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FINE LIVING IN THE GREATER PASADENA AREA

June 2019

Summer

Getaways

SLEEPING TO

THE SOUNDS OF

Sea lions in Redondo Beach

WILDLIFE AND THE OLD WEST

In Carson Valley, Nevada

ZIPLINING IN THE ANGELES

National Forest

VISUAL FUTURIST SYD MEAD

On Blade Runner and more


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VOLUME 15 | NUMBER 06 | JUNE 2019

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PHOTOS: (top)Tommy Ewasko; (bottom left) courtesy of The Portofi no Hotel & Marina; (bottom right) courtesy of Pacifi c Crest

SUMMER GETAWAYS

11 THE SEA LION IN SUMMER

The Portofi no Hotel & Marina offers waterside luxury just minutes away

from Arroyoland.

—By IRENE LACHER

19 FEAR OF ZIPPING

Or how my wife came to love ziplines at Pacific Crest.

—By JERVEY TERVALON

34 CARSON VALLEY, NEVADA

A home where the wild horses roam — and visitors enter the Old West.

—By TOMMY EWASKO

41 A FUTURE REMEMBERED

Visual futurist Syd Mead looks back on a long career designing the

world of tomorrow for Hollywood.

—By CARL KOZLOWSKI

DEPARTMENTS

08 FESTIVITIES Beastly Ball, L.A. Children’s Chorus "Gala Bel Canto" and A

Noise Within’s "Dinner on Stage"

22 ARROYO HOME SALES INDEX

45 KITCHEN CONFESSIONS Auto-Theater Season

46 ARROYO COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH Shots Box

47 THE LIST Mt. Wilson’s Concerts in the Dome, CatCon comes to town,

“BoldPas” artworks in Old Pasadena and more

ABOUT THE COVER: A view of King Harbor from the Portofi no Hotel & Marina, photo courtesy of

Portofi no.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

You may think you’re looking forward

to the summer season, but in

much of the world, these months

go by another term — peak season,

when tourists swarm the hottest

spots across the nation and around

the world. While I say bravo to people

who vacation invincibly, there’s

a lot of world out there, and some of

it offers new landscapes without a

lot of the hassle of travel.

Take Carson Valley, Nevada,

which photographer Tommy Ewasko

captured from virtually every angle

— from both earth and the sky. Carson

Valley is a different world from SoCal, a place where the Old West

lives on (which makes it a prime destination for families who want to

excite kids about history). Ewasko focuses his lens on historic sites — a

hotel, restaurants and a bar with roots in the 19th century. He shot the

stunning landscape from a glider, and went on backcountry safari to

photograph Nevada’s beautiful wild mustangs and other wildlife.

Closer still are the South Bay beach cities, including Redondo

Beach, where I spent a lovely night at the Portofi no Hotel & Marina

overlooking King Harbor, with sea lions barking an ocean lullaby. This

four-star hotel was recently renovated in “nautical-chic” décor, so you

might be surprised to learn it has a notable history of its own. Portofi no

was founded in 1965 by a gutsy female race-car driver, who lent her

pioneering spirit to developing the local waterfront.

Even closer is Pacifi c Crest in Wrightwood, where day-trippers can

zipline through the tree canopy of the Angeles National Forest. Ziplining

is not for the faint of heart, so we give Altadena novelist Jervey Tervalon

extra points for being game despite his acrophobia. He writes

about his inner struggles and the victorious zip trip by his athletic wife,

Jinghuan. Hey, don’t let Jervey be the only one facing his fears for

some high-wire fun this summer.

—Irene Lacher

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Irene Lacher

ART DIRECTOR Stephanie Torres

ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Richard Garcia

PRODUCTION DESIGNERS Yumi Kanegawa

EDITOR-AT-LARGE Bettijane Levine

COPY EDITOR John Seeley

CONTRIBUTORS Leslie Bilderback, Léon Bing,

Martin Booe, Michael Cervin, Scarlet Cheng,

Richard Cunningham, Tommy Ewasko, Noela

Hueso, Kathleen Kelleher, Frier McCollister, Brenda

Rees, Jordan Riefe, Ilsa Setziol, John Sollenberger,

Nancy Spiller

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Lisa Chase,

Javier Sanchez

ADVERTORIAL CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Bruce Haring

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER Andrea Baker

PAYROLL Linda Lam

ACCOUNTING Perla Castillo, Quinton Wright

OFFICE MANAGER Ann Turrietta

PUBLISHER Dina Stegon

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CORRECTION: Pasadena architect Barbara Lamprecht helped nominate the Kuhns House in Woodland Hills for

historic designation. The home was misidentifi ed in the May issue.

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FESTIVITIES

Barbara Lawrence and Director Geoff Elliott

Edmund Roberts, Sally Roberts and Dick Roberts

Lyn Spector, Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx and Sheila Lamson

Sylvia Earl

Glen Curado

Connie Morgan

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A Noise Within will bring the classics to more than 18,000

Jane Kaczmarek

students with the help of $130,000 raised at the acclaimed

repertory theater company’s annual “Dinner on Stage” benefit

on April 23. After dining on Derek Dickinson Events’ salmon,

lamb or mushroom risotto, guests were entertained by scenes

from Argonautika playfully performed amid the tables onstage.

Honorees were longtime Glendale supporter Barbara Lawrence

and her late husband, John; Pasadena board members Sally

and Dick Roberts; and the L.A. High School of the Arts and

EduCare Foundation…The Greater L.A. Zoo Association

drew some 800 animal lovers to its popular annual benefit, the

Beastly Ball, raising nearly $1.2 million for the zoo’s operation

and conservation programs. After an evening consuming drinks

and snacks at stands amid the marsupials, cassowaries and

more, GLAZA honored its recently retired president, La Cañada

Flintridge resident Connie Morgan, as well as oceanographer

Dr. Sylvia Earle and World Harvest Charities CEO Glen Curado…

Pasadena-based L.A. Children’s Chorus lit up the Crystal

Ballroom with song at the group’s April 24 “Gala Bel Canto” dinner

fundraiser at downtown L.A.’s Millennium Biltmore. Honored at

the festive event were former board members Jennifer and Joe

Sliskovich and The Lion King producer Don Hahn.

Carolyn Hennesy

LACC choristers

Leonard Maltin and Anne Tomlinson

Don Hahn, Joe and Jennifer Sliskovich, Andrea Greene Willard, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz and

Director Shawn Ingram

PHOTOS: Ariana Gleckman (Dinner on Stage); Jamie Pham (LA ZOO and L.A. Children's Chorus)


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THE SEA LION IN

SUMMER

The Portofino Hotel & Marina offers waterside luxury just minutes away from Arroyoland.

BY IRENE LACHER

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–continued from page 11

Summer travel doesn’t have to mean getting on a plane and taking cattle-car

coach if you’re looking for a dreamy destination far from your routine. Of

course, it’s a cliché to say that Southern California boasts a wide variety

of landscapes, from the mountains to the sea. For us aficionados of the stunning

San Gabriel Mountains, a complete change of pace can be had a mere hour

southwest of Pasadena, in one of the beach cities hugging the Pacific Ocean.

In Redondo Beach, the recently renovated Portofino Hotel & Marina offers

four-star luxury, with 161 guest rooms overlooking the marina or the ocean

beyond, where the only traffic noise comes not from cars but from California sea

lions. (The hotel launched a “Save the Sea Lions” program, inviting guests to take

home a plush sea-lion toy when they donate to Redondo’s SEA Lab for sick and

injured sea lions, seals and otters.)

The Portofino is cloaked in “nautical-chic” décor, a crisp blue-and-white palette

embellished with images of yachts, sea life and seascapes. The owner, Noble

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Chef’s Table

Oysters

–continued from page 13

House Hotels & Resorts, prides itself on designing each of its 18 boutique properties

in the U.S. and Canada around its unique identity, rather than imposing

a uniform corporate style. That identity is partly foodie-driven; the hotel takes

particular pride in its Baleen Kitchen restaurant, named after a kind of whale.

Zagat declared Baleen one of the top 10 waterside restaurants in Los Angeles.

The chef de cuisine is Vasili Tavernakis, a graduate of Pasadena’s now-shuttered

Le Cordon Bleu, who has plied his trade in upscale restaurants across Southern

California, most recently at Manhattan Beach Post under the aegis of chef/coowner

David LeFevre, who was executive chef of The Water Grill in downtown

L.A. when it scored a Michelin star. Tavernakis points to his Greek heritage as a

source of culinary inspiration, but the truth is his worldview is much broader than

that; indeed, one thing he shares with LeFevre is a love of travel. “Mine is very

much a travel-inspired cuisine,” he says. “I’ve traveled quite a bit.” But don’t assume

you’ll know what to expect — he tweaks the dishes to pepper his locally sourced,

seasonal menus with surprises. “A good example is the Thai green curry,” he adds.

