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VOLUME 31 / NUMBER 3 / FALL 2017
8 AN AUTUMN HIKE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Fall is a lovely time of year with a color palette all its own
29 TRANSPLANTED PACHYDERM The Los Angeles Zoo welcomes Shaunzi
46 THE ART OF DOING YOGA: BREAKING IT DOWN If you did want to try it, where would you even begin?
12 CULINARY REFUGE With the world at his fingertips, famed chef Joachim Splichal finds solace in his own back yard
30 PECANS Fall harvest provides a treat for the season
48 OLD OAKS CELLARS The winemakers of Old Oaks Cellars have never let their focus stray from quality
19 CHANGING OF THE GUARD David Brown leaves Descanso Gardens in Juliann Rooke’s capable hands 22 GET FRESH FOR FALL Practice a simple skin care routine to promote skin health and appearance 24 PRIVATE SCHOOL DIRECTORY Area guide for K - 12 students
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32 THE JARRINS Father and son team share the Dodgers broadcasting booth 34 THE ENIGMATIC OLYMPIC OAKS When a German artist wanted to replicate a legendary oak tree from the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the answer was found at The Huntington Library 40 GETAWAY: CAMBODIA The temples at Angkor are only the beginning of an intriguing adventure
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AN AUTUMN HIKE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARJORIE MANNOS Fall is a subtle season in the West. Though it lacks the spectacle of New England, it is a lovely time of year with a color palette all its own. Big leaf maples, cottonwoods and many other native trees are decked in brilliant yellows. Oaks and sycamores become coppery brown and drop thick carpets of leaves on the ground. Interestingly, the abundant and pernicious poison oak turns a beautiful ruby red in the fall. Higher in the mountains redbuds turn orange and dogwoods a unique shade of rose. Flowers, butterflies and berries contribute to the fall color scheme as well. Certain wildflowers bloom or continue to boom in the fall: purple asters, brilliant red California fuchsias, blue woolly stars, and the ubiquitous yellow rabbitbrush. They add bright color to the browns and golds of autumn. One of Californiaâ€™s most spectacular flowers, the blazing star, is also an autumn surprise. Dried plants, seedpods, and pinecones create fascinating sculptural forms. The arrival of autumn rain is exciting to witness. Unlike fall on the East Coast, which is followed by winter, rain in California stimulates the mountains to wake up. It is a wonder of nature how quickly 8 / The Quarterly Magazine / Fall 2017
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the chaparral responds to even modest amounts of water. The unique and adaptable nature of California flora causes plants that appear dead to spring back to life. The golden tawny mountains turn to green velvet when the hillside grasses receive water. Southern California is a sunlit place. It gives autumn a glow unlike anywhere else. Light streams through colored leaves and black branches, like the sparkling stained glass windows of a cathedral. Fall is in the air, and it’s a great time to be outside. • Some suggested local hikes include: Bailey Canyon Loop (Sierra Madre), Big Santa Anita Canyon Loop (Arcadia), Echo Mountain, Inspiration Point (Altadena), Switzer Falls (Tujunga), Trail Canyon Falls (Tujunga), Cooper Canyon Falls (Buckhorn Campground, La Cañada Flintridge). 10 / The Quarterly Magazine / Fall 2017
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With the world at his fingertips, famed chef Joachim Splichal finds solace in his own back yard BY MITCH LEHMAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN
His culinary empire spans the globe, but when world-famous chef Joachim Splichal wants to get away from it all, he need venture no farther than the forty or so steps it takes to get from his San Marino home to an outbuilding that serves so many purposes it defies definition. “Pool house,” Splichal says of the structure that also features a woodfired stove, pizza oven and a cooking space most would die for as their main kitchen, let alone a place to retreat. Splichal uses the room – decked out with tables, chairs, bars and knickknacks, most of which emanate from France and each of which carry a narrative – for intimate gatherings, fundraisers and as his very own culinary laboratory. A great newsman once said his favorite interview subjects are those who are comfortable in their own skin, and that thought immediately comes to mind sitting across from chef extraordinaire Joachim Splichal. Seated atop a food consortium that includes more than 75 restaurants, Splichal munches fresh cherries and seems in no hurry to do anything but be interviewed as the bright, Thursday evening sunshine transitions to glorious dusk. Patina, his restaurant group, is spread from Los Angeles to San Francisco to New York to Orlando and employs 6,500. There are 20 properties in the Big Apple alone. “And a Little League stadium in Arkansas,” he adds with a wry grin. Disney Resorts, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angles and every concession at LACMA just begin the list. Splichal sold the company a little over three years ago but still maintains a strong interest in his new role as Chef and Founder. “A lot of different stuff,” he responds when asked “What do you do all day?” “I never dreamed,” he says, his voice trailing off. “I came here with nothing. I opened one restaurant and things went quickly.” The business was, however, in his blood. Splichal was raised in Germany where his family operated a gasthaus – an inn of sorts, with a bar, restaurant and banquet facilities. “We had 10 to15 rooms on top. My family has had it for 150 years. I grew up amidst all that craziness.” Splichal was working at a restaurant in the South of France when he was approached by American businessman and philanthropist David Murdoch, who was opening a private club in Westwood and wanted 12 / The Quarterly Magazine / Fall 2017
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Joachim to serve as head chef. “That was more than 30 years ago,” Splichal says wistfully, as he gazes into the park-like setting of his home. Splichal opened Patina in downtown Los Angeles as his first solo venture. The highly-acclaimed eatery has since moved into Disney Hall. “Patina was a culinary-driven restaurant,” he recalls. “We were rated by Zagat and then earned a national and international reputation. Then we just kept opening restaurants with employees who were part of the family.” Splichal said the group began to grow immediately and quickly branched into what he calls “cultural institutions.” “They have an experience at Patina and they want to duplicate the quality at their property,” he says. “That’s how we grew, one by one.” He also gets a kick out of mentoring chefs in their own solo ventures. “Many of the chefs work for us 10, 15 years,” he says. “I enjoy helping them. Now, they all do their own menus.” That sentence is said with a strong sense of pride. Splichal moved to San Marino 22 years ago with his former wife and twin sons, Stephane and Nicolas, who attend St. Mary’s and Santa Clara Universities, respectively. Nicholas was a member of San Marino High School’s CIF championship tennis teams in 2012 and 2014. Stephane graduated from Maranatha High School. Both know their way around a kitchen according to their famous, award-winning dad. “They know how to cook,” he says with pride. “We often have 10, 15, 20 people over for dinner and we all do a dish.” One of Patina’s landmark properties – Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, 14 / The Quarterly Magazine / Fall 2017
located in Downtown Los Angeles – is named for the twins. Though many of his interests were located downtown and on the city’s Westside, Splichal settled in San Marino “to get away from all of the hullaballoo.” “When my wife became pregnant, we felt we needed to go to an area where there were good schools,” Splichal says. “We knew quite a few people in San Marino and Pasadena and – here we are.” A lot of his time is devoted to Maple, a new venture located on the grounds of Descanso Gardens that opened last fall and has become an instant hit, especially when it comes to a highly-touted weekend brunch offering. “It’s basically the evolution of Patina,” Splichal says. He quietly added another property to his holdings two years ago with the purchase of what Splichal calls “the passion project,” Domaine de Cala, a
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COCONUT FOAM 2 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp water 2 g gelatin powder 1- 14 oz can coconut milk (do not use low fat) METHOD: Make simple syrup by bringing the sugar and water to a boil while stirring. Remove it from the heat and let it cool down to room temperature. Mix the gelatin with ¼ cup of coconut milk and let it hydrate for a couple of minutes. Warm the syrup in a saucepan until it reaches 90°C (200 °F). Add the gelatin mixture and stir for a couple of minutes until it dissolves. Remove from heat. Add the previous mixture to the rest of the coconut milk and mix. Pour the coconut mixture into the ISI Whip, charge it with one N2O cartridge (use 2 cartridges if using 1L ISI Whip) and shake vigorously. Let it rest in the refrigerator for a couple RECIPE AND PHOTO COURTESY OF JOACHIM SPLICHAL of hours.
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450-acre site between Nice and Aix-en-Provence in the South of France, replete with an 18th-century farmhouse, vineyards, truffle trees and wild boar population. It proved to be “the one” for Splichal, who, with his sons, is now producing two rosé wines – the 2016 Domaine de Cala Rosé and 2016 Domaine de Cala Prestige Rosé – from vineyards on the land. ‘Cala’ – “cove,” in French – carries a separate message. “California and L.A.,” says Splichal with a wink and a wistful smile. “We wanted a name that is short, that people remember.” Expect a red offering to follow. Until then, you can see the man who has access to the finest food suppliers in the world at…a local farmer’s market? “I go every Thursday and Sunday,” he says. “We also buy from farmer’s markets for the restaurants. It’s the best place to get
organic vegetables.” Splichal has one last trick up his sleeve when asked to name his favorite meal. Could it be one of the items that appear on his Wikipedia page? Perhaps the grilled hamachi belly, “minute poached” live spot prawn, rosemary marinated quail, Arctic char with braised celery root or Piemontese tortelloni? No. “A steak, some salt,” he says, with a quick sideways movement of his left hand that seems to say “that’s it!” “A ribeye steak aged for 28 days, organic vegetables roasted with virgin olive oil and kosher salt. I am very happy with that.” “Here the food is very simple,” Splichal says, his gesture bringing our attention back to the pool house. “Good friends. Good food. Good wine.” Good night. •
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CHANGING OF THE GUARD David Brown leaves Descanso Gardens in Juliann Rooke’s capable hands BY KEVORK KURDOGHLIAN
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It’s now a time of growth and creativity at Descanso Gardens. But just 12 years ago, the La Cañada Flintridge botanical garden was not as well off. Located southeast of the 210 and 2 Freeway Interchange, yet feeling a world apart from any highways, Descanso has carefully transformed itself since 2005. “Descanso Gardens 12 years ago was just a bundle of possibilities,” recalled former Descanso Gardens Executive Director David Brown. A former president of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and nonprofit consultant, Brown recently retired after leading the nonprofit Los Angeles County-owned property for 12 years through its most exciting period so far. When he joined Descanso, he remembered, “there was a lot of opportunity, huge amounts of enthusiasm and willingness to think about new things.” That included a willingness to be more ambitious and enter into a new phase and history of the organization, Brown said. “When we started we had very happy and healthy membership rolls of around 6,000 families. We had an operating budget of about $4 million. And we had enthusiasm and support for adding to the value of the property,” Brown told The Quarterly. Sharing some more clearly quantifiable metrics, he continued, “Today our annual budget is about $8.5 million. It’s doubled. Our membership rolls are 16,000
households. We completed a number of improvement projects over the dozen years. And we have lots of ideas of how to keep going.” The task of how to keep going recently landed on the shoulders of Descanso Garden’s new executive director, Juliann Rooke, who served as the garden’s chief financial officer for three years before assuming the role of chief operating officer for the past five. Rooke, a San Marino resident, was selected after a yearlong national search. She was responsible for the hugely successful light show, Enchanted: Forest of Light, which will return for its second year this November. According to Brown, much like Descanso’s popular Cherry Blossom Festival, Enchanted: Forest of Light, “helped me understand that, properly presented and properly explained, the plants can really be the stars of the show.” Part of this understanding was especially impressed on the pair one year about a decade ago when one half of all attendance occurred in 12 weekends in the spring – nine of which had rain on at least one or both days. “It was almost like the gods had decided to test us,” Brown said. “In those 24 days we had less than a quarter of what we have in revenues and attendance. We were just hammered.” As a result, Rooke explained, “the goal is to move from this 12 week model to a 52 week model. We have a better chance of PHOTO © DESCANSO GARDENS
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being successful if we’re thinking about 52 weeks instead of 12.” Rooke told The Quarterly that part of building year-round relevance means a focus on Descanso’s identity. “Some of our success is based on the fact that we are constantly making sure we are staying true to Descanso Gardens. That, and a little bit of luck and some good weather,” she said. “When I walk through, I feel a connectedness to this place. It’s not overly manicured. It’s like a curated wildness going on at Descanso. It’s a place where you can feel safe and connected to nature,” Rooke continued. Numbers show that visitors to the garden have felt a similar sense of safety and connectedness. “In our first six months of 2017, we’ve had more paying customers than in all of last year,” Brown reported, noting that many have been attracted to the history that Descanso represents. “If you’re alert, a walk through Descanso Gardens is a short walk through the history of Los Angeles,” he explained. “The natural habitat provided an important source of energy that fueled the growth in California.” “Then you’ve got the story of Manchester Boddy,” Brown added, sharing the story of Descanso’s first owner. “It was a principle for him, as he saw it, that the source of a healthy life and a healthy society is a combination
