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HISTORY IN EVERY DETAIL BY KAMALA KIRK PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN Interior designer Mary Serles and her husband Brad Cornell, a financial economist, had just finished the installation of a theater in their Bradbury Estates home back in 2005, when a friend called to let them know about a very special Art Deco house that had just come on the market. On a lark, they went to see the place—and ended up closing escrow on Serles’ birthday. “Art Deco has always been near and dear to my heart,” Serles said. “The moment we walked inside we knew it was too good to pass up. It was like the clouds had parted and the angels started singing my song. We’re approaching the 13th anniversary of our purchase of this house.” “I think it’s an absolutely fantastic house,” Cornell added. “It’s huge, but it’s unique so I find it incredibly comfortable. I like older places like this, because it’s built to a quality that isn’t even in the same league as some of the homes these days. If you look at the thickness of the walls, the work around the windows—you just don’t see those types of things anymore.” The couple moved out of their single-story Italian farmhouse and into the 13,000-square-foot estate in La Cañada Flintridge. Famed architect L.G. Scherer designed the house in 1929 for Walter and Beulah Overell. The couple loved to entertain and throw lavish parties, and lived there until their untimely deaths in March of 1947. Serles brought out her collection of original framed newspaper clippings as she retold the shocking story about the home’s previous owners.
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“Walter and Beulah were murdered on their motor yacht in Newport Harbor,” she shared. “Their daughter, Beulah Louise, and her boyfriend, George ‘Bud’ Gollum, had left the boat to get hamburgers on the shore, when shortly after the boat exploded. Her parents’ bodies were found bludgeoned to death, and the trial became hot news around the country due to all of the interesting details surrounding it, including salacious love letters between the daughter and her boyfriend—making it the longest-covered trial until the O.J. Simpson case in the mid-1990s.” Many fingers pointed toward the young couple, as it was reported that her parents disapproved of their relationship and Beulah Louise thought she stood to inherit a small fortune upon their deaths. The defense argued that Walter had other enemies who set off the explosion or that the boat blew up because of gas fumes, and that the young couple would also have died had they not left the boat to get a snack. Beulah Louise and George were acquitted after a lengthy criminal trial, and the house and its contents were auctioned to cover legal fees. The buyer at auction resold the house for profit and it was later bought by a family who owned it from 1958 to 1998. It was then purchased by a financier who completed renovations and an expansion to the home before selling the property to Serles and Cornell in 2005. “The house had been in a benign state for 40 years until the gentleman we bought it from moved in,” Serles explained. “Originally it was an 8,000 square-foot house, then he added another 5,000 square-feet. He spent five years renovating and updating the place, so it has new electrical, plumbing, HVAC systems, a Lutron system—everything. We’ve continued maintaining, remodeling, replacing and upgrading.” One of Serles’ projects was the “aqueduct” that goes down the driveway. “People had trouble find-
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ing our house because of all the junipers and pine trees that hid it from view, so they would always drive past and miss us,” she pointed out. “We decided to build a fountain out front, which was difficult because our driveway is on a compound curve. As the project ended up becoming more extensive and expensive than we had imagined, we decided to give it a grander name.” Just outside the front doors of the home a bust of Sir Isaac Newton greets guests upon their arrival. Cornell is fascinated by science, and three of the couples’ four rescue dogs are named after famous scientists—Linus, Maxwell and Fama. Their fourth four-legged family member is named Dahlia, after the infamous Black Dahlia. Inside the house, light shines through stained glass windows onto the winding main staircase. The cast iron stair railing is original, a unique Art Deco detail that complements the strength and style of the home, while the ceiling’s elaborate design features geometric shapes and Aztec headpiece feathers. “In California, a lot of Spanish Colonial Revival homes were being built
in the 1920s, and it was also around the same time that King Tut’s tomb was discovered, so Egyptian, Mayan and Aztec designs were really hip, and as you can see, have been incorporated into this house,” Serles said. “That period of time was called the Roaring Twenties because there was a lot of money around, and people were spending wildly on furniture. Quality Deco pieces were ferociously expensive even back then. When Overell built this house, he made it a Spanish Colonial Revival with a combination of details, including French Art Deco and Aztec art. We mostly refer to it as ‘Aztec Deco.’” One thing Serles loves about the home is how bright it is. While traditional Spanish-style houses typically have darker interiors, every room in her home has access to a terrace and offers expansive views. There are many details and “Easter eggs” to be discovered as one explores the house, with an interesting story behind every item. “The light fixtures in the house are either original to the home or from the 1920s, and mostly French,” Serles shared. “The master bath upstairs, which we most recently renovated, has a coat rack from 1905 that stood in a restaurant in Vienna until it came here. There’s a Russian painting dated 1920 that was used as a design for a subway station. Some items are Art Deco pieces from the ‘20s, some are new, while others are custom. I buy items off the Internet from the United States, Europe, South America—all over.” Peacocks are another common motif in Art Deco design, and can be seen sprinkled throughout the home, most notably in the original master bath (now a guest bathroom), the dining room ceiling and in the guest bedroom fireplace. “I don’t know why Scherer built them into the home’s design, but I’ve enjoyed looking for Deco peacocks for the last decade to add to the flock,” Serles said. “The feather shape in a squared-off Aztec riff appears in a number of the origi-
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opment Department. “I’m also active in the Sister Cities Program, which facilitates cities from around the world to find commonalities and link up,” Serles said. “With delegates coming in 2019 from our sister city in Spain, I’m hoping our Spanish-flavored house might serve as the site for an event.” Another big home project of Serles’ was the master bathroom. Previously, there were separate his and hers bathrooms and closets, but Serles ripped them out and made the area into one shared space. The updated bathroom features intricate tile designs on the walls and floor, a statement white bathtub, and gold finishes throughout. Cornell’s favorite room in the house is the movie theater, where he spends the most time aside from his office. It seats up to 20 people comfortably, and he and Serles frequently screen films there. The TV on the outdoor lanai by the pool is also connected so that it can play what-
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nal light fixtures. The previous owner and I have them in the yard and in art inside the house. Lavishly plumed Bird of Paradise appear in the main stair glass and in the living room fireplace—so we’ve gone to the birds!” The formal dining room is painted a regal red and offers vast views of the surrounding hillside. Serles had the dining table custom-made with Art Deco and leaf carvings. The wide and airy kitchen, which she had painted a soft blue color, was remodeled in a record four months after she agreed to be on a house tour for the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation that benefitted the middle school program. Serles is no stranger to entertaining, often opening up her home up for various charitable events and causes. She has hosted events for the Junior League of Pasadena on several occasions, as well as a conference for Caltech on behalf of the Devel-
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ever movie is showing in the theater. Across the hall from the theater is a very special powder room. It was built around a large vanity table, which was custom-made for either Vivien Leigh or Olivia de Havilland of Gone with the Wind. “Back in the 1930s, the studios made custom furniture for the stars,” Serles pointed out. “They have a ton of drawers to store all the theatrical makeup. These came with the house when we bought it, so I went ahead and found signed costume sketches and framed them to add to this room.” Outdoors, the pool sits directly under the master bedroom, having been moved by the previous owner and built into a unique pointed shape on both sides, similar to the prow of a ship. “We expanded the pool, making it longer and adding the infinity basin down the back hillside,” Serles explained. “Just over a year ago, we completed a second renovation, resurfacing the pool completely
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‘20s Cuban Art Deco design.” The entire property, which sits on 1.2 acres, is also home to a huge backyard “jungle” as Serles likes to call it. It is filled with different varieties of bamboo as well as a hut and amphitheater. The house turns 90 this coming year, and while it has been through a lot, it has definitely stood the test of time. “It’s a dramatic and unique property,” Serles said. “It’s a surprisingly easy and modern house to live in. We love being here despite the work of looking after a large, old home. The lovely thing about older homes is that generations of people have celebrated birthdays, dressed for work or school, chatted over dinner, and planned weddings and vacations in these same spaces. It grounds you to be part of that community of dwellers. We feel that we have a custodial duty to look after the place and enjoy being here until it’s time for the next lucky inhabitants!” •
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HMRI: IMPROVING LIVES THROUGH RESEARCH BY MITCH LEHMAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN Scientists at Pasadena-based Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) are enthusiastically working to find biomedical solutions to rid the planet of diseases and conditions that plague mankind. Admittedly, it seems a bit odd to mention “enthusiasm” and “disease” in the same sentence, but when the end result is either “decrease” or “eradicate,” some good old-fashioned fighting spirit can go a long way. HMRI’s new building on South Fair Oaks Avenue has raised its profile among passersby, but the world’s scientific community has been listening to this thought-leading institution about heart, liver, and neurological disease, cancer, cell biology, neural engineering and magnetic resonance imaging for decades. HMRI has actually been around for more than 60 years. In the early 1950s, Dr. Robert Pudenz—a Pasadena neurosurgeon affiliated with the Institute of Medical Research of Huntington Memorial Hospital, one of HMRI’s predecessor organizations—developed the cerebrospinal fluid shunt system for treating hydrocephalus, a relatively common neurological disorder most commonly found in infants that results in the rapid enlargement of the head. The first human ventriculoatrial shunt implantation was performed in 1955, and this technique is still the leading treatment used for hydrocephalus today, more than six decades later. In 1982, two of HMRI’s predecessor research organizations merged to form the present-day HMRI. In the mid-1980s, Dr. Brian Ross and associates performed studies comparing computed tomography (CT) imaging versus the then relatively new procedure of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in relation to brain conditions. These studies by HMRI contributed to the regulatory approval of MRI for medical imaging purposes and its widespread use today. The first major MRI machine on the West Coast was located at HMRI. In the 1990’s, Dr. William Agnew and Dr. Douglas McCreery led research at HMRI that developed electrical stimulation devices to connect to nerves and the brain to signal patterns for use in deafness, bladder control and epilepsy. These days, the specific projects have changed, but the missions remain similar. Dr. Kevin King, HMRI’s Director of Imaging Research, continues to pioneer work on MRI and is studying early changes in MRIs of the brain, heart and vasculature of patients with HIV and dementia. In addition, he assesses early changes in brain chemistry using a technique called magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy. The long-term goal of his work is to enable non-invasive early detection of disease onset so that therapies can be initiated before the disease is too advanced. IN APRIL, HUNTINGTON MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTES MOVED INTO A NEW 35,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY ON SOUTH FAIR OAKS AVENUE IN PASADENA. THE AREA IS FAST BECOMING KNOWN FOR ITS DEDICATION TO HEALTH-RELATED CAUSES AND HAS BEEN TAGGED “THE FAIR OAKS BIOLOGICAL CORRIDOR.”
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DR. ROBERT KLONER, HMRI’S CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER AND DIRECTOR OF CARDIOVASCULAR RESEARCH, DR. JULIA BRADSHER, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF HMRI AND DR. MICHAEL HARRINGTON, HMRI’S DIRECTOR OF NEUROSCIENCES, IN ONE OF THE STATE-OF-THE-ART LABS.