“Most people want yellow curry with potatoes. But in the restaurant, I want everyone

to have the opportunity to be educated: This is from the region, and these are

the flavors to expect.” Other standouts include the beef stroganoff with housemade

pappardelle, the cioppino and the lobster mac and cheese with truffle-parmesan

crumbs. And the main dining room isn’t the only place to savor them — there’s a

chef’s table and comfy private outdoor seating overlooking the marina.

Perhaps less evident is Portofino’s colorful history. It was founded in 1965

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–continued from page 15

by one of the country’s rare women race-car drivers, Mary Davis, who lent

her pioneering spirit to the Redondo Beach waterfront, spurring development

there. The Portofino was California’s first hotel located in the center

of a small-craft harbor, surrounded on three sides by water, according to the

Daily Breeze. Davis named it for the Italian seaside resort town known for its

super-yachts, but it became a particular draw for race-car drivers including

Formula 1 Grand Prix winner Peter Revson, a scion of the Revlon family,

who lived in one of Portofino’s 25 condos. In the 1970s, the Portofino was the

destination of the five coast-to-coast car races known as the Cannonball Run.

The event went on to inspire a TV series and three movies, including 1981’s

Cannonball Run, starring Burt Reynolds and Farrah Fawcett, filmed partly

at the Portofino. Davis sold the property to the company that became Noble

House in 1986. A year later, a huge storm destroyed the property and the new

owner rebuilt it from scratch.

If you go, borrow one of the hotel’s free beach cruiser bikes for a spin up

the coast or settle into a fireside seat in the grand Lobby Living Room or the

Baleen Bar, where you can make your own Bloody Mary from 40 ingredients

or chill to the tunes of an eclectic roster of local musicians. Or do what I

did in a recent visit: Pour a glass of pinot and pull up a chair on your private

balcony. Then listen to the haunting calls of sea lions as the moon dips into

the Pacific. ||||

The Portofi no Hotel & Marina is located at 260 Portofi no Way, Redondo Beach.

Summer rates range from $299 (plus tax) for standard guest rooms to $750 (plus

tax) for the one-bedroom Ocean View Suites overlooking the Pacifi c, although the

hotel also hosts a webpage with special offers and discounts for seniors and AAA

or AARP members. Call (310) 379-8481 or visit hotelportofi no.com.

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FEAR

OF

ZIPPING

Or How My Wife Came to Love

Ziplines at Pacific Crest

BY JERVEY TERVALON

PHOTO: Courtesy of Pacifi c Crest

Maybe it was because of what happened on a rainy late afternoon many years ago driving

in the hills near the Santa Barbara Mission in my Triumph sports car, seeing the lovely

twinkling lights of oil derricks in the distance as the sun set into the ocean. Noticing

that my downhill speed was too high I put my foot on the brake but it barely slowed, and as the car

barreled into a turn I knew two things: I couldn’t make the turn and the physics of my predicament

would take me plunging down a steep hillside that I doubted I’d walk away from. But luck was with

me and instead of being in free fall I hit a high embankment and my tire blew. I staggered from the

car and looked down at what I had barely avoided. Fortunate me, but then like a perverse miracle, I

suddenly developed a fear of heights.

Me, one of the founding members of Dorsey High School’s Flying Club! I was the young man who

couldn’t wait to squeeze into a Piper Cub with the colorblind Mr. Fieldsman who taught driver’s ed

during school hours but took us flying every Thursday after school. We were a sight, the little Jewish

dude and his many black students getting into small planes of his friends, and away we went — soaring

to airports around Southern California. All of that was lost to me after that near-disastrous car accident,

and since then I’m inclined to stay firmly on the ground. A long flight I endure, but don’t

enjoy turbulence that reminds me I’m more than 3,000 feet above the ground.

Then I got the call from Arroyo Monthly for an exciting assignment to write about

the Ziplines at Pacific Crest in Wrightwood. Suddenly, I was Scottie in Alfred

Hitchcock’s Vertigo, trying to find his balance on a stepladder and almost fainting.

Visiting the ziplines’ website had my heart racing as I saw those taut cable

lines stretching endlessly along mountain passes that were as alluring as they were

daunting for a man with my propensity for acrophobia.

Then I showed this to Jinghuan, my wife and personal trainer, who regards running

the Boston Marathon on a stress fracture as an opportunity for character building.

She insisted I had nothing to fear, that all I needed to do was educate myself and

I’d be fine.

I took her advice and did due-diligence research until I was ready to strap myself

into the rig. I fervently convinced myself that ziplining was just as safe as riding the

Matterhorn at Disneyland, and a hell of a lot more fun. I wanted to believe that I could

jump from a high platform 80 feet above ground and be chill about it. That I could enjoy

leaping into space and rolling at up to 55 miles an hour more than 100 feet about the ground,

surrounded by a lush canopy of pines and assisted by an enthusiastically friendly staff who are as

diligent about safety as I am paranoid about heights. I could only conclude that my fear was something

the zipline crew at Pacific Crest had to be used to and knew how to reassure the faint of heart

that we wouldn’t splat against a tree, Daffy Duck–style.

On an early Sunday morning after Jinghuan’s short 10-mile run, we got the kids together and

started the drive to Wrightwood. It was a pleasant one, a beautiful lunar-looking landscape along

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Jinghuan (far left) and Colette Tervalon before the big zip.

the 138 Freeway, and the mysteries of orchards with Korean Hangul script dotting the highway

that Jinghuan puzzled over.

I had never visited Wrightwood before, though my brother had a cabin there for many years. It

was a charming town nestled against the slope of a pine-dense mountain range. When we reached

Ziplines at Pacific Crest the young crew was ready for us, though the staff seemed in constant

motion, some rigging folks into various harnesses and doing various safety checks. When they

weighed me I discovered that I was too heavy for their safety regulations. I was crestfallen — or at

least I pulled it off as though I was — and Sammy, my 11-year stepson, stepped up and was raring

to go in a way that my false bravado couldn’t come close to.

While they were gearing up and departing in the grim black Pacific Crest van to the ziplines,

I searched for a good place to hang out with Colette, our 3-year-old girl, and I found The Village

Grind. The Village Grind is an extremely charming multipurpose restaurant, bar, coffeehouse,

art colony and outdoor music venue. The Village Grind is so cool and charming that I’m seriously

thinking we need to bribe them to relocate to Altadena.

Jinghuan and Sammy returned from their supposed 90-minute zipline tour about two-and-ahalf

hours later, exhausted but thrilled. Jinghuan had much to say about the adventure:

Jinghuan conquers her fears.

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The zipline rides were just as I had imagined and seen on TV. You wear a helmet, gloves and a harness

with ropes and hooks; you go on a ride to the top of a mountain and zipline down from one side to the

other. We were a party of eight tourists, with [brand-new] nicknames like Birthday Boy, Pineapple

and Happy. I was, of course, Mom, and the last one holding the line.

The tour we signed up for had six ziplines and a free fall [rappel to the ground]. We started with

a short line and the length and fun increased with each one. The heroes were the guides — they were

extremely patient, gave clear directions about what to do and what not to do (e.g. to slow down,

just gently tap the top of the zipline and don’t grab it hard. It’s called “pet the cat,” and do not try

to strangle it!). Our guides, Marisa and Sarah, were relaxed, helpful and always giving everyone

encouragement.

Neither Sammy nor I had much fear going on the zipline at all. They didn’t feel very long, nor

risky. We felt in control the entire time. At each “stop,” which is essentially a small platform made of

wood planks, we gathered the group together and waited for others; the platform was so small that the

group had to squeeze in, which made you on high alert at all times just so you didn’t fall off the platform.

It was a great chance to take in the gorgeous view of the SoCal mountains and fault line. Trees

were all down below us; from afar, you see nothing but more mountains and snow on top of them. The

air was clean and crisp. We were happy to be wearing jackets and not just a T-shirt.

The only part where everyone had the most fear was the free fall. You were tied to the zipline still,

but were supposed to jump off a tree platform. All my life, I had dreams of adventures such as bungee

jumping, wind surfing, sky diving and rock climbing in Yosemite, which all involved great heights

and some form of free falls, so I thought I was totally prepared. Everyone ahead of me had some fearful

moment, but all jumped beautifully, including my 11-year-old, who had told me, “Mom, my legs are

PHOTOS: (top and bottom left) Jervey Tervalon; (top right) Courtesy of Pacifi c Crest


trembling!” I thought, ‘‘Hmmmm, I must be the only one who isn’t feeling terror.’’

