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M John ‘Jellyman’ Dabiri and his swarms of brainless subjects

M Kjerstin ‘RoboVixen’ Williams and her moonlight serenade M Scott ‘Lightspeed’ Burleigh and his outof-this-world message

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16 PURE GENIUS Pasadena’s brightest minds are changing the way we live

26 TESTING TIME An unrelenting economy puts schools between a rock and a hard place

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Albert Einstein still is the quintessence of genius, but his wild hair and bushy eyebrows are no longer the iconic model of brilliance in this century. The modern-day geniuses we profile in this edition of Rose Magazine break stereotype. There’s John Dabiri, an associate professor of aeronautics at Caltech and one of this year’s recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his research on biological propulsion. Popular Science magazine hailed him as one of the nation’s top young scientists. He is PIA ABELGAS ORENSE young, fit (he appeared in the pages of Popular Science shirtless), looks much younger than 29 — yes, he’s only 29 — and yet he has been described as somebody who is poised to change the world. Then we have JPL computer programmer Scott Burleigh, who, with his black shirt and jeans, looks more like part of a New York artists’ enclave than somebody who is trying to expand the Internet to outer space. And finally, there’s Kjerstin Williams, a beautiful and brilliant robotics engineer who, when she’s not working with artificial intelligence, moonlights as a jazz singer with fellow Caltech musicians. These three, of course, are not the only geniuses in our back yard. Hundreds of Caltech and JPL scientists are changing the world — whether they’re using jellyfish, e-mail space stations or advanced robots — from right here in Pasadena. Even students at Pasadena City College, with their research on stem cells, and at Occidental

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College, with a study on how small cone snails can help treat chronic pain, are doing their part. Sometimes, however, helping change the world happens one face at a time and in less dramatic ways. Pasadena photographer Kendall Roclord recently offered free portrait sessions for actors and actresses with Down syndrome, his way of helping people “who have turned their challenges into a positive work ethic.” He recognized the difficulties of finding a job in Hollywood for those who don’t fit a certain mold. He may only have given free head shots for use in acting portfolios, but the hope is that these actors will have a better chance of getting roles and, in the process, change the public perception of Down syndrome through television and movies. The challenges are plenty for those with special needs and for those who help them, as Pasadena Star-News Public Editor Larry Wilson found out when he visited Villa Esperanza. He called it the Big House of Hope, where accomplishments are measured not by presidential awards or research grants but by the simple act of making a child smile. Also in this issue, we bestow gratitude on the firefighters who fought valiantly to keep our homes and histories — like the Mt. Wilson Observatory — safe from an unparalleled conflagration. Mt. Wilson is, after all, where another genius, astronomer Edwin Hubble, forever changed the way the world viewed the universe. r

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Visiting Villa, house of hope By LARRY WILSON

Progress is measured in different ways

Decades down the road from the last degree, I spend, by choice, a fair amount of time on campuses. I sometimes teach at USC Annenberg. I’m on boards at Claremont Graduate University and at UC Berkeley. Just because they’re fascinating and I can always make it part of my job, I hang out at the drop of a hat among the cognoscenti at Caltech and Art Center. Who doesn’t want to rub elbows with the smartypants among us, or bend a couple in the Hayman Lounge at the Athenaeum? You never know — the genius might rub off. I’m also always happy on public school visits, and checking out the increasing wonders at the greatest educational resource for the entire community, PCC. But as back-to-school time approaches, I recently found myself on a campus of an entirely different sort. I don’t suppose any of the graduates of Villa Esperanza on Pasadena’s East Villa Street are going to design the next Tesla sports car or cure for cancer. In fact, when Villa was founded in 1961, in a different age, it was the Pasadena Retarded Children’s Foundation. I’ll go with the Big House of Hope any day. I saw a lot of that — hope — as Villa board Chair Wendy Petry of the Pasadena Police Department, board member Tom Coston of the Lightbringer Foundation and Vice President Gioia Pastre took me around the campus. I suppose I’d always known about the collection of buildings out by Allen Avenue. I thought I recalled that the late Pasadena Mayor Katie Nack’s daughter Susie went there — and it turns out that, as an adult, she still does. Sometimes you don’t move on from Villa. None of that over-cheery, inflated optimism, those alumni dinners full of “Top of the world, old sport!”

But Villa never moves on from you, either. And what a comfort that must be. Not that there’s not progress. We visited with Angie Baker, a yogini, a Ph.D. and an occupational therapist, in her sensory integration clinic, filled with cushioned swings and pillows and mats. “Simply knowing where your body is in space — a lot of kids with autism have a problem with that,” she says. “When people ask you your occupation? For kids, it’s play, and learning. So I try to help them find their own space, wherever that is.” In a story in Villa Voice, the quarterly newsletter, Angie writes: “When I first began treating Lisa, she needed restraints on both hands to keep her from hitting herself or pulling out her hair. ...” Now, after four months of occupational therapy, and of getting in touch with her breath, “She can move her body using typical movement patterns that previously initiated panic and fear. She can now eat at the dinner table with her family ... she smiles more.” Now that’s progress. Speech therapist Cassie Helland uses a DynaVox device, smaller than a laptop computer and perhaps more complicated, that through the use of one student’s favorite “reinforcer” — SpongeBob — has literally allowed him to speak. By creating on the video screen a grammar the student can understand, “it gives him a voice,” Cassie says with a wide grin of accomplishment. “He’s even able to joke with us now.” There’s a lot of smarts out there in the elite schools of Pasadena, from a Poly kindergarten class to a course in the Polydynamics of Nonlinear Equations at Caltech. Elite is good. And so is a Villa kid like Lisa, sitting on a bolster swing and learning how best to breathe. villaesperanzaservices.org R

Elite is good. And so is a Villa kid like Lisa, sitting on a bolster swing and learning how best to breathe.

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They’ve got aptitude. The world — the universe — is their sandbox. And they also happen to be your neighbors. 16 | ROSEFALL09


Think jellyfish are just a nuisance? The brainless, boneless creatures have some important lessons for humankind, and Caltech’s John Dabiri has been taking notes BY ITS OUTWARD APPEARANCE, THE GUGGENHEIM BUILDING ON THE CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS IS A GUARDED VESTIGE OF THE PAST. BUILT FROM 1926 to 1928, it’s indeed one of the oldest buildings belonging to the esteemed research university, and was once home to a storied 10-foot wind tunnel — the first ever built in Southern California. Accordingly, the Guggenheim, a bona fide octogenarian, houses the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of Caltech. Within the historic structure, though, there is nary a wrinkle, a credit due largely to a $6.4 million overhaul and seismic update completed last year. The interior is now a modern spectacle, a collection of vast open spaces, curvaceous lines colliding with strict edges, revealing glass and exquisite textures. Its lobby, just beyond what handles like an ancient wooden doorway, is embellished with an alarming hot-pink accent wall that’s not unfamiliar to anyone who’s ever set foot inside a Victoria’s Secret. It is new — new, wrapped in old. There could be no better base of operations, then, for John Dabiri, an associate professor of aeronautics whose office is housed on the second floor, just down the hall from a small vestibule that’s outfitted with a paint scheme resembling a neon whirlpool. Dabiri has made a career of churning new ideas out of very old anatomy: that of the jellyfish, those simple and sometimes fearsome creatures of the sea that, by most acON THE WEB counts, have existed on Read more about John Dabiri’s studies, and see a the Earth in some form moving jellyfish animation for more than 650 million insidesocal.com/rose years. The notion is seemingly counterintuitive, producing advanced studies based on a creature that has no brain and no bones, and yet Dabiri and his team of graduate students have been studying and exploring and expanding the jellies’ long reach into productive, real-world applications. Dabiri directs Caltech’s Biological Propulsion Laboratory, the umbrella under which he and his team study jellyfish for bio-inspiration. “Even though you don’t think of it as traditional engineering, (there are) a lot of interesting engineering PHOTO BY WALT MANCINI

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problems in biology,” he says. “By studying biological systems and the things that they do well, we can then try to translate those traits into our various engineering systems — like underwater vehicles.” In one sense, the approach is a design strategy, Dabiri explains; Engineers can look to natural, living organisms and how they move to improve mechanics and efficiency. Many of those studies center on a long, narrow room, stark and windowless, in the W. M. Keck Laboratories, a building that presides quietly over the Caltech campus from its precise center. Within that space is a 130-foot-long tank — the Keck 40-Meter Flume — that itself has a relatively long history on the Caltech campus, where it was built in 1967. Dabiri oversaw the renovation of the lengthy, tilting water channel in 2007, when it was equipped with new electronic controls and diagnostics. A device at its downstream end generates waves; The flume, however, does not resemble a beach nor a water-park ride — it’s an unglamorous amassment of steel, tracks and wires. Into the tank, Dabiri and his team submerse four-foot model submarines, after they’ve been “modified to interact with the water like a jellyfish or squid,” he says. Dabiri is specifically interested in the way jellyfish propel themselves through the ocean’s water, taking water into their voluminous bodies and expelling water out in a pumping motion. That

motion, Dabiri says, creates small whirlpools — swirling vortex rings — in the water that allow the jellies to glide more easily. And that ease of effort is commonly known as efficiency. “As (the subs) push themselves down the tank, we monitor how much energy they consume in the process,” Dabiri says. “We’re looking for modes of transportation that will reduce the energy requirements” it takes to move through the water. Dabiri’s not the only one looking for efficient modes of underwater travel; That’s also the domain of the Office of Naval Research, which last year selected Dabiri as one of its Young Investigators for his research in bio-inspired propulsion. While the jump from jellyfish to underwater vehicle may not require the greatest leap of imagination, biological propulsion may also shape the way wind energy is harnessed and even amplified, and it starts with a little schooling — of fish. Scientists have long been curious to explain how and why fish swim in regular groupings; Dabiri sees efficiency in the patterns the schools of fish create. Like jellies, the fish create swirling vortices that allow them to move en masse — with less energy — through water. By engineering wind turbines to spin on a vertical axis, rather than the standard horizontal axis, and by arranging them in a pattern similar to a throng of schooling fish, wind coming from any direction can be easily channeled. “It turns out that the arrangement of vortices that’s optimal