Dr. Robert Kloner, Chief Science Officer and Director of Cardiovascular Reseach at HMRI, is currently researching revolutionary new ways of protecting the heart during heart attacks and the whole body during shock. “We have shown that certain therapies have potential to preserve cells that are deprived of oxygen during these episodes,” Kloner said. Kloner and his cohorts have received a Department of Defense grant to determine if using therapeutic hypothermia treatment—cooling the body or heart muscle to 32 degrees Celsius (equivalent to 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit) or less—may improve overall survival in an experimental model of hemorrhagic shock. They have already shown that short periods of low blood flow to the limbs, which can now be induced by simply inflating and deflating a blood pressure cuff for a few minutes (called remote ischemic conditioning) protects other organs and reduces the size of heart attacks under experimental conditions while improving the probability of survival.
Kloner is no stranger to groundbreaking research. In 2009, he penned a well-received paper about the possible cause of heart attacks and a connection between the sympathetic nervous system. “Emotional stress perceived by the brain can, through nerve connections, affect the heart,” said Kloner. To help explain this theory, Kloner and his associates at HMRI studied football games. His study compared heart-related deaths during and immediately after two NFL Super Bowl games that involved teams from Los Angeles: the Rams’ scintillating 31-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XV on January 20, 1980 and the Raiders’ 38-9 bludgeoning of the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984. Researchers found that death rates in Los Angeles relating to heart attacks and ischemic heart disease—caused by narrowed coronary arteries—increased after the Rams dropped the stressful backand-forth contest to the Steelers. In contrast, the study identified an actual decrease in such deaths
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when the Raiders soundly defeated the Redskins. “You essentially get a fight-or-flight response,” Kloner said. “The sympathetic nervous system gets stimulated and there’s a release of catecholamines, which are adrenaline-like hormones. Heart rate and blood pressure increase. The contractility of the heart goes up and the combination can lead to an increase in oxygen demand. In addition, spasm of the coronary arteries can occur during emotional stress, which may limit blood flow to the heart, reducing the delivery of oxygen to heart muscle.” Kloner added that the average sports fan is out of shape, often has high blood pressure and is subject to additional heart health risk factors related to binging on high fat, salty foods and smoking during the games. The cold weather in which many outdoor football games are played can also trigger a heart attack or stroke, according to Kloner, who said football fans should endeavor to control their known heart risk factors.
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“Don’t smoke, watch what you eat, watch your cholesterol and blood pressure,” added Kloner, who is also a professor of medicine at the University of Southern California. The HMRI research team also pinpointed other high-stress events that led to an increase in heart attacks or early death including the Northridge Earthquake of 1994 and the quadrennial World Cup soccer tournament. “Soccer fans are so passionate,” interjected Dr. Michael Harrington, who distinguishes himself from his
distinguished colleagues with his distinctly Scottish accent. Harrington is a world-renowned expert on the subjects of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and migraines. “The connections between the brain and the heart run deep,” Harrington said. “When there is heart disease, the blood vessels are damaged and there is decreased blood flow to the brain, which is believed to cause dementia.” Migraines are one of the most debilitating conditions known to mankind and affect approximately 35 million Americans, according to
Harrington. These severe headaches impact productivity and frequently lead to depression and other mental health issues. Currently, the treatment methods are unsatisfactory, but that may change thanks to Harrington and his team. His group has identified a common pathway—brain sodium regulation—that governs who gets migraines, and when and why they get them. The goal is to develop treatments to stop the wild swings of sodium that occur with migraines and bring relief to sufferers. Harrington is also performing cutting-edge research on Alzheimer’s disease through compositional studies of human samples to identify molecular changes that correlate with clinical dysfunction. The group recruited 149 people with classifications of Alzheimer’s disease and collected their cerebrospinal fluid, blood and urine. More than 50 participants have been re-assessed three and four years after their initial visits, and Harrington and his team believe they are closing in on a potential solution
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for this dreaded disease. Now that HMRI has a world-class facility, you can expect the medical breakthroughs in all its areas of research—liver, hepatitis and prostate, reproductive and vascular immunology and colorectal research, in addition to the ones already mentioned—to keep coming. In April 2018, HMRI opened the doors to its modern, glass and steel laboratory facility that offers stunning views of the San Gabriel Mountains and sits directly to the east of Huntington Memorial Hospital. The 35,000-squarefoot facility enables the organization to centralize operations that were once spread throughout the city. It also provides more opportunities for collaborations among its scientists across different specialties, which oftentimes result in the best biomedical solutions to critical problems. Dr. Julia Bradsher, who assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of HMRI in August 2018, believes that the work her organiza-
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tion is doing is critically important. “We are researching the kinds of medical conditions that impact every family,” Bradsher said emphatically. “Every single family has been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, and the data on migraines is astounding.” Bradsher noted that “our Liver Center is impacting many families here in San Gabriel Valley by improving health for people with chronic liver disease and liver cancers. According to a report from February 2018, the San Gabriel Valley is home to more Asian-Americans than Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago— and the Asian-American populations in 42 states! They have a higher incidence of liver disease than other ethnic populations. One of our areas of research is on the natural history of viral-related cancers of the liver. We are working toward discovering treatments that prolong the survival of patients with this malignancy.” Bradsher also mentioned that HMRI is sharing its academic wealth, as it were. “We are working with schoolchildren on STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] education and providing hands-on experience with our lab.” HMRI also has an ongoing relationship with students at Pasadena City College, among other local scholastic institutions. “We want to increase our interactions and relationship with the community,” Bradsher said. “It’s all about engaging in a much bigger way. For years, HMRI was one of the best-kept secrets in the area, but it’s now time we take our rightful place at the forefront of medical research. We love our location here in what is being known as the ‘Fair Oaks Biomedical Corridor.’ We are starting to form collaborations throughout the local medical community. This is very invigorating. I so admire the passion of these scientists and you can feel it in the work they do and the way they talk about their work. This is cutting-edge, groundbreaking research going on here, and it is right in our own backyard.” •
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family-friendly event runs through January 6. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave. Its hours of operation are Mon. – Sun. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adults: $9.00; students with ID and seniors age 62 and older: $6.00; children ages 5-12: $4.00; and children under 5: free. Moonlight Forest will run Weds. – Sun. from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. with entry times at 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets available online from $20-$28. For more information, visit www.arboretum.org. Westfield Santa Anita Many would argue that an excursion to Arcadia is not complete without a stop at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall (adjacent to Santa Anita Park and diagonally across the street from the Arboretum). In addition to a multitude of shopping options and an AMC 16 movie theatre, there is an impressive slate of delicious eateries. Some culi-
nary highlights include Din Tai Fung, world-renowned for its delectable soup dumplings; EMC Seafood and Raw Bar, a seafood restaurant whose broad menu runs the gamut from sashimi and oysters to satisfying crispy whole shrimp sautéed with peppers and garlic and lobster rolls; Holy Roly, a shop that specializes in rolled ice cream; and Lady M Confections, a high-end, specialty cake boutique whose creations, such as its signature Mille Crêpes (20 handmade crêpes layered with pastry cream with a caramelized top), are both beautiful and delicious. Westfield Santa Anita is located at 400 S. Baldwin Ave. For more information, including hours for specific businesses, visit www.westfield.com/ santaanita. The Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage Dedicated to sharing and preserving Arcadia’s rich heritage, the Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage
provides a chronological history of the city through a series of exhibits spotlighting everything from its early inhabitants to the Spanish settlement of the region to the development of the early City of Arcadia. The museum also features a rotating Hall of Fame and an accounting of Arcadia’s movie history. The Gilb Museum of Arcadia Heritage is located at 380 W. Huntington Dr. Its hours of operation are Tues. – Sat. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. The museum is free of charge. For more information vist www.arcadiaca.gov. • To view a full schedule of the Arcadia Transit shuttle service, which runs between two and four times an hour during periods of high traffic, visit arcadiaca.gov. Shuttle transfers are only 50 cents for general seating (ages 5-62), while seniors, children and persons with disabilities ride free of charge.
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A DIFFERENCE, NOT A DISABILITY USC football player Jake Olson hasn’t let losing his sight affect his eternally positive outlook on life BY MARK LANGILL
USC’S BLIND, BUT ALWAYS-SMILING, LONG SNAPPER JAKE OLSON, 61, CHATS WITH KICKER CHASE MCGRATH, 40, AND JOGS OFF THE FIELD ALONGSIDE PUNTER REID BUDROVICH, 46.
