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days, and when we purchased the house, he left them to us. I would hang them up every year to carry on the tradition and send him a picture, until he passed away last year.” Both Therese and Mario shared a mutual love for Craftsman homes but had never lived in one until they came to South Pasadena. When they relocated from San Diego, where they originally met, the Molinas rented a home on Lyndon Street, before buying their first house on Oak Hill Place. As their family grew, they transitioned to a smaller Craftsman on Stratford Avenue, before moving into their current home on Chelten Way. “The look of the house is what at-
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tracted us,” Therese said. “It’s such a beautiful home and yard, and twice as big as our previous property.” Tiffany Oaks was built in 1909 and is 4,800 square feet with four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Dr. Hollcraft purchased the home in 1973, and over the years made various updates and additions. In 1977, he had a swimming pool built in the back yard. Then, in 1979, the front and rear sleeping porches were enclosed, the kitchen and the master bathroom were remodeled, and a family room with large glass windows that look out onto the pool was added to the back of the house. Therese pointed out that the family room is the most lived-in part of the home, and the place where everyone likes to congregate when the family is together. Since moving into the home 15 years ago, Therese and Mario have done a few minor cosmetic projects such as updating the flocked wallpaper in one of the bedrooms, but, for the most part, they have managed to maintain and preserve the home as it is. Among the special features that remain untouched is the tapestry wall in the dining room that was imported from Belgium. “When we were looking at the house and came into this room, I thought it was just old faded wallpaper,” Therese said. “I told my daughter that it was going to be one of the first things to go, and the realtor looked like she was about to have a heart attack. The dining room, which is one of the more interesting rooms in the house, has special lighting around the perimeter of the ceiling, similar to what you’d find in a museum. Once you turn on the switch, it takes about 15 minutes to light up. It adds a nice effect to the room and won’t fade the tapestry.” The oval dining table serves as a focal point, and Therese was advised by her decorator that the shape of the table was best for a room with more than one entrance, such as theirs, because it inspires movement and helps to break up angular lines,
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softening the scheme of the room. The Ernestine table against one of the dining room walls was a gift from a friend who was moving out of a Craftsman home and felt it would complement the Molina’s décor. In the main entryway of the home,
the walls are adorned with several drawings of Tiffany Oaks. Once, after the Molinas hosted an event for political candidate Michael Cacciotti in their home, his campaign manager’s wife, Kelly Conte, sketched a drawing of the house as a thank-you gift.
Local artist Laurie Hendricks, who is a close family friend, also painted the home, and her artwork is proudly displayed on one of the walls. She created a portrait of the first four of the couple’s five children—Carley, Colleen, Dave, Mary Clare and Kevyn—
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as well, which hangs in Mario’s library located just off the family room. “That is my husband’s favorite room in the house,” Therese said. “He collects books and catalogs. When he did his residency at John Hopkins University, he fell in love with all things related to the school. He belongs to the American Osler Society because one of his heroes is William Osler, one of the university’s founding professors. He also collects medical books, as well as works by contemporary authors like Robert Crais.” Therese’s favorite room in the home is the master bedroom, which is located upstairs and has a small porch that overlooks the expansive yard. It’s the perfect spot to sit down, relax and watch people go by, all while enjoying plenty of privacy. On the opposite end of the upstairs corridor is a door that appears to lead to a closet, but actually opens to a section of the house that is nicknamed “Dave’s Wing.” The couple’s son, Dave, lived in that space while he was in high school, which, in addition to a bedroom and office area, also has its own bathroom and a set of stairs that lead down to the kitchen. Therese mentioned that they are eventually planning to replace the stairs with an elevator for added convenience. Another highlight of the property is the huge yard surrounding the home, which features an expansive lawn, an abundance of citrus fruit trees, a swimming pool and a pond. “In the spring, I love to sit in the yard and watch the hummingbirds and the finches at the feeder while inhaling the scent of the orange blossoms. It feels a little like our piece of the old ranchos still survives here in South Pasadena,” Mario said. Over the years, it has served as the location for a multitude of events for local nonprofits as well as four weddings for family and friends. “When we moved here, we felt that the house and yard were too beautiful not to be shared. As a result, we have hosted a number of events for charitable organizations
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like the Professional Child Development Associates, South Pasadena Educational Foundation, Parson’s Nose and the Aztlan Athletics.” The back yard also has a guesthouse, which was originally an aviary built by Dr. Hollcraft. It has a separate bedroom, living room, bathroom and kitchenette—perfect for when the Molinas entertain visitors from out of town. Therese, who happens to be a bird enthusiast, had a new aviary built across from the swimming pool. “I probably have about 50 birds right now,” she said. “I own a variety of cockatiels and parakeets, many of which I inherited.” Dr. Hollcraft also built a greenhouse in the back yard, but over the years it had fallen into a state of disrepair, so Therese surprised Mario by fixing it up and adding a new heater. Now he enjoys spending time back there with the different varieties of plants that they keep, including orchids. “I’m into dogs and birds, he’s into books and plants,” Therese laughed. Back by the greenhouse is a gate that leads to the property next door, which is also owned by the Molinas. After their longtime neighbor died, they purchased the home last May and are currently in the midst of restoring it. “I was friends with Virginia, the former owner, who passed away at 101
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[years old],” Therese said. “She lived in that house since 1952. When I used to visit her, she would talk about the architect, Irving Gill. He was one of the first modernists, and his aesthetic was based on a clean house that was easy to maintain—there’s no molding, no ledges. We’ve been respectfully restoring it and trying to keep the original feel of the home. We just finished the wood floors and repainted the entire house in the same colors. We are also updating the plumbing and electrical. It’s been a fun project.” The Molinas are also restoring its kitchen, which was last remodeled in 1959. They plan to keep it in the 1950s style but will make a few modern updates such as adding a new retro-looking refrigerator. Once the home project is completed, which is expected to be sometime in June, Therese said they plan to open the home so that architecture students can come see it. They also plan to house a Fellow from The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens there each semester. Family is extremely important to the Molinas, and they enjoy hosting annual holiday gatherings at Tiffany Oaks. They relish being surrounded by loved ones in a home that is full of wonderful shared memories. “We just love living here,” Therese said. “I still walk down the stairs in the morning and can’t believe that this is my house.” •
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CARNEGIE OBSERVATORIES Finding the answers to life’s questions in the stars BY HARRY YADAV
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“Astronomy is all about the big questions. Big in terms of scale and size but big, also, in a sort of philosophical way. Where did we come from? Where are we going? How did we get here? Are we alone?” said Dr. John Mulchaey, the director of Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena. Finding the answers to these questions largely falls on the shoulders of astronomers, and some of the world’s best work at the Observatories’ quiet campus located on Santa Barbara Street, just off of North Lake Avenue. They play a pivotal role in humanity’s understanding of its oldest story: the origins of the cosmos. “In a sense, it’s pretty remarkable some of the things we already know,” Mulchaey said. “For instance, we know the age of the universe to pretty high accuracy, 13.8 billion years old. We certainly, over the last 20 years, have gotten to nail down things like that. And though we don’t know why, we know the universe started in a Big Bang.” However, he acknowledged, most questions remain unanswered. “We can look around at the universe and see that it’s very structured in some ways—it has these beautiful galaxies like the Milky Way, for instance. Now, we want to know how the universe went from this Big Bang to what we see, to such an ordered and beautiful series of systems.” The Observatories is the nation’s premier destination for post-doctoral fellows in astronomy and astrophysics and its staff boasts some of the brightest and most innovative minds in the fields today. There are a handful of openings every year and they are highly sought after, with one spot generally awarded for every 200 or more candidates. Together with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech, the Observatories makes Pas-
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adena a hotbed for astronomy research. Since its founding in 1904, the Observatories’ telescopes have attracted many of the greatest American astronomers, whose research has influenced scientists and mathematicians from around the world, none more famous, perhaps, than Albert Einstein, who visited its Pasadena campus in 1931. Einstein had come to discuss the revolutionary paper the Observatories’ staff scientist, Edwin Hubble, published in 1929 showing that the universe is continuously expanding. Hubble’s findings, collected while using the Observatories’ telescopes at Mount Wilson, had disproved that the universe is static, a theory Einstein had gone to great lengths to prove. When Mulchaey sat down with The Quarterly in his office—Hubble’s old office, coincidentally—he was gearing up for his 133rd trip to Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, where the telescopes used by the Observatories’ are now located. The Mount Wilson telescopes Hubble and his colleagues gazed through in the early part of the 20th century no longer produce research; and the Observatories has been almost exclusively using Las Campanas since the early 1970s. The Observatories’ Pasadena-based astronomers access the telescopes remotely, but also occasionally make the 24-hour trip to use them in person. A two-and-a-half-hour bus ride from the nearest town, the Las Campanas telescopes sit at an altitude of approximately 8,500 feet in the Atacama Desert. Shielded from light pollution, aided by a climate even drier than Southern California’s and located in the Southern Hemisphere, these telescopes allow astronomers to easily see not only the Milky Way, but two of its companion galaxies, the Large and Small Magellenic Clouds (LMC and SMC, respectively), as well. All of these factors make the Chilean observatory one of the best locations for astronomy research in the world.
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Roughly 75 staff members work at both the Observatories’ Pasadena campus and Las Campanas, but in Chile, staff is also tasked with running a small town. “We have paramedics, cooks, people to clean the rooms, everything,” Mulchaey said. “And we’re open every day other than Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.” Currently, Las Campanas has four major telescopes: the two identical 6.5-meter Magellan Telescopes, Baade and Clay, put into operation in 2000 and 2002, respectively; the 2.5-meter du Pont Telescope, in operation since 1977; and the 1-meter
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Swope Telescope, in operation since 1971. Around 2025, it will make room for the 24-meter Giant Magellan Telescope, which when completed will become the largest optical observing telescope in the world. The Giant Magellan is a $1 billion-plus project funded by an international consortium of organizations of which Carnegie Observatories is a founder. Life-sized outlines of the telescope's mirrors are painted in white in the Observatories’ Pasadena parking lot right next to its machine shop, where engineers and machinists design and build parts and pieces for the con-
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struction and repair of telescopes. According to Mulchaey, the next generation of telescopes, including the Giant Magellan and NASA’s James Webb, will bring much-needed insight into some of astronomy’s central outstanding questions, such as how the universe evolved. To attempt to answer that question, astronomers take advantage of a built-in time machine. “It takes time for light to reach us from very distant parts of the universe,” Mulchaey explained. “So, when we see distant objects, we are seeing what they looked like in the past—it’s a built-in time machine. In the case of the Sun, the Sun is about eight light-minutes away. That’s pretty close—it’s not really close, it’s 93 million miles—but by astronomy standards that is right in your face, that’s almost the closest it can be. So, when we look at distant galaxies, we’re seeing what they looked like billions of years ago, they’re billions of lightyears away. We can quite accurately look at galaxies at different distances and figure out how the populations have changed over time.” Mulchaey likes to explain this approach by using the analogy of analyzing human populations. To get an idea of how humans evolve, you have to compare and contrast humans in various stages—babies, chil-
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dren, adults and the elderly. “And that’s exactly what we’re doing with galaxies,” he said. “We’re looking at young galaxies way in the past and we’re looking at the ones near us today, including our own Milky Way. We haven’t quite gotten to the first galaxies formed yet. That’s the piece we don’t have data on. That’s a goal of the next developments in telescope technology.” Dr. Allison Strom is an observational extragalactic astronomer at the Observatories who focuses her research on distant galaxies between 10 and 12 billion years old. She uses spectroscopy to analyze the elements in the atmospheres of distant galaxies and to measure the velocity at which objects in space move away from Earth, a measurement known as redshift. By analyzing the redshift of an object, Strom is able to infer its distance. Her work builds on the discoveries of past Carnegie astronomers—Hubble was the first to recognize there were galaxies beyond the Milky Way—but travels infinitely farther. “I’ve spent my entire career trying to push this analysis out to some of the most distant galaxies we can see,” Strom said. “The idea with the next generation of telescopes is to keep pushing back to the next older galaxies. Astronomy is the story of understanding cosmic origins and we’re still learning fundamental things, especially compared to other sciences. We have a pretty robust framework for biology and physics. For example, we can write down equations for how gravity works or how friction works. But in astronomy, we are still making new observations. What’s exciting about astronomy, I think, is individuals are still making these fundamental contributions, still discovering new galaxies.” Another popular area of study due to its implications on the presence of life elsewhere in the universe is the attempt to answer how common our Solar System is. “In the early 1990s, we didn’t know of any planets surrounding oth-
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er stars,” Mulchaey said. “We now know of around 4,000 planets. Once you have 4,000 planets you can start asking questions. You can start looking at populations of planets and you can say, ‘How common is our Solar System?’” So far, out of the roughly 4,000 observable planets, very few systems share the Solar System’s composition—that of a star, four small terrestrial planets and four much larger planets. “And that’s interesting,” Mulchaey said. “We don’t really have an analog to the Solar System yet. Partly, that could be because we need a bigger sample. Also, there may be biases in the systems we’ve studied— and I do believe that’s probably true. But part of it could be the Solar System is a rare kind of beast. We just haven’t had a big enough sample size yet to answer that.” Currently, the most common type of planet is not one that looks like a small terrestrial planet, or one of the Solar System’s bigger planets, such as Jupiter or Saturn. Instead, these planets have come to be known as super-Earths because they fall somewhere in between the Solar System’s gaseous and rocky planets (they are also known as mini-Neptunes). Mulchaey said the fact that the Solar System does not contain a super-Earth begs many questions. “Are super-Earths rocky planets that are just bigger than the Earth?”
