino<br />

(626) 300-0777 | crowellpubliclibrary.org<br />

BEST LOCAL<br />

PHARMACY<br />

WEBSTER’S COMMUNITY<br />

PHARMACY<br />

2450 N. Lake Ave., Altadena<br />

(626) 797-1163<br />

websterscommunitypharmacy.net<br />

Entering its 91st year, Webster’s Community<br />

Pharmacy in Altadena knows the<br />

right prescription for serving <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

and Altadena residents. Currently owned<br />

by Meredith and Michael Miller, this full<br />

service prescription pharmacy not only<br />

fills prescriptions with a smile, but also<br />

supplies wheelchairs and walkers. If you’ve<br />

got a friend on the mend from a bad deal<br />

or a fender bender, the pharmacy also has<br />

boutique gifts and greeting cards to cheer<br />

them up.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

CAL OAKS PHARMACY<br />

625 S. Fair Oaks Ave., No125,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong>,<br />

(626) 696-1583 | stores.healthmart.com/<br />

caloakspharmacy2/stores.aspx<br />

PHOENIX WELLNESS CENTER<br />

2523 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 791-7600<br />

phoenixpharmacy.com<br />

BEST MARTIAL ARTS<br />

ARNOTT KENPO KARATE<br />

2012 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock<br />

(323) 999-7369 | arnottkempo.com<br />

When Mark Arnott refers to the fifth degree,<br />

he’s probably talking about his black belt in<br />

American Kenpo Karate. He’s been teaching<br />

in the <strong>Pasadena</strong> area since 1992 in studios<br />

and at public and private schools. Arnott<br />

has classes for kids and adults, in either<br />

private or groups setting, and he even offers<br />

seminars from time to time.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

AMERICAN KENPO KARATE<br />

36 S. Los Robles Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-8575 | americankenpokarate.net<br />

FIGHT ACADEMY<br />

36 W. Colorado Blvd., B1, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 737-0442<br />

fightacademypasadena.com<br />

BEST MASSAGE<br />

PASADENA MASSAGE<br />

COMPANY<br />

232 N. Lake Ave., Suite 213,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 585-1964<br />

pasadenamassagecompany.com<br />

Working all day and playing all night can<br />

be exhausting. When life starts catching<br />

up with you, take time out and relax with a<br />

nice deep-tissue massage, or a foot rub, or<br />

exfoliation treatment, or all three at <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

Massage Company. Even if you simply<br />

need to chill out and relieve stress, getting<br />

worked on here can deep six all anxiety, and<br />

even provide some pain management.<br />

BURKE WILLIAMS<br />

39 Mills Place, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 440-1222 | burkewilliamsspa.com<br />

THE SALT STUDIO<br />

1380 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-6180 | saltstudiopasadena.com/<br />

BEST MED SPA<br />

OH! U BEAUTY MEDICAL SPA<br />

130 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale<br />

(818) 551-1682 | oubeauty.com<br />

If you want to be oh là là impressive like<br />

Shirley MacLaine in “Can Can,” then OH!<br />

U Beauty Medical Spa in Glendale is the<br />

place to go for a variety of beauty treatments.<br />

They specialize in anti-aging Botox<br />

injections, laser hair removal for extra<br />

smooth skin, and/or chemical peels and<br />

micro-dermabrasions to put your best face<br />

forward. Dr. James Kojian has a staff that<br />

includes eight nurses, an aesthetician and<br />

four Class II technicians, all ready to make<br />

you appear as smart as nature and your<br />

wallet allows.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

SASAKI INNOVESSENCE MEDICAL SKIN-<br />

CARE CENTER<br />

800 S. Fairmount Ave., No. 319, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-3373 | drsasaki.com<br />

SKIN DEEP LASER MED SPA<br />

425 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-8873<br />

pasadenaplasticsurgery.com<br />

BEST MORTGAGE<br />

BROKER<br />

SIERRA CAPITAL<br />

MORTGAGE CO.<br />

12 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-8545 | sierracapital.us<br />

When <strong>Pasadena</strong>ns are looking for competitive<br />

interest rates and a good home, they<br />

turn to the husband-wife team of Linda and<br />

Roland Wilcox. For the last two decades,<br />

the couple has been giving locals the best<br />

terms possible for home financing from<br />

an array of lending partners. If you need<br />

to refinance your pad, count on Linda and<br />

Roland Wilcox—now in their third year on<br />

PW’s <strong>Best</strong> of <strong>Pasadena</strong> list — to land great<br />

money-saving deals.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

FRANKLIN LOAN CENTER<br />

101 E. Green St., Suite 11, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 219-7196 | franklinlc.com<br />

HOMESTREET BANK<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Home Loan Center<br />

251 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-8200 | homestreet.com<br />

BEST NAIL SALON (TIE)<br />

NAIL LOUNGE<br />

700 Fair Oaks Ave., South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 799-3667<br />

nailloungepasadena.com<br />

Looking to make your talons tasteful, fanciful<br />

or ready for a mani-cam? <strong>Pasadena</strong>ns<br />

have some great choices. One is the Nail<br />

Lounge, offering not only manicures and<br />

pedicures, but massages. At the Nail<br />

Lounge, you can get a hot-stone pedicure<br />

or a dream manicure. Having a baby<br />

shower? One of the nail artists can make<br />

some designs just for that occasion. Love<br />

strawberries or want to be Rose Parade<br />

ready? You can have those designs created<br />

here, and more.<br />

OLIVE & JUNE<br />

146 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 440-9700 | olivejune.com<br />

If you’re playing poker or blackjack, you<br />

need your fingers to look fine, whether<br />

you’re a man or a woman. Keeping clean,<br />

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Olive & June<br />

Arnott Kenpo<br />

Karate<br />

Sierra Capital<br />

Mortgage Co.<br />

Linda & Roland Wilcox<br />

OH! U Beauty<br />

Medical Spa<br />

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neat nails may seem natural enough, but<br />

there is an art to cuticle care, one practiced<br />

daily at Olive & June, who have given<br />

names to all their packaged services. The<br />

June is nail-shaping, cuticle care and a<br />

massage. Also with this option, customers<br />

can choose from 250 polish options.<br />

The Emma is for pregnant mothers and<br />

goes all natural, but includes a massage<br />

for the soon-to-be mommy’s swollen and<br />

tired feet. Men can select The Vern, which<br />

includes a hot soak, exfoliation and heavyduty<br />

hydration. Then there’s the Joss,<br />

where you can make your nail art dreams<br />

come true.<br />

TINZEE NAIL SALON<br />

436 Fair Oaks Ave., South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 403-3311 | tinzeenailsalon.com<br />

Since 1999, the good folks at Tinzee Nail<br />

Salon have operated on the premise that everyone<br />

is different, with different needs and<br />

different desires. That’s why they go out of<br />

their way to listen to clients and tailor their<br />

services to fit their specific needs. It also<br />

helps that clients are greeted with a smile<br />

and a solution to whatever problems they<br />

may have. They understand how important<br />

your nails are to you and work very hard to<br />

keep prices affordable and quality of service<br />

high. If you’re looking for a certain “look”<br />

for a special occasion, such as a wedding or<br />

any special gathering, don’t gamble: Tinzee<br />

Nail salon can create the right look for you.<br />

BEST PARTY RENTALS<br />

DOLPHIN EVENT SERVICES<br />

1901 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-5131 | dolphinevents.biz<br />

When your Rat Pack needs to plan a perfect<br />

party in <strong>Pasadena</strong>, turn to Dolphin Rentals,<br />

which for 76 years has been serving<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> and Greater Los Angeles. Dolphin<br />

Rentals started out as an ambulance<br />

service for <strong>Pasadena</strong>, but since the 1970s<br />

they’ve been helping locals make party<br />

plans by handling special event rentals.<br />

You can have stylish seating and tents for<br />

everything from weddings and festivals<br />

to graduations, anniversaries and other<br />

special occasions.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

JD AUDIO VISUAL<br />

77 N. Altadena Drive, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626)792-6682 | dav.com<br />

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TOWN & COUNTRY EVENT<br />

RENTALS<br />

523 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-7700<br />

townandcountryeventrentals.com<br />

BEST PET SERVICE<br />

I DIG MY DOG<br />

2160 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 844-7877<br />

digmydog.com<br />

This comprehensive, cage-free boarding,<br />

daycare, grooming and training facility is<br />

designed to provide the highest quality care<br />

for your best friend. Furry guests stay here<br />

for a variety of reasons and for any length<br />

of time, from a few hours to a few months.<br />

The staff doesn’t take any chances, dedicating<br />

themselves to providing superior quality<br />

of care and cleanliness throughout the<br />

32,000-square-foot facility.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MY DOG SPOT<br />

47 Eloise Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 399-1951<br />

walkmydogspot.com<br />

MY PET GARDEN<br />

2245 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 106,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-1600<br />

mypetgarden.com<br />

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

JERRY CAMARILLO<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

(626) 375-6684<br />

fotoaztecstudio.com<br />

In Los Angeles, everyone seems to need<br />

a headshot. Jerry Camarillo will find your<br />

inner beauty in either a headshot or a full<br />

portrait because this kind of photography is<br />

his passion. Not just for actors, corporate<br />

types sometimes need a good photo to<br />

shop around. <strong>Of</strong> course, sometimes you<br />

may need to see or show more below the<br />

neck, and Camarillo does that as well, with<br />

models, people in yoga poses and dancers.<br />

When you need to be seen to make the<br />

scene, Camarillo’s photos will help you put<br />

your best face forward.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

JKB PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

(626) 841-0860<br />

jkbphotography.com<br />

LYD & MO PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

STUDIO & GALLERY<br />

27 N. Mentor Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 652-8302<br />

lydandmo.com<br />

BEST PHYSICAL<br />

THERAPY<br />

LANDSWICK PHYSICAL THERAPY,<br />

INC.<br />

959 E. Walnut St., Suite 240,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795.2390 | landswickpt.com<br />

When Erik Landswick started Landswick<br />

Physical Therapy in 2004 he took a chance<br />

and came up a winner for the San Gabriel<br />

Valley. Landswick won’t gamble with your<br />

health and strives to provide the best<br />

physical therapy care in the San Gabriel<br />

Valley, or anywhere. The 2,700-square-foot<br />

facility provides plenty of room for patients<br />

to do their physical therapy exercises and<br />

transition into functional training programs.<br />

Landswick is a familiar face to football players<br />

at St. Francis High School in La Cañada<br />

Flintridge because during football season<br />

he volunteers his services.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

NICALI SPORTS MEDICINE<br />

709 E. Colorado Blvd., No 140, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 578-0618 | nicalisportsmed.com<br />

330 N. Garfield Ave., No. 1<br />

(626) 458-2339<br />

PASADENA PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCI-<br />

ATES<br />

95 W. California Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

8(626) 304-0565 | pasadenapt.com<br />

BEST PILATES<br />

PILATES OF PASADENA<br />

990 S. Arroyo Parkway, Unit 2,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-6500<br />

pilatesofpasadena.com<br />

With a friendly atmosphere, skilled staff,<br />

clean facilities, trainers with diverse<br />

backgrounds and a wide variety of special<br />

equipment, Pilates of <strong>Pasadena</strong> is a true<br />

royal flush. Reviewers rave about the<br />

professional and caring staff as well as the<br />

individualized sessions. So whether one is<br />

looking to improve their core strength or<br />

overall health, Pilates of <strong>Pasadena</strong> is the<br />

obvious choice.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

STUDIO METAMORPHOSIS<br />

676 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 219-7000<br />

studiometamorphosis.com<br />

WUNDABAR<br />

860 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 304-2600 | wundabar.com<br />

BEST REAL ESTATE BRO-<br />

KERAGE<br />

JOHN ALLE COMPANY<br />

600 S. Lake Ave., No. 510, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-1511<br />

johnallecompany.com<br />

The John Alle Company provides unparalleled<br />

services for their clients, which include<br />

landlords, investors, developers and tenants.<br />

Their knowledgeable agents possess<br />

a deep understanding of the industry and<br />

the region, making it the best there is in the<br />

commercial real estate brokerage business.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

PARTNERS TRUST<br />

594 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 696-4800 | thepartnerstrust.com<br />

PODLEY PROPERTIES<br />

897 Granite Drive, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-6262 | podley.com<br />

SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY<br />

800 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 229-0909<br />

sothebysrealty.com/eng<br />

BEST REALTOR<br />

BARBARA RICHARDSON KING<br />

Coldwell Banker<br />

388 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 319-0315 | barbara-king.com<br />

With over 20 years of experience, top sales<br />

agent Barbara Richardson King is the<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> area’s go-to Realtor. Whether one<br />

is buying or selling in Greater Los Angeles<br />

or the San Gabriel Valley, one can bet on<br />

Richardson King’s razor sharp negotiating<br />

skills to get the best deal possible..<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

LUIS SEGURA<br />

John Aaroe<br />

42 S. <strong>Pasadena</strong> Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 233-2884 | aaroe.com/luissegura<br />

ROLAND WILHELM<br />

Partners Trust<br />

594 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 533-8001 | rolandandcandace.thepartnerstrust.com<br />

BEST SELF STORAGE<br />

ARROYO PARKWAY SELF STORAGE<br />

411 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 768-7780<br />

arroyoparkwayselfstorage.com<br />

Choosing Arroyo Parkway Self Storage to<br />

place your precious records, valuables and<br />

other items is no gamble. At Arroyo Parkway<br />

Self Storage, a dedicated staff provides<br />

a dependable and hassle-free storage experience<br />

with low prices and great service that<br />

guarantees customer satisfaction.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

PUBLIC STORAGE<br />

171 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-4675 | publicstorage.com<br />

(and six other locations)<br />

STORBOX<br />

2233 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 407-3439<br />

storbox.com<br />

BEST SENIOR LIVING<br />

FACILITY<br />

REGENCY PARK FAIR OAKS<br />

951 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 799-9906<br />

regencyparkfairoaks.com<br />

Client comfort is one of the most important<br />

services employees at Regency Park Fair<br />

Oaks strive to provide people in their care.<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong>’s most modern and luxurious<br />

independent and assisted living community,<br />

Regency Park allows people to live and<br />

relax in elegant bliss.<br />

MONTECEDRO<br />

2212 El Molino Ave, Altadena<br />

(877) 357-8521 | montecedro.org<br />

VILLA GARDENS<br />

842 E. Villa St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(800) 958-4552 | villagardens.org<br />

BEST SUMMER CAMP<br />

SUMMERKIDS<br />

3697 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena<br />

(626) 577-9979 | summerkids.net<br />

Count on Summerkids for a memorable<br />

camp experience that will have children<br />

wanting to return year after year. Summerkids’<br />

endgame is to make summer a<br />

special time for learning new skills through<br />

games while surrounded by natural beauty<br />

and a caring staff.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

GOODMAN FAMILY DAYCARE & PRE-<br />

SCHOOL<br />

1090 El Campo Drive, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 578-1815<br />

goodmandaycare.com<br />

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TOM SAWYER CAMPS<br />

707 W. Woodbury Road, Altadena<br />

(626) 794-1156<br />

tomsawyercamps.com<br />

BEST TATTOO/PIERCING<br />

PRIX BODY PIERCING AND TATTOO<br />

56 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 405-9253<br />

prixbodypiercing.com<br />

It’s winner take all in the booming body<br />

art business, and at PRIX the only thing<br />

customers have to worry about is how<br />

much they’re going to love the work being<br />

done on them. The qualified staff at PRIX is<br />

dedicated to providing the safest techniques<br />

to obtain the best results with a minimum<br />

amount of pain, making it all worthwhile.<br />

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY<br />

DISTANT LANDS<br />

20 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-3220 | distantlands.com<br />

For a hassle-free trip, don’t just roll the<br />

dice and hope for the best. Head to Distant<br />

Lands in Old <strong>Pasadena</strong>. Open since 1989,<br />

Distant Lands has become the go-to travel<br />

agency, becoming the best source for<br />

everything travel-related — from having a<br />

knowledgeable staff and helping travelers<br />

plan their next adventure to being a onestop<br />

shop for trip necessities like books,<br />

accessories and luggage.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

AAA OF PASADENA<br />

801 E. Union St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-0601<br />

aaa.com<br />

MONTROSE TRAVEL<br />

2349 Honolulu Ave.,<br />

La Crescenta-Montrose<br />

(818) 553-3200<br />

montrosetravel.com<br />

BEST VETERINARIAN (TIE)<br />

PASADENA PETS VETERINARY<br />

HOSPITAL<br />

2850 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 568-1115<br />

pasadenapetshospital.com<br />

The mission statement of this full-service<br />

veterinary hospital is simple: “To take the<br />

best care of you and your pets.” To that<br />

extent, the doctors and staff at <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

Pets Veterinary Hospital seek to provide<br />

top service, best treatments, and the most<br />

compassionate care available for our furry<br />

friends. Most reviews on Yelp- show people<br />

really love this place, calling its staff “amazingly<br />

kind, quick to serve, and compassionate,”<br />

as well as “professional, understanding<br />

and patient.”<br />

VANDERHOOF VETERINARY HOS-<br />

PITAL<br />

2235 Lake Ave., Ste. 101, Altadena<br />

(626) 798-5901<br />

vanderhoofvet.com<br />

When it comes to the best local veterinary<br />

care, Vanderhoof Veterinary Hospital ranks<br />

high among the best facilities in the region.<br />

Unlike many others, however, Vanderhoof<br />

welcomes some exotic pets. But perhaps<br />

best of all, the Vanderhoof staff of certified<br />

professionals takes the gamble out of<br />

seeking pet care, showing compassion to<br />

animals and their owners before and after<br />

any procedure.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

VCA FOOTHILL VETERINARY<br />

HOSPITAL<br />

2204 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-1187<br />

vcahospitals.com<br />

BEST WAXING<br />

EUROPEAN WAX CENTER<br />

569 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-5000<br />

waxcenter.com<br />

259 N. Rosemead Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 466-9070<br />

After a hard day of dealing with everything<br />

from work and bosses to kids and spouses,<br />

strut over to European Wax Center for a<br />

little pampering. With a long list of waxing<br />

services, customers are sure to find<br />

what they need to reveal beautiful skin.<br />

EWC strives to help customers have the<br />

confidence to go about life with their best<br />

foot forward.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

TINZEE NAIL SALON<br />

436 Fair Oaks Ave., South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 403-3311<br />

tinzeenailsalon.com<br />

ZOEY VAN JONES BROW STUDIO<br />

455 S. Lake Ave., Studio 7, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 683-3308<br />

zoeyvanjones.com<br />

BEST WEIGHT LOSS PRO-<br />

GRAM<br />

MC2 FIT<br />

460 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 665-3900 | mc2.fi t<br />

MC2 FIT founder Maggie Chen doesn’t<br />

just talk the talk. After she achieved her<br />

own weight loss goal, Chen set out to help<br />

others live a better, healthier life. Chen takes<br />

the gamble out of the idea of losing weight,<br />

providing others with an example of the<br />

dedication and excellence that her weight<br />

loss program provides to change lives.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

PURE BARRE<br />

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., No. 109, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-9400 | purebarre.com<br />

WEIGHT WATCHERS<br />

305 N. Rosemead Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(800) 651-6000 | weightwatchers.com<br />

BEST WORKOUT<br />

TITLE BOXING CLUB<br />

87 Fraser Alley, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 340-2500<br />

oldpasadena.titleboxingclub.com<br />

Go for the gold at Title Boxing Club, where<br />

a great workout is waiting for you, whatever<br />

your experience level. Title Boxing knows<br />

that life is hard, which is why they invite<br />

people to join them for an hour to leave<br />

those worries behind and relieve stress.<br />

This is one fight you won’t lose.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MC2 FIT<br />

460 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 665-3900 | mc2.fi t<br />

PURE BARRE<br />

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., No. 109, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-9400 | purebarre.com<br />

BEST YOGA<br />

HOT YOGA<br />

2089 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 304-9642<br />

hotyogapasadena.com<br />

Whether it is for reducing arthritic pain, toning<br />

one’s body or relieving stress, Hot Yoga<br />

can help, thanks to the Original Bikram<br />

Method. The studio opened in 1998 and got<br />

a major update in 2013 by expanding and<br />

remodeling in order to provide a five-star<br />

experience and the support to aid people in<br />

their journey to a better quality of life.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

YOGA HOUSE<br />

11 W. State St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 403-3961 | yogahouse.com<br />

YOGAWORKS<br />

277 W. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 381-9785 | yogaworks.com ■<br />

MC2 Fit<br />

Maggie Chen<br />

Hot Yoga<br />

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SHOPPING IN PASADENA IS A WINNING PROPOSITION<br />

BY ANDRÉ COLEMAN, SHEILA MENDES COLEMAN AND CELENE VARGAS<br />

At the craps table, or when you’re betting on the ponies, there are no sure things. But shopping in <strong>Pasadena</strong> is a different<br />

story altogether. Here, shoppers are all but guaranteed to find a winner.<br />

But let’s face it: It’s not just about winning. Winning is also bout flair and making an entrance. That’s what the<br />

great ones do — they show up looking fabulous and they end up owning the room.<br />

You can find just about everything you need in Old <strong>Pasadena</strong>, this year’s <strong>Best</strong> Shopping Destination. Located<br />

less than 15 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Old <strong>Pasadena</strong> has not only great places to shop but also world-class<br />

restaurants, great night clubs, a world-class museum and art galleries.<br />

Just as important as looking good is making a grand entrance in a set of wheels worthy of all those new clothes.<br />

That’s where this year’s <strong>Best</strong> Auto Dealer, Rusnak Auto Group, comes in. This is the place to go to find a quality ride<br />

that will allow you to show up in style.<br />

Looking the part is the second element in the formula for winning. Le Monsieur — <strong>Best</strong> Men’s Clothing Store —<br />

goes above and beyond to make sure you have what you need to succeed. Here you can get a good suit for as<br />

low as $180, and their Shirt of the Month Club helps you stay in style and up to date.<br />

Meredith M is the winner in the <strong>Best</strong> Women’s Clothing Store category. Prices here also are<br />

extremely reasonable, and they have a variety of styles and accessories to choose from.<br />

If you need to elevate things a little bit, Connie Tao Designs, this year’s <strong>Best</strong> Bridal Shop, can<br />

dress you for that special, black-tie event or elegant wedding.<br />

Now that you have the clothes, you have to have the right accessories. No suit is complete<br />

without cufflinks and a watch, just as women need earrings and jewelry. The place to go for all<br />

your jewelry needs is Wayne Jason Jewelry Designs. Wayne uses quality diamonds, colored<br />

stones and pearls for the jewelry he creates in his store. It’s no wonder our readers have voted<br />

Wayne Jason <strong>Best</strong> Jewelry Store seven years in a row.<br />

<strong>Of</strong> course, to look good you have to stay in shape. Cycling will keep you lean and trim, and<br />

this year’s <strong>Best</strong> Bicycle Shop, <strong>Pasadena</strong> Cyclery, can meet all your biking needs. <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

Cyclery is a fabulous resource for weekend warriors as well as professional riders. From<br />

children’s bikes to high-end racing cycles, this store has an incredible selection and skilled<br />

staff on hand to answer all your biking questions, assist customers with choosing the<br />

perfect model, and maintaining that sweet ride for years to come.<br />

Let’s face it; not everybody can march in the Big Parade. Somebody has to hang around<br />

and record the celebrities and historical events. If people watching is your thing, check out<br />

Samy’s Camera, winner of this year <strong>Best</strong> Electronics/Camera. Aside from top namebrand<br />

camera’s, lighting, video equipment, electronics and accessories, Samy’s is also a<br />

full-service shop that offers classes, workshops and even a budget-friendly used-camera<br />

division where customers can put their hands on quality cameras for a song<br />

If you’re hosting a dinner party and you need the perfect bottle of wine this year’s<br />

<strong>Best</strong> Wine/Beer Shop, Mission Wine and Spirits, is the place to go.<br />

As they say, these new looks aren’t for everyone. Some people like the vintage look. If<br />

that’s how you prefer to roll, then MeowMeowz is the place for you. Voted by our readers<br />

as the <strong>Best</strong> Vintage/Resale Store, this cool vintage clothing store is geared toward punk<br />

and rockabilly, complete with clothes, shoes and accessories. They also sell old vinyl<br />

records.<br />

If you’re into antiques, visit <strong>Pasadena</strong> Antique Mall which once again has won for<br />

<strong>Best</strong> Antiques. Here you can pick up some fine pieces, and they have appraisers on site,<br />

just in case you have questions.<br />

Our <strong>Best</strong> of <strong>Pasadena</strong> shopping locations offer plenty of places where you can pick a<br />

winner.<br />

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Connie<br />

Tao Designs<br />

BEST ANTIQUES<br />

PASADENA ANTIQUE MALL<br />

300 E. Colorado Blvd., No.125,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 304-9886<br />

thepasadenaantiquemall.com<br />

This bustling antique arena is a perennial<br />

favorite for <strong>Pasadena</strong> residents<br />

and visitors alike. Shoppers will find<br />

vintage, collectible and hard-to-find<br />

items, as well as the perfect, unique<br />

gift for those who value the timeless<br />

quality of classic, well-made goods.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MCGINTY’S GALLERY<br />

869 E. Mariposa St., Altadena<br />

(626) 794-4477<br />

REVIVAL ANTIQUES<br />

1 W. California Blvd., Suite 611,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 405-0024<br />

revivalantiques@yahoo.com<br />

For over 50 years this popular auto<br />

group has been meeting and exceeding<br />

customer expectations. Rusnak<br />

Auto professionals work closely with<br />

their clients and offer superior service<br />

by treating each customer as an<br />

individual. There is no one-size-fi ts-all<br />

mentality at Rusnak. First-time car<br />

buyers will find all the assistance they<br />

need in selecting the right vehicle for<br />

their budget and lifestyle, and luxury<br />

and repeat car buyers will marvel at<br />

the exceptional level of service and<br />

first-rate selection.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

HONDA OF PASADENA<br />

1965 E. Foothill Blvd, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 325-0016<br />

hondaofpasadena.com<br />

TOYOTA PASADENA<br />

3600 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-9787 | toyotapasadena.com<br />

BEST BICYCLE SHOP<br />

PASADENA CYCLERY<br />

1670 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-2866 | pasadenacyclery.com<br />

This full-service bike shop is a fabulous<br />

resource for weekend warriors<br />

as well as professional riders. From<br />

children’s bikes to high-end racing<br />

cycles, this store has an incredible<br />

selection and skilled staff on hand<br />

to answer all your biking questions,<br />

assist customers with choosing the<br />

perfect model, and maintaining that<br />

sweet ride for years to come.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

AROUND THE CYCLE<br />

1270 Lincoln Ave., No. 1500,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-6601 | aroundthecycle.com<br />

INCYCLE<br />

175 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-0440 | incycle.com<br />

THE HUNTINGTON COLLECTION<br />

766 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 535-2468<br />

huntingtonhospital.org/community/<br />

huntington-collection<br />

BEST ART/FRAMING<br />

STORE<br />

AARON BROTHERS<br />

326 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 683-8161 | aaronbrothers.com<br />

Customer Service and a wide selection<br />

of art and framing products help<br />

this busy store stand out from the<br />

rest. Find skilled advice on framing<br />

choices, as well as gift sets, special<br />

deals and a well-stocked inventory<br />

for occasional, as well as expert<br />

decorators.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

AARNUN GALLERY<br />

603 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-4805 | aarnungallery.com<br />

MISSION FRAMING<br />

1501 Mission St., South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 799-3445<br />

BEST AUTO DEALER<br />

RUSNAK AUTO GROUP<br />

337 W. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-0770 | rusnakonline.com<br />

BEST BATH & BODY<br />

THE SOAP KITCHEN<br />

25 N. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 396-9996 | thesoapkitchen.com<br />

Soap making is a timeless art practiced<br />

by those who enjoy the fragrant<br />

alchemy of creating a perfectly balanced,<br />

handmade soap. The customer<br />

is the true beneficiary of the magical<br />

result. Devotees to The Soap Kitchen<br />

love the way their products leave the<br />

skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated, as<br />

well as the sense of well-being their<br />

aromatic soaps leave on newly moisturized<br />

skin. <strong>Of</strong> course, the soaps<br />

made at this artisan shop are all<br />

free of parabens, sulfates, triclosan,<br />

phthalates, synthetic fragrance, and<br />

never tested on animals. It’s delightful<br />

compassionate cleanliness done<br />

right.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BATH & BODY WORKS<br />

340 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 639-2386<br />

bathandbodyworks.com<br />

BED BATH & BEYOND<br />

3341 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 351-1262<br />

bedbathandbeyond.com<br />

LUSH COSMETICS<br />

24 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-0901 | lush.com<br />

VELO PASADENA<br />

2562 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 304-0064 | velopasadena.com<br />

BEST BRIDAL/TUX<br />

SHOP<br />

CONNIE TAO DESIGNS<br />

23 N. Mentor Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-5939 | connietaodesigns.com<br />

A wedding is a special day in every<br />

couple’s life. Connie Tao and her<br />

team of skilled bridal professionals<br />

understand the unique needs of<br />

modern brides and grooms, and how<br />

important the right bridal support<br />

services are to creating a memorable<br />

ceremony. Connie’s staff is adept at<br />

anticipating and adapting to the needs<br />

of couples-to-be, as well as streamlining<br />

the process with consultations<br />

tailored to the needs of each client.<br />

BEST ELECTRONICS/<br />

CAMERAS<br />

SAMY’S CAMERA<br />

1759 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-3300 | samys.com<br />

What Samy’s Camera does it does<br />

exceptionally well. Aside from top<br />

name-brand cameras, lighting, video<br />

equipment, electronics and accessories,<br />

Samy’s is also a full-service<br />

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shop that offers classes, workshops<br />

and even a budget-friendly usedcamera<br />

division where customers can<br />

put their hands on quality cameras<br />

for song. For decades, Samy’s has<br />

built its brand and reputation around<br />

understanding and fulfilling the needs<br />

of photography enthusiasts. It is a<br />

skill they ably apply to every customer<br />

interaction.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BEST BUY<br />

3415 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 351-9516 | bestbuy.com<br />

BEST EYEWEAR<br />

LINDEN OPTOMETRY<br />

477 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-1191 | lindenvsp.com<br />

Don’t let the hectic pace at this local<br />

eyewear favorite fool you. Every day,<br />

Linden’s skilled staff has this shop<br />

running like a well-oiled machine.<br />

Regardless of how busy they get,<br />

customers are greeted personally and<br />

treated with respect and concern for<br />

matching them with the perfect eyewear<br />

for their vision needs, and their<br />

budgets. Linden’s trained professionals<br />

work with clients on vision insurance<br />

approval, vision maintenance<br />

and trouble-shooting vision issues<br />

before they become emergencies.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

DIAMOND VISION OPTOMETRY<br />

Shops On Lake Avenue<br />

350 S. Lake Ave., No. 111, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 683-6868<br />

diamondvisionoptometry.com<br />

MODA OPTIQUE<br />

Shops On Lake Avenue<br />

415 S. Lake Ave., Suite 104, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-0111 | modaoptique.com<br />

BEST FARMERS’<br />

MARKET<br />

PASADENA CERTIFIED<br />

FARMERS’ MARKET<br />

363 E. Villa St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-0179<br />

pasadenafarmersmarket.org<br />

Healthy eating is a snap at this<br />

beloved farmer’s market. <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

Certified’s fruits and vegetables regularly<br />

garner acclaim from foodies who<br />

love to support local agriculture and<br />

appreciate sustainably sourced fresh<br />

fruits and vegetables. The farmers<br />

who vend at this cash-only farmers’<br />

market sell only what they grow, and<br />

visitors with an eye on procuring<br />

more than just fruit will find the pleasing<br />

assortment of jams, jellies, and<br />

fish make it more than worth the trip.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ALTADENA FAMERS’ MARKET<br />

