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Getting to know international opera star

Milena Kitic

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“BEST EYEWEAR” pera, classical music, love … and chocolate. These are all perfect topics for the month of February. The San Gabriel Valley is fortunate to claim international opera star Milena Kitic as its own. Kitic, featured on our cover in all the romantic glamour of a ‘50s silver-screen actress, has played the fiery and seductive Carmen about 150 times, in addition to numerous other roles — and she’s only 38! The Pasadena Symphony, a gem of an orchestra, woos us each month with the melodious charms of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and even some modern and contemporary composers. Here we pay tribute to its educational and outreach programs, which bring the beauty of classical music to an even wider audience. And our personality this month, Alyce de Roulet Williamson, is practically a celebrity in the arts community for her passionate philanthropic support. Williamson got a little personal with Arroyo and talked about her husband, Warren “Spud” Williamson, and their mutual love of horses. Also this month, interior designer Cynthia Bennett and her husband Ed de Beixedon invite us into their dream cottage designed with their love of the outdoors and the Netherlands in mind. And Bonnie Jiang, graduate of the California School of Culinary Arts, talks about giving up a solid career in engineering to pursue a new passion: cooking. For fun, our shopping pages guide the guys through the maze of gorgeous and delectable Valentine’s Day gifts. Some of our columns focus on other aspects of love, beauty and relationships for the most romantic month of the year. Like a box of chocolates, this month’s Arroyo has a decadent truffle here and a fun caramel there. So, go ahead, indulge yourself in sweet words and images.

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12 CULTURE International opera star Milena Kitic talks about ‘Carmen,’ the demise of the heavyset diva, discipline and philanthropy.

14 CHARITY The Pasadena Symphony’s impact extends far beyond the stage. Their outreach and educational programs touch the lives of youth and adults who might otherwise never have the opportunity to experience classical music.

44 PERSONALITY Alyce de Roulet Williamson’s dedication and generosity have made her an impressive community leader. She’s as inspiring as the arts she supports.

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BY JULIE RIGGOTT ~ PHOTOS BY SRDJAN SIMONOVIC ARMEN, THE TITLE CHARACTER OF GEORGES BIZET’S opera that premiered in 1875, is well-known as a beguiling siren. The Spanish gypsy wins the love of corporal Don Jose but leads him down a path of destruction. The opera ends tragically when Carmen’s affections turn to the matador Escamillo, and, out of the fierce passion of a lover scorned, Don Jose kills Carmen. If anyone knows this strong, seductive and fiery character, it’s Milena Kitic. The 38-year-old opera star has donned a brunette wig as Carmen 150 times, performing in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, the Czech Republic and the United States. Kitic made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Carmen in October 2005, a mere five years after coming to America. She lives in Pasadena with her husband, international businessman and former Prime Minister of Yugoslavia Milan Panic, and their 4 1/2-year-old son. Kitic has played Carmen and Delilah numerous times because mezzo-sopranos don’t have very many title roles. Carmen remains her favorite. The role requires singing, dancing (including flamenco), acting and fluency in French. “It’s a demanding role from all perspectives,” said Kitic in English with an accent from her native Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia. “It’s a fantastic role if you give your best.” Because of her international performances, Kitic recognizes the importance of tailoring the part for the audience. “Being sexy, for instance, here in the United States is not the same as being sexy in Germany or in France,” said Kitic. “It’s a different culture. You know how in France everything is subtle,

and everything is like Catherine Deneuve. Marlene Dietrich is very German. She has something cold, but still something appealing. Latino cultures are very warm. Italian and Spanish cultures would have more similar taste than Scandinavian cultures, for instance. Marilyn Monroe was very American.” In general, Kitic interprets Carmen in a more philosophical way. “I don’t think Carmen is vulgar. I just think that she is a free woman, a free spirit. She is obviously a very young woman and sexy, … but it has to have some subtlety also in it. I don’t think Carmen is all about sex,” she said matter-of-factly. “I think it’s about liberty. I think it’s about women’s liberation in fact.” Of course, stage directors do their share of interpretation, too. While Kitic did have the chance to play a blond Carmen in Germany, her debut at the Metropolitan Opera was in a traditional, though decidedly lavish, Zepherelli production that featured live horses, donkeys and dogs and even falling snow. Kitic said it was “fantastic and really impressive.” While set design can be exuberant, heavyset women are no longer taking center stage. For Kitic, who was a competitive gymnast as a child, health concerns are the main reason that the fitness trend in opera is a good thing. But, more importantly, operatic roles can be physically demanding and require endurance. “The Met stage is an enormous stage,” said Kitic. “You get sweaty if you just cross it once or twice running or dancing. Plus, you have to sing and you have to look cool and seductive. [You can’t be] sweaty and dying and overweight, so you have to take care of yourself —Continued on page 16


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OR MOST CITIES, THE PRESENCE OF a symphony orchestra is just one vital sign of its cultural life. But for residents of the Crown City and the San Gabriel Valley, the impact of The Pasadena Symphony extends far beyond the stage of the Civic Auditorium and into schools and the community at large. The 78-year-old musical institution has set a standard for stability and excellence that few orchestras can match. For instance, there have only been four music directors throughout the long and storied history of the musical body, and those directors have led massive educational initiatives, which brought the orchestra into the PUSD's elementary schools, adult education programs and community events attended by those who might otherwise never have a chance to appreciate classical music. "There are just eight official concerts in the season running from October to May, but we perform about 110 shows a

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year for educational programs such as those in our schools," said Linda Krantz, who became president of the symphony's board of directors last July. "We do concerts for students, while our TEMPO! Program gives teachers a chance to bring music into the daily curriculum of firstand second-graders. And the Clazzical Notes program for adult education brings in a jazz and a classical musician, who each play on the same type of instrument and then have a conversation about the differences between their genres." Krantz said that The Pasadena Youth Symphony trains future generations of classical artists while they are in the seventh through ninth grades, and pointed out the symphony's outreach program for children, called the Musical Circus. Offered the Saturday morning of concert days, the Circus encourages kids to have hands-on fun with an assortment of instruments before being entertained and enlightened by a short concert.

"We've done everything from performing 'Peter and the Wolf ' to storytelling to Chinese dancers," explained Krantz. "What really sets us apart now is the work of Jorge Mester, who has been our conductor for 22 years. He is a world-class musician and one of the finest conductors, and we're fortunate he also does fabulous programming because he makes this a gem of Pasadena." A classical devotee his entire life, Mester decided upon his career after meeting legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein at a Massachusetts music festival when he was in 11th grade and went on to study conducting at the exclusive Juilliard music conservatory. Mester has proven himself not only in Pasadena, but as an in-demand conductor all over the country. Reached in Florida, where he was preparing for a concert as the artistic director of the Naples

Philharmonic, Mester also referred to his long-running positions with the Aspen Music Festival, Mexico Philharmonic and the Louisville Symphony while reserving special praise for Pasadena and its music fans. "There was always a fear among musicians that living near Hollywood can lower your standards, but that's not the case in Pasadena," said Mester. "Pasadena has a very loyal cadre of great musicians who are very proud of their participation and are making a great, high quality organization."

Music fans have been richly rewarded with eclectic programs reflecting Mester's notably diverse tastes. December’s concert featured Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome” and January’s concert was the world premiere of Peter Schickele’s (aka PDQ Bach) Concerto for Viola and Orchestra. The Feb. 4 concert will spotlight Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony. "Each program is like a child. I can't choose one over the others, and you hope audiences love all the shows," Mester said. "For me, it's hard to

pick a highlight because the whole season is a highlight." One recent example of the excitement an evening at The Pasadena Symphony can bring occurred during this season's opening night in October, when the Orchestra featured the combined choruses of Occidental College as they sang Vaughn Williams' "Fantasia of Christmas Carols" and a vocal soloist became ill unexpectedly. "A young man from the choir stepped in and really hit all the notes well. He was only 21 years old, and it was so exciting to see him do such a good job," said Krantz. "You could really feel the audience supporting him." For her part, Krantz finds that the challenges and rewards of her position on the board far exceed any drains on her time and energy. In the midst of her fifth season and a concertgoer for the past 15 years, Krantz noted that there's plenty of other help needed to keep everything going. "We're always looking for support, whether in office volunteers, as ushers during shows or as board members," she explained. "But it's very much worth the effort because, —Continued on page 18 ARROYO ~ FEBRUARY 2006 ~ 15


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OR MOST CITIES, THE PRESENCE OF a symphony orchestra is just one vital sign of its cultural life. But for residents of the Crown City and the San Gabriel Valley, the impact of The Pasadena Symphony extends far beyond the stage of the Civic Auditorium and into schools and the community at large. The 78-year-old musical institution has set a standard for stability and excellence that few orchestras can match. For instance, there have only been four music directors throughout the long and storied history of the musical body, and those directors have led massive educational initiatives, which brought the orchestra into the PUSD's elementary schools, adult education programs and community events attended by those who might otherwise never have a chance to appreciate classical music. "There are just eight official concerts in the season running from October to May, but we perform about 110 shows a

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year for educational programs such as those in our schools," said Linda Krantz, who became president of the symphony's board of directors last July. "We do concerts for students, while our TEMPO! Program gives teachers a chance to bring music into the daily curriculum of firstand second-graders. And the Clazzical Notes program for adult education brings in a jazz and a classical musician, who each play on the same type of instrument and then have a conversation about the differences between their genres." Krantz said that The Pasadena Youth Symphony trains future generations of classical artists while they are in the seventh through ninth grades, and pointed out the symphony's outreach program for children, called the Musical Circus. Offered the Saturday morning of concert days, the Circus encourages kids to have hands-on fun with an assortment of instruments before being entertained and enlightened by a short concert.

