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HISTORIC PRESERVATION BY SKYE HANNAH PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN On San Pasqual Street in Pasadena, in the newly minted Rose Villa-Oakdale Historic District, lies a stately 1928 Mediterranean Renaissance Revival home that has been lived in by only three families. Thoughtfully restored over the course of the last five years with an emphasis on historic preservation, it is a testament to what can be achieved when a home is lovingly created and cared for over generations. The six-bedroom, five-bathroom, 5,045-square-foot house was originally built by Edmund A. Gray and his wife, Loretta, for them and their three sons: Laurence, Kenneth and Edmund Jr. The senior Edmund had experienced considerable success after founding the Edmund A. Gray Company in 1910, which became the largest pipe nipple (a short piece of pipe used to connect other fittings) manufacturer in the Western United States. The business still exists today in downtown Los Angeles and is run by members
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of the third and fourth generations of the Gray family. To design their family home, Edmund hired two fresh-faced University of Southern California architecture students, Frank Green and Frederick Hageman, to take on the massive project in 1927. Green had graduated that year and Hageman was still in school (he graduated in 1928 with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering). It was certainly a leap of faith for all parties involved. The total cost of design and construction amounted to $17,500 at the time. The careful planning and attention to detail are evident when perusing the original design specifications for the residence. Every space was planned down to the most minute of elements, with precise product descriptions and measurements. The highest quality materials were used in the construction of the home. The wrought iron work was exquisite and abundant—from the stunning staircase railing to the decorative light fixtures in the interior and exterior of the house to the intricate door hardware. Gladding, McBean tile was installed throughout the structure in the entry hall, the library, and on outdoor patios. There was also a Batchelder fountain placed in the garden. There were thoughtful design de-
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tails incorporated throughout the house to increase the comfort of its inhabitants. For instance, the home did not have air conditioning, as it was not available in private residences at the time of construction. To keep the house cool during the hot summer months it was built out of concrete block, then marketed as the latest technology to achieve this end, and exterior shutters were installed that could be closed to block the heat from the morning sun. Additionally, Green and Hageman designed the window locations to maximize cross ventilation from cool mountain breezes in the evening. Other innovations focused on laundry. A laundry chute was built from the sleeping porch off the master bedroom to the area beside the laundry room. An exterior staircase near the laundry room was installed that enabled the maid to bring the clean laundry up to the bedrooms without disturbing the residents. The Gray family spent over 40 years in the home, selling it after Edmund Sr.’s passing in 1969. It was purchased by William “Bob” Thomas Hartfield and his wife Mary “Teresa” Carter Hartfield, who lived in the house for the next 45 years. Teresa reportedly wanted a traditional Colonial-style house but couldn’t argue with the purchase of the home given that
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the boys used it as a slide and Teresa wanted to prevent further mischief). “It’s a house filled with happy family memories,” Abercrombie said. With the house being 86 years old, the couple knew it would need some work. The “Do Not Turn On” sign wrapped around the master bathroom faucets was fair warning. But like most new owners who fall in love with a house, they underestimated how long it would take to make the necessary repairs. “The good news—that it was almost entirely original—was also the bad news,” Abercrombie said with a laugh. For instance, the heating, plumbing and electrical systems all needed to be upgraded. Once walls were opened up, there were also places where undetected dry rot had occurred that needed to be fixed. “We didn’t start out as preservationists, but we saw so many 1920s houses with bad remodels from the sixties and seventies. Our goal was to sideboard, the mahogany door was carefully stored in the basement. This also occurred when sconces were taken down in the living room to create wall space for artwork. When the home was put on the market in 2014, it immediately caught the attention of Brooke Abercrombie and Chris Wilson. The couple had toured countless houses in their search for a historic home for themselves and two daughters, but this was the first one that was almost entirely original and had two bedrooms of equal size for their girls. They had a good feeling about the home, which was reaffirmed after they purchased it and were given a walkthrough of the property by four of the Hartfield children. The Hartfield children told stories about growing up in the house and provided special insights (like which was the “good” grapefruit tree in the orchard) and explanations for certain things being the way they were (like the laundry chute being boarded up because
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update the mechanical systems but keep the house the way it looked when we bought it,” Abercrombie said. “We wanted people who visited to say, ‘Wow, aren’t you lucky that you found an old house in such good condition!’” Abercrombie and Wilson discovered that Pasadena has tremendous resources for homeowners who want to restore an older home. Through the vendor list on Pasadena Heritage’s website they found Lisa Henderson of Harvest Architecture in South Pasadena, and from there identified other craftspeople to help restore the house. Scouring through old product catalogs and visiting numerous open houses of historic homes helped to fill in missing pieces of various historical details, such as exactly how the pulley system on the 1920s curtain rods functioned. After years of work, visitors are now transported back to a different time upon entering the stately home through its grand wooden doors. The tiled floors have been restored and waxed by a specialist and the original wrought iron staircase railing and light fixtures pay tribute to craftsmanship of a bygone era. A quaint telephone closet with mahogany paneling is tucked away off the foyer. Across from it, a small powder room under the stairs still has the original 1920s sink and toilet. To the right of the foyer lies the inviting living room, anchored by a grand fireplace with a wrought iron screen that replicates the delicate flower pattern on the original sconces and curtain rods that have been restored and reinstalled. Refinished dark oak floors run the length of the room and lead to French doors at the far end that open onto a charming courtyard with a comfortable seating area on a patio made of Gladding, McBean tile and a newly added lion head wall fountain. Behind the living room is a stately library with dark wood-beamed ceilings. A paneled mahogany bookcase flanks a delicately bricked fire-
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place. The four sets of French doors in the room had been painted white over time but were restored back to their original finish with considerable effort. A large oriental rug covers the original terra cotta tile floor, giving the room a warm, nostalgic feel. A large dining room can be entered to the left of the foyer. As a nod to the time period of the house, the homeowners had Lisa Henderson create a butler’s pantry, an area traditionally located between a kitchen and dining room that was used for staging food. To make space, she removed what was originally the maid’s room closet and part of a mudroom. Local craftsmen built a butler’s pantry that closely matches what a 1928 butler’s pantry would have looked like, including a solid mahogany curved backsplash and
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upper cabinets with glass doors. A spectacular 1920s German silver sink from a home in Madison Heights that was found on Craigslist was also installed to complete the look. The kitchen, while new, was designed to fit with the style of the home. The light and open space features a dark wood island to mimic other wood elements found throughout the house, white marble countertops and period-appropriate replica light fixtures and hardware. Off of the expansive kitchen, there is a bathroom and two charming rooms where the maid and cook lived. A separate chauffeur’s quarters, a necessity at the time the house was built in order to prevent any potential untoward behavior between the domestic staff, is located off the garage. It has been transformed into
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a wonderfully efficient dwelling with cabinetry and details that make the small space feel much bigger than it actually is. On the second floor, the four bedrooms—one of which has been turned into a music/television room— remain largely unchanged from how they would have looked when the home was built, a result of diligent restoration. It is the bathrooms, however, that received the most attention in order to address dry rot issues that were not apparent until the walls were opened. All of the bathrooms were tiled using new tile in vintage colors, copying the original patterns found in each bathroom. New vintage-looking water-wise toilets were installed. And for one bathroom, Skip Willett of Architectural Details helped track down and restore a 1928 Standard Plumbing pedestal sink and faucet. The spectacular master bathroom is a case study of the level of care and attention to detail put into the renovation. “It was our sixth and last tile bathroom, so it was the beneficiary of everything we had learned over the previous four years,” Abercrombie said. One lesson was that new tile is all perfect, which is a problem when trying to recreate a vintage look, as 1920s tile was handmade and had subtle variations in color. The owners therefore purchased different batches of kiwi green field tile as well as some seconds (tiles that failed to meet the color tolerances) from B&W Tile Co. in Gardena and had them mixed together to create a patinated appearance. Accent tiles were sourced from three additional suppliers to complete the vintage look. The black box cap tile, manufactured to 1920s specifications, came from Heritage Tile. The decorative tile liner, a copy of a tile from a bathroom in Hancock Park, was recreated by Mission Tile West in South Pasadena. And the 1920s ventilator tiles in the shower (the tiles that hide the shower fan) came from Wells Tile in Los Angeles, a
company specializing in antique tile. Another lesson was to use what already existed in the house. The master bathroom originally only had one pedestal sink and the homeowners wanted two. They were able to take an identical sink from another bathroom in the home to create a matching set and had both carefully restored and re-chromed to create a unified look.
