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12 MUSIC “Grant Gershon’s Ode to Joy”: LA Master Chorale’s exuberant conductor takes up the baton at LA Opera. —By Mandalit del Barco

16 PHILANTHROPY “Time to Take a Bow”: Pasadena residents Carol and Warner Henry reflect on more than 20 years of behind-the-scenes leadership in the ongoing success of LA Opera. —By Jenine Baines

43 COMMUNITY “Opera for a small planet”: Barbara Ebert and the rest of the Opera Pasadena troupe are ready for their biggest season yet. —By Carl Kozlowski

46 DESIGN “Putting the Fun into Function”: The California Design Biennial 2007 showcases the state’s playful approach to creating great-looking products for everyday living. —By Irene Lacher

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52 THE LIST “Boddy’s Big Back Yard” at Descanso Gardens, “50 Years in Space” at Caltech and more

56 FITNESS How Israel Estrada is vaulting hurdles to bring Pasadena’s new marathon to the finish line.

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ne might not associate Pasadena with worldclass opera, but that would be a mistake. Certainly, Los Angeles Opera, down the road a piece, has risen to those rarefied ranks under the leadership of superstar tenor Placido Domingo, now its Eli and Edythe Broad General Manager. But there are also less renowned individuals who’ve been critical to the company’s success, and a number of them live in the Pasadena area. The opera’s primary support group, the Opera League of Los Angeles, was founded in 1982 by a group of Pasadena opera lovers led by Lorraine Saunders and Alice Coulombe, who are longtime members of the LA Opera board. Frequent LA Opera soloist, mezzosoprano Suzanna Guzman, lives in Pasadena. The company’s late founding general director, Peter Hemmings, lived here too, across the street from Judge Lance Ito. “Peter always said that one of the ways you build an audience is you bring in neighbors,” says Elizabeth Kennedy, the opera’s former director of administration. “So he would go to the car wash and the grocery store and All Saints [Episcopal Church] and work hard through the community to get people involved.” One of the league’s early recruits was Pasadena’s Carol Henry, who’s now president of the LA Opera board. In this issue, Jenine Baines talks to Henry and her husband and fellow board member, Warner, about their role in helping guide the young company to its premier status as well as the challenges that lie ahead. Mandalit del Barco looks at the new generation behind the baton with a profile of Grant Gershon, LA Master Chorale’s conductor, who joins LA Opera this season as chorus master of Verdi’s “Requiem.” Finally, Carl Kozlowski gives away one of Pasadena’s best-kept cultural secrets: its own homegrown opera company, Opera Pasadena. Doesn’t that say something about the city’s intimate relationship with this 400-year-old European art form? After all, how many places of comparable size can lay claim to its own opera company? –Irene Lacher

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SAN MARINO’S ANDY AND AVERY BARTH CO-CHAIRED A DINNER AND PERFORMANCE BENEFITING AMERICAN BALLET THEATER at Andy and Avery Barth Robin and Elliott Broidy’s Bel Air estate on July 24. The evening began with cocktail hour, which was followed by an outdoor performance by 14 ABT dancers on the heels of their appearance in “The Sleeping Beauty” at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Afterward, guests sat down to a dinner en plein air, catered by Wolfgang Puck. They left with boxes of croissants for the next morning. The event drew 360 guests and raised $325,000.

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Grant Gershon’s Ode to Joy

LA Master Chorale’s exuberant conductor takes up the baton at LA Opera BY MANDALIT DEL B AR CO ~ PHOTOS BY STE VE COHN

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RANT GERSHON STANDS BEFORE 50 MEN WITH sonorous voices who are gathered in Los Angeles Opera’s sparse practice room. The rehearsal pianist begins to play, and Gershon sets the tone by singing a phrase from Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” which will kick off this year’s opera season in Los Angeles on Sept. 8. “O welche Lust! In freier Luft den Atem leicht zu heben!” he sings in perfect pitch with his rich baritone voice. (Oh what joy! To be able to breathe with ease in the open air!) The chorus echoes in lush harmony, and Gershon beams with pleasure. Onstage, the men will sing the roles of tortured prisoners who’ve been briefly let out of their cells to see the sunlight. Gershon has carefully instructed his vocalists how to express joy over their their taste of freedom, then voice their fear of being overheard by their captors. He modulates the timbre and might of their voices by waving his arms and hands gracefully, while, as usual, he sings along. “I’d say it’s a very pure, very blended, very intense but at the same time very focused and unified sound,” Gershon says proudly of the resonance produced by both groups under his baton—this chorus and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, which he’s been leading for the past six years. “It’s the kind of sound where, when it comes together, you start to hear and feel a range of overtones popping out. You’re hearing a complexity. That’s the kind of sound in a choir I

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really respond to. And that’s what gets everybody freaking out and excited.” It wasn’t so long ago—a mere 13 years—that Gershon was the rehearsal pianist accompanying the LA Opera Chorus. With his new job as chorus master, he has now come full circle. And he has only to cross the street, from the Music Center to Disney Hall, for his other gig as music director of the Master Chorale. It’s highly unusual, if not unique, for one man to have simultaneous roles in two high-profile, big-city music companies. But Gershon seems completely at ease in taking on a task many conductors would find daunting—just as he has eagerly embraced music others might find too challenging. “There’s something about making music with a bunch of friends,” Gershon says over coffee at the SWORK cafe in Eagle Rock, not far from the home he shares with his wife soprano, Elissa Johnson, and their two children, Claire, 8, and Sam, 5. “Especially when it’s a really hot group, it’s so satisfying, that rush you get from a really great performance.” By all accounts, Gershon has brought a youthful, eclectic exuberance to the LA Master Chorale and now, the LA Opera Chorus. In fact, at 47, he looks and sounds at least a decade younger; and he seems to be enjoying his career and his life. Bottom line: Grant Gershon is a genuinely nice guy. So say singers, composers and other talented friends and collaborators.


“He’s open, accessible and egofree,” says LA Master Chorale Executive Director Terri Knowles. "And he's just so talented." Avant-garde theater director Peter Sellars, who first met Gershon when they collaborated with composer John Adams on the opera “Nixon in China,” cannot stop gushing about the man he calls one of the greatest musical talents of his generation. “So often conductors or music directors do it for power or because they want to impose themselves or they want to be seen,” Sellars says in a phone call from London. “Grant isn't interested in any of those things. He's even more interested in the music than you are.” Sellars says Gershon is the opposite of the temperamental musical diva. “He's coming to

you without hang-ups, complexes, psychological games or twisted agendas,” Sellars says. “He creates an incredibly shared space with no hierarchy, no pulling of rank. Suddenly, everybody is blazing with energy and light and feeling and joy. It's just amazing.” Johnson says her husband is so popular that other musicians broke tradition at this year’s annual music festival in the Berkshires by refusing to roast him. “He’s just always been so likeable, sweet, and fun,” says Johnson, who met him at the University of Southern California in the early 1980s. Their romance blossomed in the USC Chambers Singers when she was a sophomore and he, the superstar campus singer. Now music is a family affair: Their daughter, Claire, sings with the

LA Children’s Chorus. Gershon began playing music as a child in his native Alhambra. His mother was a piano teacher whose students included his older brother and sister. “My main motivation for wanting to start piano lessons when I was five was sibling rivalry,” he says. “Pure and simple, I just wanted to be like Phil and Marcia.” But fate intervened at Alhambra High School. By then, he was the piano accompanist for the freshman men’s chorus. The first day of gymnastics class, everything changed. “I lunged for the high bar and went down and broke my arm spectacularly,” he says. “I was a real klutz.” Instead of playing piano for the choir, Gershon started singing with it. — continued on page 14 ARROYO ~ SEPTEMBER 2007 ~ 13


GRANT GERSHON Continued from page 13

And while his arm was healing, he went to summer camp in Idyllwild (where he now serves as director of the Idyllwild Arts Festival Chorus). There, along with 120 other high school kids, he discovered the thrill of singing Mozart’s “Requiem.” “The music, the raging hormones, everything contributed to it being a completely life-changing experience,” he recalls. “And I knew at that point I was going to have a life in music. It was just really clear.” Gershon earned his way through USC by playing piano for various bands, ballet studios and churches. At the Verdi restaurant in Santa Monica, he would take the mike to sing opera arias—as well as cheesy requests like “Feelings.” At a Westside cocktail lounge, he wowed the crowd with tunes by George Gershwin and Cole Porter. (Marlon Brando once sent him a concise note with his seal of approval. It read: “Very nice. M Brando.”) Gershon still has faded color photos of his days as the top tenor in Dapper Dan’s Barbershop Quartet at Disneyland. Sporting straw hats, striped shirts and taps on their shoes, the group rode up and down Main Street on a bicycle built for four, waving and crooning 1920s tunes. “None of the four of us were any good at steering and, sure enough, one day we crashed the bike trying to avoid some little old lady,” he says with a laugh. In those days, most of his 21year-old peers were listening to new wave, punk, disco or hip hop. “The whole shtick of the barbershop quartet is just as hokey as you can get,” Gershon says. Flash forward 20 years, from Disneyland to Disney Hall, which boasts ideal acoustics that, Gershon says, “reward good singing.” Here, the still clean-cut Gershon has been introducing audiences to contemporary composers like Phillip Glass, John Adams, Elsa-Pekka Salonen and Steve Reich. His world premiere of Reich’s “You Are (Variations)” was released by Nonesuch in September 2005. Gershon mischievously compares Reich’s work to “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland, where you’re constantly making a left turn where you think you’re about to take a right turn. Musically, that’s what it feels like. You just never know quite what’s going to happen next.” The conductor has been straddling the kind of repertoire classical music audiences expect and the new music he is equally passionate about, juxtaposing familiar and unfamiliar works. This 14 ~ SEPTEMBER 2007 ~ ARROYO

year with the Master Chorale, he began a project called “LA is the World” to spotlight musical traditions of the city’s prominent immigrant groups. As part of that series, the Master Chorale collaborated with Persian superstars Eve Beglarian, Peiman Hadadi and Manoochehr Sadeghi. On his to-do list: working with Mexican and Cambodian musicians. “In the end, it’s a matter of me wanting to do the music that I love and care about and am most passionate about,” says Gershon. “And that’s a pretty broad mix of new music and traditional choral masterpieces.” His own IPOD holds an eclectic blend: salsa classics, and Grateful Dead hits as well as tunes by Rufus Wainwright, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. He calls them

