FINE LIVING IN THE GREATER PASADENA AREA
THE SOUNDS OF
Sea lions in Redondo Beach
WILDLIFE AND THE OLD WEST
In Carson Valley, Nevada
ZIPLINING IN THE ANGELES
VISUAL FUTURIST SYD MEAD
On Blade Runner and more
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VOLUME 15 | NUMBER 06 | JUNE 2019
PHOTOS: (top)Tommy Ewasko; (bottom left) courtesy of The Portofi no Hotel & Marina; (bottom right) courtesy of Pacifi c Crest
11 THE SEA LION IN SUMMER
The Portofi no Hotel & Marina offers waterside luxury just minutes away
—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
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
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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.
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,
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Lisa Chase,
ADVERTORIAL CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER Andrea Baker
PAYROLL Linda Lam
ACCOUNTING Perla Castillo, Quinton Wright
OFFICE MANAGER Ann Turrietta
PUBLISHER Dina Stegon
FINE LIVING IN THE GREATER PASADENA AREA
V.P. OF OPERATIONS David Comden
PRESIDENT Bruce Bolkin
50 S. De Lacey Ave., Ste. 200,
Pasadena, CA 91105
©2019 Southland Publishing, Inc.
All rights reserved.
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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Barbara Lawrence and Director Geoff Elliott
Edmund Roberts, Sally Roberts and Dick Roberts
Lyn Spector, Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx and Sheila Lamson
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A Noise Within will bring the classics to more than 18,000
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.
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
The Portofino Hotel & Marina offers waterside luxury just minutes away from Arroyoland.
BY IRENE LACHER
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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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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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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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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
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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~HOME SALES INDEX~
AVG. PRICE/SQ. FT.
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
HOME SALES ABOVE $950,000
ADDRESS CLOSE DATE PRICE BDRMS. SQ. FT. YR. BUILT PREV. PRICE PREV. SOLD
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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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HOME & DESIGN
SPECIAL ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT
A VITAL PART
OF A ROOM’S
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Choose coverings that create just
the right vibe for your rooms
By Bruce Haring
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One of the most vital parts of any home are its windows. Yet many
of us think of them only when they break or need cleaning, choosing to
cover them up most of the time with dreary drapes or the cheap blinds
that came with the house.
That’s a mistake, because the window is the part of the house that
breathes, letting in the best parts of the outside and creating a tone for
a room that transcends function. Neglect your windows and you miss an
opportunity to add a special flair to your living situation.
Windows first appeared in the 13th century BC. These were openings
in the roof of homes that were used to admit light, typically covered
with animal hide, cloth or wood. Romans were the first to use glass in
their windows, adapting the material in occupied Egypt based on the
experiments of the locals there. These creations had poor optics and were
used mainly to keep out the elements. It would be a millennium before
windows evolved into transparent portals to the outside world.
There’s a huge industry devoted to getting you to replace your
windows. The Principia consultancy group estimates that windows
demand will grow to $15 billion this year, driven largely by new
However, not every window needs replacing. In fact, in houses built
before 1960 that have their original windows in place, it may not be
wise to replace them at all. Older windows were built with higher grade
wood, and when rebuilt, have a long shelf life, in some cases, lasting for
Today, windows are a vital part of home decoration, often the focal
point of a room and elaborate in design. Most are glass, but some may be
see-through vinyl plastic, and they vary in size from small portals to floorto-ceiling
How these windows are offset with curtains, blinds and paint schemes
go a long way toward determining the vibe of a room. A sheer curtain
sets a very different room feeling than a heavy blackout drapery, and the
style of blinds can make an equally compelling statement. Then there’s
a room’s paint to consider, which should be coordinated with the type of
window treatments you have.
THE BIG FOUR TREATMENTS
There are four types of window treatments: drapes or curtains, blinds,
shades, and valances.
Drapes and curtains are used interchangeably by people, but
designers know that curtains are usually a lighter fabric, are not lined,
and will not block the sun. What curtains and drapes have in common is
that both are made of fabric and typically run the length of the window,
hanging from a rod installed above the frame. They can be made of
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anything from sheer fabric that lets in a lot of light, to dark and heavy
curtains in rooms designed for sleeping.
Blinds are treatments that fit inside the window, usually horizontal
or vertical slats that can be opened and closed depending on your
preference for light in the moment. Inexpensive blinds come in plastic
or vinyl, but the more expensive models can be of organic materials like
woven wood or bamboo.
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
your room, and work well even on sliding glass doors.
A recent trend in Southern California pairs sheer curtains with shades.
That affords an ideal compromise in your living space – light and airy
when you want a bright daytime feel, and privacy when the sun goes
down and the family starts relaxing. Pastels are best for this effect,
creating a soft blue, yellow or white vibe.
Also in style are woven wood shades, which many are using in kitchen
areas for a farmhouse effect, or in dining rooms where privacy is desired.
MATCHING THE COVERING IS AN ART
A room in your home is like an ecosystem in nature – if one
component is off, then the whole area can be damaged. The wrong
window styles matched with bad paint creates a jarring and unsettling
effect in the room. Instead of a comforting, relaxing space, you may
create a situation akin to a fast food restaurant, where seat designs and
music are intended to make the customers bolt their food instead of
John Cohn is the owner of Catalina Paints, a paint retail chain
located throughout Southern California, including an outlet in Pasadena.
The stores specialize in finding just the right match for your home. A
veteran of the paint wars, Cohn advises his customers to have a fabric in
mind before choosing a paint color. It may even help to bring a swatch
into the store to see how it matches up against your proposed wall colors.