between making money and taking care of nature. He was a Jeffersonian. This is his Monticello.” From Boddy to the community activists that saved Descanso from becoming the route of the 210 Freeway to today, Brown said “there’s a lot of connections here. But even if you’re not familiar with every single beat in the story, there’s a sense that there is history here.” As that torch of history is passed on from one executive director to the next, Rooke said that she and the organization would spend some of their time reflecting on Descanso’s rise from “scrappy” to successful. “The transition, in the beginning, is really about celebrating David’s time here. And focusing on his 12 years of service and what he’s brought,” she said. “I love Descanso Gardens but working with David has made it really, really enjoyable. He has taught me a lot. Patience being the primary thing.” Rooke has taken the lesson of patience to heart, explaining that she is in no rush to change things. “I’ve had people ask what I would change about Descanso and actually there’s not a lot I would change. I just want to focus on being the best version of ourselves,” Rooke said. Brown expressed his confidence that Rooke would do just that. “Juliann has the opportunity to take what we’ve built together and continue to build on it – and for me that means the people who do the work and the tracks that they leave here that live beyond them,” he said. Brown added, “I’m feeling very good about this. I think Juliann’s values are important here. I think that her understanding of the essence of the place is really healthy.” •
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products that promote exfoliation such as Retin-A or alpha hydroxy acids. This is also the time of year that patients should, under the care of a dermatologist, consider treating sun damaged areas on the face and body with topical chemotherapy to remove precancerous skin lesions. All of these procedures translate into rejuvenated, healthier, glowing skin. Fall skin care DO’S and DON’TS: DO: Keep your skin care routine simple. If a routine is overly complicated, it is difficult to adhere to, and consistent use of your skin products is critical to optimizing clinical results. Products can’t treat the skin if they remain in their packaging! Finding products that you enjoy using is essential. Skin care routines shouldn’t be a chore. Keeping them simple and using products you love makes compliance a breeze. DO: Use sunscreen—always! Sun protection is essential to every skin care regimen. If you do nothing but use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, your skin will look and feel better, and it will be healthier. Sunscreen is not only for the summer, or for outings to the pool or golf course. It should be a part of your skin care routine all year long. In the fall, lighter, less water-resistant versions can be used, but don’t let the cooler weather fool you—UV exposure is present year round, and you need to protect your skin with a daily sunscreen. Place your sunscreen next to your toothbrush so that you remember to apply it first thing in the morning, after you brush your teeth! DO: Cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser twice a day. Cleansing is important for removing dirt and bacteria that naturally accumulate on the skin, thereby minimizing breakouts and infections. A gentle cleanser such as Dove Beauty Bar will effectively cleanse the skin with-
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Practice a simple skin care routine to promote skin health and appearance BY DR. JENNIFER M. SEGAL
After the golden lull of summer months, the autumn crispness reminds us that it is time to refresh, renew and prepare for the winter months ahead. Fall provides the opportunity to “reset” when it comes to our overall health and well-being. It means cooler weather, which, after the prolonged sunshine of the summer months (even with our best intentions and ironclad SPF), offers our skin some much needed respite. Our barrier against the elements, our skin, which has served us well all summer long, has often been stressed by the summer sun, water, and travel. Fall is the time to nourish, heal, and enrich the skin. Autumn also means the return to a routine. Children are back in school, activities resume and vacations have been enjoyed and translated into meaningful memories. This is the perfect opportunity to review, revise, and resume skin care routines that may have fallen by the wayside during the summer months. Implementing a regular skin care routine is important because in addition to its expected benefits (healthy, glowing skin), it encourages us to be mindful about the health and wellness of our skin. It reminds us daily to value, care for, and protect our skin, which translates into improved skin health—always. The skin reflects our body’s overall health and wellness, and the autumnal seasonal change is also an opportunity to promote mindfulness about our physical and mental health. The resumption of an exercise routine and practices such as yoga and meditation is highly beneficial for the mind and body. Eating fresh vegetables such as fall’s bounty of green leafy kale, golden beets, and butternut squash is not only delicious but also replete with nourishing antioxidants. Fall also marks the beginning of the “corrective” season for the skin in cosmetic practices such as dermatology. While skin care should be gentle and protective in the summer months, the cool fall weather means that brown spots, melasma, blood vessels, fine lines, and skin laxity can now be treated safely with many “in office” tools such as chemical peels, resurfacing lasers, and lasers that target blood vessels and dark spots. The “corrective” component of one’s daily skin care routine at home can also be increased by resuming skin care 22 / The Quarterly Magazine / Fall 2017
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out stripping it of its natural barrier. This practice promotes overall skin health and appearance. DON’T: Over process the skin. In addition to the fact that skin is generally “taxed” after the summer elements, the change in weather can increase skin’s sensitivity, making it more prone to dryness and breakouts, rosacea and eczema. In addition to cleansing with a gentle cleanser, the application of a gentle, fragrance free moisturizer enhances the skin barrier and promotes healthy, glowing skin. Using a gentle moisturizer at night, and a moisturizer with an SPF of 30 or higher in the morning, is recommended. DON’T: Re-introduce a corrective exfoliating product into your skin care routine too quickly—it can make the skin sensitive and irritated. Some initial redness, dryness, and peeling is a normal result of beginning a retinoic acid product such as Retin-A, and it improves with continued use. Starting the right way—slowly— beginning these products three nights a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), and increasing to every other night, and then to every night as tolerated will enhance compliance and results! DON’T: Hit the tanning beds. Fall and winter are often times during which people are tempted to use tanning beds to maintain or promote a suntan or “glow.” Studies have shown that use of tanning beds early in life and beyond increases one’s risk of developing a melanoma skin cancer by 75%, and that their carcinogenic potential is similar to that of arsenic. Stay away! Sunless tanners are always preferable. If Vitamin D is a concern, take an oral supplement. • Dr. Jennifer M. Segal, M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Metropolitan Dermatology Institute.
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PRIVATE SCHOOL DIRECTORY BY ALLISON MCCROSKEY Deciding where to send your child to school can easily be one of the most challenging decisions as a parent. There are countless factors to consider, including: Public or private? Large or small? Religious or secular? Co-educational or single-sex? We are fortunate that there are many wonderful public and charter schools in the area. However, for those looking for a private school education for their children, we’ve compiled a directory of some of the better-known local private schools. It is important to bear in mind that admission to private schools is not guaranteed—it is best to start your research early (attend school tours, meet the staff, get to know the parent/student community) and know the application deadlines. Disclaimer: All information is as up to date as possible at press time and reflects 2017-18 school year enrollment information. Please contact individual schools for the most current information. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, The Quarterly assumes no responsibilty for omissions or errors. SCHOOLS ALHAMBRA All Souls School 29 S. Electric Ave. Alhambra, CA 91803 626-282-5695 allsouls.la Oneonta Montessori 2221 Poplar Blvd. Alhambra, CA 91801 626-284-0840 oneontamontessori.com
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ALTADENA Pasadena Waldorf Preschool-12 260 Co-ed 209 E. Mariposa St. Altadena, CA 91001 626-794-9564 pasadenawaldorf.org St. Elizabeth Parish School 1840 Lake Ave. Altadena, CA 91001 626-797-7727 saint-elizabeth.org
St. Mark’s School Preschool-6 340 Co-ed 1050 E. Altadena Dr. Altadena, CA 91001 626-798-8858 saint-marks.org ARCADIA Arcadia Christian School Preschool-8 214 Co-ed 1900 S. Santa Anita Ave. Arcadia, CA 91006 626-574-8229 acslions.com
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Preschool: $13,100-$19,470 Nonsectarian K: $19,750 1-5: $22,900 6-8: $24,190 9-12: $25,380
SCHOOLS Arroyo Pacific Academy 41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, CA 91007 626-566-2280 arroyopacific.org
# OF STUDENTS STUDENT BODY 150 Co-ed
Barnhart School K-8 217 Co-ed 240 W. Colorado Blvd. Arcadia, CA 91007 626-446-5588 barnhartschool.org
TUITION COST $17,000
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION Nonsectarian
K-5: $14,365 6-8: $16,211
Flintridge Preparatory School 7-12 500 Co-ed 4543 Crown Ave. La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 818-790-1178 flintridgeprep.org
7-8: $34,700 9-12: $35,300
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy 9-12 391 All-girls 440 Saint Katherine Dr. La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 626-685-8300 fsha.org
Day Student: $24,600 Boarding: $54,900
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE Crestview Preparatory School 140 Foothill Blvd. La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 818-952-0925 crestviewprep.org
Foothill Progressive Montessori Preschool-8 40 Co-ed Preschool-K: $950/month Nonsectarian School & Academy 1-6: $980/month 4526 Indianola Ave. 7-8: $1,000/month La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 818-952-0129 lacanadamontessori.com St. Bede the Venerable School 4524 Crown Ave. La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 818-790-7884 stbedeschool.net
St. Francis High School 200 Foothill Blvd. La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 818-790-0325 sfhs.net
Preschool: $7,500 TK-K: $7,750 1-6: $8,000
1-8: $5,550 9-12: $9,395
K-5: $23,120 6-8: $24,470
La Cresenta St. James-Holy Redeemer School 4635 Dunsmore Ave. La Crescenta, CA 91214 818-248-7778 sjhrschool.org
Montrose Montrose Christian Montessori Age 2-Grade 6 130 Co-ed 2545 Honolulu Ave. Montrose, CA 91020 818-249-2319 mcms.us
St. Monica Academy 1-12 272 Co-ed 2361 Del Mar Rd. Montrose, CA 91020 818-369-7310 stmonicaacademy.com
Preschool: $4,930-$11,590 K-3: $16,790 4-6: $17,370
PASADENA Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2660 E. Orange Grove Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91007 626-793-2089 abvm-school.org
Preschool: $2,580-$8,670 TK-5: $8,656 6-8: $9,160
Chandler School K-8 450 Co-ed 1005 Armada Dr. Pasadena, CA 91103 626-795-9314 chandlerschool.org
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SCHOOLS Halstrom Academy 35 N. Lake Ave. Pasadena, CA 91101 626-500-0050 halstromacademy.org/campus/Pasadena
# OF STUDENTS STUDENT BODY 1:1 Co-ed
High Point Academy K-8 350 Co-ed 1720 Kinneloa Canyon Rd. Pasadena, CA 91107 626-798-8989 highpointacademy.org La Salle High School 3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107 626-351-8951 lasallehs.org
TUITION COST $2,800/course
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION Nonsectarian
K-6: $15,000 7-8: $17,000
Lycee International De Los Angeles - Pasadena Preschool-5 145 Co-ed $18,800 Nonsectarian 30 N. Marion Ave. Pasadena, CA 91106 626-793-0943 internationalschool.la Maranatha High School 169 S. Saint John Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105 626-817-4000 maranathahighschool.org Mayfield Junior School of the Holy Child Jesus 405 S. Euclid Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105 626-796-2774 mayfieldjs.org Mayfield Senior School of the Holy Child Jesus 500 Bellefontaine St. Pasadena, CA 91105 626-799-9121 mayfieldsenior.org
New Horizon School Pasadena Preschool – 8 206 Co-ed 651 N. Orange Grove Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91103 626-795-5186 newhorizonschool.org Pasadena Christian School Preschool-8 335 Co-ed 1515 N. Los Robles Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105 626-791-1214 pasadenachristian.org
Preschool & Elementary: $12,205 Middle School: $12,487
SCHOOLS GRADES # OF STUDENTS STUDENT BODY Polytechnic School K-12 860 Co-ed 1030 E. California Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91106 626-396-6300 polytechnic.org
TUITION COST K-5: $27,500 6-8: $32,100 9-12: $36,100
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION Nonsectarian
San Marino Montessori School 444 S. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107 626-577-8007 sanmarinomontessori.net
Pre-K – 8
Sequoyah School 555 S. Pasadena Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105 626-795-4351 k8.sequoyahschool.org
Pre-K – 8
355 (incl. HS)
355 (incl. K-8)
Preschool: $6,600 TK-K: $5,500 1-8: $5,170
Pre-K Full time: $20,775 Pre-K Part time: $13,580 K-6: $21,709
Sequoyah High School 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91103 626-441-2076 hs.sequoyahschool.org
St. Andrew School Preschool-8 260 Co-ed 42 Chestnut St. Pasadena, CA 91103 626-796-7697 saspasadena.com
St. Philip the Apostle School 1363 Cordova St. Pasadena, CA 91106 626-795-9691 stphiliptheapostle.org/school
Walden School Pre-K – 6 216 Co-ed 74 S. San Gabriel Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107 626-792-6166 waldenschool.net
Preschool: Varies by schedule Nondenominational TK-6: $12,251 7: $13,669 8: $16,069
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# OF STUDENTS STUDENT BODY
The Waverly School Young K-12 360 Co-ed 67 W. Bellevue Dr. Pasadena, CA 91105 626-792-5940 thewaverlyschool.org
TUITION COST Young K: $14,256 K-6: $19,860 7-8: $22,452 9-12: $25,944
Weizmann Day School K-8 75 Co-ed Elementary: $17,200 1434 N. Altadena Dr. Middle School: $19,500 Pasadena, CA 91107 626-797-0204 weizmann.net Westridge School 4-12 500 All-girls 324 Madeline Dr. Pasadena, CA 91105 626-799-1153 westridge.org SAN GABRIEL Clairbourn School 8400 Huntington Dr. San Gabriel, CA 91775 626-286-3108 clairbourn.org
Jr. Pre-K – 8
San Gabriel Christian School TK-8 240 Co-ed 117 N. Pine St. San Gabriel, CA 91775 626-656-1000 sangabrielchristian.org SAN MARINO Saints Felicitas & Perpetua 2955 Huntington Dr. San Marino, CA 91108 626-796-8223 ssfp.org
