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FINE LIVING IN THE GREATER PASADENA AREA<br />

<strong>June</strong> <strong>2019</strong><br />

Summer<br />

Getaways<br />

SLEEPING TO<br />

THE SOUNDS OF<br />

Sea lions in Redondo Beach<br />

WILDLIFE AND THE OLD WEST<br />

In Carson Valley, Nevada<br />

ZIPLINING IN THE ANGELES<br />

National Forest<br />

VISUAL FUTURIST SYD MEAD<br />

On Blade Runner and more


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VOLUME 15 | NUMBER 06 | JUNE <strong>2019</strong><br />

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11 19<br />

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

SUMMER GETAWAYS<br />

11 THE SEA LION IN SUMMER<br />

The Portofi no Hotel & Marina offers waterside luxury just minutes away<br />

from Arroyoland.<br />

—By IRENE LACHER<br />

19 FEAR OF ZIPPING<br />

Or how my wife came to love ziplines at Pacific Crest.<br />

—By JERVEY TERVALON<br />

34 CARSON VALLEY, NEVADA<br />

A home where the wild horses roam — and visitors enter the Old West.<br />

—By TOMMY EWASKO<br />

41 A FUTURE REMEMBERED<br />

Visual futurist Syd Mead looks back on a long career designing the<br />

world of tomorrow for Hollywood.<br />

—By CARL KOZLOWSKI<br />

DEPARTMENTS<br />

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

Noise Within’s "Dinner on Stage"<br />

22 ARROYO HOME SALES INDEX<br />

45 KITCHEN CONFESSIONS Auto-Theater Season<br />

46 ARROYO COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH Shots Box<br />

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

“BoldPas” artworks in Old Pasadena and more<br />

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

Portofi no.<br />

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EDITOR’S NOTE<br />

You may think you’re looking forward<br />

to the summer season, but in<br />

much of the world, these months<br />

go by another term — peak season,<br />

when tourists swarm the hottest<br />

spots across the nation and around<br />

the world. While I say bravo to people<br />

who vacation invincibly, there’s<br />

a lot of world out there, and some of<br />

it offers new landscapes without a<br />

lot of the hassle of travel.<br />

Take Carson Valley, Nevada,<br />

which photographer Tommy Ewasko<br />

captured from virtually every angle<br />

— from both earth and the sky. Carson<br />

Valley is a different world from SoCal, a place where the Old West<br />

lives on (which makes it a prime destination for families who want to<br />

excite kids about history). Ewasko focuses his lens on historic sites — a<br />

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

stunning landscape from a glider, and went on backcountry safari to<br />

photograph Nevada’s beautiful wild mustangs and other wildlife.<br />

Closer still are the South Bay beach cities, including Redondo<br />

Beach, where I spent a lovely night at the Portofi no Hotel & Marina<br />

overlooking King Harbor, with sea lions barking an ocean lullaby. This<br />

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

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

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

pioneering spirit to developing the local waterfront.<br />

Even closer is Pacifi c Crest in Wrightwood, where day-trippers can<br />

zipline through the tree canopy of the Angeles National Forest. Ziplining<br />

is not for the faint of heart, so we give Altadena novelist Jervey Tervalon<br />

extra points for being game despite his acrophobia. He writes<br />

about his inner struggles and the victorious zip trip by his athletic wife,<br />

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

some high-wire fun this summer.<br />

—Irene Lacher<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Irene Lacher<br />

ART DIRECTOR Stephanie Torres<br />

ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Richard Garcia<br />

PRODUCTION DESIGNERS Yumi Kanegawa<br />

EDITOR-AT-LARGE Bettijane Levine<br />

COPY EDITOR John Seeley<br />

CONTRIBUTORS Leslie Bilderback, Léon Bing,<br />

Martin Booe, Michael Cervin, Scarlet Cheng,<br />

Richard Cunningham, Tommy Ewasko, Noela<br />

Hueso, Kathleen Kelleher, Frier McCollister, Brenda<br />

Rees, Jordan Riefe, Ilsa Setziol, John Sollenberger,<br />

Nancy Spiller<br />

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Lisa Chase,<br />

Javier Sanchez<br />

ADVERTORIAL CONTRIBUTING EDITOR<br />

Bruce Haring<br />

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER Andrea Baker<br />

PAYROLL Linda Lam<br />

ACCOUNTING Perla Castillo, Quinton Wright<br />

OFFICE MANAGER Ann Turrietta<br />

PUBLISHER Dina Stegon<br />

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CORRECTION: Pasadena architect Barbara Lamprecht helped nominate the Kuhns House in Woodland Hills for<br />

historic designation. The home was misidentifi ed in the May issue.<br />

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FESTIVITIES<br />

Barbara Lawrence and Director Geoff Elliott<br />

Edmund Roberts, Sally Roberts and Dick Roberts<br />

Lyn Spector, Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx and Sheila Lamson<br />

Sylvia Earl<br />

Glen Curado<br />

Connie Morgan<br />

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A Noise Within will bring the classics to more than 18,000<br />

