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RELATIONSHIPS 11 THE MISTER AND ME On unmarried life with The One

— By Leon Bing

21 IS MARRIAGE DEAD? No, but U.S. Census Bureau figures show it’s fading fast.

— Bettijane Levine

23 PORTRAIT OF A MARRIAGE On each anniversary, a couple relive their wedding on the lawn of the Pasadena Museum of History 30 years ago.

— By Scarlet Cheng


FESTIVITIES The Young Musicians Foundation Gala Concert


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WINING AND DINING Unattached? Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love --- you!


THE LIST Celebrating MLK in Claremont, Masters of the American West at the Autry, Pasadena Civic Ballet and more

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WITH ALL THE CHANGES BUFFETING SOCIETY in these days of economic turmoil, you wouldn’t expect something as fundamental as marriage to escape unscathed, would you? Then you’d be right. Last spring, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that for the first time ever, there are more unmarried adults ages 25 to 34 than married. Analysts differed over whether that also holds true for the country as a whole, but it’s fair to say that the hallowed institution has never been in sorrier shape in this country. Why? The reasons are as complicated as you might expect, as Bettijane Levine discovered in reporting her story, “Is Marriage Dead?” Certainly there has been a massive change in attitude from the buttoned-down ’50s, when single adults were viewed with suspicion. But there’s also a darker cause, as yet another shoe drops for many of the 99 percent --- marriage is simply becoming unaffordable. On the brighter side, Arroyo tips its hat to Valentine’s Day with portraits of two very happy couples, both married and un: Acclaimed Pasadena author Leon Bing writes about her close live-in relationship with photographer Gareth Seigel in a first-person piece, “The Mister and Me.” And Scarlet Cheng talks to Pasadena’s besotted pair, Sharon Clark and Glenn Gruber, who toast each anniversary on the lawn of the Pasadena Museum of History, where they wed 30 years ago. Society’s norms may ebb and flow, but marriage or no marriage, love will find a way. And if it doesn’t, you can always check out Bradley Tuck’s tips on places to celebrate V-Day solo.

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The Young Musicians Foundation’s 57th annual Gala Concert attracted a veritable fleet of supporters — 2,000 strong — to L.A.’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Jan. 15. Five guest conductors led the YMF Debut Orchestra’s 70 musicians, ages 15 to 25, and more than 20 local alumni in a performance of classical and contemporary music. The program spotlighted an even younger virtuoso, 10-year-old pianist Ray Ushikubo, who played a selection from Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Guest conductors included YMF alumnus Michael Tilson Thomas, Richard Kaufman, Teddy Abrams and Joey Newman. Honored at the event were two longtime

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That was nearly nine years ago, and Gareth and I have been together ever since. The fact that I’m the older one — by more than 20 years — in the relationship doesn’t bother us, my daughter or any of our friends. His family? Well, let’s just say they’re finally getting used to it. And I understand (if a bit grudgingly) why it took them so long to get it. It turned out that Gareth (it seems strange to call him by his given name: we’ve been referring to each other as “Boo” for a very long time) was 29 when we met. I found, as we got to know each other, that he could make me laugh until I was helpless, that he was stunningly smart without being a smartass and that he possessed an unerring ability to recognize — and then quietly do — the right thing. I was impressed but not surprised to learn that he had reached the rank of Eagle Scout in his teens back in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and had earned a degree in economics from Northwestern University. It seemed natural for us to begin having dinner together every night. Gareth is a wonderfully creative cook, and I am not, so I was happy to help with simple tasks. Often, after we’d finished eating, we’d pile pillows on the floor and sit close and listen to music: Glenn Gould playing Bach partitas, a Mozart clarinet concerto, Paul Simon — “They’ve got a wall in China / It’s a thousand miles long / 12 | ARROYO | 02.12

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I WASN’T IN THE MOOD FOR ANY KIND OF conversation that afternoon. I was working against deadline on a feature story about illegal car racing for GQ, and that was the only thing I was thinking about while I walked my two dogs. That story and whether or not I should go to one of the newly released movies I could see for free with my Writers Guild card. “Isn’t this a beautiful time of day?” The voice was coming up behind me and I turned to look. He was young; I figured him to be in his early 20s at most. Good-looking, I thought idly — thick dark hair, a couple inches over 6 feet, posture to burn. I looked at him for a few seconds without speaking. I was surprised by his sudden appearance and I do not usually involve myself in conversation while dog-walking. As a rule, that’s the time I spend unraveling work-related problems. Ten minutes later we were still talking, there on the street, with the dogs — Diz and Bobbie — sprawled peacefully on the grass between us. I don’t recall anything I said. What I remember vividly is the way Gareth Seigel looked when he told me about the class of special ed students he’d been the substitute teacher for that day. His voice was filled with quiet emotion when he described those kids and there was a slight mist over his eyes. I made a fast decision. “Listen, would you like to go to the movies with me this evening? It’s a screening and I can bring a guest.” “I’d like that,” he said. And I wondered if I’d just done a crazy thing.

To keep out the foreigners / They made it strong…” The name of the song is “Something So Right.” And that’s how it felt, despite all the reasons it might have seemed wrong. We were falling in love, and we knew how right it was for us. I’d been married and divorced, had gone through a couple of long-term relationships. Gareth married in his early 20s and it had not worked out. Neither of us had ever felt this closeness of physicality and emotion for another person. We shared stories of our pasts. Gareth was interested in my evolution from a fashion model in New York to an investigative journalist and the author of three books. He read all of them shortly after we met, drilling straight through in a few days. I was fascinated when he told me about the summer after his graduation from Northwestern when he worked as a guide at a remote dude ranch in Wyoming and the life-threatening incident that happened there. He wrote a short story about his time on the ranch and it was published in a national magazine. I read it and was impressed and moved by his writing talent. He listened with interest when I described my years in boarding schools (one of them a convent) and the trauma of entering a university where I had to overcome the very real shock of sitting in classes with boys for the first time in my life. He described the year or so he spent working at a law firm in San Francisco and living in a basement apartment of an old house that was haunted. The months passed. One evening over dinner I mentioned a recurrent dream I’d experienced for many years. Gareth looked at me, an astounded expression on his face. He’d had the same dream, many times, with only one small detail in difference. A few days later he read a sonnet to me that he’d just written; it was about the dream. Since then he has composed more than 200 sonnets, and I’m honored to be the inspiration for them. When I discovered that his real gift was his great ability to take exceptional photographs, I became his wingman, traveling with him to places as far as the California-Nevada border. Those were wonderful times, a kind of strange honeymoon for us. Gareth is represented by the Stephen Cohen Gallery in L.A. now, and his work is receiving the kind of attention it deserves. And I’m still invited along on many of the film shoots. A little over two years ago, we decided it was time for us to try living together. Bobbie (the only dog I have left since my darling Diz left us) and I moved out of my one-bedroom bungalow and into Gareth’s larger space. And it worked. We’re good together. No, we’re great. Do we have the occasional disagreement? Of course. But we’ve never even gotten into the vicinity of a deal breaker. The thing that holds Gareth Seigel and me together is stronger than tungsten carbide, and it is a fusion of love, passion, respect and the ability to keep making each other think as well as laugh. He is different from any other man