"We've done everything from performing 'Peter and the Wolf ' to storytelling to Chinese dancers," explained Krantz. "What really sets us apart now is the work of Jorge Mester, who has been our conductor for 22 years. He is a world-class musician and one of the finest conductors, and we're fortunate he also does fabulous programming because he makes this a gem of Pasadena." A classical devotee his entire life, Mester decided upon his career after meeting legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein at a Massachusetts music festival when he was in 11th grade and went on to study conducting at the exclusive Juilliard music conservatory. Mester has proven himself not only in Pasadena, but as an in-demand conductor all over the country. Reached in Florida, where he was preparing for a concert as the artistic director of the Naples

Philharmonic, Mester also referred to his long-running positions with the Aspen Music Festival, Mexico Philharmonic and the Louisville Symphony while reserving special praise for Pasadena and its music fans. "There was always a fear among musicians that living near Hollywood can lower your standards, but that's not the case in Pasadena," said Mester. "Pasadena has a very loyal cadre of great musicians who are very proud of their participation and are making a great, high quality organization."

Music fans have been richly rewarded with eclectic programs reflecting Mester's notably diverse tastes. December’s concert featured Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome” and January’s concert was the world premiere of Peter Schickele’s (aka PDQ Bach) Concerto for Viola and Orchestra. The Feb. 4 concert will spotlight Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony. "Each program is like a child. I can't choose one over the others, and you hope audiences love all the shows," Mester said. "For me, it's hard to

pick a highlight because the whole season is a highlight." One recent example of the excitement an evening at The Pasadena Symphony can bring occurred during this season's opening night in October, when the Orchestra featured the combined choruses of Occidental College as they sang Vaughn Williams' "Fantasia of Christmas Carols" and a vocal soloist became ill unexpectedly. "A young man from the choir stepped in and really hit all the notes well. He was only 21 years old, and it was so exciting to see him do such a good job," said Krantz. "You could really feel the audience supporting him." For her part, Krantz finds that the challenges and rewards of her position on the board far exceed any drains on her time and energy. In the midst of her fifth season and a concertgoer for the past 15 years, Krantz noted that there's plenty of other help needed to keep everything going. "We're always looking for support, whether in office volunteers, as ushers during shows or as board members," she explained. "But it's very much worth the effort because, —Continued on page 18 ARROYO ~ FEBRUARY 2006 ~ 15


Milena Kitic as Delilah in Opera Pacific’s “Samson and Delilah” (left) and as Carmen (right)

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and be persuasive.” Add working out, which Kitic takes very seriously with a trainer in her home gym, to the already demanding list of talents required by the opera singer — singing (in Italian, German, French, Russian or English), dancing and acting — and you’ve got a challenging career. Kitic, who earned a master’s degree in opera and concert singing at the University of Belgrade, credits diligence and discipline for her success. “I think I worked a lot,” she said laughing. “I did work a lot. I put an enormous amount of time in learning how to sing and how to be very disciplined about it, and I was just stubborn.” In the den of her gorgeous Tudor home, surrounded by museum-quality oil paintings in ornate gold frames and sculptures in crystal, bronze and marble, Kitic pointed out a framed photo arranged among numerous others on one of her three pianos. The photo was of the teacher Kitic considers herself lucky to have found — Biserka Cvejic (a name that looks impossible to pronounce but rolled quite beautifully off Kitic’s tongue), a star of many world opera houses. Kitic said of Cvejic, “She actually developed this love for singing and opera in 16 ~ FEBRUARY 2006 ~ ARROYO

me, and I think all that I learned I owe to her. I would give her most of the credit. Of course, my family also gave me absolutely fantastic support in whatever I wanted to do.” While studying opera, Kitic said, “I was always hungry to ask more: Please tell me what you think about this, and what can I do with this, and let me try that. Even if I fail, I still want to try. If I fail, then I leave it for a couple of years and try again. I always believed that I could succeed. And I hope I did. I think I did.” She paused, then added, “That sounded like a choo-choo train: I hope I can, I hope I can,” and laughed heartily. Her hard work paid off, and she has gone on to become an award-winning international opera star. Critics have described her voice as “arresting and powerful.” She debuted in 1989 as Olga in Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” in the Belgrade Opera. In 1998, she made her U.S. debut with the Palm Beach Opera. Among her numerous awards was the title of “Diva of the Year” by the Opera Pacific Guild in 2004. Kitic is also a teacher herself, personally training students and giving master classes at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., and at USC. “Even if I work now with students…, I really get into it, I really try to give them my best. I want them to succeed so badly.” To help students even further, she also donates to various young artist programs in Florida and

California. Kitic feels that generosity is essential to the future of the arts. In 1997, she donated her prize winnings (about $1 million) from a charity concert in Venice, Italy, to La Fenice, the Venice opera house. In 2004, she donated a performance with The Pasadena Symphony to their music program, and she is involved in fundraising, sometimes singing to the accompaniment of the piano on the outdoor patio of her home to raise money for the L.A. Opera and Opera Pacific, where she frequently performs. “[Giving] is important because this system here functions differently from the European,” she explained. “Here if people don’t give into their culture, their surroundings, their environment, it will not develop. It’s not funded, like in Europe, by the state; it’s funded by private people and private institutions and if you want to see blossoms, if you want to leave something for your children, if you want them to be exposed to something, and to something with a good quality, you have to put money into it.” The results of that generosity, as Kitic has found, can be astounding. “Classical and opera music are developing rapidly, and I think that’s fantastic,” she said. “And some of the people from the board of the L.A. Opera and Opera Pacific commented that L.A. Opera will soon be competing with the Met opera. It’s possible. It is possible.” AM


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after every concert, my soul has just been fed. It's such a nourishment to me to see this music done live. There are so few places to do that these days." AM The Pasadena Symphony’s next concert is at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 and focuses on the works of Dohnanyi, Hindemuth and Tchaikovsky, with a featured emphasis on Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony. An open rehearsal will be held at 10 a.m., but the day truly begins with family fun at 8:30 a.m. as the symphony hosts its monthly Musical Circus for children. All the events take place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. For more information or tickets, call (626) 584-8833. CARL KOZLOWSKI writes regularly for Pasadena Weekly, the national business magazine Worthwhile and the Web magazine www.arrivistepress.com. He also has had articles published in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and The Progressive.

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The Pasadena Symphony gives plenty of time and creativity to the community, and now is the time to give something back. Surprisingly, only 21 percent of its annual budget comes from ticket sales from its main monthly performances, which means a lot of financial ground has to be covered each February by its annual fundraising gala. This year's gala ball is scheduled for Feb. 11, and its theme of fun and frivolity is "Cirque de Symphonie." A world of fantastic entertainment awaits all who enter the famed Wind Tunnel of the Art Center College of Design, where marching bands command attention, the symphony provides great music for dancing, and a lavish array of dinners and appetizers await. There's no better place to be the ringmaster, sideshow barker or roustabout you dreamed of becoming as a child, while helping The Pasadena Symphony keep music a vital part of everyone's lives. By spending the $300 for admission to the formal night, you're taking a major step towards being a Benefactor, Patron or Sponsor and helping keep the Musical Circus, TEMPO! and Clazzical Notes programs going in the community while preserving the tradition of great concerts in the Civic Auditorium. For more information and tickets, call special events manager Christina Fierro at (626) 793-7172, ext. 17.


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John Moran Auctioneers — Expertly serving their clients since 1969, John Moran Auctioneers is a full service auction house offering quality objects and complete personalized dedication. Monthly Estate and Fine Furniture auctions are where collectors, dealers, decorators and others gather to buy the finest antiques, silver, American Indian, oil and watercolor paintings, jewelry, unusual accessories and so much more! Three times per year, this very well respected auction house holds an auction for exceptional California and American Paintings, many times setting records for the artists they represent. They will also either consign or purchase estates. Please visit John Moran Auctioneers on their website www.johnmoran.com. 735 W. Woodbury Road, Altadena. (626) 793-1833.

G.H. Wilke & Co. — Tucked away in San Gabriel this jewel box of a store has been a mainstay of the San Gabriel Valley, overseen by three generations. Wilke’s present owners, Tracy R. Wilke and goldsmith Dario Pirozko, have created an atmosphere of comfort and trust for their multi-generational clientele. Drawing from sources all over the globe, G. H. Wilke & Co. specializes in unusually colored stones, modern designs and elaborately fashioned estate jewelry. Treat yourself or a special someone to a custom design by Dario or choose a masterpiece already created. They’d love to see you! 612 W. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel. (626) 284-9444.

