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8 THIS HOME IS A FAMILY AFFAIR
28 A BERRY GOOD IDEA
30 BULGARINI GELATO ARTIGIANALE
56 FOODIE FAVORITES
18 “IF THEY CAN’T DO IT, WE CAN” 22 ANSWERS TO ALZHEIMER’S PUZZLE IN SIGHT 26 GOLD LINE EXCURSION: EL PUEBLO DE LOS ANGELES HISTORICAL MONUMENT
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THIS HOME IS A FAMILY AFFAIR Stretching from Romania to Pasadena BY STEVE WHITMORE It’s a family affair, to say the least, stretching back generations and reaching across the ocean to Romania. But it’s centered right here in Pasadena on Markham Place where you’ll find the home of Bert and Darrell Banta. The vintage home, built in 1898, is drenched in history. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and was built by E.A. Robbins, founder of Arden Dairy, according to the Pasadena Beautiful Foundation. It was bought and modernized by Arthur Clifford in 1921 and again years later by A. Stevens Halsted. The home is one of roughly a dozen homes located on Markham Place, which is named after the 18th governor of California, Henry H. Markham. Markham is the only Pasadenan to have served as governor of the great state of California. Markham Place has been designated a Historic District, as it has one of the largest concentrations of houses from the period 1883 to 1904 south of the Foothill Freeway. The history of this home, though, is not just a significant monument to the passage of time. It also serves as a monument to the Chulay/Banta family. “I was born and raised in this home. It’s been a part of my life for over 50 years,” Darrell said during an interview in her dining room that overlooks the front yard’s large swath of St. Augustine grass dotted with enormous palm trees rising above all other structures on the street; robust purple wisterias reaching for the sky; a bounty of roses; and a front porch of polished wood with porch swings made by her grandfather and father facing opposite each other just waiting for people to enjoy their coffee with the morning breeze. “I love this neighborhood and the history of Pasadena,” she said. “I was very fortunate that my parents chose this street and this house to raise their family. It was an idyllic childhood and I wanted the same experience for my children.” As a child, Darrell Chulay and her two siblings, brother Benjy and sister Cornell, played throughout the house and the neighborhood. “Our childhood here was very special,” she said. “I spent many days playing on Markham Place with the neighborhood kids. All of us loved it here. The street is quiet, safe and the neighbors were and are the best you could ask for,” she said. The Banta’s American Foursquare home is more than 4,000 square feet and sits on one-and-a-half acres. It has four bedrooms, three full baths, two outdoor porches, two screened porches doubling as offices, a full attic where staff in the 1920s used to reside in two separate bedrooms (there’s still a small hole in the dining room floor that once housed a button which would summon help to the table to serve food or retrieve dishes) and a kitchen remodeled by Darrell’s parents. That’s right, the Bantas purchased the home from Darrell’s mother in 1995. “It was a blessing to keep the home in the family and to carry on some of the traditions,” Darrell said. “And we’ve created a fair share of our own, too!” Bert Banta, owner of a business that manufactures auto accessories,
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wholeheartedly shares his wife’s opinion. “I loved that we were going to live in the home that Darrell’s parents had lived in,” he said of purchasing the house. “I love the fact that we live in this house with all the traditions. Family is so important,” he said. And, he added, history is everywhere in the house. One day, when Bert was cleaning out the attic, he found Time magazines from World War II. “That was kind of neat,” he said. “This is a great, big house. There’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.” Bert marvels at his wife’s energy, saying she works harder than anyone he knows. In addition to maintaining and improving the family home, which is a job unto itself, she is actively involved in local organizations such as the Pasadena Garden Club (she’s a past president), Pasadena Guild of Children’s Hospital LA, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, La Casita Foundation and Westridge School. “I think she works a lot harder than me!” he said. ••• Darrell’s grandparents immigrated to America from Romania in 1913 by way of Ellis Island. Interestingly, the grandparents who were later united in marriage came over to this country separately as children. The Bantas have taken their children back to Ellis Island to see their grandparents’ names listed there. Darrell’s grandparents settled in an area outside Chicago called Indiana Harbor. That coupling produced Darrell’s father, John. John and Lloyd met in an acting class while attending Indiana State University. She fell in love with her “Romanian prince,” and he with her. They married and moved to Pasadena where John did graduate work at the Pasadena Playhouse, considered one of the preeminent theatrical schools in the country at the time, and Lloyd worked in the publicity department. Upon completion of his studies, John went into assis-
tant directing and unit production, ultimately working on such notable shows at The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Taxi, Murder She Wrote, and Coach over the course of his career. In 1958, the Chulays bought the house on Markham Place for $21,000. They loved the Midwestern feel of the neighborhood and the stately trees, but the “Victorian farmhouse,” as Lloyd affectionately referred to it, needed some work. While Lloyd concentrated more on the interior design, John focused on the outside (with Lloyd’s input, of course)—he loved to garden and was particularly fond of his roses. He passed his love of gardening on to his children. The Chulay children received seeds in their Easter baskets to plant the family’s vegetable garden every year, a tradition that Darrell continued with her own children. The Chulays loved to entertain at their home and frequently hosted parties for family, friends and the cast and crews of John’s shows. They also loved their neighborhood and neighbors—Lloyd was instrumental in making sure that both Congress and Markham were dead end streets and the Chulay residence was always a stop on the neighborhood black tie progressive dinners (a tradition that went by the wayside but was revived 10 years ago). Interestingly, when Bert’s parents, local philanthropists Merle and June Banta, first moved from the Midwest to Pasadena in the early 1960s, they lived close by on Arlington Drive. June used to stroll with Bert along Markham Place at the same time Darrell lived there, but their paths didn’t cross until much later—in 1984—when they both volunteered to register people to vote for a local organization. Bert and Darrell held their wedding reception in the backyard at Markham Place when they married at Christmastime in 1985. The Bantas went on to have four children; three daughters and one son. Their love of family and tradi-