BEYOND JELLYFISH

BY JANETTE WILLIAMS

Not your mother’s milk: Venemous sea snails Predatory marine snails that hunt down fish and harpoon them with a paralyzing poison — how cool is that, Occidental College biochemistry major Erik King recalls thinking when he first heard about the school’s cone snail project. “And then, oh my god, they’re also venomous and you get to feed and milk them,” King says, laughing. “These aren’t your average garden snails.” But, he says, there’s a lot more to Conus catus than the cool factor. The small tropical cone snail, subject of a biomedical study led by Occidental Professor Joseph Schulz, may hold the key to new ways of treating chronic pain. Schulz — who just received a $200,000, two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health — says one class of neurotoxins from the snails’ venom has already led to the development of Prialt, a Federal Drug Administration-approved treatment for severe pain. “It blocks the calcium channel involved in conveying pain signals” to the brain, Schulz says. It’s “a primary alternative to morphine,” which can stop working as patients develop a tolerance. Scientists do not even have to change

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COURTESY JOSEPH SCHULZ Conus catus, with an extended probe.

the toxin sequence developed by the snails, Schulz says — “they evolved the best treatment.” The cone snail is “the poster child for tropical marine diversity,” Schulz says, and different species are found throughout the tropics, including one on the California coast — and the giant Conus geographicus, which can be fatal to humans. “People pick them up, thinking they’re pretty shells,” he says. “The snails will sting them and it paralyzes the diaphragm. (Victims) can’t breathe and suffocate.” And, he says, there’s no anti-venom for cone snails. “Conus catus is a small fish-hunting cone snail, and that’s OK with me — the smaller ones inject less venom and are not likely to kill my students,” Schulz jokes. But, he says “pound for pound” their venom delivers the same punch.

The Occidental cone snail project, started in 2001, is a long-term study, says King, who has spent two years — including two summers — working on it. “One nice thing in our lab: Many in this field kill the organisms they’re working with, (but) we keep them alive many, many years — up to eight or 10,” says King, one of four undergraduate researchers. “We milk them; we treat them very well.” How do you milk a venomous sea snail? “We take a micro-centrifuge tube and put latex on top, and a fish fin on top of that,” Schulz says. “We put a fish in the water to get the snail excited and its proboscis comes out — an extension of its digestive tract. Instead of injecting the fish, it shoots out the venom, exactly what it’s shooting into its prey. We can do this on a daily basis.” No breeding technique has yet been developed, and the snails are captured from the wild without damaging the ecosystem, Schulz says. They’re research subjects, not pets, but they do have identifying numbers — and a couple have nicknames, King says. “One of them, with spots, is called Mickey Mouse.” R


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for fish-swimming, is also very effective for these wind turbines.” Vertical-axis turbines also do not require the vast tracts of land that standard turbines currently take up, Dabiri says. “As these turbines spin, they actually generate a local wind field of their own,” he says. “If you put a bunch of these nearby one another, their own wind fields can interact, and they help push each other along.” Among Dabiri’s most recent studies, one published at the end of July in the journal Nature and co-authored by Caltech graduate student Kakani Katija has been drawing media attention from around the globe. Their research found that the pulsating movement of jellyfish — and other small, swimming

animals — plays a starring roll in stirring up the ocean. “As they go along from point A to point B, they drag along a bunch of water with them,” Dabiri says. For example, small crustaceans like krill will undergo “many hundreds of meters of vertical migration, in that process taking fluid up and down.” More than just impacting local underwater ecosystems, the mixing has broad implications for life on land, too, because ocean circulation is tied to the Earth’s climate. Counter to the evolutionary progress of the jellyfish — upon which millions of years were spent perfecting the same sweeping motion — Dabiri’s youth has helped earn him these national accolades and competitive funding for

research because of a stellar, early-career streak. Just last year, at age 28, Dabiri was named one of Popular Science magazine’s “Brilliant 10,” its annual listing of the nation’s top young scientists. And in July, Dabiri was among four local scientists — two others from Caltech and one from JPL — to be awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which carries with it a desirable $200,000 in research funding per year for up to five years. “Any time you get an award for something you enjoy doing, it’s kind of just icing on the cake,” Dabiri says, before shifting the praise onto his team of graduate students. The best place to study jellyfish is in their

What a girl wants: Robots an CONTRARY TO WHAT YOU MIGHT EXPECT, KJERSTIN WILLIAMS HAS ONLY A HANDFUL OF ROBOTS AT HOME. ONE IS HER ROOMBA, THE AUTONOMOUS VACUUM CLEANER; Another is an automatic, self-cleaning kitty litter box — the shape of the latter closely resembles the Death Star. The Caltech graduate doesn’t need to fill her home with robots, because she has plenty at work at Applied Minds. Williams is a robotics engineer at the Glendale company whose domain is hard to define, except to say the firm produces a lot of big ideas for a lot of big clients. (It was founded by ex-Disney Imagineers, and one of their most-publicized products was Babble, a gadget designed to enforce aural privacy at work by recording nearby speech and repeating it back in a garbled fashion.) Williams can’t talk much about the specifics of her work at Applied Minds, but her studies at Caltech focused primarily on systems involving multiple, cooperating robots that share information and how to make those robots, essentially, smarter. “It’s basically getting a group of robots together to work together to do something (useful),” she says. She is also a visiting researcher at Caltech, working alongside mechanical engineering professor Joel Burdick to design inspection and surveillance methods for groups of collaborating robots. Williams still remembers an early memorable encounter with a robot: She was about 5 years old and went on a field trip to high-tech machine firm Odetics Inc. in Anaheim, where the youngsters got to see a large, spider-like robot in action. The visit was, sweetly and succinctly, “totally rad,” she says. “I made my dad get me a poster” (which still hangs in Williams’ office). Williams’ father had also built an R2-D2-like robot for the family that would roll around the house singing “A Bicycle Built for Two” — “and only occasionally run into things,” she says. In 2006, Williams earned her Ph.D. from Caltech, where she had started her education as an undergraduate in 1996. After 10 years at the same institution, she says Applied Minds is a nice change of pace.

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Joy, for Williams, “is the first time a robot takes off on its own and doesn’t run anybody down.” But where she’s analytical and precise — firing off bullet points in her trajectory to making an argument — there’s another, nocturnal side to her magnetism that only makes daytime appearances upon request: Williams moonlights as a jazz singer. Recently, just outside the Caltech recording studio under the hot lamps of a photographer’s studio lights, Williams gave an impromptu hallway performance to a crowd of two, crooning Billie Holiday — “All of Me” — and Jane Monheit — “Twisted.” Since she was an undergrad, Williams has been singing with the Caltech Jazz and Concert Bands, a musical partnership that crescendoed in May last year with a performance at Carnegie Hall. Joining the Caltech-Occidental Concert Band as a Caltech alumna, Williams was the featured soloist singing George and Ira Gershwin classics. “It was the coolest confluence of science and art,” she says. The collision of science and music is not at all unusual on the Caltech campus. Williams regularly performs with a jazz quartet — a group of Caltech students — called the Conspirators at Pasadena area bars and music joints. “There’s an incredible, innate sense of mathematics that underlies the music,” Williams says. She has an older brother, Jay Easton, a professional musician who performs on the entire saxophone family of instruments. Williams and her brother got their doctorates — hers in engineering, his in music — within a day of each other. “We’re really very similar,” she says. “If he wanted to, he could totally do calculus.” Performance artists in general, not just musicians, only stand to gain from the study of science, Williams says. “If you’re an acrobat, and it’s your job to hang upside down by your ankle while spinning around and breathing fire — well, it’s a good idea to know physics,” she laughs. R

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natural habitat, so Dabiri and his grad students make frequent dives among swarms of jellyfish — most often among Aurelia aurita, or the moon jelly, but sometimes in more exotic locales among more exotic species. Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, served as the main testing grounds for the oceanmixing study published in Nature. In any habitat, the team studies and measures jellyfish dynamics using technology they’ve developed to make crucial lab instruments both portable and waterproof. “Let’s take a system that, in a laboratory, would be the size of this room,” Dabiri says, “and shrink it down so it’s small enough that a SCUBA diver can take it out and do dives

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with it.” Dabiri’s successes give the impression of warp-speed development for scientific achievement, considering he completed his doctoral studies in 2005 and was immediately invited to join the Caltech faculty. Before coming to Caltech for a summer research fellowship as an undergraduate student in 2000, Dabiri had never really given jellyfish much thought, he says, much less had he considered picking one up for the sake of science. He was studying engineering at Princeton University, when a professor suggested he consider the summer fellowship, an opportunity to study under Morteza Gharib, the Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and profes-

sor of bioengineering at Caltech. That led to a project measuring jellyfish at the Long Beach Aquarium. “It was, at first glance, not engineering, and I wondered why he had me doing this,” Dabiri says. “I went along with it because, uh, California — free trip.” He laughs. Dabiri does divulge that the occupational hazards of his profession are occasionally more irritating than most. During a photo shoot for Popular Science, Dabiri posed in water, practically bare save for his board shorts, grappling with a handful of lion’s mane jellyfish. “I got stung like crazy,” he says. “And those jellyfish sting pretty badly. I try not to work with them just wearing board shorts.” R