“singers who have some gravel in the voice. Maybe it’s just the yin/yang of that. But in the end, it’s all just about expressing something really deep with the voice God gives you.” Sellars marvels at the breadth of Gershon‘s taste. “He's so funny, because in one way, he's really straight-laced and square, but then he’ll surprise you by getting down,” he says. Sellars notes that Gershon is unafraid to tackle difficult musical works that would prompt less brave souls to muse that the music is “brutal.” But, he adds, “Grant takes you through it, and all the secret chambers are unlocked. All of the tenderness that's hiding inside these daunting, brusque, corrosive forms. Suddenly the little pearls inside all those ugly oysters, are revealed, and you can never hear this music the same way again.” AM


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Pasadena residents Carol and Warner Henry reflect on more than 20 years of behind-the-scenes leadership in the ongoing success of LA Opera BY JENINE BAINES ~ PHOTOS BY STE VE COHN

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t’s a gift any opera buff would envy: answering the phone to hear world-renowned tenor Placido Domingo sing “Happy Birthday.” “My husband, Warner, still keeps it on his voice mail,” says arts philanthropist Carol Henry, president of the board of directors of Los Angeles Opera. But it takes more than a seat on the LA Opera board to inspire an acclaimed artist like Domingo to deliver a singing birthday-gram. Ever since the company’s founding 21 years ago, the Pasadena couple has also demonstrated dedication, service and a willingness to ride like a Wagnerian Valkyrie to the company’s rescue in times of need. “It is hard to imagine what the history of LA Opera would have been like without Carol and Warner Henry,” says Domingo, the Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, who has known the Henrys since LA Opera’s inception. “They have been absolutely essential to the company’s ongoing success.” Fellow board member Rebecca Bowne says that success can be

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linked directly to the couple’s leadership skills. “Each is particularly astute when it comes to providing strategic and management direction for the company,” says Bowne, a past president of the Opera League of Los Angeles, the primary volunteer support group for LA Opera. Observers point to the couple’s acumen in helping to bring in Placido Domingo as general director in 2003, after the retirement of the founding general director, Peter Hemmings. “That decision has been a most important factor in bringing LA Opera to its status today,” says Warner Henry, the board’s vice chairman and chairman of its marketing committee. “We’ve become one of the top five national opera companies budget-wise and artistically.” Carol Henry is quick to note, however, that much of the credit goes to teamwork by longtime board members like board Chairman and CEO Marc I. Stern. “We are a working board, with a deep commitment to the art form and to the community,” she says. “No one is there merely to enhance their social resume.” —Continued on page 18


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That’s not to say that the board frowns on mixing pleasure with business. Indeed, one of Carol Henry’s goals is “to make the board feel like a family.” It’s a challenge – the group has 100 members – but Henry welcomes it. “It’s so much fun,” says Cathy Tosetti, wife of board member Paul Tosetti. “Because people who like opera really like it, we enjoy getting together, whether it’s during intermission at LA Opera or at a special event.” Carol Henry has expanded networking possibilities even further by initiating a “president’s lunch” program, where board members meet in small groups with Henry and a member of the company’s staff. Lunch discussions often center on Madame President’s determination to ensure that LA Opera “remains one of the top opera companies in the country.”

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One key strategy the board has employed involves reaching out to Hollywood for help in adding a 21st-century touch of excitement to a 400year-old art form. “We live in Hollywood,” explains Carol Henry, “so it’s a natural solution.” Still, Hollywood’s star power isn’t what drives the opera to bring film directors into the fold, the Henrys note. “We use these guys because they’re talented,” says Warner Henry. “They offer us a unique look at traditional works that are always engaging and often brilliantly interpreted.” Hollywood heavyweights who have helped shape past productions include Garry Marshall, Maximilian Schell, William Friedkin, Herbert Ross and Julie Taymor of “Lion King” fame. In 2008-2009, the season will open with a world premiere of “The Fly” by Oscar-winning composer Howard Shore, inspired by the 1986 horror film directed by David Cronenberg, who will direct the opera as well. Also that season, directors Woody Allen and William Friedkin will collaborate on Puccini’s “Il Trittico.” To counterbalance LA Opera’s embrace of the new, the Henrys support its policy of presenting standard works as well. These are the cherished yeomen of the repertoire, operas so much a part of the cultural mainstream that even the most vehement non-operagoer recognizes their titles. “I could see our ‘Magic Flute’ and our ‘Tristan’ over and over,” says


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Carol Henry. “I’m obviously not alone in feeling that way.” She’s alluding to the fact that LA Opera, unlike many companies nationwide, has seen its annual revenue increase by 85 percent since 2001. Also adding to its coffers are the board’s efforts to entice Angelenos from distant parts like West LA and Whittier. “Audience development is a critical responsibility,” Carol Henry says. “There’s no reason to work so hard if we don’t have an audience.” That’s particularly critical in light of concerns that opera loyalists are aging. Are new audiences arriving to take their place? “The audience is graying,” Carol Henry concedes. “But, interestingly, young people begin to move in after their children are raised and tuitions are paid. That’s when they have the discretionary time and income to become ticket buyers and volunteers.” Her husband has a slightly different perspective. “Opera has more success attracting younger audiences than other classical music forms,” says the music devotee who discovered what Leonard Bernstein called ‘the joy of music’ while in college at Stanford. “Perhaps it’s because younger generations tend to be more visual.” Nonetheless, LA Opera has been proactive in tackling the “graying” issue by mounting what Carol Henry, a former elementary school teacher, calls a “very sophisticated education program.” This includes: the “in-school opera” program, which dispatches artists to schools to coach students as chorus members; a medley of assembly programs such as mezzo soprano Suzanna Guzman’s “Don’t Be Afraid; It’s Just Opera!”; and free student matinees. “Studies have shown that if you were introduced to an art form as a child, you’ll be more likely to return to it one day as an adult,” says Henry. Audience development efforts also extend beyond the classroom. At LA Opera, various demographics have their own support group, such as Hispanics for Los Angeles Opera and ARIA for young professionals. African Americans for Los Angeles Opera is a chapter of the 25-year-old Opera League of Los Angeles, the umbrella organization for opera lovers. The Opera League provided Carol Henry’s intro- —Continued on page 20

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Bridge Design Studio…Has Moved! The new address to your new dream home is 1030 E. Green St. There you will find owner and senior designer Dianne Bennett Bedford, who brings her extensive knowledge of the design industry to all her projects from commercial to high-end residential. Having traveled and studied in Europe and Asia, Diane is intimate with antiques, Persian rugs and various styles of furniture, from the traditional to the very contemporary. She prides herself on versatility, and attention to detail. With her practiced eye she is able to create unique and individual environments. She’s equally at ease designing a whimsical children’s room, a

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 disciplined usage of 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 several showcase houses, the Los Angeles Assistance League Design House, the Venice Family Clinic Design

Carousel Floors — This family-owned, 36year-old company provides a superb selection along with remarkable service. For hardwood, select from all the top names, including Appalachian Hardwood Floors, pre-finished or finished by expert craftsman. For linoleum, Marmoleum is a natural, eco-friendly, stylish flooring with multiple patterns. Carousel is a Mohawk Color Center, carrying Fabrica, Karastan, Masland and Schumacher to name a few. Free consultations; designers welcome. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat.; or by appoint-

FURNITURE

Sun Aire

Limited Interior Design Services are available during this sale.

B ridge new Design Studio and staff wish to welcome you to our offices in the historic brick building at

INNOVATION IN DAYLIGHTING™

By

• Kitchen Design Summer Special

• Bath Design

Starting at

$369

Sunlight is Captured by the Dome and Directed down into the Tube • Rejects over-powering summer heat • Redirects low angle winter sunlight • Consistent Daylighting • No Heat Gain – UV protected

10” lights 150 sq. ft. 14” lights 250 sq. ft.

• Accessorizing • Color Selection

INSTALLS IN JUST 2 HOURS! another great idea

• Material & Fabric Selection

SOLAR ST#R ATTIC FAN

525 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, 626.683.3660 Mon.-Sat. 10-6 ~ Sun. 12-5

D G E studio

1030 E Green Street

• Space Planning

GLABMAN

—Continued on page 32

B R I design

• Reduce Extreme Heat • Provides Energy Savings • Costs Nothing to Operate

475

$ Your project. Your needs. Six hours of design. 321 Magellan Road Arcadia, CA 91007 ph 626.447.5370 fax 626.446.0066 tajdesigns@aol.com Allied Member ASID

+ tax

Standard Installation

SunAire

818-848-7652 www.sunaire.com

Diane Bedford, allied member ASID

$100 - $200 Rebates Pasadena * Glendale * Burbank license # 501761

1030 E. Green St. #104 . Pasadena . 626-799-9019 bridgedesignstudio.com


Your home...

FURNITURE

Offering ALL FURNITURE at

“Below Designer Wholesale Prices” Sale includes special orders on all furniture lines. Select items available as floor samples for immediate delivery. Special pricing on art, lamps, mirrors and accessories.