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Jake Olson, the inspirational long snapper on USC’s football team, scored a touchdown on his first one-liner before discussing his philosophy on life after going blind at age 12. “Are there any UCLA fans here today?” he asked members of the Pasadena Quarterbacks at their October 5 luncheon at the University Club. As 10 to 12 hands waved in the air, Olson grinned and with perfect comedic timing said, “Good, I don’t see any.” And so began one of the most memorable programs in the history of a group of local sports enthusiasts that dates back to 1945. The normal banter of conference standings and potential bowl matchups that takes place during the weekly meetings throughout the football season gave way to Olson’s life lessons. His modest wardrobe of a USC golf shirt and khaki slacks belied his superhero status of a student athlete who expects to fulfill lofty goals in business and sports, including golf. Alongside Olson was his trusty sidekick, a golden Lab named Quebec, who serves as his guide dog. Olson, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound redshirt junior from Huntington Beach, battled cancer of the retina throughout his childhood. After he lost his left eye at age 10 months, his parents did everything they could to try to save his right eye, even traveling from California to New York to participate in experimental treatments. In September 2009, Olson was given only a few weeks’ notice that doc-
tors needed to remove his other eye because it would no longer respond to chemotherapy or radiation and the cancer might spread to other parts of his body. As a lifelong USC football fan, Olson wanted to see as many Trojans games as possible before the surgery. Then-Coach Pete Carroll heard about Olson’s story and invited him to become part of the squad. As a center on his youth league football team, Olson’s favorite player was 6-foot-5, 300-pound center Kris O’Dowd, a first team All-American in high school and the first USC true freshman to start a game at that position. “I was invited to watch practice, but little did I know Coach Carroll was going to tell the team, ‘Jake’s here!’ and everybody would break into a cheer,” Olson said. “They asked about my favorite player, assuming it was somebody like [quarterback Matt] Barkley or [receiver Ronald] Johnson. When I said it was Kris O’Dowd, everyone said ‘Who?’ and gave Kris a bunch of crap. Kris comes jogging down from the seats and I got to sit in offensive line meetings, watch practice and eat with the team. I’ll never be able to repay Coach Carroll and the players for their kindness.” The memory banks continued to fill when Olson’s family traveled to South Bend, Indiana, for USC’s annual rivalry game at Notre Dame. Olson was on the field before the contest and gave a motivational speech to O’Dowd and the rest of the offensive linemen. ESPN reporter Shelley Smith chronicled Olson’s day with the Trojans and he became the most famous seventh grader in college football, especially after USC invited him into the locker room to share in the celebration after the Trojans’ 3427 victory. But the break from reality could only last so long. When Olson returned to the USC football facility, his steps were tentative as he clutched a white cane. “I was haunted thinking of what my
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life would be like without sight,” he said. “It was a burden on my shoulders because I did have sight in one eye, although the vision fluctuated over the years depending on the treatment at the time. I realized how much I used my eyesight—to play sports, hang out with my friends, text people and walk around campus. When I woke up after the surgery and realized I was blind, I had to deal with it. I could sit home, feel sorry for myself and think of all the things I could have done if I didn’t have cancer. Or I could go out and live the life I wanted to live.” The USC experience inspired Olson to try out for his high school football team at Orange Lutheran. When he enrolled at USC as a Business Administration major, coach Steve Sarkisian—a former assistant on Carroll’s staff—wanted to find Olson a place within the football program. Olson made his first career snap in a live game during the Trojans’ 2017 season-opener against Western Michigan. Olson peppered his Quarterbacks audience with wisdom from Albert Einstein and Helen Keller, along with quotes from the movie Rocky. His favorite saying is from USC Special Teams Coordinator John Baxter: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” It’s a mutual admiration society. “The amazing thing about Jake is that everybody makes special notice and special mention of what he is doing with the difference that he has, because Jake doesn’t address it as a disability, he addresses it as a difference, and the difference is he is sightless,” said Baxter, a 36-year coaching veteran. “Jake is a guy who could qualify for and definitely use a ton of special accommodations but uses none. The most amazing thing about Jake is he is a regular player, he’s a regular kid. He comes to every practice, he comes to every meeting, he’s never been late, and he’s never asked—not one time—for
JAKE OLSON SPENDS TIME WITH HIS GUIDE DOG, QUEBEC, A GOLDEN LABRADOR RETRIEVER, IN THE USC FOOTBALL LOCKER ROOM. A RARE FORM OF CANCER CAUSED OLSON TO GO BLIND AT AGE 12, BUT NEVER DIMMED HIS HOPES OF PLAYING FOOTBALL FOR THE TROJANS. PHOTO BY JON SOOHOO
a special favor or for a special privilege. You don’t even recognize, really, the fact that Jake is not just a regular member of the team he is just a regular student. He does every single thing that everybody else does. He is where he is supposed to be and does what he is supposed to do.” Olson has become a source of inspiration to his Trojan teammates. The life of holder Wyatt Schmidt, who is on the receiving end of those Olson snaps, has been positively affected since the two met. “The most inspiring part has definitely been to see how hard Jake battles every day, not letting anything stop him, and not using anything as an excuse,” Schmidt said. “He proves to me every day that no matter what the challenge, there is a way to get it done, or at least to give it your all. One of the biggest things I have learned from Jake is to wake up every day and to be thankful for what you have, not what you could have had or are missing. Each day is a new one, and the way you approach the beginning of your day is how you will live your day. Always wake up and have a positive attitude, and give thanks, no matter
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what.” It is an approach that has infiltrated the locker room with an attitude of positivity. “Jake’s work ethic and attitude is something that is a huge key to this team,” Schmidt continued. “So many people feed off of how hard he works each day. Plenty of times Jake has not had a perfect day on the field or in the weight room, and that goes for everyone. But the way he bounces back and works even harder to accomplish what he set out to do, is where everyone can see Jake’s personal drive will allow him to accomplish anything.” Amazingly, Olson has been able to process what could be considered a devastating misfortune as a springboard to understanding. “Find the setup in the setback,” Olson concluded as members of the Quarterbacks sat in silent respect of the speaker’s message. “Every day is a miracle waiting to happen. If you treat a setback in life as permanent or immovable, it will stop you. Going blind was a setback, the biggest of my life. But when you look at problems as opportunities in your life, you’ll be amazed how far you can go.” •
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TEA 101 BY KAMALA KIRK PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN Originating from China, tea has been a favorite drink around the world for centuries. According to The Tea Association of the U.S.A., tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. With its different flavors and preparations, tea can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways. But in the wintertime, when the weather is cool, there’s arguably nothing better than curling up with a warm cup of freshly-brewed tea for the ultimate comfort drink. One may be surprised to learn that all tea comes from the leaf of the Camellia sinensis plant and is classified based upon how it is processed. The two primary varieties that are grown today are the small-leaved Chinese variety (Camellia sinensis sinensis) and the large-leaved Assamese variety (Camellia sinensis assamica). There are six categories of tea: white (wilted and unoxidized leaves), green (unwilted and unoxidized leaves), yellow (unwilted, unoxidized leaves that are allowed to yellow), oolong (wilted, bruised, and partially oxidized leaves), black (wilted, sometimes crushed, and fully oxidized leaves), and fermented (green tea that is fermented for months to years), the most well-known of which is pu’er. Coming from the same plant species, it is not surprising that all these teas contain caffeine. However, while it is generally accepted that a cup of tea contains less caffeine than a cup of coffee, the amounts of caffeine found in the different teas is a subject of debate. It ultimately boils down—pun intended—to the type of leaf (where it is grown, its size and its maturity when picked) and preparation method (amount of tea used, water temperature and steeping time).
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Interestingly, tea purists do not consider herbal tea—which is comprised of the fruit, leaves, flowers, stems, seeds, twigs and materials of plants other than the Camellia sinensis—as true tea and therefore refer to it as tisanes or herbal infusions. Nonetheless, the term for this generally caffeine-free product is now commonly used. Many teas are blended and flavored before being sold. Blending helps to achieve a certain taste or
consistency of product (for instance, a lot of bagged teas are blended). Flavoring can occur by adding flavoring agents, such as bergamot or vanilla, or by simply putting tea close to an aromatic ingredient so it can absorb its fragrance, such as in the case of jasmine tea. Over time, cultures around the world have adapted the ways in which their tea is prepared and consumed. But one thing they have in common is the social and ceremonial—wheth-
er formal or informal—aspect of tea consumption. For instance, in England it is common to invite guests for tea (usually black tea), which is served with cream and sugar alongside small cakes and finger sandwiches. In Morocco, guests are served a mixture of mint, green tea and sugar three times. The tea is poured from up high into slim glasses and it is considered rude if a guest refuses a glass. In Iran, tea is such an ever-present part of life that a kettle is usually kept going all
Brewing Tea Helpful tips from Bird Pick Tea & Herb’s Lan Ong 1. Fill the pot with tea leaves. 2. Awaken the tea leaves. Fill the pot with just enough hot water to cover the leaves, then immediately pour out all of the water. Doing a first flush of the pot will “awaken” the tea leaves that are in there and heat up the vessel. 3. Brew the tea. Fill the pot with hot water again and hold it up a little high to oxygenate the tea leaves—this allows all the flavors to come out. Pour hot water over the
hole on top of the pot to heat it up as well. 4. Let the tea steep for 2-5 minutes, depending on the type of tea. White, green and yellow teas should be steeped for around 2 minutes; oolong and black teas should be steeped for 3-4 minutes; and pu’er should be steeped for 5+ minutes. Certain teas, such as oolong, black and pu’er, lend themselves to multiple steepings. In the case of oolong, you can continuously re-steep it (5-6
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times) after you pour your first brew by adding more hot water to the pot. With each successive steeping, a different myriad of flavors will reveal themselves. 5. Pour the tea. The leaves are just starting to expand during the first steeping. If serving multiple people, pour tea all around the cups to distribute the flavor evenly. When the leaves have exhausted their steeps, dump out the tea leaves and start the process over again.
day. This very strong brew is carried to guests on a silver tray that also contains nabat, a rock sugar (the most popular flavor of which is saffron), that guests place between their teeth and suck the tea through. “The whole ritual of preparing, serving and enjoying the tea is really an art,” said Lan Ong, who owns the popular tea room Bird Pick Tea & Herb in Pasadena and also plays an active role in her family’s business, Wing Hop Fung, one of the preeminent retailers of specialty Asian products in Southern California. “Growing up, my grandfather would always practice the Gongfu tea ceremony, which is a Chinese ritual of preparing and presenting the tea. The tea is prepared in small teapots and teacups. Every sip is meant to be savored, and the host will continue to steep the tea and keep pouring multiple cups for guests to enjoy.” To say that Ong is passionate about tea would be an understatement. “I love all the nuances that every cup of tea brings and definitely feel that tea is a vast world to explore,” she said. “There is so much to appreciate about all of the different flavors that every tea leaf presents, from the origin of the tea, the character of the leaves, and the brew itself.” For those who want to enjoy a nice cozy cup of tea in the wintertime, she recommends oolong, as it has a myriad of flavors and a pleasant aroma that continues with every steeping. Ong’s favorite herbal tea for cold weather is ginger tea because it warms the body. She also recommends adding some honey and lemon to give it a beautiful flavor profile. Whether you’re new to tea or a devoted drinker, it’s the perfect beverage to enjoy with friends and family or to savor alone when you want to take a moment for yourself. Its countless varieties and methods of preparation mean it can be consumed for any and all occasions. So, this winter, welcome the cold weather with a pot of tea and indulge in the warmth and flavor of this storied drink. •