I was wrong. The moment I stepped to the edge of the platform, I was seized by fear.

Holy smokes, am I really going to jump off this platform? It looks like 10 stories! What’s

it going to feel like? Is my heart going to jump out of my lungs? How long am I going to

be free falling? All these thoughts were racing in my head, while the rest of the crew was

chanting, “Do it, Mom! Do it!”

I inched forward. Half of my feet were off the platform. I thought, what the hell,

and gave it a gentle jump. Well, that wasn’t successful. My “ jump” was way too gentle. I

landed on my butt on the platform. I laughed so hard that my fear melted away. Our third

guide, Ben, kindly asked if I was okay. I said yes and wished he would just give me a big

push off the platform. That would’ve been better. The chanting from the crew grew louder:

“Do it, Mom! Do it!”

I stood up and embraced all my fears. Next thing I knew, I was flying down… I didn’t

dive too far before the rope pulled me up again and I started to bounce in the sky. I saw

only trees, beautiful trees around me. It was a moment of joy, tranquility and peace before

I landed in the arms of our guide and the crew erupted in cheers. Birthday Boy teased me,

“Oh, I saw you wanted to go, but not the legs!”

The last zipline was the longest, and the one where you had two parallel ziplines.

Sammy and I were the mother-and-son team. I made sure our GoPro, courtesy of our

friend, was recording, and off we went!

I thought for sure I’d be ziplining faster than my son, but not this time. By now, he’d

already grown into a more deft zipliner, knowing how to angle his body for speed; threequarters

of the way in, he was still ahead of me, but I was catching up, possibly due to

heavier weight. This is the only [Pacific Crest] zipline where you don’t have to slow down

on your own — it had some kind of smart braking system. The lower we’d go, the higher

the speed. I felt like we were about to crash into the end when there was a sudden stop, so

forceful that I bounced back. Another line pulled us and made us stop. It ended so fast and

I already wanted to do it all over again!

PHOTOS: Courtesy of Pacifi c Crest

The high speeds, the views, the mediated recklessness of it all were intoxicating

for them both, while I enjoyed the opportunity to drink a hoppy, mango-infused IPA

at The Village Grind. It was a great day for us all, the high-speed offerings of Pacific

Crest zipline adventures and the sedate pleasures of Wrightwood were about as perfect

a Sunday morning as you could hope for. ||||

Ziplines at Pacifi c Crest is located at 6014 Park Dr., Wrightwood, about 68 miles northeast

of Pasadena by car. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tours range from the 90-minute Quest

tour, with four zips for $85 per person, to the Ultimate All-Day Adventure, with 15 zips as well

as rappels, bridges, hikes and lunch for $209 per person. Book your tour by calling

(760) 705-1003 or visiting ziplinespc.com.

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arroyo

~HOME SALES INDEX~

April

2018

HOME SALES

-22.31%

AVG. PRICE/SQ. FT.