600 W. Palm St., Altadena<br />

hello@altadenafarmersmarket.com<br />

altadenafarmersmarket.com<br />

SOUTH PASADENA FARMERS’<br />

MARKET<br />

Meridian Avenue and El Centro Street,<br />

South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 403-2820<br />

southpasadenafarmersmarket.org<br />

BEST FLEA MARKET<br />

ROSE BOWL FLEA MARKET<br />

1001 Rose Bowl Drive, <strong>Pasadena</strong>,<br />

(323) 560-7469 | rosebowlstadium.<br />

com/events/flea-market<br />

Find your destiny at the fl ea market.<br />

Many a shopper has attended with an<br />

eye toward retail therapy and browsing,<br />

only to find that rare item they’ve<br />

searched for years to uncover buried<br />

amongst other treasures. The thrill of<br />

the flea market hunt isn’t necessarily<br />

what you usually find, but what you<br />

might find, if given the opportunity.<br />

This flea market at the beloved Rose<br />

Bowl is renowned for featuring<br />

intriguing items, from vintage collectibles,<br />

to trendy, popular items at<br />

bargain basement prices.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

PCC FLEA MARKET<br />

1570 E. Colorado Blvd, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 585-7906 | pasadena.edu/community/fl<br />

ea-market/<br />

BEST FLOWER SHOP<br />

JACOB MAARSE FLOWERS<br />

655 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-0246 | jacobmaarse.com<br />

Jacob Maarse Flowers has been one<br />

of <strong>Pasadena</strong>’s best for almost 40<br />

years. They have flowers for every<br />

occasion, and you can always find<br />

the right floral design for that special<br />

occasion.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

THE FLOWERMAN<br />

2450 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-1508 | thefl owerman.net<br />

MARY FALKINGHAM FLORAL<br />

DESIGNS<br />

871 E. Mariposa St., Altadena<br />

(626) 797-8711 | maryfalkingham.com<br />

BEST FURNITURE/<br />

ACCESSORIES STORE<br />

PELTIER HOME<br />

1011-A Mission St., South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 799-2265 | peltierinteriors.com/<br />

peltier-home/<br />

Peltier Home is a boutique design studio<br />

and furniture store offering a wide<br />

array of quality furnishings, unique<br />

light fi xtures, customizable artwork<br />

and accessories to help designers and<br />

design-lovers create their own simple,<br />

happy home.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

FEDDE’S FURNITURE<br />

2350 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-7103 | fedde.com<br />

32 N. Sierra Madre Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 844-1160<br />

THE SOFA COMPANY<br />

100 W. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 316-1214 | thesofaco.com<br />

BEST GIFT BOUTIQUE<br />

LULA MAE<br />

100 N. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 304-9996 | lulamae.com<br />

This charming shop has gifts that are<br />

whimsy and conventional that are<br />

right in line with the shop’s theme —<br />

gifts by the gifted. If you are looking<br />

for customizable gifts that are fun and<br />

unique, as well as affordable, then by<br />

all means stop in and look around.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

CRAFT FAIR GIFT SHOP<br />

820 E. California Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-4991 | assistanceleague.<br />

org/pasadena/<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

VROMAN’S BOOKSTORE<br />

695 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-5320<br />

vromansbookstore.com<br />

BEST LOCAL BOOK-<br />

STORE/NEWSTAND<br />

VROMAN’S BOOKSTORE<br />

695 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-5320<br />

vromansbookstore.com<br />

Vroman’s has been a <strong>Pasadena</strong> staple<br />

for decades. From popular books<br />

to the hard to find, you can always<br />

find good reading at Vroman’s. It’s<br />

no wonder celebrities and some of<br />

the world’s leading authors make it a<br />

practice to include Vroman’s as a part<br />

of their book tours.<br />

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Jacob Maarse<br />

Flowers<br />

Lula Mae<br />

Linden<br />

Optometry<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Certifi ed<br />

Farmers’ Market<br />

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I Dig My Dog<br />

Wayne Jason<br />

Jewelry Designs<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BOOK ALLEY<br />

1252 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 683-8083 | bookalley.com<br />

CENTURY BOOKS<br />

1039 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-1703<br />

centurybooksofpasadena.com<br />

DISTANT LANDS<br />

20 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-3220 | distantlands.com<br />

BEST LOCAL<br />

HARDWARE STORE<br />

ALTADENA HARDWARE<br />

849 E. Mariposa St., Altadena<br />

(626) 794-4393<br />

altadenahardware.com<br />

The Altadena Hardware Store is<br />

more than just a small hammer and<br />

nail supplier. They also have all your<br />

painting, lumber and gardening needs<br />

as well.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ARNOLD’S FRONTIER HARDWARE<br />

297 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra<br />

Madre<br />

(626) 355-3365<br />

acehardware.com<br />

PASADENA TRUE VALUE HARDWARE<br />

409 N. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-2196<br />

pasadenatruvalue.com<br />

BEST LOCAL JEWELRY<br />

WAYNE JASON JEWELRY<br />

DESIGNS<br />

105 W. California Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-9215<br />

waynejasonjewelry.com<br />

Wayne Jason Jewelry Designs<br />

specializes in one-of-a-kind, custommade<br />

pieces and high-quality stones<br />

in traditional styles, but that’s not all.<br />

His shop also boasts an extraordinary<br />

selection of striking colored stones<br />

and pearls in modern settings.<br />

READER RECEOMMENDED<br />

ARNOLD’S FINE JEWELRY<br />

350 S. Lake Ave., No. 110, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-8647 | arnoldsfi nejewelry.com<br />

PLACE VENDOME<br />

48 Hugus Alley, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-7001<br />

plvendome.com<br />

BEST LOCAL MEN’S<br />

CLOTHING<br />

LE MONSIEUR<br />

544 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 569-8437 | shoplemonsieur.com<br />

If clothes make the man, then Le<br />

Monsieur is to place to dress. Simply<br />

put, Le Monsieur can make you, and<br />

anyone else, look their best. The shop<br />

has suits starting at $180, complimentary<br />

dry cleaning and a shirt of<br />

the month club. From socks to suits,<br />

Le Monsieur is the place for men’s<br />

clothing.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

PM JACOY<br />

2650 Mission St., No. 104,<br />

San Marino<br />

(626) 799-4600 | pmjacoy.com<br />

BEST LOCAL PET STORE<br />

I DIG MY DOG<br />

2160 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 844-7877<br />

digmydog.com<br />

This store is all about its commitment<br />

to animals. They cater to pets in an<br />

exciting cage-free environment. I<br />

Dig My Dog offers monthly and daily<br />

rates. Dig your dog or pet and make<br />

them happy at I Dig My Dog.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MY PET GARDEN<br />

2245 E. Colorado Blvd., No. 106,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-1600<br />

mypetgarden.com<br />

STEVE’S PETS<br />

2395 Lake Ave., Altadena<br />

(626) 797-4247<br />

stevespetstore.com<br />

BEST LOCAL<br />

RECORD STORE<br />

CANTERBURY RECORDS<br />

805 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-7184<br />

canterburyrecords.com<br />

In 1956, Leonard Gordon’s dream<br />

of starting a record shop came to fruition.<br />

Now, 60 years later, Canterbury<br />

Records remains a leader in the<br />

music business and has expanded its<br />

business model to include DVD sales<br />

and community outreach by offering<br />

discounted sales to libraries and<br />

schools. From country, rock and bluegrass<br />

to classical, show-tunes, jazz,<br />

R&B and everything in between, you’ll<br />

find an incredible selection of music<br />

for every mood and fancy — and<br />

often at cut-rate prices. Canterbury<br />

Records is also one of the few music<br />

shops around to carry an extensive<br />

selection of actual vinyl records, both<br />

new and previously owned, as well as<br />

current, digital forms of many music<br />

genres.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

POO BAH RECORDS<br />

2636 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-3359<br />

poobah.com<br />

BEST LOCAL SHOE<br />

STORE<br />

RUN WITH US<br />

235 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 568-3331<br />

clubrunwithus.com<br />

Run With Us was the first shop of its<br />

kind truly devoted to the sport of running<br />

and providing all the necessary<br />

accessories to support the runner’s<br />

lifestyle. At Run With Us, movement<br />

is not only good for business but<br />

alsdo a marvelous way to stay in tiptop<br />

condition .<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

LUCHA’S COMFORT FOOTWEAR<br />

921 Fair Oaks Ave., South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 799-6891 comfortfootwear.com<br />

NEO 39<br />

338 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-7403 | neopasadena.com<br />

BEST LOCAL<br />

SPORTING GOODS<br />

RUN WITH US<br />

235 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 568-3331<br />

clubrunwithus.com<br />

Run With Us has a trained staff that<br />

will fi t even the widest and narrowest<br />

of feet with stylish, comfortable<br />

footwear for a variety of sports and in<br />

a plethora of styles and colors. Since<br />

many of the Run With Us professional<br />

team are runners themselves,<br />

you’ll feel comfortable allowing them<br />

to guide you through the process of<br />

picking the perfect shoe at an affordable<br />

price. At this remarkable shop,<br />

you’ll find their customer commitment<br />

and substantial inventory ample<br />

reason to return year after year.<br />

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BEST LOCAL TOY<br />

STORE<br />

DINOSAUR FARM<br />

1510 Mission St., South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 441-2767 | dinosaurfarm.com<br />

Parents with dinosaur-obsessed<br />

children can hit the jackpot by taking<br />

them to Dinosaur Farm, a specialty<br />

toy and bookstore in South <strong>Pasadena</strong>.<br />

Established in 1994, the shop has<br />

everything from dino-themed room<br />

decor to pop-up encyclopedias, as<br />

well as a selection of non-dinosaur<br />

toys and a few unusual pieces. As<br />

they say, “If it’s got the word ‘dinosaur’<br />

attached to the name, we got it.”<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

SAN MARINO TOY & BOOK SHOPPE<br />

2476 Huntington Drive, San Marino<br />

(626) 309-0222 | toysandbooks.com<br />

TOM’S TOYS<br />

2281 Honolulu Ave., Montrose<br />

(818) 249-2178<br />

tomstoystore.com<br />

BEST LOCAL VIDEO<br />

STORE<br />

VIDÉOTHÈQUE<br />

1020 Mission St., No. 1,<br />

South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 403-6621 | info@vidtheque.com |<br />

vidtheque.com<br />

This is hands down Los Angeles<br />

County’s premier indie cinema stop,<br />

specializing g in independent, foreign,<br />

cult, classic, documentary, new<br />

release, and rare cinema rentals and<br />

sales. Vidéothèque also includes new<br />

releases and old favorites among in<br />

its vast library of movie treasures.<br />

BEST LOCAL WOMEN’S<br />

CLOTHING<br />

MEREDITH M<br />

2450 Lake Ave., Altadena<br />

(626) 204-2677<br />

meredith-m.com<br />

Meredith’s upbringing is what gives her<br />

store the chic edge needed to win this<br />

year’s <strong>Best</strong> of <strong>Pasadena</strong> for women’s<br />

clothing. Meredith’s childhood was<br />

influenced by a fashion-savvy mother<br />

who not only knew how to put an outfit<br />

together, but also match bedspreads,<br />

draperies and fabric wallpaper. With a<br />

childhood like that, it’s no wonder Meredith<br />

M has a highly curated selection<br />

of apparel and trendsetting gifts and<br />

lifestyle collections.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ELISA B<br />

16 E. Holly St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 397-4770 | elisab.com<br />

LAVISH<br />

746 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 219-6335 | ifeellavish.com<br />

SIDECCA<br />

1389 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-6542 | sidecca.com<br />

WALKER VIDEN LUXURY CONSIGN-<br />

MENT<br />

1033 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 844-9244 | walkerviden.com<br />

BEST NURSERY<br />

BELLEFONTAINE NURSERY<br />

838 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-0747<br />

bellefontainenursery.com<br />

Opening a nursery was a gamble that<br />

paid off through the decades, but it<br />

didn’t come without its challenges.<br />

Bellefontaine Nursery was founded<br />

in <strong>Pasadena</strong> in 1939 by cousins Dale<br />

and Alan Uchida’s ancestors, who<br />

faced being sent to Japanese internment<br />

camps and having to close the<br />

nursery for about three years. But<br />

their ancestors persevered and now<br />

the cousins aim to continue to carry<br />

on their family’s tradition of keeping<br />

a healthy, expressive garden that can<br />

be seen as a work of art.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ARMSTRONG GARDEN CENTER<br />

352 E. Glenarm St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 799-7139 | armstronggarden.com<br />

LINCOLN AVENUE NURSERY<br />

804 Lincoln Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-2138<br />

lincolnavenuenursery.com<br />

BEST OUTDOOR<br />

FURNITURE<br />

FISHBECKS PATIO CENTER<br />

150 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-9255 | fishbecks.com<br />

Since 1899, shoppers have been<br />

visiting Fishbecks, one of Southern<br />

California’s largest outlets for outdoor<br />

and casual furniture. With a beautiful<br />

selection of patio furniture, from<br />

its range of Tuscany and Florenceinspired<br />

designs to even a line of<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> style pieces, it’s no wonder<br />

that Fishbecks was voted <strong>Best</strong> Outdoor<br />

Furniture Store.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

PATIO WORLD<br />

520 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-5803 | patioworld.net<br />

PIER 1 IMPORTS<br />

422 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 584-9147 | pier1.com<br />

BEST SHOPPING<br />

DESTINATION<br />

OLD PASADENA<br />

(626) 356-9725 | oldpasadena.org<br />

The mixture of historic streets and<br />

rustic brick facades with a diverse selection<br />

of stores gives Old <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

a glamorous aesthetic that makes it<br />

a shopping destination. From Apple<br />

to Zara, shoppers can find just about<br />

anything they want while feeling like<br />

they’re on a movie set as they stroll<br />

through the authentic streetscapes<br />

that emphasizes <strong>Pasadena</strong>’s charm.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

PASEO COLORADO<br />

300 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-9100 | paseocolorado.com<br />

SOUTH LAKE AVENUE<br />

(626) 792-1259 | southlakeave.org<br />

BEST SMOKE/TOBACCO<br />

SHOP<br />

UNIVERSAL STOP<br />

1878 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 797-3333<br />

Hot shop Universal Stop takes the<br />

title of <strong>Best</strong> Smoke/Tobacco Shop<br />

again. From cigarettes to hookah and<br />

even cellphones and water, their slogan,<br />

“Universal Stop for everything<br />

you need” rings true.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ACE SMOKE SHOP<br />

2501 Lake Ave., Altadena<br />

(626) 296-0273<br />

CIGARS BY CHIVAS<br />

58 S. DeLacey Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 395-7475 | cigarsbychivas.com<br />

BEST SPECIALTY FOOD<br />

STORE<br />

WE OLIVE & WINE BAR<br />

32 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 787-1000<br />

weolive.com/pasadena<br />

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Specialty food stores can’t get more specialized<br />

than a shop dedicated to olive products<br />

like some sort of olive oil high roller, where the<br />

owners bet big on olives. But it has paid off and<br />

now cooking (and olive) enthusiasts can find<br />

whatever they can think of at We Olive <strong>Pasadena</strong>,<br />

from gourmet spreads to lip balms. Plus,<br />

people can try before they buy.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

THE BEA’S KNEES/BEYOND THE OLIVE<br />

120 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-9308<br />

thebeaskneespasadena.com<br />

beyondtheolive.com<br />

TRADER JOE’S<br />

610 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 568-9254 | traderjoes.com<br />

345 S. Lake Ave.<br />

(626) 395-9553<br />

467 N. Rosemead Blvd.<br />

(626) 351-3399<br />

BEST STATIONERY<br />

VROMAN’S BOOKSTORE<br />

695 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-5320<br />

vromansbookstore.com<br />

The success of Vorman’s Bookstore is no beginner’s<br />

luck, considering the venerable bookstore<br />

has been around since 1894. It was once the<br />

largest bookstore west of the Mississippi and is<br />

now the oldest and largest independent bookstore<br />

in Southern California, so they must be<br />

doing something right. But Vroman’s isn’t just a<br />

bookstore. They also have a stationery department<br />

with a wide selection that includes writing<br />

instruments and other accessories. Its staff is<br />

ready to help find or create the perfect set of<br />

personalized stationary for any occasion.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

THE PAPER SOURCE<br />

163 W. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-3825 | papersource.com<br />

SHABOO PRINTS<br />

(626) 405-8827 | shabooprints.com<br />

BEST THRIFT SHOP<br />

FULL CIRCLE THRIFT STORE<br />

2245 Lake Ave., Altadena<br />

(626) 639-3051 | fullcirclethriftshop.org<br />

At Full Circle Thrift Shop, there is no need for<br />

shopper’s remorse. As a store that advocates<br />

for peace and love and works to promote social,<br />

economic and environmental justice for all, items<br />

purchased from here are bought with money that<br />

goes to good causes.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MEOWMEOWZ! RETRO 80’S<br />

THRIFT SHOP<br />

2423 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 798-6969<br />

GOODWILL<br />

340 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 204-3576 | goodwill.org<br />

TREASURE FAIR THRIFT SHOP<br />

3239 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-3326<br />

assistanceleague.org/pasadena/our-shops/<br />

thrift-shop<br />

BEST VINTAGE/RESALE STORE<br />

MEOWMEOWZ! RETRO 80’S THRIFT<br />

SHOP<br />

2423 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 798-6969<br />

facebook.com/MeowMeowz<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

While out shopping in <strong>Pasadena</strong>, don’t pass<br />

on MeowMeowz, the coolest 80s thrift shop<br />

around. Since opening its doors in 2009, Meow-<br />

Meowz has been providing <strong>Pasadena</strong>ns with retro<br />

apparel and accessories that will have people<br />

shouting “winner winner, chicken dinner.”<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

CROSSROADS TRADING CO.<br />

104 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-2000<br />

crossroadstrading.com<br />

FULL CIRCLE THRIFT STORE<br />

2245 Lake Ave., Altadena<br />

(626) 639-3051 | fullcirclethriftshop.org<br />

WALKER VIDEN LUXURY<br />

CONSIGNMENT<br />

1033 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 844-9244 | walkerviden.com<br />

BEST WINE/BEER SHOP<br />

MISSION WINE & SPIRITS<br />

1785 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 794-7026<br />

missionliquor.com<br />

There are no high stakes gambles involved when<br />

shopping at Mission Wine & Spirits. For over 35<br />

years, the store has provided the lowest prices<br />

for top products. As one of the finest wine and<br />

spirit shops in Southern California, one can<br />

shop easily while perusing the store’s quality<br />

selections.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

EVERSON ROYCE WINE & SPIRITS<br />

155 N. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-9334 | eversonroyce.com<br />

WE OLIVE & WINE BAR<br />

32 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 787-1000<br />

weolive.com/pasadena ■<br />

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LET IT RIDE<br />

EVERYONE’S A WINNER IN PASADENA’S<br />

ENTERTAINMENT SCENE<br />

BY BLISS BOWEN<br />

PW readers didn’t bluff or hide their cards in this year’s <strong>Best</strong> <strong>Of</strong><br />

round: they bet everything on comfort and escape from the chaotic<br />

drama that’s become the stuff of real-life daily headlines. These<br />

days we’ve got enough to rival any Hollywood special effects exploding<br />

across movie screens.<br />

PW readers continued Lucky Baldwins’ lucky streak by naming it a<br />

sure bet for <strong>Best</strong> Beer Selection and <strong>Best</strong> Pub Grub. In a surprise upset, Blind<br />

Donkey edged ahead of the beloved British pub for a win as <strong>Best</strong> Bar, thanks<br />

to its extensive menu of blended whiskies and single malts from across the US,<br />

Canada, France, Ireland, Japan, Scotland, and Taiwan. The 1886 Bar at the<br />

Raymond again handily cleaned up as <strong>Best</strong> Cocktails winner, Kabuki’s dependably<br />

affordable offerings again made it a safe gamble for readers for <strong>Best</strong> Happy<br />

Hour, Rocco’s remained <strong>Best</strong> Sports Bar in readers’ eyes with its family-friendly<br />

ambiance and two-for-one happy hour specials, and Mijares Mexican Restaurant<br />

continued to shut out the competition to retain its longtime ownership of<br />

the <strong>Best</strong> Margaritas title. Everson Royce’s lip-smacking menu of wines from<br />

around the world and thrice-weekly tastings made it readers’ return favorite for<br />

<strong>Best</strong> Wine Selection.<br />

Once again, reggae and classic rock cover bands earned Kings Row Gastropub<br />

<strong>Best</strong> Live Music Bar honors. <strong>Pasadena</strong> Playhouse’s balance of historical<br />

and political conscience with crowd-pleasing entertainment again weighed the<br />

odds in its favor as <strong>Best</strong> Live Theatre Venue, just as Theatre 360 again won the<br />

<strong>Best</strong> Theater Production title with its educational programs for kids and a zesty<br />

production of the ’60s musical “Bye Bye Birdie.” And readers continued to pledge<br />

their loyalty to the “Intelligent Talk” and thought-provoking programming at<br />

KPCC, again naming it <strong>Best</strong> Radio Station.<br />

There were a few game-changers. Laemmle Playhouse 7’s mix of<br />

independent, arthouse, documentary and Hollywood studio cinematic fare<br />

garnered it a win this year as <strong>Best</strong> Movie Theater, suggesting that perhaps<br />

PW readers crave escapism salted with art and sociopolitical relevance. They<br />

rolled the dice in favor of The Rose at Paseo Colorado (<strong>Best</strong> Live Music Venue),<br />

where they can see and hear favorite veteran artists in comfortable, intimate<br />

surroundings, and Ixtapa (<strong>Best</strong> Place to Dance), where they appreciate nocover<br />

nights and Tuesday salsa dance lessons. And The Colorado, where locals<br />

have been savoring conversation and reasonably priced drinks by the old-school<br />

rock ‘n’ roll jukebox since 1964, emerged as this year’s <strong>Best</strong> Dive Bar refuge from<br />

the high-stakes craziness of the outside world. You needn’t be a high roller to<br />

know that’s no crapshoot.<br />

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The Blind<br />

Donkey<br />

The<br />

Colorado Bar<br />

1886 Bar at<br />

the Raymond<br />

Lucky<br />

Baldwins<br />

BEST BAR<br />

THE BLIND DONKEY<br />

53 E. Union St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-1833<br />

theblinddonkey.com/pasadena<br />

“What whiskey will not cure, there<br />

is no cure for,” claims this Old Town<br />

bastion of distilled grains. You can<br />

find the familiar comforts of Bushmills<br />

and Jameson here, but the eyeglazingly<br />

extensive menu also boasts<br />

blended whiskies and single malts<br />

from across the US, Ireland, Japan<br />

and Scotland, as well as a handful<br />

from Canada, France and Taiwan. So<br />

why not savor a single pot still Irish<br />

whiskey from Powers John Lane,<br />

a 90-proof bourbon from Bowen’s<br />

in Bakersfield, a Sazerac Rye from<br />

Kentucky, a smokier, sherry-finished<br />

single malt from Islay’s Ardbeg Uigeadail<br />

in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides,<br />

or Monkey Shoulder’s 80-proof<br />

blended malt? Those immune to<br />

whiskey’s lure can indulge in tasty<br />

Belgian beers, cocktails like Nick of<br />

Thyme and the enchanting Lady Grey,<br />

boilermakers, and a small selection of<br />

wines — plus an only-in-LA comfort<br />

food menu that includes veggie<br />

burgers, a Green Goddess chicken<br />

wrap, and Fried Donkey Pickles fi xed<br />

up with Bulleit Rye and jalapeno and<br />

dill brine.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ALTADENA ALE & WINE HOUSE<br />

2329 Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena<br />

(626) 794-4577<br />

altadenaalehouse.com<br />

KINGS ROW GASTROPUB<br />

20 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-3010 | kingsrowpub.com<br />

LUCKY BALDWINS<br />

17 S. Raymond Ave.<br />

(626) 795-0652 | luckybaldwins.com<br />

Lucky Baldwins Trappiste<br />

1770 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 844-0447<br />

Lucky Baldwins Delirium Café<br />

21 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre<br />

(626) 355-1440<br />

BEST BARTENDER<br />

STEPHANIE DELGADO, NOOR<br />

260 E. Colorado Blvd. A209, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-4518 | noorevents.com<br />

A few years back, Robert Shahnazarian<br />

said he was looking for a<br />

bartender to work at Noor, a wedding<br />

and banquet hall that he owns in The<br />

Paseo in <strong>Pasadena</strong>. The guy he picked<br />

at first seemed great, but when he<br />

started working at Noor, he brought<br />

with him “a Hollywood attitude,”<br />

which, Shahnazarian said, “was<br />

the exact opposite of what we were<br />

looking for.” Then, two years ago,<br />

Stephanie Delgado took over the job,<br />

and among people attending special<br />

occasions at Noor, she was an instant<br />

hit. “Stephanie leaves everyone with<br />

a smile and a drink just the way they<br />

like it,” Shahnazarian said.<br />

BEST BEER SELECTION<br />

LUCKY BALDWINS<br />

17 S. Raymond Ave.<br />

(626) 795-0652 | luckybaldwins.com<br />

Lucky Baldwins Trappiste<br />

1770 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 844-0447<br />

Lucky Baldwins Delirium Café<br />

21 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre<br />

(626) 355-1440<br />

This welcoming <strong>Pasadena</strong> institution<br />

once again earned readers’ favor for<br />

its deep beer selection (and its pub<br />

grub too). And no wonder: its tap/<br />

cask list spans the fl avor spectrum<br />

with more than fi ve dozen pale ales,<br />

bitters, ciders, Hefeweizens, IPAs,<br />

lagers, pilsners, stouts, witbiers, and<br />

malty Belgian tripels from across<br />

the United States, Europe and the<br />

UK, and the menu’s specialty beers<br />

offer more hoppy pleasures. No thin,<br />

wimpy brews here.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

CONGREGATION ALE HOUSE<br />

300 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 403-2337<br />

congregationalehouse.com<br />

YARD HOUSE<br />

330 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-9273<br />

yardhouse.com/locations/ca/pasadena/pasadena-paseo-colorado/8307<br />

BEST COCKTAILS<br />

1886 BAR AT THE RAYMOND<br />

1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 441-3136 | theraymond.com<br />

As elegantly impressive as its speakeasy-style<br />

décor is, it’s the cocktails<br />

— specially crafted from fresh juices,<br />

top-drawer liquors, seasonal and regional<br />

ingredients, and syrups made<br />

in-house — that keep readers singing<br />

this classy bar’s praises. If a classic<br />

Manhattan or Sidecar doesn’t suit<br />

your mood, knowledgeable bartenders<br />

can devise something pleasurable<br />

from more than 600 off-menu items.<br />

Pimms Cup, anyone?<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MAGNOLIA HOUSE<br />

492 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 584-1126<br />

themaghouse.com<br />

PARKWAY GRILL<br />

510 S. Arroyo Pkwy., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-1001 | theparkwaygrill.com<br />

WHITE HORSE LOUNGE<br />

41 S. De Lacey Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 583-9013<br />

whitehorsepasadena.com<br />

BEST COMEDY CLUB<br />

ICE HOUSE<br />

24 N. Mentor Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-1894<br />

icehousecomedy.com<br />

If you’re talking to someone who says<br />

they live in <strong>Pasadena</strong>, but they don’t<br />

know the Ice House, rest assured<br />

they’re newly arrived from some<br />

remote island yet to be connected<br />

to the cloud or civilization. The Ice<br />

House isn’t just a <strong>Pasadena</strong> institution;<br />

it’s been a renowned shrine<br />

on the comedy circuit for decades.<br />

George Carlin, Ellen DeGeneres, David<br />

Letterman, George Lopez, Bill Maher,<br />

Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Lily<br />

Tomlin and Robin Williams all trod<br />

the boards here, and local and touring<br />

comics still leave audiences laughing<br />

fi ve nights a week.<br />

BEST DIVE BAR<br />

THE COLORADO BAR<br />

2640 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-3485<br />

facebook.com/TheColoradoBar<br />

You might find a hot rod parked out<br />

front or the occasional local band<br />

rocking out inside, but what you won’t<br />

find is attitude. Since 1964 this unassuming<br />

watering hole has been providing<br />

reasonably priced drinks and<br />

a welcoming, low-key atmosphere to<br />

patrons craving a home away from<br />

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home where the conversation’s entertaining,<br />

the pool games are friendly,<br />

and the jukebox spins rock ‘n’ roll you<br />

recognize.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

FREDDIE’S 35ER BAR<br />

12 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 356-931535 | 35erbar.com<br />

THE RANCHO BAR<br />

2485 N. Lake Ave., Altadena<br />

(626) 798-7634<br />

ranchobaraltadena.com<br />

BEST HAPPY HOUR<br />

KABUKI JAPANESE<br />

RESTAURANT<br />

88 W. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 568-9310<br />

3539 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 351-8963<br />

kabukirestaurant.com<br />

Small plates, salads, sushi and<br />

specialty rolls like California Tempura<br />

Roll and Asparagus & Salmon Garlic<br />

Crunch, plus menu staples like the<br />

generously portioned Firecrackers<br />

and fried gyoza dumplings, keep<br />

readers returning to this popular<br />

happy hour spot. Further adding to its<br />

appeal: affordable prices, convenient<br />

locations in Old Town and East<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong>, and a choice selection of<br />

adult beverages like the Tokyo Mojito<br />

that help ease the edge off weeknight<br />

stress.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

PAUL MARTIN’S AMERICAN GRILL<br />

455 S. Lake Ave., Suite 102,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 773-7600<br />

ROY’S RESTAURANT<br />

641 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 356-4066<br />

roysrestaurant.com/locations/ca/<br />

pasadena<br />

WE OLIVE AND WINE BAR<br />

32 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 787-1000<br />

weolive.com/pasadena/<br />

YARD HOUSE<br />

330 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-9273<br />

yardhouse.com/locations/ca/pasadena/pasadena-paseo-colorado/8307<br />

BEST LIVE MUSIC<br />

BAR/CLUB<br />

KINGS ROW GASTROPUB<br />

20 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-3010 | kingsrowpub.com<br />

Convenience, comfort, and classic<br />

rock have proved enduringly attractive<br />

to patrons at this central Old<br />

Town restaurant. Feel-good reggae<br />

chills the air from midafternoon<br />

through the evening on Sundays, and<br />

Thursday through Saturday a rotating<br />

lineup of performers like Dirty Old<br />

Krows, Past Action Heroes, Steel<br />

Rod, and funky rock guitarist Carl<br />

Osterlof help keep the atmosphere<br />

casual and loose.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

EDWIN MILLS<br />

22 Mills Place, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 564-8656 | edwinmills.com<br />

OLD TOWNE PUB<br />

22 E. Holly St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-6583<br />

theoldtownepub.com<br />

BEST LIVE MUSIC<br />

VENUE<br />

THE ROSE AT PASEO<br />

COLORADO<br />

245 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(888) 645-5006<br />

This 1,500-capacity “dinner theatre<br />

concert venue” has found its footing<br />

and demographic after a rocky start.<br />

Part of a chain that also includes the<br />

Canyon Club (in Agoura and Santa<br />

Clarita) and the Saban Theatre (Beverly<br />

Hills), it hosts Soulful Sunday<br />

Brunches hosted by former House of<br />

Blues Gospel Brunch singer Sylvia<br />

St. James, occasional comics, and a<br />

steady parade of tribute bands. But<br />

its real appeal lies in providing an<br />

intimate space where audiences can<br />

enjoy longtime favorites like Rickie<br />

Lee Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Los<br />

Lonely Boys, Ozomatli, Robben Ford<br />

and Stanley Jordan in comfort.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

AMBASSADOR AUDITORIUM<br />

131 S. St. John Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 794-1199<br />

theambassadorauditorium.org<br />

BOSTON COURT PERFORMING ARTS<br />

CENTER<br />

70 N. Mentor Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 683-6801 | bostoncourt.com<br />

COFFEE GALLERY BACKSTAGE<br />

2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena<br />

(626) 798-6236 | coffeegallery.com<br />

LEVITT PAVILION<br />

85 E. Holly St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 683-3230<br />

levittpavilionpasadena.org<br />

BEST LIVE<br />

THEATER VENUE<br />

PASADENA PLAYHOUSE<br />

39 S. El Molino Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 356-7529<br />

pasadenaplayhouse.org<br />

The State Theatre of California (since<br />

1917) once again earned readers’<br />

favor. This year’s productions —<br />

including “Hold These Truths,” about<br />

reluctant Japanese-American civil<br />

rights hero Gordon Hirabayashi, and<br />

“Shout Sister Shout!,” about musical<br />

trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe —<br />

have asked provocative questions<br />

about American history and constitutional<br />

rights. Forthcoming stagings of<br />

Thornton Wilder’s iconic “Our Town,”<br />

“Bordertown Now” and “King Charles<br />

III” promise to do the same.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

A NOISE WITHIN<br />

3352 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 356-3100 | anoisewithin.org<br />