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Finally, the homeowners knew where to source vintage and vintage-looking hardware and fixtures. Various light fixtures, knobs, and toilet paper roll holders were all bought from eBay. An exposed thermostatic valve shower and heated towel bar came from George’s Pipe & Plumbing Supply in Pasadena. The outside of the home, which is situated on over three-quarters of an
acre with multiple courtyards, also received a thoughtful renovation by Nord Eriksson of EPTDESIGN. Drawing on an extensive knowledge of Italian garden design, Eriksson enhanced the flow of the outdoor spaces, adding gates to previously walled courtyards. He retained the original decomposed granite driveway and the mature trees and camelias but redesigned the remainder of the front yard for drought tolerance. The clever addition of a fountain, aligned on the same axis as the original Batchelder fountain in the back yard, increased charm while dramatically reducing the size of the lawn. A path of salvaged 1926 Dimmick stones was added to lead visitors from the street to the front door. A new fence and hedge were also installed to create more privacy. The back patio of the home saw the addition of Dimmick stones handcrafted by Bob Cook, which have a delicate pattern from burlap they were pressed with while being made. A large lawn flanked by hedges leads to the gorgeous original wall fountain. To the left of the fountain area is the mature orchard planted by Bob Hartfield replete with kumquat, lemon, lime, grapefruit, Valencia orange and tangerine trees. To the right is what was formerly the tennis court, which was removed to create room for a large vegetable garden. There is also an area in the back yard that has pallets of old bricks and roof tiles. Much like their predecessors, the current owners believe in preserving historical components for the next generation. Now that the extensive historic renovation is over, they have landmarked the home as the “Edmund A. Gray House” and hope to be able to live in it as long as the previous two families. “I think preserving our architecture makes our neighborhoods so charming and special,” Abercrombie said. “We’re a community that values history.” •
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MCDONALDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S URBAN FARM A model of sustainability in Altadena BY JAYNE SMYTHE PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN At the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, up a long driveway shielded by a striking Michael Amescua-designed gate, lies a modern ranch-style house surrounded by a mature orchard, vegetable, herb and edible flower beds, chicken coops, a duck/turkey run and a goat barn. This two-acre urban farm is the brainchild of Amelia McDonald (nĂŠe Sedano), who since 2015 has not only used the property to supply
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delicious produce, eggs and poultry to appreciative customers, but also to educate students and members of the community about sustainable urban agriculture. Amelia did not intend to become a farmer or educator. She grew up in Pasadena, where her parents still live, and attended Pacific Oaks Children’s School and Polytechnic School, graduating in 1992. She then went to University of California, Berkeley for her undergraduate degree and University of Arizona for her Juris Doctor, ultimately following a career path that led her to becoming a partner at a prestigious law firm. “I was away months a year traveling for work and I was so unhappy,” she said. Knowing that she needed a change, she purchased land in Altadena with an established orchard and set about building her home and the beginnings of what would become her “passion project.” “Now when I’m not farming, I’m a recovering lawyer,” Amelia laughed. “I do all the feeding, planting, tilling and mulching myself.” Amelia’s orchard, which is located at the front of the property and is at least 75 years old, is home to a wide array of fruit trees including numerous citrus and stone fruit varieties, avocados, apples, pomegranates and persimmons. She sells the produce (her Seville oranges are highly coveted by local chefs) or uses it herself to make jams and marmalades. While traditional citrus is not generally a great crop to sell in the area, as many folks have these types of trees in their back yards, she has kept the trees to honor the legacy of the property and her father’s family, some members of which worked as itinerant citrus pickers before World War II. As trees in the orchard have come to the end of their lifespan, Amelia has replaced them with more exotic citrus varieties such as blood oranges and pink lemons. The back acre of the property is dedicated to the “market gardens” and farm animals. The market gar-
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dens consist of three large fenced-in areas where Amelia grows seasonal vegetables, lettuce and herbs and her daughter, Charlotte, grows edible flowers. While the farm is not certified organic, Amelia employs organic farming practices such as crop rotation, which increases nutrients in the soil and reduces pests. The only fertilizer she uses comes from the poultry, fowl and goats living on the farm. “Sustainable farming is putting in as few inputs into the system as you can,” she said. “When your produce is grown in nutrient-rich soil without the use of synthetics or pesticides, it tastes so much better and is better for you.” There are generally 100 chickens at the farm at any given time, 75 of which are laying hens that produce eggs for Amelia’s small but robust egg business and the rest that are raised for meat. She now hatches the chickens, and all of the birds on the farm, herself. She selects her laying hens based upon their production abilities, appearance and the color of egg they produce, which is why the farm’s eggs come in colors ranging from more traditional white and brown to hues of pink, blue and olive. The breeds include Speckled Sussex, Barred Rock, Leghorn, Silkie, Frizzle and Rhode Island Red. All of the laying hens, which each produce anywhere between 220 and 250 eggs per year, are fed organic food and have names. “Having a 13-year-old girl means that some of the chickens have names like ‘Taylor Swift,’” Amelia said with a smile. One chicken coop has a very special resident—an adorable, social black and white rabbit named Freckles that Charlotte raised for a 4-H class years ago. He happily hops around and monitors everything that is going on, including egg production. “He loves being with the chickens! He thinks he’s one of them,” Amelia remarked.
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Adjacent to the chickens (and rabbit) lives a small herd of registered American Dairy Association Nigerian Dwarf goats that Amelia raises for the Altadena Foothills 4-H program and her own personal pleasure. She generally breeds her goats every other year. 2019 saw a drastic increase in the population with the birth of seven kids—twin females to one mother and, surprisingly, quintuplets to another. Amelia and Charlotte helped deliver all of the kids. Amelia is currently researching using the goats for brush clearance. “These guys make me incredibly happy,” she said as some of the quints competed for her attention by nibbling at her clothes and hair. Research, experimentation and evolution are all part of being a farmer and small business owner, according to Amelia. She can provide countless examples. For instance, two years ago, she wanted to produce more highly coveted olive-colored eggs, so with some trial and error she figured out which birds to mate and was ultimately successful in breeding laying hens that produced them. Last year, Amelia wanted to naturally extend the growing season of her tomato plants, so she experimented with a planting technique that resulted in her tomatoes producing through Christmas instead of early fall. This year, she improved the turkey run where she raises around two dozen heritage breed turkeys for Thanksgiving every year by adding an area for ducks, thereby providing an opportunity for product expansion with the sale of duck eggs as well as systems for water capture and conservation. The duck pond not only stores water, but also pumps it directly into the market garden below. Further, Amelia created a water capture system on the roof of the duck/turkey run that flows to a large storage tank for use around the farm. “Because it’s basically just me doing the labor, I generally take on one big project a year,” Amelia said. “But
I have a lot of plans!” There appears to be no shortage of activity on this dynamic property, which provides Amelia with ample opportunity to teach others about all aspects of sustainable urban farming. Her encyclopedic knowledge about everything from the different permits necessary to run a commercial urban farm (hers has six) to crop rotation to animal husbandry enables her to educate many different groups. School-age children come to the farm to take 4-H classes about dairy goats and goat showmanship. Amelia also offers a class called Urban Agriculture 101, which is a lowcost L.A. County program that runs throughout the school year, to teach children how to grow produce at home in small spaces. In one of her market gardens, she has a plastic garbage can with drainage holes in it that says “GROW FOOD! NOT TRASH! 100 LBS of POTATOES” to help prove her point. “The kids are amazed that 100 pounds of potatoes can grow in a garbage can,” she said. College students from Cal Poly Pomona who are interested in bringing urban farming to super urban areas in order to help address the issue of inequitable access to healthy food visit the farm as a part of their coursework. In addition to teaching them about appropriate crops for limited urban spaces, as well as fertil-
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izing and planting techniques, Amelia makes sure to place an emphasis on water. In urban farming, the cost of land is generally much higher, as is the cost of water, which is usually supplied by municipal sources. “I talk to them a lot about water. Water capture is important, and water conservation is a huge part of what we’re working on here,” she said. In addition to students, Amelia welcomes community members to the farm who want to obtain a better understanding of where their food comes from or want to learn more about how to create their own urban farm. She occasionally hosts classes rooted in hyperlocal farming ideology that range from jam making to farm-to-table cooking to seed saving. “When people come to the farm, I ask them, ‘How are you feeding yourself, your family, your communities and your country?’ That’s why I do what I do. People need to understand where their food comes from because the system is broken…When you’re passionate about something, it gets through to people. I love this. I feel like I’m making a difference for the first time in my life.” • For more information about purchasing products from, visiting, or attending classes at McDonald’s Urban Farm, visit mcdonaldsurbanfarm.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FROM TRAGEDY TO ART The horrors of World War II were buried inside Trudie Strobel’s memory until they came pouring out
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ABOVE: A SECTION OF STROBEL'S TAPESTRY RUSSIA 1942. IN THIS TAPESTRY, STROBEL SHOWS HER PAPA DOLL BEING TAKEN AWAY BY A NAZI SOLDIER IN 1942. LEFT: TRUDIE, AGE 3, WITH HER PAPA DOLL.
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Trudie Strobel thought she had closed the door on her harrowing childhood until the morning she woke up in her mid-40s and couldn’t get out of bed. She couldn’t eat. She couldn’t talk. The trauma that was bottled up for decades had finally caught up with her. Her husband, Hans Strobel, was perplexed about what to do. For a few days, his wife was utterly unresponsive, so he decided to take her to a psychiatrist, Dr. Robert A. Solow. Then the facts began to slowly emerge. “What happened to me should never have happened to any young girl,” said Strobel, a woman with white hair piled atop her head and who speaks with a gentleness that belies the horrors she saw. What happened to Strobel is that she lived through the atrocities of the Holocaust, the killing of 6 million European Jews during World War II. The heart-wrenching story that was locked inside the now 81-yearold San Marino resident had been there since 1942 when German soldiers took a four-year-old Strobel and her mother, Masha, away from their home in Ukraine and sent them on a three-year journey that transported them into a Polish ghetto and then three labor camps surrounded by barbed wire and Nazi soldiers. It wasn’t until the 1980s that she started to talk about the horror of traveling by train in cattle cars packed so tightly that people couldn’t even sit down. All she remembers are soldiers with rifle butts pushing them into the car, German Shepherds gnashing their teeth and barking and Nazi officers wearing shiny black boots. “To this day I cannot wear boots,” Strobel noted. The only reason Strobel survived is that her mother was a seamstress who could sew garments and repurpose old clothes into new pieces at a time when fabric was scarce. Masha spent her days in a sewing factory, often with her daughter at her side, doing her best to remain inconspicuous. When the war ended in 1945, Strobel and her mother were emancipated by American soldiers and sent to a displaced persons camp in Germany. Five years later, when Strobel was 13, they moved to Chicago where they focused on the future and not the past. Upon finishing high school, Strobel was introduced through a family friend to her future husband. Also a European Jewish émigré, he had survived the Holocaust by hiding on a distant relative’s farm in northern Germany. They were married a little more than a month later. “Hans and I never talked about our history,” Strobel recalled inside her 1926 stucco home, where she and her husband, who passed away in 2011, raised two sons—John and Paul.