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Grant helps PCC grow its stem-cell program When grants are handed out for training students in cutting-edge stem-cell research, a two-year college might not seem to stack up against more conventional academic powerhouses. But Pasadena City College was the pick for a three-year, $1.7-million grant announced in March from the California Institutes for Regenerative Medicine, and the first 10 interns were ready to start work when school opened this fall. It was recognition that the biotechnology program launched at PCC in 1999 had made the grade, says Professor Wendie Johnston, director of the biological technologies program. “It’s the first time this group was per-

suaded — we leaned on them,” says Johnston, adding that PCC was the only two-year institution funded by a CIRM grant. When the grant was announced, Michael Yaffe, a CIRM scientific officer, says PCC’s grant application was particularly strong since its program has been going for a decade, and it has established research partnerships with other institutions, including Caltech. Support from the PCC Foundation and industry partners also have contributed to the program’s growth and success, Johnston says. The new program’s interns — most of them in their late 20s and with bachelor’s degrees — will work with experts in sev-

Internet in space is not science fiction, and Scott Burleigh is one reason why BY EVELYN BARGE

HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE YOU TO RECEIVE E-MAIL FROM MARS? RIGHT NOW, FOREVER; THAT’S BECAUSE THE MAIN COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL THAT IS USED TO ROUTE TRAFFIC AND DATA OVER EARTHLY Internet doesn’t work over very long distances — say, about 20 million miles from Earth. But engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion LaboON THE WEB ratory in La Cañada Flintridge are working on a See a NASA illustration of NASA-wide project to have a deep-space network how the interplanetary — effectively, an interplanetary Internet — up and network might operate insidesocal.com/rose running by 2011. JPL computer programmer Scott Burleigh is one of the senior software engineers, and he’s among the original developers of what has come to be the network’s fundamental technology — Delay Tolerant Networking protocols, designed to withstand long delays, disruptions and disconnections in space. Transmission glitches can happen, for example, when a spacecraft moves behind a celestial body, or when solar storms kick up and long communication delays occur. 22 | ROSEFALL09

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eral fields, from basic stem-cell science to research in regenerative medicine. Johnston says they will receive stipends as they prepare for the next phase of their professional lives in the growing field. The PCC students are experienced in working with mouse stem cells, but that’s likely to change now that the ban on human embryonic stem-cell research has been lifted, Johnston says. “It hasn’t been controversial for us,” she says of the college’s stem-cell program. “Although I did get a call from a woman who says she knew we were cloning sheep and wanted to know where we were keeping them.” R


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Burleigh has worked at JPL for more than two decades, and that’s not bad for a guy with a bachelor’s degree in English. It’s a position he earned partly because of a computer-science minor he picked up while studying English at University at Albany-State University of New York. “I think I may have been the first computer-science minor at that school,” Burleigh surmises. “There were computers around (in the early 1970s), but certainly no computers on anybody’s desks.” At JPL, Burleigh was involved in developing several precursors to DTN before 1998. That’s when Vinton G. Cerf, whom Burleigh describes reverentially as “a towering figure in the development of the Internet,” began collaborating on the deep-space Internet project. Cerf was able to procure early rounds of funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Burleigh says, and a formal research group was founded. Unlike Internet on Earth, crucial data passed along the developing deep-space network isn’t at risk of being lost to disruptions. Instead, the network rules prescribe safe storage of information in one node — for as long as necessary — until it can be passed on to the next available hub. JPL’s Web site describes the process as “similar to basketball players safely passing the ball to the player nearest the basket.” The message is stored and then forwarded, Burleigh says. An interplanetary Internet could benefit communications between a collection of spacecraft. “A good example of that is the Mars Exploration Rovers,” he says. “If you had a number of rovers, and you wanted to coordinate their activity,” a deep-space Internet would allow the rovers to communicate directly with one another, without having to relay the message to Earth and back again. With the current system, Burleigh says, “if one rover wanted to signal to another that there was something interesting to look at — like a dust devil — it would be a minimum of 40 minutes” roundtrip time from Mars to Earth. Delay Tolerant Networking may have a significant impact on the Earth, as well. Besides military applications, Burleigh says it may improve communications in Third-World regions, where technology like the Internet isn’t wide-spread. One such demonstration is a project to provide networking capabilities to the Sami people, an indigenous population of northern Europe for whom reindeer herding is an integral cultural trait. “They’re out in the middle of nowhere,” Burleigh says. “There’s not even any phone

CLASSICAL REDUX To a generation accustomed to multisensory entertainment, the traditional classical music concert could seem a little, well, one-dimensional. Even the soaring sounds of Beethoven or Mahler may not be enough to make up for the standard visuals: on-stage musicians and a conductor’s back. That’s where Art Center College of Design students in Rob Ball’s environmental design class came in. The Pasadena Symphony, like many orchestras nationwide, is stuggling to attract new subscribers without alienating its traditional middle-aged and older support base. So who better than Art Center students for “The Symphony Project,” looking for fresh ideas to appeal to the age-group and demographics the orchestra needs for its long-term survival? “Our project was really looking at the entire Pasadena symphony experience,” said Ball, whose nine students took on the project as a class.

lines, much less high-speed cable.” A delaytolerant network could potentially use snowmobiles as a medium for moving messages, he says. An incoming message from a village could be transferred automatically onto a snowmobile with a laptop and wireless connection — and then out to the countryside and into an encampment. Sending data in space today requires a team of spacecraft operators who have to coordinate and send commands to each craft manually. The modeling of terrestrial Internet into space would reduce costs by making more data transmissions automatic, and would create alternate pathways for messages to reach their destination. “If the Odyssey orbiter isn’t available to transmit data back from Mars, information from a rover can come back through some other orbiting spacecraft,” Burleigh says. “The original motivation was always to do networking in space,” Burleigh says, “But space craft for experiments are very hard to come by. They’re very expensive, so everyone is very, very careful with them.” But the first deep-space communications network got its first tryout late last year, when JPL engineers used DTN to transmit dozens of space images to and from NASA’s Epoxi spacecraft, which was located more than — yes — 20 million miles from Earth.

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Epoxi was in between missions, and thus a convenient platform to try out the new networking protocols, Burleigh says. The experiment, which lasted about a month, was the first in a series of demonstrations to test the new technology for real-world use on upcoming space missions. Another experiment will be conducted next month, again with Epoxi — “We were successful enough in not breaking the spacecraft,” jokes Burleigh — this time incorporating security measures and possible new network connections to partners at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland, the University of Colorado and the International Space Station. “Ideally we would be able to pass traffic from JPL, through the Epoxi spacecraft, then back down and over to the University of Colorado and up to the space station,” Burleigh says. If that second demonstration works, the Epoxi team may be able to use deep-space Internet for the first time as part of a NASA mission — Epoxi’s planned encounter to analyze the comet Hartley 2 in late 2010. And that would be more than good enough for Burleigh, who says the interplanetary Internet developed unusually fast — and, so far, successfully. “It’d be lightning speed,” he says, “for space technology.” R

to do signage and announce stage effects — having onthe ‘big vision’” and use the stage scrims react to the kind ON THE WEB new plaza space outside the of music being played — and See a photo gallery of the Civic Auditorium. finding different ways to set “a Art Center students’ work insidesocal.com/rose They presented their initial stronger mood” by encouragideas to symphony officials in ing people to linger at small, August, Fieux said. One favormore visual events on the new ite, she said, is the idea of advertising on old, plaza or at Paseo Colorado. silk-screened tuxedos placed around town. “From the students’ perspective, it’s a “I loved that, it’s just brilliant,” said way to build up to the experience of really Fieux, who said students independently listening to this great music,” he said. “For also came up with an idea the symphony them it’s a multi-sensory thing.” staff had: having music ensembles playFieux, who has worked at The Greek Theing around town in alleys or unexpected atre, said the way rock concerts overcome corners where potential audiences could stage limitations is through lighting. “stumble upon” them and be intrigued. “We don’t really have that opportunity Having students observe the space with the way the stage is set up” at the and the setting — they attended the last auditorium,” she said. “But whether or Symphony concert of the 2008-2009 season not we’re technically able to carry (the — helped with the concept, Ball said. students’ ideas) out, boy! Just seeing the The students came up with ideas for renderings ...” R

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BY EMMA GALLEGOS

The economics

of education This year has been unkind to California’s public schools system: Budget talks at the state capitol stalled. The economy didn’t relent. State revenues fell short of their estimates. THE cuts hit education. The cycle repeated. Voters granted the school systems (or more appropriately, state legislators) no reprieve and rejected a package of propositions 1A-1E in May, which could have provided some stopgap money to restore a fraction of the cuts. Within four-and-a-half months, the bottom fell out, and even staid education veterans were at a loss for finding the appropriate adjectives that could describe just how much worse this year was compared to previous years. “I wouldn’t even venture to guess the long-term impact, but short-term we’re certainly looking at reductions like we haven’t seen before,” says John Pappalardo, chief financial officer for the Pasadena Unified School District. “There’s just as much work to do — with less people to do it.”