contains a signature: its own unique composition of elements. “If you look at Earth’s atmosphere, if you take a spectrum of it, what you see is we have a lot of oxygen in our atmosphere and that is a signature of life on earth because it would not exist in our atmosphere if there had not been life,” Mulchaey said. “Originally, Earth’s atmosphere didn’t have any oxygen in it. So, the oxygen in the atmosphere has come from the fact that we have plant life on Earth.” By observing an Earth-like signature in the atmospheres of planets in other systems, astronomers may be able to infer the presence of life. “This is an experiment we are trying to do. It’s a very difficult experiment,” Mulchaey said. “It may require the next generation of telescopes like the Giant Magellan Telescope because to study atmospheres of other planets you need to collect a lot of light. So, this is another one of the primary drivers of the future telescopes that will come online in the next decade.” There is currently no consensus among scientists on when life outside of the Solar System will be discovered. Some believe those discoveries are 50 to 100 years away. However, the Observatories’ director is much more optimistic. “I think within the next couple decades we’ll know, we’ll find evidence of life in the universe,” he said.
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he mused. “Or, are they big gaseous planets like Jupiter but a bit smaller? Understanding super-Earths can streamline our search for life outside of the Solar System.” The answers to these questions matter, Mulchaey said, because astronomers believe gaseous planets are unsuitable for life. Determining whether super-Earths are gaseous or rocky will allow astronomers to narrow the scope of planets they investigate to find life. Another way astronomers can search for life is by using spectroscopy to research the atmospheres of planets in order to determine whether the elements they contain can support life. Each atmosphere
The Observatories, as one of six campuses that make up the Carnegie Institution for Science, is well-positioned to continue its tradition of ground-breaking discovery. It is predominantly an endowed institution that benefits from philanthropy but tends not to rely on federal money. This is crucial to the organization maintaining its unique tradition of supporting astronomy’s most important research, regardless of its chance of success. “Most federal projects tend to be very conservative because when you are spending the taxpayers’ money, you want to be sure you’re getting a result,” Mulchaey said. “But there are some science projects that are just very risky.” Those projects, Mulchaey explained, often fail to receive federal funding support when competing against others that are more likely to produce results. “The committees that evaluate the proposals, when they have in their hand two proposals, one that will give a guaranteed result, though it may not be very groundbreaking, versus one that is very risky but is likely to fail, are unlikely to throw their money at the risky one, even though it may, in the end, be more important,” Mulchaey said. “So, I think the Observatories’ unique role here is that this is a place that, because we don’t rely heavily on federal funding, we can actually take those risks that a lot
of other places cannot. That, combined with the fact that we have a lot of telescope time here, more than really anywhere else in the world, means our astronomers also have access to facilities to do the kinds of very big programs that would be hard to do at most places. It’s a huge draw to come here. Our astronomers are very, very spoiled with telescope time.” In addition to answering complex questions about the nature of the universe, the Observatories’ scientists work with local public and private schools to spread awareness about astronomy research and astronomy’s viability as a profession. “It’s very important to expose children to science early on,” Mulchaey said, “but it’s also important to let children know there are jobs in science down the line. The real issue with getting underrepresented groups into the field is that kids don’t recognize they can do this as a career. Encouraging interest in astronomy across diverse groups is vital. A diverse population leads to better science.” Other outreach efforts include presentations at local community centers and retirement homes; an Open House day where members of the public can tour the Observatories’ historic facilities, including its library and machine shop; and an annual four-part springtime series at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, which features a performance by musicians from the Colburn School of Music prior to a lecture by an Observatories scientist. “We’re excited about more people learning about astronomy and about what we are accomplishing at the Observatories,” Mulchaey said. “It’s a really exciting time right now, and the advancements in technology in the coming years will only open more doors to our understanding of this vast universe we live in.” • To learn more about the Carnegie Observatories, visit www.carnegiescience.edu.
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SEA WOMEN AND MOTHERHOOD STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY LISA SEE
As we move from spring into summer, we celebrate Mother’s Day, graduations, and weddings. At the center of these gatherings are our mothers: a day to honor mothers, a day when mothers launch their offspring, and the day when mothers welcome a son- or daughter-in-law. Motherhood is universal. We all had one somewhere along the way. Maybe we knew her; maybe we didn’t. Maybe she was funny; maybe she wasn’t. Maybe she was generous in spirit; and maybe she wasn’t. But again, we all had one. Motherhood is universal, but it’s also unique to each society and culture, whether in Pasadena, Shanghai, Paris, or Timbuktu. To do research for The Island of Sea Women, I went to Jeju Island off the tip of South Korea to explore the lives of the free-diving women called haenyeo. I wanted to learn about their matri-focal society—a society focused on women—that has existed for hundreds of years but is on the verge of disappearing forever. These women take deep breaths, dive down about sixty feet, and stay underwater for two to three minutes while they harvest seafood. Historically, they have been the breadwinners in their families, while their husbands have taken on the tasks of caring for the children, doing the cooking, and looking after the household. As recently as the late 1970s, there were around 30,000 divers on Jeju, and they would retire at age fifty-five, if they lived that long. Today there are under 4,000 of them left, and the youngest one is fifty-five. When I was there, I interviewed women in their seventies, eighties, and nineties—most of whom were still diving. They say, howev-
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A STATUE COMMEMORATING THE HAENYEO IN FRONT OF THE HAENYEO MUSEUM.
WOMEN GETTING READY TO GO INTO THE SEA.
A WOMAN CROSSING VOLCANIC ROCKS TO GET TO THE SEA.
A RETIRED HAENYEO DESCRIBES THE HARDSHIPS OF HER LIFE.
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WOMEN LEAVING THE SEA.
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er, that within about fifteen years, the culture and traditions will be gone from the earth. So what happened? It all comes back to motherhood. The volcano that stands at the center of Jeju is called Mt. Halla but is known by the inhabitants as Grandmother Seoulmundae. She is the mother creator. She is the physical embodiment of motherhood on the island. It’s interesting to note that the Jeju-dialect word for grandmother— halmang—also means goddess. I bet there are a lot of grandmothers reading this right now who wish they could be called goddesses in addition to the joys they receive from being called Nana or Grannie. Now let’s go down to the sea, where the haenyeo are at work. Some older women, mostly in their eighties and mostly retired from sea work, sort algae and seaweed that’s washed ashore overnight. Their relationship to the sea is deep and complicated. A common aphorism says Every woman who enters the sea carries a coffin on her back. But other aphorisms suggest a different connection: The sea is better than your mother. The sea is forever. Women talked to me about diving when they were pregnant. The water may have been cold and the conditions hazardous, but they loved the buoyancy that the sea offered to their swollen bellies. And every woman I talked to spoke of her desire, when she was young, to have her baby “in the field,” meaning in the sea, while diving. If they couldn’t do that, then the next best thing was to dive until the last hour of labor, come up onto the boat, have her baby, and then return to the water two days later. In times of sadness, the sea offered a place of solace and tranquility. Just as we might cry on our mother’s shoulder, the haenyeo would weep into the sea, adding their tears to those shed by other women. Probably the number one question I get about the haenyeo is about why the practice is dying out. Girls on Jeju weren’t allowed to attend
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public school until the late 1970s. Just think about that for a moment: the late 1970s! And even public school required fees. So these diving women—all illiterate—began to save their money to send their daughters to school. Today their daughters and granddaughters are doctors, engineers, and teachers. Some work in the flourishing tourism industry, libraries, and computer stores. Their mothers may not have made dinner for them when they were kids, but they did provide their daughters with an education which meant they wouldn’t have to follow their mothers’ dangerous life into the sea. In being wonderful mothers to their daughters, the haenyeo also doomed their way of life. As we head into these warmer months and all the graduations, weddings, and summer vacations that lie ahead, let’s take a moment to celebrate our mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, who have sacrificed for us, who have taken care of us when we were ill, who have stood by us through tragedies, and who have celebrated our joys, whether right here in the San Gabriel Valley or on a distant island. • Lisa See is the New York Times best-selling author of many books, including On Gold Mountain, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls and The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. Her latest novel, The Island of Sea Women, was released in March 2019.
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PICTURE PERFECT Andrew Bernstein keeps life in focus BY MARK LANGILL Andrew Bernstein knew he would be nostalgic during the weekend of his 2018 induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. His unlikely path to the most hallowed grounds in professional basketball had taken him from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and included mixed-up rolls of vacation film, inspirational Sunset Boulevard billboards and the majority of his ArtCenter College of Design (ArtCenter) instructors testing his stubborn nature. Beyond that, Bernstein’s first published basketball photos had appeared in his college newspaper at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and now the sport’s ultimate honor awaited him just 26 miles away in Springfield. If Bernstein had any thoughts of making the weekend the slam dunk ending to his photographic career, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver put them to rest. Silver provided inspiration and a challenge while speaking at a reception for the honorees when he predicted, “Your best photos are ahead of you...” And so, while legions of retired players and heroes navigate their retirement years in long pants, Bernstein at age 61 remains at the peak of his game. He is amazingly skilled at his craft—consistently capturing enduring images of a variety of sporting events and players—but many would argue that the basketball court is where Bernstein has produced his most famous body of work. An example of his iconic images includes an emotional Michael Jordan sitting in his locker with his father after the Chicago Bulls won the 1991 NBA Finals over the Lakers at the Forum,
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THE MAMBA MENTALITY, RELEASED IN 2018, IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN LAKERS LEGEND KOBE BRYANT AND TEAM PHOTOGRAPHER ANDREW BERNSTEIN.
resting his head on the trophy. One of his most unique photos features former Lakers star Shaquille O’Neal standing on a basketball court atop a mountain in Greece at 3 a.m., the image illuminated by the headlights of a taxi. To say that Bernstein is a busy man would be an understatement. His company, Andrew D. Bernstein Associates Photography, Inc., located in South Pasadena, serves as team photographer for the Lakers, Kings and Clippers. He is the longest-tenured NBA league photographer (now in his 38th consecutive season), the director of photography for STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live, the sports and entertainment complex in Downtown Los Angeles, and the host of the Legends of Sport podcast and Through the Lens show for the Lakers’ SportsNet L.A. channel. Bernstein is also on the faculty of ArtCenter, where he teaches photography. Interestingly, Bernstein says his ArtCenter students usually have no experience shooting photos with film because the field has evolved so much over the last several decades. Bernstein has not only embraced,
but mastered, the technological changes and innovations in photography. The industry’s transition to digital photography, for example, allows the San Marino resident to study all angles of the basketball court thanks to a bevy of remote-controlled cameras he locates around every arena. “It’s a lot different now,” Bernstein said. “You’re not seeing prints come out in solution in a darkroom. You have instant gratification. You push a button and you see what you shot. You don’t have to wait until the next day. “The camera has become an appendage. I almost take it for granted these days when I go work—it’s just a part of me, whether I’m on the court or on a field somewhere. It was drilled into me when I was at ArtCenter that you have to know your equipment like you know yourself and your own body. It has to become second nature to you. That’s why I never take a professional camera on vacation, because it’s a work tool for me. It’s a creative tool, but I don’t look at it as something I would use casually.” Despite his storied career, Bernstein remains driven by his artistic instinct to create. His unique eye and la-
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ser-like focus while on the job have not gone unnoticed. “What artistry,” marveled Dodgers team photographer Jon SooHoo, a former darkroom assistant under Bernstein in the early 1980s. “Andy is like a machine. Nothing affects his focus and concentration. The only time I saw him nervous was when he met his hero Bruce Springsteen for the first time.” His current book with Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, The Mamba Mentality: How I Play, blends Bernstein’s photography with Bryant’s insight and analysis as he reflects on a career that produced five championships in 20 seasons. The two first met in 1996, Bryant’s first year as a pro fresh out of high school in Pennsylvania. The 17-year-old told Bernstein he already knew of his work, having read the tiny photo credit line on the posters he collected as a kid. If Bryant was famous for his intensity and drive, Bernstein can maintain a “game face” of his own, able to block out distractions and excitement even in the closest of playoff games, something he originally learned working with Lakers star Magic Johnson.