BOSTON COURT PERFORMING ARTS<br />

CENTER<br />

70 N. Mentor Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 683-6883 | bostoncourt.com<br />

BEST LOCAL MUSICIAN<br />

EMIKO<br />

Writing songs since the age of 6, this<br />

singer-songwriter has amassed a<br />

catalog of over 3,000 songs spanning<br />

pop, R&B/soul and J-pop genres as<br />

well as full theater and film scores.<br />

While she’s best known in <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

for playing hotspots like Madeline<br />

Gardens, she has been a member of<br />

the Songwriters Hall of Fame since<br />

her early 20s and is Hammond Or-<br />

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The Rose at<br />

Paseo Colorado<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

Playhouse<br />

Kings Row<br />

Gastropub<br />

Emiko<br />

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Mijares<br />

Laemmle<br />

Playhouse 7<br />

Ixtapa<br />

Rocco’s<br />

Tavern<br />

gan’s official licensed clinician, giving<br />

lectures and workshops at Sam Ash<br />

Music Stores nationwide.<br />

BEST MARGARITAS<br />

MIJARES<br />

145 Palmetto Drive, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-2763<br />

mijaresrestaurant.com<br />

Quantity has something to do the<br />

enduring popularity of this family-run<br />

establishment’s margaritas — you<br />

could just about dive into the glasses<br />

they’re serve in. But quality is the key<br />

ingredient in their hand-shaken and<br />

fruit-and-liqueur margaritas, as well<br />

as specials like the Skinny Jalapeño.<br />

In business for nine-and-a-half<br />

decades, they’ve earned the right to<br />

claim that theirs are the best in town.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

EL CHOLO<br />

Paseo Colorado, 300 E. Colorado<br />

Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-5800<br />

EL PORTAL<br />

695 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-8553<br />

elportalrestaurant.com<br />

BEST MOVIE THEATER<br />

LAEMMLE PLAYHOUSE 7<br />

673 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 844-6500<br />

laemmle.com/theaters/6<br />

Conveniently situated next door to<br />

Vroman’s Bookstore and up the street<br />

from <strong>Pasadena</strong> Playhouse, this popular<br />

link in the Laemmle cinema chain<br />

impressed readers with its clean,<br />

welcoming interior and balanced<br />

slate of releases. You’ll find first-run<br />

studio fare here along with the kind of<br />

quality independent and foreign films,<br />

documentaries and classic revivals<br />

that <strong>Pasadena</strong>ns used to have to<br />

travel to the Westside to see.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ARCLIGHT<br />

300 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 568-9651 | arclightcinemas.com<br />

IPIC<br />

42 Miller Alley, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 639-2260 | ipictheaters.com<br />

BEST PLACE TO DANCE<br />

IXTAPA<br />

119 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 304-1000<br />

cantinaixtapa.com/the-lounge.htm<br />

No-cover Tuesday nights offer an<br />

easy introduction to this sleekly<br />

appointed, two-level venue, with beginner<br />

and intermediate salsa dance<br />

lessons plus videos, a DJ and drink<br />

specials. Patrons can also move to<br />

the grooves spun by DJs on no-cover<br />

College Cantina Thursdays, and by<br />

resident mixer Culprit after the live<br />

Corazon di Mariachi dinner show on<br />

Fridays and Saturdays. Did we mention<br />

there was no cover charge?<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

LINDY GROOVE AT PASADENA MA-<br />

SONIC HALL<br />

200 S Euclid Ave, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

dance@lindygroove.com<br />

lindygroove.com<br />

CLUB 54<br />

54 E Colorado Blvd, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-0608 | club54lounge.com<br />

BEST PUB GRUB<br />

LUCKY BALDWINS<br />

17 S. Raymond Ave.<br />

(626) 795-0652 | luckybaldwins.com<br />

Lucky Baldwins Trappiste<br />

1770 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 844-0447<br />

Lucky Baldwins Delirium Café<br />

21 Kersting Court, Sierra Madre<br />

(626) 355-1440<br />

Comfort food comes with a Brit twist<br />

at this beloved pub: eggs with Irish<br />

bacon or pork bangers, traditional<br />

meat or cottage pies, bangers and<br />

mash, homemade chicken curry,<br />

crumpets and English muffins, and<br />

the house specialty: fish ‘n’ chips.<br />

You’ll also find California-style sandwiches<br />

on the menu, along with a<br />

broad array of British ciders and ales<br />

and PG Tips tea.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

CONGREGATION ALE HOUSE<br />

300 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 403-2337<br />

congregationalehouse.com<br />

KINGS ROW GASTROPUB<br />

20 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-3010 | kingsrowpub.com<br />

BEST RADIO STATION<br />

KPCC<br />

474 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(866) 893-5722 | scpr.org<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong>ns can rightly feel a flush of<br />

pride that Southern California Public<br />

Radio’s flagship station is rooted<br />

here. KPCC has earned multiple<br />

Golden Mike awards from the Radio<br />

& Television News Association of<br />

Southern California for its news<br />

reporting, and listeners continually<br />

dial in 89.3 FM to hear Larry Mantle’s<br />

“AirTalk,” John Horn’s culture-oriented<br />

“The Frame” and A Martínez’s<br />

thought-provoking “Take Two,” plus<br />

regular programming from the BBC,<br />

NPR and PRI. “Intelligent Talk,”<br />

indeed.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

KCRW<br />

1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica<br />

(310) 450-5183<br />

kcrw.com<br />

KUSC<br />

1149 S. Hill St., Suite H100, Downtown<br />

Los Angeles<br />

(213) 225-7400<br />

kusc.org<br />

BEST SPORTS BAR<br />

ROCCO’S TAVERN<br />

44 W. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-6810<br />

roccostavern.com<br />

Two-for-one happy hour specials, the<br />

ever-popular chicken wings and pizza,<br />

an open-air layout and friendly vibe<br />

continue to make this a comfortable<br />

place to gather with friends,<br />

co-workers and family. The beer<br />

pitchers are a big hit with sports fans,<br />

as are the large TV screens positioned<br />

throughout the space — get there<br />

early if you’re going on game night.<br />

Reader Recommended<br />

BUFFALO WILD WINGS<br />

1000 S. FAIR OAKS AVE., PASADENA<br />

(626) 993-6400<br />

buffalowildwings.com<br />

T. BOYLE’S TAVERN<br />

37 N. Catalina Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 578-0957<br />

tboylestavern.com<br />

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BEST THEATER<br />

PRODUCTION<br />

“BYE BYE BIRDIE” AT THE-<br />

ATRE 360 IN FIRST BAPTIST<br />

CHURCH OF PASADENA<br />

75 N. Marengo Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-5922 | theatre360.org<br />

The award-winning children’s theatre<br />

company once again won plaudits<br />

this summer with its lively production<br />

of the Tony-winning musical “Bye Bye<br />

Birdie.” Originally staged in 1960, its<br />

Elvis-like lead character doesn’t seem<br />

all that different from modern-day<br />

heartthrobs, and the play’s mix of<br />

innocence, cynicism and sly humor<br />

still gets audiences tapping their<br />

feet. Beyond that, kids were being<br />

schooled onstage and off, developing<br />

professionalism and practical skills<br />

that can be utilized in real life as well<br />

as the theatrical world.<br />

PASADENA CONVENTION CENTER<br />

300 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-2122<br />

pasadenacenter.visitpasadena.com<br />

BEST WINE SELECTION<br />

EVERSON ROYCE<br />

155 N. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-9334<br />

eversonroyce.com<br />

Once again, PW readers gave this<br />

Old Town shop winning thumbs<br />

up. Within its brick walls you’ll find<br />

jammy California zinfandels, earthy<br />

Oregon pinot noirs, a complement<br />

of hearty red and crisp white wines<br />

from various US vineyards, plus<br />

an array of Bordeaux, burgundies,<br />

champagnes and rhones from France,<br />

and other lip-smacking fruits<br />

of the vine from Argentina,<br />

Australia, Chile, Italy and Spain. With<br />

thrice-weekly wine tastings, Friday<br />

Night Flights, a wine club, and special<br />

events like its spring “Parmesan<br />

Crack” collaboration with Milk Farm,<br />

it’s a haven for discerning oenophiles.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MONOPOLE<br />

21 S. El Molino Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-9463<br />

monopolewine.com<br />

VERTICAL WINE BAR<br />

70 N. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-3999<br />

verticalwinebistro.com ■<br />

Everson<br />

Royce<br />

Noor<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

“LEAR’S SHADOW,” ENSEMBLE<br />

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE<br />

Lineage Performing Arts Center<br />

89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 844-7008 | lineagepac.org<br />

BEST WEDDING/<br />

BANQUET HALL<br />

NOOR<br />

260 E. Colorado Blvd., A209, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-4518 | noorevents.com<br />

For a polished, memorable presentation,<br />

this flexible event space is<br />

increasingly the go-to destination for<br />

couples planning their dream wedding<br />

and reception. Personable bartenders<br />

and experienced chefs bring the<br />

human touch to two chandeliered<br />

ballrooms, a 1920s-style foyer, and<br />

an outdoor terrace complete with a<br />

fountain — which staff event planners<br />

can refashion for more intimate<br />

gatherings like cocktail, graduation<br />

and holiday parties.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ALTADENA TOWN & COUNTRY CLUB<br />

2290 Country Club Drive, Altadena<br />

(626) 794-7163 | altaclub.com<br />

HAPPY TRAILS<br />

207 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-9526<br />

happytrailscatering.com<br />

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THE SAFEST BET IN TOWN<br />

CHANCES ARE DINERS WILL ENJOY A GREAT MEAL AT MOST OF PASADENA’S OUTSTANDING RESTAURANTS<br />

BY REBECCA KUZINS AND LISA DUPUY<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong>-area restaurant owners and managers don’t need to go to Las Vegas to<br />

shoot craps, hit the slots or play a hand of blackjack. Everyday these brave souls<br />

are gambling in an arena that’s much tougher than any Vegas casino.<br />

Running a restaurant in <strong>Pasadena</strong> and surrounding cities is a high-stakes occupation,<br />

and, with hundreds of area restaurants, it is also a highly competitive<br />

activity. Local restauranteurs can’t afford to hedge their bets — they must go for<br />

broke in their efforts to create new dishes or prepare traditional entries that will attract<br />

diners, hire efficient and attentive staff, purchase the freshest ingredients, and<br />

determine prices that will generate sufficient income without bankrupting patrons.<br />

Despite these difficulties, many restaurants are able to beat the odds and establish<br />

thriving businesses, like the eateries listed in this year’s <strong>Best</strong> of <strong>Pasadena</strong>.<br />

The Dog Haus won the <strong>2017</strong> restaurant trifecta: it not only was named this<br />

year’s <strong>Best</strong> Restaurant but also received kudos for <strong>Best</strong> Burgers and <strong>Best</strong> Hot Dogs.<br />

Faubourg, which opened on June 16 in Sierra Madre, enjoyed beginners’ luck<br />

by being named the <strong>Best</strong> New Restaurant serving the <strong>Best</strong> French Food.<br />

Chef Claud Beltran continues to be on a roll, capturing <strong>Best</strong> Chef honors<br />

for the third year in a row. Beltran is a high roller in the local restaurant business,<br />

operating three highly successful eateries (The Eatery on Allen, Bacchus’<br />

Kitchen, and Perry’s in the DusitD2 Hotel Constance) as well as a catering business<br />

(Claud & Co.).<br />

It was winner take all for several restaurants that received multiple awards. All<br />

India Café, Amara Chocolate & Coffee and Green Street Restaurant were<br />

three-time winners, with All India cited for <strong>Best</strong> Business Lunch, <strong>Best</strong> Indian<br />

Food and <strong>Best</strong> Vegetarian Food; Amara for <strong>Best</strong> Dessert, <strong>Best</strong> Independent Coffee<br />

House and <strong>Best</strong> South American Food; and Green Street Restaurant for <strong>Best</strong><br />

California Cuisine and <strong>Best</strong> Salad and tied with Gale’s for <strong>Best</strong> Restaurant Staff.<br />

In addition, five eateries each garnered a pair of honors: Bonnie B’s Smokin’ BBQ<br />

Heaven (<strong>Best</strong> BBQ and <strong>Best</strong> Soul Food), Tops Walnut (<strong>Best</strong> Cheap Eats and <strong>Best</strong><br />

Late Night Snack), Kabuki (<strong>Best</strong> Family Restaurant and <strong>Best</strong> Japanese/Sushi),<br />

Café Santorini (<strong>Best</strong> Mediterranean Food and <strong>Best</strong> Outdoor Dining) and The<br />

Juice Lab 360 (<strong>Best</strong> Health/Organic Food and <strong>Best</strong> Local Juice Bar).<br />

These are just some of this year’s winners, not to mention the many readerrecommended<br />

restaurants in each category.<br />

So the next time you decide to eat out, your dining experience does not have<br />

to be a crapshoot; if you visit these restaurants, it’s a sure bet you’ll enjoy a great<br />

meal.<br />

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Claud<br />

Beltran<br />

Faubourg<br />

Dog Haus<br />

BEST RESTAURANT<br />

DOG HAUS<br />

105 N. Hill Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-4287 doghaus.com<br />

93 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 683-0808<br />

410 E. Main St., Alhambra<br />

(626) 282-4287<br />

It may be a sign of the economic<br />

times that Dog Haus, the fast casual<br />

eatery known for bargain prices and<br />

great burgers and dogs, has won <strong>Best</strong><br />

Restaurant overall. Or it may be a sign<br />

that fancy restaurant trappings don’t<br />

matter. If the food is good, it’s good.<br />

For instance, when I think of Dog<br />

Haus, I primarily and rapturously recall<br />

the fl avors of that amazing Sooo<br />

Cali Dog with arugula, basil aioli,<br />

crispy onions, avocado and tomato.<br />

It’s soooo good and I could afford one<br />

every day — well my wallet could, not<br />

my hips.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

HOUSTON’S<br />

320 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-6001<br />

hillstone.com/houstons<br />

UNION<br />

37 E. Union St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-5841 | unionpasadena.com<br />

BEST NEW<br />

RESTAURANT<br />

FAUBOURG<br />

74 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre<br />

(626) 836-5700 | dinefaubourg.com<br />

French-born, third generation chef<br />

Anthony Bar brings a modern sensibility<br />

to French and American cuisine<br />

at Faubourg. The true fl avor of farmers’<br />

market ingredients shine through<br />

new classics like Croque-Madame<br />

made tangy with balsamic vinegar or<br />

Noix de Saint-Jacques de Saison with<br />

scallops and pumpkin. The ambience<br />

is upscale casual with a Parisian cafe<br />

vibe. One might ask, has Chef Bar<br />

raised Faubourg or has Faubourg<br />

raised the bar?<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MAESTRO RESTAURANT<br />

110 E. Union St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 787-1512<br />

maestropasadena.com<br />

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN<br />

168 W. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 639-6818 | truefoodkitchen.com<br />

BEST CHEF<br />

CLAUD BELTRAN<br />

Perry’s by Claud Beltran<br />

928 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 898-7900 | dusit.com/dusitd2/<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong>/dining<br />

Bacchus’ Kitchen<br />

1384 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 594-6377 | bacchuskitchen.com<br />

The Eatery on Allen<br />

488 N. Allen Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 688-7256 | eateryonallen.com<br />

Claud Beltran is at the top of his<br />

game; he not only is one of <strong>Pasadena</strong>’s<br />

top chefs, but he may also be<br />

the busiest. He continues to run his<br />

catering firm, Claud & Co., his first<br />

business in the city. He also owns<br />

Bacchus’ Kitchen, which serves<br />

seasonally changing farmers’-market<br />

inspired meals, and The Eatery on<br />

Allen, which features a new type of<br />

cuisine each month. Last year he<br />

opened a third restaurant, Perry’s<br />

by Claud Beltran, in the DusitD2<br />

Hotel Constance, featuring a unique<br />

combination of Californian and Asian<br />

items. His ability to manage these<br />

enterprises and to create new and<br />

delicious dishes has earned him <strong>Best</strong><br />

Chef honors for the third consecutive<br />

year.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BRUCE KALMAN<br />

Union<br />

37 E. Union St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-5841 | unionpasadena.com<br />

ANTHONY BAR<br />

Faubourg<br />

74 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra<br />

Madre<br />

(626) 836-5700 | dinefaubourg.com<br />

BEST RESTAURANT<br />

STAFF<br />

There’s a four-way tie for <strong>Best</strong> Restaurant<br />

Staff this year. While they may<br />

be very different types of restaurants,<br />

they all have one thing in common —<br />

family ownership. Perhaps it takes<br />

the strength of the familial bond to<br />

overcome the emotional challenges<br />

of running a restaurant and keeping<br />

staff happy.<br />

GALE’S<br />

452 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 432-6705 | galesrestaurant.com<br />

I stumbled upon Gale’s one night<br />

many years ago while strolling down<br />

Fair Oaks. The aroma of sauteeing<br />

garlic and other Italian wondrousness<br />

pulled me in. Behind the quiet facade,<br />

I was thrilled to see dozens of happy<br />

diners behind plates of steaming<br />

pasta well attended by a bustling<br />

and efficient wait staff. It’s become a<br />

favorite Italian spot since. Owner Gale<br />

Kohl and husband Rene Chila count<br />

on numerous family members to keep<br />

the place running smoothly which<br />

keeps regulars coming back.<br />

GREEN STREET RESTAURANT<br />

146 Shoppers Lane, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-7170<br />

greenstreetrestaurant.com<br />

The Hawkins family has lived in<br />

the Altadena/<strong>Pasadena</strong> region for<br />

decades. Sisters Catherine and Lisa<br />

and their husbands have been at the<br />

helm of Green Street Restaurant since<br />

it opened in 1979, but many of their<br />

numerous siblings have helped out<br />

at one time or another. The service<br />

and staff at Green Street strike that<br />

perfect balance of familiarity and<br />

professionalism, making it one of<br />

the longest-running eateries in town.<br />

Green Street Restaurant is practically<br />

synonymous with <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

MIJARES MEXICAN<br />

RESTAURANT<br />

145 Palmetto Dr., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-2763<br />

mijaresrestaurant.com<br />

1806 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 794-6674<br />

Mijares is like Cheers — “a place<br />

where everybody knows your name.”<br />

Upon entering diners are greeted by<br />

name or as a welcome guest. After<br />

one of their famous margaritas,<br />

you’re practically a part of the family.<br />

Even Sir Paul McCartney stops in<br />

whenever he’s in town. Since 1920,<br />

three generations of Mijares family<br />

members have carried on the traditions<br />

set by Jesucita Mijares, in particular<br />

her warm graciousness. Even<br />

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All India Café<br />

PHOTOS: Danny Liao (All India Café, The Raymond 1886, Parkway Grill)<br />

after her passing in 1988, Jesucita’s<br />

motto remains to this day, “Mi casa<br />

es su casa.”<br />

SMITTY’S GRILL<br />

110 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-9999 | smittysgrill.com<br />

The Smith brothers run a triple crown<br />

of popular, high-end restaurants in<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> — Smitty’s Grill, Parkway<br />

Grill and Arroyo Chop House.<br />

They’ve perfected a winning formula<br />

of great food, relaxing ambience and<br />

perhaps most importantly, friendly,<br />

personalized service. Smitty’s also<br />

features a few private dining rooms<br />

for sophisticated business and group<br />

affairs with capable staff ready to<br />

handle any event.<br />

BEST BUSINESS LUNCH<br />

ALL INDIA CAFÉ<br />

39 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 440-0309 | allindiacafe.ca.com<br />

A business lunch needn’t be a stodgy,<br />

dull affair; it can be enlivened with the<br />

Indian cuisine, atmosphere and excellent<br />

service available at All India Café.<br />

All India features a menu of dishes<br />

made throughout the Indian subcontinent.<br />

In addition to the long list of<br />

vegetarian entries, some of the house<br />

specialties include the chicken curry<br />

of the day, lamb masala, chicken<br />

frankie or lamb frankie from Bombay<br />

and tandoori cooked salmon.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

HOUSTON’S<br />

320 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-6001<br />

hillstone.com/houstons<br />

SMITTY’S GRILL<br />

110 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-9999 | smittysgrill.com<br />

BEST CHEAP EATS<br />

TOPS ON WALNUT<br />

1792 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 584-0244 | topsburger.com<br />

If you have a steak appetite but a<br />

hamburger budget, Tops On Walnut,<br />

at the corner of Walnut and Allen, is<br />

the place for you. The Bicos family<br />

has been cooking high-quality lowcost<br />

salads, sandwiches, Mexican<br />

food and side dishes for more than<br />

50 years, using the same recipes and<br />

fresh — not packaged — spices.<br />

Some of the amazingly affordable<br />

items include a rib eye steak with<br />

salad and fries for $9.19; a fish and<br />

chips platter, with three pieces of cod,<br />

fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce, for<br />

$7.09; and a seven-ounce chicken<br />

breast with salad and fries for $7.79.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BLAZE PIZZA<br />

667 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 802-5352 | blazepizza.com<br />

643 N. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 238-6026<br />

101 W. Broadway, Glendale<br />

(818) 495-0573<br />

IN-N-OUT BURGER<br />

2114 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

1210 N. Atlantic Blvd., Alhambra<br />

(800) 786-1000 | www.in-n-out.com<br />

LUCKY BOY<br />

640 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-0120<br />

luckyboyburgers.com<br />

531 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-7079<br />

BEST OUTDOOR DINING<br />

CAFÉ SANTORINI<br />

64 W Union St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 564-4200 | cafesantorini.com<br />

Mediterranean mezzes like hummus,<br />

feta, olives and kubbe are delicious<br />

on their own but add homemade sangria,<br />

white tablecloths and a beautiful<br />

light-strewn rooftop patio overlooking<br />

bustling One <strong>Pasadena</strong> Plaza<br />

and you’ve hit the “I’m-taking-yousomewhere-special”<br />

jackpot. Daytime<br />

lunch and weekend brunch are also<br />

delightful on the upper deck.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

LA GRANDE ORANGE CAFÉ<br />

260 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 356-4444 | lgostationcafe.com<br />

THE RAYMOND 1886<br />

1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 441-3136<br />

theraymond.com<br />

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN<br />

168 W. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 639-6818<br />

truefoodkitchen.com<br />

BEST ROMANTIC<br />

RESTAURANT<br />

THE RAYMOND 1886<br />

1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 441-3136 | theraymond.com<br />

Everyone knows The Raymond is the<br />

place to go for a romantic night out.<br />

Even people from out of town know<br />

about this charming 100 plus year-old<br />

updated Craftsman house and patio<br />

with authentic vintage cocktails and<br />

soul satisfying food like 72-hour<br />

braised short ribs or Columbia River<br />

salmon with wild Oregon morels. The<br />

desserts (flourless chocolate cake<br />

with orange-basil ice cream anyone?)<br />

put the proverbial icing on the cake.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

CAFE SANTORINI<br />

64 W Union St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 564-4200 | cafesantorini.com<br />

PARKWAY GRILL<br />

510 S Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-1001 | theparkwaygrill.com<br />

BEST SPECIAL<br />

OCCASION DINING<br />

PARKWAY GRILL<br />

510 S Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-1001 | theparkwaygrill.com<br />

You can’t go wrong taking guests<br />

to Parkway Grill. It’s a sure thing.<br />

Impeccable service, inspired dishes<br />

and gorgeous surroundings ensure<br />

the occasion will be special, whether<br />

it’s meeting the parents, an important<br />

anniversary, graduation from med<br />

school or any event calling for an<br />

evening out of the ordinary. They<br />

specialize in seasonal fare, much of it<br />

from their on-site garden, as well as<br />

grilled meats, and unique pizzas and<br />

pastas.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE<br />

111 N. Los Robles Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 486-1111 | alexanderssteakhouse.com<br />

THE RAYMOND 1886<br />

1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 441-3136 | theraymond.com<br />

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Tops On<br />

Walnut<br />

Parkway<br />

Grill<br />

The Raymond<br />

1886<br />

Café<br />

Santorini<br />

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Euro Pane<br />

Bakery<br />

PHOTOS: Danny Liao (Euro Pane Bakery, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant)<br />

BEST FAMILY<br />

RESTAURANT<br />

KABUKI JAPANESE<br />

RESTAURANT<br />

88 W. Colorado Blvd. <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 568-9310<br />

kabukirestaurants.com<br />

3539 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 351-8963<br />

With its combination of Japanese<br />

food and Americanized atmosphere,<br />

Kabuki is one of the best places to<br />

take the family out to dinner. The<br />

menu, with a wide selection of<br />

sashimi, sushi, specialty rolls and<br />

other Japanese dishes; the low prices;<br />

the kids menu and the hit music in the<br />

background make Kabuki an affordable<br />

and comfortable place for dad,<br />

mom and the kids to hang out.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

CONRAD’S RESTAURANT<br />

861 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(6267) 577-7603<br />

820 N. Central Ave., Glendale<br />

(818) 246-6547<br />

TOPS ON WALNUT<br />

1792 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 584-0244 | topsburger.com<br />

BEST LATE<br />

NIGHT SNACK<br />

TOPS ON WALNUT<br />

1792 Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 584-0244 | topsburger.com<br />

Complete this sentence. After a night<br />

of carousing, there’s nothing better<br />

than a _______:<br />

a) cheeseburger<br />

b) carne asada burrito<br />

c) milkshake and french fries<br />

d) green salad with lemon<br />

e) all of the above<br />

We all know d) is the wrong answer.<br />

But you can find all the others at Tops<br />

Walnut, a comfort food legend among<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> night owls (and day birds<br />

for that matter.)<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

CONRAD’S RESTAURANT PASADENA<br />

861 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-7603<br />

KING TACO<br />

45 N. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-0405 | kingtaco.com<br />

117 E. Broadway Ave., Glendale<br />

(818) 409-0172<br />

PLATE 38<br />

2361 E. Colorado Blvd, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-7100 | plate38.com<br />

BEST SUNDAY BRUNCH<br />

THE TERRACE RESTAURANT<br />

AT THE LANGHAM<br />

HUNTINGTON<br />

1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 568-3900<br />

langhamhotels.com/pasadena<br />

The Langham is such a pretty place<br />

to spend time and Sunday morning<br />

brunch at The Terrace is a great<br />

reason to go there. The views are<br />

lovely, there’s a jazz combo, and there<br />

are endless choices food-wise. Order<br />

your favorite dish off the a la carte<br />

breakfast menu or opt for one of the<br />

buffets. The Dim Sum Brunch ($58<br />

with bottomless mimosas) include<br />

bao, shu mai, wontons, potstickers,<br />

etc. plus made-to-order omelets,<br />

smoked fish and cheese, coffee and<br />

more. The Breakfast Buffet ($32)<br />

includes scrambled eggs, bacon,<br />

sausage, fruit and pastries. Odds are<br />

you’ll find something you love.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MARSTON’S RESTAURANT<br />

151 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-2549<br />

marstonrestaurant.com<br />

BEST ARMENIAN FOOD<br />

ZANKOU CHICKEN<br />

1296 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 405-1502 | zankouchicken.com<br />

1415 E. Colorado St., Glendale<br />

(818) 244-2237<br />

Zankou Chicken tops the list of Armenian<br />

eateries for the second consecutive<br />

year. This Southern California<br />

chain traces its origins to 1962, when<br />

Vartkes and Margarite Iskenderian<br />

opened a restaurant in Beirut featuring<br />

chicken in garlic sauce. Twenty<br />

years later the couple opened their<br />

first US restaurant in Hollywood,<br />

eventually expanding their locations<br />

and their menu, which now includes<br />

kebabs, falafel, shawarma and other<br />

Mediterranean dishes.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

RAFFI’S CATERING AND BANQUET<br />

3887 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 351-0900<br />

SAHARA MIDDLE EASTERN<br />

RESTAURANT<br />

2226 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-6900<br />

saharapasadena.com<br />

BEST ASIAN FUSION<br />

ABRICOTT<br />

238 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-1613 | abricott.com<br />

Abricott serves a variety of French<br />

and Asian cuisine for breakfast, lunch<br />

and dinner. The Banh Mi sandwiches,<br />

made with pork belly, are one of the<br />

highlights of the menu, as are the<br />

spicy pork taco plate, beef pho and<br />

chicken ramen. Breakfast features<br />

more conventional French and<br />

American food, like French toast,<br />

oatmeal and omelets. Diners can<br />

enjoy their meals in the cozy indoor<br />

dining area or in the patio in front of<br />

the restaurant.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

DAISY MINT<br />

1218 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-2999 | daisymint.com<br />

SIERRA FUSION<br />

120 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra<br />

Madre<br />

(626) 355-3030 | sierrafusion.com<br />

BEST BAKERY<br />

EURO PANE BAKERY<br />

345 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong> (West)<br />

(626) 844-8804<br />

950 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong> (East)<br />

(626) 577-1828<br />

Euro Pane Bakery is a perennial<br />

winner in the <strong>Best</strong> Bakery category,<br />

and anyone who has eaten there can<br />

readily tell you why. If its only entree<br />

was its egg salad sandwich, served<br />

open-face on a slice of rosemary<br />

bread, this would be enough to earn<br />

Euro Pane high marks. But it also<br />

bakes the greatest macarons (no<br />

small feat, if you’ve ever tried to bake<br />

them) in a variety of fl avors, such as<br />

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Zankou<br />

Chicken<br />

Apricott<br />

Kabuki Japanese<br />

Restaurant<br />

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Marston’s<br />

Restaurant<br />

Bonnie B’s<br />

Smokin’ BBQ<br />

Heaven<br />

Burrito<br />

Express<br />

caramel-salt and lavender. No wonder<br />

Zagat, the respected restaurant-rating<br />

guide, praised the food at Euro Pane<br />

as “invariably first-rate.”<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

85°C BAKERY CAFE<br />

61 S. Fair Oaks Ave. No. 120,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-8585 | 85cbakerycafe.com<br />

201 N. Brand Blvd. No. 100, Glendale<br />

(818) 550-0885<br />

SEED BAKERY<br />

942 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 486-2115<br />

seedbakerypasadena.com<br />

BEST BBQ<br />

BONNIE B’S SMOKIN’<br />

BBQ HEAVEN<br />

1280 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 794-0132 | bonniebssmokin.com<br />

Bonnie B’s Smokin’ BBQ Heaven, a<br />

relative newcomer in the barbecue<br />

restaurant category, has edged out<br />

veteran Gus’s BBQ in the race for <strong>Best</strong><br />

BBQ. Owned by Zenobia Ivory and<br />

Michael Henderson Jr., Bonnie B’s<br />

smokes its meats in oak, mesquite<br />

and hickory woods to prepare its<br />

spare ribs, smoked chicken, pork ribs,<br />

pulled pork, Oklahoma-style brisket,<br />

hot links and smoked bologna. The<br />

restaurant also serves sandwiches<br />

made with these meats.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

GUS’S BBQ<br />

808 Fair Oaks Ave., South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 799-3251 | gussbbq.com<br />

ROBIN’S WOODFIRE BBQ<br />

395 N. Rosemead Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 351-8885 | robinsbbq.com<br />

BEST BREAKFAST<br />

MARSTON’S RESTAURANT<br />

151 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-2549<br />

marstonrestaurant.com<br />

Marston’s Restaurant has won this<br />

award so many times it’s hard to keep<br />

count; the restaurant has also been<br />

cited by Zagat as the No. 1 place for<br />

breakfast in Los Angeles (2003) and<br />

by “The Food Network Magazine” for<br />

serving the <strong>Best</strong> Breakfast in California<br />

(2010). Included in Marston’s<br />

extensive breakfast menu are the ciabatta<br />

breakfast sandwich (two eggs,<br />

any style, served on ciabatta bread<br />

with bacon, tomato and spicy jack<br />

cheese); omelets made with andouille<br />

sausage, Texas chili and chicken<br />

cilantro sausage; French toast made<br />

with thick slices of sourdough bread<br />

and topped with fresh berries, candied<br />

pecans and whipped cream; and<br />

blueberry, seven-grain or Macadamia<br />

nut pancakes.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

LINCOLN CAFÉ & STORE<br />

1992 Lincoln Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-6746<br />

lincolnpasadena.com<br />

RUSSELL’S<br />

30 N. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 578-1404<br />

BEST BURGER<br />

DOG HAUS<br />

105 N. Hill Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-4287 | doghaus.com<br />

93 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 683-0808<br />

410 E. Main St., Alhambra<br />

(626) 282-4287<br />

We live in a hamburger-obsessed<br />

culture in which burgers are served in<br />

dozens of fast-food places as well as<br />

some of the more expensive restaurants.<br />

So it’s no small feat to receive<br />

the <strong>Best</strong> Burger award — particularly<br />

if your restaurant is named Dog Haus<br />

and serves specialty hot dogs. But<br />

the Dog Haus has once again been<br />

cited for its specialty hamburgers,<br />

which include the Haus Burger (a<br />

veggie patty or a hormone- and<br />

antibiotic-free beef patty on King’s<br />

Hawaiian Rolls), The Mensch (white<br />

American cheese, pickles, pastrami,<br />

haus slaw and 1,000 island dressing),<br />

The Freidburger (white American<br />

cheese, fries, fried egg, haus slaw and<br />

mayo) and Holy Aioli (white American<br />

cheese, smoked bacon, caramelized<br />

onions and garlic aioli).<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

IN-N-OUT BURGER<br />

2114 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

1210 N. Atlantic Blvd., Alhambra<br />

(800) 786-1000<br />

in-n-out.com<br />

PIE ‘N BURGER<br />

913 E. California Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-1123 | pienburger.com<br />

BEST BURRITO<br />

BURRITO EXPRESS<br />

1597 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 798-0844<br />

burritoexpresspasadena.com<br />

No surprises in this category: Burrito<br />

Express in northeast <strong>Pasadena</strong> has a<br />

well-deserved reputation for making<br />

the <strong>Best</strong> Burrito in town. The burritos<br />

— as well as the tacos, tostadas,<br />

tamales and enchiladas — are served<br />

with house-made salsa and chips and<br />

are available for breakfast, lunch and<br />

dinner.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

KING TACO<br />

45 N. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-0405 | kingtaco.com<br />

115-117 E. Broadway Ave., Glendale<br />

(818) 409-0172<br />

LUCKY BOY<br />

640 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-0120 | luckyboyburgers.com<br />