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SEASONAL SENTIMENTS Letterpress cards add a special touch to holiday greetings BY KAMALA KIRK PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN Throughout the years, holiday cards have remained a popular tradition for sharing tidings of peace, hope and joy with loved ones. With the holidays right around the corner, handcrafted letterpress cards are the perfect way to send special greetings to those you care about and have your sentiments leave a lasting impression. The origins of letterpress stem back to China and Korea approximately a thousand years ago, where moveable type printing was employed to create paper books. In the mid-1400s, Johannes Gutenberg’s creation of metal moveable type and the “screw press” printing press revolutionized printing in Europe. The first major book to be printed in the Western world was the Gutenberg Bible, of which 160 to 185 copies were created. Interestingly (and fortunately for us!), the only copy of this treasured work on the West Coast can be found in our own backyard at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. With the advances made in printing technology resulting in increased speed and uniformity, letterpress printing began to fall by the wayside in the mid-twentieth century. However, the factors that led to its demise are precisely what have fueled its resurgence today—letterpress takes people back to an era when printing was a craft and took time. Its debossed appearance and subtle variances, a result of applying ink to text or images on a raised surface and then pressing it against paper to transfer it, lend an elegant, tactile and artisanal quality that cannot be matched by any other printing method. At De Milo Design Studio & Letterpress in South Pasadena, owner Annika Buxman works on vintage presses to create covetable personalized letterpress greeting cards, invitations and business cards. For smaller jobs, she uses her Gordon Franklin press, which requires paper to be hand fed and has a moving bed that is operated by a foot pedal. For larger jobs, she prefers her Original Heidelberg press, which is a more sophisticated press that runs on electricity and is regarded as the “Prince of Presses” because of its versatility and strength of impression. “Letterpress has a unique, tactile look and feel that is different from digital and offset printing,” Buxman said. She takes her letterpress creations to the next level by printing on handmade Fair Trade paper, an abundance of which is found in her shop. “Any font, design or color looks better on handmade paper,” she explained. With so many custom and pre-made design options from which to choose, it is easy to make this holiday season even more magical by sending letterpress cards to those you love. Whether sending out tidings and simply signing your name at the bottom or using a letterpress card to write a thoughtful letter, the recipient will cherish it all the more. •
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HOLIDAY HOSTING BY MEAGAN GOOLD PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN
The Kitchen for Exploring Foods knows a little something about impressive holiday entertaining. Considered one of the San Gabriel Valley’s preeminent boutique catering companies, The Kitchen for Exploring Foods has catered everything from intimate family gatherings to grand corporate celebrations over its more than three decades in business. The company is time and again lauded for its consistently flavorful seasonal fare as well as its bountiful, beautiful food presentations. Who better, then, to ask about how to create a showstopping holiday appetizer display to impress family and friends and spread good cheer? An afternoon with Ari Chaet and Brent Sherman, operations managers at The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, provides an intimate look at how simple, high-quality ingredients can be transformed into a masterpiece that is simultaneously beautiful and delicious. “It’s incredibly easy to do on your own and is perfect for the impromptu cocktail or holiday party,” Sherman assures. Wooden platters are pulled out and rubbed with olive oil to bring out their shine. “We are fundamentally starting with a blank canvas,” says Chaet. “Ultimately the food should speak for itself.” The charming duo informs us that a well-rounded appetizer offering calls for several cheeses—some soft, some firm. “It’s important to incorporate a variety of textures and flavors,” explains Chaet. He and Sherman include house favorites like Red Hawk, a soft cow’s milk cheese from Cowgirl Creamery; a Spanish Manchego; a dry Monterey Jack; a French goat cheese; Robiola, a cow’s, sheep’s
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and goat’s milk cheese from Italy; and a Point Reyes Original Blue because, according to Sherman, “every cheese board has to have blue cheese.” The cheese is masterfully placed, taking into consideration both how it will be consumed (for instance, the harder cheeses have some pieces pre-sliced) as well as the other elements that will soon be added. “We are always thinking about size, shape and color and making sure that we have enough negative space, but not too much,” says Chaet. Sliced Spanish chorizo, fennel sopressata, and prosciutto are added to the composition, augmenting the color and texture. As with the cheeses, each meat is prepared for ease of consumption and is deliberately placed, taking into account what pairs well together and is most aesthetically pleasing. And then more visual artistry begins. A jar of Blackberry Earl Grey preserves from Pasadena’s Urban Homestead is added. A piece of honeycomb, which pairs nicely with the Robiola, is drizzled over and propped up against the cheese. Brightly-colored grapes that have been washed and carefully dried so as not to waterlog the cheeses are set upon grape leaves. Boston ivy is woven around the meat
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and cheese offerings and yarrow offers a pop of color. The additions keep coming: Marcona almonds, julienned dried apricots, halved fresh figs, whole dates. “There’s never necessarily a stopping point. You could keep adding,” smiles Sherman. Sherman then turns his attention to creating a whimsical crudité platter while Chaet checks on the cauliflower dip warming in the oven. He quickly arranges an assortment of colorful seasonal vegetables including asparagus, broccolini, carrots, radishes, sugar snap peas, and tomatoes. Chaet returns with the dip and slices a fresh baguette to accompany the crackers that have already been placed in a bowl next to the meats
and cheeses. Once all the food is prepared, Chaet and Sherman place pine cones, freshly-picked magnolia leaves and large copper lanterns around the platters to enhance the holiday ambiance. “We focus on all of the details, from the food to the décor to the feel,” Chaet remarks. As we marvel at the masterpiece created by the pair, we cannot help but feel excited about our next foray into holiday entertaining. “Have fun with it. If you’re not having fun, what’s the point?” says Chaet. “And make sure it’s delicious. If it’s delicious, nothing else matters.” • The Kitchen for Exploring Foods is located at 1434 W. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena. Catering & Events: (626) 793-7218. Its storefront, Gourmet-to-Go, is open Mon. – Sat. from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (626) 793-7234. https://www.thekitchen.net. Practical tips: • Assume two to four ounces of total cheese and total meat per person when deciding how much to buy. • Cheeses generally taste best when served at room temperature. • Add the appropriate number of serving utensils so flavors are not unintentionally mixed.
The Kitchen for Exploring Foods’ Recipe for Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Dip Ingredients 1/2 head of small cauliflower, cut into small florets (approximately 2 1/2 cups) 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Salt and pepper to taste 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, plucked from stem and chopped finely 2 cloves garlic 1 cup aged white cheddar cheese, grated 1/3 cup additional aged white cheddar or Parmigiano Reggiano (reserved) Directions 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Toss the cauliflower and garlic with the olive oil, season generously with salt and pepper, and roast in a single layer on a baking sheet in the middle of the oven for 20-30 minutes until golden brown. 3. Allow to cool and reserve 1 cup of the roasted cauliflower. Chop this cup to small pieces—approximately 1/3-1/2 inch. This will add texture to the dip. 4. Purée all remaining ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Mix in the chopped roasted cauliflower by hand. 5. Pour into baking dish and top with additional 1/3 cup of cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until the sides are bubbling and the top is golden brown. Approximately 20 minutes. 6. If necessary, flash under the broiler to ensure a crispy, golden brown crust.
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BY ALEXANDRIA LEHMAN The world-renowned Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, located in San Marino, is home to 16 gardens featuring 15,000 plant varieties, a research library containing seven million manuscripts, and an art and sculpture collection with over 1,000 combined works. The Huntington sees approximately 750,000 visitors annually, including some 1,700 scholars who travel to its lush grounds from around the world to conduct research. Its library collection, which includes 420,000 rare books and 500,000 photographs, contains one of only 11 surviving copies of the Gutenberg Bible printed on vellum. Other famous items in The Huntington’s collection include one of William Shakespeare’s first folios, printed in 1623, and transcribed telegrams from the Civil War recording communications between such figures as Abraham Lincoln and officers of the Union Army. A garden lover’s paradise, The Huntington features exquisitely landscaped themed-gardens spread over 120 acres to explore and enjoy. From its more than 50,000 California native and dry climate plants in its water-wise California Garden, to its Desert, Jungle, Rose and Herb Gardens, to its perfectly-manicured Japanese Garden and its most recent addition, the Chinese Garden, The Huntington offers a diverse collection of the world’s flora. This beloved institution will celebrate its Centennial beginning in September 2019 and ending one year later. While not much has yet been announced, The Huntington is planning for some exciting programming including a series of lectures presented by scholars who will explain how all of the various archives and collections ended up at the institution. According to Susan Turner-Lowe, The Huntington’s vice president for communications and marketing, “As we gear up for our Centennial, we are thinking about the important resource The Huntington has become to the many diverse audiences it serves. Especially now, we see a place like The Huntington as a beacon—offering a quiet refuge and the opportunity to learn about and experience amazing achievements in history, literature, art—enveloped in an exquisite, world-renowned landscape.” It would be impossible to see everything at The Huntington in one day, but that’s part of its charm. Every visit provides the opportunity for new discoveries. This winter, in addition to all that it contains on its grounds and in its permanent collections, a series of exciting new exhibitions and developments will be on display. Below are some of the most notable happenings taking place at The Huntington. Project Blue Boy A primary source of pride for The Huntington has always been Thomas
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Gainsborough’s masterpiece, The Blue Boy, and now visitors have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the conservation of the Rococo icon in real time with the year-long exhibition Project Blue Boy, which runs through September 30, 2019. Christina O’Connell, a senior paintings conservator, will be stationed in the public gallery every Thursday, Friday, and the first Sunday of the month through January 2019 as a resource for guests hoping to learn more about the conservation process. “We’ve incorporated interactive media content on two iPads within the gallery for Project Blue Boy,” O’Connell said. “One iPad focuses on more art historical context whereas the second focuses on conservation details, including technical imaging of the painting. On the conservation iPad, visitors can view the technical images, see annotated areas describing details beneath the surface that let us better understand Gainsborough’s materials and technique as well as understand changes that occurred to the painting over time—both from the passage of time and from previous conservation treatments. Some images incorporate a digital slider, where visitors can transition between a visible light image—what our eyes can see—and images taken with techniques such as infrared reflectography or X-radiography—which see beyond what our eyes can see.” Many are surprised to learn that the coloring used in Gainsborough’s masterpiece is actually extracted from gemstones, and The Huntington has created a display to educate visitors on the process. “Sometimes low-tech is fun, too,” O’Connell explained. “The exhibit case with the rocks and minerals from which pigments are made is just as popular as the iPads.” This exhibit masterfully weaves together the significance of both creativity and technology in the conservation and protection of aging masterpieces. It sheds light on the
CHRISTINA O’CONNELL, SENIOR PAINTINGS CONSERVATOR, PERFORMS THE CONSERVATION OF THOMAS GAINSBOROUGH’S MASTERPIECE, THE BLUE BOY. VISITORS HAVE A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO WITNESS THE CONSERVATION OF THE ROCOCO ICON IN REAL TIME WITH PROJECT BLUE BOY.
secrets hidden beneath the paintings we know and love, and offers an indepth look at the people who maintain them. Beginning in January, The Blue Boy takes a brief hiatus for structural work, and returns for a summer of final touches in-gallery. The Architecture Behind a Collection of Southern California Landmarks The curators at The Huntington have always found great success in taking a recognizable, well-known topic and offering a new perspective through which audiences can learn. This concept manifests beautifully in the newest exhibition, Architects of a Golden Age: Highlights from The Huntington’s Southern California Architecture Collection. The collection includes thousands of plans, renderings, photographs and other project records documented between 1920 - 1940, a period of time during which Los Angeles architecture was particularly innovative and flourishing. Guests have the opportunity to view documents pertaining to famous Angeleno landmarks like Union Station, the Stock Exchange building and the Mayan Theater. Architects of a Golden Age offers a window into the past and how these buildings were initially developed. The Huntington has even curated a Spotify playlist to accompany this show in
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THE BLUE BOY (CA. 1770) BY THOMAS GAINSBOROUGH (1727-1788) SHOWN IN DIGITAL X-RADIOGRAPHY INCLUDING A DOG PREVIOUSLY REVEALED IN A 1994 X-RAY.
an effort to make the exhibition more accessible to younger generations. Chinese Garden Nears Completion Ten years after it was conceived, the Chinese Garden at The Huntington, Liu Fang Yuan (The Garden of Flowing Fragrance), is now in its final phase of construction. Expected to be finished in early 2020, this phase will increase the size of the garden from 3.5 to 12 acres and solidify its position as one of the largest classical-style Chinese gardens in the world. The completed garden will include an exhibition complex with a traditional scholar’s studio and an art gallery for the display of paintings and calligraphy, a new, larger café with outdoor seating, a stream-side pavilion, a Chinese medicinal garden, a hillside pavilion, an event space for large gatherings and other features.