2.05.%

381

HOMES

SOLD

ALHAMBRA APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19

Homes Sold 14 26

Median Price $578,357 $685,000

Median Sq. Ft. 1244 1505

ALTADENA APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19

Homes Sold 13 29

Median Price $833,731 $837,000

Median Sq. Ft. 1667 1293

ARCADIA APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19

Homes Sold 16 20

Median Price $1,100,594 $1,187,250

Median Sq. Ft. 1696 2306

EAGLE ROCK APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19

Homes Sold 7 23

Median Price $786,000 $820,000

Median Sq. Ft. 1316 1444

GLENDALE APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19

Homes Sold 37 32

Median Price $1,086,227 $910,000

Median Sq. Ft. 2213 1503

LA CAÑADA APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19

Homes Sold 14 31

Median Price $2,058,643 $1,600,000

Median Sq. Ft. 2718 2084

PASADENA APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19

Homes Sold 58 107

Median Price $1,089,379 $765,000

Median Sq. Ft. 1796 1350

SAN MARINO APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19

Homes Sold 3 4

Median Price $1,500,000 $2,365,000

Median Sq. Ft. 2696 3526

SIERRA MADRE APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19

Homes Sold 10 9

Median Price $1,154,200 $1,155,000

Median Sq. Ft. 1976 2063

SOUTH PASADENA APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19

Homes Sold 15 15

Median Price $1,070,000 $1,000,000

Median Sq. Ft. 1637 1614

TOTAL APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19

Homes Sold 381 296

Avg Price/Sq. Ft. $586 $598


April

2019

296HOMES

SOLD

HOME SALES ABOVE $950,000

source: CalREsource

ADDRESS CLOSE DATE PRICE BDRMS. SQ. FT. YR. BUILT PREV. PRICE PREV. SOLD

ALHAMBRA

2210 West Alhambra Rd. #52 4/1/19 $1,470,000 6 2,931 1920 $790,000 7/12/11

404 East Pine St. 4/16/19 $1,400,000 4 2,451 1941

609 Lindaraxa Parkx 4/18/19 $1,100,000 3 1,997 1924 $1,220,000 2/1/18

2301 Rogers Drive 4/2/19 $1,000,000 5 3,665 2017 $1,537,000 12/20/17

ALTADENA

1905 Midlothian Drive 4/9/19 $2,687,500 4 4,004 1928

1836 Homewood Drive 4/23/19 $1,912,500 3 2,438 1930 $1,550,000 10/31/06

604 Coate Court 4/19/19 $1,725,000 3 3,832 2002 $1,288,000 8/20/13

712 Millard Canyon Rd. 4/12/19 $1,490,000 5 3,881 1998 $1,290,000 9/10/13

2556 Tanoble Drive 4/3/19 $1,265,000 4 2,500 1920 $1,215,000 7/10/05

3759 North Hollingsworth Rd. 4/17/19 $1,150,000 4 2,550 1998 $1,050,000 6/13/07

1575 East Loma Alta Drive 4/30/19 $1,120,000 3 1,683 1950

1933 Minoru Drive 4/4/19 $1,099,000 3 1,688 1941

92 East Harriet St. 4/10/19 $1,001,000 3 1,070 1925 $630,000 2/28/07

1724 Roosevelt Ave. 4/16/19 $990,000 3 2,076 1945 $1,018,000 5/19/16

1654 East Altadena Drive 4/22/19 $950,500 3 2,052 1948 $900,000 10/27/04

454 Concha St. 4/17/19 $950,000 3 1,644 1976 $870,500 6/3/16

ARCADIA

935 West Foothill Blvd. 4/26/19 $6,880,000 6 10,209 2016 $2,650,000 5/30/13

46 West Sycamore Ave. 4/12/19 $6,500,000 6 9,028 2012 $5,075,500 12/18/12

1035 San Carlos Rd. 4/15/19 $2,080,000 4 4,866 2017 $1,060,000 3/27/15

338 East Forest Ave. 4/26/19 $2,080,000 4 4,168 2016 $913,000 10/20/15

2514 El Capitan Ave. 4/24/19 $1,950,000 $1,040,000 8/5/16

1130 West Orange Grove Ave. 4/26/19 $1,779,000 3 3,371 1947 $1,610,000 8/22/12

247 Hillgreen Place 4/12/19 $1,448,000 3 2,486 1961 $1,618,000 1/20/15

1231 South 6th Ave. 4/25/19 $1,400,000 3 2,465 1983 $1,000,000 5/22/08

1739 La Ramada Ave. 4/12/19 $1,240,000 3 1,860 1958 $205,000 7/1/85

1114 Mayfl ower Ave. 4/29/19 $1,214,000 3 2,334 1959 $745,000 6/1/04

154 Genoa St. #C 4/2/19 $1,160,500 4 2,036 1950

1226 Short St. 4/4/19 $1,070,000 3 1,969 1977

412 Genoa St. 4/29/19 $957,000 3 2,310 1999 $960,000 4/28/14

E AGLE ROCK

5222 Monte Bonito Drive 4/29/19 $1,685,000 3 1456 1927 $610,000 11/7/06

5167 Dahlia Drive 4/17/19 $1,580,000 3 2839 2005

4921 Mount Royal Drive 4/8/19 $1,425,000 3 1,952 1962 $710,000 6/29/18

5458 Mount Helena Ave. 4/24/19 $1,350,000 3 2030 1951 $625,500 11/21/11

5182 Hartwick St. 4/19/19 $1,280,000 3 1610 1915 $830,500 6/18/14

5351 Hillmont Ave. 4/3/19 $1,153,000 3 1,444 1925 $740,000 4/2/14

5224 Rockland Ave. 4/29/19 $1,105,000 3 1726 1925

1137 Eagle Vista Drive 4/30/19 $1,100,000 5 3756 1992

1428 Holbrook St. 4/22/19 $976,000 2 1224 1928 $690,000 8/10/16

2123 Yosemite Drive 4/5/19 $970,000 6 2,382 1904 $225,000 5/17/00

5427 Mount Helena Ave. 4/5/19 $965,000 2 1,533 1950

GLENDALE

1390 Greenmont Drive 4/10/19 $1,888,000 3 3,040 1959

1658 Grandview Ave. 4/26/19 $1,400,000 3 2,731 1939 $582,500 12/6/00

1912 Hampton Lane 4/23/19 $1,372,500 4 3,571 1939 $675,000 10/31/00

2511 Allanjay Place 4/30/19 $1,271,000 3 2,304 1963 $760,000 4/10/12

1921 El Arbolita Drive 4/16/19 $1,181,000 3 2,350 1965

1229 Romulus Drive #B 4/8/19 $1,100,000 5 2,481 1949

1541 Rancho Ave. 4/16/19 $1,100,000 3 2,011 1940

1741 Wabasso Way 4/16/19 $1,050,000 3 1,485 1961

226 Winchester Ave. 4/26/19 $1,015,000 2 1,664 1939 $725,000 11/6/12

2925 Canada Blvd. 4/8/19 $1,010,000 4 2,585 1979 $489,500 7/1/89

3604 Rosemary Ave. 4/17/19 $986,500 2 1,053 1926 $730,000 2/13/11305

East BRd.way 4/16/19 $975,000 4 2,144 1947 $601,500 5/25/10

1532 Vanderbilt Place 4/18/19 $950,000 3 2,010 1957 $835,000 6/6/16

3426 Las Palmas Ave. 4/26/19 $950,000 2 1,336 1939

The Arroyo Home Sales Index is calculated from residential home sales in Pasadena and the surrounding communities of South Pasadena, San Marino, La Canada Flintridge, Eagle Rock, Glendale (including Montrose), Altadena, Sierra

Madre, Arcadia and Alhambra. Individual home sales data provided by CalREsource. Arroyo Home Sales Index © Arroyo 2019. Complete home sales listings appear each week in Pasadena Weekly.

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ADDRESS CLOSE DATE PRICE BDRMS. SQ. FT. YR. BUILT PREV. PRICE PREV. SOLD