Jane Kaczmarek<br />

students with the help of $130,000 raised at the acclaimed<br />

repertory theater company’s annual “Dinner on Stage” benefit<br />

on April 23. After dining on Derek Dickinson Events’ salmon,<br />

lamb or mushroom risotto, guests were entertained by scenes<br />

from Argonautika playfully performed amid the tables onstage.<br />

Honorees were longtime Glendale supporter Barbara Lawrence<br />

and her late husband, John; Pasadena board members Sally<br />

and Dick Roberts; and the L.A. High School of the Arts and<br />

EduCare Foundation…The Greater L.A. Zoo Association<br />

drew some 800 animal lovers to its popular annual benefit, the<br />

Beastly Ball, raising nearly $1.2 million for the zoo’s operation<br />

and conservation programs. After an evening consuming drinks<br />

and snacks at stands amid the marsupials, cassowaries and<br />

more, GLAZA honored its recently retired president, La Cañada<br />

Flintridge resident Connie Morgan, as well as oceanographer<br />

Dr. Sylvia Earle and World Harvest Charities CEO Glen Curado…<br />

Pasadena-based L.A. Children’s Chorus lit up the Crystal<br />

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

fundraiser at downtown L.A.’s Millennium Biltmore. Honored at<br />

the festive event were former board members Jennifer and Joe<br />

Sliskovich and The Lion King producer Don Hahn.<br />

Carolyn Hennesy<br />

LACC choristers<br />

Leonard Maltin and Anne Tomlinson<br />

Don Hahn, Joe and Jennifer Sliskovich, Andrea Greene Willard, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz and<br />

Director Shawn Ingram<br />

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


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THE SEA LION IN<br />

SUMMER<br />

The Portofino Hotel & Marina offers waterside luxury just minutes away from Arroyoland.<br />

BY IRENE LACHER<br />

–continued on page 13<br />

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–continued from page 11<br />

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

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

course, it’s a cliché to say that Southern California boasts a wide variety<br />

of landscapes, from the mountains to the sea. For us aficionados of the stunning<br />

San Gabriel Mountains, a complete change of pace can be had a mere hour<br />

southwest of Pasadena, in one of the beach cities hugging the Pacific Ocean.<br />

In Redondo Beach, the recently renovated Portofino Hotel & Marina offers<br />

four-star luxury, with 161 guest rooms overlooking the marina or the ocean<br />

beyond, where the only traffic noise comes not from cars but from California sea<br />

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

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

injured sea lions, seals and otters.)<br />

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

embellished with images of yachts, sea life and seascapes. The owner, Noble<br />

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Chef’s Table<br />

Oysters<br />

–continued from page 13<br />

House Hotels & Resorts, prides itself on designing each of its 18 boutique properties<br />

in the U.S. and Canada around its unique identity, rather than imposing<br />

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

particular pride in its Baleen Kitchen restaurant, named after a kind of whale.<br />

Zagat declared Baleen one of the top 10 waterside restaurants in Los Angeles.<br />

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

Le Cordon Bleu, who has plied his trade in upscale restaurants across Southern<br />

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

David LeFevre, who was executive chef of The Water Grill in downtown<br />

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

source of culinary inspiration, but the truth is his worldview is much broader than<br />

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

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

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

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

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

to have the opportunity to be educated: This is from the region, and these are<br />

the flavors to expect.” Other standouts include the beef stroganoff with housemade<br />

pappardelle, the cioppino and the lobster mac and cheese with truffle-parmesan<br />

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

chef’s table and comfy private outdoor seating overlooking the marina.<br />

Perhaps less evident is Portofino’s colorful history. It was founded in 1965<br />

–continued on page 16<br />

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–continued from page 15<br />

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

her pioneering spirit to the Redondo Beach waterfront, spurring development<br />

there. The Portofino was California’s first hotel located in the center<br />

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

Daily Breeze. Davis named it for the Italian seaside resort town known for its<br />

super-yachts, but it became a particular draw for race-car drivers including<br />

Formula 1 Grand Prix winner Peter Revson, a scion of the Revlon family,<br />

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

destination of the five coast-to-coast car races known as the Cannonball Run.<br />

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

Cannonball Run, starring Burt Reynolds and Farrah Fawcett, filmed partly<br />

at the Portofino. Davis sold the property to the company that became Noble<br />

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

owner rebuilt it from scratch.<br />

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

the coast or settle into a fireside seat in the grand Lobby Living Room or the<br />

Baleen Bar, where you can make your own Bloody Mary from 40 ingredients<br />

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

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

balcony. Then listen to the haunting calls of sea lions as the moon dips into<br />

the Pacific. ||||<br />

The Portofi no Hotel & Marina is located at 260 Portofi no Way, Redondo Beach.<br />

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

tax) for the one-bedroom Ocean View Suites overlooking the Pacifi c, although the<br />

hotel also hosts a webpage with special offers and discounts for seniors and AAA<br />

or AARP members. Call (310) 379-8481 or visit hotelportofi no.com.<br />

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FEAR<br />

OF<br />

ZIPPING<br />

Or How My Wife Came to Love<br />

Ziplines at Pacific Crest<br />

BY JERVEY TERVALON<br />

PHOTO: Courtesy of Pacifi c Crest<br />

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

in the hills near the Santa Barbara Mission in my Triumph sports car, seeing the lovely<br />

twinkling lights of oil derricks in the distance as the sun set into the ocean. Noticing<br />

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

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

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

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

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

suddenly developed a fear of heights.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then I got the call from Arroyo Monthly for an exciting assignment to write about<br />

the Ziplines at Pacific Crest in Wrightwood. Suddenly, I was Scottie in Alfred<br />

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

Visiting the ziplines’ website had my heart racing as I saw those taut cable<br />

lines stretching endlessly along mountain passes that were as alluring as they were<br />

daunting for a man with my propensity for acrophobia.<br />

Then I showed this to Jinghuan, my wife and personal trainer, who regards running<br />

the Boston Marathon on a stress fracture as an opportunity for character building.<br />