This expansion will open up the Chinese Garden for more cultural events and opportunities for immersive education projects. “Through the Chinese Garden, we have created an unparalleled public platform for cultural exploration and understanding,” said Karen Lawrence, who earlier this year was announced as the new president of The Huntington. “A place where grandparents can show grandchildren a piece of their cultural identity and deep traditions. A place where friends gather daily to walk together for exercise and relaxation. A place where someone who has never had the privilege of visiting China can listen to Chinese music and enjoy dumplings at the teahouse restaurant. And it provides an opportunity for people from different cultural backgrounds to experience genuine Chinese culture.” Additionally, Lawrence touted the Chinese Garden’s cultural and educational value. “We promote dialogue about literature, poetry, architecture, music and botany, and we impart an understanding that goes well beyond our Garden’s white exterior walls,” Lawrence said. Local Art on Display Also on view this winter as part of an ongoing contemporary arts initia-
tive at The Huntington is an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artists Carolina Caycedo and Mario Ybarra Jr. Rituals of Labor and Engagement is on view through Feb. 25, 2019, and marks the third year of The Huntington’s /five project, in which artists are invited to explore The Huntington’s vast collections and create new work in response. For this year’s initiative, The Huntington partnered with the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College and invited Caycedo and Ybarra to be artists in residence. Focusing on the theme of “Identity,” the artists spent several months working in The Huntington’s collections, exploring texts, artwork, and the botanical gardens through the lens of labor—mainly by people of color—as represented in materials they examined. The resulting works include a multimedia installation, drawings and prints. A highlight of Rituals of Labor and Engagement is a video by Caycedo that re-conceptualizes iconic Huntington spaces through Afro-Latino and indigenous spiritual practices and dance. The exhibition also presents 24 new prints and drawings by Ybarra that bridge past and present through technique and subject matter, mixing his own iconography with imagery drawn from 15th and 16th-century European works in The Huntington’s collections. “This exhibition—and indeed all
of our programs relating to the /five initiative—dramatically spotlights exactly what The Huntington aims to do,” Lawrence said. “Carolina Caycedo and Mario Ybarra Jr. are bringing to life new and meaningful interpretations of our collections so that traditions are challenged in exciting ways and visitors can be surprised and inspired.” The Gardens in Winter The mild California winter produces a stunning display of colors at The Huntington. “The gardens can be spectacular in the winter,” said Jim Folsom, the Marge and Sherm Telleen/Marion and Earle Jörgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens. “Most especially the aloes in the Desert Garden, which have their best flowering centered on January. A clear day, after a wishedfor rain, generates those deep blue skies with beautiful clouds and spires of orange, red and yellow aloes. For softer colors, check out the Camellia Garden, which is also in full bloom, ranging from whites—and now yellows—into pinks and striking reds.” • The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Its hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, closed Tuesdays. For more information, visit huntington.org or call (626) 405-2100.
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A BEAUTIFUL TRADITION BY HARRY YADAV PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN There’s something about holiday lights that make it feel like Christmas even when the weather doesn’t. For decades, residents on certain streets in Altadena, Pasadena and San Marino have put up special holiday lights, much to the delight of all who see them. Going to visit these displays has become a tradition for many families in the San Gabriel Valley, who look forward to their annual December sighting to get into the holiday spirit. You, too, can visit these special streets and possibly start a holiday tradition of your own! Christmas Tree Lane, Altadena (Santa Rosa Avenue between E. Woodbury Road and E. Altadena Drive) The impressive deodar trees on Santa Rosa Avenue have been lighted annually since 1920, with only a couple of exceptions in the 1940s and once in the 1970s to conserve electricity. Recognized as the oldest large-scale outdoor Christmas display in the world, Christmas Tree Lane was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as California State Landmark No. 990 in 1990. The festive lighting ceremony takes place on December 8, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Altadena Library (600 E. Mariposa Street). Viewing will be available from December 8, 2018 through January 2, 2019 and again January 6 and 7, 2019 for Orthodox Christmas from 6 p.m. to midnight. For more information, visit www.christmastreelane.net. Upper Hastings Ranch Association (UHRA) Holiday Light Up, Pasadena (Riviera Drive to S. Michillinda Avenue and north of Sierra Madre Boulevard) Started in the early 1950s by members of the Upper Hastings Ranch Association, the Holiday Light Up features blocks of elaborately-decorated houses, each with a different holiday theme. The Light Up will begin on December 8, 2018 at 6 p.m. and conclude on January 1, 2019. The lights will run nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be special festivities the weekend before Christmas. For more information, visit www.upperhastingsranch.org. Saint Albans Road, San Marino (Saint Albans Road, north of Huntington Drive) The gigantic trees along Saint Albans Road are looped with lights to make them look like huge Christmas trees. This tradition first started during the Great Depression, when many people couldn’t afford to light their trees. The street went dark during World War II because of the fear of bombing in the area and started up again in the 1950s. While smaller than Christmas Tree Lane, it is charming and oftentimes less crowded. The lights will be turned on at 5 p.m. on December 7, 2018 and will be available for viewing from 5 to 11 p.m. nightly through January 2, 2019. •
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PALM SPRINGS BY JIM THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY HARRY YADAV
Palm Springs is the perfect Southern California winter retreat. Located against the stunning backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains in the sprawling Coachella Valley, it is an easy drive from anywhere in the San Gabriel Valley. The pleasant weather during this time of year provides ample opportunity to engage in the abundant activities that are available in this desert oasis. The city is home to amazing hotels, spas and restaurants, remarkable midcentury modern architecture, a vibrant arts scene and great shopping. Its recent $400 million downtown revitalization has only increased the energy and activity in this beloved vacation destination. Palm Springs also provides plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as golf, tennis, swimming, hiking and horseback riding. So, if you’re looking for a great, conveniently-located winter getaway, look no further—you’ve found it. THINGS TO DO Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Look for snow during the winter months when you take the ten-minute ascent along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon to Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 feet) in Mt. San Jacinto State Park on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tram. At the top, you can soak in the awesome views and have a meal at Peaks Restaurant or the Pines Café, or you can explore some of the hiking trails. Hours: Mon. – Fri. from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat. – Sun. from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The tram runs every 30 minutes. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or on the day-of at the ticket booth: Adults: $25.95; Seniors: $23.95; Children 3-10: $16.95; Children 2 and under: free. The tram is located at 1 Tram Way. (http://www.pstramway.com)
PALM CANYON DRIVE
GRAND CENTRAL SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS
Palm Springs Air Museum Take a ride in an authentic World War II P-51D Mustang or get a close-up look at fully-restored and working warbirds from the Korean or Vietnam eras. This living history museum, considered one of the best in the world, brings these historic aircraft to life. Be sure to catch the annual Santa Fly-In (11 a.m.) and Winter Fun Land on December 8 and 9, 2018. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults: $17.50; Seniors & Retired Military and Youth 13-17: $15.50; Children 6-12: $10.50; Free for children 5 and under and active duty military and their families. Visit the website for price and availability of flights. The museum is located at 745 N. Gene Autry Trail. (https://palmspringsairmuseum.org/) Palm Springs Art Museum/Annenberg Theater Works by Picasso, Chagall, Warhol and Lichtenstein in the desert? Absolutely. This museum boasts impressive collections of modern and contemporary art, glass, photography, architecture and design and Native American and Western art. Make sure to enjoy the outdoor sculpture gardens and grab a meal at the café while you’re there. The Palm Springs Art Museum is also home to the Annenberg Theater, which has a rich schedule of amazing dance and musical performances throughout the winter months. The museum is open Sun, Mon., Tues., Fri. & Sat. from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Thurs. 12 – 8 p.m.; admission is free Thurs. from 4 – 8 p.m. and every second Sunday of the month. Adults: $12;
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COPLEY’S ON PALM CANYON
KIMPTON ROWAN PALM SPRINGS HOTEL
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Seniors (62+): $10; Students and Teachers with ID: $5; Children under 18: free. The museum is located at 101 Museum Drive. (https:// www.psmuseum.org) Architectural & Celebrity Home Tours Palm Springs is a living museum of midcentury modern architecture, in part because of the commissions of Hollywood’s elite. Several companies offer tours of both interiors and exteriors of some of these houses, among them Mod Squad Architect and Design Tours (http://www.psmodsquad.com). Tour Prices: $70 - $130. Palm Springs Celebrity Tours (http://www/palmspringscelebritytours.com) offers a fun bus tour of celebrity homes. Adults: $49; Seniors (62+): $45; Children (8-18): $17; Ages 2-7: Free. The Palm Springs Historical Society (https://pshistoricalsociety.org) offers both architectural and celebrity home walking tours, including gems like “Golden Era Hollywood Homes in Old Las Palmas,” “Frank Sinatra’s Neighborhood, The Movie Colony,” and “Rat Pack Playground Modernist Homes.” Tour Prices: $20. Shopping For many, shopping is one of the primary reasons to visit Palm Springs (also see sidebar on page 53). Palm Canyon Drive has a remarkable number of boutiques, art galleries, furniture/home décor shops and antique stores. There are also several consignment and thrift shops that are worth a visit—some really interesting items can turn up! VillageFest, held every Thursday night downtown on Palm Canyon Drive (bordered by Indian Canyon Drive and Belardo Road), is a street fair that runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and offers a wide variety of entertainment, art, food and shopping. Many Palm Canyon Drive businesses stay open later on these nights.
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check websites for rates during your planned stay.)