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Trying to give their children a normal life in the United States, the couple didn’t reveal their respective pasts until their sons were in their mid and late teens. One day, they asked their sons to sit at the dining room table where they unfolded their stories, chapter by chapter, over tea and cake. John Strobel, who now lives in Tacoma, Washington, said the news of his parents’ pasts was a big surprise. “I think my brother and I might have had a gut feeling that something had gone down,” he said. “Our immediate reaction was that we wished we had known sooner.” After Strobel’s sons left home, all of her painful history caught up with her that fateful morning she couldn’t get out of bed. Dr. Solow helped her unleash that pent-up anguish eating away at her mental well-being by digging up those buried memories. During her therapy sessions, she remembered a doll that had been a gift from her father, Vasilliy Labuhn, whom she never met because he was taken away to Siberia months before Strobel was born on March 10, 1938. “That doll meant everything to me,” she remembered. But that doll was snatched away by a Nazi soldier when Strobel and her mother were being transferred to a Jewish ghetto in Lodz, Poland. “I cried,” she said. “And my mother said, ‘Trudela, be quiet.’ She was worried that something would happen to me.” And Strobel remained quiet for many years. To help her grapple with the past, Solow suggested that Strobel make a dress for the lost French porcelain doll with moveable arms and legs and brown eyes. “Somehow, something happened in my brain,” she recalled. She bought a doll and started making clothes like the clothes her “Papa doll” had worn. From there, she started making more clothes for more dolls. She was curious about why Jews had to wear a Star of David on the front of their
STROBEL'S TAPESTRY KRISTALLNACHT, THE NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS.
THE TRUDIE'S GOOSE TAPESTRY THAT STROBEL MADE AS A CHILD FROM BEADS SHE RECEIVED IN A RED CROSS GIFT BOX.
Glass, with Nazi soldiers tossing books into a raging bonfire. These tapestries have opened up a whole new world for Strobel, whose works have been discovered in recent years by young people studying the Holocaust. Two of those students are friends Lila Dworsky-Hickey, who attends South Pasadena High School, and Maya Savin Miller, who is a student at Polytechnic High School in Pasadena. Maya, now 17, was preparing four years ago for her bat mitzvah. She wanted to remember a child who was killed in Auschwitz, a Nazi concentration camp in Poland. Through the Remember Us: The Holocaust B’nai Mitzvah Project, she was put in touch with Strobel, whose good friend Leo Egan (né Zgierski), now deceased, saw his baby daughter, Chana Zgierski, killed in front of him at that camp. Strobel had promised to carry on the memory of his daughter. For Maya and Lila, getting to know Strobel has been a profound learn-
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clothes during World War II. To get her out of the house, Solow encouraged Strobel to research the topic. She discovered that for 11 centuries, Jewish men and women in various countries were required to identify their religion through head garments, badges and even shoes. She created 11 dolls representing those 11 centuries of what she calls “degradation.” In 1986, she took the dolls to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, where museum officials were so impressed they asked if they could put the “Badges of Shame” collection on permanent display. It is still at the museum.
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Making doll costumes spawned a talent Strobel didn’t know she had. It was something she had absorbed standing next to her mother in labor-camp sewing “factories.” From there, she started doing large embroidered tapestries that recounted her life story and Jewish history. Her thread is so finely placed on fabric that it resembles paint that has been applied with careful brushstrokes. One tapestry shows a young Strobel standing with her “Papa doll” clutched in her hands with a Nazi soldier dressed in black standing next to her. Another tapestry retells the story of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken
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ing experience. “We have known about the Holocaust all our lives, but hearing the first-hand experience of one survivor is a kind of visceral education that provides a unique insight and understanding of the horrors of racist national policies,” Maya said. After meeting Strobel, Maya was inspired to write a short story about her childhood. “Trudie’s Goose” not only describes the touching way in which Strobel’s mother taught her how to sew beads she received from the Red Cross at a displaced persons camp onto fabric (the Red Cross delivered wooden boxes to children at the camp filled with pencils, erasers and toys), but also the terrible things she and her mother had to endure throughout the Holocaust. Maya’s short story was made into a four-minute stop-motion animated film. Another film, called Stitching a Life: The Story of Trudie Strobel, was put together with the help of Lila and 10 other students. Both films were produced by the Righteous Conversations Project, an organization launched in 2011 under the Remember Us organization headed by Samara Hutman, who introduced Maya to Strobel. “Trudie took all her personal pain and synthesized it into telling a story that benefits humanity,” Hutman explained. Lila and Maya also received a Dragon Kim Foundation grant to organize an exhibition of Strobel’s tapestries. Called “Trudie Strobel: A Life in Tapestry,” the exhibition was
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first shown last summer at the Feldman-Horn Gallery at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. It is on display at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena through the beginning of March. In addition to the aforementioned films and exhibitions, Strobel has embraced other opportunities to share her experiences. She has done a short film for the Red Cross about how that simple gift box she received as a child meant so much to her. She has spoken to hundreds of children and adults about the Holocaust and how immigrants and diversity are important to our society. And, on April 7, a book about her life and embroidery, called Stitched & Sewn: The Life-Saving Art of Holocaust Survivor Trudie Strobel, will be released by Altadena-based publisher Prospect Park Books. It was photographed by Pasadena resident Ann Elliott Cutting and was written by Jody Savin, also a Pasadena resident, who is a screenwriter and producer. Strobel hopes her art will help people young and old remember the horrors of the Holocaust and the millions of people who died. “I feel so humbled to be able to share my story,” she said. “We must never forget.” •
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BEAUTIFUL SCIENCE Tom Carruth has dedicated his career to the creation and preservation of roses BY ANTONIE BOESSENKOOL AND JAYNE SMYTHE Before becoming the E.L. and Ruth B. Shannon Curator of the Rose Collection at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens eight years ago, Tom Carruth was an award-winning hybridizer of roses. His passion for roses began at an early age—he had his first rose garden at age 11—and after earning a master’s degree in plant breeding from Texas A&M, Carruth spent time working at a who’s who of rose breeders over the course of his 40-year career including Jackson & Perkins, Armstrong Growers and, ultimately, Weeks Roses for 25 years. Rose lovers are very familiar with many of Carruth’s creations: the stunning red and white climbing rose 'Fourth of July,' golden floribunda 'Julia Child,' and orange grandiflora 'About Face,' to name a few. He has introduced over 140 new varieties of roses, 11 of which became All-America Rose Selections (AARS). To put that into context, in the 73 years of the existence of this prestigious award for the most outstanding new rose variety, Carruth won an impressive 11 times. And new Carruth roses are still being introduced, the most recent of which, 'Huntington’s 100th,' was named to commemorate the institution’s centennial. “When people ask me what my favorite rose is, I always say, ‘It’s the new one,’” Carruth said with a laugh. Hybridizing a rose and bringing it to market takes around ten years, which is why Carruth still has new varieties coming to market despite his retirement from the field of rose breeding. The process starts by cross pollinating two roses in a greenhouse. In hybridization, the male part of the rose is removed before it disperses its pollen, preventing the rose from pollinating itself. Then the rose is pollinated with the pollen of the rose desired for the cross. If the process is successful, seeds result. The seeds are treated and planted in in a controlled environment until the first bloom can be observed and the initial propagating material can be collected. Eventually, the unnamed seedlings are planted in many different climates to test their regional performance. An immense amount of patience is required. At Weeks Roses, Car'HUNTINGTON’S 100TH' PHOTO BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN
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ruth said, hybridizers would start with 250,000 seeds in order to produce four new varieties a decade later. “You can make a cross with a certain goal in mind, but the likelihood of achieving it is small,” he said. “It’s fun because you don’t know predictably what you’re going to get—it’s a combination of art and science.” Carruth likened the process to human genetics: roses, like children, have some traits of their parents, but each is unique. For instance, when Carruth crossed the deep purple climbing rose 'Stormy Weather' with 'Julia Child' to create the rose that ultimately be-
came 'Huntington’s 100th,' he had hoped for a climbing yellow rose with a large flower. Instead, he got a compact, fragrant, color-shifting flower that blooms six times a year compared to the typical three bloom cycles of many other roses. Roses are hybridized to achieve a variety of different traits including petal count, fragrance, color, bloom size and shape, blooming frequency and disease resistance. While the popularity of certain physical traits ebbs and flows with consumers over time, the appeal of roses remains constant. “The rose has an automatic ro-
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mance to it,” Carruth said. “I think that’s one reason it’s as hybridized as it is.” According to Carruth, the practice of hybridization began with the Chinese more than 1,800 years ago. They worked with a repeat-blooming flower, and one of the first modifications was to increase the number of petals and the size of the flower using hybridization. The introduction of roses from China (China and Tea cultivars) to the European market in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, as well as increased interest from notables like Empress Joséphine (Napoleon’s first wife) who collected roses and
employed her own horticulturalist, stimulated major development in the creation of new varieties that were repeat bloomers and had unique colors. More hybridization between the offspring of crossed European and Oriental varieties culminated in the introduction of 'La France,' the first hybrid tea rose in 1867. All roses created prior to this are considered “Old Roses” and those thereafter are considered modern roses. Developments in the diversity and hardiness of modern hybrid roses continued throughout the 20th century. The Plant Patent Act of 1930 helped to stimulate the rose indus-
try in the United States, as nurseries could collect royalties on the roses they bred. The rise in mail order distribution by companies such as Jackson & Perkins also contributed to growth in the industry and the proliferation of available varieties. “No other plant has been driven more by new introductions than roses,” Carruth said. The 1960s saw breeders focusing on clarity of color—bright reds, deep yellows and brilliant oranges. With time came interest in forms other than the classic hybrid tea rose. English rose breeder David Austin made a name for himself by bringing back