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BERNSTEIN, RIGHT, AT HIS 2018 INDUCTION INTO THE NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME.
MICHAEL JORDAN POSES WITH HIS OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL.
“I’m doing a disservice to whoever has hired me if I get emotionally involved in the work,” Bernstein said. “Kobe and I have talked about this endlessly when we started doing our book together—that you’re just in a mindset and have tunnel vision. I have to do my job. If I looked up when Kirk Gibson hit the home run for the Dodgers in the 1988 World Series, what would’ve happened? I wouldn’t have gotten the picture. “Part of that is I don’t socialize,
I’m not talking to the other photographers during the game. I’m just locked in to what I have to do, especially when you get to something like the NBA Finals or a Dream Team situation. When I go back to the hotel, I might think, ‘Wow! That was amazing.’ And if you see the fruits of the labor, you think, ‘that’s rewarding.’ In the Lakers locker room when they won the championship in 2010, they’re whooping it up and there are emotional moments between Kobe
and [Coach] Phil Jackson. If I’m sucked into it, or if I’m worried about what my camera settings should be, it’s gone. And that moment is never coming back.” Bernstein’s first exposure to photography occurred at age 14 when his father, Leonard, gave him a “clunky” Canon TL camera before the pair embarked on a vacation to a series of national parks. They mailed their rolls of film to the Kodak processing center in Rochester, New York and Bernstein’s mother collected the boxes of slides that began to appear at the family home. When Leonard started to rave about a series of Mount Rainier images, Andrew wanted to check the photo credits. “I started looking at the roll that he had just looked through and I said, ‘Um, Dad, you’re in some of these pictures. So that means this is my roll.’ And he just gave me one of his famous looks. But he knew, and I knew in that moment, there was something going on. I had some kind of eye. My dad was a professor of psychology at Brooklyn College, but he was an amateur everything—carpenter, photographer, street hockey player, he even tried to take Super 8 movies. Anything my dad tried, he took seriously, even though they were fun. I guess I felt like I had something to prove to him. But it was a very affirming moment, as a kid at 14, that my dad was seeing I had some skill and talent here.” As a college student visiting his sister, actress Didi Conn, during a summer vacation in Southern California, Bernstein met legendary unit photographer Alan Pappé on the movie set of Grease. Pappé was in charge of taking still photographs on the set, a job Bernstein didn’t even know existed. Pappé critiqued Bernstein’s portfolio and offered advice, which eventually led to Bernstein enrolling in an “Introduction to Photography” night class at ArtCenter. “I had this old car and was driving on Sunset getting to her [Didi’s] apartment,” he said. “All the bill-
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boards had a photo of some kind advertising cars or cigarettes, exotic places, beauty products. I was thinking, ‘Wow, somebody had to take that picture.’ There was the possibility of a career doing what I loved to do. I hadn’t really decided that a career in sports was going to be it. But I knew photography was where I had to go.” Bernstein felt pressure from most of his ArtCenter instructors to become a commercial photographer, but a pair of professors encouraged him to follow his own path. Bernstein began to work in the studio of ArtCenter instructor Bill Robbins, who introduced him to colleagues at Sports Illustrated. Bernstein’s first major NBA event was the 1983 All-Star Game at the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood. It was decades before social media and “selfies,” so players weren’t as conscious of the cameras. Bernstein would later chronicle NBA stars at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Summer Olym-
LEONARD BERNSTEIN POSES WITH HIS SON DURING ANDREW BERNSTEIN’S TENURE AS DODGER TEAM PHOTOGRAPHER FROM 19841994.
pics, including the ’92 Dream Team. “I used to make prints and give them to players like Magic or James Worthy, but nobody ever asked me for a photo,” Bernstein said. “The only guy who ever came close to that in those early days was Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz. He would do what we used to call a ‘pretty boy dunk.’ He’d be on a breakaway for a dunk and put his hand behind his head and then dunk. And as he ran back, he’d look right at me and say, ‘Did you get that thing?’ which I took as code to be he wants a print of that. So when
I would see him weeks later, I would have a print ready for him because there was no e-mail back then.” Bernstein has no intention of slowing down, in part because of advice he received from his business mentor Peter Guber, the chairman of Mandalay Entertainment and co-owner of four professional sports teams, including the Dodgers and Golden State Warriors. When Bernstein asked Guber when he planned to stop working, he replied, “Andy, remember this for the rest of your life…when the rabbit stops running, it becomes lunch!” Bernstein doesn’t plan to become anyone’s lunch. In fact, given his vast accomplishments his career guidance is now frequently sought by others. He provides the same advice he himself followed so many years ago: follow your passion and see where it takes you. “If you’ve discovered what your passion is, you have to make that your life’s mission,” Bernstein said. •
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BEAUTIFUL SUMMER MUSE/IQUE BY HARRY YADAV
FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, MUSE/IQUE'S SUMMER SERIES WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS AND BOTANICAL GARDENS. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MUSE/IQUE
Summer is a wonderful time to attend outdoor concerts in the San Gabriel Valley—the weather is pleasant and there are seemingly countless opportunities to go to varied and compelling musical presentations. One standout offering, MUSE/ IQUE’s Summer Series, is returning to The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino this July for its second year, this time on Library Lawn. Rachael Worby, MUSE/IQUE’s founder, artistic director and conductor, will explore
the idea of movement and momentum through the lens of iconic film music, in the process revealing the visceral impact of sound and picture, in three exciting evening performances: MOVING/PICTURES (July 6), TRAIN/GLORY (August 3) and BAND/ TOGETHER (August 24). Worby bristles a bit at the classification of MUSE/IQUE’s performances as “concerts.” Instead, she thinks of them as a “party of ideas” and the culmination of a lifetime spent experiencing and practicing the arts. “I
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MUSE/IQUE'S FOUNDER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTOR, RACHAEL WORBY.
wish I could say this was something I came to after years on the [conductor’s] podium, or this was something I began to explore only nine to ten years ago and realized my ideas were resonating with other people, but it isn’t that,” she said. “It’s actually something I’ve known all along. Sadly, there are just too few surprises and thrills in the arts world when actually art should be the singular thing that surprises and thrills.” Luckily for MUSE/IQUE audiences, Worby’s spectacular live music
events, which combine a variety of different artists, detailed curation and a multidisciplinary approach, do just that. “The music of the orchestra is one aspect [of MUSE/IQUE’s performances],” Worby explained, “but there might be dancers, there might be multimedia video installations, cellists, singers, choirs. I sort of pull out all aspects of living art.” The summer’s first performance, MOVING/PICTURES, is, in Worby’s words, about “pictures that move us
when we look at them, pictures that actually move, the idea of movement and picturing oneself being moved and the art of being moved as the picture of the human spirit.” The event will include music from films such as Saving Private Ryan, Amistad, Catch Me If You Can, Born on the Fourth of July, Young Mr. Lincoln, and The Terminal, and songs like “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “As Time Goes By,” and “Mrs.
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Robinson.” It will also feature performances by Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry and L.A. Phil cellist Ben Hong. TRAIN/GLORY, the next in the series, focuses on the centrality of the train to America’s evolution. “I’ve had the idea for TRAIN/GLORY since 2005 but I never did it and now here we are doing it at The Huntington and Henry Huntington is the person who was central to the life of the U.S.A. because of his involvement in trains,” Worby said. “I feel that the train is a vehicle that is symbolic in our country for possibility, going places, making changes, literally moving—moving people, moving goods, moving dirt and coal and steel and lumber. Trains are how we built America… The train is the engineering feat that first found its way into America’s imagination because there was the glamor of travel and it all seemed so impossible and yet trains stitched America together. So, whether or not you think about hobos or hikes or the Old West or luxury, the train is one of those moving pictures to which we all attach.” The event will feature a performance by vocalist Liv Redpath, the MUSE/IQUE orchestra playing a few train scores, footage from Buster Keaton’s famous train scene in General, and songs such as “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Ticket to Ride.” The final performance of the series, BAND/TOGETHER, will feature famed piano duo Anderson & Roe playing both with the MUSE/IQUE orchestra and alone, and will focus on the idea of civilization functioning as a band. “We need to play together and move together figuratively and literally and when we do, when we’re moving together in harmony, our world works well,” Worby said. “It’s about really making music together because even though there are such performances as soloists, music is never really a solo act because there always has to be people listening. We’ll also turn our attention to Apollo 11, the recent documenta-
MUSE/IQUE'S PERFORMANCES FEATURE A BLEND OF ART FORMS, FROM MUSIC TO DANCE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.
ry that came out about it, and also the film First Man.” Dancers from the American Ballet Theatre will also perform during the program. All three events start at 6 p.m. with mingling and dining (attendees can bring their own food and beverages, or there is food for sale) on the lawn, and performances begin at 8 p.m. Performances are ninety minutes long with no intermission. After each show, the orchestra comes off the stage and mingles with attendees, as per MUSE/IQUE’s inclusive tradition. Tickets for the Summer Series are currently on sale at muse-ique.com/ events. • MUSE/IQUE was founded in 2011 by Rachael Worby. Its mission is to pioneer new musical experiences for people by creating curated live music events and outreach programs, all aimed at inspiring the creative spirit, engaging the community imagination, and fostering new generations of music lovers. To learn more about MUSE/IQUE, visit www. muse-ique.com.