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

I’d be fine.<br />

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

into the rig. I fervently convinced myself that ziplining was just as safe as riding the<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

that we wouldn’t splat against a tree, Daffy Duck–style.<br />

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

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

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–continued from page 19<br />

Jinghuan (far left) and Colette Tervalon before the big zip.<br />

the 138 Freeway, and the mysteries of orchards with Korean Hangul script dotting the highway<br />

that Jinghuan puzzled over.<br />

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

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

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

motion, some rigging folks into various harnesses and doing various safety checks. When they<br />

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

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

to go in a way that my false bravado couldn’t come close to.<br />

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

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

Grind. The Village Grind is an extremely charming multipurpose restaurant, bar, coffeehouse,<br />

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

thinking we need to bribe them to relocate to Altadena.<br />

Jinghuan and Sammy returned from their supposed 90-minute zipline tour about two-and-ahalf<br />

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

Jinghuan conquers her fears.<br />

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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<br />

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

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

and Happy. I was, of course, Mom, and the last one holding the line.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

encouragement.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.’’<br />

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

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

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

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

chanting, “Do it, Mom! Do it!”<br />

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

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

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

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

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

“Do it, Mom! Do it!”<br />

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

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

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

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

“Oh, I saw you wanted to go, but not the legs!”<br />

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

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

friend, was recording, and off we went!<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I already wanted to do it all over again!<br />

PHOTOS: Courtesy of Pacifi c Crest<br />

The high speeds, the views, the mediated recklessness of it all were intoxicating<br />

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

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

Crest zipline adventures and the sedate pleasures of Wrightwood were about as perfect<br />

a Sunday morning as you could hope for. ||||<br />

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

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

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

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

(760) 705-1003 or visiting ziplinespc.com.<br />

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arroyo<br />

~HOME SALES INDEX~<br />

April<br />

2018<br />

HOME SALES<br />

-22.31%<br />

AVG. PRICE/SQ. FT.<br />

2.05.%<br />

381<br />

HOMES<br />

SOLD<br />

ALHAMBRA APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19<br />

Homes Sold 14 26<br />

Median Price $578,357 $685,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1244 1505<br />

ALTADENA APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19<br />

Homes Sold 13 29<br />

Median Price $833,731 $837,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1667 1293<br />

ARCADIA APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19<br />

Homes Sold 16 20<br />

Median Price $1,100,594 $1,187,250<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1696 2306<br />

EAGLE ROCK APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19<br />

Homes Sold 7 23<br />

Median Price $786,000 $820,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1316 1444<br />

GLENDALE APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19<br />

Homes Sold 37 32<br />

Median Price $1,086,227 $910,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 2213 1503<br />

LA CAÑADA APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19<br />

Homes Sold 14 31<br />

Median Price $2,058,643 $1,600,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 2718 2084<br />

PASADENA APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19<br />

Homes Sold 58 107<br />

Median Price $1,089,379 $765,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1796 1350<br />

SAN MARINO APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19<br />

Homes Sold 3 4<br />

Median Price $1,500,000 $2,365,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 2696 3526<br />

SIERRA MADRE APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19<br />

Homes Sold 10 9<br />

Median Price $1,154,200 $1,155,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1976 2063<br />

SOUTH PASADENA APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19<br />

Homes Sold 15 15<br />

Median Price $1,070,000 $1,000,000<br />

Median Sq. Ft. 1637 1614<br />

TOTAL APRIL ’18 APRIL ’19<br />

Homes Sold 381 296<br />

Avg Price/Sq. Ft. $586 $598<br />

<br />

April<br />

<strong>2019</strong><br />

296HOMES<br />

SOLD<br />

HOME SALES ABOVE $950,000<br />

source: CalREsource<br />

ADDRESS CLOSE DATE PRICE BDRMS. SQ. FT. YR. BUILT PREV. PRICE PREV. SOLD<br />

ALHAMBRA<br />

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

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

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

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

ALTADENA<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ARCADIA<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E AGLE ROCK<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GLENDALE<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<br />

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

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ADDRESS CLOSE DATE PRICE BDRMS. SQ. FT. YR. BUILT PREV. PRICE PREV. SOLD<br />

LA CAÑADA<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PASADENA<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAN MARINO<br />

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

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

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

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

SIERRA MADRE<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOUTH PASADENA<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ARROYO<br />

HOME & DESIGN<br />

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DECORATING<br />

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Choose coverings that create just<br />

the right vibe for your rooms<br />

By Bruce Haring<br />

continued on page 26<br />

PHOTO: Courtesy of CATALINA PAINTS


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continued from page 24<br />

One of the most vital parts of any home are its windows. Yet many<br />

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Windows first appeared in the 13th century BC. These were openings<br />

in the roof of homes that were used to admit light, typically covered<br />

with animal hide, cloth or wood. Romans were the first to use glass in<br />

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There are four types of window treatments: drapes or curtains, blinds,<br />

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continued on page 29<br />

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continued from page 26<br />

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

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Shades are similar in intent and style. They fit into the window frame,<br />

but are solid fabric, and typically have a roller function to let you decide<br />

the amount of light to admit, or rolled down for privacy.<br />

Finally, valances are fabrics sit above a window and are used to<br />

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MATCHING THE COVERING IS AN ART<br />

A room in your home is like an ecosystem in nature – if one<br />

component is off, then the whole area can be damaged. The wrong<br />

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John Cohn is the owner of Catalina Paints, a paint retail chain<br />

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The stores specialize in finding just the right match for your home. A<br />

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continued on page 31<br />

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California, but gently suggests that you try out different<br />