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A PHOTOGRAPH OF JOHN CHULAY, HIS PARENTS, AND SIBLINGS. PHOTO COURTESY OF DARRELL BANTA
WEDDING PHOTOS OF DARRELL AND BERT BANTA, JUNE AND MERLE BANTA (BERT’S PARENTS), JOHN AND LLOYD CHULAY (DARRELL’S PARENTS), JOHN AND VALERIA CHULAY (DARRELL’S PATERNAL GRANDPARENTS), AND CORA AND BEN GIBSON (DARRELL’S MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS). PHOTO COURTESY OF DARRELL BANTA
tion was reflected in the names they gave their children. They welcomed daughter Cora Gibson (who goes by Gibson) in 1988, naming her after her maternal great-grandmother. Maudie Lloyd, named after her mother’s first name and maternal grandmother, arrived in 1990. Cornell June, named after her maternal grandfather’s middle name and paternal grandmother, was born in 1993. Bing Henry, named after his paternal grandfather’s nickname and middle name, was born in 1996—a year after the family moved into Markham Place. The interior of the stately home, with its large rooms and high ceilings, reflects commitment to family everywhere you look. There are bookshelves filled with photos of current and past family members. One bookshelf is entirely devoted to Darrell’s mother and Bert’s family. A bookshelf directly to the left is dedicated to Darrell’s father. There are sepia-toned photos of great-grandfathers, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews—faded photographs weathered by time and use. There are family artifacts—
beloved treasures such as Darrell’s paternal grandfather’s trumpet, maternal grandfather’s oil paintings and paternal grandmother’s Romanian tablecloths—that are displayed throughout the house. It seems that every inch of the home contains a memory. Darrell says her favorite room in the house is the dining room. Its sheer size and scale make it a wonderful room for entertaining, and over the years it has served as the location for many happy events for the Chulay and Banta families. It also is where Darrell displays what she calls her “treasures,” which include her collection of figurines and silver knick knacks she found at small shops, rummage sales and flea markets, a hobby she picked up from her mother. But the dining room is particularly special for Darrell because its pocket doors turn the large entry hall into a stage. Darrell and her siblings used to put on plays for family members and guests there as children, and her children did the same. “I love that my children got to grow up in the same house that I did and
could do the same things my siblings and I did when we were young. It is truly a blessing,” Darrell said. The Banta children have spent countless hours making memories in the home playing with friends, having sleepovers and celebrating holidays bursting at the seams with family and friends. “They love the house as much as I do,” she said. The garden is also a testament to the family and its history. There is a large Eureka lemon tree near the back of the expansive lawn alongside two chicken coops that house free-range pet chickens, Pollie and Ellie, who live in harmony on the property with a large, loveable St. Bernard, Vienna, and the family cat, Markie. It was a gift from a friend celebrating the birth of Darrell and Bert’s oldest daughter. The tree, nearly 30 years old to the day, is leaning on several wooden stakes to keep it upright. There is also a playhouse John built for his kids. For two generations, it was the site for playdates with friends and neighborhood kids as well as an informal neighborhood summer camp (kids would come over to do arts and
crafts and other fun activities when their parents needed a break). And while the roses from John’s original garden are no longer alive, many more have been planted. There are two very special rose bushes that Bert and Darrell brought with them from their previous home when they moved into Markham Place, a reminder of that time in their lives. Darrell, who is a talented and knowledgeable gardener, takes particular pride in her well-established yard (many of the trees and camellia bushes are from the 1940s, if not before). While much of the hardscaping is original to the home, she has redesigned the space to be more of a free-flowing English country-style garden filled with perennials and, because of the drought, succulents and drought-tolerant plants. She likes to experiment with different plants and prioritizes those that attract hummingbirds and bees. Her garden has been likened to a tapestry, always changing and evolving throughout the seasons. Old hydrangeas provide an abundance of blossoms in the summer and Darrell’s
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favorite, scented geraniums, provide an olfactory “thank you” throughout the year. She loves being in her garden which, she said, is “always a reminder of my children” because of the memories of countless hours spent planting, playing games and spending time with them. It is also a reminder of her childhood, and many a happy day. “Everything in the backyard is family-related,” she said. Next to the backyard area is the original carriage house that was once used to house horses, carriages and hay. The carriage house—now painted red to create more of a barn-like feel—has been there since the beginning, Darrell said. “My parents added stairs and converted the hayloft into a studio apartment. We used to watch movies there with an old-fashioned projector and screen,” she said. A gardener at heart, Darrell noted that one of the most charming aspects of the carriage house is that her favorite rose, “Fourth of July,” climbs along the stairs. The Bantas love to share their house and garden with friends and family. December is a particularly busy time, as Darrell fills the home with decorations collected over the years and holiday cheer. “We’ve always had a lot of people here during the holidays,” Darrell said. “Especially around New Year’s Eve,” as the house is just down the street from where the Rose Parade passes every year. “Our friends and the children’s friends stop by to ring in the new year and walk to see the floats lining up. In the morning, we just walk down the street and watch the parade,” she said. “It’s become a family tradition. It’s hard to imagine celebrating New Year’s anywhere else than Pasadena. I’ve only missed one year—the year Bert and I were married.” The house has also been the site of many an event, including graduation parties, high school reunions (Bert is an alumnus of Polytechnic School and Darrell is an alumna of Westridge),
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HYDRANGEAS PROVIDE AN ABUNDANCE OF BLOSSOMS IN THE BANTA’S YARD THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. PHOTO COURTESY OF DARRELL BANTA.