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HOW TO GROW SUMMER SQUASH BY KAMALA KIRK PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN For those eager to enjoy fresh, homegrown produce this summer, there’s no better place to start than your own back yard or patio. Squash is one of the most popular plants cultivated by experienced and novice gardeners alike because it establishes itself quite quickly, produces a bountiful amount of fruit, and comes in many different delectable varieties. Gardening expert Alan Uchida invited us to Bellefontaine Nursery in Pasadena, which has been family-owned for three generations since 1939, to show us how to plant squash. “There are two types of squash varieties—summer and winter,” Alan explains. “Summer squash are large and bushy, and come in a variety of shapes and colors. They are very prolific and peak production might give you three to four squash per day. Examples include crookneck, straightneck and zucchini. Winter squash are vine plants and will spread throughout the garden. Common varieties include acorn, butternut and vegetable spaghetti. Both summer and winter squash are grown in the summer, but the latter are harvested at the end of the season and can be stored for a long time.” Today, Alan is teaching us how to plant zucchini, which is one of the most popular types of summer squash. He tells us that the first step is to choose the right location. Squash thrive in full sun (a minimum of six hours of sunlight). “A place with good air circulation is always ideal,” adds Alan. “The air movement will help to discourage fungus, such as powdery mildew. It also helps the plants to have an airy environment
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so that you have fewer pest [aphids, mites] problems.” The next step is to prepare the soil. Alan advises us that squash, like most plants, grow best in soil that is rich in nutrients and organic matter as he prepares soil in a planting bed and a pot to demonstrate both methods of planting. He tells us that if we are planning to plant in our back yards, we should mix our existing soil with a premium soil amendment. If we are planting in a pot on our patios (Alan recommends using at minimum a round 15-gallon container, approximately 16- to 18-inches across with holes in the bottom for drainage), we should fill it with a nutrient-rich organic raised bed mix (a combination of potting mix and garden soil). Once the soil is prepared, Alan pauses to tell us that we now have a decision to make—whether to plant seeds or seedlings (generally available in single pots or six-packs). He explains that there are a lot more varieties of squash available in seed form; however, it will take longer for them to grow. Seedlings are more expensive on a per-plant basis and come in fewer varieties but will fruit much faster and come packed in nutrient-rich soil to give them a boost when planted. Demonstrating with the seedlings first, Alan creates a mound of soil in the prepared bed and digs three holes about five inches deep and twelve inches apart. He removes each plant from the six-pack container by gently grabbing the base of the plant with one hand while simultaneously pushing its segment of the plastic container underneath with the other. He places the seed-
lings directly into the ground and covers them with the surrounding soil, making sure that none of the soil from the six-pack is visible. “It’s best to plant them at either soil level or above,” he explains. “I like planting slightly above so that we don’t get crown rot or root rot, which are fungal infections. You want the plant to be raised up and a little fluffy.” Alan then waters the seedlings, which not only provides them with necessary moisture, but also helps to gently compact the soil around their roots. He notes that squash should be watered at the surface of the soil and the soil should be allowed to dry between watering. “Try to avoid watering too much from the top, because powdery mildew is often caused by excessive leaf contact or late afternoon watering,” Alan says. “Following a regular schedule before the temperature rises on summer days is ideal. Use your common sense when watering the plants, keeping in mind that soil should be moist but not soggy.” He finishes by sprinkling an organic vegetable fertilizer approximately five inches from the center of each plant—not directly on top—so it will ultimately reach the roots. “Squash love rich soil and to be fertilized,” he says. “Do a light fertilizing with vegetable food when you first plant, then continue fertilizing after the first flowers appear. You should be fertilizing every two to three weeks." Alan next shows us how to plant squash seeds. He once again creates a mound of soil, although he notes that the seeds could also just be placed directly into the prepared soil. He opens a seed packet and presses three seeds a half inch below
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PLANTING IN A CONTAINER
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the surface of the soil with his thumb and forefinger, then covers them. He continues to plant more seeds, making sure to allow eight inches between each cluster of three. He notes that when gardening in a smaller space, like a container, it’s okay to space the seeds a bit closer together. Once he is done placing the seeds, he waters and fertilizes. With the basics of planting covered, Alan turns his attention to pest control—a necessary topic of discussion, particularly when attempting organic gardening. He advises us to “keep an organic spray such as All Seasons Oil Spray on hand to control aphids, mites and cucumber beetles, using as needed.” He also tells us that planting marigolds adjacent to garden produce provides an eye-catching way to repel garden pests that like to prey on young, succulent vegetation because they generally do not like marigolds’ pungent fragrance. Alan quickly plants some zucchini seedlings in the pot he prepared earlier and shows us how he plants marigolds close to them but tries to be mindful of providing space for the zucchini to grow. He notes that in planting beds he generally places marigolds 18 to 24 inches away from summer squash plants to give them ample room. Alan tells us that while it is important to try to keep the garden pests away, it is also hugely beneficial to
attract insect pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths to increase fruit production. All squash plants have both male and female flowers because they are unisexual—the male pollen therefore needs to be brushed onto the female flower that will bear the squash. Having extra pollinators around is a big help! Marigolds not only repel pests, but also attract pollinators. Alan also likes to plant sweet alyssum—a groundcover with multiple clusters of sweet-smelling small flowers—around areas where he plants fruits and vegetables. He adds a sweet alyssum with white flowers to the edge of the pot with the seedlings and marigolds, noting that the plant will grow over the side and create a beautiful effect, and sure enough, within moments of planting, a scout bee visits the container—mission accomplished! Alan remarks that summer squash plants generally produce their first flowers within a couple of weeks and yield their first fruits approximately 40 to 50 days from the day they are initially planted. He says that zucchini should be harvested as soon as they are four to six inches long, while their skin is still tender. Harvesting is easy— hold the zucchini fruit in one hand and cut the stem with a pruner or knife with the other. Zucchini can be stored in a cool, moist place for up to two weeks, and can also be canned or frozen. Alan chuckles that we may want to consider the latter two options after many weeks of abundant production. “And at the end of the season when your plants have given you every bit that you could possibly eat, let that last squash develop into a big size,” Alan advises. “After you pick it, split it open and let it dry under the sun. Then you can take the seeds out for the following season and enjoy it all over again.” • Bellefontaine Nursery is located at 838 S. Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena. It is open Mon., Tues., & Thurs. – Sat. from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sun. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (626) 796-0747. http:// www.bellefontainenursery.com.
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MUSEUM IN FOCUS:
PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM BY SKYE HANNAH Along Museum Row in the famed Miracle Mile neighborhood, glistening ribbons of stainless steel playfully grace a hot rod-red structure that stands as an iconic tribute to airflow gliding across a vehicle in motion. This exceptional building is the Petersen Automotive Museum, a work of art both inside and out. Within its walls rest more than 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles that represent the best of L.A. automotive culture. One of the world’s largest automotive museums, the Petersen is dynamic with an ever-evolving collection of new and staple vehicles on display framed within narrative contexts that help their stories come alive for both gearheads and automotive novices alike. From the sleek lines of the 1989 Batmobile to the muscle of the first-ever produced Shelby Cobra, the museum offers something for everyone with an eye to delight and inspire love for the art of the automobile. “That’s what the Petersen museum is about: the best,” said Leslie Kendall, the museum’s chief historian. “It’s all about the most representative. We speak to California car culture. L.A. is the capital of car culture, consumption and creativity, and we embrace that. “Examples of just about every car ever made have ended up in L.A.,” Kendall continued. “L.A. is so car-centric that in order to stand out and set yourself apart from the crowd, sometimes you have to be really, really different.” The museum is named after Robert and Margie Petersen, who got the
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PHOTOS COURTESY OF PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM
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wheels rolling to establish the museum as a nonprofit foundation for education in 1994. Mr. Petersen, an automobile enthusiast and founder of Petersen Publishing Company, which published a multitude of automotive-themed magazines including Hot Rod, Motor Trend, Car Craft, and Rod & Custom, was inspired to start the museum when he served on the board of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) in the early 1990s. At the time, the NHM held a collection of 66 cars and motorcycles as a testament to humanity’s ingenuity. Mr. Petersen saw an opportunity to expand the collection and create a dedicated automotive museum. The Petersen Automotive Museum is now celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Visitors to the museum have a variety of experience options that include free-roaming exploration, docent-led special tours and hands-on learning experiences for all ages. According to Michael Bodell, deputy director of the museum, guest favorites include a 1910 Ford Model T (which visitors can sit in), 1965 Bel Air Chevrolet Convertible and 1965 Ford Mustang. There is also a wealth of vehicles the likes of which many haven’t seen before, including a round door piano-black 1925/34 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Jonckheere Coupe with an oxblood red leather interior, purchased by Mr. Petersen himself. “It’s just a very striking car,” Bodell said. “It’s the only one that looks like this.” Another priceless favorite on display is the notoriously fast 1956 Jaguar XKSS, owned and driven by the late famed actor and maverick Steve McQueen. The Jaguar is one of 16 built and was a race car for the road. Bodell noted that it was McQueen’s favorite car to drive when he lived near Mulholland Drive, one of the most famous driving roads in L.A. “He used to go about 120 miles per hour in this car and so the police commissioner of L.A. had a free steak dinner to any officer that could
VISITORS CAN BROWSE AND PHOTOGRAPH VEHICLES ACROSS THREE FLOORS.
A VIEW OF THE SECOND FLOOR CARS MECHANICAL INSTITUTE.
A LIFE-SIZED LIGHTNING MCQUEEN CHARACTER FROM THE FILM CARS WELCOMES VISITORS TO THE CARS MECHANICAL INSTITUTE.
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catch him and give him a speeding ticket,” Bodell shared. “Nobody ever was able to catch him so nobody ever got the dinner because he would outrun the police in the car. It’s a really cool L.A. story, which is great for our mission.” The experience of the museum starts on the third (top) floor and continues down from there. The third floor covers the history of the automobile, including its origin and popularization. It delights with artful displays highlighting the style, innovation, freedom, utility and distinction crafted into vehicles. Pop culture enthusiasts will recognize their favorite cars seen on television and in films in the floor’s permanent Hollywood Gallery display. Notable cars include The Great Gatsby Duesenberg, Thelma and Louise Ford Thunderbird, Christine Plymouth Fury and Herbie the Love Bug Volkswagen Beetle. The second floor of the museum sheds light on the diversity of automotive design and technology, highlighting cars that have been modified for speed or efficiency. This floor is generally a favorite stop for children due to the museum’s innovative partnership with Disney/Pixar. The Cars Mechanical Institute and CARSPAD Experience, inspired by the animated film, teaches participants about car mechanics and design in an interactive manner. “For children, Pixar is a familiar face,” Bodell said. “We use Pixar characters and an AR [augmented reality] app on an iPad to allow kids to build a race car that gets to compete against Lightning McQueen [the Cars character] at the end. They go through design in the arts center, they go through paint in the customs gallery, they go through aerodynamics in motorsports and then they get to race against Lightning’s time with their car at the end.” The second floor is also home to two remarkable special exhibitions: Winning Numbers and Legends of Los Angeles. Winning Numbers: The First, The Fastest, The Famous, which
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is running now through January 2020 in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery, showcases California-based car aficionado Bruce Meyer’s collection of ten superlative vehicles collected over decades. These machines are regularly driven and are showcased in this exhibition as a testament to Meyer’s passion for automobiles and ongoing desire to share it with others. The iconic cars featured include the first production Shelby Cobra, the winningest Ferrari 250TR and the Le Mans winning Porsche Kremer 935. “[Meyer] has amassed probably one of the best collections, maybe the best collection, of winning and storied cars around,” Bodell noted. Legends of Los Angeles: Southern California Race Cars and Their Builders, running now through November 2019 in the Charles Nearburg Gallery, showcases Southern California’s influential role in the sport of racing. Eleven race cars constructed in and around Los Angeles by renowned designers and engineers such as Fred Offenhauser, Harry Miller, Frank Kurtis and Max Balchowsky are on display along with amazing artifacts and a 180-degree panoramic video. The first floor details the artistry of the automobile and artfully designed vehicles that are considered rolling sculptures. It is also the location of the Petersen’s newest special exhibition, Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy, running now through March 2020 in the Mullin Family Grand Salon. Put on in collaboration with the Comic-Con Museum, this exhibition celebrates vehicles starring in films and video games. Highlights include the 1966 Batmobile and vehicles from Mad Max, iRobot, Minority Report, Total Recall and Halo. Props, design drawings and physical vehicle models bring pop culture’s visions of dystopian, utopian and science fiction worlds to life in this unique showcase. For those who are curious to look further beneath the hood and get inside access, the museum offers special docent-led tours into the Vault,
1956 BEL AIR CHEVROLET CONVERTIBLE ON THE THIRD FLOOR.
THE FIRST PRODUCTION 1962 SHELBY COBRA (FROM RIGHT), 1952 SOCAL SPEED SHOP SPECIAL BELLY TANK RACER AND 1962 GREER BLACK PRUDHOMME TOP FUEL DRAGSTER IN THE SECOND FLOOR EXHIBIT WINNING NUMBERS: THE FIRST, THE FASTEST, THE FAMOUS.
and inspiration for the future.” • The Petersen Automotive Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles. It is open Mon. – Sun. from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, visit Petersen.org or call (323) 964-6331.
DOCENT-LED TOURS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE VAULT WHERE TWO-THIRDS OF THE COLLECTION IS STORED AND WORKED ON.
an underground permanent storage facility for more than two-thirds of the total collection which can’t fit on public display. On occasion, gems from the Vault are rotated into public display, but the tour allows visitors an opportunity to be visually stimulated with back-to-back classics and also see how they’re maintained. (Note: there are special tickets required to access the Vault). Folks at the Petersen are excited about what the museum has in store for the future and are inspired by the radical growth that is taking place along Museum Row. Over the next decade, the Petersen will be build-
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ing on sustainability, making exhibits more interactive and expanding its collection. The museum currently has a heavy emphasis on American cars and will be looking to acquire more Japanese and European vehicles to better tell the story of the history of the automobile. It also has plans to work more with other automotive museums throughout the world to advance its mission of preservation and storytelling. “A lot of people find cars an inspiration for creativity. They help them think another way,” Kendall said. “From my point of view, the museum exists to offer lessons from the past
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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK BY ALLISON MCCROSKEY If you love the great outdoors, stunning landscapes, and seeing nature at its finest, there isn’t a better place to get away for the weekend than Yosemite National Park. Yosemite has a lot to offer year-round, but summer is one of the best times to visit for outdoor enthusiasts. From the majestic granite peaks to the cascading waterfalls and breathtaking vistas, visitors have the opportunity to be filled with awe at every turn. For those looking to maximize what they can see and do in a relatively short amount of time, staying in the Valley is likely the best option. Otherwise, there are several charming places to stay in the park that provide beautiful views and ample activities but do not have the same summer crowds. FIRST STOP Visitors driving from Southern California will likely enter the park through the South Entrance using Highway 41/Wawona Road. About an hour in and just when thoughts of “Are we there yet?” start to arise, the renowned Tunnel View, made famous by landscape photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams, presents itself. Tunnel View offers an expansive and epic first peek at El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Valley, making it a perfect place to get out of the car, stretch, and take in the natural splendor. THINGS TO DO Yosemite is famous for its peaks, waterfalls, and Giant Sequoia trees. One of the park’s most well-known landmarks is Half Dome, a granite rock formation with rounded sides and a sheer face that rises 4,800 feet above the Valley floor. On the west end of the Valley sits El Capitan, another stunning granite formation and a popular spot for rock climbing. Yosemite is also home to some of the West’s most well-known waterfalls, including the tallest in North America and the fifth tallest in the world, Yosemite Falls. A smaller, but no less popular attraction is Bridalveil Fall. The park is also home to three stunning groves of Giant Sequoia trees, which are some of the oldest and largest living organisms in the world. There are numerous ways to explore and spend your time in Yosemite. Depending on where you are staying, you may have to drive to certain activities in the park. For sightseeing within the Valley, a great alternative to driving is to take the free, eco-friendly shuttle.