“The thing that holds Gareth Seigel and me together is stronger than tungsten carbide, and it is a fusion of love, passion, respect and the ability to keep making each other think as well as laugh.” I’ve even known: We don’t just get along; he’s inside my head. And, according to him, I’m living in his. Simply put: We get each other. There are many reasons for me to love Gareth. Some are intangible, others more easily explained: He gives me vitamins and then follows up to make sure I take them. He reminds (well, more like orders) me to exercise. He is an ardent and inventive lover. He cooks healthy food that looks good and tastes delicious. He laughs and tells me to shut up when I whine about the dearth of cheeseburgers and barbecue in our diet. He is gentle and loving with our Bobbie, who has come to adore him. He points out my blind spots — even those I don’t want to see — and I return the favor. He is a true friend to my daughter, both on the phone to

Boston, where she lives, and here in L.A. during her infrequent visits. He continues to write those exquisite sonnets, and he says being with me is like having breakfast, lunch and dinner at Tiffany’s. For me, being with Gareth is even better: He’s that long drink of cool water when you’re dying of thirst and the wall thermometer reads 105 degrees and climbing. It is Gareth Seigel who tells me I can do whatever I set my mind to. Or, in a few instances (my latest book, Swans and Pistols: Modeling, Motherhood, and Making it in the Me Decade) what he sets his mind to. It is his voice I hear when I feel I’m out of whatever it takes to make whatever is necessary work. He may have taken his sweet time getting here, but the way I look at it, it was well worth the wait. |||| 02.12 | ARROYO | 13



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plunged so low in the last decade that the number who are not married now exceeds the number who are — a dramatic reversal in trend. • From 2000 to 2009, the percentage of young adults who are married dropped dramatically, from 55 percent to 45 percent. The number of young adults who have never been married rose sharply, from 34 percent to 46 percent. • In the 1950s, about 80 percent of America’s adult population was married. Today, the figure is just about 50 percent — and only 20 percent of all households are Ozzie-and-Harriet–style families composed of married parents and their offspring. • The number of couples living together without benefit of marriage continues to climb, the census shows, along with the number of children produced by those cohabiting couples. Those are just a few of the shockers revealed by the bureau’s 2009 American Community Survey and 2010 Current Population Survey. So what does it all mean? And what’s love got to do with it? In broad terms, fewer people are marrying, and at later ages; more are electing to stay single for a variety of economic and cultural reasons. And yet the search for love and commitment seems as strong as ever. People still seek partners, some form of commitment and family structure — although not necessarily in the context of marriage. It’s a huge departure from what used to be the norm. “The new numbers are pretty significant,” demographer Mark Mather told Arroyo Monthly. Mather is associate vice president of the Population Reference Bureau and co-author of the PRB’s analysis of the latest Census Bureau marriage statistics. “We knew fewer young adults were getting married even before the recession began. But the fact that this trend accelerated so much during the recession really took us by surprise,” Mather says. The report attributes the steep marriage decline in large part to the bad economy. “Young couples are delaying marriage or forgoing it altogether as an adaptive response to the economic downturn and a decline in the housing market,” the authors wrote. But dig deeper into the statistics and you’ll find a number of even more fascinating developments: Marriage in the U.S. used to be an almost universal imperative. “In the 1950s, if you weren’t married, people thought you were mentally ill. Marriage was mandatory. Now it’s a

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cultural option,” Andrew J. Cherlin told The Washington Post. Cherlin is a professor of sociology and public policy at Johns Hopkins University and a respected authority on trends in American family life. His observation seems to capture America’s new attitude, as echoed in thousands of tweets, blogs and posts that appeared when the census figures made headlines last spring. Unmarried folks celebrated news that seemed to validate their single way of life — and reinforce what they’d been saying all along: Better to be unwed and independent than stuck in connubial contract with a possibly mismatched mate. “Just wait until you have accrued quite a lot of assets and have to confront yourself with ‘what if it ends in divorce,’” Bruno posted on Dec. 20 in an online chat on, an online community of young feminists. On PRB’s website, Grover3606 wrote: “I certainly have concerns about marriage. As the male and the likely major source of income, I’m not sure putting myself in such a financially risky position is worth it no matter how much I love her. I’ve been with her for 4 years now, but I’m not sure the next step is worth it.” Bruno and Grover may be a bit behind the times. The PRB census report points to an increase in women’s earnings relative to men’s and says that “as women’s wages have increased, fewer women rely on a spouse or partner to provide a weekly paycheck. Women now outnumber men in U.S. colleges, and a recent report by the Pew Research Center showed that there is a rapidly growing number of women who out-earn their husbands,” especially in lower income categories. “It’s not just that folks aren’t getting married as much, it’s also that they’re questioning the entire institution,” Maya Dusenbery posted on “Thirty-nine percent of all adults and 44 percent of young people said they believe that marriage is obsolete… I’m excited by

this news.” Joanne Koegl, a Pasadena-based marriage and family therapist, says her clients definitely don’t fit the new mold. “They come to me because they want to get married, or to fix the marriages they already have. My single clients want to fall in love, tie the knot and start stable families. All very traditional,” she says. “But I meet beautiful young people all the time who just can’t seem to find anyone.” That’s partly because men especially seem more and more reluctant to settle on any one woman, she says. “No matter who they meet, and how much they like her, they feel there might be someone even better if they keep looking. It’s like a candy store out there. With social networking, they have their pick.