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A N T I Q U E S ,

John Moran Auctioneers — Expertly serving their clients since 1969, John Moran Auctioneers is a full service auction house offering quality objects and complete personalized dedication. Monthly Estate and Fine Furniture auctions are where collectors, dealers, decorators and others gather to buy the finest antiques, silver, American Indian, oil and watercolor paintings, jewelry, unusual accessories and so much more! Three times per year, this very well respected auction house holds an auction for exceptional California and American Paintings, many times setting records for the artists they represent. They will also either consign or purchase estates. Please visit John Moran Auctioneers on their website www.johnmoran.com. 735 W. Woodbury Road, Altadena. (626) 793-1833.

G.H. Wilke & Co. — Tucked away in San Gabriel this jewel box of a store has been a mainstay of the San Gabriel Valley, overseen by three generations. Wilke’s present owners, Tracy R. Wilke and goldsmith Dario Pirozko, have created an atmosphere of comfort and trust for their multi-generational clientele. Drawing from sources all over the globe, G. H. Wilke & Co. specializes in unusually colored stones, modern designs and elaborately fashioned estate jewelry. Treat yourself or a special someone to a custom design by Dario or choose a masterpiece already created. They’d love to see you! 612 W. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel. (626) 284-9444.

J E W E L R Y

Thomas R. Field — The most beautiful room settings of American Antiques and folk art can be found here at Thomas R. Field. A national clientele has found this furniture complements many styles English, French and more giving an eclectic feel to traditional as well as the most modern of homes. The philosophy of Thomas R. Field is “objects of art fit anywhere.” So come in and walk among grandfather clocks, paintings, sculptures and weather vanes and celebrate the American Heritage. Small antiques and accessories are available for wonderful gifts! Certified appraisal services-estate dispositions. 1127 Mission St., South Pasadena. (626) 799-8546.

THOMAS R. FIELD American Antiques

www.thomasrfieldantiques.com High Noon Western Americana — This wonderful gallery and auction house’s founding cornerstone has been the American Cowboy from his meteoric rise following the Civil War, through the western expansion, culminating in Hollywood’s silver screen version of bits, spurs, chaps and saddles. High Noon also specializes in Charro artifacts dating from the mid-1700s, Native American historic and reservation period pieces and Fine Western Art. The gallery is open whenever partners Joseph Sherwood and Linda Kohn are in town. Auctions are held throughout the Western United States. Please see the website for details. www.highnoon.com. 9929 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 202-9010.

The only shop in Southern California offering a full range of 18th and 19th century American antiques and folk art. Certified appraisal services...estate dispositions Purchasing and brokering fine examples of American antiques and folk art. 1127 Mission St. South Pasadena 91030 (626) 799-8546


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Y O U R Lee Mink & Associates brings an experienced design team to your home to help your dreams become a reality. Their signature style is good taste — interpreted with your lifestyle in mind. Whether the project encompasses an entire property or one room, the designers seek out inspiring and varied design concepts. Clients also enjoy beautiful custom designed furniture, bedding and window treatments, as well as an offering of furniture from Europe, the United States and around the world. For your home remodel, office interior, vacation property or refurbishing, call Lee Mink & Associates at (626) 796-3900. Expression in Wood — Serving Southern California since 1977, this exceptional manufacturing company specializes in magnificent traditional cabinetry, priding themselves on customer service, attention to

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globe in search of additions to the shops’ offerings of unique and antique pieces. Matt’s workshops also produce custom woven rugs, designed to fit even the likes of spiral staircases, with meticulous attention to authentic craftsmanship. Please stop in and see Matt’s newest location. Matt Camron, 1024A Mission St., South Pasadena. For an appointment, call Nancy at (626) 441-3730.

Matt Camron — We all know that handwoven carpets of the Orient are all about glowing colors and technical wizardry. At Matt Camron, each shop, (there are six throughout the West) is a combination of the finest new and antique reproduction rugs, tapestries and a growing collection of fine art. Matt personally designs and supervises the weaving of his antique reproduction collection and travels the

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an emphasis on kitchen, bath, room additions and space planning, this 25-year-old design firm is one of the most sought after in the San Gabriel Valley. Cynthia Bennett & Associates, 501 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena. Call (626) 799-9701. Carol Cobabe Design — With a philosophy of “good design resulting in the creation of harmony in one’s environment,” Carol’s goal is to enrich, inspire and instill feelings of comfort. With an extensive career since 1988, her discipline of using the basic elements of space, color, texture, light and nature succeeds in reflecting the unique style and purpose of each client. Carol’s work has been published in Designers West, Better Homes and Gardens, Window and Wall Ideas and F. Schumacher’s Classic Directions. She has participated in —Continued on page 36

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BY MARLENE ASDOURIAN FULL, VIBRANT LIPS are a sign of youth. There is no doubt that, as you get older, the lips lose moisture, elasticity and fullness. There are many products out there promising consumers luscious lips. How do you choose the right products to get sexy lips and avoid the “fish lips” we all know and fear? Lipgloss is just not enough. Here are some tips on cosmetic procedures to get luscious, kissable lips, just in time for Valentine’s Day. 1. Outline Get the outline of the lips done first using Cosmoplast, a type of Collagen. Just like a lip liner, Cosmoplast perfects the shape of the lips. 2. Anesthetize Depending on your personal pain tolerance, you might want to use a numbing cream or a dental block as an anesthetic. Of course, it is absolutely possible to have these procedures done without any type of anesthetic. 3. Fill Fill the lips with a plumper substance like Captique or Restylane. Which product you use depends on the existing volume of your lips. If your lips are thick, then Restylane would be the better product for you. If your lips are thin, then the objective would be to build volume. In this case, Captique would be ideal, and you can work your lips up to Restylane. It’s always good advice to get the help of a medical professional who’s had the appropriate training on how to use these products correctly. 4. Moisturize After getting your lips plumped, get a good moisturizer to keep the surface healthy. Since our lips contain no sebaceous glands, they can’t moisturize themselves, and the small amount of saliva that reaches our lips via tongue-tip is often not sufficient to prevent our lips from becoming dehydrated. This is why a good moisturizer is essential for luscious looking lips. AM Marlene Asdourian is the spa director at the Pasadena Medspa, 722 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. She can be reached at (626) 844-7333. ARROYO ~ FEBRUARY 2006 ~ 41


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dance. Currently, she is on the boards of Children’s Hospital and Art Center College of Design, as well as the Music Center and some of its arts organizations such as Center Dance Association, L.A. Opera and The Blue Ribbon. She is also an overseer of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and a member of the National Advisory Council of the School of American Ballet in New York City. Williamson has been involved with the Music Center ever since her mother’s sorority sister and longtime friend of the de Roulet family, Aunt Buff — Dorothy Buffum Chandler of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to the rest of us — proposed that she join her on The Blue Ribbon Board of Directors. “But, Aunt Buff,” Williamson had objected. “I’m no fundraiser.” Her aunt replied, “I know that, dear. I just want to look at you.” “She had a very special feeling for me because our families were so close,” Williamson said.

Equally staggering to contemplate is Williamson’s resume of past involvements serving on the boards of The Pasadena Symphony, Las Madrinas, the Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital and the Girls Club of Pasadena. She has also been a member of the Caltech Associates Board and president of the Pasadena Garden Club. “I have so much fun and excitement all the time,” Williamson replied when asked why she crams so many daunting commitments into her schedule. Invariably, with so much involvement comes acclaim. This past year, Art Center paid tribute to Williamson for serving 20 years on the college’s Board of Trustees by honoring her and her husband Warren “Spud” Williamson, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees, at its 75th anniversary gala fundraiser. This isn’t the first time Art Center has honored Williamson; in 1992, the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, which presents contemporary works incorporating —Continued on page 50


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and fish”), at the school’s restaurant, 561. Jiang sampled 561’s new winter menu by dining on panseared scallops with squash fondant and pistachiocrusted john dory served over fried polenta with rock shrimp fritters and tomato confit. How did you get from engineering to cooking? I worked on military fighter jets — F-18, the JSF — was there for three years and I started asking myself, “Am I sure that’s what I want to do for the next 20, 30 or even five, 10 years?” I had an excellent boss at the time who said, “Try and see what else is out there and, if you decide you don’t like it, you can come back, and if I’m still working here, I’ll give you a job.” So I decided to take a dive. … For the next two years, I worked on an Xbox project [for Microsoft]. That was a lot of work, but it was fun and I learned a lot. And then I decided, well, maybe I don’t want to work for somebody else. … A friend 48 ~ FEBRUARY 2006 ~ ARROYO

of mine said, “Well, why don’t you open a restaurant?” I thought that was a good idea, but first of all I don’t know anything about opening a restaurant. Second of all, everything I knew about cooking was on my own or through books, so I thought if I really want to be excellent at what I’m doing, I want to learn the basics…. Can you describe the CSCA program a little bit? I went through the 15-month associate’s degree program. It goes through just about everything, from cooking your vegetables to proteins to baking to international. After you’re done, you do rotation in the school, so you get your choice of working in the restaurant, working in the café or working the production that supports the café and the restaurant. Or you could be a teacher’s assistant. After that you have to do 360 hours of externship, things in the practical world where you can utilize what you have learned. In October you went to Shanghai to study Chinese cooking. What was it like? I got the Barbara Tropp Memorial Scholarship. She’s the one that opened China Moon up in San Francisco. Unfortunately, she passed away within the last few years due to cancer. She really liked to promote authentic Chinese food in the mainstream American culinary sector. She and her husband thought it would be great to send somebody to China so they could submerge themselves for a whole week not just in the food but in the culture and the environment. [I worked with] a renowned chef who was combining traditional Chinese-style cooking but introduced the Western style of multicourses where you could really have an awesome dining experience, but yet you’re getting authentic Chinese food that’s done right.