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rose in the collection, to a yet-to-be named seedling that will be released commercially in 2022. “We have one of this and two of that and a few more of this. But a lot of these varieties are completely disappearing. So this is a way of preserving these varieties before they completely go away,” Carruth said. “When you see as a breeder that things are diminishing rapidly and changing quickly, that gives you a different emphasis on curating a collection.” Notably, Carruth and his team have rescued 340 varieties of roses since he began working at The Huntington. Looking toward the future, Carruth has his eyes set on educating and inspiring the next generation of rose lovers. “The future of roses is in collections like ours. We will become people’s gardens. It heartens me when I see families come into the rose garden and be entranced by the colors and smells of these exquisite flowers.” •
the forms and fragrance of old garden roses coupled with the repeat blooming and wide color palette of modern roses. There was also a return to fragrance pioneered by American breeder Herbert Swim. Novelty was a factor that came into play in the 1980s and 1990s, with the introduction of striped varieties (several by Carruth himself) and more unusual shapes. With an abundance of forms, colors and fragrances in existence, breeders set their sights on creating more disease resistant plants that were easy to grow—those that would dispel the perception that roses were hard to cultivate. At the start of the 21st century, disease resistant roses grown on their own roots that could be used as landscaping plants were introduced to the market to wide acclaim. There were unintended consequences, however. Many nurseries began to stock these easy to grow
plants and reduced the number of different varieties they ordered from breeders, helping contribute to a shift in the rose industry. “Sometimes goals have different outcomes,” Carruth said. As curator of The Huntington’s rose collection, Carruth’s efforts have changed from creating new roses to helping preserve those of the past. Over the last eight years, he has crafted a well-rounded and revitalized collection that tells the history of roses by featuring a wide variety of plants that show the flower’s evolution over the centuries. “What sets the garden apart is the large collection of varieties and representation of time periods,” Carruth said. “In addition to telling the story of the rose, the garden serves as an important repository for propagation materials.” While most rose gardens in the United States feature a concentrated
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amount of a handful of rose varieties, The Huntington’s collection has an impressive 1,292. These range from examples of the five-petal Chinese rose, to a European rose that was introduced in 1513, the oldest dated
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It started out as an innocent attempt by Southern California businessman John Cravens to offer his childhood buddies back in Kansas City a respite from the harsh Midwestern winters and an opportunity to play a little golf. Almost a century later, the amateur invitational tournament that bears his name is among the most popular in the area and has garnered requests for invitations from around the world. A renowned sportsman, Cravens got the idea during a visit to Scotland, the birthplace of golf, in 1924 when he watched a group of locals playing matches in a two-ball, foursome format. He brought the concept back with him to Midwick Country Club, where he was a member, which is where the inaugural event took place in 1925. When the sprawling, 208-acre property was sold in 1941, Cravens moved the gathering to Pasadena’s Annandale Golf Club with the hopes of initiating an annual rotation between Annandale and San Gabriel Country Club. That plan worked for exactly one cycle: the tournament went to Annandale in 1942 and switched to San Gabriel Country Club in 1943, which is precisely when Cravens joined San Gabriel and the plan for rotation was abandoned. The Cravens Invitational (The Cravens) was first held at San Gabriel Country Club on June 11-13, 1943, with 16 two-man teams registered for qualification. It marked the first—and last—time the tournament was held in June, according to an old copy of The Score Card, San Gabriel Country Club’s in-house newsletter. “The committee wisely chose the early May dates because then man’s work and nature are attuned to produce the most perfect conditions,” the article claimed. It is now held annually the week after Mother’s Day, with men typically attending the event in coat and tie and women in dressy spring attire. The Cravens brings in teams from across the nation vying for the cov-
VIBRANT AND ALIVE AT NINETY-FIVE San Gabriel Country Club’s annual Cravens Invitational golf tournament continues to thrive as it approaches its centennial BY MITCH LEHMAN
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eted Silver Bell trophy. The tournament regularly welcomes more than 200 two-man teams that compete in what is called a “Modified Scotch” format, with teammates alternating shots with one player teeing off on odd holes and the other on even holes in a predetermined order. Teams accepting invitations to The Cravens arrive for Wednesday and Thursday qualifying rounds, depending on their proximity to San Gabriel Country Club or to satisfy special tee time requests, with approximately 95 teams attempting to qualify each day. At the end of the qualifying on Thursday, all scores are ranked from the lowest to the highest, which is significant because only the lowest 128 teams make the tournament through qualifying. The top 32 teams will advance to compete in the elite Championship Flight, with the remaining teams distributed among four flights
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of 16 teams apiece and four flights containing eight teams apiece, for the total of 128 teams. The competition to get into the Championship Flight can at times be fierce. In one of the more distinctive scenes of Southern California amateur sports, the final competitors who are tied for 32nd place (which in some years has been up to 20 teams) are sent to the first tee at the same time for a massive sudden-death playoff. The players and their respective caddies, all grouped together, advance through the course on foot (everyone walks throughout The Cravens as golf carts are put aside for the duration of the tournament) along with hundreds of spectators who gather for the annual spectacle. The 24 teams not among the 128 who come from the farthest distance are entered into one of three flights
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ED REYNOLDS BLASTS OUT OF THE FAIRWAY BUNKER ON THE 10TH HOLE DURING THE 1960 CRAVENS, WHICH HE WON WITH TEAMMATE FRANK HIXON.
THE CRAVENS WAS THE INVENTION OF JOHN CRAVENS, MIDDLE, WHO WATCHED A TWO-MAN TEAM TOURNAMENT DURING A 1924 VISIT TO SCOTLAND, CONSIDERED THE BIRTHPLACE OF GOLF.
A LARGE GALLERY CAN TYPICALLY BE FOUND AROUND THE 14TH HOLE, WHICH IS THE EPICENTER OF ALL THE CRAVENS ACTIVITY AT SAN GABRIEL COUNTRY CLUB.
comprised of eight teams each called the Visitadores, Visitadores Dos and the Hermosillo Flight. The cut distance varies a bit but, generally, if the team’s club is more than 100 miles from San Gabriel Country Club, it makes one of these flights. Once the flights are established, match play takes place on Friday and Saturday, with two teams playing against each other in 18-hole matches. Each hole is worth a point, and whichever team has the fewest strokes wins and gets that point. Play continues until it is undeniable
that one of the teams can no longer win—when this is the case, the match is declared to be complete and the contestants are asked to clear the course to help speed up play. Winning teams keep advancing, further whittling down the field. Sunday is the culmination of the tournament and is definitely the busiest day at The Cravens with excited, well-dressed spectators vying for the best view of the action taking place on the course. Some have said it feels like a small city has sprung up at San Gabriel Country Club.
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pionship Flight but is still optimistic about his prospects. “Hope springs eternal,” he said as he laughed. While the annual gathering clearly features the competitive side of golf, the tournament is still true to its original mission with the congenial nature of the game shining through. “We are more concerned about having good people at The Cravens, not necessarily just good golfers,” Gross said. Perhaps John Cravens himself put it best when he said, “Winning golf is getting to be such a personal accomplishment that I am afraid we are forgetting that it is also a group sport, and even more disturbing, that it is still a ‘sport,’ still a game. I think we could use a little reminder each year that sportsmanship is still the most important factor in any game, and particularly in golf.” With The Cravens still going strong at 95, it appears that many continue to share this sentiment. •
This year, for its 95th iteration, invitations will go out to approximately 700 amateur golfers from 20 to 30 clubs in hopes of whittling the field down to between 180 to 190 teams. Golfers must have a handicap under 13 (11.0 index) and both players must be members of the same club. “186 teams is perfect,” said Bob Gross, a lifelong member of San Gabriel Country Club, longtime member of the tournament committee, and unofficial club historian, who this May will play in his 51st Cravens tournament. He has yet to win the Cham-
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PAVLOVA BY JAYNE SMYTHE PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN Pavlova is an elegant dessert that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also incredibly delicious. Created in honor of Russian prima ballerina Anna Pavlova sometime in the 1920s when she toured Australia and New Zealand (its origin is disputed by the two countries), it is generally comprised of a meringue base filled with whipped cream and various fruit components. It is surprisingly easy to make and is a delightfully versatile addition to any celebration. We are seated in a bright and airy kitchen on a sunny Wednesday morning when Danielle Keene, an accomplished pastry chef and owner of Sheila Mae, a dessert-based catering company located in Pasadena, begins to teach us how to make her showstopping pavlova. “A pavlova never fails to impress. It is simple to make but looks like you’ve spent days on it!” she says with a smile as she puts a pot of water on the stove to boil and sets the oven to 275 degrees. She proceeds to quickly separate eight eggs, putting the whites into the bowl of a stand mixer. Danielle lets
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PAVLOVA WITH PASSION FRUIT CURD RECIPE COURTESY OF DANIELLE KEENE
For the Meringue 8 egg whites 4 cups powdered sugar • Combine egg whites and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and whisk until combined. • Set the bowl over a pot of simmering water to create a bain-marie, making sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Whisk the mixture every few minutes until it is warm to the touch and the sugar has dissolved, approximately 8 to 10 minutes. • Return the bowl to the stand mixer and whisk on high until the mixture is white and shiny, approximately 5 to 7 minutes. It should be thick and hold a stiff peak. • Place parchment paper on a baking sheet tray and mound the mixture on top. Using a large spoon, push the mixture out to a round circle leaving the edges higher and the inside lower. Bake at 275 degrees F for 1 hour 15 minutes (if your oven runs hot reduce the temperate to 250 degrees F). The meringue should be a light cream color with a crispy exterior and soft inside. • Let the meringue cool at least 2 hours before filling.
For the Whipped Cream 2 cups heavy whipping cream ¼ cup powdered sugar • Combine whipping cream and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until it creates soft peaks, approximately 6 to 7 minutes.