And with the media emphasis on beauty, they focus first and foremost on the face.” So is marriage really in its death throes? Absolutely not, say the experts — at least not for those who are well educated and financially secure. In fact, the most important and disturbing aspect of the census report lies buried beneath the big-picture statistics: Experts discovered what they perceive as a deepening class divide in America — an educational and economic schism between those who marry and those who don’t. Those who marry nowadays tend to be college graduates who automatically have better skills and job prospects than those without a higher education. Those who don’t marry are more often people who never went beyond high school. It’s the exact opposite of what was the norm up until a decade ago. Up until the 1990s, Mather says, those who never went to college had higher rates of marriage than those with college degrees. In other words, they left high school, hurried to the altar and started having children. Now it’s the other way around. College graduates tend to marry more. And their rate of divorce is declining. Those with only a high school education increasingly elect to live together and raise children in an unformalized family structure, which analysts say leads to less stability and poorer outcomes for all involved. The cohabitors, who tend to be lower income and financially insecure, fear for their jobs or have already been laid off. And they lack the skills needed to increase their prospects. Their children are less likely to attend college. It’s all leading to an increasingly divided, two-class society, experts say. “There are growing and clear class distinctions developing,” says Mather. “It’s a rift seen not only in income but in lots of social indicators. There’s segregation by educational level, by neighborhood, even by schools their children attend.” Professor Cherlin, currently on book leave and declining interviews, has made his views known in online discussions. Asked to identify the most significant change in American families in the past 10 years, he answered: “The most significant change is the rise in births to cohabiting couples… having children in a cohabiting union is now acceptable to a broad range of young adults. Trends in the job market have made young non-college-educated youths reluctant to marry.” Other experts agree, explaining that high-school-educated women as well as men are avoiding matrimony. Many of these women have jobs and feel they can support themselves and their children if necessary. They don’t want to be legally tied to a man they might also have to support. For men too, there’s appeal in the perceived ability to break away from family responsibilities. Analysts feel this could lead to an increasingly unstable society of haves and have-nots — with the offspring of cohabiting couples suffering the worst consequences. Professor Cherlin noted in his online discussion that the growing numbers of children born to unmarried parents will find it increasingly difficult to attend college no matter what their intellectual capacity, leading to an even bigger schism. “The problem will be worse for children who would like to attend selective colleges such as the University of California system, where costs have been rising rapidly. Attendance at selective colleges may become more and more the privilege of well-to-do families, while children from disadvantaged families attend less selective schools part time, taking five, six or seven years to get a degree, while working to support themselves and pay tuition. A dual educational system.” William Frey, senior demographer at the Brookings Institution, analyzed census figures and told The New York Times that in 2000 there were only six American states where married couples made up fewer than 50 percent of all households. In only 10 years’ time, by 2010, that number had risen from six to 37 states plus the District of Columbia, all now dominated by the unhitched. Where is this heading? It’s important to note that the institution of marriage isn’t the culprit. Experts blame the economy — the lack of jobs, educational opportunity and financial security — as the cause of the drop in marriage rates. As far as we can tell, everyone’s still looking for love, commitment and a better future for their kids. And in most surveys published, even the most contented singles — of all ages, both straight and gay — say they wouldn’t reject marriage “if the right person came along.” |||| 02.12 | ARROYO | 23

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MARRIAGE Each spring Sharon Clark and Glenn Gruber relive the wedding that tied them together 30 years ago on the lawn of the Pasadena Museum of History. STORY BY SCARLET CHENG • PHOTOS BY MELISSA VALLADARES

“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.” — Actress Simone Signoret

VERY YEAR TWO PASADENA LOVEBIRDS, SHARON L. CLARK AND GLENN A. Gruber, acknowledge how important and wonderful those threads are by celebrating their wedding anniversary, June 21, on the lawn of the Pasadena Museum of History. They share a bottle of wine, some cheese and bread, and look over their beloved album of wedding photos — taken 30 years ago. What a day that was. The ceremony took place on the back steps of the museum, he clad in a dark suit and full beard, she wearing a long, white dress, her mother’s veil and her grandmother’s gold pin: a lover’s knot with an opal in the middle. Some 60 friends, relatives and colleagues had gathered, and there was food, laughter and dancing. The couple had already lived together for four years, but now they were embarking on a new leg of their journey together. “We felt as though it was different,” says Glenn, 62. “Living together is one thing, but the whole ceremony cemented it, it was a commitment.” “We felt committed before, but we felt much more committed,” says Sharon, 79. “We didn’t anticipate that marriage would increase that sense of commitment.” The East Coast natives had moved out west together back in 1976. Due to New York’s financial crisis, Glenn had been laid off from teaching physical education at York College in Queens, and Sharon was fed up with her role as head of the dance department at George Washington University in Washington, D. C. They piled their things into two cars and drove to California. Four years later, Glenn asked his parents what they would think of their getting married. “Since they didn’t object, I thought it would be all right,” Glenn says, laughing. The wedding was jointly celebrated by a rabbi and a minister (Glenn is Jewish and Sharon comes from a Quaker/Unitarian background, but neither practices). Today the retired teachers live in a white stucco house in Bungalow Heaven, a 1926 home full of mementos and memories. Both are casually dressed; her long tresses tied in a side ponytail, his moustache all that remains of the beard. They are an affectionate couple, putting their arms around and teasing each other, chatting and laughing easily. The dining room is decorated with Japanese prints and kimonos, things Sharon collected during her one year of teaching in Japan, before she met Glenn. (She has also lived in France and Germany.) On a small side table is the silver tea set that belonged to Sharon’s grand-


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Sharon Clark and Glenn Gruber relive their wedding on the lawn of the Pasadena Museum of History.

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mother — a silver anniversary present from her children. A sewn sampler on the wall was made by a great-great-aunt in 1849. The Mission-style dining room chairs were handmade by Glenn, who crafts furniture in his workshop. Photographs of Glenn’s childhood are on a bedroom wall, and a dresser mirror is hung with his medals from Masters swimming. To this day, he swims five days a week at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center and participates in a dozen meets a year. Glenn holds a number of national and world records in several relay events and has won national championships in the U. S., Canada and Germany. Sharon travels with him to these meets, which is also a way to visit new places and meet new people. A wall in the kitchen is devoted to photos of their nieces and nephews and their children; the pair have none of their own. “We got along so well, a child would have disrupted our dynamics,” Glenn explains. “Neither of us really wanted kids,” Sharon adds. Sharon was brought up in Presque Isle, Maine, “a teeny, tiny town where two rivers come together.” Glenn was born in Newark, New Jersey, and later attended Trenton State College. “We met in college,” he says. “But I was the teacher,” says Sharon. “Modern dance, folk dance, I made sure all the physical education majors took dance. This is physical education — learning through the physical, not sports, not gym.” She observes that the body learns through movement itself, and Glenn adds that a lot of thinking and problem-solving can be taught through physical exercises, such as the creation of new games. After Trenton, Sharon moved to Washington, D.C., for a job. In the spring of 1974 Glenn was in town and dropped by for a visit. Sparks flew, and that was the start of a long-distance relationship, making good use of the Eastern Airlines shuttle. “It was a lark to me, it was fun,” says Sharon. “We had a good time, and we liked to do things.” She has an especially fond memory of their first date. “He took me to Harry and Tonto, the movie, and he put his arm around me, like a real girl.” She’s gushing here. “I was 24 at the time, and Sharon was 17 years older,” he says. “That was a pretty good deal.” While their age difference may surprise some people, Glenn doesn’t see it as an issue at all. “Age is just a number,” he says. How have others reacted? “I’m sure there are private thoughts,” says Sharon, “but most people are polite and don’t say anything.” When Glenn lost his job in New York, he decided to make a fresh start in California. Sharon, who’d been unhappy in her job, asked if she could go along. “We moved out here and lived in a trailer in Huntington Beach,” says Sharon. Eventually, Glenn got a job in the public school system, and they moved to San Gabriel and then Pasadena. For 26 years he worked as a teacher in adapted physical education for children with developmental delays, assistant principal and principal; he’s now retired. Meanwhile, Sharon, with her two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in anthropology, went to work for MCI in sales, and then in 1979 started her own company, Sharon Clark Associates, which specialized in marketing research. “I’m a very, very good salesperson,” she says. What did they see in each other? “She’s vivacious,” says Glenn. “She’s up for anything.” “Well, within reason,” she quickly adds. “She’s always had a lot of energy.” “He’s a wonderfully kind man,” Sharon says. “When I brought him home to meet my mother, she told me, ‘That’s the nicest young man you ever brought to me. You’d better behave.’” What’s the secret of their long and happy marriage, at a time when the institution is on the decline? “Two words,” Glenn says with a grin. “My fault.” “No games,” Sharon says. “When we argue, we don’t go for the jugular,” Glenn says. “We aim to make it work.” “We’re very civil to each other, we always say please and thank you,” Sharon says. And most of all, she says, “We have a wonderful time together!” ||||