Cohn says whites, yellows, grays and beiges work well in Southern
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California, but gently suggests that you try out different
styles in different rooms. “Give each living space its own
identity and personalize it,” he says. Some currently hot
trends include soft yellows, a variety of whites and beiges,
bold accent colors like dark gray, red or blue are all in
Coming to the store cold is not advised, as Cohn
says not having design/decorating, furnishings or color
schemes in mind can spell trouble when putting together
a room. You live in your space, so decisions on what to
create in your room are things that you should sit down
“Do your homework,” says Cohn. “Have textile colors
and pattern swatches with you when pain shopping. Take
room setting photos with you as well.”
We’ve come a long way from the days when animal
hides were the perfect and functional cover for your
windows. But window treatments still serve the same
purpose – keeping out the elements, letting in the light,
and providing a nice touch to accent your home. Add the
right paint color to that and you truly have transformed
your living space into something special.
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SUMMER CAMPS & PROGRAMS PREVIEW
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Their tech camps are the ultimate camp experience in education and fun. Whether
learning to write code, 3D model and animate, develop the next great app or game
to explore in Virtual Reality, build unique robots or mod in Minecraft, your kids and
their friends will love sharing in the confi dence-boosting experience of creating with
technology as they explore and develop their multimedia STEAM skills. CodeREV’s
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COLEMAN CHAMBER MUSIC ASSOCIATION
SUNDAYS WITH COLEMAN CONCERT SERIES
The Coleman Chamber Music Association presents the “Tapestries of Music” in its
116th concert season. The incomparable Emerson String Quartet will open Coleman’s
2019-2020 season. Nicholas Phan, tenor, together with the Jasper String Quartet will
present a program of Beethoven and Schubert Lieder. The celebrated Concerto
Italiano brings baroque repertoire to the season. Other Coleman highlights the
renowned Takacs Quartet and, the return of the Elias String Quartet. Sundays with
Coleman concerts are presented at 3:30 pm in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. Parking
For additional information and to purchase tickets, please call (626) 793-4191 or e-mail email@example.com
RAMONA CONVENT OFFERS CO-ED SUMMER SESSION
The Summer Session at Ramona Convent in Alhambra is open to girls and boys
entering grades 5 – 12. Courses run between June 24 and July 19, 2019. Summer
students enjoy active learning in our art studios, computer labs, gym, kitchen, fi tness
room, and classrooms throughout our 19-acre campus. Courses include Reading and
Writing for high school, Honors Algebra I, Pre-Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, SAT
Prep, Baking, Cooking, Digital Design, Visual Arts, Dance, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball,
Archery, and Study Skills. Visit ramonaconvent.org for more information. During
the regular school year, Ramona is a welcoming Catholic college-prep high school
for girls in grades 9-12. Ramona graduates face the future with an extraordinary education,
a global vision fueled by Catholic values, an independent spirit, confi dent
leadership skills, the support of their Ramona sisters, and the strength of a legacy of
more than 129 years of excellence.
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SOUTH PASADENA MUSIC CENTER & CONSERVATORY
South Pasadena Music Center & Conservatory offers private lessons and classes
in the European classical tradition, combined with cutting edge instruction in jazz,
rock and modern music. Our instructors are professionals in their fi elds and have
masters or doctoral degrees in music. Don’t miss our Summer Music Program - June
24th - 29th. Students will participate in music theory, voice lessons, drum circle, and
a rock band, guitar ensemble, strings, or piano workshop. Call today to reserve your
spot. We are also offering Early Childhood Music classes with Miss Lisa a graduate of
Berklee College of Music starting on June 4, These classes are fun and energetic and
encourage kids to play with sounds and rhythm and gets them excited about music
1509 Mission Street, South Pasadena (626) 403-2300 southpasadenamusic.com
STEVE & KATE’S CAMP
WHEN YOU TRUST KIDS, THEY TRUST THEMSELVES.
At Steve & Kate’s we believe that you need to trust kids with the freedom to make
their own choices. Driven by their natural curiosity, children will experiment and develop
the confi dence to try, fail, and learn on their own. We offer activities to inspire
every child—designed by learning scientists and tested by kids, campers can dig
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days and show up whenever—no need to tell us ahead of time that you’re coming. If
you buy more than you need, we’ll automatically refund back unused Day Passes at
the end of the summer. Lunch and snacks are provided too! Join us in Pasadena this
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STOWELL LEARNING CENTER
Most learning and attention challenges, including diagnosed learning disabilities
and dyslexia, do not have to be permanent. We work one on one with children and
adults to develop the weak underlying learning/processing skills that are keeping
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math. Our goal is for students to become comfortable, independent learners. We
identify and address the root of the learning or attention challenge. We don’t
provide coping strategies or a Band-Aid approach. We don’t help students with
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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-
Virgin House, better known simply as The Pink House, was built in 1855. It’s still considered
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...
For multiple listings of wildlife tour outfitters, visit VisitCarsonValley.org.
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
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
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
1142 Airport Rd., Minden, NV. Call (775) 782-9595 or visit soaringnv.com.
For more information on Carson Valley’s history, hotels, restaurants,
activities and special deals, call (775) 782-8145 or visit visitcarsonvalley.org.
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Blade Runner Spinner Interior View
Visual futurist Syd Mead looks back on a long career designing
the world of tomorrow for Hollywood and more.
BY CARL KOZLOWSKI
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
“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
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
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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
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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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.
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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
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
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.
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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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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
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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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