531 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-7079<br />

BEST CALIFORNIA<br />

CUISINE<br />

GREEN STREET RESTAURANT<br />

146 Shoppers Lane, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-7170<br />

greenstreetrestaurant.com<br />

Green Street Restaurant features the<br />

mix of different ingredients and cooking<br />

styles, prepared with local ingredients,<br />

which characterize California<br />

cuisine. Its sausages, for example, are<br />

specially made at Gelsinger’s Meats<br />

in Montrose and the coffee comes<br />

from <strong>Pasadena</strong>-based Jones Coffee<br />

Roasters. Green Street’s lunch and<br />

dinner menus include a variety of<br />

salads, burgers and sandwiches, and<br />

all salads come with the restaurant’s<br />

signature zucchini bread.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BISTRO 45<br />

45 S. Mentor Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-2478 | bistro45.com<br />

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Amara Chocolate<br />

& Coffee<br />

PHOTOS: Danny Liao (Amara Chocolate & Coffee, Lunasia Dim Sum House, La Caravana Restaurant)<br />

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN<br />

99 N. Los Robles Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 585-9020 | cpk.com<br />

101 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale<br />

(818) 507-1588<br />

LA GRANDE ORANGE CAFÉ<br />

260 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 356-4444 | lgostationcafe.com<br />

BEST CENTRAL<br />

AMERICAN FOOD<br />

LA CARAVANA RESTAURANT<br />

1306 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 791-7378<br />

La Caravana is in a class of its own;<br />

no one else in the <strong>Pasadena</strong> area<br />

can compete with its El Salvadorian<br />

cuisine. In addition to a variety of<br />

appetizers, soups, and chicken and<br />

seafood entries, the eatery prepares<br />

typical Salvadorian dishes such as<br />

bistec eceballado (grilled top sirloin<br />

steak with onions, bell pepper and<br />

tomato), salpicon (chopped beef with<br />

onion, radishes and mint leaves), chuletas<br />

de puerco (pork chops sautéed<br />

with tomato, peppers and onions) and<br />

fritada (gizzards sautéed with tomato,<br />

bell peppers and onions.)<br />

BEST CHINESE FOOD<br />

PANDA INN<br />

3488 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-7300 | pandainn.com<br />

Panda Inn’s selection of Mandarin and<br />

Szechwan dishes, with some innovative<br />

touches, has been pleasing local<br />

dinners since 1973. Orange chicken,<br />

honey walnut shrimp and upsidedown<br />

crispy noodles are among the<br />

restaurant’s specialties, and Sunday<br />

brunch is served weekly.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

GRANDVIEW PALACE<br />

60 N. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-2888<br />

grandview-palace.com<br />

YANG CHOW<br />

3777 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 432-6868 | yangchow.com<br />

BEST CUPCAKES<br />

DOTS CUPCAKES<br />

400 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 568-36787 | dotscupcakes.com<br />

One Colorado, 21 N. Fair Oaks Ave.,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 744-7719<br />

It’s hard to resist a cupcake, particularly<br />

when its icing has the bright<br />

colors, playful designs and unique<br />

fl avors available at Dots Cupcakes.<br />

Some cupcakes, like the red velvet,<br />

strawberry shortcake and chocolate<br />

mint, are sold daily; others, such as<br />

raspberry lemon, hazelnut crunch and<br />

marble swirl, are available on specifi c<br />

days of the week.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

POLKATOTS CUPCAKES<br />

720 N. Lake Ave., No. 3, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 798-3932<br />

polkatotscupcakes.com<br />

VANILLA BAKE SHOP<br />

88 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(323) 204-4075 | vanillabakeshop.com<br />

BEST DELI/<br />

SANDWICHES<br />

UNION STREET<br />

SANDWICH CO.<br />

109 E. Union St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 639-3575 | unionsandwich.com<br />

The staple of Union Street’s menu<br />

is its sandwiches, made with Italian<br />

meats and cheeses, slow-roasted<br />

brisket, turkey, chicken and other<br />

ingredients and served on artisanal<br />

bread baked with unbleached flour.<br />

There’s also a selection of “grab and<br />

go” sandwiches that are premade and<br />

ready to take out. No matter where<br />

you eat them, these sandwiches are<br />

the best in town.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

PASADENA SANDWICH COMPANY<br />

259 Sierra Madre Villa Ave. No. 102,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 578-1616<br />

pasadenasandwichcompany.com<br />

ROMA MARKET<br />

918 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 797-7748 | romamarkets.com<br />

BEST DESSERT<br />

AMARA CHOCOLATE<br />

& COFFEE<br />

55 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 744-1765 | amarachocolate.com<br />

Amara prepares desserts with<br />

Venezuelan fl avors and lots and lots<br />

of chocolate. It’s the place to order<br />

handcrafted dark chocolate truffles,<br />

milk chocolate truffl es and white truffles,<br />

as well as chocolate fondue and<br />

a dessert combining chocolate and<br />

peanut butter. There’s also a selection<br />

of churros covered with chocolate,<br />

strawberries and café de leche. All<br />

these decadent delicacies can be<br />

topped up with a cup of — what else?<br />

— Venezuelan hot chocolate.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

CHEESECAKE FACTORY<br />

2 W. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 584-0600<br />

cheesecakefactory.com<br />

400 S. Baldwin Ave. No. 903-L,<br />

Arcadia<br />

(626) 447-2800<br />

511 Americana Way, Glendale<br />

(818) 550-7505<br />

DOTS CUPCAKES<br />

400 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 568-36787 | dotscupcakes.com<br />

One Colorado, 21 N. Fair Oaks Ave.,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 744-7719<br />

EUROPANE<br />

345 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(West)<br />

(626) 844-8804<br />

950 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(East)<br />

(626) 577-1828<br />

JULIENNE FINE FOODS<br />

& CELEBRATIONS<br />

2651 Mission St., San Marino<br />

(626) 441-2290 | juliennetogo.com<br />

BEST DIM SUM<br />

LUNASIA DIM SUM HOUSE<br />

239 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-8822<br />

|unasiadimsumhouse.com<br />

Lunasia opened in <strong>Pasadena</strong> in 2015,<br />

and since then has captured <strong>Best</strong> Dim<br />

Sum honors three years in a row. Dim<br />

sum is a traditional style of Cantonese<br />

cuisine comprising small, bite-sized<br />

portions of food typically served with<br />

tea. Lunasia offers a wide variety of<br />

these “small plates,” made with what<br />

its website calls a “modern twist.”<br />

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Dots<br />

Cupcakes<br />

La Caravana<br />

Restaurant<br />

Lunasia Dim<br />

Sum House<br />

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PHOTO: Danny Liao (Din Tai Fung)<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

DIN TAI FUNG<br />

The Americana at Brand<br />

177 Caruso Ave., Glendale<br />

(818) 551-5561 | dintaifungusa.com<br />

1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia<br />

(626) 446-8555<br />

400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia<br />

(626) 446-8555<br />

BEST DUMPLINGS<br />

DIN TAI FUNG<br />

The Americana at Brand<br />

177 Caruso Ave., Glendale<br />

(818) 551-5561 | dintaifungusa.com<br />

1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia<br />

(626) 446-8555<br />

400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia<br />

(626) 446-8555<br />

Din Tai Fung arrived in Glendale<br />

and Arcadia after a long history of<br />

success in Japan, Singapore, South<br />

Korea and Hong Kong. The eatery<br />

that “The New York Times” in 1993<br />

dubbed “one of the top gourmet<br />

restaurants in the world” specializes<br />

in Taiwan cuisine, including a wide<br />

selection of dumplings made with<br />

shrimp, pork, chicken, fish, vegetables<br />

and kimchi.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

LUNASIA DIM SUM HOUSE<br />

239 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-8822<br />

lunasiadimsumhouse.com<br />

SHADONG DUMPLINGS<br />

80 N. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 578-9777<br />

BEST FRENCH FOOD<br />

FAUBOURG<br />

74 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre<br />

(626) 836-5700 | dinefaubourg.com<br />

Faubourg opened in June and quickly<br />

generated enough buzz to capture<br />

this year’s <strong>Best</strong> New Restaurant and<br />

<strong>Best</strong> French Food awards. Executive<br />

Chef Anthony Bar, a third-generation<br />

French chef, moved to the United<br />

States four years ago, and he combines<br />

ingredients from both countries<br />

to create his unique menu. Faubourg’s<br />

website touts that everything it<br />

serves, from ketchup to lobster ravioli,<br />

is house-made.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BISTRO 45<br />

45 S. Mentor Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-2478 | bistro45.com<br />

CAFÉ BIZOU<br />

91 N. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-9923 | cafebizou.com<br />

MAISON AKIRA<br />

713 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-9501<br />

maisonakira.net<br />

BEST FRIED CHICKEN<br />

ROSCOE’S HOUSE OF<br />

CHICKEN AND WAFFLES<br />

830 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 791-4890<br />

roscoeschickenandwaffles.com<br />

Fried chicken southern style, chicken<br />

smothered in gravy and onions,<br />

chicken chili, chicken burgers,<br />

chicken with or without waffles —<br />

anyway you order it, Roscoe’s fried<br />

chicken is the best in town. Roscoe’s<br />

is also one of the area’s best soul food<br />

restaurants, serving red beans, grits,<br />

corn bread, greens and sweet potato<br />

pie.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BRAISE & CRUMBLE<br />

40 N. Mentor Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 460-8600<br />

braiseandcrumble.com<br />

CHURCH’S CHICKEN<br />

710 N. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-7845<br />

churchs.com<br />

KFC<br />

820 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 794-1159 | kfc.com<br />

2050 N. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 797-1127<br />

2986 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-7739<br />

1318 Huntington Drive,<br />

South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(323) 255-1800<br />

849 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia<br />

(626) 445-4700<br />

1425 New Ave., Alhambra<br />

(626) 282-3177<br />

200 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale<br />

(818) 243-3171<br />

BEST FROZEN YOGURT<br />

21 CHOICES<br />

85 W. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 304-9521 | 21choices.com<br />

Some people call 21 Choices the<br />

“Cold Stone Creamery of frozen<br />

yogurt stores.” That’s because you<br />

can watch as the staff prepares one of<br />

the pre-made concoctions or as they<br />

whip up your choice of yogurt flavors<br />

and a wide variety of toppings. With<br />

fl avors like Guittard chocolate, French<br />

vanilla, strawberry tequila sunrise,<br />

blueberry cheesecake and oatmeal<br />

cookie, it’s a sure bet you’ll enjoy the<br />

town’s best yogurt.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

CHERRY ON TOP<br />

1299 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 440-1299 | cherryontop.net<br />

YOGURTLAND<br />

30 W. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 304-0808 | yogurt-land.com<br />

415 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 356-4868<br />

5045 Eagle Rock Blvd., Eagle Rock<br />

(323) 550-1490<br />

1 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra<br />

(626) 289-3420<br />

633 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia<br />

(626) 821-8723<br />

BEST GELATO<br />

BULGARINI GELATO<br />

749 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena<br />

(626) 791-6174 | bulgarinigelato.com<br />

Leo and Elizabeth Bulgarini take<br />

gelato seriously. As explained in<br />

their restaurant’s website, the couple<br />

searches the world to get the best<br />

ingredients, such as coffee beans<br />

from Naples, cactus pear and pistachios<br />

from Sicily, cocoa from Santo<br />

Domingo and macadamia nuts from<br />

Hawaii. These ingredients, combined<br />

with fresh fruit from Southern California<br />

farms, are used to hand-make<br />

the <strong>Best</strong> Gelato at their Altadena<br />

restaurant.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

HELLO GELATO<br />

20 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 101,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 744-1788<br />

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Bulgarini<br />

Gelato<br />

Roscoe’s House of<br />

Chicken and Waffl es<br />

Din Tai Fung<br />

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Melt It!<br />

The Juice<br />

Lab 360<br />

Carmela<br />

Ice Cream<br />

Dog Haus<br />

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 89<br />

BEST GRILLED CHEESE<br />

MELT IT!<br />

105 N. Hill Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-7002 | agrilledcheeseco.com<br />

The humble grilled cheese sandwich<br />

has been elevated to a more serious<br />

culinary status at several local<br />

restaurants, and is the signature dish<br />

at Melt It! this year’s winner for <strong>Best</strong><br />

Grilled Cheese. Here you can order<br />

sandwiches made with a variety of<br />

grilled cheeses, including cheddar,<br />

Swiss, pepper Jack, Monterey Jack,<br />

muenster and Havarti, at prices<br />

ranging from $4 to $8. The menu also<br />

includes mac n’ cheese made with<br />

three cheeses and “The Cheesiest<br />

Mac n’ Cheese” sandwich composed<br />

of melted mac n’ cheese on sourdough<br />

bread.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

THE BEA’S KNEES<br />

120 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-9308<br />

thebeaskneespasadena.com<br />

TWOHEY’S RESTAURANT<br />

1224 N. Atlantic Blvd., Alhambra<br />

(626) 284-7387 | towheys.com<br />

BEST HEALTH/<br />

ORGANIC FOOD<br />

THE JUICE LAB 360<br />

277 W. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 755-5054<br />

thejuicelab360.com<br />

The purpose of The Juice Lab 360,<br />

according to its website, is “to provide<br />

healthy, ORGANIC and convenient<br />

handcrafted juice, superfood<br />

smoothies and plant-based fare to a<br />

health-conscious community.” The<br />

lion’s share of the menu consists<br />

of signature juices and smoothies,<br />

some of which provide specifi c health<br />

functions such as detoxifi cation, energizing,<br />

hydration and immunity. For<br />

example, the Seeing Red juice drink,<br />

made with carrot, red bell pepper,<br />

lemon, orange and ginger, is a blood<br />

builder, while the Ayurvedic Elixir<br />

juice, containing carrot, grapefruit,<br />

pineapple, orange, cucumber, mint,<br />

coconut and water, is for detoxifi cation.<br />

A selection of appetizers, salads,<br />

sandwiches and breakfast items are<br />

also available.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

TRUE FOOD KITCHEN<br />

168 W. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 639-6818<br />

truefoodkitchen.com/pasadena<br />

WHOLE FOODS MARKET<br />

465 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 204-2266<br />

wholefoodsmarket.com<br />

3751 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 351-5994<br />

331 N. Glendale Ave., Glendale<br />

(818) 548-3695<br />

BEST HOT DOG<br />

DOG HAUS<br />

105 N. Hill Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-4287 | doghaus.com<br />

93 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 683-0808<br />

410 E. Main St., Alhambra<br />

(626) 282-4287<br />

The Dog Haus has taken the simple<br />

frankfurter and raised it to a culinary<br />

art, creating hot dogs with ingredients<br />

that are a lot more innovative<br />

than the mustard and onions on a ball<br />

park frank. The Sooo Cali dog, for<br />

example, is made with wild arugula,<br />

spicy basil aioli, crispy onions,<br />

avocado and tomato; Scott Baioli<br />

takes a smoked bacon-wrapped dog<br />

and covers it with cheddar cheese<br />

sauce, caramelized onions and garlic<br />

aioli; and the Classic Corn Dog is<br />

“hausmade” with a root beer batter.<br />

Since it opened for business in 2010,<br />

this <strong>Pasadena</strong>-based restaurant chain<br />

has rapidly expanded, but it hasn’t<br />

sacrificed its delicious food, friendly<br />

service and affordable prices.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

PERRY’S JOINT<br />

2051 Lincoln Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 798-4700<br />

perrysjoint.com<br />

SLAW DOGS<br />

720 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 808-9777<br />

slawdogspasadena.com<br />

BEST ICE CREAM<br />

CARMELA ICE CREAM<br />

2495 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 797-1405 | carmelaicecream.com<br />

Most people love ice cream, and most<br />

people in <strong>Pasadena</strong> have had a love<br />

affair with Carmela Ice Cream since<br />

the creamery opened in 2011. Owners<br />

Zachary Cox and Jessica Mortarotti<br />

create ice cream with one-of-a-kind<br />

fl avors, such as salted caramel, dark<br />

chocolate cacao nib, lavender, Guinness,<br />

rose petal and cardamom. Their<br />

sorbets are equally artisanal, with fl a-<br />

vors like lemon basil; carrot, orange<br />

and ginger; cucumber; and watermelon<br />

mint. Zach and Jessica also teach<br />

classes in seasonal ice cream-making<br />

classes at their <strong>Pasadena</strong> facility.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

AFTER’S ICE CREAM<br />

1265 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

aftersicecream.com<br />

36 W. Main St., Alhambra<br />

FOSSELMAN’S ICE CREAM CO.<br />

1824 W. Main St., Alhambra<br />

(626) 282-6533 | fosselmans.com<br />

BEST INDEPENDENT<br />

COFFEE HOUSE<br />

Amara Chocolate & Coffee<br />

55 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 744-1765<br />

amarachocolate.com<br />

Although they could easily get lost<br />

amid the dozens of Starbuck’s,<br />

Peet’s and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf<br />

franchises, some independent coffee<br />

houses manage to survive and produce<br />

exceptional drinks. This year’s<br />

winner for <strong>Best</strong> Independent Coffee<br />

House is Amara Chocolate & Coffee,<br />

which uses coffee from <strong>Pasadena</strong>based<br />

Jones Coffee Roasters to<br />

whip up double espresso, macchiato,<br />

and cappuccino and other drinks.<br />

Amara also creates signature lattes,<br />

including cacao, Aztec and Korean,<br />

made with dark Venezuelan chocolate<br />

and other ingredients; Amara, made<br />

with dulce de leche and cinnamon;<br />

Caracas, containing condensed milk;<br />

and Amarella, made with Nutella. Adventurous<br />

coffee drinkers can request<br />

that chili pasilla be added to the last<br />

three lattes.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

JONES COFFEE ROASTERS<br />

693 S. RAYMOND AVE., PASADENA<br />

(626) 564-9291<br />

thebestcoffee.com<br />

PHOTO: Danny Liao (Dog Haus)<br />

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LAVENDER & HONEY ESPRESSO BAR<br />

1383 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 529-5571<br />

lavenderandhoneyespresso.com<br />

BEST INDIAN FOOD<br />

ALL INDIA CAFÉ<br />

39 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 440-0309 | allindiacafe.ca.com<br />

All India Café takes this year’s<br />

honors for <strong>Best</strong> Indian Food. This<br />

popular restaurant serves a variety of<br />

dishes from throughout the country,<br />

including appetizers like samosas<br />

and mixed chutneys, and numerous<br />

vegetarian dishes like baingan bharta<br />

(puree of tandoori-baked eggplant<br />

sautéed with onions, fresh tomatoes<br />

and green chili) and tofu tikka masala<br />

(tofu cooked with onions, ginger and<br />

garlic in coconut milk). Among the<br />

many other entries are a selection of<br />

curries, jalfrezi (lamb, fish, shrimp<br />

and tofu with mixed vegetables in a<br />

yellow curry sauce with a touch of coconut<br />

milk) and chicken tikka masala<br />

(tandoori-cooked chicken served in a<br />

cream sauce with onion, ginger and<br />

fenugreek leaves).<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MINT LEAF INDIAN CUISINE<br />

2535 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 460-8776<br />

mintleafpasadena.com<br />

NEW DELHI PALACE<br />

950 E. Colorado Blvd. No. 250,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 405-0666<br />

newdelhipalacepasadena.com<br />

rooms, including a garden patio, for<br />

parties and events.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

DOMENICO’S<br />

2411 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 797-6459<br />

originaldomenicos.com<br />

GALE’S RESTAURANT<br />

452 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 432-6705 | galesrestaurant.com<br />

BEST JAPANESE<br />

FOOD/SUSHI<br />

KABUKI JAPANESE<br />

RESTAURANT<br />

88 W. Colorado Blvd. <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 568-9310<br />

kabukirestaurants.com<br />

3539 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong> (626)<br />

351-8963<br />

Half of the fun of eating Japanese<br />

food is seeing it chopped by a<br />

samurai madman wielding knives and<br />

spatulas with lightning speed, stacking<br />

up rings of onion, then igniting<br />

it into a towering inferno. This is the<br />

kind of hot action that makes Kabuki<br />

Restaurant so popular with families,<br />

birthday celebrants and Japanese<br />

food lovers of all ages. There are over<br />

200 items on the menu including<br />

beautiful sushi rolls so there’s something<br />

for everyone.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

OBA SUSHI IZAKAYA<br />

181 E. Glenarm St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 799-8543 | obasushi.com<br />

are fanned out proudly nearby. And at<br />

only $18.95 for the Chef’s Choice all<br />

you can eat barbecue at lunch, a good<br />

meal won’t break the bank.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

SEOUL KOREAN BARBECUE<br />

122 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank<br />

(818) 559-5578 | seoulkoreanbbq.net<br />

SOH GRILL HOUSE<br />

27 N. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 714-7760<br />

sohgrillhouse.com<br />

BEST LOCAL BREWERY<br />

CRAFTSMAN BREWING CO.<br />

1260 Lincoln Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 296-2537<br />

craftsmanbrewing.com<br />

The micro-brewery that pretty much<br />

started it all is still going strong.<br />

Craftsman Brewing Co. and its<br />

founder, Mark Jilg, have amassed<br />

a fierce legion of loyal fans. Even<br />

though they have no official tasting<br />

room, nor can you order a keg direct,<br />

Craftsman remains the local favorite.<br />

And for good reason, the beer is<br />

meticulously made and consistently<br />

delicious. Craftsman taps can be<br />

found at dozens of LA restaurants and<br />

beyond but the best local place for a<br />

wide Craftsman selection is at Lucky<br />

Baldwins Pub.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

EAGLE ROCK BREWERY<br />

3056 Roswell St., Los Angeles<br />

(323) 257-7866<br />

eaglerockbrewery.com<br />

Craftsman<br />

Brewing Co.<br />

Chris’ Korean<br />

BBQ<br />

Juice Lab 360<br />

PHOTOS: Danny Liao (Chris’ Korean BBQ, Celestino Ristorante & Bar)<br />

BEST ITALIAN FOOD<br />

CELESTINO RISTORANTE<br />

& BAR<br />

141 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-4006<br />

celestinopasadena.com<br />

An Italian restaurant Frank Sinatra<br />

would love! That’s Celestino, a frequent<br />

winner of the <strong>Best</strong> Italian Food<br />

award. In addition to its lengthy wine<br />

list and scrumptious desserts, Celestino<br />

offers a variety of soups, salads<br />

and pasta dishes. Some of the dinner<br />

entries include a frilled veal chop,<br />

pork tenderloin in a rosemary sauce,<br />

veal shank with saffron risotto and<br />

roast rabbit with black olive sauce.<br />

Celestino’s has a bar and three private<br />

SUGARFISH BY SUSHI NOZAWA<br />

146 S. Lake Ave., No. 108, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 298-8386 | sugarfi shsushi.com<br />

BEST KOREAN FOOD<br />

CHRIS’ KOREAN BBQ<br />

2063 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-9604<br />

koreanbbqpasadena.com<br />

Like a basement poker game, table<br />

mates at Chris’ Korean BBQ huddle<br />

together amid steam under hooded<br />

vents but instead of throwing in poker<br />

chips or cards, diners throw on thinly<br />

sliced, well-marbled meats, grilling<br />

them up to juicy perfection. A royal<br />

flush of banchan, sides of pickled<br />

vegetables and salads in small bowls,<br />

GOLDEN ROAD BREWING<br />

5410 W. San Fernando Road,<br />

Los Angeles<br />

(213) 373-4677 | goldenroad.la<br />

BEST LOCAL JUICE BAR<br />

JUICE LAB 360<br />

277 W. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 755-5054 | thejuicelab360.com<br />

If you’re serious about going all-in<br />

and living a super-healthy lifestyle,<br />

the Juice Lab 360 is serious about<br />

helping you. Conveniently located<br />

next to an airy yoga studio, the clean,<br />

green juice lab promises to provide<br />

you with the highest quality organic<br />

produce, locally sourced ingredients,<br />

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Celestino<br />

Ristorante & Bar<br />

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Sahara Middle<br />

Eastern Restaurant<br />

Green Street<br />

Restaurant<br />

Ramen<br />

Tatsunoya<br />

The Luggage<br />

Room Pizzeria<br />

Café<br />

Santorini<br />

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and a menu of entirely plant based<br />

cuisine. Vegan salads, wraps, pastas,<br />

breakfasts and juices will keep you<br />

humming all day.<br />

BEST LOCAL PIZZA<br />

THE LUGGAGE ROOM<br />

PIZZERIA<br />

260 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong>(626)<br />

356-4440 | theluggageroom.com<br />

The Luggage Room feels like the<br />

kind of place a wise guy might lay<br />

low before skipping town. Which<br />

makes sense because it used to the<br />

be the luggage storage area of the<br />

old <strong>Pasadena</strong> train depot. <strong>Of</strong> course<br />

Harry the Horse might treat himself to<br />

a nice Italian pizza pie first. The ones<br />

at the Luggage Room are fantastic<br />

with fragrant, wood-burning oven<br />

crusts and interesting toppings. My<br />

personal favorite is, appropriately, the<br />

Fallen Angel with house-made Italian<br />

sausage and shaved fennel.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BLAZE PIZZA<br />

667 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 440-7358<br />

blazepizza.com<br />

990 Town Center Drive, La Cañada<br />

Flintridge<br />

(818) 790-8900<br />

Glendale Galleria<br />

100 W. Broadway, Glendale<br />

(818) 662-8777<br />

SETTEBELLO PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA<br />

625 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 765-9550<br />

settebello.net<br />

BEST MEDITERRANEAN<br />

FOOD<br />

CAFÉ SANTORINI<br />

64 W Union St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 564-4200<br />

afesantorini.com<br />

With its party lights strung over an<br />

outdoor rooftop patio, Cafe Santorini<br />

truly conjures the easy, breezy Mediterranean<br />

seaside lifestyle. Everyone’s<br />

Greek favorites are on the menu<br />

- moussaka, grape leaves, spanakopita<br />

— but also items from cuisines<br />

around the ancient sea like grilled<br />

calamari, pizzas, Moroccan lamb<br />

shank and curry risotto with seafood.<br />

Jimmy the Greek would approve.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ<br />

273 Shoppers Lane, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-8844<br />

kokosmediterraneancafé.com<br />

SAHARA MIDDLE EASTERN<br />

RESTAURANT<br />

2226 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-6900 | saharapasadena.com<br />

BEST MEXICAN FOOD<br />

MIJARES MEXICAN<br />

RESTAURANT<br />

145 Palmetto Drive, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-2763<br />

mijaresrestaurant.com<br />

1806 E. Washington Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 794-6674<br />

In a landscape full of Mexican eateries,<br />

Mijares continues to rise to the<br />

top, even after 97 years in business.<br />

Is it because they stay true to Abuela<br />

Mijares’ way of grinding chilies and<br />

corn with a stone molcajete? Is it<br />

the tried and true verde and rojo<br />

salsas? Maybe it’s the tamales, made<br />

in-house every day. Whatever the<br />

reason, <strong>Pasadena</strong>ns are glad Mijares<br />

is still going strong.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

EL PATRON<br />

2555 N. Lake Ave., Altadena(626)<br />

296-2818 | elpatrononline.com<br />

EL PORTAL RESTAURANT<br />

695 E. Green St, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-8553<br />

elportalrestaurant.com<br />

BEST MIDDLE<br />

EASTERN FOOD<br />

SAHARA MIDDLE EASTERN<br />

RESTAURANT<br />

2226 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-6900 | saharapasadena.com<br />

Once again, Sahara has worn the <strong>Best</strong><br />

Middle Eastern Food crown. When<br />

you’ve got a good hand, you don’t<br />

want to spoil it. The casual restaurant<br />

may be bare bones style-wise but<br />

the sizzling kebabs, sides and salads,<br />

vegetarian plates including tabbouleh,<br />

babaghanouj, sarma, and their<br />

famous cabbage salad, are adored by<br />

many. On my next visit, I’m betting on<br />

the fabulous-looking ourfa kebab with<br />

ground lamb and beer, fresh eggplant<br />

cooked over mesquite.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

RAFFI’S CATERING AND BANQUET<br />

3887 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 351-0900<br />

WAHIB’S MIDDLE EAST RESTAURANT<br />

910 E. Main St., Alhambra<br />

(626) 281-1006<br />

wahibmiddleeast.com<br />

BEST RAMEN<br />

RAMEN TATSUNOYA<br />

16 N. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 432-1768<br />

There always seems to be a line<br />

outside of Ramen Tatsunoya, a fairly<br />

recent addition to the ramen scene<br />

in Old <strong>Pasadena</strong>. The most popular<br />

broth has the right amount of fatty<br />

slick on top and a rich taste due to<br />

the pork back fat, umami paste, onion<br />

and garlic infused oil within. Or go for<br />

the lighter or the spicier version. All<br />

come with veggies, meat and special<br />

noodles. So wait in that line. It doesn’t<br />

take long. As Sinatra says, “the best<br />

is yet to come and won’t that be fine.”<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MODAN ARTISANAL RAMEN<br />

700 Fair Oaks Ave., Suite G, South<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 799-2878<br />

NOODLE WORLD<br />

24 W. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 585-5885 | noodleworld.com<br />

932 Huntington Drive, San Marino<br />

(626) 300-1010<br />

700 W. Valley Blvd, Alhambra<br />

(626) 293-8800<br />

BEST SALAD<br />

GREEN STREET RESTAURANT<br />

146 Shoppers Lane, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-7170<br />

greenstreetrestaurant.com<br />

I’ve had Diane Salad at Green Street<br />

Restaurant, at Green Street-catered<br />

events, and at home out of a to-go<br />

container and I never, ever get tired of<br />

it, especially with that amazing zucchini<br />

bread. When you’ve got a sure<br />

thing, you can always lay your money<br />

down on it. Did you know, though,<br />

that Green Street has other delicious<br />

salads including a special Cobb, a<br />

Black Bean Fiesta Salad and the Cornucopia<br />

with fruits and nuts? They<br />

also have an award-winning cocktail<br />

program. So even if you already know<br />

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the Diane Salad, try your hand at<br />

something new.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

TENDER GREENS<br />

621 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 405-1511 | tendergreens.com<br />

145 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale<br />

(818) 459-4850<br />

URBAN PLATES<br />

269 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 800-4448<br />

urbanplates.com<br />

BEST SEAFOOD<br />

CAMERON’S SEAFOOD<br />

1978 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-3474<br />

camerons4fish.com<br />

Remember those fi sh restaurants<br />

your parents took you to as a kid?<br />

You loved the buoys and lifesavers<br />

and fish nets on the wall. Cameron’s<br />

Seafood is keeping the classic fish<br />

restaurant alive by serving a wide<br />

variety of freshly caught fish prepared<br />

in the most well-loved ways. Lunch,<br />

dinner, Sunday brunch with chowder<br />

and a full bar keep people coming<br />

back again and again. At Cameron’s,<br />

you’ll be eating, not sleeping, with the<br />

fishes.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

LOST AT SEA<br />

57 E. Holly St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 385-7644 | lostatseapas.com<br />

ROY’S RESTAURANT<br />

641 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 356-4066 | roysrestaurant.com<br />