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–continued from page 19 According to the design/build team at HartmanBaldwin, by the time the Kipps bought the estate in 1996, “the years had taken their toll” on the home. The foundation of the residence was literally dissolving into the ground under the weight of a previous remodel. But “the clients’ dream was not impossible. After a full seismic retrofit of the foundation, HartmanBaldwin restored and redesigned the interior spaces, staying true to the grand architectural style of the house.” The goal in the design/build endeavor was to maintain the integrity of the original home; the Kipps and HartmanBaldwin wanted to fortify existing structures and create additions that would harmonize, that would look as if they had always belonged together. Renovations included a new 6-car garage and workshop, and restoration and redesign of the interior of the home, including communal areas and bedrooms. The restoration also included the conception of lush new landscaping. East of the residence library a tennis court was replaced by a 1,300 square foot Guest House they refer to as the Gardener’s Cottage and 10.000 square feet of English gardens that surround the property. Geometric planting patterns, decorated pathways, alluring nooks and hideaways, and the effects of gentle lighting and cascading water fountains evoke the beauty of the original love nest, the garden of eden. –continued on page 33

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–continued from page 31 The Kipp residence represents a labor of love and a legacy that may endure for generations – their daughter was married on the property. But you don’t have to restore an English estate to create an enchanting ambiance in your home. Jeff Nott, of Nott Construction, suggests enhancing existing interior spaces, especially bedrooms, with custom light dimmers and sound systems. Heated towel warmers and steam generators with oil reservoirs for fragrant showers, Jacuzzi tubs and wood burning fireplaces can also romance a master bed and bath. Jeff also recommends thoughtful gestures for enriching the home. “Do something romantic for your partner,” he advises.“Give her the master suite she has always dreamed of, with large, walk-in closets, private niche seating areas. Give the gift of a remodeled bathroom. Or surprise your spouse with a coupon for a consultation with an architect or designer to come to the house and talk about remodeling ideas. Many people wait until they retire. Do it now so you both can enjoy it now.” Or just lower the lights, turn off the TV, pour a glass of wine or something, and take the time to talk, look, and cherish each other. Whether you live in a Tudor estate, a craftsman cottage, a minimalist contemporary condo or a trailer – you can make your home a love nest. By loving the people who live there.


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RESOURCE GUIDE ARCHITECTS HARTMANBALDWIN DESIGN/BUILD HartmanBaldwin Design/Build is a fully integrated Architecture, Construction and Interior Design Company specializing in upscale remodels, additions, historic restorations and new custom homes for highly discerning individuals that are passionate about their home and lifestyle. We pride ourselves in being chosen by clients who look for a full service firm that will provide them with outstanding design services, cutting-edge materials and products, quality construction that is sustainable and energy-efficient, as well as a relationship that goes beyond the duration of a project. Call 626.486.0510 JAMES COANE & ASSOCIATES Since 1994, James V. Coane, has specialized in: custom residences, estates, historic renovations and expansions, residential and apartment interiors, multi-family residential, corporate interiors, retail and small commercial building design. American Institute of Architects award winners, and named Best Architect by Pasadena Weekly, their projects have been in Architectural Digest and other magazines and used as locations for filming and fashion shoots. Well-versed in historical and modern architecture and design and known for attention to detail on all projects. Visit or call (626) 584-6922. NOTT & ASSOCIATES The “Design/Build” team of Tom and Jeffrey Nott specializes in custom homes in Pasadena. Tom Nott received his Bachelor of Architecture at USC, and has worked for decades on major projects. His work includes projects for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and countless commercial parks. Jeff attended UCLA and UCSB and has built custom homes with distinguished designers in Beverly Hills and Bel-Air. Together they have completed over 130 projects in South Pasadena alone. Visit or call (626) 4030844.

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schedule your consultation today, (626) 585-9474. HOLTORF MEDICAL GROUP, INC. Chris Sterrett, M.D. has over 10 years of experience treating hormonal imbalance, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, women’s health issues and complex multi-system illness. His expertise includes bioidentical hormone replacement, nutritional supplements, I.V. therapies, adrenal dysfunction, women’s health, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, neurologic dysfunction and multisystem illnesses. He also has a particular interest in therapies that help the ageing population reach and maintain their full potential so that they may be active without limitation. 48 N El Molino Ave. Suite 201, Pasadena – 626261-4608 MASSAGE ENVY As noteworthy studies continue to demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of massage, more and more people seek the restorative and preventative results of regular massage practice. In the same way that people from all walks of life seek the healthy advantages of routine exercise, proper diet and spiritual or meditative alignment, they also turn to the kinds of treatments offered at Massage Envy, in order to maintain a balanced and productive lifestyle. Massage Envy, 3707 E. Foothill Blvd., Hastings Ranch, Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 351-9100 VANITY MEDICAL AESTHETICS “Thinking about cosmetic surgery, but concerned about the cost and possible complications? Disappointed by expensive department store skin care, touted to eliminate wrinkles and clear blemishes? We at Vanity Medical Aesthetics promise affordable medical aesthetics and great service. As the premier Med Spa, we have the reputation, experience, technology, training, and focus on safety to create the red carpet experience you deserve. Not only will you look your best, you will feel your best.” 626-284-9589

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RESOURCE GUIDE –continued from page 35 management and interior design. With all areas of residential design and construction being taken care of by Cynthia Bennett and Associates, Inc., each detail will be thought of and coordinated. Call for a consultation at (626) 799-9701. DAY OF DESIGN WITH TERRI JULIO Day of Design with Terri Julio — Imagine the opportunity to consult with a professional designer for an entire day. Now you can for a fixed flat fee. Let Terri’s expertise be the first thing you call upon when considering any project. It is a worthwhile investment and a good dose of prevention considering valuable dollars and time can be lost when improvements go awry. Call (626) 447-5370 or visit