LA CAÑADA

1503 Alta Park Lane 4/19/19 $2,975,000 6 4,099 1931

805 Greenridge Drive 4/3/19 $2,900,000 4 3,723 1999 $2,600,000 3/12/08

1842 Fairmount Ave. 4/4/19 $2,693,000 5 4,725 1986 $2,342,000 4/10/07

4743 Hillard Ave. 4/17/19 $2,677,000 5 4,818 1990 $2,160,000 8/2/17

317 San Juan Way 4/19/19 $2,490,500 5 3,781 2004 $1,695,000 3/31/09

5033 Hill St. 4/23/19 $2,455,500 3 2,193 1929

4614 Hillard Ave. 4/23/19 $2,405,000 4 3,238 1948

4465 Gould Ave. 4/22/19 $2,200,000 5 5,620 2002 $650,000 3/30/99

5169 Princess Anne Rd. 4/1/19 $1,850,000 4 2,561 1949 $1,600,000 3/15/13

444 Meadowview Drive 4/26/19 $1,805,000 5 3,123 1969

4116 Encinas Drive 4/26/19 $1,710,000 4 2,755 1958 $1,375,000 7/10/07

5320 Crown Ave. 4/12/19 $1,675,000 3 2,054 1958

4606 Rockland Place 4/23/19 $1,675,000 4 2,505 1947 $185,000 12/17/97

4630 La Canada Blvd. 4/24/19 $1,650,000 3 1,939 1930 $822,000 4/24/13

4824 Del Monte Rd. 4/19/19 $1,635,000 3 2,766 1947 $1,070,000 3/1/12

5738 Ocean View Blvd. 4/24/19 $1,600,000 4 2,400 1962

4525 Alcorn Drive 4/30/19 $1,540,000 3 2,418 1951 $490,000 12/31/98

1332 Journeys End Drive 4/15/19 $1,520,000 3 1,839 1956

4703 Alminar Ave. 4/23/19 $1,455,000 3 2,032 1946

834 Milmada Drive 4/16/19 $1,400,000 3 1,566 1951 $370,000 12/12/17

5045 Redwillow Lane 4/26/19 $1,361,000 3 1,722 1956

2146 Countryman Lane 4/5/19 $1,300,000 3 1,874 1954

4005 Hampstead Rd. 4/23/19 $1,285,000 2 1,573 1955

4815 Daleridge Rd. 4/30/19 $1,180,000 3 1,558 1948 $1,350,000 8/20/15

4623 Hampton Rd. 4/30/19 $1,100,000 3 1,329 1956

5036 Crown Ave. 4/24/19 $1,090,000 3 1,706 1953

5361 Godbey Drive 4/3/19 $1,089,000 2 2,084 1973

4218 La Tour Way 4/2/19 $1,000,000 3 1,989 1946 $1,065,000 6/18/15

PASADENA

1590 Lombardy Rd. 4/1/19 $5,490,000 5 6194 1927 $2,850,000 9/19/03

1405 Afton St. 4/17/19 $3,733,500 5 5150 1981 $981,000 1/13/99

735 Oak Knoll Circle 4/1/19 $2,825,000 4 3960 1953 $2,650,000 10/8/14

390 Mooresque St. 4/17/19 $2,800,000 4 3391 1964 $2,295,000 2/5/19

460 California Terrace 4/16/19 $2,625,000 6 3144 1914 $1,900,000 1/6/15

2070 Kinneloa Canyon Rd. 4/22/19 $1,750,000 3 2646 1995 $1,228,000 3/26/09

1125 Wellington Ave. 4/5/19 $1,690,000 4 2699 1950

3126 Meyerloa Lane 4/16/19 $1,625,000 4 3143 1948

2385 Lambert Drive 4/23/19 $1,560,000 4 2915 1934

422 Gordon Terrace #5 4/30/19 $1,395,000 3 2481 1979 $1,265,000 5/4/10

944 East Elizabeth St. 4/4/19 $1,350,000 4 2341 1915 $967,500 6/14/18

502 California Terrace 4/12/19 $1,350,000 3 1885 1950 $1,320,000 6/24/14

1425 Riviera Drive 4/12/19 $1,350,000 3 1808 1955 $920,000 4/1/14

480 South Orange Grove Blvd. #22 4/9/19 $1,275,000 2 2310 1972 $1,200,000 7/21/15

840 East Green St. #504 4/24/19 $1,190,000 2 2172 2006 $661,000 8/27/10

804 North Chester Ave. 4/1/19 $1,180,000 4 2246 1999 $699,000 3/5/10

153 South Hudson Ave. #403 4/25/19 $1,180,000 3 2600 2012 $988,000 3/31/15

395 San Palo Place 4/8/19 $1,150,000 3 2205 1962

1009 North Marengo Ave. 4/18/19 $1,150,000 3 1510 1910 $660,000 7/26/18

1868 Kaweah Drive 4/26/19 $1,112,000 3 2569 1979

1555 North Michillinda Ave. 4/12/19 $1,110,000 3 1940 1956 $880,000 4/2/18

1786 Orangewood St. 4/8/19 $1,105,000 2 1276 1926 $760,000 8/7/06

508 Juniper Drive 4/12/19 $1,060,000 3 1686 1925 $1,050,000 9/21/17

327 Arlington Drive 4/24/19 $1,050,000 3 2046 1969 $385,000 11/1/88

776 South Orange Grove Blvd. #15 4/16/19 $1,040,000 2 2052 1982 $470,000 1/28/00

2255 Las Lunas St. 4/22/19 $1,039,000 2 2020 1941 $840,000 4/3/14

927 North Garfi eld Ave. 4/5/19 $1,005,000 4 1361 1909 $554,000 1/8/18

2330 East Orange Grove Blvd. 4/8/19 $1,000,000 5 2729 1926

3895 Valley Lights Drive 4/25/19 $1,000,000 4 2139 1956 $327,000 5/18/98

2027 Rosemont Ave. #3 4/30/19 $1,000,000 3 2016 1982 $470,000 9/30/00

1414 Casa Grande St. 4/4/19 $999,000 3 1584 1927 $625,000 4/11/18

2325 Casa Grande St. 4/9/19 $995,000 3 1892 1976 $720,000 4/9/10

860 South Los Robles Ave. 4/8/19 $975,000 3 1861 1923

2355 Paloma St. 4/26/19 $970,000 4 1786 1940 $482,500 6/5/02

1340 East California Blvd. 4/1/19 $956,500 3 3600 1931

957 North El Molino Ave. 4/4/19 $950,000 6 2418 1910 $373,000 3/20/02

SAN MARINO

1883 Orlando Rd. 4/30/19 $9,500,000 9 10324 1928 $3,250,000 8/14/98

2205 El Molino Place 4/5/19 $2,530,000 4 3073 1936 $2,076,000 9/11/12

597 Los Arboles Lane 4/24/19 $2,200,000 5 2408 1940 $1,800,000 9/30/08

1665 Del Mar Ave. 4/17/19 $2,130,000 7 3976 1941 $2,200,000 2/5/16

SIERRA MADRE

661 Mariposa Ave. 4/22/19 $1,600,000 3 2723 1939 $925,000 7/6/08

462 Manzanita Ave. 4/4/19 $1,550,000 4 3006 1950 $1,379,500 6/13/17

659 West Alegria Ave. 4/16/19 $1,225,000 2 1356 1911 $834,000 6/25/15

186 Auburn Ave. 4/4/19 $1,200,000 6 2544 1958

273 West Laurel Ave. 4/16/19 $1,155,000 3 2063 1979 $920,000 5/14/07

247 North Mountain Trail 4/30/19 $1,080,000 6 3008 1926

SOUTH PASADENA

1625 Oak St. 4/23/19 $2,060,000 5 3908 1908 $1,750,000 5/11/16

407 El Centro St. 4/1/19 $1,830,000 2 1365 1908 $1,660,000 4/4/17

1214 Via Del Rey 4/29/19 $1,798,000 4 2523 1964

2040 Primrose Ave. 4/10/19 $1,790,000 3 2086 1929 $1,576,000 6/18/15

2012 Alpha St. 4/15/19 $1,755,000 4 2372 1964 $1,526,000 12/16/16

1854 Hanscom Drive 4/12/19 $1,749,000 3 1614 1942 $1,071,000 10/16/18

766 Monterey Rd. 4/2/19 $1,200,000 5 2821 1946 $1,200,000 4/20/18

634 Prospect Ave. #B 4/22/19 $1,000,000 3 1912 2002

1109 Mound Ave. #3 4/30/19 $1,000,000 3 1986 1993 $655,000 7/19/10

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ARROYO

HOME & DESIGN

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT

WINDOWS ARE

A VITAL PART

OF A ROOM’S

DECORATING

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Choose coverings that create just

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By Bruce Haring

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One of the most vital parts of any home are its windows. Yet many

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Windows first appeared in the 13th century BC. These were openings

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There’s a huge industry devoted to getting you to replace your

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THE BIG FOUR TREATMENTS

There are four types of window treatments: drapes or curtains, blinds,

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Drapes and curtains are used interchangeably by people, but

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that both are made of fabric and typically run the length of the window,

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anything from sheer fabric that lets in a lot of light, to dark and heavy

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Shades are similar in intent and style. They fit into the window frame,

but are solid fabric, and typically have a roller function to let you decide

the amount of light to admit, or rolled down for privacy.

Finally, valances are fabrics sit above a window and are used to

disguise the bar for the draperies or the mechanical apparatus for

window blinds. Usually done in fabric, they add an accent to the room

while covering sometimes unsightly mechanicals.

Currently, trendy homes usually use floor-to-ceiling curtains for their

rooms. They enlarge your living space, making them feel bigger by

creating the illusion of longer walls. Whatever the materials – vinyl, fabric

or even velvet – they are an ideal component for the large windows in

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A recent trend in Southern California pairs sheer curtains with shades.

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when you want a bright daytime feel, and privacy when the sun goes

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MATCHING THE COVERING IS AN ART

A room in your home is like an ecosystem in nature – if one

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John Cohn is the owner of Catalina Paints, a paint retail chain

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The stores specialize in finding just the right match for your home. A

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Cohn says whites, yellows, grays and beiges work well in Southern

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California, but gently suggests that you try out different

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Coming to the store cold is not advised, as Cohn

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“Do your homework,” says Cohn. “Have textile colors

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We’ve come a long way from the days when animal

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CARSON VALLEY, NEVADA

A home where the wild horses roam — and visitors enter the Old West

PHOTOS AND TEXT BY TOMMY EWASKO

Wild mustangs go for a quick sprint on the vast Pine Nut Mountain Range.

Truly, America the beautiful right here in Carson Valley.

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Carson Valley, Nevada, is a world away from city life, a wild place where

mustangs and raptors reign, a place where freedom is just another word for

gliding silently through sapphire skies. The Old West lives on in Carson

Valley, just 12 miles east of South Lake Tahoe; it lies at the base of the Sierra Nevada,

just south of Carson City, named for the 19th-century frontiersman Kit Carson. It’s

still a land ripe for discovery, boasting natural charms and historic sites, including

Nevada’s oldest saloon and a resort with hot springs that opened 150 years ago.

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When you visit Jacobs Family Berry Farm, you’re whisked back to the late 19th

century, when early pioneers were settling and working the land. You can experience

a place created using good old American backbone.

Dine at a restaurant listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Reese-Johnson-

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an excellent example of the Gothic Revival style popular at the time.

The David Walley’s Resort water tower is a

remnant of the Old West and a local landmark

After a sun-soaked day touring Genoa, slake your thirst with a cold beverage at the Genoa Bar and

Saloon, Nevada’s oldest “thirst parlor.” Talk about a slice of American history, you would think

Doc Holliday might strut in any moment, saying “I’ll be your huckleberry!” (Holliday’s famous

way of saying he was the right man for the job).

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Gliding through the friendly skies


IF YOU GO...

WILDLIFE TOURS

For multiple listings of wildlife tour outfitters, visit VisitCarsonValley.org.

HISTORIC SITES

Jacobs Family Berry Farm on the Lampe Ranch, first settled by a Danish

immigrant in 1872

1335 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville, NV 89410. Call (775) 515-0450 or

visit jacobsberries.com.

The Pink House, now a cheese and charcuterie shop and restaurant, has

been the site of key historical events in Nevada’s past.

193 Genoa Lane, Genoa, NV, 89411. Call (775) 392-4276 or visit thepinkhousegenoa.com.

1862 David Walley’s Resort and Hot Springs, named for its founder,

offers rustic-style accommodations with fireplaces and balconies, five hot

spring pools, a full-service spa and fine dining at the 1862 Restaurant.

2001 Foothill Rd., Genoa, NV, 89411. Call (775) 782-8155 or visit davidwalleys1862.com.

Genoa Bar and Saloon was built in 1853, making it the state’s oldest

“thirst parlor.” Its Old West authenticity — down to the original lights and

red oil lamp lit every New Year’s Eve — has attracted such famous visitors as

Mark Twain, two presidents (Grant and Teddy Roosevelt), Clark Gable and

Raquel Welch.

2282 Main St., Genoa, NV, 89411. Call (775) 782-3870.

GLIDING THE FRIENDLY SKIES

Take off from the Minden-Tahoe Airport and soar through the skies over

Carson Valley’s stunning scenery. Soaring NV offers glider rides and pilot

services.

1142 Airport Rd., Minden, NV. Call (775) 782-9595 or visit soaringnv.com.

For more information on Carson Valley’s history, hotels, restaurants,

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Blade Runner Spinner Interior View

A FUTURE

REMEMBERED

Visual futurist Syd Mead looks back on a long career designing

the world of tomorrow for Hollywood and more.

BY CARL KOZLOWSKI

DRAWINGS: SydMead.com

There are few people in America who have had more influence on how we see

the future than Syd Mead. The Minnesota-born, Colorado-raised industrial

designer and futurist concept artist started drawing at the age of 3 and, by

the time he’d served three years in the Army, he was constantly drawing virtually

everything he saw, from animals to automobiles.

Mead honed those natural gifts at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,

where he learned the deadline discipline that became key to a stellar career designing

futuristic cars both real and fantasy and the cutting-edge cityscapes and

spaceships of the 1982 classic sci-fi film Blade Runner. His time at Art Center

also fueled a love for the Crown City that inspired him to move into a Buff and

Hensman home in the gorgeous San Rafael district in 1997 with his life partner

and manager, Roger Servick.

Looking back at his influential six-decade career while continuing to create

designs for an eclectic portfolio of corporate clients, Mead, 83, is as vibrant as

ever. Until recently, he continued to travel the world with Servick to present his

career-long retrospective show “Progressions” at design conferences and museums

worldwide.