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bridal showers and the Speaker Series for the Huntington Library. And it appears that the beautiful home on Markham Place will continue to be the venue for creating family memories for a long time to come. “Our daughter, Maudie, her husband, Clark, and their French bulldog, Kona, have come back from Ohio to live with us!” Darrell exclaimed. “It’s so wonderful. The house is full of even more activity, laughter and gatherings. That’s the heart and soul of a home.” •
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BY KAMALA KIRK PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN The ancient proverb “waste not, want not” reminds us to preserve and use our resources wisely, as they may serve a purpose down the road. For South Pasadena’s Megan and Marshall Dostal, who started Further Products in 2008, their business is built on this philosophy—and it has continued to serve them and the community in a positive way for a decade. It all started when Marshall read that it was possible to run an old Mercedes on vegetable oil, so he decided to try it with his own car. “We had just bought a house in Highland Park and finally had the space where he could experiment,” Megan said. “It worked, but then the glycerin byproduct that was caused by the whole process was piling up in the garage, so I told him he had to get rid of it.” Her husband Marshall, however, saw an opportunity in the leftover waste, so he bought books and did research on how to make soap from glycerin. After tinkering around in the garage for some time, he eventually had a batch of soap that he felt was of good quality. “I thought it was too cloudy and didn’t smell right,” Megan confessed. “So I gave him some thoughts on the scent and how to make it less cloudy. One of our friends suggested that we try selling it at a tradeshow because our process was so unique and nobody else was doing anything like this. People bought it and that’s when we realized that we could make a business out of it.” The couple had originally named their new company Reform, but due to a trademark issue, they ended up going with Further instead—which in hindsight couldn’t have been a better decision. “Further was a bit of a nod to Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters bus, because those guys seemed like they would be into the idea of running their bus on biodiesel fuel,” Marshall explained. “It was also the notion of taking things one step further.” Fast-forward to 10 years later and Further has certainly gone the distance. The company has multiple partnerships with restaurants, hotels, malls and schools—any place that produces vegetable oil waste—and picks up the leftover grease, taking it back to Further’s warehouse facility in El Sereno, where it is then processed and turned into biodiesel. “Biodiesel is a great alternative fuel,” Marshall said. “The diesel engine doesn’t need to be modified. The process of making biodiesel involves taking methanol and potassium hydroxide, combining that with vegetable oil and heating it up, and then you get biodiesel fuel which reduces carbon emissions by 75 percent, so it’s an eco-friendly fuel. Then the byproduct from that is the glycerin, which we purify and reuse in all our products.” It just goes to show that what goes around comes around, as many of the businesses that donate their grease waste also use Further products in their kitchens and restrooms. “Our service gives them an opportunity to use our soap and tell the story of what is happening with their waste as opposed to it being filtered and
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resold in a different country or to animal feed manufacturers, which is often what happens,” Megan said. “When they work with us, we provide signs that they can put up in their restroom that explain the process of making the soap, and they can talk about how much more green their recycling efforts are. They have to get rid of their waste one way or another—we just offer them the best opportunity.” Previously, Marshall would pick up the grease, but as he found himself with less and less time, the company switched to a grease-hauling partner that brings everything to its facility so that Marshall can focus on other aspects of the business. “What’s nice about the partnership is that none of these restaurants have to change the way they do business,” Marshall said. “It’s not a requirement for any company who wants to work with us that we pick up their grease, it’s just a service that we offer if they want it. We’ve partnered with businesses across the country in Chicago, Ohio, Portland, New York City—we’re everywhere.” Further’s product line has expanded to include lotion and soy can-
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dles, all of which feature its signature scent of bergamot, olive and exotic grasses. Everything is made locally in Los Angeles—its soap is produced at a facility in Glendale and its candles in Northridge. Restaurants across the country use its soap, and Further products are sold nationwide at hotels, restaurants and retailers, as well as locally at businesses like Heatherbloom in San Marino and ACORN in Eagle Rock. Fun fact: If you dine at Crossings in South Pasadena on your birthday or anniversary, you get a free bottle of Further lotion. What’s more, the brand has even tapped into a side business of making cleaning supplies for companies like Microsoft, further demonstrating the multifaceted approach of its business. “The concept of our company is about reuse and sustainability, so we have both high-end goods and janitorial products for office buildings,” Marshall said. “We’re trying to get everybody on board.” What’s the secret to success for a couple that has been married almost 16 years and owns a business together? Sticking to his and her roles in the company, apparently. “We’ve got a good balance because we have different skill sets, so each of us is in charge of our own thing,” Marshall said. “Rarely do we comment on each other’s performances.”