INTERIOR SPACES ELEGANT FIREPLACE MANTELS Elegant Fireplace Mantels carry the largest collection of fireplace mantles in North America. Elegant Fireplace Mantels has the experience of thousands of beautiful completed projects that develop our 3D cad drawing presentation for each mantel in a perfect way. Our expert designers will help you to match any décor period of time and style by using our huge architectural and art historic library that provide us with great knowledge of any décor and style. (800)295-9101 MODERN LIGHTING Modern Lighting has been serving Southern California's lighting needs since 1946. With all types of fixtures in every price range, you’ll find what you want. If not, we do custom design. We have stocks of light bulbs to compliment your fixture and we continually watch the marketplace for the best buys. Our staff has decades of lighting experience.. Feel free to contact us if our service is what you are looking for: call (626) 286-3262. WALLBEDS “N” MORE We are proud of our reputation for meeting and exceeding customers' expectations. We have the largest display of Murphy Wallbeds in California. We are your Murphy Wallbed specialists and will take you through every step of the purchasing process to ensure you choose a bed that matches all your requirements. We will work with you, from beginning, organizing the room layout, choosing the bed style, wood and added features, to final delivery and installation. Call (626)233-8544 or visit 36 | ARROYO | 02.12

JEWELRY, ART & ANTIQUES ARNOLD’S FINE JEWELRY It’s a busy time at Arnold’s Fine Jewelry. Bruce Arnold and his seasoned staff work with patrons in choosing just the right gifts from diamond heart pendants to watches and rings. They also personalize jewelry by engraving graduation gifts sure to please lucky high school and college grads. If you have something special in mind or an estate piece that needs updating, Bruce will custom design a piece of jewelry. 350 S. Lake Avenue. Hours are 10-6 Tuesday-Saturday. 626-795-8647. JOHN MORAN AUCTIONEERS A full-service auction house for over 40 years, John Moran Auctioneers is internationally recognized as a leader in sales of exceptional antiques, fine art, jewelry and eclectic estate items. In addition to monthly Estate Auctions, Moran’s conducts tri-annual California and American Art auctions featuring top 19th and 20th century Impressionist and Western artists. For information about consigning, purchasing at auction, estate services, appraisals, and free walk-in Valuation Days, please call (626) 793-1833 or visit WAYNE JASON JEWELRY DESIGNS Wayne Jason Jewelry Designs has been in business since 1987, in the same location in the city of Pasadena, California. Wayne designs most of his own jewelry and manufactures it on the premises, eliminating a middleman. Wayne Jason Jewelry Designs offers unique, often one of a kind, top quality jewelry pieces at a value well below the competition. Most of our designs can be made in any color gold, 18-karat or 14karat, with any stones. 105 West California Blvd., Pasadena - 626 795-9215

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GARDEN VIEW LANDSCAPE Specializing in landscaping, nurseries and pools, Garden View Inc. can take you from a design idea to a finished, detail-oriented garden. Garden View & their clientele are recipients of 60 awards from the California Landscape Contractors Association. The intent of the company is to provide highquality interrelated outdoor services. The synergy between having their own designer/project managers, in-house crews, their own large nursery, and being a licensed pool builder provides for efficiency, competitive pricing, quality and schedule control. Call (626) 303-4043. HUNTINGTON POOLS & SPAS Huntington Pools & Spas designs and builds custom pools, spas, and outdoor spaces. We create spaces that complement your home’s overall landscape and architecture using a combination of engineering, form, and fit. Our philosophy is that each project should have a unique balance and connection to the property's overall landscape and architecture. We view each of our waterscapes as a unique work of art and use only top industry professionals, select finish products, and proven technologies. 626-332-1527 – PASADENA PATIO The Ultimate in casual outdoor furnishings await your visit to Pasadena Patio. You will see a number of sample stone wall treatments using different types of stone and applications. Complete outdoor fireplaces can also be viewed and see several lines of outdoor furniture. While you visit Pasadena Patio you will see a complete outdoor room constructed right inside the store. We look forward to your visit and serving you all of your outdoor needs. 78 S. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena CA 91107 – (626)405-2334 - TEAK WAREHOUSE Today’s hottest outdoor trend is the outdoor living room ... a favorite for hotels & resorts for years and now available for residential settings. Why go to an expensive resort for the weekend when you can turn your back yard into one? Invest in something that will bring comfort and style for the long run! Teak Warehouse boasts over 16 varied collections of deep seating, offering teak and wicker at the best prices in California. 133 E. Maple Ave., Monrovia. Call (626) 305-8325 or visit

REAL ESTATE DICKSON PODLEY Richard Langstaff is an effective Realtor who works hard for his clients. Representing clients in the sale of their Architectural and character homes for over 20 years in the Pasadena area. Richard Langstaff states "The greatest satisfaction in my Business comes from getting results for my clients. I believe that the client’s goals and needs are always the key and the first priority. Podley Properties Richard Langstaff 818.949.5750 SOTHEBY’S, LIN VLACICH Lin Vlacich of Sotheby’s, a 25-year veteran in the real estate profession, is known for her reputation and success as a leader in the San Gabriel Valley brokerage community, as well as for high professional ethics, superior negotiating skills, innovative marketing plans and extensive knowledge of real estate sales. Committed to excellence in representing buyers and sellers throughout Pasadena, San Marino, South Pasadena and the surrounding communities. Call (626) 688-6464 or (626) 396-3975 or email

SENIOR RESOURCES FAIR OAKS BY REGENCY PARK Regency Park Senior Living, with over 40 years’ experience, is renowned in Pasadena for its luxurious, beautifully-appointed senior communities. The Fair Oaks by Regency Park is Pasadena’s most luxurious independent and assisted living senior community. Here residents enjoy a lifestyle of relaxed elegance and the opportunity to select from a broad array of services and activities— from fine dining and daily housekeeping to assistance with any of the activities of daily living. 951 S. Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena. 626-921-4108. Visit us at for more information PROVIDENCE ST. ELIZABETH (PROVIDENCE ST. JOSEPH’S) Providence St. Elizabeth Care Center is a 52 bed skilled nursing facility. We offer an array of health care services for residents to enjoy themselves with family and friends. To complement our reputation for caring, our specially trained staff works in partnership with residents, families, doctors, referring hospitals, and health professionals to make sure residents' needs are met. As a skilled nursing facility, Providence St. Elizabeth is staffed 24 hours a day by licensed professionals specially trained in geriatric medicine. For more information or to tour Providence St. Elizabeth Care Center, please call (818) 980-3872.