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We’ve come a long way from the days when animal<br />

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you buy more than you need, we’ll automatically refund back unused Day Passes at<br />

the end of the summer. Lunch and snacks are provided too! Join us in Pasadena this<br />

summer!<br />

(323) 244-2531 Email:pasadena@steveandkate.com steveandkate.com<br />

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CARSON VALLEY, NEVADA<br />

A home where the wild horses roam — and visitors enter the Old West<br />

PHOTOS AND TEXT BY TOMMY EWASKO<br />

Wild mustangs go for a quick sprint on the vast Pine Nut Mountain Range.<br />

Truly, America the beautiful right here in Carson Valley.<br />

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Carson Valley, Nevada, is a world away from city life, a wild place where<br />

mustangs and raptors reign, a place where freedom is just another word for<br />

gliding silently through sapphire skies. The Old West lives on in Carson<br />

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

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

still a land ripe for discovery, boasting natural charms and historic sites, including<br />

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

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

century, when early pioneers were settling and working the land. You can experience<br />

a place created using good old American backbone.<br />

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

Virgin House, better known simply as The Pink House, was built in 1855. It’s still considered<br />

an excellent example of the Gothic Revival style popular at the time.<br />

The David Walley’s Resort water tower is a<br />

remnant of the Old West and a local landmark<br />

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

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

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

way of saying he was the right man for the job).<br />

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Gliding through the friendly skies


IF YOU GO...<br />

WILDLIFE TOURS<br />

For multiple listings of wildlife tour outfitters, visit VisitCarsonValley.org.<br />

HISTORIC SITES<br />

Jacobs Family Berry Farm on the Lampe Ranch, first settled by a Danish<br />

immigrant in 1872<br />

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

visit jacobsberries.com.<br />

The Pink House, now a cheese and charcuterie shop and restaurant, has<br />

been the site of key historical events in Nevada’s past.<br />

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

1862 David Walley’s Resort and Hot Springs, named for its founder,<br />

offers rustic-style accommodations with fireplaces and balconies, five hot<br />

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Twain, two presidents (Grant and Teddy Roosevelt), Clark Gable and<br />

Raquel Welch.<br />

2282 Main St., Genoa, NV, 89411. Call (775) 782-3870.<br />

GLIDING THE FRIENDLY SKIES<br />

Take off from the Minden-Tahoe Airport and soar through the skies over<br />

Carson Valley’s stunning scenery. Soaring NV offers glider rides and pilot<br />

services.<br />

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

For more information on Carson Valley’s history, hotels, restaurants,<br />

activities and special deals, call (775) 782-8145 or visit visitcarsonvalley.org.<br />

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Blade Runner Spinner Interior View<br />

A FUTURE<br />

REMEMBERED<br />

Visual futurist Syd Mead looks back on a long career designing<br />

the world of tomorrow for Hollywood and more.<br />

BY CARL KOZLOWSKI<br />

DRAWINGS: SydMead.com<br />

There are few people in America who have had more influence on how we see<br />

the future than Syd Mead. The Minnesota-born, Colorado-raised industrial<br />

designer and futurist concept artist started drawing at the age of 3 and, by<br />

the time he’d served three years in the Army, he was constantly drawing virtually<br />

everything he saw, from animals to automobiles.<br />

Mead honed those natural gifts at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,<br />

where he learned the deadline discipline that became key to a stellar career designing<br />

futuristic cars both real and fantasy and the cutting-edge cityscapes and<br />

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

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

Hensman home in the gorgeous San Rafael district in 1997 with his life partner<br />

and manager, Roger Servick.<br />

Looking back at his influential six-decade career while continuing to create<br />

designs for an eclectic portfolio of corporate clients, Mead, 83, is as vibrant as<br />

ever. Until recently, he continued to travel the world with Servick to present his<br />

career-long retrospective show “Progressions” at design conferences and museums<br />

worldwide.<br />

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

with commercial or corporate accounts like movies and corporations, where the<br />

inspiration comes from the problem. Once you understand the problem, you can<br />

solve it. I get clients to describe the problem and then I move on it.<br />

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

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

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

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

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–continued from page 41<br />

Short Circuit Robot<br />

Tron Yori Design<br />

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

signed an NDA.’ He was embarrassed and left the room.”<br />

Mead’s career took wing in 1959, when he was recruited by<br />

Ford Motor Company’s Advanced Styling Studio to dream up<br />

flashy car designs for the auto giant. Despite instant acclaim<br />

for his designs, he left just two years later to illustrate books<br />

and catalogues for companies including U.S. Steel before<br />

launching his own Syd Mead Inc. studios in Detroit in 1970<br />

with such clients as Philips Electronics.<br />

Running his own company enabled Mead to quickly build<br />

an international client base as well; he spent about a third of<br />

his time working in Europe for prominent architectural firms<br />

and companies including International Hotels. Things were<br />

running smoothly, but Mead was dying to get away from the<br />

brutal Detroit winters. So he returned to his beloved college<br />

town of Pasadena in 1975 when he was given the gargantuan<br />

four-year task of bringing Star Trek back to life on the big<br />

screen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.<br />

“People say I moved out here to work in movies, but in<br />

reality I moved here because I wanted to get away from snow,”<br />

says Mead, laughing heartily. “Detroit has awful winters;<br />

when you’re younger you don’t mind that. And in Southern<br />

California, snow’s not appearing until 4,000 feet. I had clients<br />

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

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nice as I can.<br />

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

future version of Craftsman homes, as post-and-beam structures with more modern<br />