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Arcadia Pool Construction — Founded in 1948, Arcadia Pool Construction prides itself on its highly personalized service. Offering house design for those who do not have working drawings, Arcadia Pool Construction pays particular attention to the design and construction process to give you a pool that, when you flip the switch upon completion, the backyard comes to life with flowing water and beautiful color. Call (626) 447-8181. Arte Diseno owned by Paul Butler, an international artist whose art direction is what separates the company from their competitors, has been providing major retailers with pottery and landscape/building materials since 1997, Paul’s glass art hangs in a palace in Bahrain to the homes of some of todays most famed celebrities. He has designed a line of custom clay tiles

and furniture pieces that are unmatched in the industry. Offering Authentic decorative clay roof and Talavera tile as well as Saltillo pavers. See our ad on page 57. (626) 359-0744

modern mixed environment, and even the most sophisticated, serene settings. Her design philosophy is “every home should reflect the tastes of the owner.”626-7999019. 1030 E. Green St. Pasadena.

House and Little Company of Mary Design House in Palos Verdes. Carol is also the winner of the coveted First Place Award of the L.A. Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. Call (626) 441-6052.

Bridge Design Studio…Has Moved! The new address to your new dream home is 1030 E. Green St. There you will find owner and senior designer Dianne Bennett Bedford, who brings her extensive knowledge of the design industry to all her projects from commercial to high-end residential. Having traveled and studied in Europe and Asia, Diane is intimate with antiques, Persian rugs and various styles of furniture, from the traditional to the very contemporary. She prides herself on versatility, and attention to detail. With her practiced eye she is able to create unique and individual environments. She’s equally at ease designing a whimsical children’s room, a

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 disciplined usage of 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 several showcase houses, the Los Angeles Assistance League Design House, the Venice Family Clinic Design

Carousel Floors — This family-owned, 36year-old company provides a superb selection along with remarkable service. For hardwood, select from all the top names, including Appalachian Hardwood Floors, pre-finished or finished by expert craftsman. For linoleum, Marmoleum is a natural, eco-friendly, stylish flooring with multiple patterns. Carousel is a Mohawk Color Center, carrying Fabrica, Karastan, Masland and Schumacher to name a few. Free consultations; designers welcome. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat.; or by appoint-

FURNITURE

Sun Aire

Limited Interior Design Services are available during this sale.

B ridge new Design Studio and staff wish to welcome you to our offices in the historic brick building at

INNOVATION IN DAYLIGHTING™

By

• Kitchen Design Summer Special

• Bath Design

Starting at

$369

Sunlight is Captured by the Dome and Directed down into the Tube • Rejects over-powering summer heat • Redirects low angle winter sunlight • Consistent Daylighting • No Heat Gain – UV protected

10” lights 150 sq. ft. 14” lights 250 sq. ft.

• Accessorizing • Color Selection

INSTALLS IN JUST 2 HOURS! another great idea

• Material & Fabric Selection

SOLAR ST#R ATTIC FAN

525 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, 626.683.3660 Mon.-Sat. 10-6 ~ Sun. 12-5

D G E studio

1030 E Green Street

• Space Planning

GLABMAN

—Continued on page 32

B R I design

• Reduce Extreme Heat • Provides Energy Savings • Costs Nothing to Operate

475

$ Your project. Your needs. Six hours of design. 321 Magellan Road Arcadia, CA 91007 ph 626.447.5370 fax 626.446.0066 tajdesigns@aol.com Allied Member ASID

+ tax

Standard Installation

SunAire

818-848-7652 www.sunaire.com

Diane Bedford, allied member ASID

$100 - $200 Rebates Pasadena * Glendale * Burbank license # 501761

1030 E. Green St. #104 . Pasadena . 626-799-9019 bridgedesignstudio.com


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Y O U R C A S T L E —Continued from page 31

ment. 676 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (626) 795-8085. Carson-Magness Landscaping — From the overall exterior vision to the implementation and construction, this magnificent team makes a name for itself with its handcrafted, hands-on detailed approach. Complete exterior design services include horticulture to structures, such as pergolas, loggias, outdoor kitchens, pool house, bar and bath and even outdoor furnishings! In the spirit of being commissioned to create a piece of artwork, Melissa Carson, Barry Magness and their team bring their rich and varied backgrounds in painting, sculpture, water design and lighting to each one-of-a-kind project. Barry specializes in the lusty organic with walkways, walls and original water features of

metal, glass, wood and fire. The clean, understated elegance of Melissa’s artistic studies reflect her brilliantly placed foliage, flowers and trees for the deepest and most subtle impact. Together they create the most extraordinary masterpieces of mystery and romance. Barry Magness and Melissa Carson were selected as designer advisers at the 2006 Pasadena Showcase House of the Arts. Call (818) 241-2128, or visit www.carson-magness.com. Craypo's Pool & Spa — We have been in the swimming pool business for more than 16 years. We understand all phases of construction and maintenance. We also understand that your yard is an extension of yourself and we will treat your project with the dedication and attention to detail you deserve. Call our office — (626) 355-6145 — to make an

appointment. We look forward to making your backyard your own private oasis! Cynthia Bennett & Associates — This celebrated designer and general contractor, along with her staff of 11 designers, architects and project managers, brings both innovation and practicality to all your building, remodeling, restoration and renovation projects. They can take any project from concept, plans, construction and completion through interior design. The design and build focus of Cynthia Bennett’s team is the Southern California lifestyle of light, open spaces, accessible patios and garden areas and kitchen great rooms. With 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. 501 S. Fair Oaks Ave., South

Pasadena. Call (626) 799-9701. Day of Design With Terri Julio — “My mission is to offer more people an opportunity to consult with a professional designer and afford them a service that fits into their budget.” Those words capture Terri Julio’s practical and thoughtful approach to her profession. A full day of design consultation (six hours for one flat fee) is a great way to begin any project. The job will run smoothly, and, most importantly, Terri will help you avoid costly mistakes. Terri’s philosophy also extends to “putting the client’s wants first.” She simply guides those desires to a beautiful conclusion. Call (626) 447-5370.

2007 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

Fedde Furniture — Fedde Furniture has been selling quality home furnishings at

residential remodeling and additions

—Continued on page 34

new construction innovative kitchen and bath design 2007 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

interior design

we take your project from concept through construction to complete interior design Antique, Oriental & Contemporary Rugs

501 fair oaks avenue south pasadena, ca 91030 626 799-9701 www.cynthiabennett.com gen. contractor lic. #676471 - cid #801


Your home...

Y O U R C A S T L E —Continued from page 31

ment. 676 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (626) 795-8085. Carson-Magness Landscaping — From the overall exterior vision to the implementation and construction, this magnificent team makes a name for itself with its handcrafted, hands-on detailed approach. Complete exterior design services include horticulture to structures, such as pergolas, loggias, outdoor kitchens, pool house, bar and bath and even outdoor furnishings! In the spirit of being commissioned to create a piece of artwork, Melissa Carson, Barry Magness and their team bring their rich and varied backgrounds in painting, sculpture, water design and lighting to each one-of-a-kind project. Barry specializes in the lusty organic with walkways, walls and original water features of

metal, glass, wood and fire. The clean, understated elegance of Melissa’s artistic studies reflect her brilliantly placed foliage, flowers and trees for the deepest and most subtle impact. Together they create the most extraordinary masterpieces of mystery and romance. Barry Magness and Melissa Carson were selected as designer advisers at the 2006 Pasadena Showcase House of the Arts. Call (818) 241-2128, or visit www.carson-magness.com. Craypo's Pool & Spa — We have been in the swimming pool business for more than 16 years. We understand all phases of construction and maintenance. We also understand that your yard is an extension of yourself and we will treat your project with the dedication and attention to detail you deserve. Call our office — (626) 355-6145 — to make an

appointment. We look forward to making your backyard your own private oasis! Cynthia Bennett & Associates — This celebrated designer and general contractor, along with her staff of 11 designers, architects and project managers, brings both innovation and practicality to all your building, remodeling, restoration and renovation projects. They can take any project from concept, plans, construction and completion through interior design. The design and build focus of Cynthia Bennett’s team is the Southern California lifestyle of light, open spaces, accessible patios and garden areas and kitchen great rooms. With 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. 501 S. Fair Oaks Ave., South

Pasadena. Call (626) 799-9701. Day of Design With Terri Julio — “My mission is to offer more people an opportunity to consult with a professional designer and afford them a service that fits into their budget.” Those words capture Terri Julio’s practical and thoughtful approach to her profession. A full day of design consultation (six hours for one flat fee) is a great way to begin any project. The job will run smoothly, and, most importantly, Terri will help you avoid costly mistakes. Terri’s philosophy also extends to “putting the client’s wants first.” She simply guides those desires to a beautiful conclusion. Call (626) 447-5370.

2007 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

Fedde Furniture — Fedde Furniture has been selling quality home furnishings at

residential remodeling and additions

—Continued on page 34

new construction innovative kitchen and bath design 2007 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

interior design

we take your project from concept through construction to complete interior design Antique, Oriental & Contemporary Rugs

501 fair oaks avenue south pasadena, ca 91030 626 799-9701 www.cynthiabennett.com gen. contractor lic. #676471 - cid #801


Your home...

Y O U R C A S T L E —Continued from page 33

676 E. Green Street City of Pasadena

(626) 795-8085

M-F 10-5 SAT 10-4 OR BY APPT. CONTRACT LIC: 283612

exceptional values for more than three generations in Pasadena. Since 1937, Fedde’s has featured some of the best names in classic traditional, transitional and Arts & Crafts style furniture and custom upholstery. Fedde Furniture features a large selection of home office, casual dining, entertainment systems, leather seating and children’s furniture for your home. Fedde’s complimentary Interior Design service and experienced staff will help you find exactly what you need for your home and office. Free local delivery and fullservice delivery staff will assure your furniture delivery. Come in today and visit their two showrooms in Pasadena, located at 2350 E. Colorado Blvd., (626) 796-7103, and 32 N. Sierra Madre Blvd., (626) 844-1160. You’ll be surprised just how much money you will save on new furniture for your home.