BEST SOUL FOOD<br />

BONNIE B’S SMOKIN’ BBQ<br />

HEAVEN<br />

1280 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 794-0132<br />

bonniebssmokin.com<br />

Smokin’ is the right word. All the<br />

meats at Bonnie B’s Smokin’ BBQ<br />

Heaven have a heady, smoky aroma<br />

that hits your nose just before the<br />

tender meat hits your mouth. Ribs,<br />

chicken, brisket, pork and salmon<br />

come in checkered boxes along with<br />

their classic soul food sides like<br />

collard greens, black-eyed peas, corn<br />

bread, candied yams and okra and<br />

tomato over rice.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BIG MAMA’S RIB SHACK<br />

1453 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 797-1792<br />

bigmamaspasadena.com<br />

ROSCOE’S HOUSE OF CHICKEN AND<br />

WAFFLES<br />

830 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 791-4890<br />

roscoeschickenandwaffl es.com<br />

BEST SOUTH<br />

AMERICAN FOOD<br />

AMARA CHOCOLATE<br />

& COFFEE<br />

55 S. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 744-1765<br />

amarachocolate.com<br />

Amara Chocolate & Coffee is kind of<br />

a misnomer. While I had a mindblowing<br />

Cacao Latte made with dark<br />

Venezuelan chocolate and (local<br />

roasters) Jones coffee, there is much<br />

more to this charming cafe. Tasty<br />

snacks like arepas (stuffed corn<br />

fl atbre ads), c achapa s ( Venezuelan<br />

style crepes), and tekes (Venezuelan<br />

cheese sticks) with homemade guava<br />

sauce are available as are full entree<br />

plates with black beans, fried plantains<br />

and stewed meats. The churros<br />

are always an ace in the hole too but<br />

be prepared to wait as it’s often a full<br />

house.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

1810 ARGENTINEAN RESTAURANT<br />

121 W. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-5658 | 1810restaurant.com<br />

MALBEC1001 E. GREEN ST.,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 683-0550 | malbeccuisine.com<br />

BEST SPANISH FOOD<br />

RACION<br />

119 W. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 396-3090 | racionrestaurant.com<br />

Tucked away on a tree-lined stretch<br />

of Green Street, tiny Racion has<br />

received its fair share of accolades<br />

over the years for its Spanish Basqueinspired<br />

small plates. According to<br />

their website, Chef de Cuisine Shane<br />

Alvord, previously with Susan Feniger’s<br />

Border Grill, “blends European<br />

traditions, Asian fl avors and California<br />

ingredients to create a unique spin on<br />

Basque culinary traditions.” I fondly<br />

recall the squid ink pasta with saffron<br />

reduction. The menu changes regularly<br />

but you can always count on an<br />

amazing Spanish sherry for sipping.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BAR CELONA<br />

38 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 405-1000<br />

barcelonapasadena.com<br />

MALBEC1001 E. GREEN ST.,<br />

PASADENA<br />

(626) 683-0550 | malbeccuisine.com<br />

BEST STEAKHOUSE<br />

ARROYO CHOP HOUSE<br />

536 S. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-7463<br />

arroyochophouse.com<br />

The Chairman of the Board liked his<br />

steaks. Steak Diane was apparently<br />

his favorite. Sinatra might not have<br />

been able to get the cognac-shallot<br />

sauce at Arroyo Chop House but as<br />

far as cuts of beef, he would have had<br />

his pick of winners. Every single cut<br />

carries a USDA Prime Beef rating, the<br />

highest grade available. Steaks are<br />

hand-cut daily and aged a minimum<br />

of 28 days. Filet mignon, New York,<br />

Porterhouse — they’re all on there<br />

and come unadulterated or with one<br />

of three sauces: peppercorn sherry<br />

cream, Bearnaise, or blue cheese<br />

smoked bacon cabernet reduction.<br />

Any roll of the dice will do.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE -<br />

PASADENA<br />

111 N. Los Robles Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 486-1111<br />

alexanderssteakhouse.com<br />

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE<br />

369 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 583-8122<br />

ruthschris.com<br />

BEST TACO<br />

KING TACO<br />

45 N. Arroyo Parkway, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-0405 | kingtaco.com<br />

117 E. Broadway, Glendale<br />

(818) 409-0172<br />

Taco lovers have been loyal to King<br />

Taco for decades now, ever since<br />

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Bonnie B’s Smokin’<br />

BBQ Heaven<br />

Chris’ Korean<br />

BBQ<br />

Cameron’s<br />

Seafood<br />

King Taco<br />

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Chado Tea<br />

Room<br />

Saigon Noodle<br />

Restaurant<br />

founder Raul O. Martinez began<br />

operations out of a converted ice<br />

cream truck back in 1974. At $1.64<br />

plus tax for two soft shell tacos, the<br />

price has gone up only pennies over<br />

the years but, according to fans and<br />

critics alike, the quality has remained<br />

consistently good. Fresh pico de<br />

gallo, good quality meats and really<br />

hot, really good salsas make up the<br />

winning formula.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

LA ESTRELLA<br />

502 N. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-8559<br />

330 E. Orange Grove Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

LOS TACOS<br />

1 W. California Blvd., Suite 211,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-9291<br />

lostacospasadena.com<br />

2122 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 293-8995<br />

BEST TEA ROOM<br />

CHADO TEA ROOM<br />

79 N. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 431-2832<br />

chadotea.com<br />

They are sticklers for proper tea<br />

preparation at Chado Tea Room. The<br />

water must be at the correct temperature<br />

and the tea must be steeped for<br />

the right number of minutes before it<br />

is served. The temperature/steeping<br />

time varies by tea and they have hundreds<br />

of teas from all over the world.<br />

It’s this attention to detail that makes<br />

Chado well-loved among PW readers.<br />

I particularly like the free tea-of-theday<br />

taste test you can get whenever<br />

you’re strolling by. It helps one decide<br />

what blend to get to go with their<br />

sandwiches, salads and sweets.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BIRD PICK TEA & HERB<br />

10 S. Delacey Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 773-4372<br />

birdpick.com<br />

THE HUNTINGTON ROSE<br />

GARDEN TEA ROOM<br />

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino<br />

(626) 405-2236<br />

huntington.org/dining<br />

BEST THAI FOOD<br />

DAISY MINT<br />

1218 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-2999 | daisymint.com<br />

Cute decor and solid Southeast Asian<br />

dishes anchored by Thai favorites have<br />

turned Daisy Mint into a <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

mainstay. Quirky chandeliers and vintage<br />

wall art create a fun atmosphere<br />

for slurping down rich curries, slurping<br />

up aromatic noodles, noshing on stir<br />

fry and grilled meats, and nibbling on<br />

salads fresh with mint, cilantro, bean<br />

sprouts, peanuts, lime and more.<br />

Wash it all down with a big Thai iced<br />

tea and you’ve struck gold.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

NINE & NINE THAI KITCHEN<br />

738 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 844-1899<br />

SALADANG<br />

363 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-8123 | saladang-thai.com<br />

BEST VEGETARIAN<br />

FOOD<br />

ALL INDIA CAFÉ<br />

39 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 440-0309 | allindiacafe.ca.com<br />

A top choice in three categories —<br />

<strong>Best</strong> Vegetarian, <strong>Best</strong> Business Lunch<br />

and <strong>Best</strong> Indian Food — All India Cafe<br />

is undoubtedly a sure thing. With Indian<br />

textiles hanging from the rafters,<br />

the ambience is warm and inviting,<br />

the atmosphere thick with wonderful<br />

aromas. Indian cuisine has been the<br />

leader in vegetarian food for probably<br />

centuries. With mouth-watering items<br />

like baingan bharta (puree of tandoori<br />

baked eggplant sauteed with spices),<br />

navaratan korma (fresh vegetables<br />

and nuts in a creamy sauce) and<br />

makhni paneer (homemade cheese<br />

and mushrooms in a tomato-saffron<br />

sauce), I may give up meat.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

MY VEGAN<br />

633 S. Arroyo Pkwy., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 578-9017<br />

myveganrestaurant.com<br />

VEGGIE GRILL<br />

200 S. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 535-9561 | veggiegrill.com<br />

BEST VIETNAMESE<br />

SAIGON NOODLE<br />

RESTAURANT<br />

28 N. Raymond Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-9378<br />

You can tell from its humble exterior<br />

and plain interior that Saigon Noodle<br />

Restaurant is going to be legit. Like<br />

any Asian restaurant worth its salt,<br />

the photos in the window tell you<br />

exactly what to expect. This place<br />

serves generous veggie-heavy pho,<br />

vermicelli and crispy noodles. One<br />

diner went so far as to download the<br />

Yelp app just so they could tell the<br />

world, “This place is amazing. No<br />

seriously, this pho is so BOMB!”<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

PASADENA NOODLE & GRILL<br />

2335 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 792-1893<br />

pasadenanoodle.com<br />

BEST WINGS<br />

WINGSTOP<br />

1279 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 798-2800<br />

wingstop.com<br />

1709 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 578-9464<br />

What’s better than wings for the<br />

Big Game? Eleven different fl avors<br />

of wings, that’s what. They’re rated<br />

hottest (Atomic) to mildest (Teriyaki)<br />

for your convenience. If you<br />

consider the three different styles<br />

of chicken preparation (classic,<br />

boneless or crispy tenders) there<br />

are actually 33 different varieties to<br />

choose from at Wingstop. Order by<br />

the piece, in combos with fries and a<br />

drink or in a family pack for, as they<br />

call it, “crew-sized cravings.” Order<br />

more than you need and rake in the<br />

compliments.<br />

READER RECOMMENDED<br />

BUFFALO WILD WINGS<br />

1000 S. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 993-6400<br />

buffalowildwings.com<br />

HOT WINGS CAFÉ<br />

89 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-9055<br />

hotwingscafe.net<br />

314 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale<br />

(818) 247-4455 ■<br />

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Fig Sprout<br />

63 S. Raymond Ave.,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 219-6936<br />

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Super<br />

Chicken!<br />

FIG SPROUT ADDS SOME NEW TWISTS TO AN<br />

AGES-OLD FAVORITE<br />

BY LISA DUPUY | PHOTOS BY DANNY LIAO<br />

Consider the chicken. Once a delicacy more highly prized<br />

than lobster, it’s now the centerpiece of most weeknight<br />

family dinner tables. It can be baked, broiled, fricasseed,<br />

flash fried, batter fried, brined and fried, grilled, put in a<br />

pit, put in a pot. It can be long simmered with wine or tossed<br />

on the grill with barbecue sauce. It can be boiled to extract its<br />

broth for the world’s most famous medicine, chicken soup. Or it<br />

can be humiliatingly mashed up into chicken tenders. Plus, the<br />

chicken gives us eggs, good for scrambling, baking, frying —<br />

OK, I’ll stop.<br />

The modern chicken is generally believed to be the<br />

descendant of the red junglefowl, a bird that still runs wild in<br />

most of Southeast Asia, crossbred with the grey junglefowl.<br />

This occurred around 8,000 years ago. So if it weren’t for the<br />

clever domesticating people of Asia, we probably wouldn’t have<br />

Kentucky Fried Chicken today.<br />

It seems fitting then, that the two people who know<br />

Southeast Asian food best in this town, owners of Abricott and<br />

Daisy Mint restaurants, John and Jo Wee, would take on the<br />

chicken.<br />

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BONNIE B’S SMOKIN BBQ<br />

1280 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong>,<br />

(626) 794-0132 bonniebssmokin.com $$<br />

From Tulsa Oklahoma to Southern Cal. with a touch of New<br />

Orleans soul comes Bonnie B’s Bar B Que Heaven. Our<br />

45-year-old traditional recipes are made with love. Try our<br />

new sweet pea’s double Fried burger made with our own<br />

sauces, soul bowl and homemade peach cobbler. Voted best<br />

BBQ & Soul food in <strong>Pasadena</strong> for our ribs, collard greens<br />

and Slim's Mac & Cheese. We are thankful and appreciate<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong>.<br />

THE COUNTER BURGER<br />

140 S. Shoppers Ln, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 440-1008 thecounterburger.com $$<br />

We want to challenge the way people think about burgers.<br />

We’re about creative construction. Life is about experiences.<br />

So we’ve searched for ingredients, chosen meats, created<br />

sauces, baked buns, melted cheeses and crafted shakes that<br />

shout fl avor. Create something special!<br />

KABUKI JAPANESE RESTAURANTS<br />

88 W. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong>,<br />

(626) 568-9310<br />

3539 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong>,<br />

(626) 351-8963 kabukirestaurants.com $$<br />

When you walk into a Kabuki you won’t be overwhelmed with<br />

Asian decor and music. What you will encounter is a casual<br />

atmosphere with today’s hottest music playing, people smiling<br />

and our friendly staff welcoming you through the doors.<br />

Look for the Red Mask. Come eat, drink and have fun!<br />

MARGARITA’S<br />

155 S. Rosemead Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-4193, margaritaspasadena.com $$<br />

NEW DELHI PALACE<br />

950 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 405-0666 newdelhipalacepasadena.com $$<br />

SAUSALITO MEXICAN RESTAURANT<br />

(626) 296-2634<br />

720 N Lake Ave, Ste 5,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong>, CA 91104<br />

sausalitopasadena.com $<br />

We at Sausalito offer the finest Mexican cuisine prepared<br />

fresh each day using original recipes from the state of<br />

Sonora, Mexico. Our food is authentic Mexican. House made<br />

beans and rice, salsas and chips. Delicious Tortas. Two Size<br />

Tacos, Burritos, and Tostadas. Whole Fried Fish. Menudo,<br />

Cocido and Chicken Chipotle soup. Aquas Frescas. Not on<br />

the menu? We take special orders. Open 7 days a week, 9AM<br />

to 10PM. Come join us!<br />

TOPS WALNUT<br />

1792 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 584-0244 topsburger.com $<br />

At TOPS on Walnut & Allen, we maintain the original taste<br />

from 60 years ago. My father wanted to create food as close<br />

to homemade as possible. Our primary goal and focus is<br />

on taste, quality, freshness, cleanliness in our service and<br />

experienced staff. Most of our staff have been with us for<br />

more than twenty years. We invite you to come to TOPS on<br />

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$ UP TO $10<br />

$$ $11–15<br />

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T. BOYLES TAVERN<br />

37 N Catalina Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong>,<br />

(626) 578-0957 $<br />

A favorite spot in <strong>Pasadena</strong> to get a beer<br />

or watch a game. <strong>Of</strong>fering a huge selection<br />

of beer (21 draft beers and wine) paired<br />

with great tavern food (full kitchen). Plenty<br />

of screens for whatever game you want<br />

and the atmosphere is always friendly and<br />

relaxed. Not into the game, no problem,<br />

we have darts, pool and shuffl e board.<br />

Happy Hour every Mon – Friday 3 – 7pm<br />

($1.00 off all tap beer & food specials)<br />

Trivia every Sun. & Tues. and various<br />

bands play throughout the month. Check<br />

our schedule.<br />

SUPER CHICKEN!<br />

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Fig Sprout is a new roast chicken restaurant<br />

suitable for casual lunches and quick meals to go.<br />

It would be nice to report that the chicken is wildly<br />

different and unique, but that would be untrue. The<br />

chicken at Fig Sprout takes the bird back to its simple<br />

roots. First off, it’s free-range and antibiotic-free. The<br />

color of the finished bird is practically beige with just<br />

a tinge of gold. It is surprisingly devoid of burnt or<br />

brown bits. There’s no batter or glaze. It almost looks<br />

undercooked. But it isn’t. It’s carefully and perfectly<br />

roasted.<br />

After piercing the thin veneer of crackly skin, the<br />

flesh is juicy, succulent and viscous on the fingers.<br />

You’ll want to use your fingers to pull the flesh off<br />

the bone and dip the hunk into one of the tiny pots<br />

of Thai green or red sauce. Both the mint and the<br />

chili garlic versions are sweet and of a thinned jelly<br />

consistency. I yearned for a version with spice or<br />

vinegar or salt, but I learned to love the sweet stuff.<br />

Though the chicken is the main act on the Fig<br />

Sprout stage, the true strength of this production lies<br />

in the supporting cast of colorful characters: The<br />

Sides.<br />

Imagine that you’ve been charged with the task<br />

of bringing home Tuesday night dinner for the<br />

family. “Roast chicken,” you conclude. Forget the<br />

grocery store with its French bread and Caesar<br />

salad accompaniments. Fig Sprout has great peoplepleasing<br />

sides that may cost a little more but are<br />

infinitely more healthful and spirit-lifting, not to<br />

mention tasty.<br />

The prettiest side is probably the multicolored<br />

corn salad. With red pepper, cilantro and red onion,<br />

this one would disappear first at a potluck. The<br />

roasted potatoes and carrots are wonderful. Here’s<br />

where you get your roasted, herby, slightly burnt bits.<br />

The house slaw with long, thin strands of cabbage<br />

and snap peas has a unique Asian dressing (is that<br />

lemongrass in there?). The pasta salad was my son’s<br />

fave with fusilli, cherry tomatoes, spinach and a<br />

really good lemon-basil dressing. My favorite was<br />

the ratatouille with big soft chunks of eggplant and<br />

zucchini. You know it’s going to be good when they<br />

have to pull the lid off a well-used Le Creuset Dutch<br />

oven.<br />

Vegan options are the bay leaf-scented curry<br />

rice with crispy onion, chunky green apple and beet<br />

salad, and the sweet corn salad mentioned above.<br />

Finally there’s butternut squash puree with sage and<br />

browned butter and curry chicken salad.<br />

You don’t have to take my word for how tasty the<br />

sides are. Just pop into Fig Sprout and they’ll happily<br />

give you a complimentary plate with samples of all<br />

the sides so you can decide for yourself. Chickens<br />

are available quarter size or half size, with or without<br />

sides. If you go for the family meal, I suggest the halfchicken<br />

with two sides ($18.50), plus another trio of<br />

sides for $10. Just be sure to pick up your meal before<br />

closing time at 7:30 p.m.<br />

The selection of soft drinks is fun and out of the<br />

ordinary too. Mexican sodas, lotus root ice tea and<br />

my favorite, rose oolong unsweetened iced tea, which<br />

comes with free refills.<br />

With a location catty-corner to Stats and its<br />

arcade of shops, Fig Sprout is centrally located for<br />

Old <strong>Pasadena</strong> workers and walkers. Counter service,<br />

decent parking, casual tables and wonderfully kooky<br />

illustrations of chickens all over the walls makes Fig<br />

Sprout an easy in, easy to be at, easy out cafe.<br />

John and Jo Wee have filled a niche in the Old<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> area that I didn’t even realize needed to<br />

be filled. Without a grocery store nearby, where<br />

can residents and workers get a simple, healthy,<br />

moderately priced weekday meal? With its inspired<br />

collection of supporting sides and salads, you’ll find it<br />

at Fig Sprout.<br />

So why cross the road for the chicken?<br />

To get to the other sides. ■<br />

EL PORTAL<br />

625 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626)795-8553 Elportalrestaurant.com $$<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Weekly readers have been<br />

rewarding El Portal with the title of <strong>Best</strong><br />

Mexican Food in the city for years. This<br />

charming little hacienda with brick walls,<br />

festive colors, fi ne art and a California<br />

elegant courtyard brings the authentic<br />

cuisine of Mexico and the Yucatan region<br />

to your table.<br />

THE PIZZA PRESS<br />

1655 E. Colorado Blvd. <strong>Pasadena</strong>,<br />

Thepizzapress.com $<br />

THE PIZZA PRESS experience delivers<br />

delicious new creations, old classics, and<br />

the rare chance to create your very own<br />

pizza—prepared right in front of you!<br />

Whether you’re on the go, ordering in, or<br />

stopping by, discover how The Pizza Press<br />

is revolutionizing America’s favorite food!!<br />

Publish your own newsworthy Pizza!! Now<br />

serving a great selection of craft beer!!<br />

Open daily 11am-12am<br />

the corner of Walnut & Allen and taste the difference!<br />

Meet our staff and experience what quality<br />

service should be. The same quality service that<br />

has made us #1.<br />

WE OLIVE<br />

32 E Colorado Blvd<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong>, CA 91105<br />

626-787-1000<br />

weolive.com/<strong>Pasadena</strong> $$<br />

We Olive <strong>Pasadena</strong> features an array of olive oils,<br />

vinaigrettes, dips, and other one of a kind flavors<br />

and offers complimentary Olive Oil tastings.<br />

We now serve lunch & dinner! Enjoy the summer<br />

evenings on our We Olive Patio! Happy Hour<br />

M – F 3:30 – 7pm! Enjoy cheese and charcuterie<br />

and California small patch wine. Shopping for a<br />

gift? Check out our wide selection of customized<br />

gourmet gifts. Located in Old <strong>Pasadena</strong> right next<br />

to free 90 minute parking.<br />

ZELO GOURMET PIZZAS<br />

328 E. Foothill Blvd.<br />

Arcadia 626-358-8298<br />

myzelopizza.info $$<br />

It’s the cornmeal crust that makes this pizzeria<br />

stand out from the rest. Zelo Pizzeria in Arcadia is<br />

a truly unique place to fill your pizza craving. This<br />

locally owned establishment’s signature dish is the<br />

fresh, corn, balsamic-marinated, oven-roasted red<br />

onion pie. The dish is truly unique and a worthy<br />

competitor for the area’s best pizza. Zelo Pizzeria<br />

has expanded the dining room to better serve you,<br />

so come in and give Zelo Pizzeria a try.<br />

VERTICAL WINE BISTRO<br />

70 N. Raymond Avenue<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong>, CA 91103<br />

(626) 795-3999<br />

verticalwinebistro.com $$<br />

Set above the streets of Old Town <strong>Pasadena</strong>,<br />

Vertical Wine Bistro offers a warm, inviting dining<br />

experience with an elegant and comfortable<br />

atmosphere. Our Chefs use only the freshest ingredients<br />

when designing our menu. We offer a wide<br />

selection of beer, wine and hand crafted cocktails.<br />

Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm til Close - Happy Hour<br />

(Tues-Fri): 5:00pm - 7:00pm – Closed Monday<br />

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HOME SALES<br />

RECENT HOME CLOSINGS IN THE PASADENA WEEKLY FOOTPRINT<br />

source: CalREsource<br />

ADDRESS CLOSE DATE PRICE BDRMS. SQ. FT. YR. BUILT PREV. PRICE PREV. SOLD<br />

ALHAMBRA<br />

319 North Curtis Avenue 09/20/17 $1,500,000 4 3613 1986 $377,000 01/30/1987<br />

833 North Atlantic Blvd. 09/15/17 $820,000 2 2065 1923 $622,500 11/17/2016<br />

28 North 3rd Street #B501 09/18/17 $780,000 3 1720 2015 $646,000 09/10/2015<br />

122 La Paloma Avenue 09/18/17 $760,000 3 1489 1928 $600,000 09/10/2013<br />

517 North Cordova Street 09/18/17 $690,000 3 1251 1948<br />

708 Violeta Drive 09/14/17 $647,500 3 1114 1947<br />

2621 Midwickhill Drive 09/20/17 $645,000 2 1221 1951 $235,000 06/23/2003<br />

1513 South Curtis Avenue 09/13/17 $640,000 2 1087 1941 $520,000 07/26/2007<br />

508 Winchester Avenue 09/13/17 $615,000 2 1060 1926 $85,000 03/27/1985<br />

900 North Monterey Street 09/14/17 $568,000 2 1718 1980 $158,000 04/22/1997<br />

809 Edith Avenue 09/19/17 $550,000 2 1029 1941 $95,000 02/08/1985<br />

106 North Chapel Avenue #1 09/13/17 $528,000 3 1592 1977 $380,000 12/17/2012<br />

421 Los Higos Street 09/15/17 $520,000 3 1242 1940<br />

325 North Marguerita Avenue #B 09/19/17 $520,000 3 1348 1985 $473,000 11/04/2016<br />

828 North Garfi eld Avenue #A 09/18/17 $500,000 3 1260 1980 $319,000 12/30/2011<br />

210 North Monterey Street #203 09/13/17 $485,000 1 1010 2015<br />

903 West Mission Road #A 09/13/17 $475,000 2 1468 2004 $340,000 02/09/2009<br />

ALTADENA<br />

1526 Gaywood Drive 09/18/17 $2,065,000 4 2714 1959 $1,305,000 05/05/<strong>2017</strong><br />

1291 East Calaveras Street 09/20/17 $845,000 2 2021 1985<br />

1003 East Calaveras Street 09/19/17 $725,000 2 1453 1938 $195,000 06/12/1992<br />

2871 Glenrose Avenue 09/19/17 $696,000 3 1259 1925<br />

224 Marathon Road 09/14/17 $660,000 3 1113 1947 $81,500 04/23/1985<br />

789 Ventura Street 09/14/17 $502,000 2 1113 1947 $630,000 04/25/2006<br />

2315 Navarro Avenue 09/18/17 $380,000 2 946 1909<br />

ARCADIA<br />

1705 South 2nd Avenue 09/13/17 $4,050,000 6 8932 2016 $1,568,000 10/08/2013<br />

156 East Norman Avenue 09/13/17 $1,030,000 3 1761 1959<br />

12101 Clark Street #C 09/15/17 $900,000 0 0<br />

108 West Forest Avenue 09/14/17 $795,000 3 1802 1946 $580,000 08/21/2007<br />

2830 Fairgreen Avenue 09/19/17 $690,000 2 1462 1948 $105,000 06/15/1982<br />

EAGLE ROCK<br />

4614 Townsend Avenue 09/13/17 $1,320,000 4 2817 1991 $855,000 01/27/<strong>2017</strong><br />

1904 Nolden Street 09/19/17 $980,000 3 1437 1912 $760,000 02/24/2015<br />

2110 Norwalk Avenue 09/13/17 $795,000 3 1516 1920 $415,000 12/30/2004<br />

1207 Kipling Avenue 09/20/17 $775,000 2 1186 1910 $495,000 09/10/2004<br />

5426 Mt. Helena Avenue 09/15/17 $750,000 3 1255 1951 $426,000 10/10/2014<br />

1528 Oak Grove Drive 09/20/17 $610,000 2 916 1925 $130,000 01/31/1991<br />

5262 Eagle Dale Avenue #2 09/19/17 $475,000 3 1543 1984 $198,000 07/31/2002<br />

GLENDALE<br />

2460 Flintridge Drive 09/14/17 $1,600,000 5 4235 1985 $375,000 07/09/1986<br />

947 West Glenoaks Blvd. 09/14/17 $1,550,000 8 3584 1944 $1,142,000 11/01/2013<br />

1433 Dwight Drive 09/15/17 $1,500,000 4 3080 1968 $642,500 03/08/2002<br />

1330 North Louise Street 09/19/17 $1,385,000 3 3059 1915 $565,000 03/08/2001<br />

605 Caruso Avenue 09/20/17 $1,225,000 2 1529 2008<br />

1020 Thornwood Street 09/13/17 $1,197,500 3 2661 1987 $355,000 12/31/1987<br />

1366 Virginia Avenue 09/19/17 $1,195,000 4 2277 1940 $783,000 02/14/<strong>2017</strong><br />

1717 Gladys Drive 09/15/17 $1,175,000 3 2006 1964 $855,000 09/30/2004<br />

326 East Randolph Street 09/19/17 $1,135,000 4 2474 1912 $790,000 01/04/2012<br />

2060 West Mountain Street 09/15/17 $960,000 4 2830 1922 $950,000 06/17/2016<br />

1741 Golf Club Drive 09/20/17 $910,000 3 1750 1959 $363,270 10/20/1988<br />

222 Monterey Road #1202 09/19/17 $904,500 2 2171 1982 $618,000 03/02/2011<br />

1504 El Miradero Avenue 09/15/17 $885,000 2 1555 1940 $342,500 08/27/1999<br />

3935 Mayfi eld Avenue 09/15/17 $885,000 4 1839 1955<br />

3005 Pinewood Lane 09/15/17 $877,000 4 2124 1984 $645,000 09/17/2009<br />

3522 La Crescenta Avenue 09/14/17 $840,000 4 2133 1954 $525,000 06/16/2016<br />

1431 Merriman Drive 09/13/17 $820,000 2 1480 1951 $385,000 09/11/1989<br />

45 Glenfl ow Court 09/15/17 $760,000 2 1837 1974 $555,000 06/12/2009<br />

1311 Graynold Avenue 09/15/17 $750,100 2 1452 1941<br />

1011 East Lexington Drive 09/20/17 $735,000 3 1255 1922 $200,000 02/29/2000<br />

1305 Aristo Street 09/19/17 $725,000 3 1156 1947<br />

ADDRESS CLOSE DATE PRICE BDRMS. SQ. FT. YR. BUILT PREV. PRICE PREV. SOLD<br />

GLENDALE<br />

1900 Academy Place 09/19/17 $650,000 3 1044 1938<br />

125 West Mountain Street #104 09/13/17 $615,000 3 1561 1975<br />

321 East Stocker Street #105 09/18/17 $563,000 2 1431 1978 $330,000 09/08/2014<br />

715 Dale Avenue 09/18/17 $555,000 2 973 1939<br />

1134 Campbell Street #303 09/18/17 $521,000 2 1046 1987 $295,000 03/30/2004<br />

377 West California Avenue #16 09/19/17 $503,000 4 1452 1979 $450,000 12/07/2007<br />

630 East Garfi eld Avenue #4 09/15/17 $500,000 2 1560 1982 $133,500 04/25/1994<br />

2940 North Verdugo Road #323 09/14/17 $458,000 2 1011 1972 $266,000 10/07/2003<br />

125 West Mountain Street #115 09/19/17 $455,000 2 1107 1975 $395,000 01/30/2008<br />

445 Ivy Street #304 09/14/17 $430,000 2 1162 1979 $250,500 05/21/2003<br />

3907 La Crescenta Avenue #204 09/15/17 $324,000 1 680 1972 $297,000 09/01/2015<br />

HIGHLAND PARK<br />

6242 Roy Street 09/19/17 $895,000 3 1472 1927 $580,000 02/04/2013<br />

LA CAÑADA<br />

5629 Burning Tree Drive 09/13/17 $1,375,000 3 2269 1963<br />

605 Meadow Grove Street 09/13/17 $1,825,000 5 4077 1926 $1,825,000 03/28/<strong>2017</strong><br />

254 Starlight Crest Drive 09/19/17 $1,816,500 4 2799 1967 $480,000 09/16/1993<br />

3932 Starland Drive 09/13/17 $1,700,000 2 1731 1957 $715,000 12/27/2002<br />

5260 Vista Lejana Lane 09/19/17 $1,690,000 5 3153 1967 $725,000 07/31/2002<br />

4911 Del Monte Road 09/20/17 $1,200,000 2 1382 1950 $901,000 05/14/2014<br />

4853 Ocean View Blvd. 09/19/17 $980,000 3 1632 1971<br />

4352 Vista Place 09/18/17 $850,000 2 1433 1953 $250,000 12/19/1990<br />

P A S A D E N A<br />

3477 Lombardy Road 09/14/17 $7,050,000 5 7520 1931 $5,400,000 05/08/2007<br />

585 Bellefontaine Street 09/14/17 $4,180,000 6 6636 1913 $2,680,500 04/08/2010<br />

1350 Linda Ridge Road 09/14/17 $3,250,000 6 3678 1950<br />

3113 East California Blvd. 09/20/17 $2,550,000 5 4235 1948 $1,750,000 06/23/2010<br />

744 South Oakland Avenue 09/15/17 $2,103,000 4 2922 1917 $525,000 08/18/2011<br />

1008 Linda Glen Drive 09/14/17 $2,100,000 3 2844 2008 $1,006,000 09/07/2010<br />

575 Prospect Blvd. 09/13/17 $2,000,000 7 3470 1923 $650,000 05/14/1991<br />

345 East Colorado Blvd. #201 09/18/17 $1,850,000 3 3580 2007<br />

970 Ellington Lane 09/13/17 $1,461,000 3 2120 1926 $640,000 12/26/2002<br />

3675 Startouch Drive 09/18/17 $1,435,000 4 2808 1975 $361,500 01/02/1998<br />

2905 East California Blvd. 09/15/17 $1,165,000 4 2143 1951 $1,040,000 10/19/2007<br />

1485 Vista Lane 09/15/17 $1,075,000 3 1380 1951 $665,000 08/04/2009<br />

505 East Ladera Street 09/13/17 $1,045,000 1 1219 1909 $530,000 05/13/2016<br />

990 North Los Robles Avenue 09/14/17 $1,020,000 5 2612 1948 $785,000 12/20/2006<br />

118 West Glenarm Street 09/15/17 $950,000 3 1562 1924 $760,000 03/13/2015<br />

2975 Millicent Way 09/18/17 $920,000 2 1039 1946 $630,000 07/22/2016<br />

1305 East Howard Street 09/15/17 $905,000 2 1244 1916 $580,000 07/19/2004<br />

3905 Oakdale Street 09/13/17 $837,000 4 1281 1947<br />

2791 Heritage Drive 09/14/17 $750,000 3 1562 1989 $542,500 04/24/2012<br />

159 West Green Street #507A 09/13/17 $725,000 2 1000 2006 $515,000 07/19/2010<br />

549 West Claremont Street 09/15/17 $700,000 3 1116 1946 $580,000 03/06/<strong>2017</strong><br />

500 East Del Mar Blvd. #17 09/20/17 $658,000 2 1547 1984 $459,000 08/09/2004<br />

1933 Jefferson Drive 09/13/17 $625,000 3 1530 1926 $120,000 05/01/1984<br />

2428 East Del Mar Blvd. #104 09/14/17 $582,000 0 0<br />

1766 North Madison Avenue 09/18/17 $491,000 2 718 1923 $189,000 06/12/2002<br />

217 South Marengo Avenue #108 09/18/17 $450,000 1 550 2008 $338,000 08/01/2011<br />

211 South Wilson Avenue #309 09/15/17 $400,000 1 811 1965<br />

SAN MARINO<br />

2625 Monterey Road 09/20/17 $1,688,000 4 1948 1928 $1,323,000 06/05/2013<br />

2975 Somerset Place 09/20/17 $1,668,000 2 1811 1952 $962,000 11/06/2007<br />

SIERRA MADRE<br />

209 Ramona Avenue 09/20/17 $1,698,000 3 3337 1978 $1,225,000 10/27/2016<br />

421 Santa Anita Court 09/19/17 $1,298,000 4 2393 1955 $135,000 10/07/1980<br />

SOUTH PASADENA<br />

1519 Camino Lindo 09-13-17 $1,897,500 4 2617 1965 $1,419,000 10/31/2013<br />

1121 Milan Avenue 09-15-17 $1,701,000 3 2352 1907<br />

1701 Rollin Street 09-14-17 $1,300,000 2 1806 1907<br />

2024 Maycrest Avenue 09-13-17 $1,050,000 3 1480 1951<br />

314 Monterey Road #13 09-18-17 “$537,000” 2 1104 1982 “$296,500” 12/24/2003<br />

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Bulletin Board<br />

By Carl Kozlowski<br />

RIDING WAVES<br />

Two Caltech professors among three scientists to win Nobel Prize in Physics<br />