“The imagination part is a facility I enjoy having,” explains Mead. “I work

with commercial or corporate accounts like movies and corporations, where the

inspiration comes from the problem. Once you understand the problem, you can

solve it. I get clients to describe the problem and then I move on it.

“I once had a meeting with Hot Wheels Mattel, and since it was a business

meeting, I had to sign a nondisclosure agreement,” he continues. “The boss was

late and we were sitting around waiting for him. When he finally showed up, he

thought he’d be clever, so he asked me: ‘So Mr. Mead, I understand you’ve been

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Short Circuit Robot

Tron Yori Design

to the future, could you tell us about it?’ And I replied: ‘No, I

signed an NDA.’ He was embarrassed and left the room.”

Mead’s career took wing in 1959, when he was recruited by

Ford Motor Company’s Advanced Styling Studio to dream up

flashy car designs for the auto giant. Despite instant acclaim

for his designs, he left just two years later to illustrate books

and catalogues for companies including U.S. Steel before

launching his own Syd Mead Inc. studios in Detroit in 1970

with such clients as Philips Electronics.

Running his own company enabled Mead to quickly build

an international client base as well; he spent about a third of

his time working in Europe for prominent architectural firms

and companies including International Hotels. Things were

running smoothly, but Mead was dying to get away from the

brutal Detroit winters. So he returned to his beloved college

town of Pasadena in 1975 when he was given the gargantuan

four-year task of bringing Star Trek back to life on the big

screen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

“People say I moved out here to work in movies, but in

reality I moved here because I wanted to get away from snow,”

says Mead, laughing heartily. “Detroit has awful winters;

when you’re younger you don’t mind that. And in Southern

California, snow’s not appearing until 4,000 feet. I had clients

all over, so it didn’t matter where I lived, other than to live as

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nice as I can.

“My house is designed by Buff and Hensman, which made their houses like a

future version of Craftsman homes, as post-and-beam structures with more modern

touches,” adds Mead. “Pasadena is a big little city. It has its own symphony,

theaters, it’s laid out well. We live close to the Arroyo so we’re in a non-grid area

of the city, which is very charming, almost like living in the country. Also, the

medical facilities at Huntington Hospital are outstanding, and I’m very proud to

be a contributor to it.”

Mead’s work on that first Star Trek film proved to be a professional gamechanger

for him, as he quickly envisioned what the Los Angeles cityscape would

look like in the then-distant future of 2019 for Blade Runner. At the same time,

he was conceiving an entire alternate electronic universe for the movie Tron

(1982), complete with various vehicles: lightcycles, tanks, solar sailers and carriers.

Both were Oscar-nominated hits. Mead served up more designs for the 2017

sequel Blade Runner: 2049, imagining L.A. life more than 30 years down the

line.

Alas, society is nowhere close to having the flying cars that Mead had soaring

through Blade Runner skies. But he points out that if all his futuristic designs had

actually come to fruition, it would have created major havoc for the world.

“First of all, it is a problem of logistics, because human beings have never created

anything that is 100 percent perfect,” explains Mead, with a laugh. “Imagine

thousands and thousands of flying cars in a metropolitan area; you would have to

have ideal three-dimensional control over each one, because otherwise you’re going

to have a disaster. And so, I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon.”

Mead elaborated on the technical challenges of constructing his flying

Tron Light Cycle Design 02

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Blade Runner Character Design

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Tron Tank Interior Sketch

Blade Runner Spinner Sketch 01

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machines. “You’d have to be able to lift, support and direct a two-ton

vehicle in mid-air for a period of time,” he continues. “Scientists have

tried propellers and jets, but the time and energy consumption is too

huge. And if you create anti-gravity, you have to have some place for

the gravity to go. So you have to displace two tons of force until you

want to get rid of it again and come back down to earth. Furthermore,

the scientific community hasn’t got the faintest idea what gravity actually

is.”

But other futuristic visions of Mead’s have indeed come to life “in

little technological retail pieces,” including digital cameras, satellites,

smartphones and high-end video games and virtual reality. He notes

that, even with a seemingly endless array of technological advances

available to him, he still prefers to sketch with pen and paper and paint

his initial images.

With a lifetime of wisdom to share, Mead lectures frequently

around the country. He has also shared his creative process in a series

of books, including a 2018 autobiography, A Future Remembered, published

by his and Servick’s Oblagon Publishing company and available

for purchase only at SydMead.com. His world-traveling “Progressions”

exhibition is still drawing 1,000 visitors a day at its present Tokyo stop,

while L.A.’s Petersen Automotive Museum displays several of his most

distinctive car designs in its “Hollywood Dream Machines” exhibition.

“Once you have the concept, you sit down and start to sketch,” he

says. “You’re not paying particular attention to details. You’re illustrating

in your mind what that concept could look like, so you end up with

a portfolio of maybe crazy ideas. If you start out too rational at the

front end of the idea process, you’re robbing the chance of a coincidence.

“Then, you have to review those ideas and gradually coax the fluidity

and spontaneity of the first pass down into the final product,” he

continues. “That’s a trick and some people do it well and some people

don’t. You can’t start out solving the problem in one pass. It’s not going

to work. I don’t care how brilliant you are.” ||||

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KITCHEN

CONFESSIONS

Auto-Theater Season

MOVIE THEATERS MAY FROWN ON STORE-BOUGHT SNACKS, BUT YOU CAN STILL B.Y.O. PICNIC DINNER TO THE DRIVE-IN.

BY LESLIE BILDERBACK

With the longest day of the year landing on June 21, the school year winding to a

close and, of course, Father’s Day (June 16), the National Day Calendar for June is

(mostly) all about summer. To help relieve the stress of triple-digit temperatures,

this month’s calendar thoughtfully includes National Hydration Day (June 23), National Iced

Tea Day (June 10) and National Bomb Pop Day (June 27 — Bomb Pops are those red, white

and blue rocket-shaped popsicles). Several celebrations (more than is necessary, frankly) revolve

around ice cream, including National Ice Cream Soda Day and National Vanilla Milkshake Day

(both wrestling for attention on June 20 as best ice creamy drink), National Chocolate Ice Cream

Day (June 7), National Rocky Road Day (June 2) and National Ice Cream Cake Day (June 27).

If you’re not into sweets, the calendar has you covered with National Sunglasses Day (June 27)

and National Flip Flop Day (June 14). All signs point to a season of sweating outdoors.

Another summer outdoor activity gets its due this month with National Drive-In Movie

Day, coming to a theater near you on June 6. This revelation had me swooning in a nostalgic

stupor for a couple of hours, remembering all my personal drive-in moments. As a kid, the drivein

was a regular summer weekend outing. Dressed in my PJs, I’d screw around in the adjoining

playground, then settle into the backseat with my sleeping bag and pillow to watch a movie that

was certainly less interesting than the fact that I was out in public in my PJs. In high school, the

drive-in was the place to realize all our American teenage dreams. Cheap movies (or free, if we

were willing to hide in the trunk), junk food, beer and boys — all far from the watchful eyes of

adults. Once, in high school, we went in my convertible Volkswagen Thing (my first car — a

classic), with the top down, to see An American Werewolf in London. We were so captivated by

the film that we forgot that the region was under attack from fruit flies and therefore subject

to nightly spraying of malathion by pesticide-wielding helicopters. I’m fairly certain there were

no ill effects. (I mean, my kids have gills, but that’s normal, right?) One of the first dates I had

with my husband was at a drive-in, in a car he borrowed from his job at the university library.

(Not sure if the loan was sanctioned.) I think the movie was Young Sherlock Holmes, though to be

honest, I wasn’t paying much attention to the film.

I love the history of the drive-in, because it’s all about a son pleasing his mother. Richard

Hollingshead, sales manager of Whiz Auto Products, was a movie fan, but his mother was too

large to sit comfortably in theater seats. His experiments in comfort seating led to a projector

mounted on the hood of the family car, illuminating a sheet tied between two trees in the yard.

That led to a patented idea, and the first “Park-In” theater opened in Camden, New Jersey, on

June 6, 1933.

Hollingshead’s first theater, whose slogan was “The whole family is welcome, regardless

of how noisy the children are,” had a 40-by-50-foot screen and 400 car slots, with ramps at

different heights so every car had a clear view. The soundtrack was initially played on three RCA

Victor speakers mounted near the screen, which sounded as bad as you’d think it did. Several

other “Auto-Theaters” sprang up, but it was not until the 1940s, when the in-car speaker was

developed, that the renamed “Drive-In” theater really took off. By the late ’50s there were 4,000

drive-ins across the United States.