Southwestern Academy 6-12 145 Co-ed 2800 Monterey Rd. San Marino, CA 91108 626-799-5010 southwesternacademy.edu SIERRA MADRE Alverno Heights Academy 9-12 180 All-girls 200 N. Michillinda Ave. Sierra Madre, CA 91024 626-355-3463 alvernoheights.org Bethany Christian School 93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, CA 91024 626-355-3527 bcslions.org
Preschool – 8
The Gooden School K-8 180 Co-ed 192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, CA 91024 626-355-2410 goodenschool.org St. Rita School 322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, CA 91024 626-355-6114 st-ritaschool.org SOUTH PASADENA Holy Family School 1301 Rollin St. South Pasadena, CA 91030 626-799-4354 school.holyfamily.org
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Los Angeles Zoo welcomes Shaunzi BY HARRY YADAV
4-6: $26,970 7-8: $29,840 9-12: $34,900
TK-5: $8,910 6-8: $9,780
Christian PHOTO BY TAD MOTOYAMA
Day Students: $19,850 Boarding U.S.: $39,900 International: $48,850
9-11: $18,750 12: $18,935
K-5: $15,400 6-9: $16,590
PHOTO BY JAMIE PHAM
PHOTO BY JAMIE PHAM
The Los Angeles Zoo has recently acquired a 46-year-old Asian elephant from the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Originally from Thailand, where she spent years as a circus elephant, Shaunzi came to Chaffee Zoo in 1983, accompanied by another female elephant, Kara. The two were inseparable for almost three and a half decades, and then, on June 7, at the age of 40, Kara passed away. Worried about leaving Shaunzi companionless, Chaffee Zoo inquired with the Los Angeles Zoo about transferring her to its Elephants of Asia Exhibit, which had three elephants at the time. Zookeepers hope this move will help Shaunzi cope with the loss of her lifetime companion. Shaunzi is joined in the Elephants of Asia Exhibit by Billy, Tina and Jewel. Born in Malaysia, Billy is 32 years old and weighs 13,625 pounds. Tina and Jewel, now in their early 50s, came to the L.A. Zoo in 2010 from San Diego. They each weigh around 8,000 pounds and have been close companions for 35 years. The 6.56 acre Elephants of Asia Exhibit, which showcases the integral place of elephants in the cultures of India, China, Cambodia and Thailand, was inaugurated in December of 2010. The exhibit is the largest habitat in the history of the L.A. Zoo and contains more than three acres of outdoor space, including deep bathing pools, a waterfall, sandy hills, varied topography, and a high-tech barn. It is intended to educate guests about some of the crises that wild elephants face today, such as their diminishing habitat. Shaunzi was quarantined in the exhibit’s Thai yard for a month after her transfer before zookeepers opened up other parts of the park for her to explore. The Los Angeles Zoo hopes that the addition of Shaunzi will increase the social dynamic within the exhibit and is excited to now have a total of four Asian Elephants. Fall 2017 / The Quarterly Magazine / 29
RECIPES BY DANIELLE KEENE PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN
1 pie 1 pie dough, rolled out and fitted into a 9-inch pie plate 3 oz. butter, browned 4 large eggs 2 yolks ¾ cup light corn syrup ¾ cup honey 1 ½ cups light brown sugar 1 tsp. vanilla zest of one orange 1 Tbsp. orange blossom water 3 cups whole pecans DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Fill pie tin with crust and cut away overhang. Chill in freezer. Par bake with parchment paper and pie weights until lightly golden, 20 - 25 minutes. Make filling: In a large bowl whisk together all ingredients except pecans. Fill pie shell with pecans. Pour mixture over pecans to the top. Place pie tin on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until filling is set in the center when gently shaken, 50 - 60 minutes. Add pie dough leaf cutouts to edge of pie 20 minutes before pie is done baking. Cool pie completely in plate. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.
PECANS Pecans have a storied history in the United States. Before European settlement, they were widely consumed by Native Americans. Thomas Jefferson was known to be an early promoter of pecans—even writing from Paris for a supply—and shared some with George Washington, who planted them at Mount Vernon. At the end of the Civil War, Union soldiers carried pecans home with them, furthering their preponderance throughout the country. Today, the United States is the largest producer of pecans in the world with an average harvest of 200 million tons, the majority of which is grown in the “Pecan Belt” that stretches through twenty states from the southeast to the southwest. These delicious drupes (pecans are technically fruits, not nuts) are harvested in the fall, which helps to explain their abundant representation during the season in desserts such as pies, cookies and candies. Many families have come to view pecan pies as essential elements of their Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. 30 / The Quarterly Magazine / Fall 2017
1 dozen cookies 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted ½ cup sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 tsp. lemon zest 1 cup unsalted butter 1 egg yolk 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 cup raspberry jam, strained confectioners’ sugar for dusting DIRECTIONS Sift flour into a bowl; set aside. Pulse pecans, ¼ cup sugar, salt, and lemon zest in a food processor until finely ground (but not wet); transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add butter and remaining ¼ cup granulated sugar; mix on medium speed until fluffy. Mix in vanilla and egg yolk. Reduce speed to low. Add flour; mix until combined. Halve dough; shape into disks. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thick. Refrigerate 20 minutes. Cut out circles with a 3-inch fluted cutter. Cut out centers of half the circles with a 1/2-inch circle or heart cutter; re-roll scraps. Space 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake cookies until pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to racks to cool. Sprinkle cutout cookies with confectioners’ sugar. Spread jam onto uncut cookies; top with cutout ones. Fall 2017 / The Quarterly Magazine / 31
Father and son team share the Dodgers broadcasting booth BY MARK LANGILL When Jorge Jarrin flew to spring training in March 1990, it was not a pleasure trip. At the time, he was a traffic reporter for a radio station, hovering above the Southern California skies in a helicopter to help commuters. Now grounded with bad news, he helplessly wandered the empty baseball fields at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL after visiting his father, who was fighting for his life in the critical care unit at a nearby hospital. Jaime Jarrin, the patriarch of the San Marino-based family and the Spanish language broadcaster of the Dodgers since 1959, had ventured away from camp the previous evening after dinner for a brief errand – purchasing batteries for a tape recorder at a nearby drug store – when his car was struck by an oncoming vehicle with its headlights off. Jorge Jarrin couldn’t help but think of the future as his wife, Maggie, was expecting a son in August. Would the child ever know his famous grandfather? Could his father, who was born in Ecuador and learned of baseball shortly after arriving in the United States in 1955 when fans gathered around a television to watch the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees in the World Series, return to a job he so loved? Internal injuries prompted the removal of his spleen and gallbladder. Fluids leaked from his liver and his weight plunged from 165 to 120 pounds. Over a quarter-century later, the miracle ending that Jorge Jarrin prayed for developed into a fairy tale. Now in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career at age 81 – and currently the longest-ten-
ured Major League broadcaster with one team – Jaime Jarrin shares the booth with Jorge, who is in his sixth year of broadcasting after serving from 2004-2014 as the Dodgers’ manager of radio broadcast sales and Hispanic initiatives. They are the only father-son broadcasting team in MLB Spanish-language radio. Their statistician is 27-year-old Stefan Jarrin, Jorge’s son, who was drafted by the Dodgers in 2011 after playing infield at Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel and East Los Angeles College. Jorge Jarrin, recognized in 2016 by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association as the
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top Spanish-radio analyst in Los Angeles, savors his chance to view the spectrum of his baseball family. His father, taking a page from the Vin Scully playbook, plans to gradually curtail his schedule on the road to spend more time with his wife, Blanca, and their family members. Stefan Jarrin’s career goals include parlaying his associate scouting position with the Dodgers into the world of baseball operations and statistical analysis. Jaime Jarrin eventually recovered from his injuries, setting a goal to leave his hospital bed in time to call the 1990 All-Star Game for CBS Radio. One of his
favorite photos is a frail but determined image of himself posing with Scully in the booth at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the site of the All-Star Game. “My voice was OK, but I couldn’t breathe very well because I still had great pain in my chest,” Jarrin said. “That picture with Vin tells me I was probably reborn on that day. That’s when my life in baseball started again.” When Jarrin was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998, it gave the Dodgers a distinction as the only MLB franchise with two active broadcasters enshrined at Cooperstown. Scully, who joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950, and Jarrin had both been working at Dodger Stadium since it opened in 1962. It was Scully who helped Jarrin in 1958 when the local KWKW Spanish radio station decided
to give Jarrin a year’s notice to learn baseball. Jarrin was the director of news and sports, calling boxing matches every Thursday night at the Olympic Auditorium. The habits learned from Scully, who retired in 2016 after 67 seasons, were eventually passed along to his own son when it became time to add another chapter to his unique career. Jorge Jarrin graduated from San Marino High in 1973. He earned a degree in Theater Arts from Pepperdine University and spent two years on the Los Angeles Olympics Organizing Committee as a member of its public relations staff. A radio interview in that role with SportsTalk hosts Bud Furillo and Tommy Hawkins led to a job at KABC Radio. Although Jorge Jarrin would become a master communicator in his own right, including hosting and emceeing countless community events, stepping into his father’s turf challenged his confidence. “Stefan knew there were times when I was frustrated or too concerned about whether my dad was happy with what I was doing,” Jorge said. “My dad is not one to really tell you stuff like that and at times I didn’t know what to make of his silence. “Stefan said, ‘Dad, when I got drafted by the Dodgers and went off to Arizona, in the beginning I was so caught up in trying to prove to the coaches and players that I was worthy of being there. Finally, I decided I was going to play for myself and take things one day at a time. If I could be the best I could be,
Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, center, poses with (L-R) grandson Stefan Jarrin, son Jorge Jarrin, Dodger coach Manny Mota and Angels broadcaster Jose Mota. Jarrin has been the Spanish voice of the Dodgers since 1959. PHOTO BY JON SOOHOO
then I’m happy and let the chips fall where they may. Dad, just do this broadcasting for the pleasure and the joy. So many people would love to trade places with you. And you get to do this? Don’t worry about what anyone thinks. Worry about what you think and how you feel. If you do that, you’ll be fine.’” Jorge Jarrin still marvels at the words and wisdom that finally put him at ease: “My son is telling me this? Wow. I will never forget that.” As the 2017 Dodgers aim for the playoffs, the Jarrins will treat every evening together at the ballpark like it’s Game 7 of a World Series. Jaime Jarrin also enjoys the chance to spend time with Fernando Valenzuela, now a Dodger broadcaster, who as a rookie in 1981 sparked “Fernandomania” during his Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Award season. Jarrin’s role as Valenzuela’s interpreter in 1981 brought Jarrin to the attention of English-speaking Dodger fans. When asked the most memorable lesson from his childhood, Jorge Jarrin thought of his mother’s wisdom and the teamwork displayed at home by his parents. “My dad was so committed to doing the job right, there were many times he wasn’t home,” he said. “But my mom and dad made sure we didn’t feel we weren’t important or second to anyone. They always found a way to strike a balance. “I think that’s the key with my kids and so many other people. You have to find the balance in your life, and then follow your passion. I can honestly say my dad is truly passionate about what he does. It’s more than just being appreciative or excited, rather truly loving what you do to the point where even to this day, my dad does not want to stop what he’s doing.” •
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THE ENIGMATIC OLYMPIC OAKS
When a German artist wanted to replicate a legendary oak tree from the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the answer was found at The Huntington Library BY MITCH LEHMAN A makeshift fence that sharply surrounds a corner plot of land in Koreatown strains to keep a billowing oak tree within its boundaries, resembling a pair of human hands that has grasped a bigger bunch of flowers than they are capable of holding. Though only slightly out of place in this working class neighborhood, the oak tree is a beacon for an artist named Christian Kosmas Mayer, who has made a 5,800-mile pilgrimage to view the mighty oak that, ironically, began its life – like Mayer – in Germany. The tree was awarded to Los Angeles native Cornelius Johnson for winning the gold medal in the high jump at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, which are better known for Jesse Owens’ quiet, dignified dominance that trounced the myth of Aryan supremacy purported by German Chancellor Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich. Johnson and the 136 other gold medalists were given oak seedlings as gifts from the populace of the host country, a gesture that had never happened before nor has happened since. The Olympic oaks have been cause for both controversy and curiosity. Images of the oak tree appeared frequently in propaganda literature distributed by the Nazis. And since Hitler personally presented the oaks to the first five gold medalists, many have tied the trees directly to the dictator, which led to the post-WWII destruction of many of what became known as the “Hitler trees.” Through research, Mayer has traced the origin of the Olympic oaks to a Berlin nursery, which came up with the idea of presenting gold medal winners with a German Oak tree in a pot. “This was proposed to the highest officials of the Nazi party,” Mayer said recently in a presentation at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. “I have no proof, but I believe that as controlling as he was of all things, Hitler must have approved the plan.” Hitler wasn’t around long enough to see much of the plan come to fruition. When Johnson – who was, like Owens, African-American – won the high jump, Hitler left the stadium five minutes before the medal