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

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

of the city, which is very charming, almost like living in the country. Also, the<br />

medical facilities at Huntington Hospital are outstanding, and I’m very proud to<br />

be a contributor to it.”<br />

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

for him, as he quickly envisioned what the Los Angeles cityscape would<br />

look like in the then-distant future of <strong>2019</strong> for Blade Runner. At the same time,<br />

he was conceiving an entire alternate electronic universe for the movie Tron<br />

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

Both were Oscar-nominated hits. Mead served up more designs for the 2017<br />

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

line.<br />

Alas, society is nowhere close to having the flying cars that Mead had soaring<br />

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

actually come to fruition, it would have created major havoc for the world.<br />

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

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

thousands and thousands of flying cars in a metropolitan area; you would have to<br />

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

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

Mead elaborated on the technical challenges of constructing his flying<br />

Tron Light Cycle Design 02<br />

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Blade Runner Character Design<br />

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Tron Tank Interior Sketch<br />

Blade Runner Spinner Sketch 01<br />

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

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

tried propellers and jets, but the time and energy consumption is too<br />

huge. And if you create anti-gravity, you have to have some place for<br />

the gravity to go. So you have to displace two tons of force until you<br />

want to get rid of it again and come back down to earth. Furthermore,<br />

the scientific community hasn’t got the faintest idea what gravity actually<br />

is.”<br />

But other futuristic visions of Mead’s have indeed come to life “in<br />

little technological retail pieces,” including digital cameras, satellites,<br />

smartphones and high-end video games and virtual reality. He notes<br />

that, even with a seemingly endless array of technological advances<br />

available to him, he still prefers to sketch with pen and paper and paint<br />

his initial images.<br />

With a lifetime of wisdom to share, Mead lectures frequently<br />

around the country. He has also shared his creative process in a series<br />

of books, including a 2018 autobiography, A Future Remembered, published<br />

by his and Servick’s Oblagon Publishing company and available<br />

for purchase only at SydMead.com. His world-traveling “Progressions”<br />

exhibition is still drawing 1,000 visitors a day at its present Tokyo stop,<br />

while L.A.’s Petersen Automotive Museum displays several of his most<br />

distinctive car designs in its “Hollywood Dream Machines” exhibition.<br />

“Once you have the concept, you sit down and start to sketch,” he<br />

says. “You’re not paying particular attention to details. You’re illustrating<br />

in your mind what that concept could look like, so you end up with<br />

a portfolio of maybe crazy ideas. If you start out too rational at the<br />

front end of the idea process, you’re robbing the chance of a coincidence.<br />

“Then, you have to review those ideas and gradually coax the fluidity<br />

and spontaneity of the first pass down into the final product,” he<br />

continues. “That’s a trick and some people do it well and some people<br />

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

to work. I don’t care how brilliant you are.” ||||<br />

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KITCHEN<br />

CONFESSIONS<br />

Auto-Theater Season<br />

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

BY LESLIE BILDERBACK<br />

With the longest day of the year landing on <strong>June</strong> 21, the school year winding to a<br />

close and, of course, Father’s Day (<strong>June</strong> 16), the National Day Calendar for <strong>June</strong> is<br />

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

this month’s calendar thoughtfully includes National Hydration Day (<strong>June</strong> 23), National Iced<br />

Tea Day (<strong>June</strong> 10) and National Bomb Pop Day (<strong>June</strong> 27 — Bomb Pops are those red, white<br />

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

around ice cream, including National Ice Cream Soda Day and National Vanilla Milkshake Day<br />

(both wrestling for attention on <strong>June</strong> 20 as best ice creamy drink), National Chocolate Ice Cream<br />

Day (<strong>June</strong> 7), National Rocky Road Day (<strong>June</strong> 2) and National Ice Cream Cake Day (<strong>June</strong> 27).<br />

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

and National Flip Flop Day (<strong>June</strong> 14). All signs point to a season of sweating outdoors.<br />

Another summer outdoor activity gets its due this month with National Drive-In Movie<br />

Day, coming to a theater near you on <strong>June</strong> 6. This revelation had me swooning in a nostalgic<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the film that we forgot that the region was under attack from fruit flies and therefore subject<br />

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

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

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

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

honest, I wasn’t paying much attention to the film.<br />

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

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

large to sit comfortably in theater seats. His experiments in comfort seating led to a projector<br />

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

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

<strong>June</strong> 6, 1933.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

drive-ins across the United States.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VCRs, the drive-in culture slowly disappeared.<br />

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

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

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

Several have recently been reopened and refurbished with digital projection, which makes firstrun<br />

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

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

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

the years. Movies outside will always be a little magical. And a community coming together<br />