For the Passion Fruit Curd 1 cup passion fruit purée 12 egg yolks 1 cup granulated sugar 7 oz. unsalted butter • Combine passion fruit purée, egg yolks and granulated sugar in a bowl and whisk to combine. • Set the bowl over a pot of simmering water to create a bain-marie and whisk every 10 minutes or so until the mixture is thick and coats the back of a spoon, approximately 30 to 40 minutes. • Whisk in butter until combined. • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a container. Place in the refrigerator to cool.
Assembly • Place the cooled meringue on the intended serving platter and fill with whipped cream. • Add the fruit curd on top of the whipped cream, using a spoon to gently swirl the two fillings together. • Add fresh fruit of your choosing. • Serve immediately or keep in the refrigerator until ready to be served.
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us know that less experienced bakers should crack and separate each egg over a bowl and then transfer the white into the bowl of the stand mixer to avoid shell, yolk and the potential bad egg getting introduced. She then measures four cups of powdered sugar, making sure to not compress it while doing so, and adds it to the egg whites. While whisking the egg whites and sugar to combine them she says, “In this instance, you don’t need to sift the sugar because we’re going to be heating it up. I like to make Swiss meringue for my pavlovas. Some more traditional recipes use a different technique with stabilizers, but I really prefer this way.” Danielle makes sure the pot of water on the stove is simmering at medium heat and places the bowl of the stand mixer over it without letting the base touch the water, creating a bain-marie. She whisks the mixture every few minutes for approximately nine minutes until it is warm to the touch and the sugar is dissolved. She then places the bowl back on the stand mixer and uses the whisk attachment to beat the mixture on high for approximately five minutes until it is white and shiny and is able to hold a stiff peak. “A lot of people don’t know how to differentiate between soft, medi-
um and firm peaks,” she tells us. “Basically, for a stiff peak, you want the consistency to be like shaving cream. I think that’s the most relatable thing, although I should probably be giving a food-associated example!” she says with a laugh. She lines a baking sheet pan with parchment and mounds the meringue in the center. Using a large spoon, she pushes it out in the shape of a circle, making sure to keep the edges higher and the inside lower, much like a nest. “You need to keep it shallow in the middle to hold in all the fillings you’re
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going to put in,” Danielle instructs us. She places the meringue in the oven and bakes it “low and slow” for an hour and fifteen minutes. When it emerges, it is a beautiful light cream color with crispy edges and a soft interior. Frankly, it’s hard to believe that this gorgeous creation was just egg whites and powdered sugar less than two hours prior. “You can always make this part ahead of time—it keeps nicely for a couple of days,” she tells us. “Frankly, you can just make the meringue and everything else can be store bought
if you’re pressed for time.” After letting the meringue cool for two hours, it is time to fill it. She places the meringue on the cake stand from which she plans to serve the pavlova, as transferring the completed dessert—while possible—could cause the meringue to break. Danielle first puts in a layer of whipped cream she made by beating together two cups of heavy whipping cream and a quarter of a cup of powdered sugar at medium speed. She lets us know that it is better to make the whipped cream with less sugar to balance out the sweetness of the meringue. She next adds approximately two cups of passion fruit curd that she made earlier and gently swirls the two fillings together to more evenly distribute the flavors. “I like to use a tart curd like passion fruit or lemon to add an additional flavor element, but you could also use strawberry jam or something else. That’s the beauty of this dessert—you can improvise and create a lot of different flavor profiles based upon what you choose,” she says. She then places fresh fruit on top of the filling. She uses two types of kiwi, a nod to the dessert’s roots, raspberries and blackberries. She finishes her masterpiece by drizzling fresh passion fruit seeds over the top. It looks amazing. Danielle cuts pieces for all of us to try. It is a little messy with the meringue, whipped cream, curd and fruit all rebalancing on a plate, but in the best possible way. We take a bite and are awestruck by the divine marriage of tart and sweet flavors and crunchy and creamy textures. “I love pavlova because it’s nice to have something light and fruity,” she says after our accolades finally die down. “This dessert is really great any time of year. You can use what’s in season and just have fun with it!” • Danielle Keene is the founder of Sheila Mae, a dessert-based catering company. For more information visit sheilamae.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM BY DEBORAH BELGUM PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN
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To walk into to the Southern California Children’s Museum (SCCM) in Pasadena is to enter into a magical world designed for creative play. Located on Colorado Boulevard in a large, bright storefront space, the museum, which is primarily geared toward children under the age of eight, provides engaging options at every turn. SCCM is a nearly seven-year-old institution started by Catherine Welch, a mother of four and full-time embryologist, with the help of a private donor and a small group of wom-
en who knew each other from the Junior League of Pasadena. When Welch created the museum, her oldest child was four-and-a-half years old. “I felt there was a need for more children’s educational programming in the area,” she said. “We needed activities that encompassed the arts, culture, sensory play and pretend play—things that can define motor skills that parents could do alongside their children.” The museum first opened in a 2,000-square-foot space on Lake Av-
enue but soon outgrew that location. Two years later, it moved to its current 9,600-square-foot site in a building infused with light and clear sight lines so a parent can be standing next to one child and be able to see another child playing in a different area. SCCM’s varied areas offer a plethora of avenues to imaginative play and discovery. For instance, there is a confetti room, “Coloring Without Borders” collaborative coloring book exhibit, venue to fish with magnetic rods, performance area, and interactive produce stand where chil-
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dren can load up miniature shopping carts with plastic fruits and vegetables. The museum changes some of its offerings periodically to create more opportunities to stimulate curiosity and learning. New this year is SCCM’s first permanent exhibit, Wild California, which highlights Southern California’s diverse natural landscape while teaching children about ecology and providing them with various recreational opportunities. Occupying the entire east section of the museum’s first floor, there are several areas for children to develop their motor skills while having fun. “The exhibit portrays everything from the ocean to the mountains to the desert and gives an interactive experience of being in California,” Welch said. “There is a pretend play area with surf boards to balance on at the beach, a yurt for children to explore and an orange grove to climb on.” In addition to the engaging physical spaces, SCCM offers interest-
ing daily programming options. For instance, at Open Mic Mondays, children can showcase their singing talent or recite a nursery rhyme while being in the spotlight. On Wednesdays there is Bilingual Story Time. Kids can take food and make it into edible art at Fun Foodie Friday. On Sundays, Clay Corner lets children use their hands to roll around clay while making objects inspired by their imagination. And one of the newest additions to SCCM’s programming is Messy Play, where kids can get messy doing art and sensory play, and parents don’t need to worry about a thing. The museum continues to increase its programming options with every year that passes. “We are building our after-school programming. We just started a process art class last October that focuses more on the process of doing art rather than what they create,” Welch said. “We are also looking to start a creative writing program in 2020.” A particularly unique and visionary
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offering by the museum is targeted at parents. For an additional fee, GROW at SCCM enables parents to have some time to work while their children are playing. The comfortable loft space has all the amenities of a professional environment such as desks, printing capabilities, coffee and more as well as cozy couches. Parents have the opportunity to grow professionally and personally while their children grow in their independence. “As a working parent who has the flexibility of working from home, it is a good place to find a like-minded community,” Welch said. Additional opportunities for play at the museum include private rentals and special events. SCCM offers afternoon playgroup packages and also rents out rooms for birthday parties, giving parents a break from cleaning up after all that high-energy fun. A well-loved special event is the Rose Parade viewing party, where risers are set up inside the museum near the expansive front
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windows and chairs are unfolded on the sidewalk. It provides a warm and easy environment to see the parade, with restrooms and a snack room just a few feet away. Other signature events include the Noon Year’s Eve party that lets everyone celebrate in style before bedtime, the family-friendly annual gala filled with fun for all ages, and Touch-ATruck, which provides up-close and personal access to trucks of all kinds. Furthermore, SCCM puts on monthly parties that feature a special craft, guest performers or authors depending upon the season. SCCM’s unique space, thoughtful programming and charismatic staff make it consistently popular with children and parents. “People are looking for an enriching place for their children they can experience together,” Welch said. “There are just as many parents playing with the pretend snow or walking through the noodle forest as kids. I don’t think we adults ever get tired of that kind of play.” • The Southern California Children’s Museum is located at 459 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena. Admission is $8 for adults and children, toddlers under 1 are free. Free parking is available behind the museum, which is open Mon., Weds. & Thurs. from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Tues., Fri. & Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Sun. from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The museum is closed on Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit www.socalkids.org or call (626) 657-0357.
6 HOLLY STREET, PASADENA (626) 796-7100; MIGNONCHOCOLATE.COM TUES. – SAT.: 11 A.M. – 7 P.M.; SUN.: 11 A.M. – 5 P.M. The Pasadena location of this fabulous chocolatier (there are also two stores in Glendale) does not disappoint. The current menu includes 60-plus flavors of chocolates and truffles that are not only gorgeous, but also delicious. Special offerings for Easter include chocolate eggs and bunnies (including a limited number of 3-footplus “Charlie” bunnies), as well as festive wrappings.
Temptations Chocolate Factory 15 E. MAIN STREET, ALHAMBRA (626) 293-8939 MON. – THURS.: 12 – 10 P.M.; FRI. & SAT.: 11:30 A.M. – MIDNIGHT; SUN.: 11:30 A.M. – 10 P.M. Temptations Chocolate Factory has been delighting customers with its chocolate creations for the past 17 years. Its egg-shaped truffles are a definite highlight. There is also a large selection of other chocolate items like barks (including wonderfully colorful unicorn bark!) and bars as well as covered goodies like cookies and marshmallows. Easter welcomes the addition of chocolate bunnies and festive seasonal wrappings.
Cocoa Noir Café 711 FOOTHILL BOULEVARD, UNIT H, LA CAÑADA (818) 928-1117; COCOANOIRCAFE.COM MON. – THURS.: 9 A.M. – 7 P.M.; FRI. & SAT.: 9 A.M. – 9 P.M.; SUN.: 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. The visually stunning chocolate creations from Cocoa Noir Café are undoubtedly a labor of love. Made in small batches with the finest ingredients, they are simultaneously delectable and beautiful. Not to be missed are the showstopping chocolate bunnies and eggs for Easter. Festive wrappings are also available.