An oak tree that was presented to 1936 Olympic high jump gold medalist Cornelius Johnson, left, continues to flourish at the Koreatown home where he grew up. A German artist – with help from The Huntington Library – is replicating the tree for an exhibit this fall in Vienna. PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRISTIAN KOSMAS MAYER
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ceremony. “The International Olympic Committee told Hitler he had to shake the hand of all or shake the hand of none,” Mayer said. “He chose none.” More than 80 years after the Berlin Games, Mayer has accounted for just 13 of the Olympic oaks. Two located on the campus of USC that were believed to have been awarded to the United States 400-meter relay team of Owens, Ralph Metcalfe and Trojans Foy Draper and Frank Wykoff died and were symbolically replaced with California native oaks. Only one of the other three that were awarded to Owens, who along with the relay also won the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the long jump, survives. Though he attended Cleveland’s East Tech High School, the tree was planted at nearby James Ford Rhodes High School, where Owens and his teammates practiced. An Olympic oak that was presented to New Zealand’s Jack Lovelock has become a national monument. Lovelock won the 1,500-meter run at the Berlin Olympics, claiming his nation’s first-ever gold medal. Five years after the closing ceremonies, Lovelock had the tree planted on the campus of Timaru Boys’ High School in Christchurch. Young people flock to the tree in autumn, where they gather acorns to plant near their homes. An Olympic oak presented to Germany’s Hans Maier and Walter Volle for their victorious effort in rowing survived an ironic event. Planted near a boat house in Mannheim, the tree was damaged during a WWII bombing raid, but its scars have healed and it is currently in healthy condition. But it is the tree planted at Johnson’s boyhood home that
German artist Christian Kosmas Mayer (left) and Tim Thibault, curator of Woody Collections at The Huntington, with seedlings from a historic oak tree that was presented to gold medal athlete Cornelius Johnson at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. The seedlings were propagated by means of a tissue culture process, using tissue from immature acorns collected from the tree, and grow in sterile conditions. Mayer plans to incorporate the seedlings into an art installation this fall that explores nature’s social and historical context. PHOTO COURTESY OF HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
and can be seen and touched. In times where nationalism is on the rise again, this tree can tell a story of a time when nationalism was about to push the world into big trouble. But it also tells a story about a time in the United States when racial injustice was still common. Johnson did not receive any honor once he returned to this country. He had to work as a postman, then went on an Army ship and died there soon after, poor and forgotten. He had to face the same racism that most African-Americans had to face during that time.” In his early 40s, Mayer’s curiosity on the subject was piqued a few years ago when he ordered a book about the 1936 Olympic Games. “At the time I wanted to know more about the history of these specific games and the abuse of the games for propaganda reasons,” he said. “I found a short
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Oak trees won by American gold medalists Jesse Owens and John Woodruff can still be found in Cleveland, Ohio and Connellsville, Pennsylvania. Of the 137 oak trees that were presented to gold medalists at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, just 13 have been accounted for. PHOTOS BY TIM THIBAULT
has caught the full attention of Mayer. “History is important for us to learn from, and a living thing like
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note and some images of the gold medal winners with their oak saplings. My interest was immediately awakened and I wanted to find out what had happened to these oaks in the meantime.” Mayer is propagating seedlings from Johnson’s tree to become part of an upcoming art installation at the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna. The exhibit is scheduled to open this fall. “My installation will consist of several layers,” he explained. “Past, present and future will all be represented in different means. The history, or past, will be narrated through five selected objects that are connected to the story of the tree: a sport shoe that Cornelius Johnson wore, the pot in which the saplings were handed over. Those will be accompanied by short texts. The present is represented by a drone video that shows the oak in its Koreatown location with its local context and the Latino family that inhabits the house and takes care of it today. The future is represented by the tiny oak seedlings that were created in the labs of The Huntington using the in vitro technique, or “embryo rescue.” So far we have 18 clones, all derived from one acorn embryo, living in sterile conditions without having developed roots yet.” And that’s where Tim Thibault enters the picture. As The Huntington’s curator of Woody Collections, he tracks, steadies and maintains its vast collection of trees, shrubs and lianas (woody vines). As it turns out, Mayer – 5,800 miles from home and looking for someone to pollinate his acorns – did what any intelligent artist would do in his predicament. He reached out for help. Sean Lahmeyer, Thibault’s boss and The Huntington’s Plant Conservation Specialist, answered a call from Maia Schall at Greene
This healthy seedling from the Cornelius Johnson Olympic oak tree in Koreatown was successfully cultivated by squirrels. PHOTO BY MITCH LEHMAN
Exhibitions, a friend of the artist, in Los Angeles and after what Thibault called “a spirited game of email tennis,” he got the gig. Thibault and Raquel Folgado, The Huntington’s cryopreservation research fellow, made an initial visit to Koreatown in June, 2016 and went back a month later, where they were joined by Huntington Arborist Daniel Goyette and Megan He, an intern. “I have seen the tree several times and it is true to type,” Thibault said. “But it was too early for acorns. Christian wanted 15 oaks, minimum. We were able to collect 19 acorns. The squirrels were going after them. We got all we could, but they were too immature.” That’s when Thibault suggested the “embryo rescue” technique, which has been relatively successful. “But not ideal,” Thibault interjected. “I would have rather collected 50 acorns and with a 30% germination rate, it would be enough.” Though wildly different in most aspects of their lives, Thibault and Mayer seem to share hopes for a
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similar cathartic outcome for the project. “I would like to collect clonal material from all of the Olympic oaks and work them into a collection and an archive,” said Thibault. “Furthermore, the Olympics are returning to Los Angeles in the next decade and I would love it if we could hand out clones of the trees to gold medal winners. That’s what I want.” Thibault said the project interests him on several fronts. “I am a sports nut and I grew up in Spokane, 30 miles from the Church of Jesus Christ Christian, Aryan Nations,” Thibault said, his voice and countenance making evident his disdain for the latter. He doesn’t – and need not – say another word. Independently, Mayer arrives at a similar conclusion. “I wouldn’t say it is a spiritual mission,” he explains. “Also I do not see myself as the one making something positive here, I feel more like finding something that has turned out to become what it is. I am a narrator, a storyteller, somebody who’s good at creating surprising connections that lead to new narrations. In this way, the story of the tree touches many layers that are still important, present and to be thought about. It is a challenge to the Nazi concept of purity. And it leads into a present that looks much better. It has proven these ideologies to be wrong and weak: this oak nowadays represents a peaceful coexistence in a multi-ethnical surrounding, the complete opposite that the nationalists had in mind at the beginning of the story. But it also seems to be a warning in times where nationalism seems to rise again worldwide. I decided to look at this as a migration story. The tree comes to live in Los Angeles. Like many of us do. This is history. It is not finished.” •
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For most, the temples at Angkor are Cambodia. Actually, they’re only the beginning of an intriguing story that runs from unspoiled jungle landscapes and ancient treasures to sophisticated hotels and elegant shopping. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM THOMPSON It was early morning – before the sultry, oppressive Cambodian heat began to take its toll – as the small caravan rolled over rough roads and past jungle landscapes. Suddenly, as if in a dream, the magnificent temple spires rose from the morning mist. This was the fabled Angkor Wat. Ravaged by the ages, the weather and the jungle, it is a crumbling reflection of a time when it was layered in gold and throngs of faithful worshiped the Hindu god Vishnu. Today, it endures as one of the most awe-inspiring sites of any age. For adventure lovers, Cambodia is a treasure-trove of lost empires, tropical landscapes and exotic cuisine – a rare undiscovered and unspoiled jewel in the heart of Indochina. Several airlines offer low fares, especially to more popular, nearby destinations like Bangkok, making a trip to this part of the world all the more enticing. Land travel is a great way to see the country, but the border crossing from Thailand, Laos or Vietnam is difficult to navigate and not recommended without a professional guide service. Once in Cambodia, head for Siem Reap, the gateway to the ancient temples of Angkor. Deep in the forests of this area in the north of the country rise the elegant stone spires of what was the capital of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th centuries. Besides the great Angkor Wat, Angkor Architectural Park is a sprawling complex covering 250-square miles and encompassing more than 50 temple ruins, including the jungle-strangled ruins of Ta Prohm, made famous in the film, “Laura Croft: Tomb Raider.” Angkor Wat Considered by some as one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world, Angkor Wat (Wat means ‘temple’) is the largest religious monument in the world and unrivaled in scale or grandeur. Built for the Hindu god Vishnu by Suryavarman II (from 1112–1152 AD) and known as the “temple mountain,” it fuses creativity, symmetry and spirituality within its stone walls. Stretching around the central temple complex and bordered by the shimmering waters of a vast moat, a 2,600 foot long bas-relief carving frames the central tower that rises nearly 200 feet to complete the sublime symmetry of the complex. The temple is the very Ta Phrom’s crumbling walls and towers are permanently locked in a deadly embrace with the marauding roots of jungle trees.
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symbol of the country and is enshrined on the Cambodian flag. Carved into the stone that stretches around the central temple complex are more than 3,000 heavenly nymphs (Apsaras). Hindu legend says these sultry, seductive celestial singers and dancers had ultimate power over mortal and immortal males because of their remarkable beauty and elegance. Each carving is unique and, while faded with time, their haunting beauty reaches beyond history. Seeing this great temple is an overwhelming experience matched by only few places on earth. There is a sense of calm that lays on the stone spires and bas-relief carvings that brings a tingle to the spine, while, at the same time, imparts a sense of well-being. Despite the crowds, there is little noise to interrupt the sense of calmness and tranquility. While most scurry to explore the towers and carvings, this is a place to be savored, not rushed. Sitting in the shadow of the great Angkor Wat as the centuries unfold before you is an experience like no other. Faces of the Past Nearby, the gigantic stone faces of Bayon and the jungle-swallowed Ta Prohm beckon. The enigmatic faces gracing the Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom make it one of the most remarkable – and magical – buildings on earth. Over 200 mysterious god-king faces carved on the 54 stone towers stare out through half-closed eyes as they seem to contemplate the millions who have passed before them in this mystical place. Fans of Indiana Jones will recognize Ta Phrom’s crumbling walls and towers that are permanently locked in a deadly embrace with the marauding roots of jungle trees. The temple has been left in
The Mekong Bird Resort brings you close to nature with organic food and lush gardens on the banks of the might Mekong River. PHOTO BY VICTOR RADULESCU
The root formation nicknamed the “Crocodile Tree” or the “Tomb Raider Tree” stands on the eastern side of the central enclosure of Ta Phrom temple.
ed about 75 miles from Angkor Wat, Koh Ker was the capital of the Angkor Empire from AD 928944 and is one of Cambodia’s
Each of the 54 towers of the Bayon Temple have four faces and symbolize the 54 provinces of Cambodia in the late 12th century.
Visitors are only allowed to visit a few buildings surrounding the throne hall on the Royal Palace grounds.
Angkor Wat is considered by some as one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world.
Situated along the Chaktomuk River, the Royal Palace is the centerpiece of Phnom Penh skyline.
this unclaimed state giving one a sense of how many of the monuments of Angkor looked when first seen by European explorers. Built in about 1186 AD, this Buddhist temple, dedicated to the mother of Jayavarman VII, is a maze of towers, narrow passageways and closed courtyards. Jumbled piles of intricately-carved stones that were dis-
lodged over the ages by the roots of great trees block corridors and pathways. Overhead trees, hundreds of years old, filter scorching sunlight and cast a greenish pall over the scene. It is living testimony, not only to the genius of its builders, but also to the relentless power of the surrounding jungle. Another unique site is the Praat Thom pyramid in Koh Ker. Locat-
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more remote temple complexes. This almost Mayan-looking sandstone-faced monument rises 140feet above the jungle floor. From there, it is a short drive to the Laos border to visit the Khone Phapheng Falls, the widest (8.5 miles in the wet season) and one of the most stunning waterfalls in the world. Located on the mighty Mekong River – which cuts through the country – it is also one of the few places on earth where you can get a glimpse of the elusive freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins. The government of Cambodia is making a serious effort to protect these incredibly shy creatures as their traditional habitat undergoes threats from mining concerns. Take a small boat, pack a lunch and enjoy the sunshine as these graceful, endangered creatures gently break the surface of the water, often in pairs and with their young.