The Glabman Family has been bringing exquisite taste and expertise to the Home Furnishings field since 1900. Four generations of our family have proudly offered a unique complement of selection, service and satisfaction. We expect to spoil you for every other furniture store with our quality, selection and price. The family has built its relationships with craftsmen from around the world for one purpose; to help our clients create engaging spaces that add beauty, comfort and joy to their lives. Please join us for our special sale event for a limited time, we are offering all furniture at “below designer wholesale prices” including special orders on all furniture lines, select floor samples for immediate delivery, art, lamps mirrors and accessories. Don’t miss out on this unusual opportunity. Glabman Furniture - 525 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 626-683-3660

Make Your Backyard An Oasis

Historic Lighting-Our long dedication to the Arts & Crafts revival has been inspired by the original Craftsman movement centered in the Pasadena, area. Our showroom blends quality production home furnishings with representation of individual artisans. Our close relations with noted local craftsmen, allow us to offer individual pieces not readily available elsewhere. Lighting & interior design services available. Working from architectural plans and photographs or actual site visits, we can assist clients with their Craftsman and Bungalow style projects, both old and new. Historic Lighting - 114 East Lemon Avenue, Old Town Monrovia 626-303-4899 LA Custom Grill Islands - When we say custom, we mean designed from your imagination. No more standard rectangular shapes in limited colors. You choose a layout that fits your space and add accessories such as a sink,

PRESENTS

drawers, bar, refrigerator and more. Plus hand select from granite, marble, or ceramic tiles and over a 100 acrylic stucco siding colors. And, we assemble the grill island in our shop then deliver to you so the mess, noise and inconvenience are all kept to a minimum. See our ad for a special offer. Nott and Associates is the “Design Build” father-and-son team of Tom and Jeffrey Nott. This family team specializes in custom homes in Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles region. Tom Nott studied architecture at the University of Southern California, and since then has worked on major projects throughout southern California. His work spans decades, and includes projects for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, the L.A. Subway, and countless commercial parks. Jeff began working in the field at age 12, —Continued on page 36

COLLECTION Featuring Every Stickley Collection, Mission 21st Century Metropolitan Pasadena Bungalow Craftsman Leather Traditional Edinburgh Stickly Rugs Antiquities In the tradition of Pasadena's own Greene & Greene, this new collection is designed with timeless classic craftsman style & quality craftsmaship. Save now on all Pasadena Bungalow. Our large selection and experienced design staff will save you time and money. We have the largest display of Stickley furniture and custom upholstery in California.

Visit Our Website at

www.Fedde.com

fine homefurnishings since 1937 • interior design 2350 EAST COLORADO BLVD. PASADENA • 626-796-7103 Open Daily 10:00-6:00 Sunday 12:00-5:00

Craypo’s Pool & Spa Call For an Estimate: 626.355.6145

C53-801805

32 NORTH SIERRA MADRE BLVD. PASADENA • 626-844-1160 Open Daily 10:00-6:00 Sunday 12:00-5:00


Your home...

Y O U R C A S T L E —Continued from page 33

676 E. Green Street City of Pasadena

(626) 795-8085

M-F 10-5 SAT 10-4 OR BY APPT. CONTRACT LIC: 283612

exceptional values for more than three generations in Pasadena. Since 1937, Fedde’s has featured some of the best names in classic traditional, transitional and Arts & Crafts style furniture and custom upholstery. Fedde Furniture features a large selection of home office, casual dining, entertainment systems, leather seating and children’s furniture for your home. Fedde’s complimentary Interior Design service and experienced staff will help you find exactly what you need for your home and office. Free local delivery and fullservice delivery staff will assure your furniture delivery. Come in today and visit their two showrooms in Pasadena, located at 2350 E. Colorado Blvd., (626) 796-7103, and 32 N. Sierra Madre Blvd., (626) 844-1160. You’ll be surprised just how much money you will save on new furniture for your home.

The Glabman Family has been bringing exquisite taste and expertise to the Home Furnishings field since 1900. Four generations of our family have proudly offered a unique complement of selection, service and satisfaction. We expect to spoil you for every other furniture store with our quality, selection and price. The family has built its relationships with craftsmen from around the world for one purpose; to help our clients create engaging spaces that add beauty, comfort and joy to their lives. Please join us for our special sale event for a limited time, we are offering all furniture at “below designer wholesale prices” including special orders on all furniture lines, select floor samples for immediate delivery, art, lamps mirrors and accessories. Don’t miss out on this unusual opportunity. Glabman Furniture - 525 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 626-683-3660

Make Your Backyard An Oasis

Historic Lighting-Our long dedication to the Arts & Crafts revival has been inspired by the original Craftsman movement centered in the Pasadena, area. Our showroom blends quality production home furnishings with representation of individual artisans. Our close relations with noted local craftsmen, allow us to offer individual pieces not readily available elsewhere. Lighting & interior design services available. Working from architectural plans and photographs or actual site visits, we can assist clients with their Craftsman and Bungalow style projects, both old and new. Historic Lighting - 114 East Lemon Avenue, Old Town Monrovia 626-303-4899 LA Custom Grill Islands - When we say custom, we mean designed from your imagination. No more standard rectangular shapes in limited colors. You choose a layout that fits your space and add accessories such as a sink,

PRESENTS

drawers, bar, refrigerator and more. Plus hand select from granite, marble, or ceramic tiles and over a 100 acrylic stucco siding colors. And, we assemble the grill island in our shop then deliver to you so the mess, noise and inconvenience are all kept to a minimum. See our ad for a special offer. Nott and Associates is the “Design Build” father-and-son team of Tom and Jeffrey Nott. This family team specializes in custom homes in Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles region. Tom Nott studied architecture at the University of Southern California, and since then has worked on major projects throughout southern California. His work spans decades, and includes projects for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, the L.A. Subway, and countless commercial parks. Jeff began working in the field at age 12, —Continued on page 36

COLLECTION Featuring Every Stickley Collection, Mission 21st Century Metropolitan Pasadena Bungalow Craftsman Leather Traditional Edinburgh Stickly Rugs Antiquities In the tradition of Pasadena's own Greene & Greene, this new collection is designed with timeless classic craftsman style & quality craftsmaship. Save now on all Pasadena Bungalow. Our large selection and experienced design staff will save you time and money. We have the largest display of Stickley furniture and custom upholstery in California.

Visit Our Website at

www.Fedde.com

fine homefurnishings since 1937 • interior design 2350 EAST COLORADO BLVD. PASADENA • 626-796-7103 Open Daily 10:00-6:00 Sunday 12:00-5:00

Craypo’s Pool & Spa Call For an Estimate: 626.355.6145

C53-801805

32 NORTH SIERRA MADRE BLVD. PASADENA • 626-844-1160 Open Daily 10:00-6:00 Sunday 12:00-5:00


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Y O U R C A S T L E —Continued from page 35

graduated from UCSB, and has worked with many well known designers in Beverly Hills and Bel-Air building custom homes. Together for 30 years, they have completed over 120 projects in South Pasadena alone. Nott and Associates provides complete design through construction services, caring for your vision and appreciating your budget. www.NOTTASSOCIATES.com 626.403.0844.

Your kitchen is not just a place where meals are prepared. It's the heart of your home, where your family comes together. It's a gathering place where a thousand memories will be made.

“Wee understand.”

Pashgian Brothers — To enter the gracious, two-story showroom of Pashgian Brothers is to enter the complete world of efficient contemporary resources, with the tradition of a “customer comes first” business. Pashgian Brothers was established in the United States in 1889, thus making it, legitimately, the oldest oriental rug company west of the

From m Design n to o Completion Our single location provides you with a product showroom, along with your designer and licensed contractor at your service.

~Ask about our 2 week completion guarantee~

Kitchens &Baths

Mississippi River. Their luxurious wares come from such countries as Iran, Pakistan, India, China and Afghanistan, to name a few. Also, because Pashgian Brothers own several factories around the world, they can custom order rugs, to your specifications, from traditional to contemporary designs. Cleaning and repair of your treasures are also available. Designers and their clients welcome. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 11 a.m. to 5p.m. Sat.; and by appt. Sun. 993 E. Colorado Blvd. Call (626) 796-7888 or (323) 681-9253. Prime Building Materials is a family owned business that has been serving the Southern California building industry for over 20 years with pride and traditional values. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff work with homeowners, developers, landscape contractors, gen-

COME E SEE E OUR R NEW W ARRIVALS

Custom

Cabinets Countertops

Flooring Fixtures & Tile

Visit our comprehensive showroom at: E. Foothill Blvd. S.. Myrtle

626)446-5956

E. Huntington Dr.

S.. Mayflowerr Ave.

Call now for in-home consultation

S.. 5th h Ave.

Next to Expo Design Center

S.. Santa a Anita a Ave

411 W. Maple Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016

E. Duarte Rd. "CA Lic # 889326"

170 0 S.. Lake e Ave. Pasadena

626.578.1137 www.worldcaravanstores.com

eral contractors, designers and architects alike to achieve your exact goals, dreams and beyond. Our huge supply yard features acres of building materials for all phases of building and home improvement, with a specialty showroom featuring a host of interior and exterior products. From formal residential landscapes and masonry to large, track home developments, Prime Building Materials can provide all the materials to create the perfect living environment. Call us for a free consultation or estimate on your next project. Three locations to serve you 7811 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hollywood – 11694 Sheldon St., Sun Valley – 2800 Teal Club Rd., Oxnard – Call 626-284-2222 Sun Aire is a revolutionary new system to bring natural light into your home. Our innovative design allows us to capture light with a dome and direct it down into the

tube, filling your home with healthy safe light. The dome deflects over-powering summer sun, while collecting low angle winter light. There is no heat gain and all light coming in is UV protected. A 14” tube will light 250 sq. feet of your interior, saving you money, and giving your home a whole new look. Installed in just two hours, and starting at $395, with energy star rebates, the Sun Aire system is an ecological, economical, and fantastic way to completely change the feel of your home. For more information on the SolaTube and our other products, including our Solar Star Attic Fan call us at (818) 848-7652 or visit www.sunaire.com. Sun Channel Industries specializes in the sale and installation of Solatube, a revolutionary —Continued on page 38

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graduated from UCSB, and has worked with many well known designers in Beverly Hills and Bel-Air building custom homes. Together for 30 years, they have completed over 120 projects in South Pasadena alone. Nott and Associates provides complete design through construction services, caring for your vision and appreciating your budget. www.NOTTASSOCIATES.com 626.403.0844.