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PHOTOS FROM PMH ARCHIVES & PRIVATE COLLECTOR
BY JEANNETTE BOVARD
The unprecedented growth of Pasadena during its first four decades is fascinatingly detailed in the current exhibition at Pasadena Museum of History, Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890-1930. Included in this exhibition are photos of three popular destinations during this period that helped to increase the city’s popularity with tourists and locals alike: Cawston Ostrich Farm (1886 – 1935), Busch Gardens (1906 – 1937), and the Mount Lowe Railway and associated Echo Mountain structures (1893 – 1938). All of these attractions charmed and fascinated welldressed visitors and kept them coming back for more.
At Cawston’s Ostrich Farm, people could have a variety of close encounters with ostriches including riding directly on their backs, riding in an ostrich-drawn carriage, cheering them on in ostrich races or watching them be fed (a crowd favorite was watching the ostriches swallow whole oranges down their long necks). The ostriches at the farm, while exotic, were not considered dangerous because they were raised from chicks and interacted with people all their lives. Visitors looking for an elegant souvenir could buy ostrich feather fashion accessories (which were all the rage at the time) such as boas, hats and fans at the farm store.
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Busch Gardens, created by Adolphus Busch on the approximately 36 acres surrounding his winter home, delighted visitors with fanciful structures and statues—many of which were inspired by fairy tales—manicured gardens, waterfalls and walking paths. A precursor to modern-day theme parks, Busch Gardens was so popular that the Pacific Electric Railway ran a streetcar line directly to the garden’s ticket office. Finally, visitors flocked to the Mount Lowe Railway for entertainment. Many adventure-seekers came to enjoy the thrilling ride up the steep mountainside (bear in mind that the first roller coaster didn’t come to Cal-
ifornia until the 1920s). According to historian/author/collector Michael Patris, no injuries were ever reported related to riding the Mount Lowe Railway—except for motion sickness! There were a number of interesting recreation options along the line including four unique hotels, an astronomical observatory, golf and tennis facilities, riding stables, and even a zoo with local fauna. There were also two local animal celebrities that delighted visitors: Romeo, a black bear, and Herbert the Mule. “Romeo was well known to riders who traveled to the Alpine Tavern at Mount Lowe in the early 1900s. He lived in a cage in front of the Tavern,”
said Brad Macneil, curator of Starting Anew. Herbert the Mule, who pushed tourists on the One Man and a Mule Railway horse-car line along the ridge out past Inspiration Point to the east, was also a beloved fixture. There are two explanations as to why Herbert pushed, rather than pulled, the car. The first (and nicer) reason is that it was to prevent dust from being kicked up on the passengers. The second is that it was to spare passengers from the mule’s terrible flatulence, which was a result of being fed slop from the Alpine Tavern! Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890-1930, which is on view
through July 3, transports visitors back to these vibrant decades in Pasadena’s history with historic images, documents, artwork, clothing and ephemera in a dozen different sections covering the two exhibition galleries. Come imagine what a thrill it must have been to be in Pasadena in its early years! • Visit pasadenahistory.org for exhibit days, hours, admission fees, and information on exhibit-related programs and events. Jeannette Bovard is Media Consultant for Pasadena Museum of History and teaches at Los Angeles City College and East Los Angeles College.
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Bowl Dr., Pasadena. Visit rgcshows. com/rosebowl for more information. The second Sunday of every month, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. One of the most famous flea markets in the world, it features an eclectic array of crafts, apparel, antiques and other goods. Admission starts at $10 and up.
PASADENA Farmers Markets • Villa Parke Center, 363 East Villa St. at N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena. Visit pasadenafarmersmarket.org or call 626- 449-0179 for more information. Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rain or shine. • Victory Park, at the intersection of Sierra Madre Blvd. and Paloma St., Pasadena. Visit pasadenafarmersmarket.org or call 626-449-0179 for more information. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Rain or shine.
A Noise Within 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Visit anoisewithin.org or call 626-356-3100 for more information. • The Winter’s Tale. Now – April 11, 2020. King Leontes, consumed by unwarranted jealous rage, unleashes catastrophic violence upon his loved ones, shattering the royal family and plunging him into deep remorse. But bitter winter’s thaw ushers in a spring of regeneration and miraculous forgiveness in William Shakespeare’s celebrated romance. • Alice in Wonderland. March 1 – April 18, 2020. Crash through the looking glass with Alice on her zany adventure to an upsidedown magical dreamland where imagination defies reality and madness makes logic. Weaving a whimsical poem of colorful eccentrics, Lewis Carroll’s fractured fairy tale creates a prism through which we can again experience the mystery and effervescent wonder of growing up. Recommended for ages
Flea Markets • Pasadena City College Flea Market, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Visit pasadena.edu/ community/flea-market/ or call 626585-7906 for more information. The first Sunday of every month, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. This popular flea market boasts 400+ vendors selling a range of antiques, clothing, wares and street fare. Admission is always free. • Rose Bowl Flea Market, 1001 Rose
6 and up. • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. May 10 – June 7, 2020. With a dash of depravity and a brilliant score, this Tony Award®winning musical thriller shocks the senses with savage comedy, stunning terror, and razor-sharp wit. Savor the macabre madness as a murderous barber, hungry for revenge for his long-lost family, strikes a partnership with a beastly baker. Armory Center for the Arts 145 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Visit armoryarts.org or call 626-7925101 for more information. • John Ziqiang Wu: Art Making. Now – March 29, 2020. John Ziqiang Wu’s exhibition explores the spaces that have played a role in his development as an artist, the teachings that inform his role as an educator, and the fluidity of the relationship between student and teacher and personal and institutional space. • Tanya Aguiñiga: Borderlands Within. Now – June 14, 2020. Drawing from the lived experience of the US/ Mexico border, Tanya Aguiñiga has developed an experimental approach to craft, using fiber, ceramics, hand-blown glass, and traditional techniques to generate conversations about and across political and cultural divides.
ArtNight Pasadena Arts and cultural institutions throughout Pasadena. Visit artnightpasadena.org or call 626744-7887. • ArtNight Pasadena. March 13, 2020 from 6 – 10 p.m. Pasadena’s most prominent museums and cultural institutions open their doors to the public for free and offer special programming. Complimentary shuttles are brought in to transport visitors around to different venues. Bungalow Heaven A 16-block area, bordered by Orange Grove and Washington Blvds. and Lake Ave. and Hill St., Pasadena. Visit bungalowheaven.org or call 626-5852172 for more information. • 31st Annual Bungalow Heaven Home Tour. April 26, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Experience the beautiful historic neighborhood of Bungalow Heaven with a stroll through Pasadena’s first Landmark District. During the self-guided tour, visitors will be invited to view the interiors of several homes with docentprovided commentary. There will be demonstrations of restoration work, music and refreshments. Caltech Beckman Auditorium, 330 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Visit events.caltech.
edu or call 626-395-4652 for more information. • The Search for Life: Exploring Ocean Worlds – von Kármán Lecture. March 6, 2020 at 7 p.m. Using the upcoming block of “Ocean Access” missions, Dr. Morgan Cable shows why ocean worlds are important and what the discovery of life could mean to us as a civilization. • Patrick Ball. March 7, 2020 at 8 p.m. Renowned harpist and storyteller Patrick Ball will combine his magnificent harp music with dramatic storytelling. Come Dance with Me In Ireland: A Pilgrimage to Yeats Country is a relatively new show that he has not performed in Pasadena before. Based on the life and works of William Butler Yeats, the piece is the story of an elderly Irish couple who spent their entire adult lives in the United States, but have returned to Ireland to go on a "Yeats Country" tour to try to recapture some swiftly fading memories of their youth. • Eileen Ivers & unIVERSal Roots. March 15, 2020 at 3 p.m. Eileen Ivers has firmly established herself as the preeminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. The Grammy Award-winning artist’s recording credits include over 80 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie
scores. With unIVERSal Roots, her energetic, joyous, passionate band, Ivers continues to connect music, cultures, stories, and emotions that tie us together. • Takács Quartet. March 22, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. This award-winning quartet will perform works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beethoven. • The Rise of Oxygen in the Atmosphere: A View From the Deep Earth – Watson Lecture. April 1, 2020 at 8 p.m. Oxygen levels in the atmosphere have increased by many orders of magnitude throughout Earth’s history, profoundly affecting biologic and chemical cycles at the surface of the earth. Claire E. Bucholz’s lecture explores how shifts in atmospheric oxygen concentrations went even deeper than previously suspected, altering Earth’s inner workings. • Camerata RCO. April 5, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. All the players in Camerata RCO are members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. This unique ensemble will perform works by Beethoven and Brahms. • Mari Black and the World Fiddle Ensemble. April 18, 2020 at 8 p.m. Master fiddler Mari Black draws from jazz, tango, folk, Western classical, as well as Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling. Fiddling Around
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the World is a high-energy tour of fiddle music from all different corners of the globe. • Capitol Steps. May 2, 2020 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. It’s political satire straight from the headlines! First formed in 1981 as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them, the Steps first performed at Caltech just ten years later, and they’ve been back every year since. And so have the audiences, because no two shows are the same, and laughter really is the best medicine! • Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus. May 17, 2020 at 3 p.m. Tumble and fly through the magical world of Mozart on stage and experience the composer’s irrepressible spirit and vibrant compositions through physical comedy and mischievous antics. Straight from the score and onto the stage, the man known as Mozart appears amid a storm of powder, tumbling and twirling, as musical mayhem and movement fuse in this one-hour family show with a circus twist. 10/30/19 4:53 PM
MOTA Day From Los Angeles to Pasadena, six museums open their doors to visitors for free. Visit museumsofthearroyo. com for more information. • Museums of the Arroyo Day. May 17, 2020. Noon – 4 p.m. Celebrate a diverse mix of art, architecture and history at the Museums of the Arroyo Day. Six museums in Pasadena and Los Angeles open their doors free of charge. The unique history-based museums include the Pasadena Museum of History, The Gamble House, The Lummis Home and Garden, Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum/Mt. Washington Campus, Heritage Square Museum, and The Los Angeles Police Museum. MUSE/IQUE MUSE/IQUE events are held at various locations around town. Visit museique.com or call 626-539-7085 for more information.