Is it more challenging for women in the culinary world? In general it’s probably an industry that’s more male dominant, but I think there’s a lot of organizations that really try to promote women in this business. … I’m happy-go-lucky: I go in, do my job and I always expect other people to judge me based on what I can do for them. I’m sure things like that exist, but I haven’t really felt it. Most companies you go into really judge based on your performance, your merit, because it comes down to the bottom line. What’s the most important quality in a chef? You have to be completely organized. Being a chef is like being a manager. If you’re gonna own a restaurant, you’d better watch out where every little dollar sign goes because to make or break a restaurant sometimes it’s not the food, it’s how you manage your restaurant. Do you think people are born with a knack for cooking or can anyone learn to cook like a pro? Cooking is very intuitive. You can learn to paint, but you can never be a great painter unless you have the talent. I think cooking falls along that line of art or craft. Either you have it or you don’t. AM


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WHETHER YOU’RE REMODELING or building a new home, having a sharp-eyed decorator review your construction plans could be invaluable. Pre-construction planning can prevent such things as awkward traffic flow, misplaced windows and inadequate outlets, and it can ensure that each room of your home is comfortable and inviting.

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SELECTION • To start, have a furniture plan. Where you put that sofa, stereo or piano can have consequences for placement of lighting fixtures, outlets and windows. • Check the number and location of outlets for electrical/telephone/Internet and even wireless routers. Well-placed wiring is important. Recessed lighting should be planned to work with furniture arrangement and traffic flow. • Consider flooring to make sure hard surfaces and carpeting work with the decor plans. • Inventory existing furniture and beds to see what is useable in the new spaces and room arrangements. Decide which pieces would be fine if refinished and/or recovered and which need to be replaced. Sometimes an item that you have always used in one room could make a perfect transition to another room or another use. A fresh pair of eyes can help because we tend to see things as they have always been and not what they could be. • Now is the time to pick color schemes to establish your theme and to order fabrics for drapery and furniture. Often a desired (even critcal) pattern is discontinued long before it’s ordered and there are no similar or replacement fabrics available. It is best to start ordering 60 to 90 days before estimated completion of the remodel. Now you are ready to look at those construction plans with a clear vision. During the planning stages, buying furniture and fabrics is not as important as making sure the blueprints, the budget and the decor all work together to achieve a satisfying result that will be a joy to live in for years to come. AM Lee Mink, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, heads Lee Mink & Associates Interiors in Pasadena, which provides residential and commercial design, space planning and custom-designed furnishings services. She can be reached at (626) 796-3900 or leeminkdesign@sbcglobal.net.

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Alyce Williamson at the Art Center gala, where she was honored Photo courtesy of Art Center College of Design

art, science and technology, opened on the Hillside campus. “Alyce’s sensitivity and understanding of the creative individual is the basis of her long-term commitment to Art Center,” said Richard Koshalek, president of Art Center College of Design. “The history of this institution has been enhanced by her dedicated involvement and generosity of spirit. She is also an important part of the future evolution of the college.” Although Williamson is the first to admit that, due to her dance background, she is not adverse to the limelight — when honored a few years back by The Pasadena Symphony, she entered the ballroom on horseback — what truly thrilled her about this most recent honor was the amount of money raised to establish the Art Center 100 Endowed Scholarship Fund: $2 million. “We had raised $1 million when my friend Wallace Annenberg said she wanted to make a donation in honor of my wedding anniversary,” recalled Williamson, who founded the Art Center 100 in 1986 to provide funding for student scholarships. “I could designate the money to go wherever I liked, so I selected Art Center. Imagine my surprise when I learned Wallace gave $1 million! I have such a wonderful group of friends who work together to give support wherever it is needed.” Among Williamson’s friends are VIPs, celebrities and artists — one of the perks of giving at such a high level. Household names in Williamson’s Rolodex include conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jorge Mester, cellist Yo Yo Ma, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and the general director of the L.A. Opera, Placido Domingo. “It’s energizing, being around people with so much creativity,” said Williamson. “But what really intrigues me is that the people who are really stars, really achievers, are so humble. They’re not at all full of themselves.” These stars fit in nicely with Williamson, a gracious, charming woman who, during a luncheon interview, had a greeting for everyone who entered the dining room, including the waiter. Not surprisingly, she admires a fellow philanthropist who did charitable work more than 800 years ago. “My favorite prayer is the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi,” said Williamson. “Especially the line, ‘for it is in giving that we receive.’” St. Francis also said, “grant that I may not so much seek to be loved as to love,” a sentiment that Williamson takes to heart. “Love is truly what it is all about,” she said. “It’s so important that those of us who can afford to give back do.”


Williamson repeatedly insists that she could never do all she does without the support of her husband. As a Life Trustee of Claremont McKenna College and member of the boards of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Good Samaritan Hospital, Warren shares his wife’s philanthropic leanings. But, Williamson pointed out, there is a difference in their giving. “Spud is a quiet philanthropist. He doesn’t want to be on exhibition,” she explained. “He sometimes doesn’t even tell me what he’s done. I remember how amazed I was when I learned he was helping all these different homeless missions. It’s the most beautiful side of him.” Their attraction to each other was immediate. Describing the day they first met, Williamson said, “Spud saw me across the room and told his stepfather, ‘That’s the girl I’m going to marry.’ When his stepfather said, ‘She’s too tall,’ Spud replied, ‘Well, maybe for you. Not for me.’” Williamson joked that her husband’s “biggest philanthropy” is thoroughbred racing. The couple own two horses at Santa Anita Park. “Spud will say, ‘you never want to own something that eats while you sleep.’ But, joking

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aside, most people don’t realize the billions of dollars thoroughbred horseracing brings into the California economy.” According to the American Horse Council, racing contributes $10.6 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, with $4.1 billion generated in California. Additionally, the horse industry provides 54,200 full-time jobs throughout the state. When spending by suppliers and employees is also factored in, total employment increases to 130,200 jobs. Although Williamson especially admires two of those wage earners — renowned jockey Pat Valenzuela, who sometimes rides the couple’s horses, and their trainer, Carla Gaines — it is obvious that her real passion is for the horses themselves. “These horses are incredible athletes,” she insisted. “They’re bred to run, and they love it. When they win, they’re like any athlete: They know they’ve won. They’ve got that look in their eyes. “It’s my husband’s dream to win the Kentucky Derby,” she added. “It’s very hard even to qualify, but we keep trying.” Yet even here, in the tough, competitive world of thoroughbred racing, the Williamsons’ love of the arts is not forgotten. The couple named their horses Concertmaster and L.A. Phil. As Williamson speaks about her interests and her loves in life, it is easy to see how Warren was captivated by her from afar. As she speaks, her arms lift gracefully, eloquently, and the aspiring dancer who won a scholarship to study with Martha Graham emerges. She has choreographed a life for herself that is as inspiring and uplifting as the arts she supports, as compassionate as the saint who guides her and as powerful as the horses she admires. And Alyce de Roulet Williamson keeps dancing… AM JENINE BAINES is a freelance writer and publicist.

ARROYO MONTHLY IS THE ONLY DIRECT-MAIL publication in the San Gabriel Valley to spotlight culture, the arts and, most importantly, the charitable institutions and people helping those in need. Thank you to all of our distinguished readers and advertisers for your overwhelming response to and support of Arroyo Monthly. We are growing to reach over 40,000 households of distinction in the next three months, and look forward to celebrating the “good life giving back” to an even greater extent. We welcome your feedback and comments, and encourage you to contact us. Send editorial submissions to editor@arroyomonthly.com Send advertising inquires or reader comments to publisher@arroyomonthly.com or call (626) 584-1500, ext. 120 ARROYO ~ FEBRUARY 2006 ~ 51


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BY TRACY WILCOXEN

This Valentine’s Day, make it easy for yourself. Step away from the blender, put down the sweater and read on for sure-fire gifts that are guaranteed to let her know how much you love her.

LOVE IN FULL BLOOM A dozen roses are lovely, but there are plenty of options above and beyond the simple bouquet. One unique gift is this heart-shaped wreath, exclusively from Eiji’s Florist. Made with Columbian spray roses, freesia, bells of Ireland and day lilies, this gorgeous wreath will display to the world how special she is to you. The wreath can be used to decorate tabletops, entryways and more. It can also be mounted on a birch stem for a free-standing decoration ($250 to $750 depending on size). Eiji’s Florist, 4532 Rinetti Lane, La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818)790-5766, or visit www.eijisflorist.com.

sweets

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sweet

The way to a woman’s heart is through the cocoa bean.

I HEART YOU Take a tip from the romancers of the past and ask her to wear your pin. The decision won’t be hard with a gorgeous, heart-shaped ornate pin ($35), made with sparkling red crystals. Available at Silver Me, which specializes in sterling silver accessories with semi-precious gemstones, this beautiful accessory will encourage your lady to wear her heart on her sleeve all year long. Silver Me, 2 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Call (877) 808-2930, or visit www.silverme.com.