MARSHALL FILLS BOTTLES OF FURTHER SOAP AT THE COMPANY’S EL SERENO FACILITY.
MEGAN AND MARSHALL DOSTAL AT THEIR SOUTH PASADENA HOME.
“Everything you see, touch, feel and use, I have a hand in,” Megan added. “Everything else, Marshall figures out. Neither of us has any interest in what the other is doing. We started this business in our thirties so we have a better perspective and don’t get all worked up over things. It’s the most important job in our lives but it’s not the most important thing in our lives. We enjoy working together.” The couple has certainly come a long way since their first date in New York City back in 1996, where Marshall worked in post-production and Megan was involved in advertising
and special events for Vogue. Since moving out west and starting a family together, they’ve lived everywhere from Beachwood Canyon to Highland Park, but South Pasadena truly felt like home. And living just a few miles from Further’s headquarters is an added bonus. “I love how Pasadena has an East Coast feel to it,” Marshall said. “And in South Pasadena, even though there’s a lot to do and see, it still has a small-town charm to it.” The couple’s son Wyatt is a sixth grader at South Pasadena Middle School, and Marshall spends his free time coaching him in sports and engaging in lots of physical activities, from bike riding and golf to Kubb—a lawn game that he describes as a cross between hoseshoes and bocce. Megan, on the other hand, is actively involved with the local schools. She’s in her fourth year on the South Pasadena Educational Foundation (SPEF) board, where she serves as current president. “SPEF is made up of parents who choose to give what little free time they have to raise money for the schools,” she said. “As Wyatt started to get older, I realized he would be at the middle and high schools soon enough, and I knew I needed to broaden my horizons so I joined SPEF.” When asked what’s next for their company, Megan joked that her husband’s response is always “world domination.” “We want people on Mars to use our soap,” Marshall laughed. “But really, we have lots of different things in the works—we’re going to be entering the grocery world soon and keep expanding the line.” Megan echoed her husband’s sentiments. “We plan to develop new fragrances and products,” she added. “And we will keep making everything locally, which is rare, but it’s really just us and a guy at the warehouse. And sometimes Wyatt if there’s a really big order. We’ll keep taking it further, one step at a time.” •
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The Popular, Successful San Marino Motor Classic Gives It All Back to the Community BY MITCH LEHMAN Three friends, Aaron Weiss, Paul Colony and Ben Reiling, were sitting in a warehouse one night in late 2009 immersed in deep conversation regarding one of their favorite shared subjects: classic automobiles. A show that had previously exhibited these collectible cars that had for years been held at the Rose Bowl and its adjacent Brookside Golf Course— the Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance—had terminated its contract for the following year with no hope of resuscitation in the region. “We were discussing what had happened at the Rose Bowl and we thought this would be a good thing to do,” Weiss said. “We thought, well, if they can’t do it, we can. We’re all business people. Let’s give it a shot.” The three men visited Brookside to take a look at the numbers and realized their target of continuing the show in its early-summer slot was unrealistic. “We decided to wait a year and really make it right,” Weiss said. In June of 2011, the newly-branded San Marino Motor Classic came cruising into that city’s Lacy Park and it is showing no signs of departure. Last year, an estimated 10,000 attendees visited the grounds to take a gander at the 350 classic cars—with an aggregate value of over $150 million, by the way—and enjoy the idyllic setting. Most importantly, at least in Weiss’s
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estimation, the San Marino Motor Classic has generated more than $1.6 million for local charities. “We were adamant about raising money for charities,” said Weiss, who in 2009 had organized a small exhibition by the Classic Car Club in Lacy Park that had brought in much-needed funds for a San Marino nonprofit. “We worked out a deal to use the park for the Motor Classic and one caveat was that we had to engage a local charity. It’s kind of funny because our whole plan was to use the proceeds to help charities.” Enter Weiss’s workout buddy, Dennis Kneier, who at the time served on the San Marino City Council and was a longtime member of the local Rotary Club. Kneier pitched the idea to his fellow San Marino Rotarians and the rest is history. The Pasadena Humane Society, which provides animal rescue ser-
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ODDS ARE GOOD THAT ATTENDEES AT THE SAN MARINO MOTOR CLASSIC WILL CATCH A GLIMPSE OF FORMER LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST AND RENOWNED CAR COLLECTOR JAY LENO. PHOTO BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN
vices to San Marino, was also engaged. “We knew that we were going to raise some money with this show and we figured it was fair that the two charities would provide something,” Weiss continued. “They each help with ticket sales. Rotary provides 100 day-of-event volunteers and the Humane Society has a publicity department to help promote the event. Between the two charities, we had enough people.” And each has benefitted greatly from their participation. To date, Rotary Charities and the Pasadena Humane Society have each received $700,000 from the show’s seven-year run.