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

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

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

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

my sweetheart — it’s the perfect summer evening outing.<br />

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

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S REAL OPERATIONAL<br />

DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATERS<br />

South Bay Drive-in Theatres, Imperial Beach (San Diego)<br />

“Where cinema meets the sea”<br />

Vineland Drive-in, Industry<br />

L.A.’s closest, with four screens, open daily<br />

Mission Tiki Drive-in Theatre, Montclair<br />

Also close to L.A., with four screens, open 365 days a year<br />

Paramount Drive-In Theatres, Paramount<br />

The original Roadium Drive-in from 1947, renovated in 2014<br />

Rubidoux Drive-In Theatre, Riverside<br />

One of oldest in the state, since 1948<br />

Van Buren Drive-In Theatre, Riverside<br />

The state’s largest<br />

Santee Drive-In, Santee (near San Diego)<br />

Open since 1958 (cash only)<br />

Smith’s Ranch Drive-in, Twentynine Palms<br />

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

Drive-in Mini Pretzel Dogs<br />

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

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

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

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

and drive right in in full view of everyone.<br />

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

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

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

impressive, but pedestrian enough to keep you from looking like a snob.<br />

2 quarts water<br />

1 package of mini hot dogs (Hillshire Farms<br />

sells Lit’l Smokies in a 14-ounce size) or<br />

small slices of your favorite sausage<br />

1 pound French, white or pizza dough,<br />

homemade or store-bought<br />

Ingredients<br />

¼ cup baking soda<br />

1 tablespoon sugar<br />

4 tablespoons melted butter<br />

2 to 3 tablespoons premium mediumcoarse<br />

sea salt (I like to use Maldon)<br />

Mustard or cheese sauce to garnish<br />

METHOD<br />

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

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

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

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

dough in place.<br />

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

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

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

sausages. (Do not crowd them in the poach pot.)<br />

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

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

golden brown. Cool slightly, then wrap in foil and head to the show.<br />

SHOTS BOX<br />

STORY AND PHOTO BY MICHAEL CERVIN<br />

The craft cocktail renaissance is, undeniably, sweeping the nation. Cocktails<br />

with historic pedigrees are fashionable again. But not everyone has the time<br />

nor the inclination to visit bar after bar to find the best cocktail. And most of<br />

us are not proficient bartenders at home. With Shots Box, that has changed.<br />

Shots Box is a SoCal–based subscription service that delivers 10 different<br />

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

at home. The real expense of cocktails is always the liquor. Here, the liquor<br />

and recipe cards are brought to you, and all you need do is get the remaining<br />

ingredients to make 10 wildly different cocktails. “I launched Shots Box because<br />

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

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

craft sampling club in the world.”<br />

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

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

including Death’s Door Gin from Wisconsin, Montana Honey Moonshine and<br />

Adelaide’s Dreamsicle Coconut Liqueur from Nebraska. The recipes are not<br />

complex, most using just four ingredients. The shipment also includes information<br />

about where the spirit was distilled, tasting notes and info about the distillery<br />

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

ShotsBox.com when you find the cocktail you love. Through this simple service,<br />

the luxury of home-cocktail connoisseurship becomes a snap. |||<br />

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THE LIST<br />

COMPILED BY JOHN SOLLENBERGER<br />

New Talent Emerging at Boston Court<br />

Boston Court Pasadena promotes new<br />

musical talent in its annual Emerging<br />

Artists Series. All concerts start at 8 p.m.<br />

Tickets are $10 general admission, free for<br />

students.<br />

<strong>June</strong> 1 — Pianist So-Mang Jeagal<br />

<strong>June</strong> 6 — Bass-baritone James Hayden<br />

<strong>June</strong> 7 — Pianist David Kaplan<br />

<strong>June</strong> 8 — Soprano Alina Roitstein<br />

<strong>June</strong> 9 — Pianist Todd Moellenberg<br />

Boston Court Pasadena is located at 70<br />

N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 683-<br />

6801 or visit bostoncourtpasadena.org.<br />

Oasis Gala Gives Kids Sanctuary<br />

<strong>June</strong> 1 — Five Acres, a local organization<br />

ensuring children have a safe environment,<br />

including foster care, mental health<br />

and behavioral services, hosts a fundraising<br />

gala, “Desert Oasis” at a private residence<br />

in Pasadena. The event includes<br />

a cocktail reception, gourmet meal, a<br />

DJ spinning tunes, high-end auction items<br />

and a raffle. It starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are<br />

$275 before May 25, $300 after.<br />

The event is located at 3060 San Pasqual<br />

St., Pasadena. Call (626) 773-3776 or visit<br />

5acres.org/gala.<br />

Castle Green Spring Home Tour<br />

<strong>June</strong> 2 — Castle Green opens its doors to<br />

the public from 1 to 5 p.m. with its Spring<br />

Home Tour, inviting guests to explore the<br />

historic building, including the original<br />

Turkish and Moorish Rooms, the Grand Salon,<br />

Palm Court and the restored bridge<br />

interior. Visit some private apartments<br />

normally closed to the public. Dance to<br />

live swing music by Jack’s Cats, or relax<br />

on the veranda while sipping lemonade.<br />

Cost is $30 in advance, $35 at the gate<br />

on tour day.<br />

Castle Green is located at 99 S. Raymond<br />

Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 824-8482 or<br />

visit friendsofcastlegreen.org.<br />

Music in an Iconic Dome<br />

<strong>June</strong> 2 — The Mt. Wilson Observatory<br />

Concerts in the Dome series offers great<br />

music inside the facility’s iconic dome<br />

housing the 100-inch Hooker telescope.<br />

Two identical back-to-back concerts<br />

run each month through October. This<br />

month’s performance features Leslie<br />

Reed, oboe; Roger Wilkie, violin; Alma<br />

Fernandez, viola; and Cécilia Tsan, cello,<br />

performing a program of oboe quartets<br />

HUNTINGTON GALA<br />

SALUTES LGBTQ ART ROLE<br />

<strong>June</strong> 7 — The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens presents<br />

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

party honors and celebrates the contributions of LGBTQ artists, scholars, donors<br />

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

performance and dancing amid the blooms. This year’s event pays special tribute<br />

to renowned local artist Lari Pittman, whose work has had a profound effect on<br />

the SoCal cultural and civic landscape. All are welcome to attend. Tickets are<br />