Outdoor Activities For the more active, Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley have over 100 golf courses, many designed by pros like Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. Tennis enthusiasts will find top-notch clubs, courts and instructors. Other outdoor activities include horseback riding, swimming and hiking. Indian Canyons, the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, the Coachella Valley Preserve, and Painted Canyon are among the many beautiful areas for hiking. EVENTS Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade On December 1, 2018, celebrate the holiday season with this traditional parade through downtown Palm Springs along Palm Canyon Drive. The parade route begins at Ramon Road at 5:45 p.m. and ends at Tamarisk Road. It features marching bands, floats adorned in thousands of holiday lights, Macy’s-style balloons and, of course, Santa himself. (http://psfestivaloflights.com)
Avalon Hotel & Bungalows This boutique hotel, set on over four acres of manicured gardens, is an urban retreat abounding with opportunities to relax: from yoga, to lounging by one of its three pools, to playing outdoor recreational games (ping-pong, backgammon, croquet) to spending time at its Estrella Spa. Its location a block from Palm Canyon Drive provides those who want to venture out with easy access to abundant dining, shopping and cultural entertainment options. (https:// www.avalon-hotel.com/palmsprings/)
COLONY PALMS HOTEL
February 14 – 24, 2019, is an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. It features more than 350 events throughout the week including home and modern garden tours, tours of Sunnylands, films, lectures,
and much more. For more information and tickets, visit (https://www. modernismweek.com/). PLACES TO STAY (Hotel room rates vary by date and accommodations. Please
Colony Palms Hotel This iconic property retaining original Spanish Colonial architecture from 1936 rests on three acres in the heart of Palm Springs. Its 65-foot long heated saltwater pool flanked by gardens and cabanas offers beau-
Palm Springs International Film Festival The Palm Springs International Film festival, one of the largest film festivals in North America, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The annual Film Awards Gala kicks off the festival on January 3, 2019; screenings featuring over 180 films take place from January 4 through January 13, 2019; and the festival concludes with Best of the Fest screenings taking place on January 14, 2019. Passes, Film Awards Gala seats and tables, and film screening voucher 6-packs are currently on sale. Individual film and event tickets, including Opening and Closing Night, are available for purchase December 26, 2018 at 9 a.m. For more information, visit (https://www.psfilmfest. org/2019-ps-film-festival). Modernism Week Modernism Week, taking place
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tiful views of the San Jacinto Mountains and its spa, the first health and wellness retreat in Palm Springs, offers massages, facials and body treatments inspired by the desert. The Colony’s Purple Palm restaurant, with indoor and poolside seating and a wraparound bar, serves fine dining in an elegant but casual atmosphere that pays homage to its former incarnation as a 1930s speakeasy. (https:// www.colonypalmshotel.com) Ingleside Inn Originally built in the 1920s, the Ingleside Inn has a storied history filled with celebrities and fabulousness. Recently taken over by the PlumpJack Group, the property’s 30 newly-refurbished guestrooms offer the best of modern comforts yet still maintain the charm of the past, making for a thoroughly enjoyable stay. You can even bring along your dog to this luxurious oasis. Melvyn’s, an iconic restaurant known for its upscale cuisine, is located on the property.
Copley’s On Palm Canyon Located in the guesthouse of the former Cary Grant estate, Copley’s offers both indoor and outdoor dining in a casual yet elegant environment. The restaurant is widely-regarded as one of the best in the area, with a refined, appealing dinner menu and top-notch cocktail menu and wine list. Located at 621 N. Palm Canyon Drive. (https://www.copleyspalmsprings.com/)
(http://www.inglesideinn.com) Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel Close to eateries, shopping and activities right in downtown Palm Springs with views of the San Jacinto Mountains, the chic and modern Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel is the first new hotel in the city in decades. With its rooftop pool (the first and only in the city), numerous on-site dining and drinking options (including the popular 4 Saints restaurant), and solid amenities, this pet-friendly boutique hotel has everything you need for an upscale yet relaxing stay. (https://www.rowanpalmsprings.com) L’Horizon Resort and Spa This adult-only (21 and older) property, originally designed by iconic modernist architect William F. Cody in 1952 to serve as a wealthy family’s private retreat, now boasts 25 custom-designed bungalows nestled on three acres of manicured grounds.
INGLESIDE INN PHOTO BY JIM THOMPSON
This exquisite boutique hotel is a great place to unplug (remember: no kids!)—spend time lounging by the pool, relaxing at The Spa and enjoying the architectural magnificence and mountain views. (http:// lhorizonpalmsprings.com/) Note: there are a variety of wonderful resorts in the Greater Palm Springs area that can offer amazing golf, tennis, swimming and spas. Some that are beloved include: La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort (http://www.laquintaresort.com) in La Quinta; The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage (www.ritzcarlton.com/ en/hotels/california/rancho-mirage) and Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa (http://www.omnihotels.com/ hotels/palm-springs-rancho-las-palmas) in Rancho Mirage; and JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert (https://www.marriott. com/hotels/travel/ctdca-jw-marriott-desert-springs-resort-and-spa/). PLACES TO EAT Bill’s Pizza This affordable, casual restaurant serves up fabulous pizzas (with sourdough crusts) made from the highest-quality ingredients. Build your own creation or choose from some of the many options offered on the menu. You can also get pizza by the slice. Located at 119 S. Indian Canyon Drive. (http://www.billspizzapalmsprings.com/)
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Grand Central This upscale casual restaurant located in a restored 1936 historic building serves terrific American cui-
sine. Designed to be a place for people to congregate around exciting food and drink, the menu has something for everyone (you can even have brunch for dinner!). Make sure to check out (or eat in) the art gallery in the back. Located at 160 La Plaza in La Plaza Center. (https://www. grandcentralpalmsprings.com/) Koffi Started in 2002, this local go-to coffee destination now has three locations in the city. In addition to its delicious in-house roasted coffee, Koffi offers great breakfast, lunch and snack options including baked
goods, sandwiches and specialty foods. Located at: 515 N. Palm Canyon Drive; 1700 S. Camino Real; and 650 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. (https:// www.kofficoffee.com/) Jake’s Graciously serving up delicious food in a fun, hip environment, Jake’s is a great place for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch. Dine al fresco in its courtyard or inside—either way, you’ll be glad you came to this beloved Palm Springs charmer. Located at 664 N. Palm Canyon Drive. (http://www.jakespalmsprings.com/) •
CRAZY COYOTE TACOS PHOTO BY JIM THOMPSON
Shopping and Lunch (or Dinner) The Cabazon Outlets (48750 Seminole Dr., Cabazon) and adjacent Desert Hills Premium Outlets (48400 Seminole Dr., Cabazon) are the perfect places to spend some time en route to or from Palm Springs for those looking to score some stellar deals on brand-name merchandise. Make sure to stop by Crazy Coyote Tacos (13033 Malki Road, Banning) for some sustenance, which is right down the road from the outlets. Located across from the freeway and only offering outdoor seating in sometimes very windy conditions, people don’t line up at this place for the ambiance. What brings in the crowds are the huge portions of amazing food off its small menu (tacos, burritos, nachos, taquitos and quesadillas— that’s it!) that come out of its unassuming kitchen.
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FOODIE FAVORITES Restaurant Recommendations from Those in the Know For this issue, we asked some of our favorite foodies to tell us about the places they’re going for “date night.” Here are some of the spots they’ve been frequenting for exceptional cuisine and beverages and think you should, too. Bon Appétit!
The Arbour 527 S. LAKE AVENUE, SUITE 120, PASADENA (626) 396-4925; THEARBOURPASADENA.COM MON. – FRI.: 11:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M., 4 P.M. – 10 P.M.; SAT. – SUN.: 4 P.M. – 10 P.M. This chic-yet-rustic restaurant rightly prides itself on its farm-to-table seasonal cuisine, California-centric wine list and handcrafted cocktails, and solicitous service. Its food is inspired but accessible, with delectable offerings such as oysters with strawberry pearls and a tomato mignonette, pappardelle pasta with crab meat and cherry tomatoes, and sea bass served with crispy polenta. Be sure to save room for dessert—the “Baked California,” a frozen candied almond cream covered in meringue and flambéed with dark rum, is a visual and gustatory showstopper.
Tsubaki 1356 ALLISON AVENUE, LOS ANGELES (ECHO PARK) (213) 900-4900; TSUBAKILA.COM TUES. – THURS. & SUN.: 5:30 P.M. – 10 P.M.; FRI. – SAT.: 5:30 – 11 P.M.
Otoño 5715 N. FIGUEROA STREET, LOS ANGELES (HIGHLAND PARK) (323) 474-6624; OTONORESTAURANT.COM TUES. – SAT.: 4 P.M. – 12 A.M.; SUN. 4 P.M. – 10 P.M. One of the latest restaurants to join the foodie scene in Highland Park, Otoño brings a modern, elevated take on Spanish tapas and paella in a casual-cool environment. The food is not only delicious, but also artfully presented. The bar scene is lively, and for good reason—the well-curated cocktail menu is robust, and the wine offerings are extensive. Not to be missed are the gambas a la plancha (sweet griddled blue prawns served with cherry tomatoes and green garlic), costillas de elote (roasted corn with saffron butter, Manchego and lime salt), and any of the three paellas.
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This small, dimly-lit Japanese restaurant offers up a treasure trove for adventurous eaters and drinkers. The food is a wonderful combination of comfort and sophistication, with delicious dishes like chawanmushi (steamed egg custard with Dungeness crab and summer squash), chicken nanban (fried chicken oysters with a sweet and sour glaze served with lotus root and tartar sauce), uni ikura soba (buckwheat noodles in a chilled dashi broth topped with sea urchin and salmon roe) and tender 48-hour short ribs. The beverage program is truly a standout, offering small-production sake and shochu not found elsewhere in Los Angeles (you even choose your own cup!), as well as a French-focused wine list with an emphasis on small producers using traditional methods.
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HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES AND FEASTS Early Pasadena’s Lavish Celebrations
BY JEANNETTE BOVARD PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF PASADENA MUSEUM OF HISTORY Victorian-era eggnog consisted of the beaten yolks of a dozen eggs, as much sugar as could be dissolved, one large glass of aged whiskey, one whole grated nutmeg seed, and three pints of whole milk with cream. It was finished by beating the egg whites until frothy and stirring them into the eggnog. This concoction was so rich and strong that there were reports of horses having to guide carriages home from gatherings without the aid of their tipsy drivers! Pasadena has long been recognized as a city that celebrates with enthusiasm—especially during the holidays. While current-day visitors will find comfortable lodging, diverse and delicious dining options, and whatto-do options galore, our reputation was founded in an earlier time, when extended seasonal festivities burnished the city’s reputation as a winter paradise. Families from the chilly East and Midwest flocked to Pasadena’s luxurious hotels before the social season began in mid-January, arriving in late November specifically to enjoy the Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year holidays in our sunny and mild climate. The irony is inescapable. While we (still!) enviously cling to images of white Christmases, our Eastern and Midwestern visitors of yesteryear were making shivering family and friends insanely jealous with holiday greetings depicting sunlit orange groves, rose-filled gardens, and al fresco picnics! The era of Pasadena’s Grand Hotels (1880s to early 1940s) celebrated the fall/ winter holidays with lavish and numerous
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GREEN HOTEL/RECEPTION FOR PRESIDENT HARRISON, 1891
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than be a participant (and slamdunk winner!), and if Old Santa’s lethargy could just have been the aftermath of excessive feasting. Lest we forget, residents throughout Pasadena were serving equally rich special occasion meals, many utilizing old family recipes from places and cultures far removed from Southern California. Among the culinary highlights in the Archives are vintage recipes in Eva Scott Fenyes’ handwriting. One of early Pasadena’s most prominent and influential women, Mrs. Fenyes was an accomplished artist, an astute businesswoman, and—most importantly—a patron of the arts. Her collection of recipes include milk dumplings and other Hungarian dishes, which she used to incorporate the foods of her Hungarian husband, Adalbert, into lavish family celebrations. • Pasadena Museum of History is located at 470 W. Walnut St. in Pasadena. It is open to the public free of charge from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. For further information, 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.