MY FUNNY VALENTINE This time around, give a gift that will remind her of your love every minute of the day. This collection of Piaget Funny Heart watches (starting at $28,000), made exclusively for the 35th Anniversary of Chong Hing Jewelers, features three different designs. Each is made with 18-karat white gold and diamonds as well as either lavender or pink sapphires and satin straps. The heart-shaped face and diamond-adorned dial make this watch a timeless piece that will surely be her new favorite accessory. The watches are available for a limited time, but Chong Hing sells high-end jewelry, timepieces and accessories year-round. Chong Hing Jewelers, 140 W. Valley Blvd., Suite 119, San Gabriel. Call (626) 280-9195, or visit www.chonghing.com.

YOU MAKE MY HEART GOLIGHTLY Every girl’s dream gift is found in that little blue box from Tiffany’s. This Valentine’s Day, make her heart skip a beat with Tiffany’s signature Open Heart bangle bracelet ($325). It features a perfect, 18-karat gold heart with a sterling silver bangle. Tiffany’s also has sterling silver picture frames and jewelry boxes specially designed for Valentine’s Day. Tiffany & Co., 68 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 584-0109, or visit www.tiffany.com.

THE “L” WORD The right chocolate can bring on feelings of ecstasy, adoration and decadence. Coincidentally, so can being in love. Leonidas has captured that feeling in its new line of ultra-premium chocolates called Les “L” Collection ($28 to $58 depending on volume). Made from single origin products, they are designed to be savored and appreciated, just like you. Beautifully packaged and handled with care, they are a perfect way to show your love. Leonidas, 49 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 577-7121, or visit www.myleonidas.com.

BE MINE She’ll definitely be yours when you surprise her with this ring that’s absolutely bursting with color. An amethyst center stone is surrounded by pave rubies, set in 18 karat white gold and enhanced by a sprinkling of diamonds ($3,330). The ring can even be customized if you want different colors. Designed by Gadi Beer, who focuses on “unique fantasy cuts” in gemstones, this geometric work of art says “forever.” Paseo Jewelers at Paseo Colorado, 340 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 792-4002.

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JE T’AIME Lingerie is always a romantic gift. Now there’s a new place to shop for it: East Thirteen. In a plush environment of vintage chandeliers and table lamps are racks of elegant, lacey designs from Andre Sarda and girly, frilly sets from Princess Tam Tam, along with other designers and even basic loungewear. This Andre Sarda chemise ($120) with triangle plunge neckline and embroidered polka dots outlined in lace will surely spark a little romance. East Thirteen at Paseo Colorado, 356 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 795-9386.

HOLD MY HAND If she’s the kind of nontraditional girl who requires thinking outside the box, try thinking inside the bag. Purses make for fabulous gifts, and they’re practical too. She’ll be overjoyed that you had the sense of mind to pick out something so unique. The selection of purses is fabulous at Posh, which carries these lovely handbeaded wristlets by Moyna in pink and red ($72), this light pink tweed purse with jeweled handle and removable rhinestone brooch (Liz Soto, $98) and this gorgeous fuchsia beaded evening bag with an antique gold chain handle (Moyna, $145). Now that her hands are free, she’ll want to hold yours. Posh Accessories, 3521 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. Call (818) 541-7674.

LOVE YOU BERRY MUCH It’s common knowledge that chocolate and strawberries are natural aphrodisiacs, so why not put the two together this Valentine’s Day? Mignon Chocolate imports these chocolate-dipped berries ($44.99 for one dozen) directly from Belgium. Indulgent, decadent and completely heavenly is how she’ll describe this Valentine’s Day to her friends after you bring her these delicious treats. Mignon Chocolate, 315 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. Call (818) 549-9600, or visit www.mignonchocolate.com.

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SHOPPING

win her hert

BY TRACY WILCOXEN

This Valentine’s Day, make it easy for yourself. Step away from the blender, put down the sweater and read on for sure-fire gifts that are guaranteed to let her know how much you love her.

LOVE IN FULL BLOOM A dozen roses are lovely, but there are plenty of options above and beyond the simple bouquet. One unique gift is this heart-shaped wreath, exclusively from Eiji’s Florist. Made with Columbian spray roses, freesia, bells of Ireland and day lilies, this gorgeous wreath will display to the world how special she is to you. The wreath can be used to decorate tabletops, entryways and more. It can also be mounted on a birch stem for a free-standing decoration ($250 to $750 depending on size). Eiji’s Florist, 4532 Rinetti Lane, La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818)790-5766, or visit www.eijisflorist.com.

sweets

for the

sweet

The way to a woman’s heart is through the cocoa bean.

I HEART YOU Take a tip from the romancers of the past and ask her to wear your pin. The decision won’t be hard with a gorgeous, heart-shaped ornate pin ($35), made with sparkling red crystals. Available at Silver Me, which specializes in sterling silver accessories with semi-precious gemstones, this beautiful accessory will encourage your lady to wear her heart on her sleeve all year long. Silver Me, 2 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Call (877) 808-2930, or visit www.silverme.com.

MY FUNNY VALENTINE This time around, give a gift that will remind her of your love every minute of the day. This collection of Piaget Funny Heart watches (starting at $28,000), made exclusively for the 35th Anniversary of Chong Hing Jewelers, features three different designs. Each is made with 18-karat white gold and diamonds as well as either lavender or pink sapphires and satin straps. The heart-shaped face and diamond-adorned dial make this watch a timeless piece that will surely be her new favorite accessory. The watches are available for a limited time, but Chong Hing sells high-end jewelry, timepieces and accessories year-round. Chong Hing Jewelers, 140 W. Valley Blvd., Suite 119, San Gabriel. Call (626) 280-9195, or visit www.chonghing.com.

YOU MAKE MY HEART GOLIGHTLY Every girl’s dream gift is found in that little blue box from Tiffany’s. This Valentine’s Day, make her heart skip a beat with Tiffany’s signature Open Heart bangle bracelet ($325). It features a perfect, 18-karat gold heart with a sterling silver bangle. Tiffany’s also has sterling silver picture frames and jewelry boxes specially designed for Valentine’s Day. Tiffany & Co., 68 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 584-0109, or visit www.tiffany.com.

THE “L” WORD The right chocolate can bring on feelings of ecstasy, adoration and decadence. Coincidentally, so can being in love. Leonidas has captured that feeling in its new line of ultra-premium chocolates called Les “L” Collection ($28 to $58 depending on volume). Made from single origin products, they are designed to be savored and appreciated, just like you. Beautifully packaged and handled with care, they are a perfect way to show your love. Leonidas, 49 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 577-7121, or visit www.myleonidas.com.

BE MINE She’ll definitely be yours when you surprise her with this ring that’s absolutely bursting with color. An amethyst center stone is surrounded by pave rubies, set in 18 karat white gold and enhanced by a sprinkling of diamonds ($3,330). The ring can even be customized if you want different colors. Designed by Gadi Beer, who focuses on “unique fantasy cuts” in gemstones, this geometric work of art says “forever.” Paseo Jewelers at Paseo Colorado, 340 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 792-4002.

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52 ~ FEBRUARY 2006 ~ ARROYO

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JE T’AIME Lingerie is always a romantic gift. Now there’s a new place to shop for it: East Thirteen. In a plush environment of vintage chandeliers and table lamps are racks of elegant, lacey designs from Andre Sarda and girly, frilly sets from Princess Tam Tam, along with other designers and even basic loungewear. This Andre Sarda chemise ($120) with triangle plunge neckline and embroidered polka dots outlined in lace will surely spark a little romance. East Thirteen at Paseo Colorado, 356 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 795-9386.

HOLD MY HAND If she’s the kind of nontraditional girl who requires thinking outside the box, try thinking inside the bag. Purses make for fabulous gifts, and they’re practical too. She’ll be overjoyed that you had the sense of mind to pick out something so unique. The selection of purses is fabulous at Posh, which carries these lovely handbeaded wristlets by Moyna in pink and red ($72), this light pink tweed purse with jeweled handle and removable rhinestone brooch (Liz Soto, $98) and this gorgeous fuchsia beaded evening bag with an antique gold chain handle (Moyna, $145). Now that her hands are free, she’ll want to hold yours. Posh Accessories, 3521 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. Call (818) 541-7674.

LOVE YOU BERRY MUCH It’s common knowledge that chocolate and strawberries are natural aphrodisiacs, so why not put the two together this Valentine’s Day? Mignon Chocolate imports these chocolate-dipped berries ($44.99 for one dozen) directly from Belgium. Indulgent, decadent and completely heavenly is how she’ll describe this Valentine’s Day to her friends after you bring her these delicious treats. Mignon Chocolate, 315 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale. Call (818) 549-9600, or visit www.mignonchocolate.com.