Phnom Penh Traveling south, and only a matter of hours by land from the falls, is Phnom Penh, a city whose very name conjures the exotic. Once know as the “Pearl of Asia,” the Cambodian capital can be an assault on the senses. An endless procession of motorbikes whiz through throngs of pedestrians; street vendors offer everything from handmade items to fake Rolex watches and Gucci bags; pungent aromas from make-shift kitchens serve up local foods that include fried crickets and braised spiders; all of this is set to the endless drone of an industrial city against the backdrop of golden temple spires peeking through modern highrises along the Mekong River. The city will catapult you from the horrors of the Khmer Rouge seen in the Tuol Sleng Museum to the splendors of the Royal Palace. Phnom Penh is chaotic, in-
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IF YOU GO
• AIRFARES. Flight costs are reasonable – about $750 RT – and as low as $550 with advanced booking on many carriers. • VISA. Visas can be obtained upon arrival at border crossings and at airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Cost: $30 (good for 30 days) • TEMPLES. A pass to visit the temples and sites in Angkor Archeological Park can be purchased on site. Cost: $37 (one-day), $62 (three day), $72 (seven day). WHERE TO STAY • Pacific Hotel & Spa (Siem Reap). 236 rooms & suites. Blends Khmer architecture & contemporary design and convenient to temples. $50-$400. http://www.pacifichotel.com. kh/ • Mekong Bird Resort (Stung Treng near falls). 20 rooms. Eco-friendly resort on the banks of the Mekong River offering authentic experience. $25-$50. https://samchansokthy.blogspot.com/2016/07/mekong-bird-resort-stungtreng-place-to.html • Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel (Phenom Penh). 549 rooms. Top hotel featuring five restaurants & full-service spa. $100-$2,400. http://www. sokhahotels.com/phnompenh/ WHERE TO EAT • Batchum Restaurant (within Angkor Archaeological Park). Set in lush tropical gar-
dens and just a short distance from the main temples of Ankgor. http://batchumkhmerkitchen.com/ • Madame Butterfly (Siem Reap). Cambodian cuisine mixed with Thai and Chinese influences in a traditional wooden house & tropical gardens. http://www.restaurantcollection-sr.com/ • Sokha River Restaurant (Siem Reap). French Fusion Cuisine in a garden setting. http:// www.sokkhakriver.com/ • Viroth’s Restaurant (Siem Reap). Traditional Khmer cuisine in contemporary setting. http://www.viroth-restaurant.com/ • FCC Restaurant (Phnom Penh). Khmer dishes infused with French influences and western dishes. http://www.fcccambodia.com/ red/phnom_penh/restaurant_bar.php • Golden Cruise Restaurant (Phnom Penh). Lunch, Sunset and Dinner cruises offering traditional seafood dishes. http://goldencruise-phnompenh.com/ GUIDE/TOUR OPERATOR • Merry Travel Asia. Tours and guides for small and large groups. https://merrytravelasia. com/ (It is highly recommended that you work with a guide when traveling to Cambodia.) For complete information on travel and tours in Cambodia, visit: http://www.tourismcambodia.com
triguing, fascinating and alluring. Housed in an ordinary looking former school, the Tuol Svay Museum chronicles the torture and death of more than 17,000 people by the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1978. Black and white photos show the pain, anguish and suffering of men, women and children. It is difficult to see evidence of such horrors but also a testament to its victims and the government that has vowed they will not be forgotten. Shining like a grand jewel box among high rise buildings near the waterfront, the gilded Royal Palace links the past to the present. As the official residence of King Sihamoni, only part of the compound is open to the public. Topped by a 200-foot high tower inspired by the Bayon Temple, the Throne Hall is the highlight. But, the star attraction is the nearby Silver Pagoda. Housing diamond and silver encrusted Buddhas, it is
named for its floor that is covered with five tons of shimmering silver tiles. Here, the extraordinary Emerald Buddha (it is believed to actually be made of green jasper) sits atop a gilded pedestal illuminated by a ray of sunlight from above. Nearby stands a lifesize solid gold Buddha. Adorned with 2,086 diamonds, the largest weighing 25-carats, the Buddha weighs nearly 200-pounds. Intricate ceremonial masks and extensive murals grace the walls and highlight other treasures like the 175-pound bronze Buddha, the Silver Buddha and figurines of solid gold that tell the story of the richness of the Khmer civilization. Like its capital city, Cambodia is a crossroads of culture, history and wonders packed into a thriving, turbulent, congested, glistening, grimy, thrilling jumble that is both defined by – but is more than – its spectacular temples. •
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THE ART OF DOING YOGA: BREAKING IT DOWN BY JENNIFER WEBSTER
Yoga has been associated with lower blood pressure and stress levels, increased bone density, and increased strength and flexibility. And these days, the options to do yoga are endless. There are yoga studios on practically every corner, at the gym, online, people are even getting their downward dogs on in the middle of Times Square and at the Santa Monica Pier. There are festivals, and workshops, and lots and lots of things to buy with the promise to help you hone your practice and better your life…it’s enough to make your head spin. Between Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga, Acro Yoga, and all the multitudes of styles, if you did want to try it, where would you even begin? The first thing to do is take a breath. Simple. Take a comfortable seat and inhale a deep, full breath through your nose for a count of five. Hold it for a moment. Now, exhale through your nose for a count of five. As you breathe, allow your mind to focus on the cool air coming through your nostrils on the inhale, and the warmth of the air as you exhale. Guess what? You’re already practicing yoga! Yoga means to yoke, to bring together the body and the mind, so a simple breathing exercise can get you on the path to a very productive practice. There is no need for hundred-dollar yoga pants or handwoven yoga mats or trips to ashrams in India - although all those things are available, if you’d like them. The practice of yoga is about aligning with your highest self, and in our ever-increasing stressful world, it is a place where many find the tools to help them achieve a
Jennifer Webster on the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, doing the Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana, often referred to as the sun dial or compass pose. PHOTO BY TAI KERBS
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sense of balance and strength. As revolutionary as yoga seems to have become in this century, yoga has actually been evolving for over five thousand years. The following will elucidate of some of the more popular styles. Hatha Yoga Hatha Yoga is the umbrella term of many yoga styles today. It refers to the “physical effort” aspect of yoga. Many hatha yogas can be gentle flows that incorporate the poses with some breathing exercises and basic meditation, but hatha classes can also be vigorous and challenging. Always check the level of a hatha yoga class and ask the teacher if you’re not sure a class is right for you. Iyengar Yoga Iyengar Yoga was created by B.K.S. Iyengar, and is a classical style of yoga (based on the eight limbs of yoga) that focuses on perfecting the alignment of the body through different postures. Props such as blocks, bolsters, and straps are used with many of the poses to help achieve a sense of ease with each posture. This focus allows for slower more methodical movements, and is good for all levels of students, including beginners and those with injuries. Ashtanga Yoga Ashtanga Yoga, also a classical style of yoga, developed by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, is a much more vigorous style of yoga based on a series of poses synchronized with breathing and is meant to create an intense internal heat to release toxins and purify the body to help calm the mind. There is also Mysore Ashtanga practice, which practices the same Ashtanga series but oneon-one with a teacher in a group space. It can be a safer introduc-
tion to this style since you work at your own pace. Kundalini Yoga Kundalini Yoga uses movement within poses, dynamic breathing such as breath of fire, chanting, and meditation with the intent to build vitality and increase awareness. You will see many Kundalini practitioners and teachers wear all white in class. It is not a requirement, but the intent is to expand one’s aura. Bikram Yoga Bikram Yoga became popular in the 1970s under Bikram Choudury, and consists of a ninety-minute class made up of the same twenty-six pose series. The room is heated between 95-108 degrees Fahrenheit and the moisture is set to 40% to allow the muscles to become more malleable and the body to work harder in simple postures. If a class says it is a HOT YOGA class, but not a Bikram class, you will most likely get a hatha or vinyasa style yoga class in a heated room. Vinyasa Yoga Vinyasa Yoga is usually influenced by Ashtanga Yoga. Vinyasa means to flow on the breath from one pose to another. Many Vinyasa classes are fast-paced and meant to bring internal heat. It’s a good practice for someone who is familiar with at least basic yoga poses, and is able to move quickly while staying in alignment. This can be challenging for beginners and people with injuries. Power Yoga classes are also Vinyasa style classes. Yin Yoga Yin Yoga is a slow practice that focuses on seated and supine poses held for long periods (typically 3-5 minutes in a relaxed or
meditative state). It targets the connective tissue in the hips, back, and spine as well as the deeper fascia muscles in order to maintain their flexibility. Acro Yoga Acro Yoga is a partner-based yoga combining acrobatics, yoga, and the healing arts. There is a base and a flyer. A flyer flows through yoga poses supported by the base’s hands and feet. There are all levels in Acro Yoga. It can be very fun to play with your practice in this way, and it is definitely a way to meet people! This brief introduction is just a taste of the many different styles you will find throughout the yoga community. Fortunately, many studios offer free first classes or great packages that allow you to try a few different styles and teachers for very little money, even online. It’s important to find a teacher you trust, and a place that feels comfortable and accessible. Yoga has become a big business and there are definitely people looking to make a buck, but most yoga studios and teachers care deeply about their students and their practice, and will do their best to make sure you have a great experience. Whatever style you choose, get to the studio a little early and introduce yourself to the teacher. Tell them any concerns or injuries you have. And when you step onto that mat for class, do it with an open heart and the willingness to stay present, and always bring a sense of humor and humility. Do these things and you’ll be on your way to finding a wonderful transformative yoga practice and all the benefits and challenges that come with it. • Jennifer Webster is a writer and certified yoga teacher who has been teaching in the Pasadena/ Los Angeles area since 2001.
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OLD OAKS CELLARS BY HARRY YADAV PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN
From outside its storefront on Foothill Boulevard, the nondescript white building that houses the winemaking operations of Old Oaks Cellars looks like an abandoned warehouse. Perhaps a storage unit. Indeed, one would not think “Winery!” while driving past its northeast Pasadena locale. But behind its doors are award-winning zinfandels, merlots, sauvignon blancs, countless oak barrels full of new blends, and a space that transforms a few times a month into an intimate concert setting. When Paul Overholt and his wife Stanislava submitted a wine to the 2009 Los Angeles County International Wine Competition at the LA County Fairplex, the first wine they had ever produced, they weren’t expecting to medal. Paul had just completed a three-year, online enology and viticulture program offered by the University of California at Davis, before which, by his own admission, he “didn’t really know anything about grapes.” But their merlot was awarded bronze that day, and commercial success suddenly appeared to be only a conversation away. Optimistic, the couple approached one of the many distributors strolling around the Fairplex grounds, hoping that with 186 cases bottled they could reach an agreement. The Overholts quickly learned this hope was naïve. “Distributors told us that yes, our wine was tasty, but their minimum order would be 500 cases (around 10 tons),” recalled Paul Overholt, grinning. For Paul Overholt and Dave Lustig of the Old Oaks Cellars winery in Pasadena, the process of making wine is both scientific and artistic. As for coming to a consensus on taste, said Lustig, he and Overholt, who is pictured left with his wife Stanislava, “can both be gracious losers.”