Gulf-a-licious Helping the Navy make sure its grub is shipshape BY LESLIE BILDERBACK | PHOTOS BY CLAIRE BILDERBACK

About seven years ago, as I was researching a book, I tried to con-

Three weeks before Christmas I flew to Bahrain, where I boarded a COD (carrier onboard delivery) for a flight to the ship somewhere in the gulf. It was not my first tailhook

firm a rumor that the U. S. Navy had the best food service of all the

landing, but I am in no way jaded. The plane can deliver a couple dozen passengers, and it was a full flight, including a handful of new sailors who were not as excited to be

armed forces, making it an excellent training ground for wanna-be

there as I was. Strapped into my rear-facing seat, with no window to peer out of, I donned my cranial (a helmet with ear-protecting headphones) and engaged my iPod for the 45-

chefs. Recruiters were no help, but I was eventually put in touch

minute flight. When we reached the ship we circled a few times (which, given the COD’s tight turning radius, created a holding pattern reminiscent of a particularly barfy visit to

with a chef who runs a program through the Navy’s department of

Coney Island). Then the crew waved their arms shouting,“Here we go!” and the plane hit the runway and hooked its cable, bringing us from a cruising speed of around 300 mph

supply (NAVSUP) called Adopt-a-Chef, which sends civilian chefs

to an abrupt arrested landing, also known as a “trap.”

into the field to give culinary training. His response to my query was

jective was to train as many cooks as possible as they went about their regular duty, serv-

The rush from my landing didn’t let up for the rest of the week. Once on board, my obing four meals a day to between 5,000 and 7,000 sailors, pilots, visiting soldiers, marines,

“Why not see for yourself?” A few weeks later I was training cooks

airmen, airwomen and assorted dignitaries. I spent each day attached to one of the seven galleys, where I was able to work with individual cooks and focus on specific tech-

(known as culinary specialists) on a Navy salvage ship headed for

niques. For some there was a need to improve the basics, like organization and knife skills. For others it was troubleshooting existing recipes and teaching any new techniques that

Guam. I thought it would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but six

interested them. This led to production of many classics, including puff pastry and croissants, cured salmon, homemade cheese, cream puffs, salad dressings, consommé, fresh

ships and five bases later, I was sent out again during this past holi-

raviolis, French tarte Tatin and melon carving. I was also able to hold seminars on special topics like nutrition, food pairing, menu development and organics.

day season to the Persian Gulf to join the USS John C. Stennis (CVN

Giant floating airports like the Stennis are frequent hosts to visiting dignitaries, which may require an intimate tea service with finger sandwiches or a hangar bay converted

74), a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier.

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–continued from page 37 into a banquet hall, complete with ice statues. As you might expect, there are some highly experienced culinarians on board who have come from coveted posts, including the White House and Camp David. They possess a mastery of organization that is the envy of chefs and Container Store shoppers alike. But running this huge operation doesn’t leave much time to hand-hold the newer cooks. Plus, the Navy doesn’t coddle. But I do, and on more than one occasion I gave pep talks to kids who had lost motivation and were having a hard time seeing their own value after six months at sea. I found myself repeating that in 30 years of food service I have never seen a civilian cook with the stamina or work ethic of these sailors. Never. My main objective aboard the Stennis was to improve the overall quality of the everyday food service, which is no easy task. The great paradox of the Adopt-a-Chef program is that, while the Navy sends chefs into the field to train its cooks, it is simultaneously replacing fresh foods with prepared foods that need only be heated and served. Their menus are dictated by supply command and are overwhelmingly white: white pasta, white rice, white bread, white potatoes and white-sugar-loaded desserts, with precious few fresh vegetables or whole grains. It’s a high-glycemic-index incursion. Even worse are the deep fryers, revved up at every meal. With a military obesity rate hover-


ing at 30 percent and new recruit obesity closer to 80 percent, this is an


unconscionable blubber blitzkrieg. It’s no wonder crew members must


be forced to endure physical training in order to pass their physical readi-


ness test. (Vending machines loaded with Mountain Dew, Pop Tarts and Dori-


tos in the corridors on the way to the exercise machines are hardly inspir-


ing.) All this, while the folks back home are moving rapidly toward more wholesome, farm-fresh, ethically raised, organic food sources. I am repeatedly counseled by those in command that these sailors are adults and can make their own choices, an argument that misses the mark on two counts --most are barely adults, and adults don’t make good food choices anyway. If they did, obesity wouldn’t be spreading across the globe in a wave of golden arches moving faster than an F/A-18 Hornet. So, I spend a lot of time on these trips promoting healthier eating and smarter choices. This trip was, in many respects, the same as all my previous Navy trips. I worked with

Apple Rosemary Tartlets One of my missions on board the USS John C. Stennis was to create a signature apple dish, highlighting a great ingredient from its home port of Bremerton, Washington. I never heard whether the commanding officer liked it, but it was certainly popular amongst the CSs — which is really all I care about!

lots of enthusiastic cooks, judged a cooking contest, got to visit the bridge and flight deck, and watched a replenishment at sea, in which food, mail, fuel and other supplies are passed between two moving ships by a cable and helicopters. But it was also unique. While every galley I visit is more or less the same, it’s only the carriers that constantly boom with the sound of jets taking off and landing. Being in the confined spaces of the ship, it was easy to forget where I was and what those jets were doing. It was also easy to forget that it was Christmastime, although the chiefs (essentially managers) made a huge effort to make it festive with decorations everywhere, including a gingerbread village and lights strung up across every bulkhead. There were karaoke contests, ice cream socials and holiday movies playing 24 hours a day. It could be said that I was a strange sort of Christmas present to the CSs. (Although, when I say that out loud, I realize it’s more accurate to say that they were a Christmas present to me.) There is no doubt that these cooks, working in incredible situations with crazy limitations that most cooks would find impossible, taught me quite a few lessons, not the least of which is how not to be a pussy. I work harder on these trips than any other time in my life, and it is a privilege. I have never been so grateful to be so exhausted. ||||

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INGREDIENTS 2¼-inch-thick sheets of puff pastry, fresh or frozen 8 to 12 apples*, peeled, quartered, cored and sliced ½ cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 2 to 3 tablespoons powdered rosemary or fresh rosemary, finely minced (run needles through a coffee grinder) 1 teaspoon nutmeg 4 to 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided, and more as needed

METHOD 1. In a large bowl, toss together apples, sugar, salt, rosemary and nutmeg. In a large sauté pan over high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add one layer of apples and cook, stirring often, until tender and caramelized. Transfer apples to a baking sheet to cool, and repeat with remaining apples. (Do not crowd apples in pan, or they will exude too much liquid and poach rather than caramelize.) Cool apples completely. 2. Preheat oven to 350˚. Coat a muffin pan thoroughly with pan spray and place a dot of butter in the bottom of each muffin cup. Arrange 4 to 6 caramelized apple wedges decoratively in each cup. 3. Using a circle cutter just slightly larger than the opening of the muffin cup, cut out one circle of puff pastry for each cup. Place dough circle on top of the apples, and bake at 350˚ until dough is golden brown and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately invert onto a baking sheet. Let cool slightly before serving each tartlet with a dollop of crème fraîche or very lightly sweetened whipped cream.