Your kitchen is not just a place where meals are prepared. It's the heart of your home, where your family comes together. It's a gathering place where a thousand memories will be made.

“Wee understand.”

Pashgian Brothers — To enter the gracious, two-story showroom of Pashgian Brothers is to enter the complete world of efficient contemporary resources, with the tradition of a “customer comes first” business. Pashgian Brothers was established in the United States in 1889, thus making it, legitimately, the oldest oriental rug company west of the

From m Design n to o Completion Our single location provides you with a product showroom, along with your designer and licensed contractor at your service.

~Ask about our 2 week completion guarantee~

Kitchens &Baths

Mississippi River. Their luxurious wares come from such countries as Iran, Pakistan, India, China and Afghanistan, to name a few. Also, because Pashgian Brothers own several factories around the world, they can custom order rugs, to your specifications, from traditional to contemporary designs. Cleaning and repair of your treasures are also available. Designers and their clients welcome. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 11 a.m. to 5p.m. Sat.; and by appt. Sun. 993 E. Colorado Blvd. Call (626) 796-7888 or (323) 681-9253. Prime Building Materials is a family owned business that has been serving the Southern California building industry for over 20 years with pride and traditional values. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff work with homeowners, developers, landscape contractors, gen-

COME E SEE E OUR R NEW W ARRIVALS

Custom

Cabinets Countertops

Flooring Fixtures & Tile

Visit our comprehensive showroom at: E. Foothill Blvd. S.. Myrtle

626)446-5956

E. Huntington Dr.

S.. Mayflowerr Ave.

Call now for in-home consultation

S.. 5th h Ave.

Next to Expo Design Center

S.. Santa a Anita a Ave

411 W. Maple Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016

E. Duarte Rd. "CA Lic # 889326"

170 0 S.. Lake e Ave. Pasadena

626.578.1137 www.worldcaravanstores.com

eral contractors, designers and architects alike to achieve your exact goals, dreams and beyond. Our huge supply yard features acres of building materials for all phases of building and home improvement, with a specialty showroom featuring a host of interior and exterior products. From formal residential landscapes and masonry to large, track home developments, Prime Building Materials can provide all the materials to create the perfect living environment. Call us for a free consultation or estimate on your next project. Three locations to serve you 7811 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hollywood – 11694 Sheldon St., Sun Valley – 2800 Teal Club Rd., Oxnard – Call 626-284-2222 Sun Aire is a revolutionary new system to bring natural light into your home. Our innovative design allows us to capture light with a dome and direct it down into the

tube, filling your home with healthy safe light. The dome deflects over-powering summer sun, while collecting low angle winter light. There is no heat gain and all light coming in is UV protected. A 14” tube will light 250 sq. feet of your interior, saving you money, and giving your home a whole new look. Installed in just two hours, and starting at $395, with energy star rebates, the Sun Aire system is an ecological, economical, and fantastic way to completely change the feel of your home. For more information on the SolaTube and our other products, including our Solar Star Attic Fan call us at (818) 848-7652 or visit www.sunaire.com. Sun Channel Industries specializes in the sale and installation of Solatube, a revolutionary —Continued on page 38

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END OF SUMMER SALE FREE E 25 5 PC C STAINLESS S STEEL L GRILLWARE E SET T & $300 0 OFF WITH H NEW W ISLAND D PURCHASE.* CALL OR EMAIL TODAY FOR A FREE QUOTE CONTACT@LAGRILLISLANDS.COM WWW.LAGRILLISLANDS.COM

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Trio: Landscapes, Still Lifes & Figures

Western states. With more than 60 nationally recognized artists in scheduled, themed exhibitions, Tirage Gallery offers an extensive variety of oil paintings, pastels and watercolors of landscapes, urban impressionism, still life, interiors and figurative imagery, along with sculpture and fine art commissioned portraiture. As a full-service gallery, Tirage is a specialist in corporate collections and site-specific artwork. It also provides custom framing, fine art restoration and curatorial services. One W. California Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 405-1020, or visit www.tirageart.com. The Huntington Collection — For over 20 years The Huntington Collection has served the needs of the community - the buying and selling of fine art, antiques and collectibles. Dealers, decorators, and the shopping public find something new each day in the 12,000 sq. ft. showroom; a treasure trove where the hunt is part of the fun. All styles of furniture are featured in tasteful vignettes. The boutique highlights designer’s vintage clothing and accessories. Antique and contemporary linens are the background for fine silver, crystal and china. As part of Huntington Memorial Hospital your donations and consignments benefit the Senior Care Network. Visit us at 766 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena or call (626) 535-2468. Stephen Johnstone Photography — His work has been described as “edgy and fun” as well as “lovely” and has been featured in such diverse publications as Rolling Stone and Westways. It also can be seen in feature films, TV series and commercials where studios rent or purchase his art. His last show was at the Metro Gallery in Pasadena featuring Rock and Roll and Jazz artists from the 70’s as well as contemporary portraits. “Pasadena Autumn and Spring” may be viewed online at sjohnstonephoto.com. (818) 292-5014.

FEATURING ONE OF THE LARGEST SELECTIONS OF TRADITIONAL FINE ART IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Bingham • Hecht-Brown • Pantiskas

“Arroyo”

“Still Life with Calla Lillies”, Paulette Lee, oil on canvas 24” x 18”

• Fine Furniture

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Anne Marie Hecht-Brown “Le Chef”

“Shadows”

Sid Bingham

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Opera

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small planet BY C ARL KOZLOWSKI

Barbara Ebert and the rest of the Opera Pasadena troupe are ready for their biggest season yet

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hen was the last time you settled in for a night of Puccini without making a trek to downtown Los Angeles? Save your gas money, because the Crown City’s most unusual cultural offering might also be its best-kept secret: Opera Pasadena. “We operate on a limited scale and very limited budget,” says co-founder Barbara Ebert, “Most of Pasadena doesn’t even know we’re around.” “They didn’t know there was another opera company in town, but we’re fighting to bring great entertainment to the community at affordable prices.” Co-founded by lifelong opera aficionados Ebert and Ella Lee in 1999, the local troupe has staged several full-length productions – including such classics as Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Opera Pasadena has also performed dozens of opera highlights concerts (for instance, mixing a nice chunk of “La Traviata” with a smaller taste of Puccini’s “La Bohème”).

This fall, they bring new life to the Bard’s greatest works in two special shows at the Pacific Asia Museum: “Shakespeare at the Opera House” on Sept. 16, and “Shakespeare Visits Broadway & Carnegie Hall” on Nov. 18. Next year brings their biggest challenge yet, as the Opera Pasadena prepares to perform “Red Azalea,” a new opera by renowned local composer William Kraft, which takes place amid the social upheaval of 1970s mainland China. “We’re very honored that he’s asked us to present its debut in 2008,” says Ebert. Ebert’s involvement in music stretches back to piano lessons in early childhood. The first time she saw an opera, she was only eight years old. Even as a young girl, Ebert was “quite intrigued by it” and went on to launch her career as the music director of the opera work—continued on page 44 shop at Cal State LA from 1970 to ARROYO ~ SEPTEMBER 2007 ~ 43


Scenes from “La Traviata” / Bak Jong

—continued from page 43 1975. She also worked with several small opera companies as well as the women’s music organization Tuesday Musicale. Then, in 1990, she met Lee. Lee had just returned to Pasadena after years of performing in Europe, where she had sung the role of Aida more than 500 times. Other mainstays of her repertoire included “Tosca,” “Il Trovatore” and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The two fell in and out of touch until 1999, when they formed Opera Pasadena. Their first public collaboration came that spring, when a college friend of Lee’s invited the fledgling company to produce an opera program for the Pacific Asia Museum’s “meet the artists” series. “We managed to garner extensive newspaper publicity for it and ended up turning people away, which was really gratifying,” Ebert recalls. Opera Pasadena returned to the museum for several highlights concerts and mounted its first full production the following spring with Mozart’s ‘Cosi fan Tutte.’” Performances at larger venues followed, including Westminster Presbyterian and Wilson Middle School in east Pasadena. This year, the company is moving to the McKinley School, the 44 ~ SEPTEMBER 2007 ~ ARROYO

performing-arts magnet school for the Pasadena school district. Also on the schedule are five highlights shows at local museums. Lee, the company’s artistic director, and Ebert, its music director, know it’s important to keep their performance schedules diverse, but, Ebert notes, “We try to do as much Mozart as possible.” Ebert is also an aficionado of Gilbert and Sullivan and has not only produced the full operetta “HMS Pinafore.” but also highlights programs. Opera Pasadena’s popular touch has also extended to the Great White Way: A program titled “The Best of Broadway” featured songs from “Carousel,” “The Music Man” and “Oklahoma!” “We stay away from mega-productions like ‘Aida,’ but in the coming year we’re going to branch out and do ‘Don Pasquale’ (Jan. 26 and 27, Feb. 2 and 3), and an English version of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ (May 9 and 10, 17 and 18), which is perfect for children to enjoy,” explains Ebert. The company has been growing despite several challenges, including finding stage directors “who understand the needs and limitations of the singing art,” she adds. Another ongoing struggle is

the need to keep the coffers full enough to fund the company’s dreams. Opera Pasadena has a modest grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the company augments that with ticket sales and donations. To further stretch their resources, singers (unlike orchestra members) perform for free in return for invaluable exposure. Yet despite all the hard work, Ebert believes that Opera Pasadena has stayed true to the company’s initial goals. “Opera is a combination of music and drama, not to mention the visual arts of sets and costuming and dance where it’s appropriate,” says Ebert. “It’s an overall coming together of many elements in the world of art. We’re trying to give an opportunity to the many fine singers in the area, to keep working on their craft and learn complete performances and perform them with an orchestra, instead of just a piano. A lot of these singers are on a career path, and they’ll have to meet the challenge of singing with an orchestra. That’s one of the most important things we can give them.” AM


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Fuseproject’s child-size laptop for the nonprofit One Laptop per child (Designer: Yues Behav)

Putting the

Fun

into Function BY IRENE LACHER

Studio Lilica’s “Ganesha” mobile (Designer: Carl Royce)

The California Design Biennial 2007 showcases the state’s playful approach to creating great-looking products for everyday living.