The <strong>2017</strong> Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three<br />

key players in the development and ultimate success of<br />

the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory<br />

(LIGO). One half of the prize was awarded jointly to<br />

Caltech’s Barry C. Barish, the Ronald and Maxine Linde<br />

Professor of Physics, Emeritus, and Kip S. Thorne, the<br />

Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics,<br />

Emeritus. The other half was awarded to Rainer Weiss,<br />

professor of physics, emeritus, at Massachusetts Institute<br />

of Technology (MIT).<br />

On Sept. 14, 2015, the National Science Foundation<br />

(NSF)-funded LIGO made the first-ever direct observation<br />

of gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of space<br />

and time predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years earlier.<br />

Each of the twin LIGO observatories — one in Hanford,<br />

Washington, and the other in Livingston, Louisiana<br />

—picked up the feeble signal of gravitational waves<br />

generated 1.3 billion years ago when two black holes<br />

spiraled together and collided.<br />

Two additional detections of gravitational waves, once<br />

again from merging black-hole pairs, were made on Dec.<br />

26, 2015, Jan. 4, <strong>2017</strong> and on Aug. 4, <strong>2017</strong>. On Aug. 14, <strong>2017</strong>, a<br />

Kip Thorne<br />

Barry Barish<br />

fourth event was detected by LIGO and the European Virgo gravitational-wave<br />

detector.<br />

The detections ushered in a new era of gravitational-wave astronomy. LIGO<br />

and Virgo provided astronomers with an entirely new set of tools with which<br />

to probe the cosmos. Previously, all astronomy observations have relied on<br />

light — which includes X-rays, radio waves and other types of electromagnetic<br />

radiation emanating from objects in space — or on very-high-energy particles<br />

called neutrinos and cosmic rays. Now, astronomers can learn about cosmic<br />

objects through the quivers they make in space and time.<br />

The Nobel Prize recognizes Weiss, Barish and Thorne for their “decisive<br />

contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.”<br />

The official announcement was made Tuesday at a press conference held at<br />

Caltech’s Athenaeum Club.<br />

BOUNTY OF BOOKS<br />

Sierra Madre and La Canada Fliñtridge libraries host upcoming book sales<br />

October is a great month for buying classic books from area<br />

libraries, as the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library offers<br />

their October Book Sale from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and from<br />

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the library, located at 440 W.<br />

Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre.<br />

Meanwhile, the Friends of the La Cañada Flintridge<br />

Public Library present their semi-annual book sale from<br />

Oct. 18-21 at the library, 4545 Oakwood Ave., La Cañada<br />

Flintridge.<br />

The Sierra Madre sale will feature an Edward Gorey book collection, as<br />

well as books on ceramics and pottery, in addition to coffee table books on<br />

art, cooking, history and contemporary culture. The library will also feature<br />

a buy one, get one free sale for books of equal or lesser value in its cookbook,<br />

gardening, decorating and craft shelves.<br />

A large selection of children’s books will be priced from 25 cents to $1 in the<br />

parking lot, plus bargain books for only $1 each and small paperbacks 25 cents<br />

each or 5 for $1.<br />

All the fun takes place behind the library in the parking lot and basement<br />

at 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. All proceeds benefit the services, acquisitions and<br />

programs of the Sierra Madre Library.<br />

The La Cañada Flintridge Public Library book sale will sell books for $2<br />

apiece, with bags of books offered on Oct. 20 for $1 per bag. Money raised will<br />

supply new equipment, books and programs for the library. Sale hours are 2 to<br />

7 p.m. Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20, and 10 a.m. to 3<br />

p.m. Oct. 21. ■<br />

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•ADVICE•<br />

BY PATTI CARMALT-VENER<br />

FIRST THINGS FIRST<br />

LOVE OF DAUGHTER TRUMPS FLEETING FRIENDSHIP EVERY TIME<br />

Dear Patti,<br />

When I was in high school, Iris and I were in a few classes together but we were<br />

just acquaintances, never really friends. We ran in different circles. Iris hung<br />

around the popular kids and I didn’t. She was thin and graceful and I always thought<br />

she was beautiful.<br />

I hadn’t seen Iris for 10 years. We met up again when we were both pregnant at the<br />

same time and in the same childbirth class. Iris was carrying twins and was having<br />

a difficult pregnancy. I felt empathy for her, helped her whenever I could and we became<br />

fast friends. Most of the time it didn’t matter, but sometimes I’d look at her and<br />

couldn’t believe I was best friends with the same gorgeous girl from high school.<br />

Iris’ twin girls—Charlotte and Olivia—are of course the same age (4) as my<br />

daughter, Cora. Iris and I get together several times a week and the girls play with<br />

each other. If I’m honest, Charlotte and Olivia don’t play very nice (especially Olivia)<br />

but Iris doesn’t do anything about it. I’ve tried to bring it up to Iris but she makes<br />

excuses or changes the subject. The twins are kind of hyper and run around my house<br />

tearing up and breaking things. More importantly, they taunt and tease Cora and<br />

aren’t very nice to her. Olivia will call Cora names, then both twins will laugh at her<br />

and run away. I’ve seen them grab Cora’s favorite doll and play keep away with it.<br />

I’ve tried to tell them to stop but they don’t pay any attention to me.<br />

I know kids will be kids and maybe I shouldn’t interfere and let all three of them<br />

work it out. Then again, I sometimes wonder if maybe I should be doing something.<br />

Iris is my dearest friend and I don’t want to hurt her, but her girls are out of control.<br />

I think she realizes it but feels helpless and just hopes they’ll grow out of it. I don’t<br />

want to make too big a thing out of it.<br />

— Sarah<br />

Dear Sarah,<br />

I appreciate your concern for Iris and even for her twin girls but your priority is your<br />

daughter. Cora is only four years old and if you don’t protect her in a situation like this,<br />

who will? She can’t choose whether or not the twins come over to play; she’s automatically<br />

put together with them repeatedly because you and Iris are friends. Olivia and<br />

Charlotte are sisters and it sounds like it’s often two against one.<br />

Sit down with Cora and ask her how she feels. Listen to her experience. Is it a big<br />

problem for her? Ask her if she likes playing with the twins and let her tell you why or<br />

why not. Cora needs to know you care about what she goes through. It’s important that<br />

her hurt isn’t ignored and that she doesn’t end up feeling invisible.<br />

Rather than try to discipline Iris’ children, talk to Iris directly. It’s best to avoid<br />

labeling her daughters; i.e., calling them hyper or using broad terms such as saying her<br />

children are out of control. Instead, list the behaviors that are unacceptable such as<br />

taunting, teasing, calling names or breaking Cora’s toys. Set down boundaries and state<br />

that if Charlotte and Olivia’s actions continue to appear to you to be not nice and friendly<br />

but seem hostile toward Cora, you’ll have to take a break from playdates. Let her know<br />

you’ll be happy to see her for coffee or lunch but without your three children for a while.<br />

Due to logistics, I understand this might be difficult to do, but let Iris know you’re serious<br />

about protecting your daughter.<br />

Since you brought up that Iris was the popular girl in high school and you weren’t,<br />

make sure there isn’t a residue of emotion from those times when you felt Iris was more<br />

important than you. You and Cora are equally important and you have the right to know<br />

that Iris cares about Cora’s feelings as well. Not to mention, if Iris stops her daughters<br />

from acting out cruel or socially unacceptable behaviors, it will definitely be better for<br />

them as well. ■<br />

Patti Carmalt-Vener, a faculty member with the Southern California Society for Intensive Short Term<br />

Psychotherapy, has been a psychotherapist in private practice for 23 years and has offi ces in <strong>Pasadena</strong>,<br />

Santa Monica and Canoga Park. Contact her at (626) 584-8582 or email pcarmalt@aol.com. Visit her website,<br />

patticarmalt-vener.com.<br />

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• ARTS •<br />

Changui-Majadero<br />

‘CROSSING THE<br />

ATLANTIC’<br />

NEW ENGLAND TRIO LOW LILY DE-<br />

BUTS NEW TUNES WITH CHAMPION<br />

IRISH ACCORDIONIST JOHN WHELAN<br />

AT CALTECH SATURDAY NIGHT<br />

P. 109<br />

Last year the Eagle Rock Music Festival successfully experimented<br />

with holding the festival in summer, on what was<br />

determined to be a family-friendly date in August. About<br />

65,000 people attended, according to Director of Events Matthew<br />

Himes, and the festival achieved its goal of rebooting itself as a<br />

celebration of, for and by the Northeast LA community. This year,<br />

however, ERMF has been shuffled back to its traditional slot in<br />

October.<br />

“We realized there were quite a few events going on around Northeast<br />

LA and surrounding neighborhoods,” Himes explains. “We<br />

didn’t feel it would have been good form to have too many events<br />

going on in LA and overtaxing the city and the communities, and<br />

so that all the community events would have their time to shine<br />

we moved back to October.”<br />

Produced by Center for the Arts Eagle Rock in partnership with<br />

Councilmember Jose Huizar and Council District 14, ERMF will<br />

occupy eight stages at the Center and venues along Colorado Boulevard<br />

this Saturday. Most of the acts booked to perform are different<br />

from last year’s event; headliners Las Cafeteras have made a<br />

full circle with the festival, having performed on the Subtropical<br />

Stage about eight years ago. This will be their first time as festival<br />

headliners.<br />

Afrobeat and Afro-Cuban-influenced music are well represented<br />

FILM | THEATER | BOOKS | MUSIC | COMMUNITY | LISTINGS<br />

SUPER CAUSE<br />

FORMER ‘SUPERMAN’ DEAN CAIN FO-<br />

CUSES ON THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE<br />

IN THE DOCUMENTARY ‘ARCHITECTS<br />

OF DENIAL’’<br />

‘SOME NEW FLAVOR’<br />

18TH ANNUAL EAGLE ROCK MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS TO ITS TRADITIONAL OCTOBER<br />

HOME WITH LAS CAFETERAS, THE SESHEN, DEXTER STORY, MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE,<br />

TE’AMIR, THE DELIRIANS, SUBSUELO, SOULFIRE COLLECTIVE, LIVINGMORE, MEXICO68, DD<br />

HORNS, AND A LIVE BROADCAST BY GILLES PETERSON’S WORLDWIDE FM THIS SATURDAY<br />

BY BLISS BOWEN<br />

Livingmore<br />

P. 112<br />

CONTINUED ON PAGE 19<br />

QUEEN<br />

OF HEARTS<br />

JUDI DENCH SHINES IN ‘VICTORIA<br />

AND ABDUL’<br />

P. 115<br />

GET YOUR OWN...<br />

BY JOHN SOLLENBERGER<br />

MOVIE HEARTTHROB<br />

The South <strong>Pasadena</strong> Library screens the 1955<br />

classic, “Rebel Without a Cause,” starring James<br />

Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo and Dennis Hopper.<br />

The film is introduced<br />

by actor Dean<br />

Ghaffari, a South<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> resident,<br />

who performed as<br />

Mineo at the library<br />

in 2014. Doors open<br />

at 6:30 p.m. and the<br />

film starts at 7 p.m.<br />

tonight, Oct. 5, in<br />

the South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro St.,<br />

South <strong>Pasadena</strong>. Free. Call (626) 403-7350 or visit<br />

southpasadenaca.gov/library.<br />

FREE ART<br />

Free First Friday<br />

means free admission<br />

from noon to 5<br />

p.m. Friday at <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

Museum of<br />

California Art, 490 E.<br />

Union St., <strong>Pasadena</strong>.<br />

Call (626) 568-3665<br />

or visit pmcaonline.<br />

org..<br />

CAMELLIA HISTORY<br />

The Huntington’s East Asian Garden Lecture,<br />

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino features Nick<br />

Menzies discussing the camellia and its journey<br />

from China to Europe and beyond, exploring<br />

how a plant deeply embedded in China’s cultural<br />

heritage became an<br />

object of botanical<br />

study and prized as<br />

a garden ornament<br />

after its arrival in<br />

the West in the 17th<br />

century, starting at<br />

7:30 p.m. Tuesday.<br />

Free; no reservations<br />

required. Call (626)<br />

405-2100 or visit<br />

huntington.org.<br />

SWINGING LADIES<br />

The free discussion series “Jazz & Swing from A to<br />

Z: The Story of America’s Music,” presented by Dr.<br />

Thom Mason, USC professor emeritus of jazz studies<br />

at USC’s Thornton School of Music, continues<br />

with “Ladies Who<br />

Sing Jazz and Swing”<br />

from 12:30 to 2 p.m.<br />

Tuesday at Crowell<br />

Public Library, 1890<br />

Huntington Drive,<br />

San Marino. Call<br />

(626) 300-0777 or<br />

visit crowellpubliclibrary.org.<br />

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TeAmir<br />

‘SOME NEW FLAVOR’<br />

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 105<br />

by crowd-pleasers like Soulfire Collective,<br />

Mexico68, Earth Arrow, and<br />

Novala. East African-inspired jazz<br />

composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist<br />

Dexter Story will be remixed by<br />

electronic-jazz sound wizard Mark de<br />

Clive Low, and Aloe Blacc drummer<br />

Te’Amir, who has also worked with de<br />

Clive Lowe as well as Kamasi Washington<br />

and Afrobeat ensemble Ethio-<br />

Cali, will also explore the electronic<br />

jazz-soul-hip-hop edge during his set.<br />

Other acts likely to spark memorable<br />

moments: local “retro-futuristic” jazz<br />

wrecking crew DD Horns, the style<br />

and smart pop craft of Livingmore,<br />

and the “rustic soul music” of Little<br />

Silver Hearts.<br />

There will of course be numerous food<br />

vendors and activities for kids such as<br />

slime-making (a little Borax and glitter can<br />

do wonders), as well as VR booths, music<br />

equipment demos, vinyl records and vintage<br />

movie posters for sale, and a free Comics of<br />

Color comic book-making workshop. After 18<br />

years, “people have certain expectations of<br />

what the festival is,” Himes says; the hope is<br />

to surprise them with “some new flavor.”<br />

Perhaps the biggest surprises will arise from<br />

the presence of British DJ Gilles Peterson’s<br />

Worldwide FM at the Center. Instead of a<br />

Comedy Stage, the Center will host the radio<br />

station’s LA branch with a live broadcast in<br />

the mold of its Wednesday night shows out<br />

of Highland Park, with musicians creatively<br />

jamming on jazz and global music.<br />

Himes has final say over which bands<br />

perform at ERMF, though he describes the<br />

decision-making process as a “community effort.”<br />

This year’s Locals Stage features emerging<br />

acts that were chosen from the avalanche<br />

of submissions the Center received: Livingmore,<br />

“neu dream hip-pop” crew Dabble, slick<br />

indie-rock foursome BRAEVES, the ironically<br />

named Pretty Flowers, tuneful pop-rockers<br />

the 131ers, garage rockers Hugh Effo, and<br />

beatmaker C-Minus.<br />

“We had over 350 submissions this year,”<br />

Himes says. “We want to give a chance to<br />

everybody.”<br />

The 18th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival<br />

takes place 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at<br />

various stages along Colorado Boulevard<br />

between Eagle Rock Boulevard and Argus<br />

Drive, Eagle Rock; festival entrance is on<br />

Colorado Boulevard between Eagle Rock<br />

Boulevard and Caspar Avenue. Tickets:<br />

Admission is free, but a $10 donation through<br />

Ticketfly gets you a fast-track entry pass plus<br />

a digital download of last year’s ERMF mix,<br />

and for a $20 donation you’ll be provided fasttrack<br />

entry, access to a VIP section, entry to<br />

the ERMF Kickoff party at the HiHat in Highland<br />

Park Friday night, an 18th Annual ERMF<br />

digital mix, and a limited-edition <strong>2017</strong> festival<br />

T-shirt. Proceeds benefit the Center’s afterschool<br />

Imagine Studio arts education program<br />

for Northeast LA children. Lineup: Las<br />

Cafeteras, the Seshen, Dexter Story Remixed<br />

by Mark de Clive-Lowe, Te’Amir, Earth Arrow,<br />

Novala, and DJ Seano on the Center Stage<br />

(east entrance); El Haru Kuroi, the Delirians,<br />

Subsuelo, Mexico68, Changui Majadero, and<br />

Eagle Rock High School Latin Jazz Band on<br />

the Subtropical Stage at Rantz Auto; Chola<br />

Orange, the Altons, the Soulfire Collective,<br />

Black Shakespeare, DD Horns, and DJ Monalisa<br />

on the Experimental Stage at Colombo’s<br />

back patio; Bridge to Everywhere, 5th & Birmingham,<br />

Little Silver Hearts, Dan Riley, and<br />

Sheriffs of Schroedingham on the Americana<br />

Stage at Women’s 20th Century Club; Dabble,<br />

BRAEVES, Livingmore, the Pretty Flowers,<br />

the 131ers, Hugh Effo, and C-Minus on the<br />

Emerging Locals Stage (west entrance); Nick<br />

Shattuck, Angela Roa, Cesar Saez, Nancy<br />

Sanchez, Fayleen Morrow, the Remstoys, and<br />

J. Dale and the South Woodlawners on the<br />

indoor Jazz & Blues Stage at Colombo’s; and<br />

Mt. Washington Elementary Little Wolves,<br />

California Dance Institute, Dalia Heights<br />

Elementary, and Bloom School of Music and<br />

Dance on the Family Stage at Eagle Rock City<br />

Hall. For more info, visit Eaglerockmusicfestival.org,<br />

Ticketfly.com/event/1562041 ■<br />

Dexter Story remixed by Mark de Clive Lowe<br />

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• INTO THE NIGHT•<br />

BY BLISS BOWEN<br />

‘Crossing the<br />

Atlantic’’<br />

• N I T E L I F E•<br />

Thursday Oct. 05 through Wednesday Oct. 11<br />

PLEASE NOTE: Deadline for Calendar submissions<br />

is noon. Wednesday of the week before<br />

the issue publishes.<br />

PASADENA, SOUTH<br />

PASADENA & ALTADENA<br />

The Blue Guitar<br />

Arroyo Seco Golf Course<br />

1055 Lohman Lane, South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

blueguitar.club<br />

Thursday—Molly Miller Trio<br />

The Boulevard Bar<br />

3199 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 356-9304<br />

blvdbar.com<br />

Fridays—Drag performances hosted by Tia<br />

Wanna every Friday<br />

Cabrera’s Mexican Cuisine<br />

655 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-0230<br />

cabreras.com<br />

Thursdays—Live jazz<br />

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays—Karaoke<br />

Coffee Gallery Backstage<br />

2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena<br />

(626) 798-6236<br />

coffeegallery.com<br />

Friday—The Evangenitals<br />

Saturday—<strong>Of</strong>f My Head Storytelling w/Ty<br />

Fance; John Lennon Birthday Bash w/Dave<br />

Humphries & the Hollywood Project, the<br />

Licatas, Paul Zollo, Neil Rosengarden and Nick<br />

Guzman<br />

Sunday—Matinee and evening show w/Led<br />

Zepagain<br />

Der Wolfskopf<br />

72 N. Fair Oaks Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 219-6054<br />

derwolfskopf.com<br />

Fridays—“Night Court” features Deejay Kind<br />

Cromang spinning vinyl soul, funk, disco and<br />

boogie<br />

El Portal Restaurant<br />

695 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-8553<br />

elportalrestaurant.com<br />

Fridays—Mariachi México<br />

Saturdays—Alanniz<br />

Sundays—Mariachi Bella<br />

Ice House<br />

24 N. Mentor Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-1894<br />

icehousecomedy.com<br />

Thursday—Stand-Up All-Stars College Night<br />

w/Brad Upton and others; Slink Johnson, Clint<br />

Coley and Homies<br />

Friday—Eric Schwartz; Comedy Madness w/<br />

Mike Quu; Deathsquad<br />

Saturday—Auditions for Dave McNary’s All-<br />

Star Variety Show; Saturday Fun House w/John<br />

Kuperman and Rick Izquieta; Laugh for a Cause<br />

Sunday—Sunday All-Stars; Dave McNary’s<br />

All-Star Variety Show<br />

Tuesday—Tin Foil Hat w/Sam Tripoli: A Night of<br />

Conspiracy Theories and Political Comedy<br />

Wednesday—Ice House Open Mic; Smokin’<br />

Comedy Wednesday<br />

Kings Row Gastropub<br />

20 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-3010<br />

kingsrowpub.com<br />

Live music every weekend<br />

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NEW ENGLAND TRIO LOW LILY DEBUTS NEW TUNES WITH CHAMPION IRISH<br />

ACCORDIONIST JOHN WHELAN AT CALTECH SATURDAY NIGHT<br />

PHOTO: Mathieu Bitton<br />

Travel and motion inform Low<br />

Lily’s music — not only in<br />

the way guitarist/mandolinist<br />

Flynn Cohen and violinist<br />

Lissa Schneckenburger give wings<br />

to songs like “Northern Spy”<br />

and “All Roads Lead to You,” but<br />

also in the conceptual underpinnings<br />

of the Crossing the Atlantic<br />

tour that brings them to Caltech<br />

Saturday. It’s a collaboration with<br />

seven-time All Ireland accordion<br />

champion John Whelan that Low<br />

Lily frontwoman Liz Simmons<br />

says evolved organically.<br />

Whelan, who grew up in an Irish<br />

community in England before<br />

relocating to the United States,<br />

has long explored Celtic connections.<br />

Cohen was his guitarist for<br />

15 years; after Simmons signed<br />

on as occasional guest vocalist,<br />

the idea arose to bring their bands<br />

together.<br />

Simmons is no stranger to perpetual<br />

motion, or the yearning for<br />

peace. Born in San Francisco to<br />

“real artsy, hippie-type” musicians,<br />

her earliest years were<br />

spent in California, Oregon and<br />

Alaska. She recalls “falling asleep<br />

to rock music” as her parents<br />

rehearsed in the basement with<br />

friends who were like godparents<br />

to Simmons.<br />

“It was like being part of this large<br />

musical family,” she says. “Now<br />

I’m still doing what they did, in a<br />

slightly different way.”<br />

She and Cohen, who are married,<br />

live in Brattleboro, Vermont, as<br />

does Schneckenburger. In their<br />

traditional folk community, Simmons<br />

says they enjoy the overlap<br />

between “traddies,” singer-songwriters,<br />

string bands and Irish<br />

bands.<br />

“It actually brings me to why<br />

we’re doing this project in the<br />

first place with John,” she says.<br />

“There’s more in common with<br />

these different roots and folk and<br />

acoustic music styles than a lot of<br />

people think.”<br />

They changed their name from<br />

Annalivia to Low Lily when Schneckenburger<br />

joined the lineup<br />

and three-part harmony became<br />

a “cornerstone” of their sound,<br />

which resembles Crooked Still.<br />

Their arrangement of Dire Straits’<br />

“Brothers in Arms” demonstrates<br />

their process: Cohen, who mistook<br />

it for a traditional tune when<br />

he first heard a woman singing<br />

it in an English pub, brought<br />

it to Low Lily, Simmons added<br />

harmony, and Schneckenburger<br />

wrote a string quartet part with<br />

violins, cello, and bowed bass.<br />

They recorded it for their second<br />

album, “10,000 Days Like These,”<br />

which they’ve been crowdfunding<br />

in anticipation of release by Mad<br />

River Records. It will also feature<br />

Schneckenburger’s sweetly uplifting,<br />

a cappella “Hope Lingers On.”<br />

“I used to keep politics out of my<br />

music, but I feel I can’t afford to<br />

do that anymore,” Simmons says.<br />

“Folk music was always like the<br />

broadsides of the world — if you<br />

wanted to know the latest news,<br />

you listened to things at the bar<br />

as you passed through. [Laughs]<br />

Musicians sing about love, death,<br />

all these age-old relatable things.<br />

The song’s not in your face, but it’s<br />

political because it makes strong<br />

statements about tolerance and<br />

love and hope: ‘I will not hate, I<br />

will not fear/ In our darkest hour,<br />

hope lingers here.’” ■<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Folk Music Society presents<br />

Low Lily with John Whelan at Caltech’s<br />

Beckman Institute Auditorium, 400 S.<br />

Wilson Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong>, at 8 p.m. Saturday,<br />

Oct. 7; $20/adults and $5/Caltech students<br />

and children under 12. Info: (626) 395-<br />

4652. lowlily.com, johnwhelanmusic.com,<br />

Caltech.edu<br />

Red Hot Blues<br />

JW-JONES FIRES UP BIG MAMA’S<br />

A HOT BLUES GUITARIST FIRES UP BIG MAMA’S RIB SHACK IN PASADENA<br />

SATURDAY NIGHT WHEN JW-JONES AND HIS BAND ROCK THE HOUSE.<br />

The Ontario, Canada-born Jones has won awards in various prestigious blues<br />

award competitions. He was this year’s International Blues Challenge winner, plus the<br />

Maple Blues Award winner and has been nominated for the Juno Award, as well as being<br />

named a Billboard Top 10 Blues artist. Besides those honors, he’s received critical<br />

praise from outlets including Guitar World and Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper.<br />

Jones tours constantly and is known for his high-energy shows. In fact, in 2016,<br />

high-energy guitar ace George Thorogood & the Destroyer’s management team<br />

picked him to open for several of that band’s tour dates. He’s also received praise from<br />

his musical peers, including keyboardist Chuck Leavell, who performs with the Rolling<br />

Stones, and Dan Aykroyd (Blues Brothers).<br />

His latest album, “High Temperature” was named the Hot Shot Debut on Billboard’s<br />

Top 10.<br />

Visit jw-jones.com. — John Sollenberger<br />

Music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Big Mama’s Rib Shack, 1453 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong>.<br />

Tickets are $50 for sponsor seats, $20 for VIP tickets, $12 general admission. Visit pasadenablues.com<br />

for tickets<br />

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TRAX BY BLISS<br />

ROBERT PLANT, Carry Fire<br />

(Nonesuch): ★★★★<br />

The iconic rocker’s 11th studio album, recorded<br />

in west England and Wales, is a stirring, moody<br />

commentary on his musical journey and the<br />

culture-crossing times in which we now live.<br />

Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters most<br />

compellingly weave Americana melodies and<br />

instrumentation with African desert blues, Middle<br />

Eastern percussion and rubbery trip-hop rhythms<br />

— and the mystical with the political — during the<br />

adventurous title track, acoustic-textured “Season’s<br />

Song,” “Bones of Saints,” and Ersel Hickey’s 1957<br />

rockabilly romp “Bluebirds Over the Mountain,”<br />

retooled as a yearning duet with Chrissie Hynde.<br />

There’s a lot to get lost in, and that’s all to the good.<br />

robertplant.com<br />

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER, Hallelujah<br />

Anyhow (Merge): ★★★½<br />

In its best moments, Nancy Wilson’s smoothly<br />

produced post-Heart venture with vocalist<br />

Liv Warfield (formerly of Prince’s New Power<br />

Generation) lets Wilson stretch out on guitar while<br />

hitting Heart’s empowering-anthem sweet spot.<br />

“Get Loud” sets the defiantly rocking tone, its<br />

message essentially reprised with gospel-kissed<br />

closer “Never Say Die.” The material is uneven but<br />

the band flexes well-muscled performance chops,<br />

delivering funkier, soulful takes on Heart’s “Even It<br />

Up” and “These Dreams,” plus a live track, “Mind<br />

Your Business,” that demonstrates Warfield’s more<br />

than mere substitute for Wilson’s powerhouse sister.<br />

roadcaseroyale.com<br />

CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT, Dreams and<br />

Daggers (Mack Avenue): ★★★★<br />

The Grammy-winning jazz stylist’s melodic<br />

playfulness is dazzling though sometimes<br />

emotionally distancing throughout this pristinely<br />

recorded double-album set as she slides lightly from<br />

sweet, bell-curved soprano to earthier chest tones.<br />

Her taste in Broadway, blues and pop plums is<br />

interesting and assured, whether delivering a sultry<br />

reading of Noel Coward’s “Mad About the Boy,” a<br />

slow tease of Ida Cox’s “Wild Women Don’t Have<br />

the Blues,” or a coyly timed, impeccably intonated<br />

rendition of the Bessie Smith chestnut “You’ve<br />

Got to Give Me Some” that provides a wonderful<br />

showcase for Aaron Diehl’s sterling piano work.<br />

cecilemclorinsalvant.com<br />

THE MAVERICKS Brand New Day<br />

(Mono Mundo): ★★★<br />

As usual, the rollicking foursome’s hybridization<br />

of classic pop and country, old-school rock ‘n’<br />

roll, tango and Tex-Mex goes down pleasurably<br />

as a margarita with a generous kick. Accordion,<br />

banjo, saxophone and Eddie Perez’s stinging guitar<br />

lines shimmy and ring through merrily engaging<br />

tracks like “Easy As It Seems,” “I Will Be Yours”<br />

and “Ride With Me.” None of the songs are as<br />

distinctive as Raul Malo’s seductively robust tenor,<br />

but they make for a cheering party soundtrack.<br />

At the Regent in Downtown LA Friday, Oct. 6.<br />

Themavericksband.com<br />

• N I T E L I F E•<br />

–CONTINUED FROM PAGE 109<br />

MEOWMEOWZ! Retro ‘80s Thrift Shop<br />

2423 E. Colorado Blvd.,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 798-6969<br />

facebook.com/meowmeowz<br />

Fridays and Saturdays—Live music every<br />

Friday and Saturday; all ages welcome<br />

Old Towne Pub<br />

66 N. Fair Oaks Ave.,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 577-6583<br />

theoldtownepub.com<br />

Live music most nignts of the week<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Ballroom Dance Association<br />