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In February, Pappalardo says the district had a balanced budget — not just for 2009-10 but the next year and the year after that. By July, funding for the next year had dropped by nearly 6.5 percent, with additional cuts anticipated for the next two years. This gave districts little choice but to make cuts: School districts are required to keep only 3 percent in their reserves in case of an economic emergency. In March, PUSD sent 48 layoff notices to certificated staff, which included 11 counselors and a coordinator of special projects. The rest were K-6 elementary teachers. The district also eliminated 24 classified positions and recommended that the hours be reduced for 24 classified staff members, according to Shelly James, chief human resources officer at PUSD. In June, even those cuts weren’t enough to make ends meet for the upcoming school year, and board members debated doing something they had never done before: sending layoff notices to an additional 47 teachers just a month before school started. Relief came from the federal government. In April, the feds announced that $44 billion in the stimulus package could be used to reform education and save teaching jobs. At a board meeting on June 23, members voted not to issue layoff notices but instead to raise class sizes. It was a tricky move that triggered stimulus money that could be used to reduce class sizes but effectively halved the number of layoff notices that the district issued for the year: 47 teachers were able to keep their jobs. Washington has been intent on creating change and reforming education and avoiding “more of the same” in President Barack Obama’s words, but the first round of stimulus funds barely preserved the status quo — it merely saved PUSD, like many other districts, from slipping into the brink for one year. The stimulus blunted the worst of the budget impact for a year and bought districts something that has been in short supply during this budget cycle: time. “The budget situation has been so uncertain, so planning has been incredibly difficult for most districts,” says Dominic Brewer, USC professor of education, economics and policy. But districts now have less than half a year to figure out how to balance their books for the next year: Pasadena Unified needs to close an $18 million gap for the 2010-11 year and an additional $3.3 million for 2011-12. “Everybody is just waiting for the economy to recover and hoping that the feds will come up with more money next year,” Brewer says. But it’s unlikely that the federal government will offer districts money the way it did this year, Brewer says. The administration is likely to make districts demonstrate that they’re on the path to reform and apply for competitive “Race to the Top” grants, if they hope to see more stimulus funding. Balancing the books Like anyone else trying to balance a budget, PUSD has to find more money and spend less. Some of the changes are small, not unlike searching the district’s couch cushions for loose change. Take transportation: Districts’ transportation budgets have been slashed by 20 percent this year, so now PUSD is reassessing every nickel and dime it spends on transportation. The radius of students who have to walk to school (or hitch a ride from their parents) could increase. Some bus lines might be slashed. Others could be combined, meaning students would have a longer ride in the morning. The district could even charge students to ride the bus — Pappalardo says such a move is legal. 28 | ROSEFALL09

Students watch Chef Scott May of Charcuterie Restaurant in Sierra Madre make individual English muffin pizzas during a “Kids in the Kitchen” class at Hamilton Elementary School. Below, a cooking class gets messy — but fun — at McKinley School. PHOTOS BY WALT MANCINI

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The bowl of watermelon, cantaloupe and grapes is ready for another addition, so Chef Scott May obliges by tossing in a handful of toasted coconut into his “ambrosia fruit salad.” Next, a couple handfuls of mini marshmallows are added to the mix, much to the delight of the 16 elementary-age children enrolled in the cooking class at Hamilton Elementary School over the summer. The children top off the recipe by folding the strawberry yogurt into the mixture. The hungry youngsters later have their servings of fruit alongside English muffin pizzas, another creation from Chef May. “I grew up on this stuff. I would come home from school and make this pizza in the oven,” May says. “Now, kids have these pizza bites you can heat up in the oven, but this is so easy to make. And that’s what I’m trying to teach them.” So far, his simple, easy-to-follow and kid-friendly culinary demos are a hit. Third-grader Andrea Monzon likes both the fruit salad and pizza, but says she will be tweaking the fruit salad recipe.“I don’t like coconut so I’ll be taking them out,” she says. Substitutions aside, Andrea says the summer cooking class has been a gastronomic delight. “We made popcorn balls and pigs in a blanket,” she says, adding those were among her two favorite dishes. “I’ll come back next summer.” The school was one of the lucky ones this summer. With the state cutting millions in funding to school districts, the first programs to get thrown in the trash are often the enrichment opportunities such as Hamilton’s “Kids in the Kitchen” class. This year, the cuts went deeper as many districts opted to either cancel summer-school programs or cut back on the number and variety of classes offered. Thanks to the Pasadena Educational Foundation, which gives grants to schools for enrichment classes, Hamilton was able to continue its popular summer cooking program. For Joan Fauvre, executive director of the Pasadena Educational Foundation, the district cuts mean a higher enrollment in the foundation’s summer programs. About 777 kindergarten through eighth-grade students signed up for the summer session to take classes in robotics, gardening, photography and cartooning.


Fauvre says the jump in enrollment is natural given the financial constraints of public schools and the fact that several local private schools also not offering summer-school programs. Many of the classes, including cooking, are not offered at the public schools in the fall. “We would like to have them during the school year,” she says. Julie Ickes, the cooking class instructor at Hamilton, says she enjoys being in the kitchen so much that she wants to share the love with students. “Healthy cooking is a basic in life,” Ickes says. “So many people run to take-out to bring food home, but it’s so easy to make it yourself.” The recipes are geared toward ease in the kitchen and range from fried rice to popcorn balls. They’ve been so popular that her students end up cooking for their families, she says. For all the fun, Ickes says it’s unfortunate that most of these enrichment courses aren’t offered during the school year. “If I could do this every day, I would,” Ickes says. r

Board members and Pappalardo say they’re looking at a host of other options like this in every area: raising average daily attendance so that the district will be eligible to receive more money, closing small schools, further reducing summer-school programs. The district is looking to the city for more help: sharing services with the city for health care or library services, adding a surcharge to tickets to the Rose Bowl that would go to the district, leasing some of the district facilities that aren’t being used right now and working with the department of water and power to conserve energy and use solar power. Pappalardo says no area or department is off-limits — everything is subject to scrutiny. Study groups are looking at each area to figure out where best to make cuts in the district’s use of consultants, custodial work, special education, workers compensation insurance, class size, legal services, maintenance operation services and central services. The idea is to cut enough in other areas to further blunt cuts to staff. The easiest way to close the budget deficit on paper is reducing the amount of money going to payroll — either laying off employees or reducing the number of hours they work. In PUSD, for instance, 79.2 percent of general fund expenditures go to salaries. But Pappalardo says it’s inevitable that students will have fewer adults at their schools: fewer teachers, fewer support staff, fewer school psychologists, fewer counselors and fewer custodians. There will be fewer people at the central office. To avoid making deep cuts, more districts are looking to pass parcel taxes, hoping that taxpayers can pony up for their local school districts in spite of the tough economy. “We’re not being left with any choice,” says PUSD board member Renatta Cooper. “I mean, nobody wants to, but I do feel like we have a community that could afford to do it.” But she says she feels worst for districts in less wealthy areas that can’t even consider raising money from property owners. “Those are the ones that I feel really bad about, and that’s when I feel bad about the way that education funding is going,” Cooper says. “It shouldn’t just be up to the individual resources of a community, but, yet, that’s where we are.” Wealthier communities have had luck with parcel taxes. Despite the two-thirds requirement for passage, these taxes cleared the hurdle. In May, San Marino voters passed Measure E by 71.17 percent to cover $4 million of the school district’s $5 million in budget cuts. Property owners will pay $795 per year for the next six years under Measure E, and stave off 80 percent of next year’s cuts. In June, 67.7 percent of voters in South Pasadena Unified School District supported Measure S, which is expected to raise $1.7 million each year over four years. La Cañada Flintridge voters also approved by 74.7 percent a parcel tax expected to raise about $4.5 million over five years. However, in June, Rowland Unified School District, which has schools in La Puente, Rowland Heights, West Covina and Walnut, wasn’t able to muster much more than a simple majority — 52 percent — in its failed effort to pass a $2.5 million parcel tax that would have chipped away at its $13 million debt. Unlike western San Gabriel Valley cities with a longer history of passing parcel taxes and a wealthier tax base, Rowland Unified had never asked property owners for help making ends meet. Officials in Pasadena probably won’t have the luxury of levying enough to cover 80 percent of the cuts the same way that San Marino did, but the board has already hired a consultant to survey residents and figure out what kind of parcel tax would have a shot at winning ROSEFALL09 | 29


passage in Pasadena that the district could use for 2010-11. CHANGES IN FUNDING It wasn’t just that the state cut education funding this year; the way districts are funded changed, too. The first hint of those changes surfaced this summer. School districts across the state scaled back their summer programs to varying degrees. Many districts opted to make cuts to their summer-school programs — particularly those “get ahead” programs for students looking to get a math or health class out of the way in the summer — in lieu of making cuts to programs during the school year. In some districts, all that was left in the summer were programs for special-education students and high-school students studying to pass their exit exam or retaking core classes they failed. In the past, summer school was just one of 60 programs categorically funded by the state — that is, funding with strings attached. These programs included class size reduction in grades K-3, GATE, tobacco use prevention education, studying for the high school exit exam and safety violence prevention. The state would allot a certain amount of money for every district to spend on summer school, and if a district didn’t spend it on summer school,

it lost it. Summer school money couldn’t be used to pay for special education or teachers. That changed in February — at least temporarily. State legislators loosened the strings attached to 40 of the more than 60 categorical programs. The money that was normally set aside for, say, summer school was now available to pay teachers’ salaries. Faced with a choice between laying off a teacher or cutting a summerschool class, most districts chose to raid the summer-school budget to keep from making cuts that would affect the regular school year. The legislators’ decision to make it easier to spend the money in categorical programs has been a bright spot in the budget crisis, Brewer says. Experts like him have been recommending that state legislators cut the strings to these programs for the last decade. Categorical programs ensure that certain programs like special education survive harsh years — and some programs like special education will still be funded separately — but Brewer says many of the programs aren’t practical. In previous years, he says there was a special category for something as specific as high-school gardens. Districts found it frustrating that they weren’t allowed to use those funds for anything else in leaner times. “In the past, if you talked to district folks,