Fuseproject’s Bluetooth headset for Jawbone Fuseproject’s “Kada”

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convertible seating

ALIFORNIA HAS MADE ITS DISTINCTIVE mark on architecture (mid-century modern, anyone?) and food (calling Alice Waters). So is it any wonder that California designers say their their work deserves its own special niche in West Coast culture? A broad range of great-looking products from the Golden State is filtering into homes and businesses around the world. What informs the made-in-California aesthetic that ties them together? One word: playfulness. “In some ways, it’s not as corporate [as its East Coast counterpart], and that has to do with the kinds of industries that exist on each coast,” says Michael Worthington, co-director of the graphic design program at CalArts. “The West Coast is more about manufacturing culture and images. New York is a little more serious. Product design [here] has a sense of humor.” The California Design Biennial 2007, which runs through Sept. 30 at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, showcases the state’s witty take on five categories of

design: fashion, furniture, transportation, consumer products and graphic design. As the juried show of 200 eclectic objects reveals, Californians are increasingly putting the fun into function. “There’s a joy of life infused into the product,” says Gadi Amit, president of the San Francisco-based New Deal Design, LLC. Amit and Worthington sat on the biennial’s five-member jury of design professionals, which also included Vogue’s West Coast editor, Lisa Love, and two faculty members of the Art Center College of Design--Stewart Reed, chair of transportation design, and Laura Dye, brand and design strategist and instructor. Among the products by such companies as Apple,

Belkin and Pasadena’s Rodarte, which are showcased in the exhibit, some trends emerged: Styles of decades past are being resurrected with more advanced materials and technology.

“A lot of work is referencing previous periods, but without necessarily doing it in an ironic way or in a way that glorifies it,” Worthington says. “It’s furthering what direction that movement was headed in when it ended prematurely.” An example is the Suede Coasting bicycle, which recalls messenger bikes of the 1930s but is re-imagined with new materials. The museum’s description touts its “holistic design approach that

combines clean, beautiful lines…mated to Shimano’s automatic shifting.” Not surprisingly, there’s a greater emphasis on environmentally friendly materials.

Judges were particularly impressed with the hand-made surfboard built by designer Danny Hess as an alternative to mass-produced foam boards. Hess’s board is constructed with sustainably harvested wood, cork and recycled EPS foam, and it’s engineered to be faster, more responsive and longer lasting than traditional boards. “That’s definitely something very local and quite unique and definitely represents the attraction to better quality,” says Amir. Indeed, the museum was launched in 2002 to call attention to the special charms of California art and design. Creating the biennial was one of the first orders of business; then-Executive

Director Wesley Jessup mounted the first one the following year. This year marks the third juried design show, and organizers hope it will highlight notable West Coast work that may get short shrift in New York-based exhibits. “California is one of the world’s leading environments for design,” Amir says. “The Bay Area in San Francisco is a mecca for industrial design and product design. LA has a lot of transportation design, and in between, there’s a lot of fashion and furniture. “But design is a profession that’s somewhat underrated. People appreciate beautiful cars or furniture, but generally they glorify the product and not the people behind it. They admire BMWs, but they don’t know they’re designed by people in Orange County. So with that said, I would say designers love to be recognized by other designers. Emotionally, that’s very important.” AM ARROYO ~ SEPTEMBER 2007 ~ 47


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DESIGN

Fuseproject’s child-size laptop for the nonprofit One Laptop per child (Designer: Yues Behav)

Putting the

Fun

into Function BY IRENE LACHER

Studio Lilica’s “Ganesha” mobile (Designer: Carl Royce)

The California Design Biennial 2007 showcases the state’s playful approach to creating great-looking products for everyday living.

Fuseproject’s Bluetooth headset for Jawbone Fuseproject’s “Kada”

c 46 ~ SEPTEMBER 2007 ~ ARROYO

convertible seating

ALIFORNIA HAS MADE ITS DISTINCTIVE mark on architecture (mid-century modern, anyone?) and food (calling Alice Waters). So is it any wonder that California designers say their their work deserves its own special niche in West Coast culture? A broad range of great-looking products from the Golden State is filtering into homes and businesses around the world. What informs the made-in-California aesthetic that ties them together? One word: playfulness. “In some ways, it’s not as corporate [as its East Coast counterpart], and that has to do with the kinds of industries that exist on each coast,” says Michael Worthington, co-director of the graphic design program at CalArts. “The West Coast is more about manufacturing culture and images. New York is a little more serious. Product design [here] has a sense of humor.” The California Design Biennial 2007, which runs through Sept. 30 at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, showcases the state’s witty take on five categories of

design: fashion, furniture, transportation, consumer products and graphic design. As the juried show of 200 eclectic objects reveals, Californians are increasingly putting the fun into function. “There’s a joy of life infused into the product,” says Gadi Amit, president of the San Francisco-based New Deal Design, LLC. Amit and Worthington sat on the biennial’s five-member jury of design professionals, which also included Vogue’s West Coast editor, Lisa Love, and two faculty members of the Art Center College of Design--Stewart Reed, chair of transportation design, and Laura Dye, brand and design strategist and instructor. Among the products by such companies as Apple,

Belkin and Pasadena’s Rodarte, which are showcased in the exhibit, some trends emerged: Styles of decades past are being resurrected with more advanced materials and technology.

“A lot of work is referencing previous periods, but without necessarily doing it in an ironic way or in a way that glorifies it,” Worthington says. “It’s furthering what direction that movement was headed in when it ended prematurely.” An example is the Suede Coasting bicycle, which recalls messenger bikes of the 1930s but is re-imagined with new materials. The museum’s description touts its “holistic design approach that

combines clean, beautiful lines…mated to Shimano’s automatic shifting.” Not surprisingly, there’s a greater emphasis on environmentally friendly materials.

Judges were particularly impressed with the hand-made surfboard built by designer Danny Hess as an alternative to mass-produced foam boards. Hess’s board is constructed with sustainably harvested wood, cork and recycled EPS foam, and it’s engineered to be faster, more responsive and longer lasting than traditional boards. “That’s definitely something very local and quite unique and definitely represents the attraction to better quality,” says Amir. Indeed, the museum was launched in 2002 to call attention to the special charms of California art and design. Creating the biennial was one of the first orders of business; then-Executive

Director Wesley Jessup mounted the first one the following year. This year marks the third juried design show, and organizers hope it will highlight notable West Coast work that may get short shrift in New York-based exhibits. “California is one of the world’s leading environments for design,” Amir says. “The Bay Area in San Francisco is a mecca for industrial design and product design. LA has a lot of transportation design, and in between, there’s a lot of fashion and furniture. “But design is a profession that’s somewhat underrated. People appreciate beautiful cars or furniture, but generally they glorify the product and not the people behind it. They admire BMWs, but they don’t know they’re designed by people in Orange County. So with that said, I would say designers love to be recognized by other designers. Emotionally, that’s very important.” AM ARROYO ~ SEPTEMBER 2007 ~ 47


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A Night

at the

Opera Make a grand entance on opening night with these emblems of the luxe life BY ERICA BLODGETT

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n relentlessly casual Los Angeles, opening night at the opera is one sure-fire opportunity for aficionados of the luxe life to get dressed to the nines—or even tens. Break out the floor-length silk

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FAREWELL TO SUMMER AT DESCANSO Sept. 3 - Descanso Gardens marks the end of summer with a festive Labor Day tradition started by its founder: Manchester Boddy was renowned for hosting grand events in the 1930s and ‘40s, and his hospitable spirit lives on in “Boddy’s Big Back Yard,” as his signature fete was known. From 4 to 7 p.m., families can gather on the lawn for a picnic, either homemade or supplied by Patina. The restaurant offers sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, side dishes, chips, light beverages, beer and desserts. From 4 to 7 p.m., children have a choice of actiivities: Kids (18 months and older and weighing less than 125 pounds) can ride hand-led ponies through Descanso’s rose gardens for $5 a pop. They can also jitterbug to the music of the 1930s and ‘40s. Kids of all ages can ride the Enchanted Railroad around the venue for $2 per ticket. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., visitors can gather at the Center Circle for a Descanso history walk and talk. From 5 to 7 p.m., the Verdugo Swing Society will play music of the 1930s and ‘40s at the Under the Oaks Theater near the main lawn. Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive in La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit www.DescansoGardens.org.

TOURS AND LECTURES AT NORTON SIMON Here are some events of note at Pasadena’s cultural jewel box, the Norton Simon Museum: Sept. 5 - The lecture “When I grow up” introduces youth to notable careers in the arts against a backdrop of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ “Portrait of Baron Joseph Vialetes de Mortarieu.” The talk starts at 4 p.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28 - A “spotlight talk” at 2 p.m. explores the dark side of human behavior with Jan Steen’s “Wine is a Mocker” as inspiration. Sept. 7 - At 7 p.m., a sculpture and nature tour examines the relationship between modern sculpture and the natural world. Sept. 15 - “Let’s Design an Art Gallery” explains what elements make an art gallery pleasing to the eye and offers visitors an opportunity to design a miniature gallery complete with mini-masterpieces. The event starts at 1 p.m. Sept. 15 - Learn about what fueled Norton Simon’s love of Indian art at a 2 p.m. talk on “The Art of Collecting,” which explores the collector’s acquisition of an ivory and ebony chess set. Sept. 15 - At 4 p.m., Burton Fredericksen, former director of the Getty Provenance Index, gives a lecture titled “Norton Simon and Paul Getty: Two Los Angeles Collectors Compared.” Sept. 23 - Edgar Peters Bowron, curator of European Art at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, discusses “The Artist’s Best Friend: 500 Years of the Dog in Art” at 4:30 p.m. The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit www.nortonsimon.org.