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In 2016, Weiss enlisted the USC Trojan Marching Band to perform at a Saturday night gala that is held in Lacy Park ahead of the Motor Classic. An elevated runway is constructed adjacent to the dining area and cars from every era glide past, each accompanied by music of its period that is performed by the Trojan Marching Band. The Band receives a donation for its attendance. Last year, more than 400 tickets were sold for the gala alone. The USC connection is quite understandable. Weiss met his wife, Valerie, while the two were attending the school. Each of the couple’s five children have received their diplomas from the university, as well, so “Conquest” is in their blood. “There are so many followers of the band it almost guaranteed we would fill the tent,” Weiss added. “They are a strong draw. Several band members also come on Sunday for the Motor Classic and play throughout the park. It’s a nice arrangement and really adds to the entire weekend.” Weiss got the idea for the gala exhibition when he attended a performance at USC that married the marching band with a symphony orchestra. “Across the stage was a large screen that displayed images of Impressionist paintings that was paired to the music,” Weiss recalled. “I got the idea that we could do the same thing, but with cars. The band was willing to perform for free, but we included them as a charity.” Last year’s Motor Classic was “the perfect storm,” according to Weiss. “We had more cars and it raised more money for the charities than ever before.” But there’s a chance it might get lapped by the 2018 San Marino Motor Classic. A collection of 10 cars raced by Paul Newman will be on display at the event, which will be held on Sunday, June 10. Owned by television and podcast host Adam Carolla, the Newman race cars— publicly displayed together for the
TEN CARS RACED BY LEGENDARY ACTOR AND PHILANTHROPIST PAUL NEWMAN AND NOW OWNED BY ADAM CAROLLA WILL BE ON DISPLAY FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE SAN MARINO MOTOR CLASSIC ON SUNDAY, JUNE 10, INCLUDING THIS 1971 TRIUMPH TR6. NEWMAN WON A NATIONAL CHAMPIIONSHIP IN 1976 WITH THIS CAR, LAUNCHING HIM INTO THE WORLD OF MOTORSPORTS. PHOTO COURTESY OF KAHN MEDIA
first time—will be entered in a special class. The collection includes several of Newman’s Datsun and Nissan race cars and the famous Porsche 935 the actor drove in the 1979 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “That’s a pretty big deal,” Weiss added. This year’s show will also feature a wide variety of collector cars ranging from “Brass and Nickel Era” models to American muscle cars, hot rods, rare exotic cars, European and Japanese classics and everything in-between. A special “Early Lamborghini Sports Car” class will highlight some of the Sant’Agata Bolognese brand’s earliest and rarest sports cars and will also include high-profile entries that have not been shown before. Speaking of high profile, there is a chance you might bump into comedian and former late night talk show host Jay Leno, who has attended six of the seven events in Lacy Park and is a noted car enthusiast. As is Weiss. A real estate investor by trade, Weiss currently owns 30 American and European pre-war classics “and a few post-war Mercedes” that are frequently entered in shows across the country. But even with a fleet as substantial as that available, what does Weiss use for his daily transportation? “A 2013 GMC Yukon,” he said matter-of-factly. “I think I’m due for a
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new one.” But probably not before June 10, when the wildly-popular, highly-anticipated and widely-respected Motor Classic rolls through town. In just seven short years, it has quickly become one of the most prestigious events of its kind. “This is a very nice community event,” Weiss concluded. “And we are helping charities. When people come to the show or advertise in the program, they are helping the cause. This is entirely volunteer driven and there are no paid employees. It’s a lot of fun. You can have some lunch and see a lot of people. And there are some really great cars, too.” • The San Marino Motor Classic will be held on Sunday, June 10 in San Marino’s Lacy Park. Gates will open to the public at 9 a.m. and the show concludes at 3 p.m. Advance tickets are available online for $25. Tickets the day of the event are $30. Children 12 and under are free. VIP spectator tickets are also available for $125, which include a gourmet lunch, wine and beer. Tickets for Saturday’s gala are $250 per person and include general admission to the San Marino Motor Classic on Sunday. Vendors and gourmet food trucks will also be onsite. Street parking will be available and a parking shuttle provided. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.sanmarinomotorclassic.com.
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ANSWERS TO ALZHEIMER’S PUZZLE IN SIGHT Research by Local Ophthalmologist Could Provide A Shortcut to Cure the Dreaded Disease BY MITCH LEHMAN
Society places a great deal of faith in recent developments and the latest technology (it’s not a coincidence we admire “modern medicine”), but for Dr. Alfredo Sadun, a system he developed more than 30 years ago might again be back on the forefront in the long battle against Alzheimer’s disease. At that time, over three decades ago, Sadun, who is currently Thornton Chair at Doheny Eye Centers-UCLA and vice chair of Ophthalmology at UCLA, was working at cross-town rival USC when he had an idea. “Even though the eye is part of the brain, nobody thought it was connected to Alzheimer’s disease,” Sadun said. “I had been studying the optic nerve all of my life. It was a leap of faith that since the optic nerve is fundamentally part of the brain it would show changes seen elsewhere in the brain, such as those caused by Alzheimer’s. Sometimes it is easier to get deep if you stay narrow.” Sadun’s earlier research was based on developing new staining techniques that could be used in human post-mortem material. He created a special stain that measures dead fibers in the brain. “This was the first time that you could follow the
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fibers through the human brain,” Sadun said. Others weren’t so optimistic. “This was anti-dogma,” he said. “It was not easy to get published. But once it was published, it became a new standard.” While Sadun was still a resident training in ophthalmology at Harvard, he was notified by the Harvard pathology department that it had a brain from a man who had lost an eye to mortar fire in WWII. With that case, the new staining technique enabled Sadun and his Harvard colleagues to trace all the visual pathways, for the first time, in a human, albeit after death. In 1984, Sadun left Harvard for USC where he soon began working in an Alzheimer’s consortium with Dr. Carol A. Miller, who specialized in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. They studied the eyes of ten Alzheimer’s patients who had passed away and signed organ donor release forms. “My technician shouted ‘Come over here, you won’t believe this,’” Sadun said. “I was looking over her
shoulder and then peered into her microscope where I could see that there was heavy staining in the eyes from Alzheimer’s patients; it was more in those with more severe disease. So now, finally, we had a system with which to easily quantify the damage from Alzheimer’s. There was a big problem, of course. These were eyes obtained post-mortem. Alzheimer’s patients had to die before we could use the optic nerves to measure their disease. I knew that the optic nerve is part of the brain, therefore diseases of the brain should show up in the optic nerve. You can’t peer into the brain, but you can peer into the eye and see the optic nerve.” No less an authority than The New England Journal of Medicine published Sadun’s research showing Alzheimer’s in the eye in 1986, but it remained controversial as there was such a shortage of tissue that others could not gather the resources to confirm the work. What was needed was a way of seeing this damage to the optic nerve fibers in the living human eye.