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• MUSE/IQUE @ ArtNight. March 13, 2020 from 6 – 10 p.m. at Paseo Colorado’s Garfield Promenade in Pasadena (300 E. Colorado Blvd.). Join MUSE/IQUE as it celebrates the 20th anniversary of ArtNight Pasadena. This year’s annual, free party will feature live music from the vibrant Latin jazz ensemble led by Louie Cruz Beltran, a soulful singer and master percussionist, and dancing from salsa sensation Desi “Babalu” Jévon. Norton Simon Museum 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Visit nortonsimon.org or call 626-4496840 for more information. • Beyond the World We Know: Abstraction in Photography. Now – April 20, 2020. This exhibition presents the work of 16 artists who embraced a new goal for their practice: to loosen the grip of realism and demonstrate photography’s ability to suggest something other than itself, to serve as a conduit for visual metaphor and personal expression. In their integration of the visible world and abstraction, the gelatin silver prints on display in Beyond the World We Know demonstrate that the simplest subjects can be evocative works of art when composition, texture, tone and light are handled by artists of great imagination and virtuosity. • Raphael 2020. Now – May 18, 2020. Museums around the world are celebrating the artistic legacy of Raphael (April 6, 1483 – April 6, 1520), as this year marks the 500th anniversary of his death. Few artists have been as widely or historically admired as Raphael, whose innovations in fresco decoration, altarpieces, portraits and devotional paintings represent the zenith of Italian art in the 16th century. Madonna and Child with Book, 1502–3, acquired in 1972, is the only painting by this great Renaissance master on the West Coast. • Paul Gauguin’s The Swineherd on loan from LACMA. Now – November 9, 2020. On special loan from the
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Paul Gauguin’s The Swineherd (1888) is on view in the Museum’s 19th-century art wing with related pictures from Norton Simon’s holdings of post-impressionist art. • The Expressive Body: Memory, Devotion, Desire (1400-1750). April 17 – August 31, 2020. For viewers in the 15th to 18th centuries, works of art were not simply aesthetic objects worthy of admiration: they activated memory, inspired devotion and fueled desire. This exhibition displays more than 60 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures from the museum’s collections, ranging from artists like Giambologna and Rembrandt who produced works for wealthy collectors, to devotional images for non-elite audiences in 15th-century Italy and colonial Mexico. Through these objects, this exhibition reveals the historically affective power of the human form to connect viewers to the richness of human experience. Pasadena Convention Center 300 East Green St., Pasadena. Visit visitpasadena.com or call 626-7959311 for more information. • Bride World Expo. March 22, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Shop and compare over 100 wedding venues, photographers, bridal gowns, florists, invitations, tuxedos, videographers, entertainers, photo booths, and more. Discover new ideas and find inspiration from local experts and designers. Activities include a runway-style fashion show, DIY seminars, and exhibitors. • Retro Gaming Expo. March 28, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and March 29, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This is a weekend full of retro gaming, freeplay arcades, YouTube personalities, tournaments, vendors selling retro games and more. • HISTORYCon™. April 3 & 4, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and April 5, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. HISTORYCon™ is a funfilled, three-day event that features exclusive panels and Q&As with
the stars of your favorite HISTORY® shows, interactive exhibits, inspiring conversations with historians, authors and experts and an expansive marketplace. • Spring Home Show. April 18, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and April 19, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. No matter what stage of remodeling your home you’re in, the Pasadena Spring Home Show is full of inspiration. There will be remodeling exhibits, product demonstrations, interior and exterior vignettes and more. • Monsterpalooza. May 8, 2020 from 6 – 11 p.m. and May 9 & 10, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monsterpalooza returns to celebrate the art of monsters and movie magic. The show is for fans as well as industry professionals with more than 450 exhibitors, makeup demonstrations, celebrity meet-andgreets, Monsterpalooza Museum’s monstrous displays and more. • Golden Future 50+ Senior Expo. May 9, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. This annual event offers a wealth of information, resources, education, and fun for adults 50 years of age and older, caregivers, friends, and family.
on this fabulous drive-yourself tour. Choose which structures you’d like to visit and, once there, partake in interesting docent-led tours of the interiors and exteriors. • Orange Heights Neighborhood Walking Tour. April 11, 2020 from 9 – 11 a.m. Listed on the National Register in 1995, Orange Heights includes 85 contributing homes. The tour will cover four streets within the District lined with trees from the original orchards planted there and will focus on the work of master builder D. M. Renton, who crafted many of the homes. • East Pasadena and Hastings Ranch Lecture and Tour. May 17, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Neighborhoods in East Pasadena grew up right after World War II and exemplify a time in history when the classic “subdivision” was born. Many of the first homeowners in the Hastings Ranch area were returning veterans, and homes were designed to be livable, modern and affordable. Join Pasadena Heritage for an informative lecture and subsequent drive-yourself tour to learn more about this fascinating area!
Pasadena Heritage 651 S. Saint John Ave., Pasadena. Visit pasadenaheritage.org or call 626-441-6333 for more information. • Old Pasadena Historic District Tour. March 7, April 4 & May 2, 2020 from 9 – 11:15 a.m. Old Pasadena would have been destroyed were it not for the efforts of Pasadena Heritage. Now it is a National Register Historic District and one of the finest examples of downtown revitalizations in the country. Let one of Pasadena Heritage’s trained docents lead you through the historic neighborhood and reveal its many hidden and unusual architectural details, old alleyways, and historic signs. • Spring Home Tour: “Wallace Neff, Master Architect.” March 29, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Discover homes and buildings designed by legendary architect Wallace Neff
Pasadena International Film Festival Held at various locations in downtown Pasadena. Visit pasadenafilmfestival.org or call 310-498-7204 for more information. • 2020 Pasadena International Film Festival. March 12-19, 2020. This festival showcases over 100 entrants from 15+ countries including features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, animation and web series. Every film programming block ends with a moderated-hosted Q&A. Pasadena Museum of History 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena. Visit pasadenahistory.org or call 626-5771660 for more information. • Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890-1930. Now – July 3, 2020. The exhibition explores the city’s private and public sector
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development by examining themes such as: Why did people come to Pasadena? Why did they choose to stay? What local, national, or international influences served as a catalyst for the city’s remarkable transformation? The forty years between 1890 and 1930 were a dynamic time in Pasadena’s history. The area changed rapidly from a small agricultural community to a renowned winter resort and bustling young city. Newcomers came for many reasons. They were taken by the region’s natural beauty and the opportunities associated with its growth and potential. It was an appealing place to launch a new venture, or in some cases, to start over. The railroad provided convenient and affordable transportation to the appropriately nicknamed “Crown City.” Pasadena was changing significantly, fashioned by a rapidly burgeoning population and its hopes, dreams, and achievements.
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Pasadena Playhouse 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Visit pasadenaplayhouse.org or call 626356-7529 for more information. • The Father. Now – March 1, 2020. André was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter, Anne, and her husband, Antoine. Or was André an engineer, whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control. Featuring acclaimed actor Alfred Molina (Frida, An Education, Enchanted April) in a tour-de-force performance that will captivate audiences and leave you breathless. • Ann. May 27, 2020 – June 28, 2020. Iconic, heroic and hilarious, Texas Governor Ann Richards had a heart as big as the state from which she hailed, a wit to rival the greats, and an enduring passion for fair play. Neither partisan nor political, Ann is pure entertainment—an uplifting tribute to this courageous
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leader, dedicated mother, loving grandmother and legendary personality. Researched, written and performed by Emmy Award-winner Holland Taylor (The Practice, Legally Blonde and Two and a Half Men), this richly imagined play reveals a complex, colorful and captivating character whose capacity to inspire us all burns even brighter today. Pasadena Showcase House of Design Visit pasadenashowcase.org or call 626-578-8500 for more information. • 56th Annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design. April 26, 2020 – May 17, 2020. The Pasadena Showcase House of Design is one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the country. Complimentary parking, shuttle service and keepsake program available. Pasadena Symphony and POPs Ambassador Auditorium, 131 South St. John Ave, Pasadena. Visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org or call 626-793-7172 for more information. • Mozart & McGegan. March 21, 2020 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nicholas McGegan brings his expert performance practice paired with a joyously effervescent conducting style. Featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 and Piano Concerto No. 20 performed by 2017 Steinway/ Colburn Festival Competition winner Yerin Yang. Caroline Shaw’s Red, Red Rose, written for McGegan, blooms with sought-after vocalist Eliza Bagg. • Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3. April 18, 2020 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. David Lockington conducting, Inon Barnatan pianist. Featuring Rachmaninoff’s powerhouse Piano Concerto No. 3, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and a world premiere by Michael Abels to close the season. Rose Bowl Stadium 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. Visit
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The 56th Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be held at the magnificent Locke House, a 6,700 square-foot, Federal-country style home built in 1937 situated on expansive park-like grounds in the historic Santa Anita Oaks neighborhood of Arcadia. Designed by “Hollywood’s society architect” Gerard R. Colcord, the home will be reimagined by 17 interior designers and four exterior designers. House tours will take place Tuesdays – Sundays from April 26th – May 17th, 2020. The Restaurant at Showcase and the Pub at Showcase will provide onsite food and beverage options and the Shops at Showcase will feature approximately 26 vendors. Daily afternoon entertainment in the Pub and on the backyard stage will contribute to the festivities, and tickets will also be available for special Saturday evening concerts. For more information, visit pasadenashowcase.org. ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE OF DESIGN
rosebowlstadium.com or call 626577-3100 for more information. • Guardian Bowl. March 14, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. This is the official flag football tournament fundraiser in support of Special Olympics Southern California athletes. Register in one of three divisions (Unified, Sworn, Open) and play in this tournament to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics athletes. Each team is guaranteed to play 3 games on the iconic Rose Bowl field. Lunch and swag for each player is also included. • Walk to End Epilepsy. March 22, 2020 at 10 a.m. Nearly 6,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event to raise awareness and funds for epilepsy care, advocacy, research, education and local programming. The Walk is a fun, family-friendly event that will feature a non-competitive 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Stroll, a “Pop-up Village” complete with games, music, arts and crafts, live entertainment, food trucks, activity booths, community
resources, a walk-through giant inflatable brain, and much more! • 5th Annual Masters of Taste. April 4, 2020 at 3 p.m. Masters of Taste is a premier food and beverage festival held on the field of the iconic Rose Bowl. Join fellow food and beverage enthusiasts for unlimited tastings from L.A.’s top Master Chefs and restaurants, craft cocktail bars, wineries, and local breweries. 100% of event proceeds benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a nonprofit organization committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives. • Party of the Century. April 18, 2020 at 7 p.m. The Party of the Century, hosted by the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, will be the first and only benefit of its kind in the history of the Rose Bowl Stadium. The benefit will raise funds to protect, preserve, and enhance the Rose Bowl Stadium as it approaches its 100th birthday in 2022. • Autism Speaks Walk. April 24, 2020.