*Use whatever apple you like to eat — red, green or variegated, it doesn’t matter. U.S. apples are all grown mainly for the lunch box and have a fairly uniform texture when sautéed.


You, Glorious You Single this year? Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love --- you! --- at one of these tasty havens for the unattached. BY BRADLEY TUCK

Saint Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap. It often gets lumped in with other holidays labeled somewhat derisively as “Hallmark holidays,” those fake occasions dreamed up by marketing men to provide a boost to sales of cards and other love tokens. To be sure, Valentine’s Day, as it tends to be known these days, provides a welcome shot in the arm to card shops, florists and restaurants, contributing an estimated $14 billion to the U.S. economy in 2010, according to the National Retail Federation. But its real roots go all the way back to 496 AD and Pope Gelasius, who established the holiday in honor of a few Christian martyrs named Valentine or Valentinus. It was on the General Roman Calendar, the Catholic Church’s official list of saints’ celebrations, until 1969, when it was removed by Pope Paul VI. Maybe he was ticked at not getting cards or maybe he felt that its modern meaning was so far removed from the original that it no longer qualified as a Christian commemoration. In any case, Valentine’s Day had by that time been well and truly sold to the public as a day for showering tokens of esteem --- both welcome and unwelcome --- on the objects of one’s affection, rather than re-

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With its location in the center of bustling Old Pasadena, Pop is the perfect pit stop after an early evening retail-therapy spree.The money that you didn’t have to spend on a significant other can be spent instead on a new sweater for yourself, a trinket from a jewelry shop, some artisanal soaps, in fact anything that says,“I love me.” Then you can park yourself down at a table in the bar and order a split of 1998 Saint-Chamant Cuvée de Chardonnay ($60) and a soufflé du jour.To remind yourself that relationships are as delicate as beaten eggs, and most of us open the oven door too soon.

VALENTINE’S POTLUCK Misery loves company, but treat Valentine’s Day as a celebration of your wonderful friendships, and you can have a better time than any couple enjoying the sullen hospitality of a romantic restaurant. Take the money you would have spent on dinner à deux, say $75 each, and get half a dozen friends together. You’ve now got a budget of $450 to throw a mother of a Valentine’s dinner. Delegate wine buying to someone who understands it, then stock up on treats from any number of gourmet purveyors. The Market on Holly ( ) is a good start, as is Nicole’s Gourmet Foods ( in South Pasadena. Fish King Seafood in Glendale would be the spot to pick up some oysters and other treats to make a plateau de fruits de mer. The idea is to be indulgent and celebrate both your singledom and your friends. Because as a friend of mine once said,“It starts with hearts and roses and ends with the police being called.” One day, one of the assembled will be clutching a cellphone to his or her ear, listening to a hot mess --- you --- as you sob about love’s labours lost. The least you can do is feed them first. |||| 40 | ARROYO | 02.12

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Feb. 2 — The Los Angeles County

the Haddon Conference Center; reserva-

Museum of Art presents an illustrated

tions are required. Lunch costs $7.50 (stu-

lecture, sponsored by Friends of the

dents, $5); dinner costs $12.50 (students,

Gamble House, on the current exhibi-

$6). Other events are free.

Howard Terpning, Traders Among the Crow, oil, 52 x 36 in.

Theater. A dinner follows at 5:30 p.m. in

tion, “California Design, 1935 –1965:

Claremont School of Theology is located

Living in a Modern Way.” LACMA Associ-

at 1325 N. College Ave., Claremont. Visit

ate Curator Bobbye Tigerman discusses

the show’s look at the state’s important role in shaping American material cul-


ture at 7 p.m. at Neighborhood Church

Feb. 10 - 12 — The 45th California Interna-

in Pasadena. Tickets cost $20 ($15 for

tional Antiquarian Book Fair visits the

Friends of the Gamble House).

Pasadena Convention Center, featuring

Neighborhood Church is located at 301

rare items from more than 200 booksellers,

N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. For

including original manuscripts predating

reservations, call (626) 793-3334, ext. 52, or

the Gutenberg printing press. Hours are 3


to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets pur-


chased Friday cost $25 for admission all

Feb. 4 — The Camellia Festival kicks off at

tickets purchased Saturday and Sunday

9:30 a.m. with Faery Tours of the En-

cost $15 and allow reentry all weekend.

chanted Forest, with faeries guiding

The Pasadena Convention Center is lo-

three days and benefit the Huntington;

guests through the Camellia Collection,

cated at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call

the largest in North America, until noon. A

(800) 454-6401 or visit

Camellia Walk and Talk led by horticulturist Wayne Walker explores the Camellia


Garden at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 12 — The nonprofit Friends of the

Curator Wen Wang discusses the Camel-

Sierra Madre Library hosts its 42nd annual

lia Collection at 11:30 a.m. Tea Time with

Wine and Cuisine Tasting benefiting the li-

Chado Tea runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

brary from 2 to 5 p.m. at Alverno Villa.

with information about tea (Camellia

Event tickets cost $60, and raffle tickets for

sinensis) from Descanso’s experts, tastings

a Paso Robles wine tasting cost $5 each;

and teas for sale. Free with Descanso ad-

they’re available at the Sierra Madre Li-


brary, 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.

Feb. 14 — Celebrate Valentine’s Day with

Alverno Villa is located at 675 W. Highland

a Tram Tour of Love exploring the most ro-

Ave., Sierra Madre. Call (626) 355-7186 or

mantic parts of Descanso, at 3 and 4 p.m.


AMERICAN MASTERS ON DISPLAY AT THE AUTRY Feb. 4 — The Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale opens today at the Autry National Center and continues through March 18. The juried exhibition and sale features 76 nationally recognized artists exhibiting stylistically and thematically diverse works. The show is free with Autry admission, but tickets are required for special events including artist and awards presentations, a chuck-wagon luncheon and a cocktail reception. Tickets for the daytime-only events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. cost $175 ($100 for Autry members). All-day tickets, with events continuing until 9 p.m., cost $250 ($175 for members). The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. For tickets, call (323) 667-2000, ext. 331. For information, visit


Liang, principal of Studio 0.10 and a USC

Feb. 12 — Authors on Asia presents “Front-

with “Splendid China: Building Life with In-


line Pakistan” at 2 p.m., with author Zahid

telligence,” examining the nation’s un-


Feb. 12 — The Greater Los Angeles Zoo As-

Hussain discussing his books, Frontline

precedented environments created at unimaginable speeds and scale. Admis-

Each guest receives a glass of champagne or cider. The cost is $25 per couple

School of Architecture assistant professor,

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418

sociation (GLAZA) hosts “Sex and the City

Pakistan: The Struggle with Militant Islam

Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call

Zoo 3,” a lighthearted, adults-only romp in

and The Scorpion’s Tail: The Relentless Rise

sion costs $10 (free for members).