were filled with superlatives (“This year we were vouchsafed so balmy and delightful a yuletide, the tree of the Hotel Maryland was placed in the garden and there grew and blossomed, and sparkled in the sun by day and the moonbeams by night through all the blessed week.” California Southland Magazine, January 1923). Name-dropping was a must (“One of the prettiest tables was that of the [Norman] Rockwell family,” Casa Grande Doings, December 17, 1905). Occasional remarks also remind us that these guests sometimes found Southern California slightly “off” (“…each guest has the privilege of assisting Old Santa Claus, who never does take a proper interest in this warm, sunny land.” Casa Grande Doings, December 17, 1905). If it is possible to pack on the calories just by reading menus and accounts of the sumptuous offerings that delighted these long-ago revelers and are now preserved in the archives at Pasadena Museum of History, a brisk walk around the Rose Bowl would be a good idea. While taking said constitutional, one might wonder whether it would have been more equitable to have invited famed artist Norman Rockwell to judge the decorating contest rather
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festivities anchored by elaborate and abundant feasts. The description of Col. G.G. Green’s Thanksgiving banquet aboard his private Pullman train car while traveling en route to the family’s winter home in Pasadena on November 29, 1900 gives a good idea of the sumptuous meals that took place. His daughterin-law, Agnes Kelleher Green, wrote: “This was Thanksgiving Day, and Mrs. Green spread for the pilgrims a royal, old-fashioned New England Thanksgiving Dinner. George vowed that he’d be dog ond [sic] if the oysters didn’t surpass those at Woodbury, three plates of raw being his usual allowance…. Turtle soup whetted the appetite for the colossal turkey that came hot and richly brown as the great dish of the feast. The Col’s carving was a perfect anatomical achievement. And when deserts [sic] followed claret and champagne flowed with a pleasing gurgle down the canons [canyons] of human throats. Toasts were drunk, good cheer was prevalent….” The Raymond Hotel was one of the city’s most sophisticated establishments. In the book Historic Pasadena: An Illustrated History, author/historian Ann Scheid recounts that “music and dancing was featured every evening and formal concerts took place on Sunday afternoons. Sunday dinners had special themes, with elaborate souvenir menus.” Hotel guests stayed for months at a time, becoming well acquainted with their fellow winter transplants and forging friendships. It is important to note that Pasadena residents, too, participated in life at The Raymond and the other hotels on some of these special occasions rather than entertaining at home. The comings and goings of seasonal visitors, along with their many social activities, were documented in breathlessly flowery language by the local press and through in-house newsletters and publications distributed at the various hotels. Likewise, elaborately detailed descriptions of the entertainments and decorations
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WINTER EVENT GUIDE 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. Flea Markets • Pasadena City College Flea Market, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Visit pasadena.edu/community/ flea-market/ 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! The monthly flea market features an eclectic array of crafts, apparel, antiques and other goods. A Noise Within 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Visit anoisewithin.org or call 626-356-3100 for more information. • A Christmas Carol. Dec. 1 – 23, 2018. This delightfully festive, musically merry holiday tradition returns! Families love Charles Dickens’ inspirational story of Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Scrooge. • Othello. Feb. 10 – April 28, 2019. The Bard’s most intimate of family tragedies about the breakdown of a man who has everything—power, position, and love—only to find his world decimated through intense mind games with his malicious ensign. Prescient in its searing
social commentary of prejudice, betrayal, and thwarted ambition, Shakespeare’s thunderous drama examines who we trust and the price we pay for choosing wrong. Caltech Beckman Auditorium, 330 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Visit Caltech.edu/ calendar/public-events or call 626395-4652 for more information. • It’s a Wonderful Life – A Celebration of Caltech Alumnus Frank Capra. Dec. 1, 2018 at 7 p.m. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Frank Capra’s graduation from Caltech in 1918, a screening of It’s a Wonderful Life will be presented. There will also be a discussion of Capra’s time on Caltech’s campus. • Kevin Burke, Fiddler. Dec. 15, 2018 at 8 p.m. Fiddler Kevin Burke, a major figure in celtic music whose career has spanned more than three decades, once again returns to Caltech! He plays in the fluid, highly-ornamented style of County Sligo and is a recipient of the NEA’s National Heritage Award. • Moschen in Motion. Jan. 26, 2019 at 8 p.m. One of the world’s most visionary performing artists, Michael Moschen, juggler without compare, has revolutionized this ancient circus art and turned it into a mesmerizing form of theater. Incorporating the rich beauty of art, science, physics and mathematics, this MacArthur Fellow has added unique audience participation to a show of creative, fantastic and impossible feats of manipulation and illusion. • The Prazák Quartet and The Zemlinksy Quartet. Jan. 27, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. The award-winning Prazák and Zemlinksy Quartets are joining together to explore the string octet, where the Gade octet will be heard by audiences for the first time, and the Menselssohn and Shostakovich octets each for just the third time. • Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. Feb. 10, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. This concert will be part of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet’s final North American tour. The Quintet members enjoy a unique view and perspective as “living musical witnesses” to the partnership between arguably the world’s most revered orchestra and directors, along with virtually every major conductor of our time. MUSE/IQUE Events are held at various locations.
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Visit muse-ique.com or call 626-5397085 for more information. • Singing/Stories. Dec. 2, 2018 at 7 p.m. Music, when paired with words, can evoke deep memories and unite a crowd of people in a single, shared emotion. Gather together with friends new and old and join Artistic Director and Conductor Rachael Worby for an evening of story-song classics and unique narratives from some of our favorite local musical storytellers. • Acapella/Awakening. Jan. 27, 2019 at 7 p.m. Imagine: standing in the middle of a hundred a cappella voices, making perfectly harmonized and embodied art that rises above the physical to create a transcendence that goes straight to your heart. Artistic Director and Conductor Rachael Worby will gather some of the most exciting ensembles in Los Angeles to create an unforgettable night. Norton Simon Museum 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Visit nortonsimon.org or call 626-4496840 for more information. • Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido. Dec. 7, 2018 – May 27, 2019. This exhibition presents a selection of artworks that explore the fates of two heroines from classical mythology whose stories have inspired poets, artists and musicians over the centuries: Helen of Troy and Dido of Carthage. Five tapestries from the 16th and 17th centuries, along with a rare set of cartoons, illustrate the currency of these female-centric narratives in early modern Europe, the power of tapestry to visualize such stories and the inventiveness and skill employed to produce these splendid objects, made for the wealthiest and most distinguished patrons. • Titian’s Portrait of a Lady in White, c. 1561. Dec. 19, 2018 – March 25, 2019. On loan from the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Titian’s Portrait of a Lady in White, c. 1561 was known and copied by Titian’s contemporaries and later artists, as can be seen in an existing version by Rubens (now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna) and a sketch by Van Dyke (Chatsworth, collection of the Duke of Devonshire). His work was greatly admired by the first owner of this painting, Alfonso II d’Este. King Augustus III of Poland and Elector
Dec. 31, 2018. Bob Baker’s adaptation of the ballet classic and one of Bob Baker Marionette Theater’s most beloved shows since its opening in 1969! For the first time outside of its original location, the imagination dwells in a space specially outfitted for optimal holiday and puppetry joy. Allow the Bob Baker Marionette Theater and over 100 handcrafted puppets to take you on an adventure through the wizardry of strings and into the enchanted world of the fantastic Nutcracker. • It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Dec. 12 – 23, 2018. The holiday classic we all know and love takes beloved George Bailey on a journey to renew his spirit and restore his faith in mankind one fateful Christmas Eve. Join George and all of the residents of the quintessential small town of Bedford Falls as presented by five amazing actors, one foley artist, and live commercial breaks, in a live radio broadcast of this timeless masterpiece. • Ragtime. Feb. 6, 2018 – Mar. 3, 2019. The great American musical returns to LA for its first major production in 20 years. Nominated for 13 Tony Awards including best Musical, Ragtime tells the story of three families at the turn of the 20th century in pursuit of the American dream. The awardwinning score uses ragtime rhythms to paint a portrait of the people who built this country with the hopes for a brighter tomorrow.
of Saxony (1696–1763) purchased the painting directly from the Este collection in Modena in 1746, and it has remained in the Dresden collections since that time. Pasadena Dance Theatre Performance located at San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. 320 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel. Visit pasadenadance. org or call 626-683-3459 for more information. • The Nutcracker. Dec. 15, 16, 21 & 22, 2018 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 23, 2018 at 1 p.m. More than 80 dancers magically bring to life Clara’s Christmas Eve dream of a dashing Nutcracker Prince, a devious Mouse King and an ethereal Sugar Plum Fairy. Artistic Director Cynthia Young’s choreography to Tchaikovsky’s memorable musical score dazzles audiences of all ages. Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K Rose Bowl Stadium. 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena. Visit pasadenahalf. com or call 213-542-3000 for more information. • 3rd Annual Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K. Jan. 20, 2019 at 7 a.m. Enjoy the picturesque course through beautiful Pasadena, passing landmarks like the Colorado Street Bridge, Old Pasadena and Caltech before a majestic finish on the field at the Rose Bowl. Pasadena Playhouse 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Visit pasadenaplayhouse.org or call 626356-7529 for more information. • Bob Baker’s Nutcracker. Nov. 24 –
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Rose Parade Pasadena Tournament of Roses, 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. Visit tournamentofroses.com or call 626-449-4100 for more information. • 130th Rose Parade presented by Honda. Jan. 1, 2019 at 8 a.m. The 130th Rose Parade presented by Honda will feature floral floats, spirited marching bands and high-stepping equestrian units along the 5 ½ mile route down Colorado Boulevard. Experience the magic of New Year’s Day in an unrivaled celebration, exclusive to the streets of Pasadena! • Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats. Jan. 1, 2019 from 1 – 5 p.m.; Jan. 2, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Following the Rose Parade, walk within feet of the floral and animated masterpieces parked along Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards in Pasadena. Come rain or shine, take a closer look at the design and workmanship that went into each float entry and learn more about the float process from Tournament volunteers on hand. Upper Hastings Ranch Association Holiday Light Up Riviera Dr. to S. Michillinda Ave. and north of Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena. Visit upperhastingsranch. org for more information. • Holiday Light Up. Dec. 8, 2018 – Jan. 1, 2019 from 6 – 10 p.m. This delightful annual tradition features blocks of elaborately-decorated houses, each with a different holiday theme. USC Pacific Asia Museum 46 N. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena. Visit pacificasiamueum.usc.edu or call 626-449-2742 for more information. • Ceremonies and Celebrations: Textile Treasures from the USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection. Now – Jan. 6, 2019. This exhibition is drawn from the museum’s extraordinary collection of over 2,700 costumes and textiles from China, Korea, Japan, India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia. Some of the best examples in the USC PAM’s textile collection are rarely exhibited because of their fragile nature and the negative effect of light on the natural dyes used, and Ceremonies and Celebrations provides visitors with an exceptional glimpse. • Tsuruya Kokei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited. Feb. 1 – July 14, 2019. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of this contemporary artist’s first solo show—held at PAM
depicting exotic animals, shimmering flowers, whimsical pandas, soaring dragons and other themes create the mesmerizing experience of Moonlight Forest. • Queen Anne Cottage Viewing. Dec. 9, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Victorian-era cottage is adorned in Christmas finery and opened for viewing on this one day.