USC Pacific Asia Museum 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. Visit pacificasiamueum.usc.edu or call 626-787-2680 for more information. • Oscar Oiwa: Dreams of a Sleeping World. Now – April 26, 2020. What do we do when we are paralyzed by the chaos of our times? Oiwa is concerned that when the noise of our everyday world impedes our radiant minds, we shut down. In this gravitational pull of “sleep” we look to our dreams to reset, searching our subconscious for nourishment and hoping for wisdom to better face the dysfunction of our world. To that end, Oiwa invites visitors to enter his 360° dreamscape to transform the clenched fist of our hearts into open hands. This exhibition features an installation of a new immersive space, created specifically for USC PAM, and large-scale artworks for which Oiwa is renowned. • We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices in Los Angeles. March 13 – June 7, 2020. The exhibition highlights seven female contemporary artists of diverse Asian Pacific heritages living and working in Los Angeles. These artists engage with and draw from their lives and family histories to create compelling works of art that invite visitors to think about their own experiences and heritage. Interwoven in their works are personal and universal narratives that give voice to the plural community we call home. This show seeks to inspire visitors to discover connections across boundaries and see that Asian art is expansive and complicated. ALTADENA Altadena Farmers’ Market 600 W. Palm St., Altadena. Visit altadenafarmersmarket.com or email stacey@altadenafarmersmarket.
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SHAKESPEARE IN THE GARDEN Ensemble Shakespeare Theater returns with performances among Descanso’s spring blooms every Saturday and Sunday in March and April (except Sunday, April 12th). This fun, funny, moving production will travel to peak bloom spots as the season changes, showcasing a blooming botanical backdrop for your favorite Shakespearean scenes. Performances are included in the price of regular admission. For more information, visit descansogardens.org. PHOTO COURTESY OF DESCANSO GARDENS com for more information. Wednesdays, 4 – 8 p.m. This certified market has multiple booths selling fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as prepared and pre-packaged food that may be enjoyed on site. Rain or shine. Altadena Main Library 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena. Visit altadenalibrary.org or call 626-7980833 for more information. • Second Saturday Concert featuring Past Action Heroes. March 14, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. In addition to live music for the whole family, enjoy food and drink, dancing and fun. LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE Farmers’ Market 1346 Foothill Blvd. Across from Memorial Park. Visit rawinspiration.org for more information. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Vendors come from all over the region with fresh fruits, nuts, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and much more. Many items are organically grown. Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Visit descansogardens. org or call 818-949-4200 for more information. • fruiting bodies. Now – April 5, 2020. Connecting plants, animals and Descanso Gardens, Los Angelesbased artist Jessica Rath and curator Pamela Bailey Lewis present the first major survey of Rath’s contemporary works of art and her exploration of the human
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manipulation of agriculture and food production. • Cultivate: Nature Sounds & Wildlife. March 7, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Join the Descanso community for music, food, crafts and discovery at Cultivate: Nature Sounds & Wildlife. The world-renowned Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir from California State University, Long Beach will perform a special arrangement of “BEE SONG” by composer Robert Hoehn. • Community Service Days. March 14 & 28, 2020 from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Get hands-on gardening experience and help care for Descanso! Instruction will be provided, and work will be supervised by Descanso horticulture staff. This is a great opportunity for individuals, friends, and organizations. Limited space available, RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, March 12. • TOMATOMANIA! March 27 - 29, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The world’s largest tomato seedling sale returns to Descanso Gardens. Select from hundreds of healthy seedlings, including heirloom varieties, old favorites and unusual offerings. Get tips from experts about how to grow great tomatoes at “Tomato Blasts” talks at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. SAN MARINO The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Visit huntington.org or call 626-405-2100 for more information. • The Hilton Als Series: Lynette
Yiadom-Boakye. Now – May 11, 2020. Recent portrait-like paintings by contemporary British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye are displayed adjacent to the historic Thornton Portrait Gallery at The Huntington in an exhibition curated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hilton Als, staff writer and theater critic for The New Yorker magazine, and associate professor of writing at Columbia University. The installation of five of Yiadom-Boakye’s studies of fictional characters create a dialogue with The Huntington’s collection of highly formal 18th-century British portraits. • Andrew Raftery: The Autobiography of a Garden. Now – January 4, 2021. American artist Andrew Raftery’s series of twelve plates charts the evolution of the garden he planted in Providence, Rhode Island, as it grew and changed over the course of a calendar year. The designs are based on Raftery’s drawings and paintings, which were then engraved on a copper sheet and printed onto special decals that he laid on each plate, transferring the image. The technique of transferring a printed image onto ceramic was first developed in England around 1750 and remained popular into the twentieth century. British transferware plates often feature landscapes in the center reserve surrounded by intricate decorative borders. Raftery’s fascination with these richly detailed objects, which he collects, stems from childhood memories of a table service his family owned. With their attention to pattern and line, his designs echo these historic objects. • Lifelines/Timelines. March 14, 2020 – June 15, 2020. With an interdisciplinary approach that only The Huntington could offer, Lifelines/ Timelines explores the march of time by comparing the age of selected California juniper bonsai alongside benchmarks in the institution’s 100year history, and with significant pieces on view in the library and art galleries. Each of the exhibition’s five bonsai installations, located
at gallery entrances, include an illustrated timeline, interactive elements geared toward children, and other interpretive materials, offering an entirely new perspective on The Huntington’s holdings. • Red Earth by Lita Albuquerque. March 21, 2020 – July 6, 2020. As part of its Centennial Celebration, The Huntington commissioned a temporary art installation by Los Angeles-based artist Lita Albuquerque. Installed near the southern entrance to the Japanese Garden, Albuquerque’s Red Earth features an approximately six-byfour-foot boulder coated with bright red pigment and surrounded by bamboo stalks affixed with coppercolored bands. The work contrasts dramatically with the cool greens of the shady bamboo grove and is intended to mark its specific location in time and space. It incorporates color and light to convey motion and stillness “because only through stillness can we discover the motion of the cosmos,” says Albuquerque. • What Now: Collecting for the Library in the 21st Century, Part 2. May 2, 2020 – August 24, 2020. In this second installment of the twopart exhibition visitors are invited to consider the continued relevance of the role of The Huntington’s library in documenting the human experience. The more than 100 items featured (about 50 in each of two consecutive installations) represent recent trends in developing the Library’s collection and range from a 15th-century Middle English manuscript of one of the foundational texts of travel literature to large-scale inkjet botanical prints made in 2009 by California artist Jane O’Neal. Together the objects illuminate, in unexpected ways, the rich texture and diversity of the Library today. SOUTH PASADENA Farmers’ Market Meridian Ave. and El Centro St. next to the South Pasadena Metro Gold Line Station. Visit
southpasadenafarmersmarket.org for more information. Thursdays, 4 – 7 p.m. Spring/summer hours begin March 12th from 4 – 8 p.m. This year-round, awardwinning market features produce from certified farmers that grow the produce they sell—they do not buy it from second party sellers—which ensures fresh, quality produce, generally picked within 24 hours of appearing at the Market. Great prepared food options, breads and other goodies available. Open rain or shine. South Pasadena’s Eclectic Music Festival and Arts Crawl Mission St. and surrounding area, South Pasadena. Visit theeclectic. rocks or call 626-799-7813 for more information. • South Pasadena’s Eclectic Music Festival and Arts Crawl. April 25, 2020. This event, which is celebrating its 12th anniversary, features a diverse musical line-up performed on multiple stages around town. There’s an Arts Crawl featuring art venues, food and beverages available all over town, a collection of artisans offering special wares, and an opportunity to meet the merchants and restaurants in South Pasadena. The festival is family friendly and free to attend. Taste of South Pasadena Along Fair Oaks Ave. and Mission St., South Pasadena. Visit tasteofsouthpasadena.com for more information. • 9th Annual Taste of South Pasadena. April 21, 2020 from 6 – 9 p.m. A special evening featuring tastings from your favorite local restaurants, great live music and fun for the whole family. Presented by the Rotary Club of South Pasadena, all proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations. • While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, The Quarterly Magazine assumes no responsibility for omissions or errors.
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