DR. ALFREDO SADUN, SECOND FROM LEFT, FAMOUSLY SOLVED AN EPIDEMIC OF BLINDNESS IN CUBA THAT BROKE OUT IN 1993. PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. ALFREDO SADUN
DR. ALFREDO SADUN, THORNTON CHAIR OF PASADENA’S DOHENY EYE CENTER-UCLA, IS ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF RESEARCH THAT COULD HELP SPEED THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING A CURE FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. PHOTO BY MITCH LEHMAN
SADUN’S INVOLVEMENT IN SOLVING THE OUTBREAK REQUIRED HIM TO BE IN DAILY CONTACT WITH FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF CUBA FIDEL CASTRO. PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. ALFREDO SADUN
And this came about with the breakthrough development of OCT—Optical Coherence Tomography—which uses principles of ultrasound, but with light. “OCT can allow us to see the layers of the eye with the detail of postmortem microscopy, but in the living patient,” Sadun said. “In the period of 2001 to 2005 several groups used OCT to look at Alzheimer’s patients and they backed up our findings of 1986.” Coming full circle, Sadun is now using new modifications of OCT made possible by the close relationship that Doheny Eye Institute has always enjoyed with Zeiss and other OCT makers. The President and Chief Science Officer of Doheny, Dr. SriniVas Sadda, has been instrumental in forging close relationships with OCT manufacturers and having them optimize their machines for research and new clinical application. What Sadun’s OCT system offers is a way of using the eye to peer into the process and measure the progress of Alzheimer’s disease and, as a consequence, shortcut the search for a cure. “Studies on Alzheimer’s cost hundreds of millions of dollars,” Sadun said. “In order to know if you have effective therapy you would have to study a lot of people for 10 years or more.” This is because there are so many variables that affect patients’ performances on traditional measures of Alzheimer’s. “Patients come into standard testing with so many fundamental differences,” Sadun continued. “The standard cognitive test loses some of its meaning from differences in IQ, social status and education, for example. You can ask a patient who was President of the United States three decades ago and if they don’t know, how much do you attribute that to Alzheimer’s and how much to the fact that they weren’t history majors in college? Similarly, someone with Alzheimer’s can be very differ-
ent on the same day. They might be cogent early in the day or if they are in the presence of a spouse or family member. Cognitive testing is not only tedious, it’s an ineffective and ugly way to monitor the progress of Alzheimer’s.” To compensate for all the variables, the pharmaceutical companies have to sponsor huge and expensive trials, involving thousands of patients who have to be followed for a decade before they can conclude that their medication was ineffectual. “Understandably, the companies are getting gun-shy. The holy grail, then, would be an objective means of measuring an Alzheimer’s patient that is also quantitative. We have used special testing with OCT to show that people with Alzheimer’s disease have losses and evidence of damage near the optic nerve,” Sadun said. So What Can We Do? “Get tested,” Sadun exclaimed. “But not because it will be useful to you immediately. This is sort of a Kennedy-esque appeal. Ask not what your country, or in this case, medical science, can do for you. People working with us will be a part of the solution. These studies will lead to refinements in our test that will lead to better and smaller, but more numerous clinical trials that will lead to improvements in therapy.” Dr. Michael Harrington of Huntington Medical Research Institute in Pasadena is accepting volunteers who will also undergo, amongst other things, OCT testing by Sadun, in an effort to increase the test pool. “It’s a 45-minute process of photographing the back of your eye with a $1 million instrument,” Sadun said. “All you have to do is look straight ahead.” Though Sadun vehemently claims that he cannot cure or even definitively diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, he has plenty of insights culled from his more than three decades of studying the condition.