$110 to $2,500.<br />

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151<br />

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

by Mozart and Britten and a Beethoven<br />

string trio. Concerts start at 3 and 5 p.m.<br />

Tickets are $50 for each concert.<br />

Mt. Wilson Observatory is located on Mt.<br />

Wilson Rd., La Cañada Flintridge. Visit<br />

mtwilson.edu/concerts for tickets.<br />

Jazz, Mariachi and More<br />

at Descanso<br />

Descanso Gardens presents its annual<br />

summer concert series: The Music on the<br />

Main jazz series runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m.<br />

Thursdays, <strong>June</strong> 6 through July 25, and<br />

the World Rhythms music series runs from<br />

6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, <strong>June</strong> 18 through July<br />

23. Concerts are included in regular Descanso<br />

admission of $9, $6 for students and<br />

seniors and $4 for children 5 to 12; members<br />

and children under 5 are admitted<br />

free. Here’s what's on tap for this month:<br />

Music on the Main Jazz Series<br />

<strong>June</strong> 6 — Louie Cruz Beltran<br />

<strong>June</strong> 13 — The Katie Thiroux Trio<br />

<strong>June</strong> 20 — Yuko Mabuchi<br />

<strong>June</strong> 27 — Mon David<br />

World Rhythms World Music Series<br />

<strong>June</strong> 18 — Mariachi Divas<br />

<strong>June</strong> 25 — Angel City Chorale<br />

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418<br />

Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Call<br />

(818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.<br />

Convention Center Hosts<br />

Crafty Weekend<br />

<strong>June</strong> 7, 8 and 9 — The Contemporary Crafts<br />

Market makes its annual visit to the Pasadena<br />

Convention Center, offering unique<br />

handcrafted wares, including functional,<br />

decorative and wearable art items such as<br />

jewelry, ceramics, blown glass, furnishings<br />

and textiles. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.<br />

Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br />

Sunday. Admission is $8 at the door.<br />

The Pasadena Convention Center is<br />

located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena.<br />

Visit craftsource.net.<br />

A Playhouse Block Party<br />

<strong>June</strong> 8 — The annual Pasadena Playhouse<br />

Block Party returns to the Playhouse<br />

District from noon to 10 p.m. The free<br />

event features live music, arts by more<br />

than 20 community arts groups, backstage<br />

tours of the Playhouse, more than 25<br />

interactive exhibits, games, activities and<br />

a kids’ zone. Food trucks, snack stands<br />

and libations are included.<br />

The Playhouse Block Party is located at<br />

the corner of El Molino Avenue and Colorado<br />

Boulevard, Pasadena. Call (626)<br />

356-7529 or visit playhouseblockparty.org.<br />

Playful Art Day in Old Pas Streets<br />

<strong>June</strong> 8 — The Old Pasadena Management<br />

District presents “BoldPas: A Day<br />

of Art and Play in Old Pasadena” from<br />

noon to 8 p.m. The district’s pedestrian alleyways<br />

showcase 16 temporary art installations<br />

by a variety of artists and hands-on<br />

activities for adults and children. The<br />

installations were culled from more than 70<br />

proposals from L.A.–area artists. Artworks<br />

include a 50-foot canvas suspended<br />

above an alley, a sea of balloons that invites<br />

exploration, street artists transforming<br />

a wall with graffiti, murals, a temporary tattoo<br />

pop-up, shadow people who come<br />

to life and many more. Admission is free.<br />

Visit oldpasadena.org/boldpas.<br />

Drums, Magic and Country<br />

at Arcadia Center<br />

<strong>June</strong> 8 and 9 — Drumming group Makoto<br />

Taiko performs traditional Japanese drumming<br />

from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 to<br />

4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 to $40.<br />

<strong>June</strong> 16 — A Father’s Day magic show stars<br />

master illusionist Gary Peterson performing<br />

his Las Vegas–style magic show in a fundraiser<br />

for Arcadia High School stagecraft<br />

studies. Performances run from 1 to 3 p.m.<br />

and 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $50.<br />

<strong>June</strong> 27 — James Garner and his Tennessee<br />

Three band pay tribute to Johnny Cash<br />

from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $60.<br />

The Arcadia Performing Arts Center is<br />

located at 188 Campus Dr., Arcadia. Call<br />

(626) 821-1781 or visit arcadiapaf.org.<br />

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Garden Party, Fun Thursdays<br />