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And as the continued success of their wines attests to (they won the Pacific Gold Rim Competition gold medal in 2011 for their Cabernet Sauvignon, and the same in 2012 for both their Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfindel), the makers of Old Oaks Cellars have never let their focus stray from the quality of their wine. Undeterred, the couple began to increase their production by ten tons a year. This August, along with co-winemaker Dave Lustig, Paul bottled around 3,000 cases of wine, or sixty tons. Old Oaks Cellars is licensed to bottle up to 5,000 cases, and sells in various liquor stores as well as in large grocery chains such as Vons. And as the continued success of their wines attests to (they won the Pacific Gold Rim Competition gold medal in 2011 for their Cabernet Sauvignon, and the same in 2012 for both their Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfindel), the makers of Old Oaks Cellars have never let their focus stray from the quality of their wine. In fact, what most would assume to be the hardest part of the operation, producing a wine that is both tasty and original, Paul believes is actually the easy part. “The hard part is making money in this business,” he said, laughing. “It took my ancestors who started their whiskey business (Old Overholt, a single rye whisky that began in the 17th century, slipped out of the family’s control in the 1800s and is now owned by Jim Beam) two hundred years to become wealthy from their product. Let’s hope it happens in our lifetime.” In one sense, the well-reputed Pasadena winery, is a product of failure. Overholt’s mother and stepfather bought some 20 acres of vineyard in Geyserville, a small town in Sonoma County, in 1991. But after purchasing a much larger vineyard in South Africa, they began to neglect their Geyser-
ville grapes. In 2004, this neglect caused a devastating consequence. “We come to the vineyard and we can smell the fermentation in the air, the smell is wonderful, but our grapes are still on the vine, infested with mold. Beautiful, beautiful clusters,” recalled Stanislava. For vineyard owners like Paul’s parents, who sell their grapes to wineries but don’t make wine themselves (they comprise most of the vineyard owners), failing to sell their grapes by January can be catastrophic. Overholt’s parents returned to Geyserville in late March. “At that point, nobody needed their grapes, they could hardly sell,” said Stanislava. With a large amount of unsold grapes, she explained, the family figured that its only option was to concoct its own wine. After one attempt in 2005 that produced such a foul result that Paul grimaced just recalling it, the Overholts realized that the winemaking process was a distressing one without proper knowledge. That’s when Paul made up his mind to know everything he could about winemaking and enrolled in the enology program. The encyclopedic knowledge of his craft that he now possesses makes one doubt his professed past ignorance. Listening to Paul describe the science that creates one full-bodied sip of cabernet can make one’s head swirl. His description of the manipulation of yeast by introduction of a “killer yeast,” or the importance of trapping oxygen while allowing
carbon dioxide to escape, or the crucial opportunity for secondary fermentation make clear that wine is Overholt’s true passion. And it is not as if his knowledge of the subject is confined to an air-conditioned room far removed from the vineyard. Sometime around early October, Overholt and Lustig receive word from Alexander Valley that the grapes are ready to be harvested. They head north the first chance they get for what has become a cherished tradition. They begin harvesting the vineyards at 5:30 a.m. At that time of the morning, temperatures dip to 32 degrees, cold enough to halt the fermentation process. By 8:30 a.m. they are finished. The grapes then go into a de-stemmer that receives the stems in a special bin. “You get sprayed by the grape juice,” said Stanislava fondly, “and after everybody is done, you sit down and feast.” According to Overholt, this hands-on approach is fundamental to Old Oaks Cellars. “If I don’t do it myself, I can’t expect somebody else to do it,” said Overholt. “I want to be able to tell [the workers who manage his vineyard] ‘this is what I did, this is how you go about doing it. You taste it, you crunch the little pips, if you crunch them quickly, like hard crackers, they’re perfect. They should taste kind of dry.’” Why does he do it? “It’s a labor of love.” • Located at 2620 East Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena, Old Oaks Cellars is open once a month for tours and tastings. It also hosts a monthly concert series and other events.
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CRUZ’N FOR A GOOD CAUSE 13th Annual Cruz’n for Roses Hot Rod and Classic Car Show in South Pasadena STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY BILL GLAZIER When asked why car shows are so popular throughout the country, Ted Shaw likes to say, “It’s all about nostalgia” – a way to memorialize an era gone by and simply appreciate a vintage automobile’s sheer beauty. “They remind us of the past,” said Shaw, the brainchild behind the 13th annual Cruz’n for Roses Hot Rod & Classic Car Show on Sunday, September 17, in South Pasadena. “It’s hard not to smile and remember the good old days when you go to one of these events.” As chair of one of the largest shows of its kind in the San Gabriel Valley, Shaw is looking forward to welcoming 250 to 300 car owners to South Pasadena to display their automotive masterpieces along famed Route 66. The popularity of Cruz’n for Roses has increased over the years, helped significantly by participation from the South Pasadena police and fire departments, which host a family-friendly open house the same day. The event features helicopters, safety information, guided station tours, a collection of antique fire engines, safety information, child fingerprinting and free giveaway items for kids. Both the car show and open house run simultaneously from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mission Street in the city. Participating car owners will compete for awards, but it’s not all about walking away with a trophy as entry fees and sponsorship dollars go directly toward
supporting the City of South Pasadena’s float entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. The approximately $20,000 raised from the event helps to pay for the flowers and materials on the $80,000 float. “Sure, the car owners want to win a trophy after showing their cars, but they are really jazzed about where the money goes,” explained Janet Benjamin, the chair of the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee who also pours her heart and soul into the car show as its coordinator. “Knowing that the funds raised are going toward building the float is very important to them.” Thousands of classic car admirers are expected to descend upon South Pasadena again in September to view the shiny, brightly colored, four-wheeled wonders that captivate the eye year after year. “This isn’t a regular show where there are a bunch of cars on display,” explained Shaw. “No, this is a car show with a real purpose to directly support our city’s float in the Rose Parade. That’s a real cause and why they get behind our event so strongly. They get energized and like that about our event.” Yet, he stressed, “nostalgia” makes the car show. “People love coming out and looking at these old cars. It reminds them of their youth, maybe owning one of them at a point in their life. The cars bring back memories, and give people a chance to reminisce about when they were
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in high school, being around an old Chevy and Ford like you’ll see at our show. Those memories are brought back to them in a very positive way.” Contributing to the festive day are about two dozen exhibitors and vendors that sell everything from hats and automotive supplies to food and beverages along the four-block stretch, as Rock ‘n’ Roll from the 50s and 60s blares up and down the iconic street. New this year will be a special V.I.P. section, where those who donate will receive breakfast and lunch in a prime location at the car show. “Our car show is small town, Mayberry-like, but something the entire community can enjoy,” said Benjamin. “Families come out, old timers come out, kids come out and there’s something for everybody. It’s just a great day.” Added to the mix, the South Pasadena Police and Fire Department’s 13th Annual Open House expects to bring thousands to the rear of the police station located at 1422 Mission Street. “Combining the car show with the open house makes for a full day of fun,” said Shaw. “We think the car show and open house are going to be bigger and better than ever. There’s something for everyone, and I think that is what makes it go.” • For more information about the car show, call Janet Benjamin at (626) 799-7813. To inquire about the Police and Fire Department Open House, Call Richard Lee at (626) 403-7285. Fall 2017 / The Quarterly Magazine / 51
The Rose Queen® Selection Process, 1905-Present BY JEANNETTE BOVARD
1968 Rose Queen® crown. Loan courtesy of Pasadena Tournament of Roses®. Photo by Joann Wilborn/Marlyn Woo.
For most of us who call this region home, the annual selection of the Tournament of Roses® Royal Court is as much a seasonal indicator as the beginning of a new school year, the return of football, and pumpkin-flavored everything in Trader Joe’s. While summer-like weather in September and October allows us extended enjoyment of pools and playgrounds, picnics and barbecues, the ramped-up activity of our white suit-wearing friends is a harbinger of the holiday season to come. And, for young women with starry aspirations and the right ages and addresses, the Royal Court tryouts are a cue to polish their images to shiny bright per-
1) 1905 Queen and court. Image courtesy of Pasadena Museum of History (Pasadena Star-News Collection). 2) 1925 Royal Court. Image courtesy of Pasadena Museum of History (Pasadena Star-News Collection).
3) 1925 Rose Queen® Margaret Scoville. Image courtesy of Pasadena Museum of History (Pasadena Star-News Collection). 4) 1933 Queen Dorothy Edwards and Royal Court. Image courtesy of Pasadena Museum of History (Pasadena Star-News Collection). 5) 1938 Queen and court. Image courtesy of Pasadena Museum of History (Pasadena Star-News Collection). 6) 1940 Queen Margaret Huntley. Image courtesy of Pasadena Museum of History (Pasadena Star-News Collection). 7) 1943 Queen Mildred Miller and Royal Court. Image courtesy of Pasadena Museum of History (Pasadena StarNews Collection). 8) Tryouts for the 1959 Royal Court. Image courtesy of Pasadena Museum of History (Pasadena Star-News Collection). 9) 1960 Royal Court. Image courtesy of Pasadena Museum of History (Pasadena Star-News Collection).
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10) The 1967 Royal Court viewing the construction of the Queen’s float. Image courtesy of Pasadena Museum of History (Pasadena Star-News Collection).
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fection in the hopes of “Becoming Royal.” When the Rose Queen who will reign over the 2018 Tournament of Roses is announced on October 18, she – and her Royal Court – will make history as the 100th group of young women to become Pasadena royalty. They will have been selected from a pool of hopefuls who meet the eligibility requirements: unmarried, female, a verified resident of the Pasadena Area Community College District (PACCD), a high school senior or fulltime student at any accredited school in the PACCD, maintaining a minimum 2.0 GPA for the past two years, age 17-21, childless, available to participate in scheduled activities, and have registered and completed the official Royal Court application. At the initial tryouts on September 9 and 11 at Tournament House, each participant will have 15 seconds to state why she hopes to be on the Royal Court. Subsequent, and more involved, interview rounds on September 16, 23, and 27 will narrow the participants from 250, to 75, and then 25. Applicants will be interviewed and selected based on a wide range of qualities including poise, personality, speaking ability, youth leadership, and overall demeanor. Academic achievement is also a factor. But it was not always thus; it would take time for the Tournament of Roses to standardize the queen and court selection process, making for some fascinating royal history! The very first Rose Queen was Hallie Woods, in 1905. Hallie was chosen from 17 candidates – all students at Pasadena High School. The Rose Queen selection was made by the Royal Court theselves, and the 16 remaining all served as princesses. In 1906 Queen Elsie Armitage
1968 Rose Queen crown and Royal Court tiaras. Loan courtesy of Pasadena Tournament of Roses®. Photo by Joann Wilborn/Marlyn Woo. ®
1987-1992 Rose Queen® crown. Loan courtesy of Pasadena Tournament of Roses®. Photo by Joann Wilborn/ Marlyn Woo.
1993-2004 Rose Queen® crown. Loan courtesy of Pasadena Tournament of Roses®. Photo by Joann Wilborn/ Marlyn Woo.
reigned with a court of 24 princesses – the largest Royal Court in Tournament history. These early royals helped decorate their own floats/horse-drawn carriages and some made their own gowns. “1906 Queen Elsie Armitage was given $5 to outfit herself for the New Year’s Parade and made a crown of roses from her backyard and the neighbor next door.” Santa Ana Register, December 9, 1973. The third Rose Queen, 1907’s Joan Hadenfeldt Woodbury, was the first to be crowned during an
official ceremony. She was also thirty-five years old, married, and a former headliner on the vaudeville circuit (using the stage name Joan Haden). Equally notable was 1908 Queen May Sutton (Bundy), the first American to win the Wimbledon tennis tournament (a feat she accomplished in 1905 and 1907!). Faye Lanphier, 1926, holds the distinction of being the only reigning Miss America named as Rose Queen; she had been Miss California in 1924. Perhaps the most unusual Royal Courts were those in 1913
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and 1914, when the Association also crowned a Rose King! In 1913 Harrison Drummond and Jean French reigned as king and queen. The following year, 1914, Dr. F.C.E. Mattison was king with queen Mabel Seibert. There is also mention in some publications to an “uncrowned” king in 1912, a pilot by the name of C.P. Rogers. The official Tournament of Roses timeline makes no reference to a royal designation, but states: “1912 - Famous broadcaster C.P. Rodgers makes an epic flight from the Atlantic to Pasadena and flies over the entire parade route dropping rose petals.” How dashing! How daring! There were many years when no Royal Court was selected. In addition to the years prior to the introduction of a Royal Court (1890-1904), the queen-less years were 1909, 1910, 1912, 1915-1922, 1924, 1927 and 1929. A queen has been part of the Tournament of Roses every year since 1930, when Holly Halsted (Balthis) reigned. She was selected because she had worked for the Tournament and was well-known and liked by all; she remained active at Tournament events until her death at age 95 in August 2004. In 1935 an official selection process and eligibility guidelines were adopted. • In celebration of the 100th Royal Court, Pasadena Museum of History presents the exhibition Royals of Pasadena: The Tournament of Roses Queen and Court from September 2, 2017 through February 11, 2018. Highlights include rose Queen’s crowns from the past century, on loan from the Tournament of Roses, as well as coronation gowns, daywear, accessories and jewelry from court wardrobes. Signature Sponsor: Pasadena Tournament of Roses®. For additional information, please visit www.pasadenahistory.org.