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“People probably have the disease long before they show the symptoms, with biological changes occurring maybe 20 to 25 years before diagnosis,” Sadun said. Sadun then referenced a frightening fact. “By the time you are 85 years old, there is about a 50% chance you will have Alzheimer’s disease,” he said. “The really depressing part is that the pathology began in the brain 20 to 25 years earlier. That’s a pretty real problem. Even if we had the right medication, by the time there are symptoms, it may be too late.” Sadun and his team hope their research will allow pharmaceutical companies to begin testing possible medications for the disease. “The data will be published and made available to everyone,” he explained. “There is no shortage of companies who think they can cure Alzheimer’s and some version of a cure is almost certainly already out there. In five or six years, I expect that by using newer OCT techniques something real will come out of this.” Sadun also explained that this new research could put to rest a lot of “old wives’ tales” that the general public currently believes might be associated with Alzheimer’s disease. “There was a theory that using aluminum cookware caused Alzheimer’s,” Sadun said. “Our research can definitively put this and a number of other so-called associations to rest. There is also a consensus that cardiovascular disease aggravates Alzheimer’s. It probably doesn’t cause it, but it may cause Alzheimer’s to develop faster. When asked, I tell people that the best thing they can do to prevent Alzheimer’s is similar to what they can do for many age-related conditions. What is bad for your circulation is probably bad for your brain, so you should exercise, watch your diet and not smoke. This is not sexy, but it’s true.” The Cuban Vision Crisis If his research is successful, this
won’t be the first time Sadun has been in the spotlight. In May 1993, Sadun was asked to join the Pan American Health Organization on a trip to Cuba to find answers to an epidemic that had not been reported in the United States. “50,000 Cubans had gone blind over a period of just 18 months,” Sadun recalled. “Right before I left for Cuba I received a package that said ‘Top Secret’ and ‘For Your Eyes Only.’ I carefully opened it up and saw newspaper articles from around the world that reported on the epidemic. The news had been blacked out in the United States.” Once on the ground, Sadun was in immediate and almost constant contact with former Prime Minister Fidel Castro. And he hinted that while in Cuba, he was probably always monitored. But Sadun had a bigger task at hand. “We had three things we needed to do,” he said. “We had to make a diagnosis. We had to discover the cause. And we had to figure out how do we break this to the country?” Castro had been trying to position Cuba as a burgeoning player in the world science trade and had charged his top medical personnel with creating cheaper vaccines for the world market. Castro was also very sensitive to Sadun’s nation of origin and didn’t want to cede to American authority during the inves-
tigation. “Castro first introduced me as a scientist from the United Nations,” Sadun said. “He didn’t want to acknowledge that I was American. Then he found out that I was of Italian origin, so from that point on he introduced me as the Italian scientist. Anything but American.” The epidemic had started at the far west end of the island nation and was working its way east at a rate of 26 kilometers a day. Cuban medical officials first thought the epidemic was caused by a virus. “Through our research we had determined that no one had gone blind under the age of 15 or over the age of 88,” Sadun said. “That was a problem because viruses love children and older people with their compromised immune systems. We had to start from scratch.” Through medical testing and a strict effort to ascertain family medical histories, Sadun and his team finally deduced that a combination of diet and alcohol intake had caused the epidemic. “We realized that those who had gone blind were deficient in folic acid and had high levels of formate,” Sadun said. Formate is a byproduct from the brewing process of alcoholic beverages. In this case, poorly aged rum. “Castro had previously declared that all Cuban rum was for export and so the people were drinking fresh
rum they had bought from unofficial breweries. The government had also passed out seeds to the people and encouraged them to grow rice and beans, not greens, which is where you find folic acid.” Beef, pork and chicken, other good sources of folic acid, were rare in Cuba and the combination of nutritional deficiencies and formate resulted in a toxic cocktail. “Under these circumstances, the mitochondria stop working well,” Sadun said. But Sadun’s correct and rapid diagnosis was not universally welcome. “Many Cuban doctors were mad because we came up with a cause that did not match theirs,’” Sadun said. But not for long. Folic acid was added to Cubans’ diets and no new cases of blindness were reported. In August, Castro sent Sadun a letter to report that the epidemic had ceased and to thank him for his efforts. Sadun’s exploits have been consistently acknowledged throughout his distinguished career. He was recently presented with the 2017 Life Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, adding to the 20 national and international awards he has received for his outstanding contributions to science and medicine. Given his current Alzheimer’s research, there will likely be more accolades to come. •
Doheny Eye Institute has purchased new 123,200-square foot, 7-acre commercial property at 150 North Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. “We are thrilled about our move into the new Pasadena campus,” said SriniVas R. Sadda, MD, president and chief scientific officer of Doheny Eye Institute. “The longstanding legacy of Doheny and historic Pasadena are a perfect match. We look forward to calling Pasadena home as we continue to further our vision to have the greatest impact on human eyesight by leading our field with groundbreaking research, superior education programs, and the best eye care in the world.” Doheny will develop plans for the design of the interior renovations as soon as possible. “The new campus is contemporary, welcoming and fresh, and we are excited to provide this experience to the faculty, staff, patients and visitors,” said Marissa Goldberg, Doheny’s executive director and chief financial officer. PHOTO COURTESY OF DOHENY EYE CENTERS-UCLA
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EL PUEBLO DE LOS ANGELES HISTORICAL MONUMENT BY HARRY YADAV PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSEPH RUIZ