The first film shown at Hollingshead’s drive-in was Wives Beware, a British film about a man

who faked amnesia so he could screw around on his wife. Not exactly Academy Award material,

despite having run in theaters for one week (but not a second more). And that was the quality

of film historically offered at the drive-in. They showed strictly B-movies, because Hollywood’s

prime material was reserved for theaters that could screen a film several times a day, not just

once after dark. To help boost attendance, the drive-ins started offering X-rated films too, which

helped keep many afloat into the late ’60s. But by then, with the advent of television, and then

VCRs, the drive-in culture slowly disappeared.

In California we had our first drive-in in 1938, and at the height of the trend there were 220

across the state. Today there are about 350 still operating in the United States, with 16 here in

California, thanks to an aging population of car-culture kids and an obsession with nostalgia.

Several have recently been reopened and refurbished with digital projection, which makes firstrun

movies available faster and easier. No more speakers, though. The soundtrack is broadcast via

FM radio. (If you no longer have one of those, most theaters will rent you one.)

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Sure, open-air movie screenings are all over the place now, and I have enjoyed many over

the years. Movies outside will always be a little magical. And a community coming together

in a park to share a beloved classic over picnic dinners is delightful. But these are very popular

events, and thus super-crowded. And when people start encroaching on my picnic blanket, I am

no longer having fun. For me, the drive-in is the perfect alternative. Watching a movie outdoors,

private seating that no one will step on, a picnic dinner (or classic snack-bar food, of course) and

my sweetheart — it’s the perfect summer evening outing.

Also, when I inevitably fall asleep halfway through the film, I can simply recline the seat. ||||

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S REAL OPERATIONAL

DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATERS

South Bay Drive-in Theatres, Imperial Beach (San Diego)

“Where cinema meets the sea”

Vineland Drive-in, Industry

L.A.’s closest, with four screens, open daily

Mission Tiki Drive-in Theatre, Montclair

Also close to L.A., with four screens, open 365 days a year

Paramount Drive-In Theatres, Paramount

The original Roadium Drive-in from 1947, renovated in 2014

Rubidoux Drive-In Theatre, Riverside

One of oldest in the state, since 1948

Van Buren Drive-In Theatre, Riverside

The state’s largest

Santee Drive-In, Santee (near San Diego)

Open since 1958 (cash only)

Smith’s Ranch Drive-in, Twentynine Palms

Only one screen, but it’s a bargain with $5 double features (cash only)

Drive-in Mini Pretzel Dogs

My favorite movie snack is the hot dog. But, to be honest, I rarely get a good one at the

movies. The bun is stale or the sausage lacks flavor or (mostly) it’s too expensive. But the

beauty of the drive-in, versus the walk-in theater, is that I do not have to hide snacks in

my purse. I can pack a full-fledged picnic basket, set it on the passenger seat next to me,

and drive right in in full view of everyone.

So, of course, this provides me with an opportunity to cook something fun. Drive-in

picnics should never be messy, or complicated. Hand-held foods are the easiest to eat

and clean up after, and these pretzel dogs fit the bill — just complicated enough to be

impressive, but pedestrian enough to keep you from looking like a snob.

2 quarts water

1 package of mini hot dogs (Hillshire Farms

sells Lit’l Smokies in a 14-ounce size) or

small slices of your favorite sausage

1 pound French, white or pizza dough,

homemade or store-bought

Ingredients

¼ cup baking soda

1 tablespoon sugar

4 tablespoons melted butter

2 to 3 tablespoons premium mediumcoarse

sea salt (I like to use Maldon)

Mustard or cheese sauce to garnish

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 400°, and coat a baking sheet with pan spray. (Do not use parchment paper in

the casing — the wet pretzels will stick to it). Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan.

2. Roll out white dough to quarter-inch thickness, and cut into strips about a half-inch by 2 to 3

inches. Coil the strips around the sausages, leaving the ends visible. Use a little water to glue the

dough in place.

3. At the boil, turn the water down to a simmer and add the baking soda and sugar. Drop the

dough-wrapped sausages into the water, and poach for about 15 seconds. Remove with a slotted

spoon, tap off excess liquid and place on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining wrapped

sausages. (Do not crowd them in the poach pot.)

4. Brush poached pretzel dogs with melted butter, sprinkle with good salt and bake for 10 minutes.

Rotate the pan so they brown evenly, and finish baking for another 10 to 15 minutes, until

golden brown. Cool slightly, then wrap in foil and head to the show.

SHOTS BOX

STORY AND PHOTO BY MICHAEL CERVIN

The craft cocktail renaissance is, undeniably, sweeping the nation. Cocktails

with historic pedigrees are fashionable again. But not everyone has the time

nor the inclination to visit bar after bar to find the best cocktail. And most of

us are not proficient bartenders at home. With Shots Box, that has changed.

Shots Box is a SoCal–based subscription service that delivers 10 different

spirits (by the shot, typically 1.5 ounces) to your door so you can experiment

at home. The real expense of cocktails is always the liquor. Here, the liquor

and recipe cards are brought to you, and all you need do is get the remaining

ingredients to make 10 wildly different cocktails. “I launched Shots Box because

of my passion for home-brewing and craft spirits. I’m driven by success and the

luxury of simplicity,” says founder J.C. Stock, who bills Shots Box as “the only

craft sampling club in the world.”

The cost is $39.99 a month, which comes out to $4 per cocktail. All spirits

range from mid-shelf to top-shelf; the box I received contained a wide variety,

including Death’s Door Gin from Wisconsin, Montana Honey Moonshine and

Adelaide’s Dreamsicle Coconut Liqueur from Nebraska. The recipes are not

complex, most using just four ingredients. The shipment also includes information

about where the spirit was distilled, tasting notes and info about the distillery

via a QR code on each card. You can also purchase full-size bottles directly from

ShotsBox.com when you find the cocktail you love. Through this simple service,

the luxury of home-cocktail connoisseurship becomes a snap. |||

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THE LIST

COMPILED BY JOHN SOLLENBERGER

New Talent Emerging at Boston Court

Boston Court Pasadena promotes new

musical talent in its annual Emerging

Artists Series. All concerts start at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 general admission, free for

students.

June 1 — Pianist So-Mang Jeagal

June 6 — Bass-baritone James Hayden

June 7 — Pianist David Kaplan

June 8 — Soprano Alina Roitstein

June 9 — Pianist Todd Moellenberg

Boston Court Pasadena is located at 70

N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 683-

6801 or visit bostoncourtpasadena.org.

Oasis Gala Gives Kids Sanctuary

June 1 — Five Acres, a local organization

ensuring children have a safe environment,

including foster care, mental health

and behavioral services, hosts a fundraising

gala, “Desert Oasis” at a private residence

in Pasadena. The event includes

a cocktail reception, gourmet meal, a

DJ spinning tunes, high-end auction items

and a raffle. It starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are

$275 before May 25, $300 after.

The event is located at 3060 San Pasqual

St., Pasadena. Call (626) 773-3776 or visit

5acres.org/gala.

Castle Green Spring Home Tour

June 2 — Castle Green opens its doors to

the public from 1 to 5 p.m. with its Spring

Home Tour, inviting guests to explore the

historic building, including the original

Turkish and Moorish Rooms, the Grand Salon,

Palm Court and the restored bridge

interior. Visit some private apartments

normally closed to the public. Dance to

live swing music by Jack’s Cats, or relax

on the veranda while sipping lemonade.

Cost is $30 in advance, $35 at the gate

on tour day.

Castle Green is located at 99 S. Raymond

Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 824-8482 or

visit friendsofcastlegreen.org.

Music in an Iconic Dome

June 2 — The Mt. Wilson Observatory

Concerts in the Dome series offers great

music inside the facility’s iconic dome

housing the 100-inch Hooker telescope.

Two identical back-to-back concerts

run each month through October. This

month’s performance features Leslie

Reed, oboe; Roger Wilkie, violin; Alma

Fernandez, viola; and Cécilia Tsan, cello,

performing a program of oboe quartets

HUNTINGTON GALA

SALUTES LGBTQ ART ROLE

June 7 — The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens presents

its annual “An Evening Among the Roses” gala, from 6 to 10 p.m. The garden

party honors and celebrates the contributions of LGBTQ artists, scholars, donors

and staff of the institution. Guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a special

performance and dancing amid the blooms. This year’s event pays special tribute

to renowned local artist Lari Pittman, whose work has had a profound effect on

the SoCal cultural and civic landscape. All are welcome to attend. Tickets are

$110 to $2,500.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151

Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org/among-the-roses.

by Mozart and Britten and a Beethoven

string trio. Concerts start at 3 and 5 p.m.