A VIEW OF THE VALLEY, WITH HALF DOME ON THE RIGHT. PHOTO BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN
Biking With 12 miles of designated paths, Yosemite Valley is an ideal place for the whole family to explore on two wheels. Bikes can be rented at one of two locations—Yosemite Valley Lodge or Half Dome Village. All rental bikes are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so visitors should plan accordingly. Camping With 13 campsites located throughout the park, Yosemite contains plenty of places to enjoy a campfire and fall asleep under the stars. Some campsites require reservations, some are first-come, first-served and many include RV
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SCENIC VIEW ALONG THE ROADWAY. PHOTO BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN
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gain, but even traveling halfway provides gorgeous views of the entire Valley.
sites as well. Firewood, ice, food and other camping supplies can be conveniently purchased at the park’s stores.
Horseback Riding A fantastic way to explore Yosemite during the summer is on horseback. Big Trees Stables offers a two-hour ride that takes visitors around the Meadow Loop Trail. No riding experience is necessary to see Yosemite as early pioneers did on the historic wagon road. Children must be at least 7 years old and 44” tall to ride.
Guided Tours Visitors can learn more about Yosemite through guided bus and walking tours run by the National Park Service that focus on the park’s natural history, indigenous peoples, the first non-indigenous settlers and wildlife. Tours vary in length from a couple of hours to a full day. Private tours by outside providers are also available. Hiking Yosemite National Park has more than 800 miles of hiking trails of varying difficulties and lengths that wind along rivers and waterfalls, make their way to lakes and peaks, and provide breathtaking views of the Valley. An easy but beautiful hike for the whole family goes slightly less than one mile to Vernal Fall Footbridge and presents a view of the waterfall. For a slightly more difficult but even more rewarding hike, ascend Vernal Fall via the Mist Trail. A stone staircase leads to the top of the Fall, where visitors can turn back for a 3.4-mile roundtrip journey or continue on to Nevada Fall for a 6.6-mile roundtrip hike. The most famous hike in Yosemite is also one of its most strenuous: the hike up Half Dome. Its route spends time on the park’s Mist and John Muir Trails, passes by a range of popular sites including Vernal and Nevada Falls, and winds by a grove of Sequoia trees. The trail’s final ascent, however, which requires cables to reach the crest of Half Dome, is what makes it so unique (a permit is required for this part of the hike so be sure to plan ahead). The hike is approximately 17 miles roundtrip with 4,800 feet of elevation gain and takes 10 to 14 hours. Another challenging hike is the daylong trek to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls. The trail to the top of the Falls has a 3,000-foot elevation
THE MERCED RIVER. PHOTO BY ALLISON MCCROSKEY
THE APTLY NAMED MIRROR LAKE. PHOTO BY ALLISON MCCROSKEY
DEGNAN'S KITCHEN. PHOTO BY ALLISON MCCROSKEY
Picnicking There are many fabulous places to picnic in Yosemite. Some insider favorites include the meadow across from the base of El Capitan, Sentinel Beach on the Merced River and Mirror Lake at the base of Half Dome, which provides stunning views of the landmark. Rafting Rafting, which is only available now through mid-September, depending upon conditions, is a great activity for the entire family. Visitors can rent rafts, or use their own, and float downstream on the Merced River, which runs through Yosemite Valley. Rental reservations can be made at the Yosemite Valley Lodge or select kiosks. Mandatory life jackets and paddles are provided for rentals; children under 50 pounds are not permitted. Ranger and Nature Programs There are a wide range of interesting natural and cultural history programs offered in the park, which include everything from art classes to evening programs like star gazing to live theater. Check the Yosemite Guide at www.nps.gov/ yose/planyourvisit/guide.htm for more information about the offerings available during specific dates.
MEADOWS IN THE VALLEY ARE A GREAT PLACE TO PICNIC AND TAKE IN THE VIEWS. PHOTO BY ALLISON MCCROSKEY
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Rock Climbing The Yosemite
School & Guide Service has been taking all levels of climbers, including novices, up the park’s world-famous granite walls for fifty years. Climbing is a daylong activity, as classes meet at 8:30 a.m. and typically last sevenand-a-half hours. Children must be at least 12 years old to participate unsupervised in a group lesson. Those interested in private guided climbs can book anywhere from a partialday climb to a six-day climb up Half Dome or El Capitan. Prices vary according to the length of climb and number of climbers. Yosemite Village Located in the heart of the Valley, Yosemite Village is the perfect launching pad for an excursion in Yosemite National Park. The visitor center has knowledgeable staff to help plan hikes and other activities and its store contains everything needed for a stay in the park. Furthermore, Yosemite Village is home to Degnan's Kitchen, a popular place to pick up a quick bite, and the Ansel Adams Art Gallery, which, in addition to rotating exhibits, offers guided photography walking tours and other special activities. PLACES TO STAY/EAT In 2016, several historic properties in Yosemite National Park underwent name changes due to a trademark dispute between the park’s former primary concessionaire and the National Park Service, but, thankfully, the same charm and history of each property remains. Every lodging option has at a minimum a store where supplies and foodstuffs can be purchased; properties that don’t allow cooking have dining options onsite. In the Valley, it is also quite easy to hop on the park’s free shuttle to go to restaurants at different locations—even though they are all operated by the same company (Aramark), as with the lodging there is a nice amount of variety. Lodging options book up very quickly— particularly in the summer, which is a
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busy time for the park—so it is best to reserve as early as possible. For more information about lodging, dining and shopping in the park visit www. travelyosemite.com. Half Dome Village (formerly Curry Village) Nestled below Glacier Point in the Valley, Half Dome Village features a selection of standard motel rooms, private wood cabins, and tent cabin accommodations. While definitely a more rustic lodging option (although there is daily housekeeping service!), it still exudes the charm and warm hospitality that was instilled by its founders back in 1899. In an attempt to keep wild animals—particularly bears—wild, guests are not allowed to cook anywhere inside Half Dome Village and food lockers, which are available for all cabins, are expected to be used for all food and scented items (including personal care products). Rest assured, there are several dining options onsite such as the Half Dome Village Pavilion, a cafeteria that serves traditional homestyle cooking (and has a chuckwagon barbeque menu every Saturday night in the summer), the aptly named Meadow Grill that makes a variety of grilled burgers and sandwiches, and Pizza Patio which not only dishes up respectable hand-tossed pizza, but also stellar views. During the summer, the heated swimming pool, which is free of charge for Half Dome Village overnight guests, is a popular spot for families. There is also an outdoor amphitheater that shows movies at night. Housekeeping Camp Located along the banks of the Merced River in the middle of the Valley, Housekeeping Camp offers scenic views and basic accommodations. Units are threesided concrete structures with canvas roofs and privacy curtains and contain limited furniture, electrical outlets and lighting. This is
while they gaze at Yosemite Falls, and the Mountain Room Lounge that provides delicious cocktails and bar fare. As with Half Dome Village, in the summer there is a heated pool that Yosemite Valley Lodge guests can use for free as well as an amphitheater that features movies in the evening.
DINING ROOM AT THE MAJESTIC YOSEMITE HOTEL. PHOTO BY ALLISON MCCROSKEY
WILDLIFE ABOUNDS IN YOSEMITE. PHOTO BY RA-
NACHOS FROM BASE CAMP EATERY AT YOSEMTE VALLEY LODGE. PHOTO BY ALLISON MCCROSKEY
a great option for those who want the feeling of camping with select modern conveniences and don’t want to have to pack a tent (bringing a sleeping bag is optional, as there are sheets and blankets for rent). Guests can cook their own meals on campfires outside their units, although, as with all rustic accommodations in the park, they must follow the strict storage rules established to protect Yosemite’s wildlife and visitors. Conveniently, there is a store onsite open seven days a week that offers groceries, firewood, ice and other camping supplies.
being listed on the National Register of Historic Places and deemed a National Historic Landmark. The hotel features amenity-filled standard rooms, suites, guest cottages, and four different hotel parlors (suites with more features). The extraordinarily beautiful, chandelier-lit Dining Room, which is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner (for which there is a dress code) and Sunday brunch, is a popular fine dining destination in the park—reservations are therefore highly recommended. The Bar provides a wonderful place to relax with a cocktail or glass of wine from its solid wine list and gaze at the beauty of Yosemite. The heated outdoor swimming pool is a favorite among guests.
The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly The Ahwahnee Hotel) The most luxurious of all the accommodations in Yosemite National Park, The Majestic Yosemite Hotel has housed royalty, politicians and celebrities alike since its opening in 1927. Located in the Valley and open year-round, its stunning architecture, which blends harmoniously with its natural surroundings, has resulted in the hotel
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THE MAJESTIC YOSEMITE HOTEL. PHOTO BY ALLISON MCCROSKEY
of over 200 standard hotel rooms and a handful of family rooms, has decent in-room amenities but does not have air conditioning (only fans). There are multiple dining options onsite including the newly renovated Base Camp Eatery food court that has a Starbucks and offers a variety of different food options (there is even a world flavors menu), the Mountain Room, which serves guests delectable steaks and seafood
Big Trees Lodge (formerly Wawona Hotel) Originally established in 1856 as a mountain resort hotel, the charming Big Trees Lodge, located 27 miles from Yosemite Valley near the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, takes its Victorian-era roots seriously. All of the rooms at this National Historic Landmark (approximately half with private and half with shared bathrooms) are decorated with antique furnishings and period décor and do not have TVs, telephones or internet access. Staying here feels like traveling back in time—in a good way. The dining room offers appetizing
selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Amenities available at the Lodge during the summer include an outdoor swimming pool, ninehole golf course, tennis court and riding stables. Not to be missed are the evening musical performances in the lounge and Saturday night barbeques, which are a longstanding tradition. White Wolf Lodge This remote, no-frills property only open during the summer is comprised of 24 canvas-tent cabins and four wood cabins with private baths. Located 30 miles away from the Valley and set in a peaceful wildflower-filled meadow surrounded by pine trees, is a great place to stay for those looking to enjoy nature away from the masses. Breakfast and dinner are served in a rustic central dining room (lunch is take-out). It provides a great stepping off point for exploring Yosemite’s high country. •
Yosemite Valley Lodge (formerly Yosemite Lodge at the Falls) Yosemite Valley Lodge, located close to Yosemite Falls in the Valley, is a year-round lodging option that was built with lots of windows to maximize the terrific views surrounding the property. The hotel, comprised
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FOODIE FAVORITES Restaurant recommendations from those in the know Summer is a great time to pick up a sandwich and take an adventure. While there are a multitude of high-quality places to purchase sandwiches in the San Gabriel Valley, there are some special tried-and-true shops that have been serving up superb sandwiches for decades. So, for this issue, we asked some of our favorite foodies to tell us about the longstanding places they go to for standout sandwiches. Here are some of the stellar spots they frequent and think you should, too. Bon Appétit!
Eagle Rock Italian Bakery and Deli 1726 COLORADO BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES (323) 255-8224; EAGLEROCKITALIANBAKERYANDDELI.COM MON. – SAT.: 8 A.M. – 6 P.M.; SUN.: 9:30 A.M. – 1 P.M. The heavenly smell of freshly made baked goods greets customers upon entering this Eagle Rock gem. Founded in 1949, owned by the same family since 1969 and in its current location since 1988, Eagle Rock Italian Bakery and Deli has been serving up fantastic deli sandwiches prepared on house-made rolls for quite some time. All of its extremely satisfying, yet affordable, sandwiches come with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, mustard, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and your choice of cheese, although the friendly staff is happy to customize. The delectable Italian combo sandwich is a standout. The bakery items are ridiculously good (some recipes have been handed down over generations!), so be sure to pick up a pastry (the shop is famous for its cannoli), sampling of varied Italian cookies or piece of cake to enjoy for dessert. The store also has a really nice selection of Italian grocery items.