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there would be lots of frustration at how there might be 20, 30, 40 — at some points California had more than 100 — of these programs that all have different rules,” Brewer says. “If you felt your district had some other need, you were out of luck. You had to spend the money on what the state dictated you spend it on.” Legislators passed the change in crisis mode, but the change isn’t permanent: in five years, the strings will return. Also, the first hint that some districts were better poised to deal with the state budget cuts emerged in the summer. Districts like PUSD — as well as Arcadia Unified, Temple City Unified and Walnut Valley Unified — were able to provide summerschool classes for students who wanted to get ahead or take supplementary courses. Though privately-funded foundations and corporations took a hit with Wall Street’s plummeting worth, they were not hamstrung by the state budget crisis, and they were able to provide more stable levels of funding. Parents in these districts still had to shell out at least a few hundred dollars so that their children could take these classes. But in the summer, it was already clear: even though every district suffered massive cuts, some communities with extra resources

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Side Street Projects step out into brave new mobile world, where a permanent address means little on the arts education scene IT’S TIME FOR NONPROFITS TO KICK THEIR ADDICTION TO BRICK and mortar, say the directors of Side Street Projects Jon Lapointe and Emily Hopkins. The married couple and longtime partners struck out for the brickless, mortarless frontier in 2005, an eternity ago when real-estate prices — but also faith in the value of having a tangible piece of land — were reaching their zenith. For now the arts organization makes its home on a lot near the intersection of Orange Grove Avenue and Fair Oaks Avenue, but it’s safer to say that it has settled into a life of mobility. The organization offers woodworking classes to students on a school bus that Side Street drives to public and private schools. Homeschooled students and neighborhood students will show up at their lot, too. Side Street also offers workshops and podcasts to artists trying to make a go at making a living — Lapointe and Hopkins say classes that teach those skills are in short supply at design schools. Lapointe wears a cowboy hat, like an urban cowboy taming the unsettled — or at least undeveloped — space of Pasadena, north of the 210 freeway where few other arts organization make their home. The scent of fried chicken wafts through their lot from Church’s Chicken next door. On the other side is an abandoned house with boarded-up windows. Pieces from other artists that have no other home spring up like wildflowers in the dusty lot. The trailers, school bus and art are parked so haphazardly in the lot that parents dropping off their kids for a few hours on the woodworking bus tend to get disoriented and park right at the entrance. When Side Street Projects have to leave — PHOTOS BY WALT MANCINI it’s not an “if ” but a “when” — they will take with them the pair of vintage At top, Vivian Lamb, 5, of Los Angeles travel trailers that serve as their headquarters and a school bus where they teach hammers out a woodworking project at Side Street Projects in Pasadena. Above, woodworking to students. Julian Aveling, 9, of Cherry Valley gets a The dream of owning a plot of land is alluring but unrealistic, the direc- little assistance from woodworking tors say, but advances in technology mean nonprofits can function as happy, instructor Ed Stevens. healthy, well-adjusted organizations without owning a building. Owning a permanent place to call home doesn’t make an organizations any more legitimate or real, Lapointe says. “If anything, it hobbles you.” He says money spent on space typically trumps everything but payroll at most nonprofits. Still, the majority of artists and community organizations don’t own their property. Instead, they end up moving from place to place, at the mercy of real estate’s peaks and troughs. Like a junkie who’s kicked the habit, Side Street is eager to offer up its testimony as inspiration: Lapointe estimates they lost three months every time they moved. Every move used to gobble up time and money because each move required new phone lines, new letterhead, new business cards, countless hours of packing and unpacking. “We moved six times in 13 years,” Lapointe says. “And we finally said, ‘The hell with it.’” Since then, Side Street Projects has been permanently temporary. They’ve gone completely off the grid, and PHOTO BY WALT MANCINI PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY EVELYN BARGE

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they’re completely mobile. They have solar panels for energy, cell phones and wireless internet and their offices are refurbished retro trailers. Moving is a cinch: Their move in 2005 from the Armory Center for the Arts took 90 minutes. When the economy picks up and development begins again, Lapointe says they’ll set out again, probably for another vacant, blighted lot. “So not only is this model solving a nonprofit program, it’s solving a big city problem: you want redevelopment, but between the teardown and the buildout, the community is stuck with this gross, scarred lot,” Lapointe says. Going mobile isn’t just a marriage of convenience and an easy way for a nonprofit to scrimp. Lapointe and Hopkins say their mobility actually makes it easier for the organization to accomplish their mission. Side Street Projects is doing a lot of the same things that they did when they were housed at the Armory, but it’s easier to reach out to the neighborhood. Hopkins says neighborhood kids show up to the lot without any prompting on Saturdays to learn how to saw and drill and sand white pine into any shape they can: aliens, monsters, cars, cell phones and even iPods complete with wooden earbuds. “We sort of brought the organization to them, instead of them having to go to the or-

ganization,” Hopkins says. This means that Side Street Projects is in a better place to do the kind of work that Hopkins says blurs the lines between public service and public art, the sorts of projects that are less about object-making and more about interaction with the community. “A lot of museums say, ‘Why aren’t these kids coming?’” Lapointe says. “Like, ‘Well, you’re in the rich part of town; you’re in this big, fancy building with huge steps and security guards and they don’t know.’” Side Street has hooked into a network of other community and arts organizations that have gone mobile. The Aquarium of the Pacific has an aquarium on wheels that features tide-pool creatures who appreciate the sloshing around that mimics the tides. In Hawaii, mobility means taking to the seas in a boat to go from island to island. The directors of a New York exhibit on mobile living showed up unexpectedly to meet them at a Pasadena Art Night last year. This summer, Side Street Projects added another trailer that they call the Armadillo to its burgeoning mobile family. Lapointe and Hopkins took a road trip out to MIT, where a refurbished FEMA trailer used after Hurricane Katrina awaited them. They picked up the Armadillo that they have been transforming into a mobile, vertical community garden.

Hopkins and Lapointe swung through the deep South and into New Orleans on a goodwill tour of sorts, retracing the hurricane’s path. When they arrived back home in July, they held a planting party for the community. Before the Armadillo, the organization was loathe to put down roots anywhere that could end up being bulldozed, because they’ve been there before — moving from place to place on the front lines of gentrification. But gentrification is still a ways off from the corner of Fair Oaks and Orange Grove Boulevard. In July, TV crews from KABC came to cover the arrival of the Armadillo, but the news crews were able to hop across the street to cover a lead news story: just the night before, a man was stabbed to death directly across the street. Pasadena detectives say the area across the street is known for drug trafficking. Side Street is no stranger to this situation. Lapointe and Hopkins started out in Santa Monica in 1992 and then they moved near the edge of Skid Row to Gallery Row in Los Angeles in 1999, its rougher days. “As is the case with gentrification, we eventually couldn’t afford to stay in the community that we helped create,” Lapointe says. But it will only be a matter of time before someone wants to develop the dusty parcel that smells like chicken grease, and the rambling Side Street mobiles will move on. R

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1308 Fairlawn Way, Pasadena $1,450,000 This charming character English is nestled high in the San Rafael Hills on a very private cul-de-sac with 3BR and 2.5BA. It has views of the Rose Bowl and Annandale.

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2919 Reposa Lane, Altadena $1,198,000 Truly a treasure with 6BR, 4BA, 2 fireplaces, family room with hardwood floors, remodeled kitchen with granite counters, lanai and 1BR guest quarters. Double garage, circular driveway and electric gate. Situated close to the San Gabriel mountains, rich with hiking trails and natural California beauty.

Altadena Country Club $759,000 Unspoiled Mid Centruy 3 BR home with large living room. Bay window affording great mountain views. Formal dining room with hardwood floors. Den with fireplace could also be a 4th bedroom.

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1061 Fallen Leaf Road, Arcadia $3,798,000 Majestic and stunning gated Georgian Colonial estate on an acre of park-like grounds. 7BR (6 are suites) and 8.5BA, flowing floor plan, spacious rooms and custom features throughout. Large detached game room with central air and .75BA, pool, spa and sauna.

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In the style of Food brings people together — that’s age-old wisdom. But the actual enjoyment of saporous fare isn’t the only meal-bound connection that LINKS friends and family; it’s also the Gratification of PREPARING CUISINE together.


Instructor Deborah Swartz, far left, checks on Sandy and David Weinberg’s caramelized onions during Old Town Cooking School’s lessons in cooking Mediterranean in July at the Pasadena Senior Center.