73 N. Hill Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 799-5689<br />

pasadenaballroomdance.com<br />

Saturday—The Saturday Swing Dance features<br />

Red Young & His Hot Horns<br />

Plate 38<br />

2361 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 793-7100<br />

plate38.com<br />

Fridays & Saturdays—Live music on select<br />

Fridays & Saturdays<br />

The Rose<br />

Paseo Colorado<br />

245 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(888) 645-5006<br />

roseconcerts.com<br />

Friday—Air Supply<br />

Saturday—Rik Emmett of Triumph w/Dave<br />

Dunlop<br />

Sunday—Soulful Sunday Brunch; Marshall<br />

Tucker Band<br />

Tuesday—Bobby Watson Rufusized<br />

T. Boyle’s Tavern<br />

37 N. Catalina Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 578-0957<br />

tboylestavern.com<br />

Americana<br />

Hero<br />

ROOTS ROCKER JAMES INTVELD<br />

VISITS ARCADIA BLUES CLUB<br />

SATURDAY<br />

Sunday—Action Trivia<br />

Tuesday—Action Trivia<br />

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY<br />

Arcadia Blues Club<br />

16 E. Huntington Drive,<br />

Arcadia<br />

(626) 447-9349<br />

arcadiabluesclub.com<br />

Friday—Chef Denis & Friends<br />

Saturday—James Intveld<br />

The Buccaneer<br />

70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.,<br />

Sierra Madre<br />

(626) 355-9045<br />

myspace.com/piratedive<br />

Wednesday—Wednesday Night Platter Party:<br />

Bring your fave vinyl to be spun on turntable<br />

First Cabin<br />

46 E. Huntington Drive,<br />

Arcadia<br />

(626) 446-2575<br />

Thursdays-Saturdays—Pat O’Brien & the<br />

Priests of Love exalt the blues and classic rock<br />

The Granada<br />

17 S. First St., Alhambra<br />

(626) 227-2572<br />

thegranadala.com<br />

Thursday—Deejay Vince; Deejay Kenny; Deejay<br />

Miro<br />

Friday—Live music w/Guicho Y La Tribu; Deejay<br />

Moreno; Deejay Virtual; Deejay Vince<br />

Saturday—Live music w/Tabaco Y Ron; Deejay<br />

Magico; Deejay Miro; Deejay Rey Cua<br />

Sunday—Cuban Timba Nightclub w/Deejay<br />

Warapo<br />

Tuesday—Deejay Goodtimes<br />

Matt Denny’s Ale House<br />

145 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia<br />

(626) 462-0250<br />

JAMES INTVELD, WHOSE ROOTSY STYLE<br />

HAS BEEN A POPULAR DRAW FOR MANY<br />

YEARS, RETURNS TO ARCADIA BLUES CLUB<br />

SATURDAY<br />

The LA-based singer, songwriter and guitarist<br />

traces his love for music to his childhood, when<br />

he grew up listening and singing along to his parents’<br />

recordings of diverse artists that included<br />

Hank Williams, Sr., Dean Martin, Lefty Frizell and<br />

Elvis. He parlayed that early taste of music into<br />

early involvement into the cow punk movement<br />

of the 1980s, when he played some of the same<br />

clubs as Dwight Yoakam and Rosie Flores.<br />

His rockabilly style has propelled him into a life as one<br />

of the most in-demand Americana players in the area.<br />

Intveld also leads a separate life as an actor and a<br />

director. He and his music have been featured in fi lms<br />

including Sean Penn’s “Indian Runner” and in “The Thing<br />

Called Love” starring River Phoenix.<br />

He boasts a long string of albums, and always draws enthusiastic audiences wherever he plays.<br />

Visit jamesintveld.com. — John Sollenberger<br />

mattdennys.com<br />

Tuesday—J.C. Hyke Songwriter Serenade<br />

features Native Harrow; Randall Kirby; Tim<br />

Tedrow; Annette Conlon<br />

Villa Catrina<br />

251 N. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia<br />

(626) 294-1973<br />

villacatrina.com<br />

Thursdays—Comedy open mic every fi rst and<br />

third Thursday of the month<br />

Wednesdays—Karaoke w/Deejay Zary<br />

WEST OF PASADENA<br />

Colombo’s Restaurant<br />

1833 Colorado Blvd.,<br />

Eagle Rock<br />

(323) 254-9138<br />

colombosrestaurant.com<br />

Thursday—Trifecta<br />

Friday—Steve Thompson<br />

Monday—Eric Eckstrand Trio<br />

Days Inn Lounge<br />

450 Pioneer Drive,<br />

Glendale<br />

(323) 259-5900<br />

tommydodson.com<br />

Fridays—Tommy Dodson and friends present<br />

Cabaret Fridays<br />

The Oak and Vine<br />

117 E. Harvard St.,<br />

Glendale<br />

(818) 507-7011<br />

theoakandvine.com<br />

Live music every weekend<br />

Winchester Room<br />

6522 San Fernando Road,<br />

Glendale<br />

(818) 241-5475<br />

thewinchesterroom.com<br />

Friday—Karaoke<br />

Saturday—Karaoke ■<br />

Music starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the<br />

door. Call (626) 447-9349 or visit arcadiabluesclub.com.<br />

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•CALENDAR•<br />

Montel Williams amd Dean Cain<br />

Super Cause<br />

FORMER ‘SUPERMAN’ DEAN CAIN FOCUSES ON THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE IN THE<br />

DOCUMENTARY ‘ARCHITECTS OF DENIAL’<br />

Dean Cain rose to stardom in the<br />

1990s by playing the ultimate superhero<br />

in the ABC series “Lois & Clark:<br />

The New Adventures of Superman.”<br />

While he has maintained a steady<br />

career in the decades since by starring<br />

in an endless assortment of TV movies<br />

and guest-starring roles on series, he<br />

has also become a real-life hero by<br />

using his notoriety to bring awareness<br />

to human rights campaigns around the<br />

globe.<br />

Cain serves as an executive<br />

producer on the new documentary<br />

“Architects of Denial: Genocide Denied<br />

Is Genocide Continued,” which focuses<br />

on the Armenian Genocide and explores<br />

how similar atrocities still affl ict the<br />

Armenians and many other populations<br />

including in Sudan. Teaming with veteran<br />

talk-show host Montel Williams to<br />

help draw funding and attention to the<br />

project, he appeared with Williams and<br />

an array of stars and politicians, including<br />

US Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank,<br />

at the fi lm’s red carpet premiere on Oct.<br />

3 in Hollywood, prior to its opening<br />

Friday at the Laemmle Playhouse 7.<br />

“Neither Montel nor I are Armenian,<br />

but I was a history major at Princeton,<br />

and I’ve traveled the world and been to<br />

lots of places with Montel doing charity<br />

work for children and other charities,”<br />

says Cain, speaking by phone from<br />

Washington, DC, where he was lobbying<br />

congresspersons to endorse House<br />

Resolution 220, authored by Schiff,<br />

which would formally recognize the<br />

BY CARL KOZLOWSKI<br />

Armenian Genocide and inspire faster<br />

labeling of other genocidal actions.<br />

“We don’t agree politically on<br />

everything, but one thing we agree on<br />

is that genocide is wrong. This very<br />

fi rst genocide of the 20th century has<br />

been swept under the rug, hidden and<br />

whitewashed by governments because<br />

no one wants to take responsibility,”<br />

Cain said. “If you don’t acknowledge it,<br />

you allow it to continue, and the media<br />

ignores Turkey and Azerbaijan now with<br />

how they treat Armenia, plus there are<br />

atrocities in Sudan and persecution of<br />

Christians elsewhere.”<br />

“Architects” traces the turbulent<br />

modern history of the Armenian people,<br />

from their decimation by Ottoman<br />

Turks at the onset of World War I until<br />

the present, when they are threatened<br />

by Turkey as well as its ally, Azerbaijan.<br />

It chronicles the Armenian Genocide of<br />

1915 and includes interviews with its<br />

survivors, who detail the horrors they<br />

or their family members had experienced,<br />

and experts, who graphically<br />

illustrate the real connection between<br />

its historical denial with present-day<br />

mass exterminations in confl ict zones<br />

around the world.<br />

While Cain and Williams don’t<br />

appear in “Architects,” they are in the<br />

midst of producing and appearing in<br />

another documentary in which they<br />

have conducted on-camera interviews<br />

with Syrian Armenians, the Armenian<br />

president, foreign minister and prime<br />

minister. The focus of that fi lm is to<br />

show how the lives of many Armenian<br />

families have come full circle from<br />

fl eeing into Syria nearly 100 years ago,<br />

only to fl ee back home now because of<br />

persecution from Muslim extremists in<br />

that nation.<br />

“This is the fi rst time anyone has<br />

put together one huge statement of<br />

how familial relations are affected<br />

by genocides and refugee situations<br />

around the planet,” says Cain. “[Wikileaks<br />

founder] Julian Assange has not<br />

given interviews on this subject, and we<br />

specifi cally ask congressmen on camera<br />

about their denial that the Armenian<br />

Genocide took place, after they’ve taken<br />

money from Turkish lobbyists.”<br />

With more than 100 congressional<br />

sponsors of House Resolution 220<br />

already lined up, Cain feels optimistic<br />

that his efforts will pay off soon with<br />

a vote. But he also notes that there<br />

will always be another place in need of<br />

some heroic help.<br />

“This has gone on throughout history,<br />

but modern travel and technology<br />

has given us the tools to monitor and<br />

stop genocidal actions faster than before,”<br />

says Cain. “I’ve spent the last few<br />

days educating congressmen on the<br />

issue, and they seem receptive. We’ll<br />

see if we can get it done.” ■<br />

“Architects of Denial” opens Friday at the<br />

Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd.,<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong>. For more information, call (626)<br />

844-6500 or visit laemmle.com/theaters/6.<br />

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•CALENDAR•<br />

Thursday Oct. 05 through Wednesday Oct. 11<br />

PLEASE NOTE: Deadline for Calendar<br />

submissions is noon Wednesday of the week<br />

before the issue publishes. Send to johns@<br />

pasadenaweekly.com<br />

THURSDAY<br />

Boston Court Performing Arts Center<br />

70 N. Mentor Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 683-6801<br />

bostoncourt.com<br />

Boston Court’s Emerging Artists Series features<br />

Piano Spheres Satellite Artist James Rushford,<br />

performing a reworking of Mompou’s “Musica<br />

Callada,” starting with a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.<br />

followed by the concert at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10<br />

general admission, free for students.<br />

The Blue Guitar<br />

Arroyo Seco Golf Course<br />

1055 Lohman Lane, South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(323) 769-3500<br />

blueguitar.club<br />

The club at Arroyo Seco Golf Course hosts music<br />

performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Tonight’s<br />

show features the Molly Miller Trio. Admission is<br />

$15 for table seating, $10 general admission.<br />

Cancer Support Community Ladies Night Out<br />

The Rose<br />

245 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-1083<br />

cscpasadena.org<br />

Ladies Night Out, a night of laughter, entertainment<br />

and commemoration honors the<br />

courageous women who have been touched by<br />

cancer, starting at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit<br />

the organization’s free services. Dinner, games,<br />

a raffle, live entertainment and a live auction are<br />

included. Tickets are $175.<br />

Lake Avenue Church<br />

393 N. Lake Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 817-4530<br />

lakeave.org<br />

A music performance, “Mostly Baroque” features<br />

a string ensemble and harpsichordist, plus<br />

Megan Shung, violin and Salley Christopher and<br />

Janni Funderburk on flutes, performing Bach’s<br />

“Brandenburg Concerto #4.” In addition, Tessa<br />

Studebacker and Stephanie Barnes perform<br />

selected duets, accompanied by pianist Duane<br />

Funderburk, from noon to 12:40 p.m. Free.<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Senior Center<br />

85 E. Holly St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-4331<br />

pasadenaseniorcenter.org<br />

Tressa Thompson, senior driving ombudsman<br />

at the DMV offers information about maintaining<br />

driving independence, safety tips, how to prepare<br />

for a driving test, driver education resources for<br />

seniors and other topics, starting at 10 a.m. Free.<br />

South <strong>Pasadena</strong> Library Movie Night<br />

South <strong>Pasadena</strong> Library Community Room<br />

1115 El Centro St., South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 403-7350<br />

southpasadenaca.gov/library<br />

The library screens the 1955 classic, “Rebel<br />

Without a Cause,” starring James Dean, Natalie<br />

Wood, Sal Mineo and Dennis Hopper. The film<br />

is introduced by actor Dean Ghaffari, a South<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> resident who performed as Mineo at the<br />

library in 2014 in a one-man show. Doors open at<br />

6:30 p.m. and the film starts at 7 p.m. Free.<br />

Vroman’s Bookstore<br />

695 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-5320<br />

vromansbookstore.com<br />

Gwen Katz, in conversation with Jessica Cluess,<br />

discusses and signs “Among the Red Stars” at<br />

7 p.m.<br />

FRIDAY<br />

Abril Bookstore<br />

415 E. Broadway, Glendale<br />

(818) 243-4112<br />

abrilbooks.com<br />

The Armenian Film Society screens Henrik<br />

Malyan’s classic film “A Piece of Sky” (1980), the<br />

story of a young orphan taken to be raised by his<br />

childless aunt and her husband, and who, as an<br />

adult, chooses a girl from a brothel as his partner,<br />

even though his friends cannot accept his choice.<br />

It starts at 7:30 p.m. Free.<br />

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library <strong>Best</strong> Used<br />

Book Sale<br />

Sierra Madre Library<br />

440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre<br />

sierramadrelibraryfriends.org<br />

The sale features fiction and non-fiction books<br />

in a wide range of topics, including cooking, art,<br />

history and contemporary culture, plus children’s<br />

books, teacher materials and resources, gardening<br />

and other subjects, from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday<br />

and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.<br />

Norton Simon Museum<br />

411 W. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-6840<br />

nortonsimon.org<br />

A guided tour visits highlights of the Norton<br />

Simon collections from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and 7 to<br />

7:45 p.m., included with museum admission of<br />

$12 for adults, $9 for seniors, free for members,<br />

students and guests 18 and younger.<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Museum of California Art<br />

490 E. Union St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 568-3665<br />

pmcaonline.org<br />

Free First Friday means free admission from noon<br />

to 5 p.m.<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Senior Center<br />

85 E. Holly St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-4331<br />

pasadenaseniorcenter.org<br />

Free films screen at 1 p.m. on select Fridays.<br />

Friday’s film is “Snatched” (<strong>2017</strong>).<br />

“The Comedic Tragedy of Macbeth”<br />

Brand Park<br />

1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale<br />

deanproductionstheatre.com<br />

“The Comedic Tragedy of Macbeth” offers a new<br />

take on a classic play, opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday<br />

and continuing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Wednesday,<br />

and Oct. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21. Text is by<br />

William Shakespeare, in a modern-day interpretation<br />

adapted and directed by Rebecca Lynne, and<br />

presented by Dean Productions. It tells the story<br />

of a janitor at an insane asylum who bonds with<br />

five patients, in a Halloween twist of the classic<br />

Shakespearean tragedy. Admission is free; visit<br />

the website for reservations.<br />

Vroman’s Bookstore<br />

695 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-5320<br />

vromansbookstore.com<br />

Celeste Ng discusses and signs “Little Fires<br />

Everywhere” at 7 p.m.<br />

SATURDAY<br />

Alex Theatre<br />

216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale<br />

(818) 243-2539<br />

alextheatre.org<br />

An 85th birthday salute to composer, conductor,<br />

pianist and jazz musician Lalo Schifrin starts at 8<br />

p.m., as guest conductor Chris Walden leads an<br />

all-star big band, with special guests celebrating<br />

Schifrin’s life and artistry. Tickets are $25 to $150.<br />

Eagle Rock Music Festival<br />

Colorado Boulevard between Eagle Rock Boulevard<br />

and Argus Street, Eagle Rock<br />

eaglerockmusicfestival.org<br />

Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock and LA City<br />

Councilman José Huizar present the 18th annual<br />

Eagle Rock Music Festival from 4 to 10 p.m. Eight<br />

stages feature an eclectic mix of local talent in a<br />

variety of genres by dozens of acts. Admission<br />

is free. Guests can purchase VIP tickets to skip<br />

the entry line and also receive a commemorative<br />

t-shirt, get a front-row seat at the main stage<br />

and attend the festival kick-off party at the Hi<br />

Hat. A $10 ticket gets fast entry by skipping the<br />

line. Proceeds benefit the Center’s after school<br />

program, Imagine Studio, providing after-school<br />

arts education for local children.<br />

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and<br />

Botanical Gardens<br />

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino<br />

(626) 405-2100<br />

huntington.org<br />

“Tiffany Favrile Glass: Masterworks from the<br />

Collection of Stanley and Dolores Sirott” features<br />

32 exquisite glass vases that survey the full range<br />

of Tiffany’s Favrile glass vase production, ranging<br />

from experimental works from the 1890s to<br />

peacock vases from the early years of the 20th<br />

century, on view Saturday through Feb. 26.<br />

Kidspace Children’s Museum<br />

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

kidspacemuseum.org<br />

The museum’s Arroyo Adventure invites guests<br />

to journey through the Haunted Arroyo, featuring<br />

ghouls and spooks, as they light themselves<br />

up with glow-in-the-dark body paint and learn<br />

how to make ghoul slime, create black light art,<br />

enjoy a special performance and investigate how<br />

nocturnal animals live in darkness, from 5 to 8<br />

p.m., included with museum admission of $13<br />

for adults and children age one and older, free for<br />

children younger than one.<br />

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic<br />

Garden<br />

301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia<br />

(626) 821-3222<br />

arboretum.org<br />

The Arboretum’s annual Cats in the Garden<br />

car show features a collection of Jaguars and<br />

other non-feline vehicles, including Cobras and<br />

Mustangs, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is<br />

included with regular Arboretum admission of $9<br />

for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children ages 5 to<br />

12, free for those younger than 5 and members.<br />

Norton Simon Museum<br />

411 W. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-6840<br />

nortonsimon.org<br />

A guided tour visits works of sculpture depicting<br />

abstract art, from 1 to 2 p.m. included with<br />

museum admission of $12 for adults, $9 for<br />

seniors, free for members, students and guests<br />

18 and younger.<br />

“<strong>Of</strong>f My Head” Storytelling by Ty Fance<br />

Coffee Gallery Backstage<br />

2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena<br />

(626) 639-8558<br />

facebook.com/ty.fance<br />

Storyteller and author Ty Fance presents storytelling<br />

featuring his journey through fatherhood, reflections<br />

on marriage and his colorful childhood,<br />

starting at 3 p.m. Fance is joined by comedian and<br />

actor Melanie Maras, comedian and author Ruby<br />

Cooper, journalist, musician and author Julio<br />

Martinez and actor and comedian Julian Vazquez.<br />

Admission is $15, cash only at the door. Call for<br />

reservations.<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Museum of California Art<br />

490 E. Union St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 568-3665 pmcaonline.org<br />

The museum presents “¡Fiesta Cubana!” in conjunction<br />

with the current exhibition “Hollywood in<br />

Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting<br />

US Films.” It is a Cuban and Hollywoodthemed<br />

celebration honoring the contributions of<br />

art and education advocates Reed and Chris Halladay,<br />

and artist and educator Dave Lefner, whose<br />

exhibition, “LA Redux: Reduction Linocuts by<br />

Dave Lefner” is also on view through Jan. 7. The<br />

evening includes dancing to Cuban music, with a<br />

backdrop of classic silent films and Cuban décor.<br />

The event, from 7 to 10 p.m. includes a cocktail<br />

reception, live music, Cuban food and drinks, a<br />

silent auction and other surprises. It takes place in<br />

the museum’s Kosmic Krylon Garage. Tickets are<br />

$150 and up.<br />

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ONGOING<br />

A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong>, presents the Jean Giraudox comedy<br />

“The Madwoman of Chaillot,” directed by Stephanie Shroyer. The story explores the<br />

kooky coterie of Countess Aurelia and their efforts to drive away evil profi teers after oil<br />

is discovered under Paris. The David-vs.-Goliath fable is known as side-splitting theater.<br />

The show continues through Nov. 11. Tickets start at $25. Call (626) 356-3100 or visit<br />

anoisewithin.org.<br />

Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70<br />

N. Mentor Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong> The Theatre at<br />

Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong>,<br />

presents the quirky, eccentric, wildly original<br />

“With Love and a Major Organ,” an examination<br />

of physical human interaction in the age<br />

of technology, which opened with previews<br />

Sept. 28 and continuing at 8 p.m. Thursdays<br />

through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through<br />

Nov. 5. Tickets are $39 general admission,<br />

$34 for seniors, $20 for students. Call (626)<br />

583-6801 or visit bostoncourt.com.<br />

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and<br />

Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San<br />

Marino, presents the fall exhibition “Visual<br />

PHOTO: Craig Schwartz<br />

Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature<br />

from Columbus to Darwin” as part of The<br />

Getty’s “Pacifi c Standard Time: LA/LA” initiative,<br />

exploring Latin American and Latino art<br />

involving more than 70 arts institutions in<br />

Southern California. The exhibition, which<br />

opened Sept. 16, explores how the depiction<br />

of the region’s nature contributed to art and<br />

science during the colonial era, starting with<br />

the fi rst contact with Europeans in the late<br />

1400s, to the mid-1800s. It features more<br />

than 150 paintings, rare books, illustrated<br />

manuscripts, prints and drawings from the<br />

Huntington’s collections, on view through<br />

Jan. 8. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org.<br />

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Salastina Music Society Concert<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Conservatory of Music<br />

100 N. Hill Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

salastina.org<br />

The Society opens its new, main season with a<br />

concert at 8 p.m. in the Conservatory’s Barrett<br />

Hall. The chamber music ensemble presents a<br />

new work, “Sounds of Genius: American Mirror”<br />

by Derrick Spiva. The concert is hosted by Brian<br />

Lauritzen, who discusses the work with Spiva.<br />

The concert repeats Oct. 8 in Santa Monica’s<br />

Miles Playhouse. Tickets are $32 in advance, or<br />

$40 at the door, $10 for students.<br />

SUNDAY<br />

Boston Court Performing Arts Center<br />

70 N. Mentor Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 683-6801<br />

bostoncourt.com<br />

Boston Court’s Emerging Artists Series features<br />

baritone David Childs, accompanied by pianist<br />

Mark Robson, performing an eclectic program<br />

including works by Milhaud, William Bolcom,<br />

Marc Blitzstein and Lee Hoiby, starting at 3 p.m.<br />

Tickets are $10 for adults, free for students.<br />

Glendale Memorial Health Foundation Evening<br />

of Wine and Roses<br />

Langham Huntington, <strong>Pasadena</strong> Hotel<br />

1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(818) 502-2364<br />

501auctions.com/wineandroses<br />

The Foundation hosts its 30th annual Evening of<br />

Wine and Roses fundraising gala, starting at 5<br />

p.m. with a reception and silent auction. Dinner, a<br />

live auction and the evening’s entertainment start<br />

at 6:30 p.m. The event raises funds for the Foundation’s<br />

“Humankindness in the Making” initiative,<br />

benefiting renovation efforts of Glendale Memorial<br />

Hospital’s second floor into an updated center for<br />

outpatient services, including a new gastroenterology<br />

lab. Tickets are $500 per person. Visit the<br />

website or call or email tri.fritz@dignityhealth.org<br />

for reservations.<br />

“Sweet Sorrow: A Zombie Ballet”<br />

Lanterman Auditorium<br />

4491 Cornishon Ave., La Cañada Flintridge<br />

zombieballet.com<br />

The Leigh Purtill Ballet Company (leighpurtillballet.com)<br />

presents its new ballet, adapted by<br />

choreographer Purtill, continuing the story of<br />

Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” following<br />

the couple’s death. It features dancing zombies,<br />

witches, vampires and lost souls, with performances<br />

at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in<br />

advance, $30 at the door.<br />

Soulful Sunday Brunch The Rose<br />

245 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(888) 645-5006<br />

roseconcerts.com<br />

Enjoy a live Motown-style band, gospel choir<br />

and mouthwatering brunch from $29 to $58.<br />

The $18.50 general admission does not include<br />

brunch. Brunch starts at 10 a.m. and music starts<br />

at 11 a.m.<br />

Tuesday Musicale Second Sunday Concert<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Public Library, Central Branch<br />

285 E. Walnut St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 797-1994<br />

tuesdaymusicaleofpasadena.blogspot.com<br />

The concert features pianist Sara Banta performing<br />

chamber music by Dvorak, Brahms and<br />

Mozart, at 2:30 p.m. Free.<br />

MONDAY<br />

Vroman’s Bookstore<br />

695 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-5320<br />

vromansbookstore.com<br />

Dave Bossert discusses and signs “Oswald the<br />

Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney<br />

Cartoons” at 7 p.m.<br />

TUESDAY<br />

Cancer Support Community<br />

76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Ste. 215, <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 796-1083<br />

cscpasadena.org<br />

Dr. Gino K. In, assistant professor of medicine<br />

at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center<br />

discusses how the immune system interacts with<br />

cancer, treatments available and he offers tips on<br />

managing side effects, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free,<br />

but call for reservations.<br />

Crowell Public Library<br />

1890 E. Huntington Drive, San Marino<br />

(626) 300-0777<br />

crowellpubliclibrary.org<br />

The free discussion series “Jazz & Swing from A<br />

to Z: The Story of America’s Music,” presented<br />

by Dr. Thom Mason, USC professor emeritus of<br />

jazz studies at USC’s Thornton School of Music,<br />

continues with “Ladies Who Sing Jazz and Swing”<br />

from 12:30 to 2 p.m. It continues Tuesdays<br />

through Oct. 24. Former Fashion Institute Librarian<br />

Alex Kosztowny discusses “History of Fashion<br />

from a Technical Perspective,” exploring the craft<br />

and construction aspects involved in garment<br />

creation, starting at 7 p.m.<br />

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and<br />

Botanical Gardens<br />

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino<br />

(626) 405-2100<br />

huntington.org<br />

An East Asian Garden lecture features Nick Menzies<br />

telling the story of the camellia and its journey<br />

from China to Europe and beyond, exploring<br />

how a plant deeply embedded in China’s cultural<br />

heritage became an object of botanical study and<br />

prized as a garden ornament after its arrival in<br />

the west in the 17th century, starting at 7:30 p.m.<br />

Free; no reservations required.<br />

<strong>Pasadena</strong> Senior Center<br />

85 E. Holly St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 795-4331<br />

pasadenaseniorcenter.org<br />

The Center’s Masters Series discussion program<br />

explores topics ranging from national politics<br />

to arts and culture, from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays<br />

through Nov. 14. Tuesday’s topic is “The Play’s the<br />

Thing,” by Beverly Olevin, director, playwright and<br />

award-winning novelist. Cost is $15 per talk.<br />

Vroman’s Bookstore<br />

695 E. Colorado Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(626) 449-5320 vromansbookstore.com<br />

Masha Gessen, in conversation with David Ulin<br />

discusses and signs “The Future is History: How<br />

Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia” at 7 p.m.<br />

WEDNESDAY<br />

The Rose<br />

245 E. Green St., <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

(888) 645-5006<br />

roseconcerts.com<br />

Make your own music with karaoke in the Lobby<br />

Lounge at The Rose Wednesday through Saturday<br />

night.<br />

Wine & Song Music Series<br />

Arroyo Seco Golf Course<br />

1055 Lohman Lane, South <strong>Pasadena</strong><br />

wineandsong.com<br />

Brad Colerick’s weekly singer/songwriter series<br />

features Sofia Talvik and Sunny War at 7 p.m.<br />

Tickets are $10 general admission, $15 for table<br />

seating, available on the website. ■<br />

ONGOING<br />

Unbound Productions’ Wicked Lit at Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery, 2300 N.<br />

Marengo Ave., Altadena, features adaptations of Ambrose Bierce’s “The Damned Thing,”<br />

“Thoth’s Labyrinth,” inspired by the Egyptian legend “The Book of Thoth,” “The Open Door,”<br />

from the short story by Margaret Oliphant and “Liliom,” inspired by the play by Ferenc Molnár.<br />

Performances continue at 7:30 p.m. through Nov. 11. Tickets are $45 to $100. Visit unboundproductions.org.<br />

PHOTO: Daniel Kitayama<br />

PHOTO: Jenny Graham<br />

The <strong>Pasadena</strong> Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., <strong>Pasadena</strong>, presents actress Jane Kaczmarek<br />

(“Malcolm in the Middle”) starring in Deaf West Theatre’s production of Thornton Wilder’s<br />

classic, “Our Town,” which opened Sept. 26. It tells the story of the fictional town of Grover’s<br />

Corners between 1901 and 1913, told through the everyday lives of its citizens. Wilder used<br />

theatrical devices including setting the play in the actual theater where it’s being performed,<br />

and Kaczmarek’s character is the Stage Manager, who directly addresses the audience. The<br />

cast includes both hearing and deaf actors. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through<br />

Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 22. An additional 7 p.m.<br />

performance is scheduled for Oct. 22. Tickets are $25 to $92. Call (626) 356-7529 or visit<br />

pasadenaplayhouse.org.<br />

Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado<br />

Blvd., <strong>Pasadena</strong>, presents the exhibition,<br />

“R.I.P.: On Art and Mourning,” a small but<br />

moving display that expounds on the theme<br />

of mourning, featuring various, seldom-seen<br />

objects from the museum’s collection spanning<br />

centuries and cultures, demonstrating<br />

how art is created to comfort the living,<br />

continuing through Nov. 27. Call (626) 449-<br />

6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.<br />

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BY ZOE HEWITT<br />

Queen of Hearts<br />

JUDI DENCH SHINES IN ’VICTORIA & ABDUL’<br />

Judi Dench has played so many queens that she should be made<br />

honorary British royalty. In “Victoria & Abdul” the year is 1887<br />

and Queen Victoria (Dench) is floundering. The most powerful<br />

woman in the world, she languishes from personal loss, sleeps<br />

through her own banquets and suffers the indignity of reporting<br />

her bowel movements.<br />

Enter Abdul (Ali Fazal) – literally. He’s honored with the job of<br />

presenting a ceremonial Indian coin to Queen Victoria alongside<br />

Mohammed (Adeel Akhtar), a last-minute fill-in who wants nothing<br />

to do with the task. Following an arduous journey from India,<br />

the pair receives strict instructions about protocol. They are props<br />

just as much as the coin.<br />

After handing Queen Victoria the gift and backing away as<br />

etiquette dictates, Abdul breaks convention and locks eyes with<br />

the monarch. A tense moment ensues: how will she react? Declaring<br />

him handsome, the queen decides both men should stay, thus<br />

marking the beginning of their relationship over the final 15 years<br />

of the queen’s life.<br />

The chemistry between Dench and Fazal is integral to the<br />

course of the film and the pair’s ambiguous on-screen relationship.<br />

Why, exactly, is Queen Victoria so taken with Abdul, whom she<br />

elevates from servant to teacher to adviser over the course of their<br />

years together? Is it a matter of physical attraction or something<br />

more?<br />

“Victoria & Abdul” makes a case for the similarities between<br />

the pair. The first shot of Abdul is a solitary one; he completes his<br />

morning prayers alone on an Indian rooftop with a bustling city laid<br />

out below. Following the ritual, Abdul must jump into the fray. It<br />

becomes clear that he may be among the people, but is not of them.<br />

The queen, too, leads a life of isolation. Though she’s surrounded<br />

by a large and efficient staff, she’s like a rag doll under<br />

everyone else’s control. Starting from the moment she gets up<br />

in the morning, her body hangs limply as she’s manipulated and<br />

dressed by others. The queen’s lack of power within her own life is<br />

emphasized by director Stephen Frears as he chooses not to reveal<br />

her face until several scenes have passed. It’s as though the queen<br />

herself so unimportant that there’s no need to bother with it.<br />

As the relationship between the pair strengthens, there’s a<br />

beautiful moment when the queen and Abdul dance together<br />

on a verandah. An interview with Fazal reveals the words were<br />

scripted, but the action was not. He says Frears asked them to<br />

dance while saying their lines, a move that resulted in Fazal beginning<br />

by reaching out rather gracelessly — an entirely real moment<br />

that appears in the final cut of the film.<br />

What didn’t make it? Dench and Fazal slapping their faces as a<br />

multitude of mosquitoes swarmed them in a boat. Fazal says even<br />

coming from India where the pests are everywhere, these were<br />

intolerable. The scene with the boat remains in the film, though<br />

Fazal can’t help but laugh in memory at the outtakes.<br />

The off-screen relationship between Dench and Fazal was<br />

equally as warm. He describes their first meeting as akin to an Indian<br />

arranged marriage. It took place at a picturesque restaurant,<br />

and though he had a self-described fan boy moment, he says Dench<br />

gave him the “warmest hug and it just became so easy after that.”<br />

“Victoria & Abdul” is easy, too, in the way that a well-constructed<br />

film should be. It’s a combination of Oscar-worthy acting, crisp<br />

writing, beautiful cinematography and gorgeous costume designs,<br />

all areas that could conceivably garner Oscar recognition.<br />

The mosquito outtakes may have been good for a few chuckles,<br />

but the ultimate film is far superior. ■ GRADE: A<br />

CAPSULE REVIEWS<br />

BY CARL KOZLOWSKI<br />

AMERICAN MADE<br />

Stars: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah<br />

Wright<br />

Length: 115 minutes<br />

Directed by: Doug Liman<br />

Rating: R<br />

This exciting and funny action comedy is<br />

also the bizarre true-life tale of Barry Seal,<br />

an airline pilot who found himself recruited<br />

to make illegal fl ights in the 1980s by both<br />

the CIA and the Medellin drug cartel. The<br />

complications and confl icts that Barry fi nds<br />

himself in are unpredictable from start to<br />

fi nish, and Cruise is a joy to watch in his most<br />

human role in 15 years. Grade: A<br />

BATTLE OF THE SEXES<br />

Stars: Emma Stone, Steve Carell<br />

Length: 121 minutes<br />

Directed by: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie<br />

Faris<br />

Rating: PG13<br />

Recounting the 1972 showdown between<br />

female tennis champ Billie Jean King and<br />

former male champ Bobby Riggs designed<br />

to show that men were superior athletes, this<br />

rousing and funny true story also has a lot<br />

of emotional heft as it depicts King internal<br />

confl icts regarding her sexual orientation. The<br />

movie has great performances and a terrifi c<br />

score, while the directors keep the balls in the<br />

air for a game-set-match winner. Grade: A<br />

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN<br />

CIRCLE<br />

Stars: Taran Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne<br />

Moore, Channing Tatum<br />

Length: 141 minutes<br />

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn<br />

Rating: R<br />

This sequel to the 2015 surprise hit spy<br />

comedy "Kingsman: The Secret Service" tries<br />

to follow the idea that "bigger is better" but<br />

comes up somewhat short. Big names like<br />

Moore and Tatum are added to the cast but<br />

do almost nothing, and there's a long middle<br />

stretch without any action, but the parts that<br />

work are great enough to make this worth the<br />

watch for action comedy fans. Grade: B<br />

BRAD'S STATUS<br />

Stars: Ben Stiller, Jenna Fischer, Jermaine<br />

Clement<br />

Length: 101 minutes<br />

Directed by: Mike White<br />

Rating: R<br />

This character-driven indie dramedy largely<br />

consists of the interior monologues of<br />

Stiller as a man in the throes of an extremely<br />

annoying midlife crisis while taking his son on<br />

a college scouting tour that includes his own<br />

alma mater. Stiller shows surprising depth but<br />

the movie will make you want to slap Brad out<br />

of his funk. Grade: D<br />

IT<br />

Stars: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Leberher, Finn<br />

Wolfhard<br />

Length: 135 minutes<br />

Directed by: Andy Muschietti<br />

Rating: R<br />

Stephen King's epic 1986 novel fi nally hits the<br />

big screen in the fi rst of a planned two-part<br />

adaptation, mixing plenty of inventive scares<br />

with an affecting and funny group of 13-yearold<br />

outsiders in 1980s small-town Maine who<br />

have to team up to battle a demonic clown<br />

that's killing children. Muschietti avoids<br />

exploiting the gruesome moments, making this<br />

a fun ride as much as it is a scarefest. Grade: A<br />

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Atomic Blonde Fri.-Thurs., 11:50 a.m., 2:30,<br />