Europane Bakery & Café
TRUST THE COOK
RED PEPPER AND GOAT CHEESE
Pasadena Sandwich Company 259 SIERRA MADRE VILLA, PASADENA (626) 578-1616; PASADENASANDWICHCOMPANY.COM MON. – FRI.: 9 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.; SAT.: 11 A.M. – 3 P.M. Gigantic, tasty sandwiches and friendly service are hallmarks of this popular family-owned institution that has been at its present location for 24 years. Customers can order one of Pasadena Sandwich Company’s many signature sandwiches (the “Trust the Cook” sandwich is a favorite—it is huge and based upon how the cook feels at the moment) or customize their own. All of the meats are cooked in-house using recipes that have been passed down to now the third generation of sandwich maestros. The sides are beyond delicious—particularly the perfectly creamy potato salad, which is served with hot peppers on the side so customers can take the flavor profile to the next level if they so desire. Those who want their food to go can save some time by calling ahead and retrieving their order at the take-out window.
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345 E. COLORADO BOULEVARD, SUITE 101, PASADENA (626) 844-8804; EUROPANEBAKERYCAFE.COM MON. – SUN.: 7 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. 950 E. COLORADO BOULEVARD, SUITE 107, PASADENA (626) 577-1828; EUROPANEBAKERYCAFE.COM MON. – SAT.: 7 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.; SUN.: 7 A.M. – 3 P.M. Europane Bakery & Café has been a Pasadena fixture since its first store opened in 1995, offering perfectly flaky croissants and mouth-watering breakfast pastries in the morning and delicious sandwiches served on expertly crafted house-made bread, quiche and salads for lunch. And while the brilliant original owner is no longer at the company (she sold the business in 2017), her recipes remain. Europane’s baked goods are, simply put, exquisite and its flavor combinations are on-point. Customers can choose from a wide variety of sandwiches ranging from its famous egg salad to meatloaf to red pepper and goat cheese. Those who are in a rush can select from Europane’s “Ready to Go” menu, which contains a handful of sandwiches that can be assembled in just minutes, or premade sandwiches at its 345 E. Colorado Blvd. location. Make sure to pick up some of its incredible baked goods for dessert—a delightful macaroon, perfectly fudgy brownie or tangy lemon bar is the perfect finish to any meal.
Roma Market 918 N. LAKE AVENUE, PASADENA (626) 797-7748 MON. – SAT.: 8:30 A.M. – 8:30 P.M.; SUN.: 8:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. Roma Market is a terrific place to grab an insanely good, affordable premade sandwich. Its divine creation, served since 1975 and simply known as “the sandwich,” is comprised of three different types of imported Italian meat (mortadella, salami, and capicola), provolone cheese and olive oil served on either a fresh Italian roll or ciabatta. Roma makes hundreds of sandwiches daily. Wrapped in pink butcher paper and available on the deli counter, they are proof that a simple combination of high-quality ingredients can be absolutely magical. Roma Market also has a terrific selection of Italian specialty food products as well as a nice variety of beverages, produce and snacks that are perfect accompaniments to its fantastic sandwich.
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PASADENA WENT TO THE MOVIES Movie theaters provided welcome diversion in the 1930s BY JEANNETTE BOVARD “The only entertainment most people had was the radio and movies; few attended legitimate theater (plays) or went to concerts. Most relied on radio broadcasts and weekly program changes at the eleven movie theaters in the city for diversion,” explains Pasadena Museum of History (PMH) research volunteer Bob Bennett. Bennett is discussing the habits of Pasadena residents during the 1930s while carefully turning the pages of a fragile, worn and massive scrapbook from that era—an archival treasure preserved at PMH that once belonged to Lester L. Clark, then-manager of Pasadena’s United Artists Theatre. (Theatre was the spelling in all city directories and press clippings in those days). Clark, at 22 years of age, became the youngest motion picture theater manager in the United States. He had already worked for theaters in Downtown Los Angeles before coming to Pasadena to manage the Colorado Theatre, Pasadena Theatre, and, ultimately, the new (1932) United Artists Theatre. Clark was known for his fabulous promotions and presentations. With the country—and the world— enduring the Great Depression, movies offered hope, dreams and distraction from harsh realities. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced and romanced, the Marx Brothers provided madcap hilarity, Alfred Hitchcock toyed with audiences’ nerves and King Kong scared the wits out of moviegoers of all ages. Motion pictures became increasingly influential and the industry thrived. Some of the decade’s top movies are still considered among the greatest in cinemat-
ic history, including Charlie Chaplin’s masterpiece, City Lights; Fritz Lang’s psychological thriller, M; the Busby Berkley extravaganza, 42nd Street; Frank Capra’s celebrated romantic comedy, It Happened One Night; Walt Disney Studio’s first full-length animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Victor Fleming’s epic Civil War drama, Gone With the Wind; and John Ford’s Western, Stagecoach. These scrapbook pages remind us of another factor that made theaters especially appealing in the summertime: air conditioning! The natural body heat of masses of people crammed into confined spaces made movie houses stifling in warm months, causing a precipitous decline in attendance. The installation of air conditioning systems in movie theaters beginning in 1925 transformed the business, resulting in summer becoming the most profitable season of the year. Theaters typically ran a “Double Bill,” that is, a feature film and B-film, plus a newsreel and a short or a cartoon—all of this added up to three hours of air-conditioned diversion. Cool escapism was boffo at the box office! Pasadena was home to eleven thriving movie theaters during the 1930s: • Bard’s Egyptian Theatre (later Bard’s Colorado, now the Regency Academy 6) – 1003 E. Colorado Boulevard • Fair Oaks Theatre (later the Oaks Theatre) – 85 N. Fair Oaks Avenue • Florence Theatre (later the State Theatre) – 770 W. Colorado Boulevard • Park Theatre – 1371 N. Fair Oaks Av-
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LESTER CLARK SCRAPBOOK: PASADENA MOVIE THEATERS MEMORABILIA, 1930S. (SCRAPBOOK COLLECTION, VOLUME 197)
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SUMMER EVENT GUIDE
enue • Clune’s Pasadena Theatre (later Fox Pasadena, now the site of Crate & Barrel) – 61 W. Colorado Boulevard • Jensen’s Raymond Theatre (later the Crown Theatre, then Perkins Palace, now residential) – 129 N. Raymond Avenue • Strand Theatre – 340 E. Colorado Boulevard • Tower Theatre (It was located so close to the Santa Fe tracks that the entire theater shook every time a train went by!) – 114 E. Colorado Boulevard • United Artists Theatre (until recently Angels School Supply) – 606 E. Colorado Boulevard • Warren’s Egyptian Theatre (later the Uptown Theatre) – 2316 E. Colorado Boulevard • Washington Theatre – 845 E. Washington Boulevard Unlike today’s cookie cutter-style multiplexes, each theater had a distinctive look and ambience. Vintage photos show that to enter the lobby of each was to journey into a unique and wondrous place, filled with elaborate décor and eye-catching promotional displays. Every showing began with dramatic flair: the grandly ornate outer drapes ceremoniously drawing back to display an inner curtain, which served as a gauzy screen for the films’ opening credits before parting to make way for the actual movie screen. “Most people went to the movies on Fridays and Sundays; reduced-price afternoon matinees were popular,” Bennett says. “We have two personal journals written by young boys that talk about going to the movies at the Clunes, the Strand and the Bard theaters,” he adds. “Some entries list the movies they saw and even give brief reviews.” With a multitude of local movie houses, patrons could choose from a wide variety of films to suit their individual preferences. The Tower Theatre and Washington Theatre regularly ran Saturday matinees es-
A Noise Within 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Visit anoisewithin.org or call 626-356-3100 for more information. • Noises Off. Now – June 9, 2019. One of A Noise Within’s most beloved productions returns, again ready to rein in the chaos of this joyfully outof-control British farce about the auspiciously titled play-within-a-play Nothing On. Step behind the curtain and meet the under-rehearsed and over-worked cast and crew with a penchant for drama more personal than professional. As the production progresses, the bumbling cast brings down the house—literally!
PASADENA Farmers Markets • Villa Parke Center, 363 East Villa St. at N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena. Visit pasadenafarmersmarket.org or call 626-449-0179 for more information. Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rain or shine. • Victory Park, at the intersection of Sierra Madre Blvd. and Paloma St., Pasadena. Visit pasadenafarmersmarket.org or call 626-449-0179 for more information. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Accepts cash and EBT only. Rain or shine.
pecially for children featuring Westerns and serials. Adults could opt for major releases with Hollywood’s most glamorous stars, or even foreign films (Pasadena has had a tradition of showing foreign films throughout the years, possibly started by a screening of Cabiria (1914), an Italian epic that was shown at an outdoor theater at Pasadena’s Maryland Hotel). Theaters further attracted patrons with in-theater promotions such as contests, product giveaways, and even a raffle for a new car (a big deal during the Depression!). When there was a major studio preview of a new film, one or more of the stars made personal appearances at various theaters where it was showing.
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Vintage newspapers and clippings filled with attention-grabbing ads and tantalizing promotions detail the starring role movies and movie theaters played in the lives of Pasadena residents. Looking at them so many years later, one can still feel an almost giddy excitement as they beckon us into the magical world of a dark—and cool—movie theater. • Pasadena Museum of History is located at 470 W. Walnut St. in Pasadena. For further information, please visit www.pasadenahistory.org or call (626) 577-1660. Jeannette Bovard is Media Consultant for Pasadena Museum of History and teaches at Los Angeles City College and East Los Angeles College.
BoldPas: A Day of Art & Play Throughout Old Pasadena. Visit oldpasadena.org/boldpas or call 626356-9725 for more information. • BoldPas: A Day of Art & Play. June 8, 2019 from 12 – 8 p.m. The free, oneday-only community event brings 16 temporary art installations and hands-on activations directly onto Old Pasadena’s unique pedestrian alleys. At every turn, visitors will encounter art that is BOLD—in color, scale, materials, and concept. Artists will be on hand all day to showcase their works and interact with the public. Additionally, the Armory Center for the Arts promises a full day of special programming, and many of the Old Pasadena businesses will host handson art activities and their own bold installations on storefronts.
Flea Markets • Pasadena City College Flea Market, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Visit pasadena.edu/community/fleamarket/ or call 626-585-7906 for more information. The first Sunday of every month, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. This popular flea market boasts 400+ vendors selling a range of antiques, clothing, wares and street fare. • Rose Bowl Flea Market, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. Visit rgcshows. com/rosebowl for more information. The second Sunday of every month, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. One of the most famous flea markets in the world, it features an eclectic array of crafts, apparel, antiques and other goods.
Caltech Ramo Auditorium, 330 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Visit caltech.edu/
calendar/public-events or call 626395-4652 for more information. • Old Blind Dogs. June 22, 2019 from 8 – 10 p.m. From Aberdeenshire, on Scotland’s northeast coast, this popular folk music group consists of Jonny Hardie (fiddle & vocals), Aaron Jones (bouzouki, guitar, bass, and vocals), Ali Hutton (pipes, whistles & guitar), and Donald Hay (percussion). Their soaring fiddle playing, stirring pipes and fine singing, punctuated by extraordinary percussion, will certainly resonate. MUSE/IQUE Summer series located at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, on Library Lawn. Visit muse-ique.com or call 626-539-7085 for more information. • Moving/Pictures. July 6, 2019 at 8 p.m. Curated and conducted by Artistic Director Rachael Worby, this event celebrates America’s greatest film scores and composers on the nation’s most patriotic weekend. It will feature performances by Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry and Los Angeles Philharmonic cellist Ben Hong. • Train/Glory. August 3, 2019 at 8 p.m. This event will explore how music inspired by trains moves people to new places. It will feature a special performance by vocalist Liv Redpath. • Band/Together. August 24, 2019 at 8 p.m. This event focuses on the importance of moving in harmony. It will feature performances by piano duo Anderson & Roe and dancers from the American Ballet Theatre in New York.