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FARMERS’ MARKETS Tuesdays: • Pasadena. 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Villa Park Center, 363 East Village St. at Garfield Ave. Accepts cash and EBT only. Rain or shine. Call 626-449-0179 or visit PasadenaFarmersMarket.org for more information. • Highland Park Old LA. 3 – 8 p.m. at Ave 57 and Marmion Way next to the Metro Gold Line Highland Park Station. Call 323-255-5030 or visit OldLA.org for more information. Wednesdays: • Altadena. 3 – 7 p.m. 600 W. Palm Ave. Rain or shine. Visit altadenafarmersmarket.com for more information. • Pasadena. 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. at
the Playhouse District, northeast corner of El Molino Ave. and Union St. Accepts cash and EBT only. Rain or shine. Call 626-4490179 or visit PasadenaFarmersMarket.org for more information. • Huntington Park. 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Salt-Lake Park on Bissell St. Call 866-466-3824 for more information. Thursdays: • South Pasadena. 4 – 8 p.m. at Meridian Ave. and El Centro St. next to the South Pasadena Metro Gold Line Station. Visit SouthPasadenaFarmersMarket.org for more information. Saturdays: • La Cañada Flintridge. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 1300 Foothill Blvd., across from Memorial Park. • Pasadena. 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Victory Park, at the intersection of Sierra Madre Blvd. and Paloma St. Accepts cash and EBT only. Rain or shine. Call 626-4490179 or visit PasadenaFarmersMarket.org for more information. • Monrovia. 5 – 9 p.m. on Myrtle Ave. in Old Town Monrovia between Chestnut Ave. and Lemon Ave. Farmers market, live music, a Kid Zone, and more. Visit MonroviaStreetFair.com for more information. Sundays: • Hollywood. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at
Ivar and Selma Ave., Los Angeles. Call 323-463-3171 for more information. • Mid-City West. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at 3rd St. and Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. Call 323-933-9211 for more information. FLEA MARKETS First Sunday of Every Month: • Pasadena City College Flea Market. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. One of the Southland’s largest flea markets, the event has more than 400 vendors feature fascinating antiques and collectibles, records, tools, clothes and toys. Admission is free. Second Sunday of Every Month: • Rose Bowl Flea Market. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Rose Bowl. One of the most famous flea markets in the world. Regular admission starts at 9 a.m. for the general public at $8 per person, children under 12 are admitted free with an adult. Express admission from 8 – 9 a.m. at $10 per person. The box office is open until 3 p.m., the public may shop until 4:30 p.m. MUSEUMS The Broad 221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Visit TheBroad.org or call 213-232-
6200. • Summer Happenings. Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sept. 23, 8:30 p.m. Late-night music, performance and more at the museum! Ages 21+, tickets include access to the full museum. Gamble House 4 Westmoreland Pl., Pasadena. For more information visit GambeHouse.org or call 626-793-3334. Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage 380 Huntington Dr., Arcadia. Visit Museum.ci.Arcadia.CA.us for more information. Heritage Square Museum 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. For more information visit HeritageSquare.org or call 323-225-2700. • Halloween & Mourning Movie Night. Saturday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m. Guests are invited to bring a picnic, blankets, chairs, and candy to enjoy a classic scary movie at Heritage Square. Museum of Contemporary Art 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Visit MOCA.org or call 213-621-2766. Norton Simon Museum 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Visit NortonSimon.org or call 626-449-6840. • Altadena Reprise. Saturday, Aug. 26, 5 – 6 p.m. in the Theater. Pianist and composer Richard Sears brings his septet to the
Museum to reprise his Altadena Suite, commissioned by the Los Angeles Jazz Society in 2013 to honor legendary jazz drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath. Pasadena Museum of California Art 490 E. Union St., Pasadena. Visit PMCAOnline.org or call 626-5683665. Pasadena Museum of History 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena. Visit PasadenaHistory.org or call 626577-1660. Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. Visit ReaganLibrary.com or call 800410-8354. USC Pacific Asia Museum 46 N. Los Robles Blvd., Pasadena. Visit PacificAsiaMuseum.com or call 626-449-2742. Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Visit LACMA.org or call 323-4359256. • Andell Family Sundays. 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. at L.A. Times Central Court. Make, look, and talk about art at Andell Family Sundays! This weekly family event features artist-led workshops and friendly gallery tours and activities thematically based on special exhibitions and LACMA’s permanent
collection. ARTS Arcadia Performing Arts Center 188 Campus Dr. at N. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia. Visit arcadiapaf. org or call 626-821-1781 for more information. ARTNight Pasadena Friday, Oct. 13, 6 – 10 p.m. Enjoy a free evening of art, music and entertainment as Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural institutions swing open their doors. The night is yours to decide. Begin your journey at any one of 18 participating cultural institutions, where free shuttles will be waiting to transport you to your next destination. Don’t miss the fun! Visit ArtNightPasadena.org for more information. ARTWalk 2017 Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. ARTWalk is Pasadena’s largest urban art fair with over 5,000 people attending yearly. The event highlights some of the best Southern Californian visual artists showcasing their work in painting, sculpture, watercolor, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, and printmaking. ARTWalk is free and all-ages are welcome. Visit playhousedistrict.org/artwalk for more information.
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BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO The Los Angeles Zoo offers families and Halloween lovers a range of seasonal activities and learning opportunities at BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO from Saturday, October 7 through Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featured daily is a Halloween Maze, while weekends include a puppet show, pumpkin carving, animal feedings, up-close encounters with some of the Zoo’s smaller residents and other family adventures. BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO is free with paid Zoo admission. Programming subject to change. Admission to the Los Angeles Zoo is $20 for ages 13 to 61; $17 for seniors ages 62+, and $15 for children ages 2 to 12. No ticket is required for children under age two. Admission for Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association members is free. The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) Freeways. 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Free parking is available. For additional information, contact (323) 644-4200 or visit www.lazoo.org/boo
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, guest conducted by Peter Oundjian, presents the world premiere of Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman’s Violin Concerto, a LACO commission written for and played by Jennifer Koh, recognized for her commanding performances and technical virtuosity, on Saturday, October 14, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre, Glendale, and Sunday, October 15, 2017, 7 pm, at Royce Hall, UCLA. The program opens with the Suite from Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella, highlighting LACO Principal Trumpet David Washburn, and includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, one of the three final Mozart symphonies LACO performs this season as part of its “Mozart in Focus” programming. Oundjian the “consistently illuminating” music director of both the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Royal National Orchestra in Scotland, made his LACO debut in 2015. Norman’s work, he says, “is inspired directly by Jenny Koh and the relationship I have with her as a friend and collaborator.” Koh is LACO’s Guest Artist-in-Residence for the fall, participating in masterclasses, community engagement and free public performances, along with her concert appearances. Named Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year and winner of the 1994 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Koh has premiered more than 60 works written for her and is “one of our most thoughtful and intense musicians” (The New York Times). Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra “Mozart in Focus: Symphony No. 40” Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale Sunday, October 15, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall, UCLA Peter Oundjian, conductor Jennifer Koh, violin. STRAVINSKY, Suite from the ballet, Pulcinella. ANDREW NORMAN Violin Concerto (LACO Commission, World Premiere). MOZART Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550. TICKETS/INFO: Tickets start at $27. For information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra or to order tickets, please call (213) 622-7001, or visit www.laco.org. Program, artists and ticket prices subject to change.
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California Art Club 75 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena. Visit CaliforniaArtClub.org or call 626583-4796. Fremont Centre Theatre 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. Visit FremontCentreTheatre.com or call 626-441-5977 for more information. Hollywood Bowl 2301 Highland Ave., Los Angeles. Visit HollywoodBowl.com or call 323-850-2000 for more information. Los Angeles Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Visit LAPhil.com or call 213-972-7282. Pasadena Playhouse 39 El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Visit PasadenaPlayhouseorg or call 626-534-6537 for more information. GARDENS Descanso Gardens 418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. For more information, visit DescansoGardens.org or call 828-949-4200. • End of Summer Festival. Wednesday, Aug. 30, 5 – 10 p.m. The gardens stay open extra late for this end of summer celebration. Grab a cold drink and relax to the tunes of the The Flash-
dance DJs, wander through the gardens to the sounds of live music. Enjoy the sunset, then end the night with some stargazing in the Oak Woodland. Bring your own flashlight! Required advanced tickets can be purchased online. • Mt. SAC Plant Sale. Thursday, Oct. 5 – Sun. Oct. 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Students from the Mt. San Antonio College horticulture program will sell a variety of potted plants for your home garden. Free to members. Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. For more information visit Huntington. org or call 626-205-2100. • 34th Succulent Plants Symposium. Saturday, Sep. 2, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Succulent experts from across the United States will discuss topics ranging from time-lapse photography of cactus blooms to botanizing in South Africa. • Tropical Nursery Tour. Wednesday, Sep. 13 and Nov. 15, 1:30 – 3 p.m. Go behind the scenes with Dylan Hannon, The Huntington’s curator of tropical collections, for a tour of the botanical nurseries where rare orchids and other plants are grown. • A Taste of the Chinese Strings.
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2 p.m. Join The Huntington for an afternoon of traditional Chinese music highlighting the classical string instruments. The program includes solos by Meiye Ma on pipa, Hejia Gao on guzheng, and Yunhe Liang on erhu, as well as works performed by the Spring Thunder Music Ensemble. $10. Reservations: huntington.org/calendar. Rothenberg Hall. • Harvest Moon Festival. Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6:30 – 9 p.m. Experience a memorable autumn evening in the Chinese Garden during one of The Huntington’s most popular annual events. While strolling around the moonlit lake, guests can sample delicious Asian-inspired cuisine from more than a dozen of the area’s top restaurants (all included in the ticket price) and enjoy traditional Chinese music and other live entertainment. Members: $88. Non-Members: $98. Children ages 4–12: $25. Free for children under 4. VIP: $148 (includes early entry at 5:30 p.m.). Tickets: huntington.org/harvestmoon2017. • Conference: The Rise of the Newspaper in Europe and America, 1600 – 1900. Oct. 13 & 14, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The newspaper rose to centrality in modern societies
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SOUTH PASADENA PUBLIC LIBRARY During August, the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, and the Friends of the Rialto Theatre will be presenting 2 acclaimed feature films for all ages brimming with unmistakable South Pas flavor. On Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 p.m., an ‘instant classic’ 2016 musical that won 6 Oscars will be screened. Key scenes were shot in and outside the legendary Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena. On Thursday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m., a 1944 Technicolor Epic Western that stars Anthony Quinn, Maureen O’Hara, and South Pasadena born Joel McCrea will be screened with Special Guests. Both films will be presented in the beautiful, historic Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro St. Admission is free and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. More information is available at www.southpasadenaca.gov/library.
SOUTH PASADENA PUBLIC LIBRARY CHILDREN’S SERVICES STORYTIMES Sept. 11 - Nov. 17, 2017, Children’s Room • Preschool Storytimes (ages 3 – 5 years), Mondays 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. • Family Storytimes (all ages) Tuesdays 7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. • Toddler Storytimes (ages 1 – 2 years), Fridays 10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. • Toddler Storytimes (ages 2 – 3 years), Fridays 11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Children’s librarians read age-appropriate stories and share fingerplays, songs, flannelboard stories,and book-related DVDs with children in a group setting. BARKS AND BOOKS Sept. 11, Nov.13, Dec. 11, 2017 Ages 5 – 10 years, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Children’s Room Children are invited to visit the library to read animal-related short stories of their choice to dogs from the Pasadena Humane Society Companion Animal Program. Not only does this make reading more fun, it also builds a child’s confidence in reading aloud. Also, the available books will help children realize that animals experience a range of emotions similar to their own and that they have basic needs, too. This will, in turn, encourage them to appreciate the importance of treating all animals with respect and kindness. Sign-ups are required. Go to http://southpasadena.evanced.info/signup/eventcalendar.aspx to register. FALL TWEEN SERIES Oct. 6, 13, 20, 2017 Ages 9 – 14 years, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Library Community Room Series to be determined. WINTER HOLIDAY EVENT Dec. 5, 2017 All ages, 7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Library Community Room Event to be determined. LEGO MANIA EVENT Dec. 16, 2017 All ages, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Library Community Room Just in time for the holidays, the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library invite children and their families to take a break from shopping and join this Lego free play event. Offered free to the public, this program encourages children to use their imagination and apply science, math, and engineering to create and build with Lego blocks. Children, 3 years and younger,will learn through play with Duplo blocks . For more information about library activities, please call (626) 403-7358 or visit the Library to pick up a calendar of events. The library is located at 1100 Oxley Street and on the web at www.southpasadenaca.gov/library. Hours are: Mondays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Fridays 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturdays 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.; Sundays 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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by making information current, critical, legitimate, and public. Leading experts on the history of the newspaper will consider its invention, its layout, its appeal to sensation, and its claim to objectivity. The conference will explore our debt to the newspaper and our continued need for news sources that are not “fake.” $25. Registration: huntington.org/risenewspaper. Rothenberg Hall. • International Orchid Show and Sale. Friday – Sunday, Oct. 20 – 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate the amazing diversity of orchids—a vast family of more than 22,000 species in 880 genera—as hundreds of exotic blooms compete for honors at The Huntington’s 3rd annual International Orchid Show and Sale. The event will showcase lush displays by local and regional orchid societies and international growers, and vendors will have a wide range of orchid plants and related merchandise for sale. General admission. Brody Botanical Center. • Fall Plant Sale. Friday – Sunday, Oct. 27 – 29, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fall is here, and for Southern California gardeners that means it’s time to get planting. Home gardeners will find a great selection of beautiful plants at the annual fall sale. Look for California natives such as manzanita, salvia, buckwheat, and ceanothus; popular Southwestern gems including tecoma, Texas ranger, and chocolate daisy; and an assortment of Australian natives that are ideal for our local climate, such as grevillea and callistemon. There will also be a wide variety of herbs, cacti and succulents, bulbs, and much more. General admission. (Members enter free). Plant Sale Nursery. Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. For more information visit Arboretum. org or call 626-821-3222.