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Valentine’s Day is upon us. Romance fills the air as cupid takes aim on couples seeking an opportunity to express their love in a unique way. Carpe Diem Event Planning and Design offers the experience of a fine restaurant in the comfort of your own home. A gourmet chef prepares a five-course meal, including your loved one’s special dish, and wine is served while the two of you relax and enjoy. The evening is enhanced by an artfully prepared table, complete with fine, goldrimmed China and flatware, colored crystal glasses, tall gold candelabras and your loved one’s favorite flowers. Sprinkled rose petals along the walkway to the table, fine charmeuse linens topped with embroidered organza and rhinestone-encrusted menus complete the setting. End the evening with dessert and a champagne toast, or continue by the fireplace on a bed of rose petals with chocolate fondue in which to dip anything your heart desires. Call (818) 951-6513, or visit www.carpediemevents.net.

Monrovia’s Focus One Gallery and the Monrovia Arts Festival Association are featuring the works of four important local artists: Jason Chen, Andy Petrell, Ariane Nicole Picari and Betsy Weigandt. Jason Chen specializes in traditional Chinese ink and brush painting and incorporates elements of poetry, calligraphy and seals in some of his work. Andy Petrell has been developing fine black and white photography, using both medium and large format cameras, since he was a student of Ansel Adams’ assistant, John Sexton, in 1976. Renaissance woman Ariane Nicole Picari is a self-taught painter, drawing on an academic background including theatre, acting, costume and set design, puppeteering, drawing, music and literature, in addition to traditional portrait painting. Classic photographer Betsy Weigandt captures the world of flowers, plants, animals, butterflies and colorful European landscapes in her work. Focus One Gallery, 404 E. Huntington Drive, Monrovia (inside Focus One Community Credit Union). For more information, call gallery curator Ken Hornbrook at (626) 359-5027. Image courtesy of Betsy Weigandt

SOUTHWEST CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMS UNG’S “AURA”

Tickets are $75. The Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 243-7700, or visit www.alextheatre.org.

d’oeuvres and open bar. Call (626) 683-3355, or visit www.pasadenaconservatory.org.

MARRIAGE GONE TO THE DOGS

Feb. 4 & 6 | Norton Simon Museum & Colburn School of Performing Arts

GIRL SCOUTS

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES

Feb. 10 | Art Center’s Wind Tunnel

Feb. 15 | Pasadena Civic Auditorium

The Girl Scouts Mt. Wilson Vista Council’s fundraiser “Ever Upward” begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, and the dinner program and live auction start at 8 p.m. Auction items include trips to Palm Springs and Disneyland, a séance at the Magic Castle and a walk-on appearance on TV’s “Boston Legal.” Among the honorees is Academy Awardwinning actress Marlee Matlin. Attire is black tie or “supersonic chic.” Tickets are $175. Art Center College of Design Wind Tunnel, 950 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Contact Sylvia Rosenberger at (626) 445-7771, ext. 316, or email her at srosenberger@gsmwvc.org.

As chief international correspondent for CNN, Christiane Amanpour has been in the thick of the world’s hot spots, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Somalia, Rwanda and the Balkans. Her work has ranged from interviewing world leaders to reporting live from deadly war zones. She’s achieved professional acclaim and industry honors along the way. Now, hear her speak in the Distinguished Speaker Series at 8 p.m. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. (626) 793-2122. For tickets, call (800) 508-9301, or visit www.speakersla.com.

The Sierra Madre Playhouse presents “Sylvia,” a tale of an empty nest, a midlife crisis and the love of a dog. The story revolves around Greg and Kate, whose children are grown, and Greg’s dissatisfaction with his job. Kate has started a new career, and, in his loneliness, Greg befriends a stray dog in the park and brings her home. The dog provides an escape for him but proves to be a rival for Kate’s affection. The marriage is put in jeopardy as the trio goes toe to tail to paw to resolve the conflict. Performances start at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12, $15 and $18. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Call (626) 355-4318, or visit www.sierramadreplayhouse.org.

The GRAMMY-award winning Southwest Chamber Music ensemble continues its Composer Portrait Series, spotlighting Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Chinary Ung. The Feb. 4 performance at the Norton Simon and the Feb. 6 concert at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School of Performing Arts will feature the world premiere of Chinary Ung’s “Aura.” Ung has been described as “the Cambodian Bartok,” and this retrospective is capped by “Aura,” a major new work commissioned by Southwest Chamber Music board member Sue Bienkowski and her husband, Wang Chung Lee. An informative prelude talk with Southwest Chamber Music Artistic Director Jeff von der Schmidt and composers Chinary Ung and Joan Huang will be held at 7 p.m. before the Norton Simon performance, and 7:30 p.m. at Zipper Hall. Tickets are $28; seniors, $20; students, $10 with ID. Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Colburn School of Performing Arts, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (626) 685-4455, or visit www.swmusic.org.

HONORING ANNIE Feb. 4 | Alex Theatre The Alex Theatre presents the 33rd annual Annie Awards, the highest honor in the field of animation. The Annie Awards are presented by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. A champagne reception starts at 3 p.m. and is followed by the awards ceremony at 5 p.m. 54 ~ FEBRUARY 2006 ~ ARROYO

MANSIONS AND MUSIC

BLACK HISTORY PARADE AND FESTIVAL

Feb. 12 | Private residence

Feb. 18 | Altadena & Pasadena

The Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s 12th annual “Mansions and Music” series continues at 4 p.m. Sunday at a beautiful, architecturally significant private residence in the Pasadena area. The current series focuses on revolutions large and small, political and aesthetic.This installment, titled “Exiles in Paradise,” explores the flight of European composers and musicians from the continental turbulence occurring between the World Wars. Many landed in Los Angeles. The program features works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Alma Mahler, Eric Korngold, Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky. Conservatory faculty members and friends perform. The $50 admission includes hors

The City of Pasadena Human Services and Recreation Department/Jackie Robinson Community Center and its sponsors proudly present the 24th Annual Black History Parade & Festival. This year’s theme is “Love, Respect and Peace…2006,” and Dale Yarbrough is the 2006 Community Grand Marshal. Celebrity guests will also be participating. The parade runs from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning at Charles White Park in Altadena and ending at Robinson Park in Pasadena.The festival in the park will be held from noon to 4 p.m. with plenty of entertainment for children and adults, food, a Black Inventions Museum and more. Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.,Pasadena.For more information,call (626) 744-7300.

Through Feb. 18 | Sierra Madre Playhouse

OFF THE WALL ART Feb. 25 | Armory Center for the Arts Armory Center for the Arts presents “Off the Wall,” an evening of art and entertainment. A silent auction will include more than 50 items, including vacations and excursions with an artistic flair, one-of-a-kind jewelry and more. A strolling supper will be prepared and presented by some of Pasadena’s top restaurants while projections and performances of various types play. The event to benefit Armory Center for the Arts starts at 7 p.m.; the silent auction concludes at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $100. Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 792-5101, or visit www.armoryarts.org.

A PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

Feb. 25 through April 2 | The Theatre at Boston Court Boston Court presents this ageless classic in a world premiere adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novella. The critics were shocked by the original version in 1891, calling it “unmanly, sickening and vicious.” This bold, contemporary adaptation exposes the books still-contemporary themes of hedonism and the pursuit of pleasure. Adapted and directed by Michael Michetti. Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 683-6883, or visit www.bostoncourt.com.

STRIKING OUT AGAINST HOMELESSNESS Feb. 26 | Union Station Foundation Pasadena’s Union Station Foundation launches a strike against homelessness with its first-ever bowl-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Burbank’s Pickwick Bowl. Participants can sign up individually or form a team of up to six. Two shifts are available: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Each bowler is asked to raise at least $183 in pledges and pay a $35 registration fee. Bowlers can enjoy pizza, beverages, a 50/50 cash raffle and prizes. Pickwick Bowl, 921 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Call Union Station Foundation at (626) 240-4550, or visit www.unionstationfoundation.org.

RACE FOR THE CURE Feb 26 | Adjacent to the Rose Bowl The 10th annual Komen Los Angeles County Race for the Cure will happen Feb. 26 in Pasadena, adjacent to the Rose Bowl. Events include a “Celebration of Life” breast cancer survivors’ ceremony, coed 5K run and 5K walk (individually or as

a team), a coed adult and children’s one-mile, non-competitive fun run, a one-hour Jazzercize lesson, Knit for the Cure, a health and fitness expo and more. Registration starts at 7 a.m., and the event runs until noon. The Susan B. Komen Foundation supports breast cancer education, screening, diagnostic procedures, treatment, support services and research. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds directly benefit the underinsured and uninsured of L.A. County. For more information, call (626) 577-2700, or visit www.komenlacounty.org.

DOODLES! Through March 19 | Pasadena Museum of History Even some of the greatest ideas can start with a doodle, and that lesson is made abundantly clear in a new exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History:“Doodles, Drafts and Designs: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian.” Pencil sketches, ink drawings, notebooks, patent drawings, trade literature and other documents demonstrating the creation of everything from Tupperware to Frisbees to brassieres will fill the halls, providing a fascinating and fun look into the American creative process. Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena. Call (626) 577-1660, or visit www.pasadenahistory.org.