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Norton Simon Museum 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Visit nortonsimon.org or call 626-449-6840 for more information. • Matisse/Odalisque. Now – June 17, 2019. The odalisque, a harem slave or concubine, was a popular subject in European art throughout the colonial period. This small-scale focus exhibition gathers together seven such subjects from the Norton Simon’s collections— including Frédéric Bazille’s Woman in a Moorish Costume (1869), Pablo Picasso’s Women of Algiers, Version “I” (1955), and Henri Matisse’s Odalisque with Tambourine (Harmony in Blue) (1926)—to show how artists exploit the tension between reality and artifice in these images. Matisse/Odalisque contextualizes this artist’s distinctive approach to the orientalist theme with a range of examples from the 19th and 20th centuries. • The Sweetness of Life: Three 18thCentury French Paintings from The Frick Collection. June 14 – Sep. 9, 2019. Though 18th-century women made strides in the sciences, literature and the arts, they were most often portrayed in genre scenes pursuing leisurely, quotidian pleasures and tasks. Three superb 18th-century French genre paintings from The Frick Collection in New York (part of an ongoing reciprocal exchange program) provide viewers with an intimate look at the lives of middleclass French women of the 1740s and 1750s. These artfully constructed visions of contemporary life and fashion, as depicted by Francoise Boucher, JeanBaptiste Simeon Chardin and JeanBaptiste Greuze, will be installed in the Museum’s 18th-century Rococo gallery among its own works by Boucher and Chardin, as well as paintings by JeanAntoine Watteau and Jean-Honore Fragonard. • Garden Party. June 29, 2019 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the start of summer with the Museum’s annual Garden Party. Spend an evening exploring the sights and sounds of the Sculpture Garden, inspired by Monet’s Giverny. Enjoy live music in the Garden Café, pick up drawing supplies and sketch en plein air or participate in a variety of art-making activities for all ages. • AIR LAND SEA: A Lithographic Suite by William Crutchfield. July 19 – Nov. 4, 2019. This exhibition presents a rare look at AIR LAND SEA, a suite of 13 lithographs by William Crutchfield printed at the Tamarind Lithography
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Workshop in 1970. Demonstrating the artist’s master draftsmanship, keen understanding of engineering and his wry sense of humor, the suite features trains, ships and airplanes all portrayed as overbuilt, fantastical models of modernity. Parson’s Nose Theater 95 N. Marengo Ave. (entrance on Holly), Pasadena. Visit parsonsnose.com or call 626-403-7667 for more information. • The Merchant of Venice. Now – June 2, 2019. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s famous play by Lance Davis. Bassanio must borrow money to woo the Countess Portia. The fee? “A pound of flesh.” Surely it will never have to be paid… Pasadena Chalk Festival and Car Show Paseo Colorado, 300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Visit pasadenachalkfestival.com or call 626-590-1134 for more information. • Pasadena Chalk Festival. June 15 – 16, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Over 600 skilled chalk artists from around the world spend the weekend creating spectacular murals on concrete canvases throughout Paseo Colorado’s shopping plaza at this free event. Many artistic styles are represented including classical, contemporary, whimsical and socially relevant. Live musical performances are scheduled throughout the weekend and children can create their own art in a special area from 12 – 5 p.m. • Pasadena Police 18th Annual Father’s Day Car Show. June 16, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Held in conjunction with the Pasadena Chalk Festival along Green St., this car show benefits the Pasadena PAL Program and the Pasadena Police Explorer Post. It features amazing cars, food booths, raffle prizes, a police helicopter ride auction and more.
and much more. • Playhouse Celebrity Game Night: Speed Charades. June 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. A hilarious competition where celebrity teams go head-tohead and battle it out in a fierce and fun game of Speed Charades benefiting the programs of the Pasadena Playhouse. Cast members (based upon continuing availability, subject to change) include Michele Engemann, Jane Kaczmarek, Matthew Lillard, Alfred Molina, John C. Reilly and Cynthia Rowley. • Good Boys. June 26 – July 21, 2019. As a senior at St. Joseph’s Prep, Brandon Hardy has the world at his feet. He is handsome, athletic, smart, and a shining example of the perfect private school student, just like his father was. But when a disturbing videotape becomes the talk of the locker room, the comfortable lives of the Hardy family threatens to shatter. Good Boys is a suspenseful drama that explores what happens when a family must separate fact from fiction—and ultimately, choose to either preserve a legacy or risk losing everything in pursuit of the truth. Pasadena Symphony and POPS Summer concert series located at the L.A. County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Free concert at Pasadena City Hall, 100 Garfield Ave., Pasadena. Visit pasadenasymphonypops.org or call 626-793-7172 for more information. • Free concert: Music Under the Stars. June 1, 2019 at Pasadena City Hall. Gates open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Join the Pasadena Symphony
and POPS for a free concert under the stars. Resident POPS Conductor Larry Blank leads the orchestra in a celebration of music from Broadway, Hollywood and the Great American Songbook, featuring soloists taken straight from Broadway and the JPL Chorus. Arrive early for gourmet food trucks, a musical instrument petting zoo, and pre-concert family fun. • The Great American Songbook: Icons from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway & Hollywood. June 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. From Stephen Foster to Richard Rodgers, and Barry Manilow to Marvin Hamlisch—the best of American popular song with “Beautiful Dreamer,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man,” “Maria,” “Where or When,” “The Way We Were,” and more. Michael Feinstein conducting; Melissa Errico and Kevin McKidd soloists. • Rhapsody in Blue. July 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The Gershwin Era meets the energy and excitement of the Jazz Age with music by George & Ira, Duke Ellington and Harold Arlen with “I Got Rhythm,” “An American in Paris,” “Strike Up the Band,” “Stormy Weather” and “Rhapsody in Blue.” Michael Feinstein conducting; Frederick Hodges pianist; LaChanze and Tony Yazbeck soloists. • Michael Feinstein Sings Cole Porter. Aug. 3, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Smart and sophisticated with a charming streak for mischief—Feinstein delves into Porter’s naughty sense of wordplay with “Night and Day,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Can Can,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and “Just One of Those Things.” Larry Blank conducting; Michael Feinstein soloist.
Rose Bowl Stadium 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. Visit rosebowlstadium.com or call 626-4490179 for more information. • Final Fridays. May 31, June 28, July 26 and Aug. 30, 2019 from 4 – 8 p.m. For the first time ever, Final Fridays will be making its way to the shaded oaks and immaculate grounds surrounding the Rose Bowl Stadium. Bring a blanket, ball, and the family to Pasadena’s premiere 5-star park—The Greens at the Rose Bowl. Additional activities include foot gold, outdoor games, moon bounces, photo opportunities, and tours of the Rose Bowl Stadium. Admission and parking are free for all attendees. • Drum Corps. June 29, 2019 from 4:45 – 10 p.m. Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl is a national drum and bugle corps performance competition that spotlights 1,700 youth from 15 drum and bugle corps across North America. These are elite marching bands that perform an intricate blend of music and movement. The show is part of the Drum Corps International (DCI) summer tour of 100 similar events across North America. • AmericaFest. July 4, 2019 from 2 – 9:30 p.m. This year’s event will once again showcase a world-renowned fireworks show and entertainment to remember. It includes a Family Fun Zone and various performances. USC Pacific Asia Museum 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. Visit pacificasiamueum.usc.edu or call 626-449-2742 for more information. • Tsuruya Kokei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited. Now –
Pasadena Playhouse 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Visit pasadenaplayhouse.org or call 626356-7529 for more information. • Playhouse Block Party. June 8, 2019 from 12 – 10 p.m. Join thousands of people in a celebration of the arts and culture with a free block party on El Molino Ave. This family-friendly event features music, interactive art, food, libations, guided tours, a kids’ zone,
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July 14, 2019. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of this contemporary artist’s first solo show—held at PAM in spring 1989—it displays 77 prints by this artist widely celebrated as one of Japan’s leading contemporary print artists. The exhibition presents all of Kokei’s actor prints from 19841993. Because the artist limited his editions, such a complete collection is unprecedented. ALTADENA Altadena Farmers’ Market 600 W. Palm St., Altadena. Visit altadenafarmersmarket.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Wednesdays, 4 – 8 p.m. This certified market has multiple booths selling fresh fruits and vegetables as well as prepared and pre-packaged food that may be enjoyed onsite. Rain or shine. Altadena Main Library 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena. Visit altadenalibrary.org or call 626-7980833 for more information. • Second Saturday with Harbor Groove. June 8, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Come for the music and food, and stay for the dancing, fun, and community! Concerts in the Park Farnsworth Park, 568 Mount Curve Ave. E, Altadena. Visit altadenarotary. com or call 626-798-6335 for more information. • 23rd Annual Summer Concert Series. Saturdays, July 6 – September 7, 2019 at 7 p.m. This annual free concert series featuring live music in a beautiful amphitheater is organized by the Rotary Club of Altadena in association with the Sherriff’s Support Group of Altadena, the L.A. Department of Parks and Recreation and L.A. County Supervisor Katheryn Barger. Parks After Dark Loma Alta Park 3330 Lincoln Ave, Altadena. Visit http://parks.lacounty. gov/loma-alta-park/# or call 626-3985451 for more information. • The L.A. County-sponsored program, now entering its 9th year, offers an eclectic range of activities free to the public, from movie nights and concerts to food offerings, arts and crafts, karaoke and much more. Beginning in mid-May, Parks After Dark is held Thursdays through Saturdays from 6 – 10 p.m. for 10 weeks. Open Studios Art Tour Located at more than 25 locations around Altadena and Pasadena. Visit openstudios.gallery for more information. • Open Studios Art Tour. June 1 – 2, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. More than 70 artists at over 25 locations will be showcasing their work. This event provides the community with a personal look into the private studios of many talented, local artists. The serious art collector or the newly interested art enthusiast is welcome to a stress free, self-guided tour featuring many mediums that include paintings, sculptures, jewelry, assemblages, photography, music, poetry and more. ARCADIA 626 Night Market Located at Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia. Visit 626nightmarket.com for more information. • 626 Night Market. July 5 – 7, July 12 – 14, Aug. 9 – 11, and Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, 2019 from 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. The original and largest Asian-inspired night market in the U.S., 626 Night Market
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features 250+ food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions in an epic event that appeals to all ages. L.A. Food Fest Located at Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia. Visit 626nightmarket.com for more information. • 10th Annual L.A. Food Fest. June 29, 2019 from 2 – 7 p.m. The largest and longest-running tasting event is celebrating ten years of bringing fabulous food together in one place. Sample signature bites from a curated selection of 100+ booths from hot restaurants and celebrity chefs to old school carts and stands plus craft beer gardens, craft cocktail bars, tequila tasting, wine tasting, an iced coffee lounge and everyone’s favorite—the ice cream social featuring amazing frozen and sweet treats. Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Visit arboretum.org or call 626-821-3222 for more information. • Santa Anita Bonsai Show. May 25 – 27, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Santa Anita Bonsai Society will present trees trained to look like miniature forest giants. Trees up to four feet tall such as maples, junipers and pines will be displayed. • Los Angeles International Fern Society Show & Sale. June 8 – 9, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy displays of ferns and other exotic plants at their finest. Vendors of plants and gardenrelated items will be located at the front of Ayres Hall. Informative lectures and opportunity drawings will occur on both days. • Live at the Arboretum: Dwight Yoakam. June 15, 2019 at 7 p.m. The third annual Live at the Arboretum concert features multiple Grammy Award-winning country star Dwight Yoakam. Don’t miss your chance to hear hits like “Streets of Bakersfield,” “Fast as You,” “Honky Tonk Man,” “Guitars, Cadillacs,” and many more, live for one night only under the stars at the lush grounds of the Arboretum. • Dawn Redwood: Ancient Tree Reborn. June 23, 2019 from 3 – 5 p.m. Two years ago, a dawn redwood at the Arboretum finally succumbed to the record drought. Wood from the tree was salvaged and meticulously fashioned into a beautiful guitar by luthier Dennis Hays. The amazing story
of the redwood and its rebirth as a musical instrument is celebrated with an afternoon of nature, art and music. Pop and jazz classics performed by Laurence Juber, formerly of Paul McCartney’s band Wings, will give wondrous life to the redwood. LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE Farmers Market 1300 Foothill Blvd., across from Memorial Park. Visit lacanadaflintridge.com/ events-page/farmers-market.html for more information. Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Vendors come from all over the region with fresh fruits, nuts, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and much, much more. Many items are organically grown. 46th Annual Memorial Weekend Fiesta Days La Cañada Memorial Park, 1301 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, and other locations. Visit lacanadaflintridge. com/events-page.html or call 818790-4289 for more information. • Fiesta Days. May 24 – 27, 2019. Fiesta Day is an annual Memorial Day celebration hosted by the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce & Community Association. It features a variety of events throughout the weekend including a Casino Night, French toast breakfast and vintage car show, family dinner, music and fireworks show, YMCA of the Foothills Fiesta Days Run at Descanso Gardens, and parade along Foothill Blvd. with the theme “Family First.” Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Dr.,