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The Old Town Cooking School in Pasadena prides itself on bringing tradition back to the dinner table, teaching that you don’t have to eat out or even break the bank to make a gourmet meal on your own. Co-owners Deborah Swartz and Deanna Clark look to their customers to decide the cuisine of their culinary lessons, which range from dinner in Morocco to brunch in Tuscany, and emphasize conversation and camaraderie in the kitchen. A recent class introduced students to the flavorful and healthy art of Mediterranean cooking. Dressed in aprons and equipped with cooking knives brought from home (the utensils, measuring spoons, ingredients and step-by-step recipes are provided), the eight participants chat

casually while preparing a full-scale meal for one person. The delicious spread includes a pissaladiere, or Provencal pizza made with a crispy crust, caramelized onions, olives, anchovies and cheese. Students are invited to improvise according to individual preferences (no anchovies, please!). Clark and Swartz, both energetic and outgoing, pace the room answering questions and watching for safety missteps. “Never turn away from your pan!” they instruct on more than one occasion. They also enforce mise en place, the practice of preparing all ingredients before putting anything over the fire. The three-hour class goes by in a flash, with students busy every step of the way. While waiting for the dough of the pissaladiere ROSEFALL09 | 43


3. Place lemon and basil into hen cavity 4. Place, uncovered on a metal tray 5. Roast in 350-degree oven for 45 minutes. Hen is finished when juices run clear ARTICHOKE WITH COUSCOUS SALAD: To choose an artichoke: The heaviest are best Dark spots are OK Leaves should not be curled or spiked Leaves should “squeak” when you rub them INGREDIENTS: 1 medium sized artichoke 1 cup of couscous, cooked and cooled 1/4 teaspoon of chopped fresh thyme 1/4 cup of minced parsley 1/4 cup of chopped scallions (white part only) 1/4 cup of orange juice 1 teaspoon dijon mustard 1/2 cucumber, diced 1/2 orange, peeled and sliced 1/2 teaspoon of grated orange rind 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice freshly ground pepper 1/4 cup pistachio nuts Instructor Deanna Clark demonstrates the preparation of a pizza tart.

to rise, the instructors demonstrate how to RECIPES marinate chicken for a recipe on Cornish CORNISH HENS IN THE STYLE OF PROVENCE hens in the style of Provence. The students are taught how to prepare (for one serving): INGREDIENTS: an artichoke with couscous salad stuffing: Cornish hen a mixture of fresh thyme, parsley, cilantro, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard scallions, dijon mustard and lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon pesto 1 large garlic clove, minced stuffed into an artichoke cavity. 1/8 teaspoon herbs de Provence Clark and Swartz, both passionate instruc- 1/4 lemon tors who have studied in France and Italy, 2 large bruised basil leaves encourage the class to engage in conversation INSTRUCTIONS: and even invite everyone to kick off their 1. Mix the above ingredients to make a paste (taste for seasoning) shoes. “What I love about it is that you’ll have 2. Rub paste onto hen, coating it completely a class where you’ll have two young Caltech Artichoke with couscous salad. guys and three 55-year-olds, and by the end of the class they’re all talking and swapping stories. Food is a great connector,” Swartz says. Swartz got her first lesson in cooking early on in life. She was 8 years old when an Italian family moved into her ethnically diverse Pittsburgh neighborhood. She was amazed to learn that they used fresh ingredients and even baked their own bread. “... It was my first taste of what food could be if it wasn’t packaged in a grocery store,” she says. Now, as she watches her students enjoy all the great food after cooking class, it seems she’s carried on this principle — buying only fresh ingredients from local vendors. The Old Town Cooking School offers both hands-on classes ($70) and demonstration classes ($50). Classes are held twice a month at the Pasadena Senior Center. oldtowncookingschool.com r 44 | ROSEFALL09

PREPARATION FOR COOKING: 1. Cut off stem so artichoke sits flat 2. Tear off the bottom outer ring of leaves and discard 3. Using scissors, cut down every leaf by 1/3 4. Rub every cut with lemon juice immediately 5. Artichoke may then be braised, boiled or steamed in water with a choice of herbs added for approximately 30 minutes 6. Artichokes are done when leaves pull out easily 7. Drain artichoke, and gently remove thin inner leaves and fuzz that covers the heart SALAD: 1. Mince all herbs 2. Mix all of the stuffing ingredients in a large bowl, then toss with the couscous 3. Stuff the mixture into your artichoke cavity 4. Top with pistachio nuts, and serve at room temperature


A student kneads and lays out dough, while onions carmelize for pizza tarts.

PISSALADIERE-PROVENCAL PIZZA (makes two tarts) DOUGH: 2 cups bread flour, plus extra for dusting the work surface 1 teaspoon instant yeast 1 teaspoon table salt 1 tablespoon olive oil plus extra for brushing dough and greasing hands 1 cup water, warmed to about 110 degrees CARAMELIZED ONIONS: 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 pounds yellow onions, or 4 medium ones, sliced 1/4 inch thick 1/2 teaspoon table salt 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon water 1 cup shredded or grated Gruyere cheese 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 cup nicoise olives, pitted and chopped coarse. Leave them whole if desired 8 anchovy fillets, rinsed, patted dry and chopped coarse 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional) 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves 1. In the work bowl of a food processor fitted with a plastic dough blade, pulse flour, yeast and salt to combine, about five one-second pulses. With machine running, slowly add oil, then water through the feed tube; continue to process for

about 15 seconds, until the dough forms a ball. Generously dust your work surface with flour. Using floured hands, transfer the dough to the work surface and knead lightly, shaping the dough into a ball. Lightly oil a medium bowl; place dough in it and cover tightly with plastic wrap and set aside in a draft-free spot for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until it doubles in volume. 2. While the dough is rising, heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until the oil is shimmering but not smoking; stir in the onions, salt and brown sugar and cook for about 7 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the moisture released from the onions has evaporated and the onions begin to brown. Reduce heat to medium-low cook, stirring frequently for about 20 minutes longer, until onions have softened and are medium golden-brown. Remove from heat, stir in water, transfer to a bowl

mise en Place:

(meez-ahn-plahss), literally “putting in place,� means preparing all ingredients ahead of time

and set aside. Adjust the oven rack to lowest position, set baking stone on the rack and heat oven to 500 degrees. 3. When the dough has doubled, remove from bowl, and divide into two equal pieces. Working with one piece at a time, form a rough ball by gently pulling the edges of dough together and pinching to seal. With floured hands, turn dough ball seam-side down. Cupping dough with both hands, gently push dough in a circular motion to form a taut ball. Repeat with second piece. Brush each lightly with oil, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cut two 20-inch lengths of parchment paper and set aside. 4. Generously coat your hands and fingers with oil. Pick up a piece of dough and while holding it up in the air gently stretch it to a 12-inch length. Place it on the parchment sheet and gently dimple the surface of the dough with your fingertips. With oiled palms, push and flatten the dough into a rough oval, about 14-by-8 inches. Brush dough lightly with oil and sprinkle with pepper. 5. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cheese evenly over dough, then do the same with 1/2 of the olives, chopped anchovies and thyme. Evenly scatter 1/2 of the onions over the surface. Top with whole anchovies and fennel seeds. Slip parchment with tart onto pizza peel (or inverted baking sheet), then slide onto the hot baking stone. Bake until deep golden brown for about 13 to 15 minutes. While the first tart bakes, shape and top the second tart.

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PHOTO BY LEO JARZOMB

Q&A: LALO SANCHEZ Executive Chef, Parkway Grill

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By CLAUDIA S. PALMA

The knife moves swiftly AND SMOOTHLY as it slices a succulent red TOMATO, a stroke so eloquent you’d think Parkway Grill’s Executive Chef Lalo Sanchez is painting on canvas. When Sanchez, who was born in Mexico City and moved to California in 1991 he thought he would be fixing cars as a career. But that changed when he left his car wash job for an opportunity to work at Parkway Grill. “Now I like to cook, now I do it as a passion,” the 35-yearold said. With no formal culinary schooling in his resume, he trained under great chefs at Parkway Grill who helped transform him from young apprentice to mentor. Sanchez has been a part of the Parkway Grill family for about 15 years, two of those as sous chef and the last year as executive chef. He lives in Pasadena with his wife and three daughters. ROSE: When did you know you wanted to be a chef? LALO SANCHEZ (in Spanish): I first realized I wanted

to be a chef when I left (Parkway) in 1997. I made myself a proposal: I told myself that if I come back here I would make some-

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thing of myself. I left to work for a produce company to learn about everything to do with produce. Then from there, I decided to come back here. I worked at two other restaurants before coming back to gain more experience with different cuisines. R: Who do you look up to in the culinary world? SANCHEZ: Since I started at this restaurant I always liked the chef who was here before me, Hugo Molina, (now top chef at Setà Restaurant in Whittier). I always liked him as a person and a chef. He told me to never have too much envy that you do not teach. What you learn, teach it. I try to be a mentor for the other cooks (in my kitchen). R: What was your favorite food growing up? SANCHEZ: Chile verde with chorizo. I’ve always liked the way my mom cooks it and now I like how my wife cooks pollo desebrada, shredded chicken, with chipotle. R: What influences your cooking? SANCHEZ: The food I grew up with. My mom’s dishes influence how I cook a lot. Sometimes I pull out recipes to remember and sometimes I will call my mom to ask how something is made. I won’t put exactly the same thing she did but something similar. I change how I make them, like how I use