TERRIFIC TWOSOMES, TALENTED KIDS END POPS SEASON Sept. 7, 8 and 9 – The Pasadena POPS Orchestra and Music Director Rachael Worby salute dynamic duos as they close the Descanso Gardens season with a concert series titled “Aren’t We a Pair?” The orchestra performs works associated with notable duos enshrined in music history, such as Romeo and Juliet, Lerner and Loewe, Simon and Garfunkel, Puccini’s Mimi and Rodolfo and Harry Woods and Stephen Sondheim. The 52 ~ SEPTEMBER 2007 ~ ARROYO

concerts feature lyric tenor Mark T. Panuccio and soprano Kearstin Piper Brown singing duets and solos; duets include Woods and Sondheim’s “Side by Side” and Puccini’s “Osoave Fanciulla” from “La Bohème.” Also joining the orchestra are 28 student musicians performing Ellington’s “Take the A Train,” Tchaikovsky’s “Overture Fantasy: Romeo and Juliet,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Vol. 1 & 2 Medley,” the “Katschei” and “Finale” from Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” and other selections. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; concerts begin at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Call (626) 792-7677, ext. 217, or visit www.pasadenapops.org.

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK Sept. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 - The Crown City Theatre Company performs “Henry V” during its annual Shakespeare Festival at the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena. The play examines the king’s leadership in a time of war as well as his keen sense of justice, moral judgment and understanding of the common man. The free performances start at 7:30 p.m. The Levitt Pavilion is located in Memorial Park at the corner of Walnut Street and Raymond Avenue in Pasadena. Call (818) 430-7872 or visit www.crowncitytheatre.com.

FOCUSING ON NATIVE AMERICANS Sept. 7 through Jan. 27, 2008 - The Autry National Center in Griffith Park presents “Picturing the People,” an exhibition of photos of and by indigenous people of the American West. The show marks the centennial of the Autry’s sister facility, the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, with a display of photos from its Braun Research Library Collections. The images span the mid-1800s to the present and include work by a trailblazing generation of Native American photographers. The show incorporates the touring exhibition “Our People, Our Land, Our Images: International Indigenous Photographers,” organized by photographer Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie and Veronica Passalacqua, curator of the C.N. Gorman Museum of the University of California, —continued on page 54


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CELEBRATING A HALF-CENTURY IN SPACE Sept. 19 through 21 - For those old enough to remember, it may be difficult to believe that 50 years have passed since mankind first ventured into outer space. A three-day conference at California Institute of Technology will celebrate the milestone in an event titled “50 Years in Space: An International Aerospace Conference Celebrating 50 Years of Space Technology.” The event is co-hosted by the Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories at Caltech (GALCIT), Northrop Grumman Corp. and Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Topics to be explored include: Where is space flight’s next destination? What constitutes sensible space investment? How did the space pioneers accomplish their goals? Luminaries in attendance will include Nobel Laureate John Mather, astronaut and Caltech alumnus Harrison “Jack” Schmitt, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, GALCIT Professor Ares Rosakis, Northrop Grumman’s Dr. Dwight Streit and others. The opening keynote speaker will be Northrop Grumman Chairman Ronald Sugar. The event opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Caltech’s Athenaeum and ends at 12:30 p.m. Friday. The registration deadline is Sept. 1, and the all-inclusive fee is $550. Caltech is located at 1200 E. California Blvd. in Pasadena. For the full schedule and registration, call (626) 395-4514 or visit www.galcit.caltech.edu/space50.

Davis. The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park. Call (323) 667-2000 or visit www.autrynationalcenter.org.

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Sept. 8 - One of summer’s bright spots is the opportunity to savor a California Philharmonic concert under the stars at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. The season’s final installment is titled “Movie Adventures”: The Philharmonic, joined by the California Philharmonic Chorale, will perform selections from “Gladiator,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Lord of the Rings” and “A Clockwork Orange.” The evening begins with live jazz and dining at 5:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Pack a picnic and dine at your leisure on the landscaped lawn or buy a gourmet meal on site. Tickets range from $10 to $98. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens are located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia. Call (626) 300-8200 or visit www.calphil.org.

RUNNING FOR GIRLS AT RISK Sept. 15 - The LA County Run for Health Ninth Annual 5K Run/Walk & Wellness Expo (formerly Girls at Risk) takes place at the Rose Bowl. Proceeds from the event, sponsored by the LA County Commission for Women, provide $1,000 college scholarships for at-risk girls. The top male and female runners will score a trophy and free entry into the 2008 Los Angeles Marathon; the top finishers of both sexes in each age group will take home a $25 gift certificate from Pasadena’s Snail’s Pace Running Shop. At 6:30 am., doors open for registration and the Wellness Expo, which features 50 vendors offering information and giveaways until 11 a.m. Registered runners are eligible for door prizes, a goodie bag and an event T-shirt. Also free are music, food, drinks and parking. Dr. Eloisa Gonzalez, physical activity program director for LA County’s Public Health Department, will lead an aerobics warm-up at 7:30 a.m.; the race begins at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration by mail or online costs $18 through Sept. 8. Late registration on site is $23 from Sept. 9. Call (213) 974-1455 or visit www.laccw.info. The Rose Bowl Stadium is located at 1001 Rose Bowl Drive in Pasadena.

A MUSICAL MYSTERY AT THE ALEX Sept. 17 - The Musical Theatre Guild presents a one-night-only performance of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” at 7:30 p.m. at Glendale’s Alex Theatre. Rupert Holmes wrote the show’s book, music and the lyrics, based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. Holmes suspends the action midway through Act II (the point at which Dickens’ book stops) and invites the audience to vote on the identity of Drood’s murderer. The production has another twist: Drood’s character is played by a woman. Tickets cost $38. 54 ~ SEPTEMBER 2007 ~ ARROYO

Sept. 18 - John Moran Antique and Fine Art Auctioneers presents an auction at the Pasadena Convention Center with more than 250 lots of jewelry, fine furnishings, antiques and more from the R.S.H. Trust of San Marino, the Mary D. Osgood Estate of Pasadena and other local estates. Previews begin at 1 p.m.; the auction starts at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (626) 793-1833 or visit www.johnmoran.com.

CAMERATA PACIFICA SEASON OPENS Sept. 18 - For its 18th season, Camerata Pacifica travels from Santa Barbara and Ventura to Los Angeles and the Huntington Library in San Marino. The Sept. 18 performance at the Huntington features guest artist and pianist Barry Douglas, violinist Catherine Leonard, violist Richard O’Neill, cellist Ani Aznavoorian and bassist Tim Eckert. The program includes Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and String Quintet in A Major, K 414; Beethoven’s Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, known as “Waldstein”; and Lizst’s Piano Sonata in B Minor. The performance starts at 8 p.m. Also Sept. 19 at 8 pm at the Herbert Zipper Concert Hall, located at 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Road in San Marino. Call (800) 557-2224 or visit www.CamerataPacifica.org.

TASTING UNDER THE TREES Sept. 24 - Food, wine and song kick off the Taste of Arcadia at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. More than 30 local restaurants participate in the event, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Guests will also be serenaded by the Cheap Sax band. Tickets cost $35 and benefit Arcadia Assistance League’s Operation School Bell Project. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave. in Arcadia. For tickets call (626) 447-2159 or visit www.tasteofarcadia.com.

TASTE OF OLD PASADENA Sept. 25 - The 2007 Taste of Old Pasadena features some three dozen area eateries. The event, which runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m., is sponsored by the Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors. Proceeds fund scholarships and community-based charities. Tickets cost $25. To order, call (626) 795-2455 or visit www.tasteofpasadena.com.


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making this a reality. A quiet and thoughtful man, Estrada told supporters that he launched the campaign to make a positive impact on Pasadena, where he has lived most of his life. Making a mark came easily to the former Marine, who had led scores of soldiers as a military police training chief during an eight-year career in California and overseas.

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— ISRAEL ESTRADA

The 31-year-old Estrada liked being in charge. Spearheading and organizing projects were second nature to him, so it was only natural that he would want to do it again when he returned to civilian life in 2003. But after he enrolled at Pasadena City College, the opportunity to do so didn’t

present itself, and life as a college student didn’t hold the same level of satisfaction for him. Estrada soon became restless. “I was looking for a higher purpose,” says the single athlete. “I felt small being just a student. I knew I could do more, and I was looking for something meaningful to do as an extracurricular activity. I had held responsibilities [in the military] and [now] felt bored, unchallenged and in need of applying my talents.” Hoping to recapture some of the fulfillment he’d experienced in the military, he started volunteering his time on behalf of several local nonprofits, including the Council of the Navy League of the United States, Pasadena City College's Student Council and the Latino History Parade. Estrada soon discovered they all lacked sufficient help in accounting, website design and operational support, and the germ of an idea began to take shape: Why not create a nonprofit that would help other nonprofits in these areas? Estrada started Pasadena Forward in November 2004 with just two seeds — —continued on page 58 $100 and