Tickets are $50 for each concert.

Mt. Wilson Observatory is located on Mt.

Wilson Rd., La Cañada Flintridge. Visit

mtwilson.edu/concerts for tickets.

Jazz, Mariachi and More

at Descanso

Descanso Gardens presents its annual

summer concert series: The Music on the

Main jazz series runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays, June 6 through July 25, and

the World Rhythms music series runs from

6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, June 18 through July

23. Concerts are included in regular Descanso

admission of $9, $6 for students and

seniors and $4 for children 5 to 12; members

and children under 5 are admitted

free. Here’s what's on tap for this month:

Music on the Main Jazz Series

June 6 — Louie Cruz Beltran

June 13 — The Katie Thiroux Trio

June 20 — Yuko Mabuchi

June 27 — Mon David

World Rhythms World Music Series

June 18 — Mariachi Divas

June 25 — Angel City Chorale

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418

Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Call

(818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.

Convention Center Hosts

Crafty Weekend

June 7, 8 and 9 — The Contemporary Crafts

Market makes its annual visit to the Pasadena

Convention Center, offering unique

handcrafted wares, including functional,

decorative and wearable art items such as

jewelry, ceramics, blown glass, furnishings

and textiles. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday. Admission is $8 at the door.

The Pasadena Convention Center is

located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena.

Visit craftsource.net.

A Playhouse Block Party

June 8 — The annual Pasadena Playhouse

Block Party returns to the Playhouse

District from noon to 10 p.m. The free

event features live music, arts by more

than 20 community arts groups, backstage

tours of the Playhouse, more than 25

interactive exhibits, games, activities and

a kids’ zone. Food trucks, snack stands

and libations are included.

The Playhouse Block Party is located at

the corner of El Molino Avenue and Colorado

Boulevard, Pasadena. Call (626)

356-7529 or visit playhouseblockparty.org.

Playful Art Day in Old Pas Streets

June 8 — The Old Pasadena Management

District presents “BoldPas: A Day

of Art and Play in Old Pasadena” from

noon to 8 p.m. The district’s pedestrian alleyways

showcase 16 temporary art installations

by a variety of artists and hands-on

activities for adults and children. The

installations were culled from more than 70

proposals from L.A.–area artists. Artworks

include a 50-foot canvas suspended

above an alley, a sea of balloons that invites

exploration, street artists transforming

a wall with graffiti, murals, a temporary tattoo

pop-up, shadow people who come

to life and many more. Admission is free.

Visit oldpasadena.org/boldpas.

Drums, Magic and Country

at Arcadia Center

June 8 and 9 — Drumming group Makoto

Taiko performs traditional Japanese drumming

from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 to

4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 to $40.

June 16 — A Father’s Day magic show stars

master illusionist Gary Peterson performing

his Las Vegas–style magic show in a fundraiser

for Arcadia High School stagecraft

studies. Performances run from 1 to 3 p.m.

and 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $50.

June 27 — James Garner and his Tennessee

Three band pay tribute to Johnny Cash

from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $60.

The Arcadia Performing Arts Center is

located at 188 Campus Dr., Arcadia. Call

(626) 821-1781 or visit arcadiapaf.org.

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Garden Party, Fun Thursdays

at Norton Simon Museum

All activities are included in Norton Simon

admission of $15, $12 for seniors 62 and

above; free for members, students and

visitors 18 and younger.

June 13 — The museum launches its

Thursday Summer Fun series with “Artful

Suncatchers,” an event for families with

children ages 4 to 10, who can view

expressions of nature in the collections

and the Sculpture Garden, then create

art-inspired suncatchers in the shape of

bugs to take home, from 1 to 3 p.m.

June 14 — The museum unveils The Sweetness

of Life: Three 18th-Century French

Paintings from the Frick Collection, which

runs through Sept. 9. The paintings are

artfully constructed visions of contemporary

life and fashion by François Boucher,

Jean-Siméon Chardin and Jean-Baptiste

Greuze, offering an intimate look at the

lives of middle-class French women of the

1740s and 1750s.

June 20 — Another Thursday Summer

Fun event, “Gameplay,” invites guests to

explore games reflected in the collections,

then design a puzzle of their own, from

1 to 3 p.m.

June 29 — “A Night in Focus: Garden

Party” celebrates the start of summer with

a social, creative event for all ages from

5 to 7:30 p.m. Guests can explore the

Sculpture Garden, sketch en plein air and

create a flower crown, boutonniere or

satchel using plant materials, while enjoying

live jazz in the Garden Café.

Norton Simon Museum is located at 411

W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626)

449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.

Chalk One up at the Paseo

June 15 and 16 — Paseo Colorado is

once again the home of the annual

Pasadena Chalk Festival, which features

dozens of chalk artists from around the

country creating temporary artworks

on the facility’s sidewalks. Highlights

include the Chalk of Fame display of past

movie posters in chalk, a kids’ area for

art-making, Animation Alley with animation

art and animators creating works, an

art gallery and a silent auction, with live

music on both days. An awards ceremony

for winners of artist polls taken during the

festival is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday. Festival

hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

In addition, the annual Pasadena Police

Department's classic car show runs from

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on the Green

Street side of the Paseo. Admission is free.

Paseo Colorado is located at 300 E.

Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Visit pasadenachalkfestival.com.

Pasadena Pops Launches

Summer Concerts

June 1 — The “Music Under the Stars” concert

starts at 8 p.m. in front of Pasadena

City Hall. Larry Blank conducts the orchestra

in music from Broadway, Hollywood

and the Great American Songbook. Featured

soloists are vocalists Valerie Perri and

Finn Sagal. Admission is free, and gates

open at 6 p.m. for picnicking.

Pasadena City Hall is located at 100 N.

Garfield Ave., Pasadena.

June 15 —The annual “Live at the Arboretum”

concert features country star Dwight

Yoakam. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for

picnicking and the concert starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 to $55.

June 22 — The Pasadena Pops presents

its fi rst Sierra Summer Concert Series

perfomance: “The Great American

Songbook: Icons from Broadway, Tin Pan

Alley and Hollywood” at the L.A. County

Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The

program includes diverse selections by

Stephen Foster, Richard Rodgers, Barry

Manilow, Marvin Hamlisch and others.

Featured soloists are Melissa Errico and

Kevin McKidd. Michael Feinstein conducts.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking

and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket

prices start at $25.

The L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic

Garden is located at 301 N. Baldwin

Ave., Arcadia. Call (626) 793-7172 or visit

pasadenasymphony-pops.org.

The Art of Illusion at the Alex

June 22 — Master illusionist Ivan Amodei

brings his new audience-participation

stage tour to the Alex Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Secrets & Illusions is set on the dark and

deserted streets of Paris. Guests seemingly

enter the Louvre, where a musical muse

escorts them through the galleries, while

Amodei uncovers life’s greatest mysteries

deep inside priceless works of art. One

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CATCON VISITS

PASADENA

June 29 and 30 —Cat lovers will converge on the annual CatCon convention at

the Pasadena Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The

weekend offers numerous adoptable kitties, cat-centric seminars and workshops

plus exhibitors offering feline-friendly products. More than 40 experts will be on

hand with cat-related information. CatCon runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

Tickets are $10 to $75, depending on activities desired. One dollar per ticket plus

half the proceeds from celebricat meet-and-greets go to cat welfare charities.

The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Visit

catconworldwide.com.

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person faces his greatest fears, another

tracks down love in an unexpected place

and another discovers how the Laws of

Attraction help them find their purpose in

life. Tickets are $35 to $85.

The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N.

Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 243-2539

or visit alextheatre.org.

L.A. Zoo Roaring Nights Return

June 28 — The L.A. Zoo Roaring Nights

return, featuring adult-only activities,

including live music, deejays, zoo talks

by experts, close-up animal encounters,

food trucks and full bars, from 6 to 10:30

p.m. The event is for visitors 21 and up;

the cost is $21 ($16 for members). This

month’s event features former KROQ

personality Richard Blade, plus Flashback

Heart Attack, Deejay Avi Bernard and

Chulita Vinyl Club.

The L.A. Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Dr.,

L.A. Call (323) 644-4200 or visit lazoo.org.

Friday Food Trucks Back at Bowl

June 28 — The Final Fridays Food Truck

Festival, which takes place on the fi nal

Friday of each month through Aug. 30,

returns to the Rose Bowl from 4 to 8 p.m.

In addition to food trucks, guests can

enjoy foot golf, outdoor games, photo

booths and tours of the stadium. Admission

and parking are free.

Rose Bowl Stadium is located at 1001

Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. Call (626) 577-

3100 or visit visitpasadena.com.

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