Flintridge. Visit descansogardens. org or call 818-949-4200 for more information. • Community Service Days. May 25, June 8 and 23, and July 20, 2019 from 8 – 10:30 a.m. Get hands-on gardening experience during these volunteer opportunities. Descanso horticulture staff will provide supervision and guidance. No experience necessary; must be 16 or older. Bring garden gloves. Advance registration required by email to volunteer@ descansogardens.org. • World Rhythms. Six Tuesdays from June 6 – July 25, 2019 at 6 p.m. Featuring world music and dance that honors and celebrates the diversity of L.A. Bring a picnic or purchase food from Patina’s concession stand. Lawn chairs are allowed, and lawn seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. • Descanso Bonsai Society Show. June 15 – 16, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The annual exhibit features a judged display of advanced and novice members’ trees. The exhibit is free after admission to Descanso Gardens. There will be daily bonsai demonstrations, along with an area to purchase bonsai-related items. • Music on the Main. Eight Thursdays from June 18 – July 23, 2019 at 6 p.m. Eight evenings of live music will be presented by some of the coolest jazz artists in the Southland. Bring a picnic or purchase food from Patina’s concession stand. Lawn chairs are allowed, and lawn seating is on a firstcome, first-served basis. • Summer Songs. Six Wednesdays from June 19 – July 24, 2019 at 6 p.m. Enjoy jazz music under the Descanso
oaks. Bring a picnic or purchase food from Patina’s concession stand. Lawn chairs are allowed, and lawn seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. • Urban Forager: Jam. July 13, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Join Urban Forager author Elisa Callow in the newly renovated Boddy House kitchen for a seasonal jam cooking class. Participants will make both stone fruit and strawberry jam in celebration of one of foraging’s greatest delights: preserving the deliciousness of seasonal fruits. $40 members; $50 nonmembers. • Gil Garcetti Photography. July 25 28, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. View photographer Gil Garcetti’s work and learn about his new book, Protea— The Magic and the Mystery. You may know him as a former Los Angeles County district attorney (and father of current L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti). The L.A. native is also an acclaimed, multifaceted photographer. On July 28, 2019 from 1 – 2 p.m., Garcetti and writer Larry Livingston will be discussing and signing copies of their book. • Beer Garden Nights. Five Thursdays from Aug. 1 – 29, 2019 at 5 p.m. Descanso keeps its doors open late from 5 – 8 p.m. on Thursdays in August. There will be a beer garden and food available for purchase. • A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Aug. 17, 18, 24 and 25, 2019 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Ensemble Shakespeare Theater returns to Descanso for a fully immersive theater production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bring your running shoes, as this experience will have you chasing through the gardens to follow fighting lovers, dancing fairies, and a
Magical Music at the Mill The Old Mill Foundation is pleased to announce three dates for their unforgettable summer concert series, on Saturdays at 8 pm
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bewildered donkey on an adventure filled with laughter and love. • End of Summer Celebration. Aug. 28, 2019 from 5:30 – 10 p.m. The gardens stay open extra late for the End of Summer Celebration. Grab a cold drink and relax to the tunes of The Flashdance DJs, then 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! Music in the Park Summer Concert Series Memorial Park, 1301 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge. For more information, contact City Hall at 818790-8880. • Music in the Park. Sundays beginning Memorial Day weekend and running through the end of August from 6 – 8 p.m. Featured bands play a variety of music from rock and roll and blues to reggae and country. Bring a picnic basket, blankets, and lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment with family and friends. SAN MARINO The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Visit huntington.org or call 626-205-2100 for more information. • Prospects of India: 18th- and 19thCentury British Drawings from The Huntington’s Art Collections. Now – June 10, 2019. The drawings in this exhibition, all made by British subjects, take as their subject the landscape of India. The 15 images on view reveal an intriguing combination of a fascination and admiration for the Indian landscape and the people who lived there as well as attitudes of cultural superiority and ownership. Works by professional artists such as George Chinnery and Thomas and William Daniell hang alongside examples by accomplished, though amateur draftsmen like Col. George Francis White, revealing both the range of artists who sought to depict the scenery of India and the diversity of the landscape itself. • Orbit Pavilion. Now – Sep. 2, 2019. Satellites that study the Earth are passing through space continuously, collecting data on everything from hurricanes to the effects of drought. NASA’s Orbit Pavilion sound experience is an outdoor installation that produces an innovative “soundscape” experience
9th ANNUAL SAN MARINO MOTOR CLASSIC Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 9, 2019 when the 9th annual San Marino Motor Classic returns to picturesque Lacy Park. Since its inauguration, the Classic has raised approximately $1.9 million for local charities including the Pasadena Humane Society & SCPA, Cancer Support Community and the GARY WALES’ Y JOB 1938 BUICK, A ONE-OFF San Marino Rotary Foundation. CUSTOM CAR DESIGNED BY HARLEY EARL, THE The transformation of Lacy Park from a HEAD OF GENERAL MOTORS’ DESIGN AND quiet escape into one of the largest con- STYLE SALON. COURTESY PHOTO cours-level car events in the western United States is cataclysmic. Sprawled across the park’s emerald green lawns, the event will showcase over 350 collector-caliber cars in 30 individual classes, from early brass and antique cars, preservation cars, and preWorld War II classics to sports and exotics. This year, for the first time, more than 100 Ferraris will come to Lacy Park as the Ferrari Club of America – Southwest Region holds its annual Concorso Ferrari in conjunction with the San Marino Motor Classic. The eye candy does not stop there. The Classic will also feature a private collection of Ferraris courtesy of San Marino resident and renowned jeweler David Lee; a dozen Tournament of Roses parade cars; and six of collector Scott Grundfor’s Ford concept cars that have never before been displayed. “I am very excited about bringing the 2019 San Marino Motor Classic to Lacy Park,” Aaron Weiss, the event’s chairman and co-founder, said. “This show has grown from a very local event to one that attracts the most sought-after collector cars from all over the United States. It is truly a wonderful day in the park for the entire family.” In addition to the cars, there will be over 40 vendor booths selling merchandise and 12 gourmet food trucks offering an array of foods. Cars entered in the San Marino Motor Classic will be evaluated by teams of expert judges on a 100-point score sheet, each car starting with a perfect 100 points. Deductions are then made by judges based on a car’s authenticity, condition, provenance, and operation. At the end of the day, class awards are presented to the top three cars in each class, special awards are handed out and the coveted “Best In Show” award winner is crowned. One of the more compelling facts about the Motor Classic is that it is completely organized and staffed with volunteers from the Rotary Club of San Marino and the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. For more information, including a list of past winners, competing classes and instructions for purchasing tickets, visit: www.sanmarinomotorclassic.com. Gates will open to the public at 9 a.m. and the show concludes at 3 p.m. Advance tickets are available online for $25 until Saturday, June 8 at midnight. Tickets the day of the event are $30. Children 12 and under are free.
representing the movement of the International Space Station and 19 Earth Science satellites. Inside the large, shell-shaped sculpture, distinctive sounds are emitted as each satellite passes overhead: a human voice, the crashing of a wave, a tree branch moving, a frog croaking. Each sound interprets one of the satellites’ missions. • Project Blue Boy. Now – Sep. 30, 2019. One of the most iconic artworks in British and American history, The Blue Boy, made around 1770 by English painter Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), undergoes its first major technical examination and conservation treatment in public view, in a special satellite conservation studio set up at the west end of the Thornton Portrait Gallery in the Huntington Art Gallery. Project Blue Boy offers visitors a glimpse into the technical processes of a senior conservator working on the famous painting as well as background on its history, mysteries, and artistic virtues.
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• 6th Annual Evening Among the Roses. June 7, 2019 from 7 – 10 p.m. An Evening Among the Roses is a chance for everyone—including LGBTQ family, friends, and the general public—to recognize and celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer members of the community for their many contributions to The Huntington. Don’t miss this one-night-only garden party with music, specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing in the spectacular Rose Garden. Fanciful garden party attire is encouraged. • Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale. June 28 – 30, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hundreds of intriguing plants are on view as the Cactus and Succulent Society of America presents its annual show and sale. With today’s growing interest in dry-climate gardening, the event is a must for anyone wanting to learn more about these wonderfully diverse and visually striking plants. An early bird sale gets underway Friday; the show opens Saturday and
continues through Sunday.
the event will benefit local charities.
J.P. Blecksmith Memorial 5K Walk & Run Located at the northwest corner of San Marino Avenue and Huntington Drive in San Marino. For more information visit www.jplecksmith.org. • 15th Annual J.P. Blecksmith Memorial 5K Walk & Run. July 4, 2019 at 8 a.m. The race honors the memory of United States Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenant J.P. Blecksmith, a former San Marino resident, who gave his life on November 11, 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom II in Fallouja, Iraq. The event supports several charities, including the J.P. Blecksmith Leadership Foundation at Flintridge Prep, where J.P graduated high school in 1999, and the USC Marshall School of Business Master of Business for Veterans program, a fully accredited one-year graduate degree created specifically for military veterans, those on active duty and reserve personnel. The registration fee includes an official race t-shirt and commemorative finisher’s medallion. Register online or on the race day (beginning at 6:45 a.m. and closing at 7:45 a.m.).
SOUTH PASADENA Farmers’ Market Meridian Ave. and El Centro St. next to the South Pasadena Metro Gold Line Station. Visit southpasadenafarmersmarket.org for more information. Thursdays, 4 – 8 p.m. This year-round, award-winning market features produce from certified farmers that grow the produce they sell—they do not buy it from second party sellers— which ensures fresh, quality produce, generally picked within 24 hours of appearing at the Market. Great prepared food options, breads and other goodies available. Open rain or shine.
Magical Music at the Mill Located at The Old Mill, 1120 Old Mill Road, San Marino. Visit www.oldmill.org or call 626-449-5458 for more information. • Magical Music at the Mill. June 29, July 20, and August 17, 2019 at 8 p.m. Music under the stars! Each evening features a different music ensemble performing on the Pomegranate Patio surrounded by the Mill’s beautiful pomegranate trees and lush gardens. In addition to enjoying fine music, concertgoers are invited to view the building, learn about its history and view the latest California Art Club exhibition in the Mill’s gallery. San Marino Motor Classic Located at Lacy Park, 1485 Virginia Rd., San Marino. Visit sanmarinomotorclassic.com for more information. • San Marino Motor Classic. June 9, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The San Marino Motor Classic is the premier regional automotive exhibition in the San Gabriel Valley and one of the premier concours-level exhibitions in Southern California. Attendees will be able to get up-close-and-personal with a variety of mint-condition automobiles. Proceeds raised from
Concerts and Movies in the Park Garfield Park, 1000 Park Ave., South Pasadena. Visit ci.south-pasadena. ca.us or call the Recreation Department at 626-403-7380 for more information. •Concerts in the Park. June 19, June 30, July 14, July 28, and August 11, 2019 from 6 – 8 p.m. This summer music series offers something for every musical taste. Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy the festive atmosphere and fabulous music. •Movies in the Park. The Lego Movie, June 21, 2019 at 8:15 p.m.; Captain Marvel, July 19, 2019 at 8:15 p.m. Enjoy a night of family fun watching a movie al fresco! Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and low seat lawn chairs. South Pasadena Summer Arts Crawl Throughout the South Pasadena Mission Street Business District and the streets surrounding the Gold Line station. • South Pasadena Summer Arts Crawl. July 20, 2019 from 5 – 9 p.m. Held in the winter, summer, and fall, this “neighborhood-night-on-the-town” showcases the creativity and talent in South Pasadena. Stores, boutiques, and eateries all over town stay open late on a Saturday night to offer special events, trunk shows, sales, artists, and musicians. An interactive art activity brings out the creative side—and is enjoyed by all ages. • While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, The Quarterly Magazine assumes no responsibility for omissions or errors.
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1722 Milan Avenue SOUTH PASADENA This unique colonial revival with hipped roof and windows is truly a oneof-a-kind home on one of the most prestigious streets in South Pasadena. Some of the main house features include a parlor, formal dining room, spacious kitchen, family room, game room, office, two fireplaces, an extensive ground floor master suite with dual custom closets, soaking tub, and steam shower. Expansive guest retreat is located above the enormous four-car garage. Enjoy outdoor activities with the built-in-BBQ, putting green, half basketball court, swimming pool and spa. Michele Downing Executive Director, Estates Division 626.523.6939 email@example.com DRE 01046965
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Main House 4 Bed | 5 Bath | 4,913 sq ft (M) Guest Quarters 1 Bed | 1 Bath | 826 sq ft (M) 4-Car Garage: 991 sq ft (M) Lot Size: 24,300 sq ft (A) Pool | Spa List Price: $4,150,000
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