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Holiday Open House & Fenyes Mansion Holiday Tours Sunday, December 9, 1:00 to 4:00 pm – Free Holiday Open House Celebrate the season with festive music, refreshments, a family craft, and mini-tours of the Fenyes Mansion adorned with touches of Edwardian-style holiday décor. Visitors are also welcome to enjoy the exhibition galleries and Finnish Folk Art Museum free of charge. Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays at 12:15 pm – Fenyes Mansion Tours Edwardian-style decorations enhance historic Fenyes Mansion this holiday season from November 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Docents will include information about these special seasonal embellishments during the tour. Advance tickets are recommended and available online at pasadenahistory.org.
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 hello@altadenafarmersmarket. com for more information. Wednesdays, 3 – 7 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. Christmas Tree Lane Santa Rosa Ave. between E. Woodbury Rd. and E. Altadena Dr., Altadena. Visit christmastreelane.net for more information. • Lighting Ceremony and Winter Arts and Crafts Festival. Dec. 8, 2018 at
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2 p.m., lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Located at the Altadena Library: 600 E. Mariposa St. Celebrate the holiday season with the lighting of Altadena’s iconic Christmas Tree Lane (which will be open only to pedestrians after the lighting ceremony until 9 p.m.). There will be food vendors, craft vendors and musical talents. • Holiday Light Viewing. Dec. 8, 2018 – Jan. 2, 2019 and Jan. 6 & 7, 2019 from 6 p.m. – midnight. Admire the gigantic deodar trees trussed with lights. Christmas Tree Lane is recognized as the oldest large-scale outdoor Christmas display in the world.
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE Farmers Market 1300 Foothill Blvd., across from Memorial Park. Visit lacanadaflintridge.com/ eventspage/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. Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Visit descansogardens. org or call 818-949-4200 for more information. • Enchanted: Forest of Light. Nov. 18, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019 from 5:30 – 10 pm. This interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles features a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens. Rain or shine event. • La Reina de Los Ángeles at the Sturt Haaga Gallery. Now – Jan. 13, 2019. Without the Los Angeles River, there would quite simply be no Los Angeles. Through contemporary art
works, documentary films, historic materials and special programming, La Reina de Los Ángeles explores the history, infrastructure and community around this critical resource. Festival in Lights 1301 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. Visit lacanadaflintridge. com or call 818-790-4289 for more information. • 45th Annual Festival in Lights. Dec. 7, 2018 from 4 – 7:30 p.m. Come see live reindeer, play in real snow and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus! SAN MARINO Christmas Around the Drive 2200 Huntington Dr., San Marino. Visit sanmarinochamber.org or call 626286-1022 for more information. • Christmas Around the Drive. Nov. 30, 2018 from 5 – 8:30 p.m. Bring your family and join in lighting the community Christmas tree. The treelighting ceremony will be done in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce’s annual ‘Christmas Around the Drive’ event. Join Santa Claus at 6 p.m., as he arrives at the fire station on Old Engine #1. Board the trolley for a trip ‘Around the Drive’ and enjoy a variety of refreshments, strolling carolers, a puppeteer, a petting zoo, balloon artists, face painting, crafts for the kids and much more. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Visit huntington.org or call 626-205-2100 for more information.
• Project Blue Boy. Now – Sept. 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 in the west end of the Thornton Portrait Gallery in the Huntington Art Gallery. This exhibition 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. • Architects of a Golden Age: Highlights from The Huntington’s Southern California Architecture Collection. Now – Jan. 21, 2019. Documenting one of the most creative and influential periods in Southern California architecture, this exhibition spotlights about 20 original drawings and plans selected from The Huntington’s important Southern California architecture collection. It highlights renderings that helped bring into existence some of the most extraordinary buildings in the greater Los Angeles area, including Downtown L.A.’s Union Station, Mayan Theater, Stock Exchange building, and Chinatown structures, as well as seminal examples of the California Bungalow. • Rituals of Labor and Engagement. Now – Feb. 25, 2019. For the third year of its contemporary arts initiative, /five, The Huntington partnered with the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College and invited LA artists Carolina Caycedo and
ARCADIA Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Visit arboretum.org or call 626-821-3222 for more information. • Moonlight Forest. Now – Jan. 6, 2019. Wed. – Sun. ticketed timed entry at 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. A fantasy of light transforms the Arboretum into an evening wonderland. Lantern art
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Mario Ybarra Jr. to create new works in response to the institution’s library, art, and botanical collections. Their theme was the concept of Identity. This exhibition showcases these new works, which focus on bodies of color and forms of ritual. Saint Albans Road Lights Saint Albans Rd., north of Huntington Dr., San Marino. • Holiday Light Viewing. Dec. 7, 2018 – Jan. 2, 2019 from 5 – 11 p.m. The trees along Saint Albans Road are looped with lights to make them look like huge Christmas trees. 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 certified farmers that grow the produce they sell—they do not buy it from second party sellers—which ensures quality, fresh produce, generally picked within 24 hours of appearing at the Market. Great prepared food options, breads and other goodies available. Open rain or shine. Annual Crunch Time Party Located at the War Memorial Building, 435 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena. Visit SPTOR.org or call 626799-7813 for more information. • Annual Crunch Time Party. Dec. 29, 2018 from 6 – 10 p.m. Put on by the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee, all proceeds go toward funding South Pasadena’s float. Come for live and silent auctions, dinner, and get an up-close look at the oldest self-built float in the Rose Parade during “crunch time.” Breakfast with Santa Located at the War Memorial Building, 435 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena. Visit southpasadenaca. gov/government/departments/ community-services/recreationyouth-services/special-events-andprograms or call 626-403-7380 for more information. • Breakfast with Santa. Dec. 8, 2018 from 9 – 11:30 am. Santa will once again return to South Pasadena for festive photo ops and a tasty breakfast!
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South Pasadena Public Library 1100 Oxley St., South Pasadena. Visit southpasadenaca.gov or call 626403-7340 for more information. • Winter Holiday Concert. Dec. 2, 2018 from 5 – 5:45 p.m. The awardwinning, nationally acclaimed Los Angeles Children’s Orchestra returns to perform another winter holiday concert! This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library. • Winter Holiday Gift-Making Workshop. Dec. 4, 2018 from 7:15– 8:15 p.m. Families are invited to learn about different winter holiday customs and to make gifts to share with family members and friends in this free hands-on workshop. LOS ANGELES The Broad 221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Visit thebroad.org or call 213-232-6200 for more information. • A Journey That Wasn’t. Now – early Feb. 2019. This exhibition explores complex representations of time, and features the return of the beloved video installation, The Visitors, by Ragnar Kjartansson. It presents more than 20 artists, and 40 of the 55 works in the exhibition are on view for the first time at The Broad. Painting, sculpture, photography, film and installation are brought together to examine the passage of time by alluding to nostalgia or sentiments about aging, often depicting specific places in states of decay. LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Visit lacma.org or call 323-857-6000 for more information. • Rauschenberg: The ¼ Mile. Now – June 9, 2019. One of the most pioneering artists of the last century, Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) produced a diverse body of work characterized by experimentation, the use of varied mediums and methods, and cross-cultural exchange. Rauschenberg’s monumental The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece (1981–98) exemplifies these tenets of his artistic practice. Created over 17 years, the work is composed of 190 panels that, combined, measure approximately a quarter mile in length. An eclectic array of materials comprise the piece: textiles, mass media images, and photographs by the artist intermingle with bold passages of paint, while everyday objects such
as chairs, cardboard boxes, and traffic lights add sculptural depth. Rauschenberg incorporated materials and photographs from the U.S., Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Northern Africa, including audio of ambient street sounds recorded during his travels. This presentation is the first time The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece will be exhibited in its entirety. • Outliers and American Vanguard Art. Nov. 18, 2018 – Mar. 17, 2019. LACMA will host the West Coast presentation of Outliers and American Vanguard Art, the first major exhibition to explore key moments in American art history when avant-garde artists and outliers intersected, and how their interchanges ushered in new paradigms based on inclusion, integration and assimilation. The exhibition features over 250 works in a range of media by more than 80 self-taught and trained artists such as Henry Darger, William Edmondson, Lonnie Holley, and more. • The Jeweled Isle: Art From Sri Lanka. Dec. 9, 2018 – June 23, 2019. The first comprehensive survey of Sri Lankan art organized by an American museum, The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka presents some 250 works addressing nearly two millennia of Sri Lankan history. Featuring LACMA’s rarely displayed collection of Sri Lankan art—one of the finest and most extensive in the US—the exhibition presents a timely exploration and celebration of a geographically complex, ethnically diverse, and multicultural South Asian hub. LA Phil Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Visit laphil. com or call 213-972-7282 for more information. • Stanley Kubrick’s Sound Odyssey. Nov. 23 & 24, 2018 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 25, 2018 at 2 p.m. Film clips and live performances bring the music selected by the legendary director to life, from Beethoven to Penderecki. Includes selections from 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Barry Lyndon, and Eyes Wide Shut. •Holiday Sing-Along. Dec. 22, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Walt Disney Concert Hall’s massive pipe organ, a choir, and a jazz combo lead a cheerful selection of seasonal favorites in this beloved Los Angeles holiday tradition. A jolly good time!
•White Christmas Sing-Along. Dec. 23, 2018 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Where else can you enjoy a cherished holiday tradition, watching this beloved 1954 film with thousands of like-minded revelers than at Walt Disney Concert Hall? With all the lyrics onscreen, you can sing to your heart’s content along with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, and the film’s remastered soundtrack! •New Year’s Eve with Pink Martini. Dec. 31, 2018 at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Pianist Thomas Lauderdale and the celebrated “little orchestra,” featuring a rare joint appearance by singers China Forbes and Storm Large, return for another quintessentially eclectic New Year’s program that mixes the heat of Brazilian samba, party sounds of ‘30s Cuban dance music, and a dash of Parisian café cool. There’s no classier way to ring in 2019! Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles. Visit lazoo. org or call 323-644-4200 for more information. • Reindeer Romp. Nov. 16, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Real reindeer will be making the L.A. Zoo their home for the holidays! Visit them in Reindeer Village daily, where you’ll also find enchanting photo ops and fascinating facts about Santa’s favorite furry friends. Weekends offer a flurry of additional fun, with special entertainment and activities including crafts, reindeer keeper talks, holiday presents for the animals, and photos with Santa himself on select days. • L.A. Zoo Lights. Nov. 16, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019 from 6 – 10 p.m. Glowing animals welcome you to this nighttime holiday light experience that includes giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball forest, a whimsical herd of animated elephants, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. Glowing brighter each year since its debut in 2014, this year’s event features a dazzling new area to explore, luminous new displays, and reimagined favorites. •
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