5:10, 7:50, 10:30 p.m.<br />

Baby Driver Fri.-Wed., 1, 3:40, 7:10, 10 p.m.;<br />

Thurs. 1, 3:40, 10 p.m.<br />

The Big Sick Fri.-Thurs., 7, 9:45 p.m.<br />

Dunkirk Fri.-Thurs., 12:40, 3:50, 7:20, 9:50 p.m.<br />

The Emoji Movie Fri.-Thurs., 11:40 a.m., 2:10,<br />

4:30 p.m.<br />

Girls Trip Fri.-Thurs., 4:40, 7:30, 10:20 p.m.<br />

The Hitman’s Bodyguard Fri.-Thurs., 12:50, 4,<br />

7:40, 10:25 p.m.<br />

Leap! Fri.-Thurs., 12 noon, 2:20 p.m.<br />

Psycho Thurs. only, 7:30 p.m.<br />

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American Made Fri.-Wed., 11:10 a.m., 2, 4:45,<br />

7:45, 10:45 p.m.<br />

Blade Runner 2049 Fri.-Wed., 11 a.m., 2:45,<br />

6:30, 10:15 p.m.; Thurs. 11:15 a.m., 3, 6:35,<br />

10:15 p.m.<br />

Flatliners Fri.-Wed., 12:45, 3:45, 6:30, 9:30 p.m.<br />

It Fri.-Tues., 6:45, 10 p.m.; Wed. 10:15 p.m.<br />

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fri.-Wed., 12<br />

noon, 3:30, 7, 10:30 p.m.<br />

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Fri.-Tues., 1:15, 4<br />

p.m.; Wed. 11:15 a.m., 2, 4:45 p.m.<br />

The Mountain Between Us Fri.-Sun., 10:45 a.m.,<br />

1:35, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 p.m.; Mon.-Tues., 11<br />

a.m., 1:45, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 p.m.; Wed. 11 a.m.,<br />

1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:30 p.m.; Thurs. 11:10 a.m.,<br />

2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:30 p.m.<br />

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Battle of the Sexes Fri.-Sun., 1, 4, 7, 10 p.m.;<br />

Mon. 1, 4, 10 p.m.; Tues. 4, 7, 10 p.m.; Wed.-<br />

Thurs., 1, 4, 7, 10 p.m.<br />

Dolores Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.<br />

Hokusai Mon. 7:30 p.m.; Tues. 1 p.m.<br />

Loving Vincent Fri. 1, 3:20, 5:40, 8, 10:15 p.m.;<br />

Sat.-Sun., 10:40 a.m., 1, 3:20, 5:40, 8, 10:15<br />

p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., 1, 3:20, 5:40, 8, 10:15 p.m.<br />

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the<br />

White House Fri.-Sat., 2, 4:40, 7:30, 10 p.m.;<br />

Sun. 2, 2, 4:40, 7:30, 10 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., 2,<br />

4:40, 7:30, 10 p.m.<br />

The Metropolitan Opera: Norma Sat. only, 9:55 a.m.<br />

Spettacolo Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.<br />

Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton<br />

Fri.-Thurs., 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55 p.m.<br />

Unrest Sat.-Sun., 10:30 a.m.<br />

Victoria & Abdul Fri. 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10<br />

p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m., 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10<br />

p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10 p.m.<br />

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American Made Fri.-Sun., 10:30 a.m., 12:15,<br />

2:50, 5:45, 7:45, 10:10 p.m.; Mon. 12:15, 2:50,<br />

5:45, 7:45, 10 p.m.; Tues.-Wed., 12:15, 2:50,<br />

5:45, 7:45, 10:10 p.m.<br />

Battle of the Sexes Fri.-Sun., 11:45 a.m., 2:35,<br />

5:35, 8:10, 10:30 p.m.; Mon.-Wed., 11:35 a.m.,<br />

2:35, 5:35, 8:10, 10:30 p.m.<br />

Blade Runner 2049 Fri. 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30,<br />

1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 7:30, 8, 8:30,<br />

9, 9:30, 10:45, 11:30, 12 midnight; Sat.-Sun., 10<br />

a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:30, 4, 4:30,<br />

5, 5:30, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10:45, 11:30 p.m.;<br />

Mon. 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1, 1:45, 2:30,<br />

3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10:45,<br />

11:30 p.m.; Tues. 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1,<br />

1:45, 2:30, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 7:30, 8, 8:30,<br />

9, 9:30, 10:45, 11:30 p.m.; Wed. 11 a.m., 11:30<br />

a.m., 12:30, 1, 1:45, 2:30, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 7:30,<br />

8, 8:30, 9:30, 10:45, 11:30 p.m.<br />

Blade Runner 2049 3D Fri.-Wed., 12 noon, 6:45,<br />

10:15 p.m.<br />

Flatliners Fri.-Sun., 11:50 a.m., 3, 5:20, 8:05,<br />

11:15 p.m.; Mon.-Wed., 11:45 a.m., 3, 5:20,<br />

8:05, 11:15 p.m.<br />

Frankenstein Mon. only, 8 p.m.<br />

Happy Death Day Wed. 12 midnight; Thurs. 7:15,<br />

9:30 p.m.<br />

It Fri.-Sun., 11:30 a.m., 2:20, 5:05, 8:15, 10:40<br />

p.m.; Mon.-Wed., 11:40 a.m., 2:20, 5:05, 8:15,<br />

10:40 p.m.<br />

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fri.-Sun., 11:55<br />

a.m., 2:45, 5:15, 8:20, 11 p.m.; Mon.-Wed.,<br />

11:50 a.m., 2:45, 5:15, 8:20, 11 p.m.<br />

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Fri.-Sun., 11:40 a.m.,<br />

2:25, 5:25, 7:35 p.m.; Mon.-Wed., 11:25 a.m.,<br />

2:25, 5:25, 7:35 p.m.<br />

The Mountain Between Us Fri.-Sat., 10:10 a.m.,<br />

12:10, 2, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45, 11:45 p.m.; Sun. 10:10<br />

a.m., 12:10, 2, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 p.m.; Mon.-Tues.,<br />

11:55 a.m., 2, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 p.m.; Wed. 11:55<br />

a.m., 2, 5:10, 7:15, 9:55 p.m.<br />

My Little Pony: The Movie Fri.-Sun., 10:05 a.m.,<br />

12:35, 2:15, 4:40, 7, 9:15 p.m.; Mon.-Wed.,<br />

11:20 a.m., 2:15, 4:40, 7, 9:15 p.m.<br />

Victoria & Abdul Fri.-Sun., 10:15 a.m., 12:05,<br />

2:40, 4:35, 7:10, 9:50 p.m.; Mon.-Tues., 11:45<br />

a.m., 2:40, 4:35, 7:10, 9:50 p.m.; Wed. 11:45<br />

a.m., 2:40, 4:35, 7:40, 9:50 p.m.<br />

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American Assassin Fri. 1:45, 12:25 a.m.; Sat.-<br />

Sun., 1:45 p.m.; Mon. 12:40 p.m.; Tues. 2 p.m.;<br />

Wed. 1:25 p.m.<br />

American Made Fri. 10:20 a.m., 12 noon, 2:35,<br />

5:10, 8:20, 10:55, 12:30 a.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10:20<br />

a.m., 12 noon, 2:35, 5:10, 8:20, 10:55 p.m.;<br />

Mon. 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, 2:35, 3:55, 5:10, 8:20,<br />

10:55 p.m.; Tues. 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, 2:35,<br />

5:10, 8:20, 10:55 p.m.; Wed. 10:30 a.m., 12<br />

noon, 2:35, 5:10, 6:15, 8:20, 10:55 p.m.<br />

Architects of Denial Fri. 10:05 a.m., 11:35 a.m.,<br />

1, 1:55, 3:25, 4:15, 6:35, 7:45, 10:10, 12:15 a.m.;<br />

Sat.-Sun., 10:05 a.m., 11:35 a.m., 1, 1:55, 3:25,<br />

4:15, 6:35, 7:45, 10:10 p.m.; Mon. 11:40 a.m.,<br />

1, 2, 3:25, 4:20, 5:15, 6:40, 7:45, 9 p.m.; Tues.<br />

11:20 a.m., 1, 1:40, 3:25, 4, 5:15, 6:45, 7:45,<br />

9:10 p.m.; Wed. 10:50 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 1, 2,<br />

3:25, 4:20, 5:15, 6:40, 7:45, 9 p.m.<br />

Battle of the Sexes Fri.-Wed., 11:10 a.m., 1:50,<br />

4:30, 7:10, 9:15 p.m.<br />

Blade Runner 2049 Fri. 10 a.m., 10:25 a.m.,<br />

12 noon, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 5,<br />

5:30, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30,<br />

11, 11:30, 12 midnight, 12:30 a.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10<br />

a.m., 10:25 a.m., 12 noon, 12:30, 1, 1:30, 2:30,<br />

3:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9,<br />

9:30, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30 p.m.; Mon. 11 a.m., 12<br />

noon, 1:10, 2:15, 3:30, 4:40, 5:45, 7, 7:35, 8:10,<br />

9:15, 10, 10:30, 11 p.m.; Tues. 10:30 a.m., 11<br />

a.m., 12 noon, 12:30, 1:10, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:40,<br />

6, 7, 7:30, 8:10, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11 p.m.; Wed.<br />

11 a.m., 12 noon, 12:30, 1:10, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4,<br />

4:40, 6, 7, 7:30, 8:10, 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30, 11 p.m.<br />

Blade Runner 2049 3D Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m., 6 p.m.;<br />

Mon. 12:30, 6:30 p.m.; Tues.-Wed., 11:30 a.m.,<br />

6:30 p.m.<br />

Flatliners Fri.-Sun., 11:30 a.m., 2:55, 5:50, 8:50,<br />

11:25 p.m.; Mon.-Wed., 11:30 a.m., 2:45, 5:50,<br />

7:40, 10:10 p.m.<br />

Happy Death Day Thurs. only, 7, 9:20, 11:40 p.m.<br />

It Fri. 11:25 a.m., 2:25, 5:25, 8:25, 11:20, 12<br />

midnight; Sat.-Sun., 11:25 a.m., 2:25, 5:25, 8:25,<br />

11:20 p.m.; Mon.-Wed., 11:25 a.m., 2:25, 5:25,<br />

8:25, 10:10 p.m.<br />

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fri. 10:15 a.m.,<br />

1:15, 4:15, 6:15, 7:15, 10:15, 11:50, 12:30 a.m.;<br />

Sat. 10:15 a.m., 1:15, 4:15, 6:15, 7:15, 10:15,<br />

11:50 p.m.; Sun. 10:15 a.m., 1:15, 4:15, 6:15,<br />

7:15, 10:15 p.m.; Mon.-Wed., 10:30 a.m., 1:30,<br />

4:30, 6:15, 7:30, 10:30 p.m.<br />

Leap! Fri.-Sun., 1:15, 4:20 p.m.; Mon. 1:20, 5:30<br />

p.m.; Tues. 1:20, 4:35 p.m.; Wed. 1:20, 4 p.m.<br />

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Fri.-Sun., 10:05<br />

a.m., 11:50 a.m., 2:15, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30 p.m.;<br />

Mon. 11:50 a.m., 2:15, 3:10, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30<br />

p.m.; Tues.-Wed., 11:50 a.m., 2:15, 4:40, 7:05,<br />

9:30 p.m.<br />

mother! Fri.-Wed., 3:35, 9:50 p.m.<br />

The Mountain Between Us Fri. 10:40 a.m.,<br />

12:25, 2, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45, 12:20 a.m.; Sat.-Sun.,<br />

10:40 a.m., 12:25, 2, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45 p.m.;<br />

Mon.-Wed., 10:40 a.m., 12:15, 2, 4:35, 7:10,<br />

9:45 p.m.<br />

My Little Pony: The Movie Fri.-Sun., 10:25 a.m.,<br />

12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:20, 9:45 p.m.; Mon.-Wed.,<br />

10:35 a.m., 12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:20, 9:45 p.m.<br />

Victoria & Abdul Fri.-Wed., 11:40 a.m., 2:15,<br />

4:50, 7:25, 9:55 p.m.<br />

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American Made Fri.-Sun., 10:50 a.m., 1:10, 3:55,<br />

7:10, 10 p.m.; Mon.-Wed., 11:40 a.m., 1:55,<br />

4:35, 7:10, 10 p.m.<br />

Blade Runner 2049 Fri.-Sun., 11:30 a.m., 7, 10<br />

p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m., 7 p.m.<br />

Blade Runner 2049 3D Fri.-Sun., 3:15, 10:45<br />

p.m.; Mon.-Wed., 3:15, 10:10 p.m.; Thurs. 3:15,<br />

10:45 p.m.<br />

Flatliners Fri.-Sun., 10:40 a.m., 2:40, 5:15, 7:50,<br />

10:20 p.m.; Mon.-Wed., 12 noon, 2:40, 5:15,<br />

7:50, 10:20 p.m.<br />

It Fri.-Sun., 11:45 a.m., 3:55, 6:40, 9:40 p.m.;<br />

Mon.-Wed., 12:50, 3:50, 7:15, 10:10 p.m.<br />

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fri.-Sun., 10:35<br />

a.m., 1, 4:15, 7:30, 10:50 p.m.; Mon.-Wed.,<br />

12:40, 4, 7:20, 10:35 p.m.<br />

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Fri.-Sun., 10:35 a.m.,<br />

1:40, 4:25, 6:50 p.m.; Mon.-Wed., 11:30 a.m.,<br />

2:25, 4:45, 6:50, 9:20 p.m.<br />

The Mountain Between Us Fri.-Sun., 11:20 a.m.,<br />

1:45, 4:50, 7:40, 10:25 p.m.; Mon.-Wed., 11:20<br />

a.m., 2, 4:50, 7:40, 10:40 p.m.<br />

My Little Pony: The Movie Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.,<br />

1:40, 2:10, 4:30, 7:20, 9:20 p.m.; Mon.-Wed.,<br />

11:40 a.m., 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:25 p.m.<br />

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American Made Fri.-Sun., 1:45, 4:40, 7:30,<br />

10:25 p.m.; Mon. 11:20 a.m., 2:20, 5:45, 8:35,<br />

10:40 p.m.<br />

Battle of the Sexes Fri. 10:45 a.m., 2, 4:10, 7:45,<br />

9:45 p.m.; Sat. 2:10, 4:10, 7:45, 9:45 p.m.; Sun.<br />

10:45 a.m., 2, 4:10, 7:45, 9:45 p.m.; Mon. 11:25<br />

a.m., 2:10, 5:05, 7:55, 10:45 p.m.<br />

Blade Runner 2049 Fri.-Sun., 10:45 a.m., 11:30<br />

a.m., 1, 2:30, 3:15, 6:15, 7, 8:30, 9:15, 10, 10:45<br />

p.m.; Mon. 11:15 a.m., 12:30, 2:45, 4:15, 5, 6:30,<br />

8, 9, 10 p.m.<br />

Blade Runner 2049 3D Fri. 1:45, 5:30 p.m.; Sat.-<br />

Sun., 10 a.m., 1:45, 5:30 p.m.; Mon. 2 p.m.<br />

Blade Runner 2049: The IMAX 2D Experience<br />

Fri.-Sun., 12:15, 4, 7:45, 11:15 p.m.; Mon. 11:45<br />

a.m., 3:30, 7:15, 10:45 p.m.<br />

Chasing the Dragon Fri.-Sun., 11:05 a.m., 4:50<br />

p.m.; Mon. 11:25 a.m., 2:35, 5:35, 8:30 p.m.<br />

City of Rock Fri.-Sun., 11:50 a.m., 2:55, 7:20, 9<br />

p.m.; Mon. 11:15 a.m., 2:20, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35 p.m.<br />

Flatliners Fri.-Sat., 10:55 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 1:40,<br />

5, 7:05, 10:35 p.m.; Sun. 10:55 a.m., 11:10 a.m.,<br />

1:40, 5, 10:35 p.m.; Mon. 11:30 a.m., 2:05, 4:40,<br />

7:25, 10:10 p.m.<br />

The Foreigner Thurs. only, 7, 9:45 p.m.<br />

Happy Death Day Thurs. only, 7, 9:30 p.m.<br />

It Fri. 11 a.m., 1:30, 4:30, 7:25, 10:40 p.m.; Sat.<br />

10:40 a.m., 1:30, 4:30, 7:25, 10:40 p.m.; Sun. 11<br />

a.m., 1:30, 4:30, 7:25, 10:40 p.m.; Mon. 11:20<br />

a.m., 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 10 p.m.<br />

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fri.-Sun., 11:15<br />

a.m., 1:55, 5, 7:30, 11 p.m.; Mon. 11:55 a.m.,<br />

3:30, 6:45, 10:05 p.m.<br />

The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.,<br />

1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10 p.m.; Mon. 11:45 a.m., 2:15,<br />

4:45, 7:30, 10 p.m.<br />

Marshall Thurs. only, 7, 10 p.m.<br />

The Metropolitan Opera: Norma Sat. only, 9:55 a.m.<br />

The Metropolitan Opera: Norma Encore Wed.<br />

only, 1, 6:30 p.m.<br />

The Mountain Between Us Fri.-Sun., 11:15 a.m.,<br />

2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 p.m.; Mon. 11:30 a.m., 2:15,<br />

5, 7:35, 10:15 p.m.<br />

My Little Pony: The Movie Fri.-Sun., 10:30 a.m.,<br />

1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:30 p.m.; Mon. 11:15 a.m., 1:45,<br />

4:15, 7, 9:30 p.m.<br />

Never Say Die Fri.-Sun., 10:30 a.m., 4:55, 10:05<br />

p.m.; Mon. 11:40 a.m., 8:25 p.m.<br />

No Game No Life Zero Sun. only, 7 p.m.<br />

The Princess and the Frog Fri.-Thurs., 2, 6 p.m.<br />

RWBY Volume 5 Premiere Thurs. only, 7:30 p.m.<br />

Sky Hunter Fri.-Sun., 11:30 a.m., 2:30, 5:15, 8,<br />

10:30 p.m.; Mon. 11:25 a.m., 2:20, 4:50, 7:35,<br />

10:15 p.m.<br />

Steve McQueen: American Icon Tues. only, 7<br />

p.m.<br />

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American Made Fri.-Sun., 10:55 a.m., 2:10, 5:05,<br />

7:55, 10:35 p.m.; Mon. 11 a.m., 2:30, 5:10, 7:55,<br />

10:35 p.m.; Tues. 10:55 a.m., 2:10, 5:05, 7:55,<br />

10:35 p.m.; Wed. 11 a.m., 1:45, 4:25, 7:55, 10:35<br />

p.m.; Thurs. 11 a.m., 2:30, 5:10, 7:55, 10:35 p.m.<br />

Blade Runner 2049 Fri. 11:30 a.m., 3:15, 5, 7,<br />

10:45 p.m.; Sat. 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3:15, 5,<br />

7, 10:45 p.m.; Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 3:15, 5, 7,<br />

10:35 p.m.; Mon.-Tues., 12 noon, 3:30, 5, 7, 9:35<br />

p.m.; Wed. 12 noon, 3:30, 5, 7, 9:45 p.m.; Thurs.<br />

11:45 a.m., 3:25, 5, 7, 9:45 p.m.<br />

Blade Runner 2049 3D Fri. 10:45 a.m., 12 noon,<br />

1:45, 2:20, 5:30, 6, 9:15, 9:45 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.,<br />

12 noon, 1:45, 2:20, 5:30, 6, 9:15, 9:45 p.m.;<br />

Sun. 10:45 a.m., 12 noon, 1:45, 2:20, 5:30, 6,<br />

9:15, 9:35 p.m.; Mon. 11 a.m., 12:30, 1:45, 2:30,<br />

5:30, 6, 8:40, 9:05 p.m.; Tues. 11 a.m., 12:30,<br />

1:45, 2:35, 5:30, 6:05, 8:40, 9:05 p.m.; Wed. 11<br />

a.m., 12:30, 2, 5:30, 6, 8:40, 9, 9:30 p.m.; Thurs.<br />

12:15, 12:30, 1:45, 4, 5:30, 5:55, 8:40, 9:05 p.m.<br />

Blade Runner 2049: The IMAX 2D Experience<br />

Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m., 2:45, 6:30, 10:15 p.m.; Sun. 11<br />

a.m., 2:45, 6:30, 10:05 p.m.; Mon.-Wed., 11:30<br />

a.m., 3, 6:30, 10:05 p.m.; Thurs. 11:15 a.m.,<br />

2:45, 6:30, 10:05 p.m.<br />

Dunkirk Fri.-Tues., 11:15 a.m., 5:30 p.m.; Wed.<br />

11:35 a.m., 5:30 p.m.; Thurs. 11:15 a.m., 5:30 p.m.<br />

Fathom Premieres 6 Below: Miracle on the<br />

Mountain Thurs. only, 7 p.m.<br />

Flatliners Fri.-Tues., 11:20 a.m., 2:05, 4:40, 7:50,<br />

10:30 p.m.; Wed. 11:20 a.m., 2:05, 4:40, 7, 10:35<br />

p.m.; Thurs. 11:20 a.m., 1:55, 4:25, 9:35 p.m.<br />

It Fri. 11:25 a.m., 12:35, 2:30, 3:45, 6:15, 7:15,<br />

9:45, 10:25 p.m.; Sat. 11:25 a.m., 1:35, 2:30,<br />

4:35, 6:15, 7:35, 9:45, 10:35 p.m.; Sun. 11:25<br />

a.m., 12:25, 2:30, 4:10, 6:15, 7:15, 9:45, 10:20<br />

p.m.; Mon. 11:25 a.m., 12:35, 2:30, 3:45, 6, 7:15,<br />

9:30, 10:25 p.m.; Tues. 11:25 a.m., 12:35, 2:30,<br />

3:45, 7, 7:15, 9:45, 10:25 p.m.; Wed. 11:25 a.m.,<br />

2:30, 3:45, 7:15, 9:35, 10:25 p.m.; Thurs. 11:25<br />

a.m., 12:35, 2:30, 3:45, 7:15, 9:30, 10:25 p.m.<br />

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Fri.-Sat., 11:10<br />

a.m., 3, 6:45, 10 p.m.; Sun. 11:10 a.m., 3:25,<br />

6:45, 10 p.m.; Mon. 11:45 a.m., 4, 7, 10:05 p.m.;<br />

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Thurs., 11:45 a.m., 4, 7, 10:05 p.m.<br />

The Metropolitan Opera: Norma Sat. only, 9:55 a.m.<br />

The Metropolitan Opera: Norma Encore Wed.<br />

only, 1, 6:30 p.m.<br />

mother! Fri. 12:05, 3:35, 7:20, 10:05 p.m.; Sat.<br />

3:35, 7:20, 10:05 p.m.; Sun. 3:35, 7:20, 10 p.m.;<br />

Mon. 11:50 a.m., 3, 7:20, 10:05 p.m.; Tues.<br />

12:05, 4:05, 9:55 p.m.; Wed. 11:05 a.m., 3, 7:05<br />

p.m.; Thurs. 11:50 a.m., 3, 7:50, 10:25 p.m.<br />

The Mountain Between Us Fri.-Sat., 11:05 a.m.,<br />

1:50, 4:35, 7:30, 10:25 p.m.; Sun. 11:10 a.m.,<br />

1:50, 4:35, 8, 10:40 p.m.; Mon. 11:05 a.m., 1:50,<br />

4:35, 7:25, 10:35 p.m.; Tues. 11:05 a.m., 1:50,<br />

4:35, 7:30, 10:35 p.m.; Wed. 11:05 a.m., 1:45,<br />

4:25, 7:05, 10:35 p.m.; Thurs. 11:05 a.m., 1:50,<br />

4:35, 7:25, 10:35 p.m.<br />

My Little Pony: The Movie Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.,<br />

2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 p.m.; Sun. 10:30 a.m.,<br />

3:15, 5:40, 7:20, 10:10 p.m.; Mon. 11:30 a.m.,<br />

2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 p.m.; Tues. 11:30 a.m.,<br />

2:05, 4:45, 7:20, 10:10 p.m.; Wed. 11:30 a.m., 2,<br />

4:35, 7:15, 9:50 p.m.; Thurs. 11:30 a.m., 2:05,<br />

4:45, 7:20, 9:55 p.m.<br />

No Game No Life Zero Sun. only, 12:55 p.m.<br />

RWBY Volume 5 Premiere Thurs. only, 7:30 p.m.<br />

Steve McQueen: American Icon Tues. only, 7 p.m.<br />

Victoria & Abdul Fri.-Tues., 11:35 a.m., 2:15, 5,<br />

7:45, 10:35 p.m.; Wed. 11:35 a.m., 2:15, 5, 7:45,<br />

10:25 p.m.; Thurs. 11:35 a.m., 2:15, 5, 7:45,<br />

10:30 p.m.<br />

War for the Planet of the Apes Fri.-Sun., 1:45,<br />

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Legals<br />

PUBLIC NOTICES<br />

County of<br />

Los Angeles<br />

Department<br />

of the<br />

Treasurer and<br />

Tax<br />

Collector<br />

Notice of Divided Publication<br />

Pursuant to Revenue and Taxation<br />

Code (R&TC) Sections 3702, 3381,<br />

and 3382, the Los Angeles County<br />

Treasurer and Tax Collector is publishing<br />

in divided distribution, the<br />

Notice of Sale of Tax-Defaulted<br />

Property Subject to the Tax Collector’s<br />

Power to Sell in and for<br />

the County of Los Angeles, State of<br />

California, to various newspapers<br />

of general circulation published in<br />

the County. A portion of the list appears<br />

in each of such newspapers.<br />

Notice of Public Auction<br />

of Tax-Defaulted Property<br />

Subject to the Tax Collector’s<br />

Power to Sell<br />

(Sale No. <strong>2017</strong>A)<br />

Whereas, on Tuesday, August 8,<br />

<strong>2017</strong>, the Board of Supervisors of<br />

the County of Los Angeles, State<br />

of California, directed me, JOSEPH<br />

KELLY, Treasurer and Tax Collector,<br />

to sell at public auction certain<br />

tax-defaulted properties.<br />

I hereby give public notice, that unless<br />

said properties are redeemed,<br />

prior to the close of business on<br />

the last business day prior to the<br />

fi rst day of the public auction, or<br />

Friday, October 20, <strong>2017</strong>, at 5:00<br />

p.m. (Pacifi c Time), I will offer for<br />

sale and sell said properties on<br />

Monday, October 23, <strong>2017</strong>, beginning<br />

at 9:00 a.m. (Pacifi c Time), to<br />

the highest bidder, for cash or cashier’s<br />

check in lawful money of the<br />

United States, for not less than the<br />

minimum bid, at the Fairplex, Los<br />

Angeles County Fairgrounds, 1101<br />

West McKinley Avenue, Building 6,<br />

Pomona, California. I will re-offer<br />

any properties that did not sell, for<br />

a reduced minimum bid, on Tuesday,<br />

October 24, <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

The minimum bid for each parcel<br />

1-Older German Travel Clock<br />

$49.99<br />

#13-Vintage Turquoise Ring<br />

(his) $9.99<br />

#11-Vintage Gold/F Swank<br />

Cuffl inks $4.99<br />

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$24.99<br />

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(hers) $9.99<br />

#8-Vintage German Miniature<br />

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$6.99<br />

#2-Vintage Hummel<br />

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is the total amount necessary to<br />

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If a property does not sell at the<br />

public auction, the right of redemption<br />

will revive and remain until<br />

Friday, December 1, <strong>2017</strong>, at 5:00<br />

p.m. (Pacifi c Time).<br />

Beginning Saturday, December 2,<br />

<strong>2017</strong>, at 3:00 p.m. (Pacifi c Time),<br />

through Tuesday, December 5,<br />

<strong>2017</strong>, at 10:00 a.m. (Pacifi c Time),<br />

I will re-offer for sale any unimproved<br />

properties that did not sell<br />

or were not redeemed prior to 5:00<br />

p.m. (Pacifi c Time), on Friday, December<br />

1, <strong>2017</strong>, at online auction at<br />

www.bid4assests.com/losangeles.<br />

Prospective bidders should obtain<br />

detailed information of this sale<br />

from the County of Los Angeles<br />

Treasurer and Tax Collector (TTC)<br />

at http://ttc.lacounty.gov/. Bidders<br />

are required to pre-register at 225<br />

North Hill Street, Room 130, Los<br />

Angeles, California and submit a<br />

refundable $5,000 deposit in the<br />

form of cash, cashier’s check or<br />

bank-issued money order at the<br />

time of registration. The TTC will<br />

not accept personal checks, twoparty<br />

checks or business checks<br />

for the registration deposit. The<br />

TTC will apply the registration<br />

deposit towards the minimum bid.<br />

Registration will begin on Monday,<br />

September 18, <strong>2017</strong>, at 8:00 a.m.<br />

and end on Friday, October 6, <stro