at Norton Simon Museum<br />

All activities are included in Norton Simon<br />

admission of $15, $12 for seniors 62 and<br />

above; free for members, students and<br />

visitors 18 and younger.<br />

<strong>June</strong> 13 — The museum launches its<br />

Thursday Summer Fun series with “Artful<br />

Suncatchers,” an event for families with<br />

children ages 4 to 10, who can view<br />

expressions of nature in the collections<br />

and the Sculpture Garden, then create<br />

art-inspired suncatchers in the shape of<br />

bugs to take home, from 1 to 3 p.m.<br />

<strong>June</strong> 14 — The museum unveils The Sweetness<br />

of Life: Three 18th-Century French<br />

Paintings from the Frick Collection, which<br />

runs through Sept. 9. The paintings are<br />

artfully constructed visions of contemporary<br />

life and fashion by François Boucher,<br />

Jean-Siméon Chardin and Jean-Baptiste<br />

Greuze, offering an intimate look at the<br />

lives of middle-class French women of the<br />

1740s and 1750s.<br />

<strong>June</strong> 20 — Another Thursday Summer<br />

Fun event, “Gameplay,” invites guests to<br />

explore games reflected in the collections,<br />

then design a puzzle of their own, from<br />

1 to 3 p.m.<br />

<strong>June</strong> 29 — “A Night in Focus: Garden<br />

Party” celebrates the start of summer with<br />

a social, creative event for all ages from<br />

5 to 7:30 p.m. Guests can explore the<br />

Sculpture Garden, sketch en plein air and<br />

create a flower crown, boutonniere or<br />

satchel using plant materials, while enjoying<br />

live jazz in the Garden Café.<br />

Norton Simon Museum is located at 411<br />

W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626)<br />

449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.<br />

Chalk One up at the Paseo<br />

<strong>June</strong> 15 and 16 — Paseo Colorado is<br />

once again the home of the annual<br />

Pasadena Chalk Festival, which features<br />

dozens of chalk artists from around the<br />

country creating temporary artworks<br />

on the facility’s sidewalks. Highlights<br />

include the Chalk of Fame display of past<br />

movie posters in chalk, a kids’ area for<br />

art-making, Animation Alley with animation<br />

art and animators creating works, an<br />

art gallery and a silent auction, with live<br />

music on both days. An awards ceremony<br />

for winners of artist polls taken during the<br />

festival is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday. Festival<br />

hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.<br />

In addition, the annual Pasadena Police<br />

Department's classic car show runs from<br />

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on the Green<br />

Street side of the Paseo. Admission is free.<br />

Paseo Colorado is located at 300 E.<br />

Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Visit pasadenachalkfestival.com.<br />

Pasadena Pops Launches<br />

Summer Concerts<br />

<strong>June</strong> 1 — The “Music Under the Stars” concert<br />

starts at 8 p.m. in front of Pasadena<br />

City Hall. Larry Blank conducts the orchestra<br />

in music from Broadway, Hollywood<br />

and the Great American Songbook. Featured<br />

soloists are vocalists Valerie Perri and<br />

Finn Sagal. Admission is free, and gates<br />

open at 6 p.m. for picnicking.<br />

Pasadena City Hall is located at 100 N.<br />

Garfield Ave., Pasadena.<br />

<strong>June</strong> 15 —The annual “Live at the Arboretum”<br />

concert features country star Dwight<br />

Yoakam. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for<br />

picnicking and the concert starts at 7 p.m.<br />

Tickets are $15 to $55.<br />

<strong>June</strong> 22 — The Pasadena Pops presents<br />

its fi rst Sierra Summer Concert Series<br />

perfomance: “The Great American<br />

Songbook: Icons from Broadway, Tin Pan<br />

Alley and Hollywood” at the L.A. County<br />

Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The<br />

program includes diverse selections by<br />

Stephen Foster, Richard Rodgers, Barry<br />

Manilow, Marvin Hamlisch and others.<br />

Featured soloists are Melissa Errico and<br />

Kevin McKidd. Michael Feinstein conducts.<br />

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking<br />

and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket<br />

prices start at $25.<br />

The L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic<br />

Garden is located at 301 N. Baldwin<br />

Ave., Arcadia. Call (626) 793-7172 or visit<br />

pasadenasymphony-pops.org.<br />

The Art of Illusion at the Alex<br />

<strong>June</strong> 22 — Master illusionist Ivan Amodei<br />

brings his new audience-participation<br />

stage tour to the Alex Theatre at 7:30 p.m.<br />

Secrets & Illusions is set on the dark and<br />

deserted streets of Paris. Guests seemingly<br />

enter the Louvre, where a musical muse<br />

escorts them through the galleries, while<br />

Amodei uncovers life’s greatest mysteries<br />

deep inside priceless works of art. One<br />

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CATCON VISITS<br />

PASADENA<br />

<strong>June</strong> 29 and 30 —Cat lovers will converge on the annual CatCon convention at<br />

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

weekend offers numerous adoptable kitties, cat-centric seminars and workshops<br />

plus exhibitors offering feline-friendly products. More than 40 experts will be on<br />

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

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

half the proceeds from celebricat meet-and-greets go to cat welfare charities.<br />

The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Visit<br />

catconworldwide.com.<br />

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person faces his greatest fears, another<br />

tracks down love in an unexpected place<br />

and another discovers how the Laws of<br />

Attraction help them find their purpose in<br />

life. Tickets are $35 to $85.<br />

The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N.<br />

Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 243-2539<br />

or visit alextheatre.org.<br />

L.A. Zoo Roaring Nights Return<br />

<strong>June</strong> 28 — The L.A. Zoo Roaring Nights<br />

return, featuring adult-only activities,<br />

including live music, deejays, zoo talks<br />

by experts, close-up animal encounters,<br />

food trucks and full bars, from 6 to 10:30<br />

p.m. The event is for visitors 21 and up;<br />

the cost is $21 ($16 for members). This<br />

month’s event features former KROQ<br />

personality Richard Blade, plus Flashback<br />

Heart Attack, Deejay Avi Bernard and<br />

Chulita Vinyl Club.<br />

The L.A. Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Dr.,<br />

L.A. Call (323) 644-4200 or visit lazoo.org.<br />

Friday Food Trucks Back at Bowl<br />

<strong>June</strong> 28 — The Final Fridays Food Truck<br />

Festival, which takes place on the fi nal<br />

Friday of each month through Aug. 30,<br />

returns to the Rose Bowl from 4 to 8 p.m.<br />

In addition to food trucks, guests can<br />

enjoy foot golf, outdoor games, photo<br />

booths and tours of the stadium. Admission<br />

and parking are free.<br />

Rose Bowl Stadium is located at 1001<br />

Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. Call (626) 577-<br />

3100 or visit visitpasadena.com.<br />

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