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the tomatillos (small green tomatoes) for tomato sauce. Sometimes I make them for the cooks here. I like to explore different ideas and cuisines, I like to read recipes to get ideas. If I find something new at the market, I like to play around with it until I find a good recipe. R: Favorite style of food to eat? SANCHEZ: Mexican. I respect all kinds of cooking but I love eating Mexican. R: Favorite dishes to cook at home? SANCHEZ: I don’t cook much at home, I leave it to my wife. At home, during holidays, like Christmas, automatically I cook. Ultimately, I like the way my wife cooks and I like to go home and just eat. I try to give my wife space at home in the kitchen. My daughters sometimes like when I cook them breakfast like french toast. R: Favorite dishes to cook at work? SANCHEZ: I’m really into trying Spanish dishes right now. (The cooks and I) try different ideas and recipes. I always like to ask for the opinion of my team in the kitchen — more heads are better than one. R: Do you see Pasadena as a dining destination? SANCHEZ: I think so, yes. There are great restaurants here. I tried all types of restaurants but I don’t have a favorite. R: What is your dream culinary destination? SANCHEZ: I would like to go to Spain or a place like Paris. But mainly somewhere in Europe. R: What do you try to convey with your cooking? SANCHEZ: Passion. I want clients to feel the same way about eating a dish that I felt cooking it and having that strong desire to just devour it. R: Do you get bad requests from diners? SANCHEZ: We cook mostly for the clients. Sometimes some (chefs) like to try new dishes that are out of the norm, not typical, but then the clients don’t like it. We call this the “House of Yes� — anything our clients ask for, yes. We’re always trying to do the best for our clients. When the food is well accepted by the clients, it makes me happy. R: What are the most important tools for a chef? SANCHEZ: I don’t like to be the boss, I like to be a guide. I think it’s important to show respect to the rest of the cooks in my kitchen. A good chef shows what he knows. R: What are the top five essential items in your kitchen? SANCHEZ: 1. The best, freshest meat and seafood; 2. The essential salt and pepper; 3. We use our reduction sauces a lot, it’s what gives flavor to our meats, and we’re always using them to flavor many dishes; 4. The best utensils. I try to use good sautee pans; and 5. More than anything, passion. R: How would you describe the menu at Parkway? SANCHEZ: California cuisine. It’s eclectic because we have some Asian, some French — just a little of everything. R: What’s in the future for you here at Parkway? SANCHEZ: Continue to better myself. Continue preparing and that my kitchen staff continue to prepare and cook with new ideas that they would become top chefs in the future. If (the cooks) go somewhere else, I would like them to come back and say, “I’m top chef in Las Vegas, in Mexico, Los Angeles ... “ R: If you weren’t a chef, what would you be doing? SANCHEZ: I think I would be driving. Really, I don’t know what I would be doing, but I think I would choose cars and still be working in the kitchen. I am very focused in the kitchen. I have a goal of having my own restaurant, but right now I like working here. R: When do you think you will retire from cooking? SANCHEZ: I think I’ll do this forever. R 48 | ROSEFALL09

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IN LATE AUGUST, the Scarlet Tea Room previewed a medley of selections from its new dinner menu, but it could hardly be said that the food — though par excellence — was the evening’s emergent star. For who could focus upon the heirloom capri salad, the DelMonico grilled pork chop or the banana hazelnut chocolate strudel (OK, maybe the last one), with a roomful of cabaret dancers turning up the heat outside the kitchen? Live burlesque, music and, of course, dinner were the fare for all who gained entry by wearing a touch of scarlet-fever red.

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PHOTO BY KEITH BIRMINGHAM It’s actress Lauren Potter’s turn to have her portrait taken by photographer Kendall Roclord in his Pasadena studio. Potter appears in the new Fox series “Glee,” which premiered this month.

The right exposure Portrait photographer opens Pasadena studio to actors with Down syndrome By RICHARD IRWIN

PHOTOS COURTESY OF KENDALL ROCLORD Clockwise, from top: Lauren Potter, Blair Williamson, Matthew Von Dar Ahe and M.E. Powell. The four actors got free head shots from Pasadena photographer Kendall Roclord.

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Kendall Roclord is changing the face of Down syndrome by bending the way WE see thOSE WITH THE GENETIC CONDITION. The Pasadena photographer is taking free head shots of actors and actresses with the syndrome to help them get more roles in movies and television. These thespians are then changing America’s perspective on the most common chromosomal condition in the country. Today, more than 400,000 people live with Down syndrome in the United States. “Seeing an actor with Down syndrome in a television series or movie changes the public perception. They serve as role models for others,” says Gail Williamson, executive director of the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles.


“I remember getting a letter from a woman in Haiti, who said it was wonderful to see someone with Down syndrome in TV’s ‘House,’” she says. Her son, Blair, was one of the first actors with Down Syndrome to appear on television when he co-starred in an episode of “ER” in 1997. More recently, he guest starred in “The Guardian” and “Scrubs.” He was one of several actors who posed for Roclord in his Oakland Avenue studio in July. “Having spent more than 20 years working in the entertainment industry, I realize how difficult it is to maintain a career in Hollywood even after you’ve worked extensively for years,” Roclord says. “I wanted to find a way to help these serious young actors who have turned their challenges into a positive work ethic continue to work and grow in this industry.” Roclord specializes in portrait photos. One of his popular portraits — that of Sasha Vujacic, a guard with the 2009 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers — was used in the “This is My Town” advertising campaign for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His work doesn’t come cheap. He says the average client spends between $2,000 and $5,000 for portraits. “In 2008, when I first met and photographed Blair, I was so impressed with his professionalism and good nature that I wanted to to find a way to help his community,” Roclord says. So he asked the actor’s mother what he could do to help. “Our actors don’t make enough to pay for good headshots. I told Kendall that one of the things we needed was new photos,” Gail Williamson says. During the photo shoot in July, actress Lauren Potter was positively bubbling over at the opportunity to get new headshots taken. The 19-year-old had just finished shooting an episode of Fox’s new show

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There’s no hard-and-fast formula to solving violent crimes, but it’s all in a day’s work for Pasadena homicide detectives. Now, a restructured bureau is helping the major-crimes investigators nab more criminals.

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Tuesday, Aug. 18 — There are three ways to get to the second floor office space used by detectives of Pasadena’s major crimes bureau. You can take an ancient but elegant and winding staircase past a trophy case showing off the department’s accomplishments in the annual Baker-to-Vegas run and check out the awards from a host of other achievements. You can take an elevator just off to the left of the main police department lobby and navigate a mini labyrinth to the office door. Or you can simply arrive with an escort.

Rene Torres’ mother, 29-year-old Maria Pelaez, and her boyfriend, Gabriel Diaz, came into the office the third way. The couple, who shared a home in the 500 block of North Summit Avenue, called police at 6 a.m. to report that two-year-old Rene was not breathing. Operator: 9-1-1 what is your emergency? Caller: My son he is not breathing. … Operator: How old is your son? Caller: He is two. My baby! Operator: Do you want to help him? Caller: Yes I do. Oh please, he is bleeding a lot. … When officers arrive they find Rene is bloodied. His eyes are open, but there’s no hope.

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By 11:30 a.m. Diaz and Pelaez have arrived at the police station. They are settled into separate interview rooms. Diaz asks to use the restroom. A group of cops gathers around the desk of Det. Ara Bzdigian to formulate an interrogation plan. Sgt. Kelly Evans tells another detective to check the bathroom Diaz used. There’s a strong suspicion Diaz may have dumped drugs before settling in to be interviewed. Evans is a big guy. Sandy gray hair. He’s wearing a polo shirt with a replica of a police badge. In between phone calls from noisy local reporters, he’s getting his team geared up to settle in for a long day — and probably a long night. Ultimately Pelaez and Diaz confess to taping little Rene head-to-toe as a punishment

of some sort, police say. By the end of the week, both appear in court and enter not guilty pleas to murder and other charges at arraignment. Just another day. CLEARANCE Rene’s death is the sixth homicide in Pasadena this year. For a city of nearly 150,000, that’s a fairly low number. By contrast, Salinas, a city of similar size in Northern California has had 20 killings in 2009. Perhaps more impressive is that every one of Pasadena’s six homicides has been solved by detectives who work for Evans and his boss, Lt. John Dewar. Cops believe part of their success can be attributed to a new approach they developed after a surge of gang violence in 2006


and 2007. Officials decided to combine several units, including homicide detectives, gang detectives and a team devoted to tracking down wanted felons, under one umbrella. Additionally, the unit has one detective devoted full-time to solving cold cases. It’s a set-up that Dewar is proud of, and many of the detectives who work for him and Evans are happy to take part. Dewar and Evans are quick to caution that there is no cookie-cutter template that can be applied when it comes to catching killers. The combined approach works best in gang cases and stone-cold whodunits. A seeming slam-dunk like the Torres case doesn’t require a lot of additional resources. Neither did the case of Bill Manson, who at age 78, is accused of strangling his ex-wife and beating her to death with a frying pan on April 1. He then injected himself with a potentially lethal dose of insulin while waiting to be arrested. Manson has since denied committing the crime. THE ATLANTIS SHOOTING The shooting death of David Crosby, an alleged Squiggly Lanes gangster who caught three bullets while seated at a table in a Pasadena restaurant on May 29, lies somewhere in the middle of the slam dunks and the whodunits. Each of Pasadena’s six homicides in 2009 has been solved with arrests: April 1 — Police say Elinor Manson, 74, was strangled by her 78-year-old ex-husband William Manson at the woman’s home in the 100 block of S. Virginia Ave. Police say William Manson then tried to kill himself with an overdose of insulin. April 20 — James Hall, 41, was stabbed to death near Pasadena City College. Patrick Mason, 42, and Steven Sumner, 45, both of Pasadena were arrested in connection with the stabbing. May 29 — A man walked into the crowded Atlantis restaurant on May 29 and fatally shot 32year-old David Crosby of Lancaster. Two alleged Pasadena gang members — Dwayne Rice, 26, and Charles Wetstone, 19 — were arrested and will stand trial for murder. July 16 — Mario Sanchez Pacheco was stabbed to death around 11 p.m. in the 700 block of North Fair Oaks Ave. Elvin Estrada, 24, of Pasadena was arrested in connection with the crime while allegedly hiding out in Succasunna, N.J. July 26 — James Lu, 85, killed his wife with a hatchet, and then called deputies to report it. Aug. 19 — Police booked Maria Pelaez, 29, and her live-in boyfriend, Gabriel Diaz, 32, on suspicion of murder on Aug. 20, one day after police responded to a 9-1-1 call and found Palaez’ 2-year-old son, Rene Torres, dead inside the couple’s Summit Ave. home. (The officer-involved shooting that resulted in Leroy Barnes’ death on Feb. 19 is not included.) — From staff reports