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—continued from page 56 the idea of a marathon. He knew he needed a long-term financial plan to keep Pasadena Forward solvent, and a marathon struck him as an intriguing fundraising opportunity. (The Pasadena Marathon will join another big event for area runners: the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race [Walk] for the Cure at the Rose Bowl, which is held during the winter.) The idea of it was huge, the possibilities exciting. He envisioned the marathon benefiting not only Pasadena Forward, but also other local nonprofits. Bringing an elite running event to the city would be a massive undertaking, requiring an enormous commitment on Estrada’s part. He couldn’t wait to get started. Despite the city’s experience with the Tournament of Roses parade, Estrada’s early conversations with Pasadena’s Special Events Department revealed that both he and city staff had a lot to learn before they could pull off such a complex event: It would have a major impact on neighborhoods, businesses and traffic flow for half a day and require coordination among various city departments. “I went to the city looking for guidelines to create a marathon plan that I could present them, and the first thing they asked me was, ‘What’s your plan?’” Estrada recalls. “There was no precedent and they were looking to me as much I was looking to them for answers. Ongoing conversations got us all on the same page and together we figured out what it would 58 ~ SEPTEMBER 2007 ~ ARROYO

take to make the marathon happen.” Pasadena spokeswoman Anne Erdman says the city has high hope for the event. “It is a very ambitious plan. We wish him well as he moves through the process,” she says. At the outset, the city asked Estrada to prove he had community support before it would back the project. So he created the Founders Club to get people excited about the marathon and prove he had just that. An $80 membership fee guaranteed registrants access to various member-only events planned in the months leading up to the race, a free race entry, a “Coolmax” T-shirt with the Pasadena Marathon logo, a special finisher’s medal and discounts at local retailers Run with Us and Pasadena Cyclery, among others. In return, Estrada would have the resources he needed to further his marathon campaign. (This writer joined the club in January.) The community response surpassed everyone’s expectations. Estrada estimated that 100 individuals would sign up; instead, by the time he closed registration in June, there were nearly 500. To date, $35,000 has been raised through the Founders Club. (That got him past the starting line, but Estrada says he’s still working to reach his goal of $250,000.) At the same time, the L.A. Futbol Club, which promotes youth soccer, stepped up to help with a donation, and many other businesses and organizations wrote letters of support. The marathon now

boasts 90 corporate and nonprofit supporters, both local and national, including Brooks Running, Charles Schwab, the American Heart Association and the Pasadena Educational Foundation. Others, such as the Pasadena Senior Center and the Madison Heights Neighborhood Association, have offered to supply manpower on the day of the event. Even before the city gave the marathon a green light, planning it had become a full-time gig for Estrada. From a small office on North Lake Avenue, he took on two part-time employees, invested $10,000 of his own money and embarked on a search for a title sponsor. All along, he continued with his studies: He graduated from PCC in 2005 and last year enrolled at the University of La Verne where, inspired by his collaboration with the city, he’s studying public administration. Juggling school assignments with marathon planning would be stressful for anyone. For Estrada, there’s another pressure as well: the need to get it all right. “Because I know the marathon carries the storied name of Pasadena, I have a high standard to live up to,” he says. “I want to make sure we put on the very best event we can. I don’t want to disappoint thousands of Pasadenans.” AM For more information visit www.pasadenamarathon.org or call (626) 797-7238.


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ily Bollinger was asked "When do you drink Champagne?" and replied: “I only drink Champagne when I'm happy, and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it—unless I'm thirsty.” Champagne has a great history and romantic connotations. It stars in the movies (James Bond’s favorite was a ’53 Dom Perignon) and is a joy to consume. Even opening a bottle is fun. (Did you know that each bottle contains some 56 million bubbles?) Still, Champagnes and sparkling wines are meant to be enjoyed, not idolized. And it shouldn’t break the bank to buy a bottle. No one knows exactly who created the first sparkling wine, but some showed up in the Limoux area of France about 1535. Later, Pierre “Dom” Perignon, who became a Benedictine monk at the Abbey of Hautville near Reims, experimented with sparkling wines in the latter part of the seventeenth century. Dom Perignon's vital achievement was to establish a standard

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and effective process for the production of Champagne. Most of his techniques are still used today, including riddling, adding dosage for secondary fermentation, and using corks to seal bottles. Fullscale commercial production began in the Champagne region around 1700. Today this region sells over 20 million cases of sparkling wine annually. Only sparkling wines produced in the Champagne region of France are properly called “Champagne.” Sparkling wines are given different names in other regions, such as cava, (Spain) and spumante (Italy), or simply sparkling wine in the US. The Méthode Champenoise is how most Champagne and sparkling wines are made. These wines begin their lives like any other, but then there is a definite change from the still wine method. After grapes have been harvested, crushed, and fermented for a few weeks, extra sugar and yeasts are added to induce a second fermentation process. The wine is put into bottles and capped with a soda-cap to preserve carbonation. This process can take many years, depending on various factors. The wines are then put into a riddling rack, which very slowly rotates the bottles, allowing sediment to collect in the neck of the bottle. Then the bottles are put into a disgorgement machine to quickly freeze the sediment, which promptly falls out. A tiny amount of “dosage” of Champagne is added, and the bottles are then corked. In days of yore, a host would pour a bit of his guest's wine into his own glass and drink it first, to prove it was safe. If the guest trusted his

host, however, he would merely clink the host’s glass as a symbol of trust. Okay, now which ones to order, try, and drink? Good question, and not easy to answer because presuppositions often prove incorrect. You can’t necessarily go by price, name, or vintage. Many wonderful bottles, such as a crisp, shining Mumm Napa Valley DVX, come from the US, and some French Champagnes are eminently ordinary. My new personal favorite is the Grand Cuvée from Krug. Toasty, elegant, with a long, languorous finish—this is gorgeous, quintessential full-bodied Champagne. Not surprisingly, California produces some of the best from this country, with Schramsberg, Mumm Napa, Roederer Estate, Domaine Carneros, and J Wine leading the way. Domaine Chandon has produced a new wine called Étoile that comes sans cork, with crown caps used in bottling. It wouldn’t happen in France, but this is a new day, and the wines, both a brut and a rose, are quite good. Other states, such as New York, Massachusetts, Washington, and Texas are producing some fine reasonably priced sparklers. You really don’t need to spend $300 at a club or restaurant to enjoy a bottle of sparkling wine. Best to ask around, compare, and try them yourself. Don’t stick to only one brand — you only hurt yourself, and it’s boring anyway. Remember, you can’t taste image, but you can taste wine. When you inquire of your friendly bartender or sommelier about what’s good or different, he or she might steer you of one that ends up being your new favorite. The only thing bad about Champagne is that it goes down way too easily. Try ’em all, if you can. For as John Maynard Keynes said on his deathbed: “My only regret is that I did not drink more Champagne.” AM


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Greg Bernhardt’s evolving menu keeps things interesting at South Pasadena’s 750ml BY STEVE COULTER ~ PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER RAINONE

Food often seems like little more than a palate cleanser at even the most popular wine bars. So when a restaurant is named for the amount of vino in an average bottle, it’s only natural to scale back your expectations of the menu. That is precisely why 750ml in South Pasadena is such a pleasant surprise. Brainchild of chef Greg Bernhardt and Cobras & Matadors’ impresario Steven Arroyo, 750ml is a modern French wine bistro with a small, evolving menu that emphasizes seasonal and locally farmed ingredients. Bernhardt deliberately designed the kitchen to limit storage space “so I know what I serve is at its freshest,” he says. That approach is paying off in a growing reputation for imaginative creations that change with almost alarming frequency. An art school graduate from Montana who got his start in the kitchen as a dishwasher, Bernhardt lived a bohemian painter’s life in Prague for two years before moving to California in 2000. It was then that he set about seriously pursuing a career in culinary arts, a whirlwind education that took him through the kitchens of some of Los Angeles’s best-known restaurants, including Grace, Le Dome and Vida. Along the way, he picked up the technique and skills he’d need for his biggest, most intricate work of art yet. How does your background in art inform your cooking?

I see all of the arts in the same way. I learned in painting that once I had a certain fluidity of technique, I could leave it all behind and just see the final product. It’s the same with food for me now. I’m not actually thinking, “I’m going to braise this and freeze it, and then I’m going to smoke it”; the whole thing unfolds before me and I see the final plate in my mind. 62 ~ SEPTEMBER 2007 ~ ARROYO

What about texture and presentation?

Contrast is something that’s really important in all the arts as well, like contrasting beats or octaves in music, and clashing or complementary colors in painting. In painting, they call it “rhythmic vitality,” which is the idea that something carries its own breath once the phenomenon itself has occurred, and it goes on to live a life of its own.

750ml 966 Mission St. South Pasadena (626) 799-0711 Daily 5 to 11 p.m. This concept is not only a challenge for the chef, but for the diners as well. How has the response been?

I change the menu every single day, and that could mean one dish or 75 percent of the dishes. The whole idea is that if there are two fish dishes on the menu and you like halibut better than snapper, you should get the halibut because the preparation will astound you.

The people in South Pasadena have been really complimentary, and they’ve come out to support me night after night, which is just amazing. We have a really accomplished sommelier, so you can come for the wine, which is great, but ultimately the reason why we built this restaurant was to have a seasonal menu with crazy new ingredients, fascinating techniques and really exciting food.

How much of a challenge is it to change the menu daily?

What are some of the most exciting ingredients you have worked with at 750ml?

It is an insane challenge and certainly not for the meek, but it’s something I do for the integrity of the food. For example, I only have two pork farmers that I work with here in California, and one beef farmer. The meat I work with is all natural and free range, and that’s something I really want to live up to. I speak with the farmers and find out what they’re butchering, and then I create a weeklong schedule. Another challenge I work with is that I don’t have a walk-in [refrigerator], and I don’t have any storage. It’s an absolute necessity for me to keep ingredients fresh and to keep ordering because I really have no place to put things.

I have definitely run through a batch of truffles. I do a lot of squab, which is basically baby pigeon, and rabbit is generally on the menu. I would say the most exciting thing is the absolute quality of the organic, small-farm meat I use.

Are there specific dishes at 750ml that you can point to as an example of “rhythmic vitality”?

What dishes would you recommend for somebody who is stopping by for dinner before a night at the opera? Think light. You certainly aren’t going to want to go with the heavier, starchier foods. Stick to the dishes that are going to have more instant benefits to your energy, like fish. Keep it simple. AM


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Arroyo Monthly September 2007  

Brindgin Down the House

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