ON THE HORIZON… Tickets will go on sale this month for the San Marino League’s Silver Jubilee Art Walk at the Huntington Cottages on March 17 and 18. The event will raise money for Art Center scholarships and the Huntington’s Japanese Garden. Call (626) 578-8510. ARROYO ~ FEBRUARY 2006 ~ 55


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Feb. 14 or any day | Your home

Through Feb. 28 | Monrovia

Valentine’s Day is upon us. Romance fills the air as cupid takes aim on couples seeking an opportunity to express their love in a unique way. Carpe Diem Event Planning and Design offers the experience of a fine restaurant in the comfort of your own home. A gourmet chef prepares a five-course meal, including your loved one’s special dish, and wine is served while the two of you relax and enjoy. The evening is enhanced by an artfully prepared table, complete with fine, goldrimmed China and flatware, colored crystal glasses, tall gold candelabras and your loved one’s favorite flowers. Sprinkled rose petals along the walkway to the table, fine charmeuse linens topped with embroidered organza and rhinestone-encrusted menus complete the setting. End the evening with dessert and a champagne toast, or continue by the fireplace on a bed of rose petals with chocolate fondue in which to dip anything your heart desires. Call (818) 951-6513, or visit www.carpediemevents.net.

Monrovia’s Focus One Gallery and the Monrovia Arts Festival Association are featuring the works of four important local artists: Jason Chen, Andy Petrell, Ariane Nicole Picari and Betsy Weigandt. Jason Chen specializes in traditional Chinese ink and brush painting and incorporates elements of poetry, calligraphy and seals in some of his work. Andy Petrell has been developing fine black and white photography, using both medium and large format cameras, since he was a student of Ansel Adams’ assistant, John Sexton, in 1976. Renaissance woman Ariane Nicole Picari is a self-taught painter, drawing on an academic background including theatre, acting, costume and set design, puppeteering, drawing, music and literature, in addition to traditional portrait painting. Classic photographer Betsy Weigandt captures the world of flowers, plants, animals, butterflies and colorful European landscapes in her work. Focus One Gallery, 404 E. Huntington Drive, Monrovia (inside Focus One Community Credit Union). For more information, call gallery curator Ken Hornbrook at (626) 359-5027. Image courtesy of Betsy Weigandt

SOUTHWEST CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMS UNG’S “AURA”

Tickets are $75. The Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 243-7700, or visit www.alextheatre.org.

d’oeuvres and open bar. Call (626) 683-3355, or visit www.pasadenaconservatory.org.

MARRIAGE GONE TO THE DOGS

Feb. 4 & 6 | Norton Simon Museum & Colburn School of Performing Arts

GIRL SCOUTS

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES

Feb. 10 | Art Center’s Wind Tunnel

Feb. 15 | Pasadena Civic Auditorium

The Girl Scouts Mt. Wilson Vista Council’s fundraiser “Ever Upward” begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, and the dinner program and live auction start at 8 p.m. Auction items include trips to Palm Springs and Disneyland, a séance at the Magic Castle and a walk-on appearance on TV’s “Boston Legal.” Among the honorees is Academy Awardwinning actress Marlee Matlin. Attire is black tie or “supersonic chic.” Tickets are $175. Art Center College of Design Wind Tunnel, 950 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Contact Sylvia Rosenberger at (626) 445-7771, ext. 316, or email her at srosenberger@gsmwvc.org.

As chief international correspondent for CNN, Christiane Amanpour has been in the thick of the world’s hot spots, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Somalia, Rwanda and the Balkans. Her work has ranged from interviewing world leaders to reporting live from deadly war zones. She’s achieved professional acclaim and industry honors along the way. Now, hear her speak in the Distinguished Speaker Series at 8 p.m. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. (626) 793-2122. For tickets, call (800) 508-9301, or visit www.speakersla.com.

The Sierra Madre Playhouse presents “Sylvia,” a tale of an empty nest, a midlife crisis and the love of a dog. The story revolves around Greg and Kate, whose children are grown, and Greg’s dissatisfaction with his job. Kate has started a new career, and, in his loneliness, Greg befriends a stray dog in the park and brings her home. The dog provides an escape for him but proves to be a rival for Kate’s affection. The marriage is put in jeopardy as the trio goes toe to tail to paw to resolve the conflict. Performances start at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12, $15 and $18. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Call (626) 355-4318, or visit www.sierramadreplayhouse.org.

The GRAMMY-award winning Southwest Chamber Music ensemble continues its Composer Portrait Series, spotlighting Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Chinary Ung. The Feb. 4 performance at the Norton Simon and the Feb. 6 concert at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School of Performing Arts will feature the world premiere of Chinary Ung’s “Aura.” Ung has been described as “the Cambodian Bartok,” and this retrospective is capped by “Aura,” a major new work commissioned by Southwest Chamber Music board member Sue Bienkowski and her husband, Wang Chung Lee. An informative prelude talk with Southwest Chamber Music Artistic Director Jeff von der Schmidt and composers Chinary Ung and Joan Huang will be held at 7 p.m. before the Norton Simon performance, and 7:30 p.m. at Zipper Hall. Tickets are $28; seniors, $20; students, $10 with ID. Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Colburn School of Performing Arts, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (626) 685-4455, or visit www.swmusic.org.

HONORING ANNIE Feb. 4 | Alex Theatre The Alex Theatre presents the 33rd annual Annie Awards, the highest honor in the field of animation. The Annie Awards are presented by the International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood. A champagne reception starts at 3 p.m. and is followed by the awards ceremony at 5 p.m. 54 ~ FEBRUARY 2006 ~ ARROYO

MANSIONS AND MUSIC

BLACK HISTORY PARADE AND FESTIVAL

Feb. 12 | Private residence

Feb. 18 | Altadena & Pasadena

The Pasadena Conservatory of Music’s 12th annual “Mansions and Music” series continues at 4 p.m. Sunday at a beautiful, architecturally significant private residence in the Pasadena area. The current series focuses on revolutions large and small, political and aesthetic.This installment, titled “Exiles in Paradise,” explores the flight of European composers and musicians from the continental turbulence occurring between the World Wars. Many landed in Los Angeles. The program features works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Alma Mahler, Eric Korngold, Arnold Schoenberg and Igor Stravinsky. Conservatory faculty members and friends perform. The $50 admission includes hors

The City of Pasadena Human Services and Recreation Department/Jackie Robinson Community Center and its sponsors proudly present the 24th Annual Black History Parade & Festival. This year’s theme is “Love, Respect and Peace…2006,” and Dale Yarbrough is the 2006 Community Grand Marshal. Celebrity guests will also be participating. The parade runs from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning at Charles White Park in Altadena and ending at Robinson Park in Pasadena.The festival in the park will be held from noon to 4 p.m. with plenty of entertainment for children and adults, food, a Black Inventions Museum and more. Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.,Pasadena.For more information,call (626) 744-7300.

Through Feb. 18 | Sierra Madre Playhouse

OFF THE WALL ART Feb. 25 | Armory Center for the Arts Armory Center for the Arts presents “Off the Wall,” an evening of art and entertainment. A silent auction will include more than 50 items, including vacations and excursions with an artistic flair, one-of-a-kind jewelry and more. A strolling supper will be prepared and presented by some of Pasadena’s top restaurants while projections and performances of various types play. The event to benefit Armory Center for the Arts starts at 7 p.m.; the silent auction concludes at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $100. Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 792-5101, or visit www.armoryarts.org.

A PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

Feb. 25 through April 2 | The Theatre at Boston Court Boston Court presents this ageless classic in a world premiere adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novella. The critics were shocked by the original version in 1891, calling it “unmanly, sickening and vicious.” This bold, contemporary adaptation exposes the books still-contemporary themes of hedonism and the pursuit of pleasure. Adapted and directed by Michael Michetti. Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 683-6883, or visit www.bostoncourt.com.

STRIKING OUT AGAINST HOMELESSNESS Feb. 26 | Union Station Foundation Pasadena’s Union Station Foundation launches a strike against homelessness with its first-ever bowl-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Burbank’s Pickwick Bowl. Participants can sign up individually or form a team of up to six. Two shifts are available: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Each bowler is asked to raise at least $183 in pledges and pay a $35 registration fee. Bowlers can enjoy pizza, beverages, a 50/50 cash raffle and prizes. Pickwick Bowl, 921 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Call Union Station Foundation at (626) 240-4550, or visit www.unionstationfoundation.org.

RACE FOR THE CURE Feb 26 | Adjacent to the Rose Bowl The 10th annual Komen Los Angeles County Race for the Cure will happen Feb. 26 in Pasadena, adjacent to the Rose Bowl. Events include a “Celebration of Life” breast cancer survivors’ ceremony, coed 5K run and 5K walk (individually or as

a team), a coed adult and children’s one-mile, non-competitive fun run, a one-hour Jazzercize lesson, Knit for the Cure, a health and fitness expo and more. Registration starts at 7 a.m., and the event runs until noon. The Susan B. Komen Foundation supports breast cancer education, screening, diagnostic procedures, treatment, support services and research. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds directly benefit the underinsured and uninsured of L.A. County. For more information, call (626) 577-2700, or visit www.komenlacounty.org.

DOODLES! Through March 19 | Pasadena Museum of History Even some of the greatest ideas can start with a doodle, and that lesson is made abundantly clear in a new exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History:“Doodles, Drafts and Designs: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian.” Pencil sketches, ink drawings, notebooks, patent drawings, trade literature and other documents demonstrating the creation of everything from Tupperware to Frisbees to brassieres will fill the halls, providing a fascinating and fun look into the American creative process. Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena. Call (626) 577-1660, or visit www.pasadenahistory.org.