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of the 1920s and 1930s was named for the Harlem section of New York City, but black cultural centers across the country — New Orleans, Kansas City and Chicago — experienced parallel revivals in art, music, literature and poetry. The Huntington Library’s “Central Avenue and Beyond: The Harlem Renaissance in Los Angeles” takes us to ground zero of Los Angeles’ own revival centered on Central Avenue (a taste of the Jazz Age lives on at 2nd Street Jazz in Little Tokyo). The exhibit features items from the Culver City-based Mayme A. Clayton Library, founded by Avery Clayton to house his mother’s collection of African-American history gathered during her 40-year career as a librarian in Los Angeles. Oct. 24-Jan. 4, The Huntington Library, West Hall, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100, huntington.org

sunlight-averting creatures spilled over to the venerable Norton Simon? The guardians in “Divine Demons: Wrathful Deities of Buddhist Art” guardians bare fangs, drink blood and wear garlands of severed heads. Blissed-out Buddhas they’re not. We hope you have your phurbu handy — the Buddhist equivalent of a stake that priests use to expel demonic forces — should you encounter the “demonic divine.” The paintings, bronze sculptures and even the phurbu hail from Tibet, Mongolia and Nepal originally, but they’re part of the museum’s permanent collection today. Through March 8, Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd. (626) 449-6840, nortonsimon.org

THE HISTORY BENEATH OUR FEET PASADENA HAS A CONNECTION to the Civil War, and it’s not just that the now-destroyed Busch Gardens once stood in for the Wilkes’ Twelve Oaks plantation in “Gone with the Wind.” The Pasadena Museum of History will present “Shadows of Blue and Gray: California Stories of the Civil War.” As part of the museum’s annual “Walk Through History,” actors will breathe life into five Civil War-era personalities now interred in Southern California graveyards (including the one where the performance

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don’t encourage Fido to come along, but it makes sense for a walk trying to raise money for the 12,000 animals that come into the Pasadena Humane Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals every year. Walk the Rose Bowl Loop with your four-legged companions at the Wiggle Waggle Walk. 9 a.m.2 p.m., Sept. 27, Brookside Park, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd. pasadenahumane.org

will review the lengthy oeuvres of Wayne Thiebaud and Pasadena native Frances Gearhart, as well as the contemporary work of Ray Turner. “Wayne Thiebaud: 70 Years of Painting” features a survey of the pop artist’s works ranging from his shadowy pastels of bakeries and delicatessens to lesser-known portraits and landscapes. “Behold the Day: The Color Block Prints of Frances Gearhart” will be the first retrospective featuring Gearhart’s block prints of the familiar California landscape. In “Population: Portraits by Ray Turner,” the artist paints 150 portraits of Pasadena residents in his trademark broad, rough-hewn strokes. Oct. 4-Jan. 31, Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union St. $5-7, free first Fridays. (626) 568-3665, pmcaonline.org

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On ArtNIGHT, the city’s museums waive admission fees and the city

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THE Comtesse ARRIVES Call her Comtesse d’Haussonville, or Princess de Broglie, or even simply Louise. A captivating 1854 portrait of this young lady by French painter Jean-AugusteDominique Ingres has come to the Norton Simon Museum, courtesy of The Frick Collection in New York. It’s the first loaner from Frick in an art exchange program between the Fifth Avenue institution in New York and the Norton Simon foundations. Two related preparatory drawings from Frick’s collections accompany the work. Oct. 30-Jan. 25, The Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd. (626) 449-6840, nortonsimon.org

ONCE UPON A PUNK FANTASY Boston Court’s

latest production of musical theater will either give “Hamlet” a punk update or give punk Shakespearean insight. Once upon a time Queen Gertrude was a punk princess but her star has long since faded. The queen has a coked-out son — though we always pictured Hamlet as a brooding stoner — who sells out to MTV. This wouldn’t be such a bummer if the rest of her country weren’t falling apart, too. The title character in “God Save Gertrude” takes to the stage to sing about her past loves and regrets, but her goal is as punk as it gets: she wants to start a revolution. Previews Oct. 1-9, Oct. 10-Nov. 8. The Theatre @ Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave. $17-34. (626) 683-6883, bostoncourt.com

ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM(s) The Bruins football season is in full swing at the Rose Bowl. Enjoy back-to-back home games as UCLA takes on Oregon on Oct. 10 and Cal the following weekend. And what better way to spend your Thanksgiving weekend than a good old home team rivalry when the blue and gold take on the USC Trojans on Nov. 28. Saturdays through November. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr. Ticket prices vary. uclabruins.com/sports

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“Un Dia de Fiesta de Verano,” a day of summer celebration, will celebrate Latino traditions with an afternoon of food, music, and dance performances in the beautiful gardens of the Fenyes Mansion. Join in workshops for folklorical dance and Mexican arts and crafts. Oct. 24, noon-4 p.m., Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., free admission, fees for food, beverages and special workshops, parking available at Avery Dennison entrance off of Walnut Street, (626) 577-1660, pasadenahistory.org

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The Pacific Asia Museum’s current and upcoming exhibits explore new Asian art concepts and offer different perceptions. Calligraffiti explores cross-cultural and intercultural understanding by interpreting the aesthetic and sociological aims of radical, anti-art or graffiti art. The (Dis)Embodied Filipina: Fashioning Domesticity, Weaving Desire is the second in a series of experimental, community-driven exhibits. Through textiles and photography, this exhibition addresses the two, key titular issues. Calligraffiti, Sept. 17 to Jan. 17; The (Dis)Embodied Filipina, Oct. 14 to Feb. 8; Gallery hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Robles Ave., $9 for general admission, $7 for students and seniors, free for ages 11 and under, members and to all visitors on the fourth Friday of the month, (626) 449-2742, pacificasiamuseum.org — Submit press releases and calendar items: therose@sgvn.com Rose Magazine, Attn: Emma Gallegos 911 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91106 (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472


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PRECIOUS CARGO is what you bring to Ann Monzon’s adorable children’s boutique — a spot so sweet it would make a confectioner’s tooth ache. Monzon collects pieces that sparkle with personality and youth, just as the child wearing them should. The clothing collections start in newborn sizes and grow up from there, but it’s not all about appearances. Jumping Jellyfish also has a specialized selection of educational toys and books to stimulate a youngster’s growing intellect. Jumping Jellyfish, 107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Suite 107. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun.11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (626) 578-1838, jumpingjellyfishkids.com

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“Dancing with the Stars,” the television show pitting celebrities against each other in ballroom dancing, is the reason Christian Perry made his return to Southern California, and he’s loving every minute of it. Perry, who was a finalist in the 2002 UK Open Dance Championship, choreographs group numbers for the show, which is now in its ninth season. “When ‘Dancing with The Stars’ first came out, everybody was hungry to get out there and learn. There was a surge and (dance) studios did a great job,” Perry says. In April, the Woodland Hills native opened his own Pasadena studio — Rose City Ballroom — on Fair Oaks Avenue. The studio teaches all ballroom styles, from International Latin (like the samba and rumba) to American Smooth (the waltz and tango) and American Rhythm. And of course, there are also the social dances like swing, salsa and lindy hop. Perry discovered his love for the art at 21, while waiting tables at The Cheesecake Factory. A group of his co-workers threw a “swing party,” teaching everyone the moves to the dance that began in the 1920s. He’s been hooked ever since. In the early ’90s, the New York Tech graduate was part of the swing revival movement, traveling to Hollywood clubs with a dance troupe to compete against others doing the same thing. In 1998, Perry was cast in the GAP Khakis Swing commercial, which was instrumental in bringing the swing revival mainstream. “I became the poster boy of that whole era,” says Perry, who also choreographed the commercial for the popular American clothing brand. Fast-forward more than 10 years, Perry can now add to his resume acting gigs as a swing dancer in movies like “Be Cool” and “Mona Lisa Smile” and choreographing one of the Jonas Brothers’ latest music videos, “Lovebug.” Last year, Perry and his partner Annette Nicole, a Pasadena city commissioner, were the featured dancers during the Opening Show for the 2009 Rose Parade. The two have also made guest appearances on “Dancing With The Stars.” Perry is preparing for the show’s upcoming season. In addition to choreographing group numbers, Perry also helps individual couples boost their creativity. The line-up this season includes former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin, models Kathy Ireland and Joanna Krupa, singer Macy Gray and actress Melissa Joan Hart. “The whole reason why the show’s so popular is the public loves to see people fail,” Perry says. “To see someone who’s a celebrity become super normal is always attractive. It’s like they see that they’re not untouchables, they’re not superhumans.” r

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(Clockwise from top right) The Station Fire blazes at sunset along the Angeles Crest Highway above La Cañada Flintridge on Aug. 28. U.S. Forest Service firefighter Matthew Gilbert turns his face away from the flames in Tujunga on Sept. 1. Firefighter Mario Gardea of Stacton finds some shade in Sunland on Sept. 2. U.S. Forest Service firefighters work to keep blaze from razing homes in Tujunga on Sept. 1. A firefighter monitors a burn area in Tujunga on Sept. 1. Fire crews get some down time in La Crescenta on Sept. 1. Firefighter Timothy Caudle of Upper Lake battles a hot spot in La Cañada Flintridge on Aug. 31.

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