(818) 949-4200 or visit descansogar-

honor of Valentine’s Day in the zoo’s Wither-

of Islamic Militants in Pakistan. Free with

Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 N.

bee Auditorium from 5 to 7 p.m.The benefit

museum admission, but RSVP by calling

Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 4492742 or visit

evening features a dessert and wine re-

ext. 20.


ception and a humorous talk by the zoo’s

Feb. 17 — The museum’s “Active Cultures”

Feb 7 – Claremont School of Theology

Jason Jacobs about mating, dating and

series continues, pairing two experts


hosts its 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr., Cele-

cohabiting in the animal world.Tickets cost

speaking on topics far apart in space

Feb. 17 through 19 — Rock ’n’ Roll

bration, starting at 11:30 a.m. with a

$35 ($25 for GLAZA members).The reserva-

and subject. This month’s installment, at

Pasadena Half Marathon weekend starts

“Bending Toward Justice” worship service

tion deadline is Feb. 8.

7:30 p.m., features artist Richard Jackson

Friday and Saturday with a free health and

at Kresge Memorial Chapel led by Rev. Dr.

The Los Angeles Zoo is located at 5333 Zoo

discussing “East of Western: Development

fitness expo at the Pasadena Convention

Arthur Cribbs. At 4 p.m., Harvard Prof.

Dr., Griffith Park. Call (323) 644-6042 for

of the Art Scene in Pasadena” in the late

Center, showcasing the latest running

Marla F. Frederick lectures on the late civil

reservations. Visit for information.

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THE LIST –continued from page 42 products and services and interactive clin-

The Ambassador Auditorium is located

ics with fitness experts.The half marathon

at 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. Call

starts at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Rose Bowl

(626) 793-7172 or visit

Stadium, where it also ends after winding

13.1 miles along a course dotted with live rock bands.The entry fee is $110 and it


benefits the CureMito Foundation for chil-

Feb. 25 — Pasadena’s Hillsides Foster

dren with mitochondrial functional disor-

Care Children’s Charity hosts its annual

ders. Register for Team Mito at

benefit, “Road to Emerald City,” at

6 p.m. or at the California Club in down-

The Rose Bowl Stadium is located at 1001

town Los Angeles. The event includes

Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. The Pasadena

live and silent auctions, opportunity


Convention Center is located at 300 E.

drawings, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres

Green St., Pasadena. Visit

and beverages. KNBC-4 weathercaster

Fritz Coleman returns as master of cere-

Feb. 10 — Kenny Loggins performs with the Glendale Pops Orchestra in an 8 p.m.

monies and auctioneer. Tickets cost

“This is Romance” concert at Glendale’s Alex Theatre. The pre-Valentine’s program,


conducted by Artistic Director Matt Catingub, features Loggins’ hits “Forever,” “This is

Call (323) 255-9005 or visit

It,” “Danny’s Song” and “Footloose.” Tickets cost $26 to $80.

ents “Seductive Scheherazade” at 2 and 8



p.m. at Pasadena’s Ambassador Audito-

Feb. 25 — The Los Angeles Chamber


The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 243-2539 or

Feb. 18 — The Pasadena Symphony pres-

rium. The program includes Rimsky-Kor-

Orchestra performs Bach’s Magnificat at

Feb. 26 —LACO’s family concert, recom-

concert begins at 2 p.m., with Brooklyn-

sakov’s Scheherazade, Borodin’s “Polovtsian

8 p.m. at Pasadena’s Ambassador Audi-

mended for ages 5 and up, starts at 1 p.m.

based Project Trio performing original works

Dances” and Saint Saëns’ Piano Concert

torium. The orchestra is joined by the USC

at Glendale’s Alex Theatre with creative ac-

and joining conductor Jacoma Bairos in a

No. 5 “Egyptian.” Rossen Milanov conducts,

Thornton Chamber Singers and directed

tivities to enrich young minds, including the

new exploration of Copland’s Appalachian

and Esther Keel is the featured piano soloist.

by Jo-Michael Scheibe. Tickets cost $25

Instrument Petting Zoo, where children can

Spring.Tickets cost $12 to $20.

Tickets cost $35 to $100.

to $110.

handle and play various instruments.The

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The Ambassador Auditorium is located


at 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. The

Feb. 25 through March 25 — The Treat-

Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand

ment, an adaptation of Chekhov’s story

Blvd., Glendale. Call (213) 622-7001 or

“Ward 6,” opens today at The Theatre @


Boston Court and continues through March 25. Conceived by Richard Alger


and Tina Kronis, with text by Alger and di-

Feb 25 and 26 – Travel with princesses

play explores the line between sanity and


through mystical forests of gold, silver and

insanity, and who draws that line, as a

Feb. 11 and 12 — The Huntington’s 40th annual Camellia Show runs from 1 to 4:30

jewels in Pasadena Civic Ballet’s original

doctor at a remote mental hospital be-

p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Free with Huntington admission.

production of The Twelve Dancing

friends a philosopher-madman. Show-

Feb. 25 and 26 — The Bonsai-a-Thon features internationally recognized bonsai mas-

Princesses at the historic San Gabriel Mis-

times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through

ters sharing their passion for the art form from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days; the

sion Playhouse. Animated sets and more

Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Ticket

event includes exhibits, demonstrations, prize drawings, a bonsai bazaar and live

than 150 characters bring this dancing fairy

prices are $5 to $34.

auction. Free with Huntington admission.

tale to life. Have tea before the ballet and

Boston Court Performing Arts Center is lo-

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

meet the 2012 Rose Queen and Royal

cated at 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena.

Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit

Court.The curtain rises at 6 p.m. Saturday;

Call (626) 683-6883 or visit

on Sunday, the ballet begins at 1 p.m. after

rected and choreographed by Kronis, the

man shows he has written about iconic

An American Story. Showtimes are 8 p.m.

cultural figures. The first is Monsieur

Tuesdays through Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m.

Chopin, which evokes the life and music

Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays.

tea tickets cost $20.


of composer Frédéric Chopin, and the

Tickets cost $44 to $100.

an 11:30 a.m. tea, and at 5 p.m. after a 3:30 p.m. tea. Ballet tickets cost $23 to $29 and

The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse is

Feb. 28 through April 7 — Actor Hershey

love story between Chopin and the novel-

The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 S.

located at 320 South Mission Dr., San

Felder visits the Pasadena Playhouse with

ist George Sand. The series continues with

El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 356-

Gabriel. Visit

The Hershey Felder Collection, three one-

Maestro: Leonard Bernstein and Lincoln:

7529 or visit ||||

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