• Arcadia Moon Festival. Saturday, Sep. 30, 6 – 8 p.m. The traditional Chinese celebration is observed when the full moon is at its brightest for the year. The unique cultural experience offers Chinese music, martial arts, dance performances and more. Food trucks will be present. Moon cakes, the signature sweet of the festival, will be available for purchase. Bring family and friends, a picnic, blankets and lawn chairs for a very special evening in the garden. • Fall Plant Sale. Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Plants for sale at the garden and gift shop. LIBRARIES Altadena Public Library Main branch located at 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena. For more information, visit altadenalibrary. org or call 626-798-0833. Open Monday – Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Closed Sunday. • Enjoy the music of El Twanguero. Friday, August 25 at 7:30 pm. Dance the night away to the music of world-renowned Spanish performer, master guitarist, songwriter and Latin Grammy Award Winner El Twanguero and his band. Beverages will be avail-
able for purchase. • Open Mic Night. The last Tuesday of every month, starting August 29, 7 – 8:30 p.m., and running 12 months. Adults can enjoy unique performances by musicians, storytellers, poets and more. • Family Movie Sing-a-Long. September 18, October 16 and November 20, 6:30 p.m. in the Barbara J. Pearson Community Room. Pack a picnic dinner and a blanket and sing along with your family to some of your favorite movies! Crowell Public Library 1890 Huntington Dr., San Marino. For more information visit CrowellPublicLibrary.org or call 626300-0777. All programs are free to the public. • STEM Girls (grades 4th and 5th). Sep. 21, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Barth Community Room. **Register early (required). Space will fill.** Is your tween girl curious about science, technology, engineering, and math? Come join us at Crowell Library for our brand new STEM Girls Club for 4th and 5th graders. This program will provide girls with the opportunity to play and experiment in an open atmosphere where there’s no pressure of being graded. Registration is
required. • Joyful Living Happy Life. Aug. 26 and Oct. 22, 2 – 4 p.m. at Barth Community Room. Speaker series conducted in Mandarin. La Cañada Flintridge Library 4545 N. Oakwood Ave., La Cañada Flintridge. For more information visit CoLaPubLib.org.libs/LaCanada or call 818-790-3330. • The Remarkable History of Porto’s Bakery and Café. Sat., Oct. 14, 2 – 3 p.m. Meet Betty Porto, co-owner and Vice President of Porto’s Bakery and Café. She is one of three siblings who run the family business founded by their Cuban émigré parents. This is a free family program sponsored by the Friends of the La Cañada Library. • The Secret Life of Bees. Sat., Sept. 9, 2 – 3 p.m. Presentation will be made by the “Bee Catchers.” They will be bringing a glass-enclosed, live bee hive! Watch honey being made, learn what to do if you encounter a swarm, and discover a surprising way to treat stings. This is a free family program sponsored by the Friends of the La Cañada Library. Monrovia Public Library 321 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia. For more information, visit CityofMonrovia.org/Library or call 626-256-8374. Open Monday
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– Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Closed Thursdays. • Monday Movie Night. Monday, Oct. 15, 6 – 7:45 p.m. at the Community Room. Dress in your pajamas, bring your blanket, pillow and your favorite stuffed friend to enjoy Monday Movie Night! Enjoy freshly popped popcorn as you cuddle up to watch a terrific movie with your family! This event is sponsored by Friends of the Monrovia Public Library. South Pasadena Public Library 1100 Oxley St., South Pasadena. For more information, visit SouthPasadenaCA.gov or call 626403-7340. • Movie Night – “La La Land.” Thursday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m. at the Community Room. Watch Oscar winning La La Land with your friends and family at this free and fun movie screening. ET CETERA Caltech 330 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena (free parking located at 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena (south of Del Mar Blvd.). Visit Caltech. edu/calendar/public-events or call 626-395-4652. • Low Lily and John Whelan. Saturday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m. at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. The New England-based string and vocal trio, Low Lily (formerly Annalivia) explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. • Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company. Saturday, Oct. 14, 8 p.m. at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. Lily Cai blends ancient Chinese forms with modern dance to create captivating and inventive forms to produce an innovative performance. • Susan McKeown. Saturday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m. at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. Susan McKeown is 62 / The Quarterly Magazine / Fall 2017
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PASADENA HERITAGE Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Pasadena Heritage has been the leading voice of historic preservation in Pasadena over four decades. The organization began as a grass-roots group concerned about new development and aggressive zoning that threatened historic neighborhoods and commercial districts. Seeking to call attention to these irreplaceable resources that showcase the city’s history and define its unique community character, the organization invented itself and incorporated in 1977. Since then, it has grown to be one of the largest and most effective non-profits in Pasadena and is considered a leader in historic preservation throughout state and well beyond. Pasadena Heritage’s 40th anniversary party will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, in the original Exhibition Hall at the Convention Center, just behind the historic Civic Auditorium. After many years as an ice skating rink, the Hall has been returned to its original purpose and is again hosting events and exhibits as part of the larger convention complex. Pasadena Heritage long
championed recapturing the Exhibition Hall, urging its restoration as plan after plan for a new skating facility came and went. With that goal accomplished, it is a perfect place for the organization to celebrate its history. Many think of Pasadena Heritage as the host of the “Bridge Party” – its biennial community party on the Colorado Street Bridge, an iconic structure it helped save from neglect and even demolition. Others know the group for its annual Craftsman Weekend, a three-day exploration of early 20th century architecture and the arts, reflecting the time when the American Arts & Crafts Movement swept the country and Pasadena became its west-coast center. Others will remember when Old Pasadena was to be demolished for new development in the 1980s, and how Pasadena Heritage took up the banner to save the city’s original downtown and prevailed. Other high-profile issues have been saving the Rose Bowl, protecting Bullock’s Pasadena (now Macy’s on So. Lake), and fighting for the Stuart Pharmaceutical Company building in East Pasadena, pictured on the cover of Time Magazine when it first opened in 1958.
One of the perpetual preservation struggles the organization has faced may soon be happily resolved if the 710 Freeway extension is finally completely withdrawn. This outdated transportation plan would have gravely impacted scores of historic homes in its path, and Pasadena Heritage has opposed it for forty years. There have been countless other issues raised and battles waged, as Pasadena Heritage worked to preserve and protect the city’s extraordinary architectural legacy. It has nominated thousands of buildings for historic designations throughout the city, and continually reviews, comments, and works to influence the seemingly endless stream of projects that impact historic resources. Pasadena Heritage consistently strives to be pro-active and constructive in shaping public policy as well as reactive when problems arise. It helped achieve the downzoning of single-family neighborhoods in its early days, helped create the City of Pasadena’s Landmark District Ordinance and worked to strengthen the city’s historic preservation ordinance including protection for homes designed by Greene & Greene. Its staff, board members, and advocacy volunteers regularly participate in planning efforts, reinforcing historic preservation principles and practical applications. Having such a strong preservation organization active for 40 years is a key reason Pasadena is nationally recognized as a preservation leader.
Pasadena Heritage educates as well as advocates. It regularly provides outstanding architectural tours – on foot, by car, and by coach -- with themes including neighborhoods, the work of famed architects, and specific styles and periods. The group’s cadre of excellent trained tour docents serve as guides for a variety of educational and entertaining tours every year. A recent tour of Mid-Century Masterworks was a popular attraction, as was a tour of architects’ own homes in 2016. Exploring the transition of South Orange Grove from millionaires’ mansions to apartment and condo living illuminated a lesser-known but fascinating story. An Old Pasadena Pub Crawl is a new offering that has sold out quickly whenever offered. Learning about local history and architecture led many to become preservation supporters over the years, and volunteer opportunities abound for those who want more direct involvement. Everyone is invited to join in Pasadena Heritage’s 40th Anniversary celebration. Invitations to the 40 Years special event (Oct. 7) will be available in August. This elegant dinner will feature music, special guests, a silent auction, and success stories. You can also become a member, take a tour, attend Craftsman Weekend, or send a donation to the “40th fund” to support the programs and efforts of this heroic organization that preserves the best of Pasadena for future generations.
CRAFTSMAN WEEKEND Pasadena Heritage’s Craftsman Weekend is the premier event of its kind on the West Coast. The 2017 Weekend, October 27-29, will include an exceptional variety of walking, bus and self-guided architectural tours featuring some of Pasadena’s landmark districts and the work of renowned architects. The signature event of the weekend is an all-day drive yourself home tour of five unique examples of Pasadena’s extraordinary Craftsman-era homes. Throughout Craftsman Weekend, guests can visit the Craftsman Exposition, an extensive show and sale of antique and contemporary decorative arts and furnishings. It is the largest show of its kind in the western United States, attracting approximately 3,000 visitors, and will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center. More than 50 exhibitors will offer extraordinary antique and contemporary Craftsman-era and period-inspired works. New this year is a lecture and preview shopping opportunity focused on antique items to be held prior to the public opening. The Exposition will also include an extraordinary Silent Auction with items donated by the exhibitors and local businesses. For more information about this and other events, please visit www. pasadenaheritage.org.
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PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART California artist E. Charlton Fortune (1885–1969) came of age during a time when women began to challenge the status quo and redefine their expected roles in society. E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit, an exhibition on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) August 20, 2017–January 7, 2018, showcases the work of this trailblazing female and one of California’s most significant artists. Fortune had a thriving career as a painter until the age of forty-three when she began a pioneering new vocation as a liturgical artist and as the leader of the Monterey Guild. The exhibition pairs the artist’s impressionist and modernist landscapes with her ecclesiastical paintings, furnishings, and other work produced for the Catholic Church. Educated in Europe and the San Francisco Bay Area as well as at the Arts Students League in New York, Fortune’s paintings depicted the places she lived and traveled—from the tranquil shores
of the Monterey Peninsula to areas surrounding her father’s ancestral home in Scotland, to St. Ives, England, and St. Tropez, France, where she lived for extended periods in the 1920s. Though her paintings are frequently labeled impressionist, Fortune’s work moved beyond the style, a fact well recognized in her own time. Rather than focusing on nature for its own sake, she emphasized E. Charlton Fortune, Wine Cargoes, 1925. Oil on canhumanity’s impact on the vas, 30 x 40 inches. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Thomland and was best known as B. Stiles, II for colorful landscapes featuring architecture and elements of in art. modern life. Often including active Starting in 1928, Fortune’s disenfemale figures, Fortune’s paintings chantment with mass-produced ecwere socially engaged. They were clesiastical art led her to create dealso strong in color—frequently rensigns of her own. She then founded dered in primary or complementary the Monterey Guild, comprised of a hues—and rugged and gestural in group of skilled craftspeople who, execution, leading some reviewunder her direction, created original, ers and critics to assume she was a modern artworks and furnishings for man. Many described her paintings churches. Her religious objects reas “masculine,” attributing their sucturned the focus to the liturgy and cess to a perceived virility—then one reinforced the importance of deof the most highly regarded qualities sign and handcraftsmanship within
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Church interiors. Throughout her life, Fortune remained unmarried and independent, and her art demonstrates not only her bold artistic freedom and mastery of many media, but also the tenacity of a strong and dynamic woman. “In the early to mid-twentieth century, E. Charlton Fortune was one of the most important California artists, male or female,” says curator of the exhibition Scott A. Shields, Ph.D. “The fact that she was a woman working at a transitional moment and in an atmosphere that still discouraged female professionals makes her achievements all the more extraordinary. No one disputes her standing as one of California’s most prestigious artists.” Through approximately 80 works, E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit illuminates this formidable artist’s contributions to early California painting and American liturgical design as well as the indomitable spirit of a progressive woman. PMCA is located at 490 East Union Street. For more information, please call 626.568.3665 or visit pmcaonline.org.
LAZoo.org or call 323-644-4200. • Roaring Nights. Friday, Sep. 15, 6 – 10 p.m., 18+. A different kind of wildlife takes over the L.A. Zoo for Roaring Nights, their popular summer music series featuring live bands, DJs, pop-up zookeeper talks, special animal encounters, L.A.’s favorite food trucks, lawn games and more. • BOO AT THE L.A. ZOO. (See page 58). Lanterman House 4420 Encinas Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Visit LantermanFoundation.org or call 818-790-1421. Woman’s Club of South Pasadena 1424 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. Visit theWCSP.org or call 626-799-9309. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, The Quarterly Magazine assumes no responsibilty for omissions or errors.
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