ON THE HORIZON… Tickets will go on sale this month for the San Marino League’s Silver Jubilee Art Walk at the Huntington Cottages on March 17 and 18. The event will raise money for Art Center scholarships and the Huntington’s Japanese Garden. Call (626) 578-8510. ARROYO ~ FEBRUARY 2006 ~ 55


NESTING

Letting the sun in Cynthia Bennett and Ed de Beixedon’s home design is inspired by the beauty of the outdoors ... and the Netherlands. BY BRENDA REES ~ PHOTOS BY MICHAEL GERMANA

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HEN CYNTHIA BENNETT AND HER HUSBAND ED de Beixedon stood in a practically empty lot in the Arroyo five years ago, they wondered what they could do with a skinny piece of sloping hill property. After sensing the magnitude of the work involved in transforming this fallow land into a homestead, “Cynthia turned to me and said, ‘It’s a great location but you know I’m going to be the one to do all the work,’” de Beixedon recalled with a laugh. “But I knew she could do it right.” As owner of her own interior design company, Cynthia Bennett & Associates, Inc., since 1981, Bennett had overseen work on thousands of homes that were in need of redesign, remodeling and renovation. She was also licensed as a general contractor. Standing in that open lot in 2001, Bennett knew the challenges of designing and planning their new home would test her talents and creativity. In addition to dealing with the narrow space, existing oak trees and uneven slopes, there were the added issues of bringing all utilities onto the property — it would certainly be no picnic. Still, the location was perfect for the couple who loved the shaded neighborhood that would place them closer to family and friends. And so, after one year of design work and another year of construction, de Beixedon and Bennett saw their home and garden grow, take shape and blossom. It became their dream cottage. Now, visitors travel down a long chip seal pebble driveway to the secluded little Northern European-style house nestled among roses, salvias, fuchsias and a myriad of fruit trees. Reflecting subtle Dutch influences, the house pays homage to a place dear to Bennett’s heart: the Netherlands, where she lived for 15 years after graduating from UC Berkeley. High vaulted ceilings soar above a spacious “great” room that encompasses a sitting area, dining table, kitchen and an upper library/sitting room. Huge windows in this open area do more than let in light — they seem to bring the greenery of the outdoors inside. A firm believer in the notion that “small details make all the design elements come together,” Bennett incorporated an oak leaf motif in the fireplace screen, fireplace, kitchen tiles and glass door. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, the house is also energy efficient. It was one of the first houses in Southern California to use non-formaldehyde insulation and boasts zoned air conditioning, dual-paned glass windows, energysaving appliances and a water purification system that eliminates chlorine from drinking and bath water. The house honors nature with its light, airy feel. In the front gathering space underneath one of the old oak trees, a barbecue, casual chairs and tables make it seem like you are entering another room of the house. “It rains 75 percent of the time in Holland, so when the sun comes out, people celebrate,” said Bennett. “We here in Southern California need to take advantage of the beautiful weather we have by being outdoors as much as possible.” AM

56 ~ FEBRUARY 2006 ~ ARROYO


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SOFA INTERIORS — Relax! Now there is a sensible, satisfying way to buy all your home decorating needs. Create your own custom upholstered furniture, drapery or bedding! Let your imagination soar! Sofa Interiors, with locations all over the Southland, has hundreds of frame styles and thousands of designer fabrics to choose from! They also offer shades, valances and draperies that you can coordinate with your furniture! A true one-stop shop! You get exactly what you want and they stand proudly behind their work, guaranteeing your complete satisfaction. The possibilities are endless during their biggest sale of the year. Please see ad for the location nearest you. Call for your free consultation with this advertisement. PLAZA KITCHEN & BATH — Finally, a large gracious showroom of semi-custom to custom cabinets, plumbing fixtures, lighting, counter tops and hardware is here. Experts Nick Eden and Peter Bedros (over18 years experience apiece) cater to tastes from very contemporary to elegant traditional. A few manufacturers on display include cabinets from Dynasty, Omega and Durasupreme; plumbing fixtures by Mico Designs and Jado; bath tubs by Water Dance, Finishing Touch and Aquatic Industries with counter tops of granite, limestone and travertine. Designers welcome. 676 Green St. (626) 396-1772 Open Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat. 10-4.

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CAROUSEL FLOORS — This family-owned company, in business for over 35 years, provides a superb selection and remarkable service. For hardwood, select from all the top names, pre-finished or finished by expert craftsmen. Carousel is a Mohawk Color Center carrying Fabrica, Karastan, Masland and Schumacher to name a few. For area rugs their motto is: “If you can think it we can make it.” Free consultations. Designers welcome. 676 E. Green St. (626) 795-8085 Open Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat. 10-4 or by appt. CRUISEONE is part of the world’s largest cruise retailer and able to offer the greatest savings for every cruise line and travel destination. Independent Cruise One representative, Bob Iannacone, is an Accredited Cruise Counselor with CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) and a specialist in European, Alaskan and Hawaiian cruises. He also provides fund-raising travel opportunities for cultural, educational, religious and other organizations. 762 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 683-2800 or (800) 840-9995, or visit www.clworld.com. AARNUN GALLERY — For over 30 years, high quality picture framing is the Aarnun trademark. Located in a charming “Boston Row House,” Ed and Marcia Nunnery provide expert design solutions in a professional, creative environment. Every imaginable frame is available from hand-carved wood, handcrafted leather, “Craftsman,” 22KT gold and traditional French to clean contemporary. There’s also art restoration, a selection of desk frames, decorative stands and lighting accessories. Designers and their clients welcome. 603 E. Green St. (626) 793-4805 Open Wed-Sat 10-5.

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100’s of frame styles 1000’s of designer fabrics and leathers to chose from. The possibilities are truly endless during our

biggest sale of the year.

SOFA INTERIORS — Relax! Now there is a sensible, satisfying way to buy all your home decorating needs. Create your own custom upholstered furniture, drapery or bedding! Let your imagination soar! Sofa Interiors, with locations all over the Southland, has hundreds of frame styles and thousands of designer fabrics to choose from! They also offer shades, valances and draperies that you can coordinate with your furniture! A true one-stop shop! You get exactly what you want and they stand proudly behind their work, guaranteeing your complete satisfaction. The possibilities are endless during their biggest sale of the year. Please see ad for the location nearest you. Call for your free consultation with this advertisement. PLAZA KITCHEN & BATH — Finally, a large gracious showroom of semi-custom to custom cabinets, plumbing fixtures, lighting, counter tops and hardware is here. Experts Nick Eden and Peter Bedros (over18 years experience apiece) cater to tastes from very contemporary to elegant traditional. A few manufacturers on display include cabinets from Dynasty, Omega and Durasupreme; plumbing fixtures by Mico Designs and Jado; bath tubs by Water Dance, Finishing Touch and Aquatic Industries with counter tops of granite, limestone and travertine. Designers welcome. 676 Green St. (626) 396-1772 Open Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat. 10-4.

CAROUSEL CUSTOM FLOORS Quality Without Compromise

Plaza

KITCHEN BATH Your ultimate source for fine home products

CAROUSEL FLOORS — This family-owned company, in business for over 35 years, provides a superb selection and remarkable service. For hardwood, select from all the top names, pre-finished or finished by expert craftsmen. Carousel is a Mohawk Color Center carrying Fabrica, Karastan, Masland and Schumacher to name a few. For area rugs their motto is: “If you can think it we can make it.” Free consultations. Designers welcome. 676 E. Green St. (626) 795-8085 Open Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat. 10-4 or by appt. CRUISEONE is part of the world’s largest cruise retailer and able to offer the greatest savings for every cruise line and travel destination. Independent Cruise One representative, Bob Iannacone, is an Accredited Cruise Counselor with CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) and a specialist in European, Alaskan and Hawaiian cruises. He also provides fund-raising travel opportunities for cultural, educational, religious and other organizations. 762 E. Colorado Blvd. (626) 683-2800 or (800) 840-9995, or visit www.clworld.com. AARNUN GALLERY — For over 30 years, high quality picture framing is the Aarnun trademark. Located in a charming “Boston Row House,” Ed and Marcia Nunnery provide expert design solutions in a professional, creative environment. Every imaginable frame is available from hand-carved wood, handcrafted leather, “Craftsman,” 22KT gold and traditional French to clean contemporary. There’s also art restoration, a selection of desk frames, decorative stands and lighting accessories. Designers and their clients welcome. 603 E. Green St. (626) 793-4805 Open Wed-Sat 10-5.

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626.795.7099 644 East Colorado

818.502.1211 5406 San Fernando Rd.

STUDIO CITY

VALENCIA

818.487.2708 12344 Ventura Blvd.

661.254.9090 27051 McBean Pkwy.

www.sofainteriors.com

KITCHEN CABINETS COUNTER TOPS LIGHTING PLUMBING FIXTURES APPLIANCES HARDWARE

In the Playhouse District...

CAROUSEL CUSTOM FLOORS has been on Green Street at El Molino under the same ownership for over 35 years.

In the Playhouse District 603 E. Green Street Pasadena, CA 91101. 626.793.4805 Open Wed-Sat 10-5 aarnungallery.com

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Arroyo Monthly February 2006  

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