NUESTRA SEÑORA LA REINA DE LOS ÁNGELES
A short trip on the Gold Line to Union Station takes you to El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, the site of Los Angeles’ founding in 1781. Developed on a bluff overlooking the Los Angeles River, El Pueblo has played a large role in the city’s history. Museums like the Chinese American Museum, the Italian American Museum and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes show the evolution of major immigrant communities in Los Angeles. The Avila Adobe (1818), the oldest standing house in the city, and the Pelanconi House (~1855), the city’s first brick building, are just two of El Pueblo’s many historically-significant architectural gems. The 44-acre living museum also contains sites tied to the activist politics of recent Los Angeles history. The América Tropical mural (1932) and La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Ángeles church (1814), for example, have been beacons of hope for immigrants enduring harsh political pushback over the years. The main attraction of El Pueblo,
however, is Olvera Street, home to pleasing Mexican cuisine and shopping. Olvera Street Home to vineyard-owning ranchers and a number of prominent Angelenos in the early 1800s, Olvera Street became a cultural melting pot around the turn of the 20th century when Los Angeles’ business district gave way to industrial warehouses. Then, in the 1920s, Olvera Street was the subject of rediscovery when Christine Sterling launched a campaign to revitalize the street’s dilapidated buildings and shops. Since being reopened as a Mexican marketplace on Easter Sunday, 1930, Olvera Street has been one of downtown Los Angeles’ most popular tourist attractions. Today, over 2 million visitors a year seeking Mexican food, clothing, trinkets and culture flock to its shops and restaurants. For a satisfying bite to eat, visit Cielito Lindo, the iconic taquito joint founded in 1934 at the northeast corner of the street. Or visit
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the Italian American Museum on the other side of the alleyway to learn about Olvera Street’s significance to the Italian immigrant community. Siqueiros Mural, América Tropical, 1932 David Alfaro Siqueiros created quite a stir when, in 1932, the already controversial Mexican muralist unveiled América Tropical on the outside of Italian Hall, overlooking Olvera Street. The 18-by-82-foot scene, available for public viewing today by way of a staircase in the Sepulveda House, depicts an indigenous person hanging by a double cross that represents both imperialism and the Church. In the 1970s, Siqueiros would admit that he was originally commissioned to paint a romanticized vision of “Tropical America.” Instead, the mural, which he titled Tropical America: Oppressed and Destroyed by Imperialism, turned out to be a provocative political statement. Quickly whitewashed at the orders of outraged Olvera Street of-
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ficials, América Tropical was restored in 2012 with the help of the Getty Conservation Institute. Today, an interpretive center, on the ground floor of the Sepulveda House, is dedicated to the history and impact of the mural. During summer hours, the second story América Tropical viewing platform is accessible to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plaza Firehouse Today a museum housing a collection of vintage tools, wagons, and late 19th century firefighting equipment, Plaza Firehouse has had many incarnations since its construction in 1884. Originally the site of Los Angeles’ first fire station, at different points in its history the building has housed a saloon, a cigar store, a boarding house, a drug store, a poolroom and a Chinese vegetable market. Purchased by the State of California in 1954, Plaza Firehouse reopened as a museum in 1960. It is located next to the Chinese American Museum and
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southeast of El Pueblo’s circular plaza. Plaza Firehouse is free and open for public viewing Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cielito Lindo At the north entrance to Olvera Street sits Cielito Lindo, one of Los Angeles’ most iconic and historic Mexican restaurants. A line of patrons regularly stretches from its order window to the sidewalk along Cesar Chavez Avenue, but the wait for a plate of its specialty taquitos and avocado sauce is well worth it. This spicy, green goodness, made with avocados, tomatillos, chile güero, garlic and cilantro, is the signature of Cielto Lindo. One of the first Mexican restaurants to open on Olvera Street, in 1934, it was founded by “Grama” Aurora Guerrero, who immigrated to Los Angeles from the village of Huanusco during the 1920s. Prices at Cielito Lindo remain affordable today. A plate of two taquitos with avocado sauce is only $3.50. It is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday
through Thursday and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Chinese American Museum The Chinese American Museum, at the very southeast edge of the Monument, honors El Pueblo’s history as the birthplace of Los Angeles’ original Chinatown. Exhibits such as Origins: The Birth and Rise of Chinese American Communities in Los Angeles document the early living experiences of some of Los Angeles’ first Chinese immigrants. Others, like Don’t Believe the Hype: LA Asian Americans in Hip Hop, which features graffiti art, paintings and audio/visual recordings by some of the city’s most influential Chinese American hip hop artists, commemorate the evolution of Chinese American culture in Southern California. Located in the Garnier House (1890), the last remaining structure of the original Chinatown, the museum is free and open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. •
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A BERRY GOOD IDEA Summer brings with it a glorious abundance of berries. Bake them into pies, make them into jam, add them to beverages, or eat them fresh by the handful. Whatever you do, make sure you seize every opportunity to consume these pint-sized treasures that are not only delicious, but also good for you! Choosing flavorsome berries is not difficult—focus on those that are fresh, ripe and grown without pesticides. Berries should be fully saturated with color, plump and firm. They should also be fragrant—for instance, strawberries should smell like strawberries—a characteristic which can be overlooked by some who see a brightly-colored berry and are then disappointed when it doesn’t taste sweet. The sheen of berries is also important: strawberries should have a rich sheen (as well as green caps and stems); blackberries should have a muted glossy sheen; raspberries should have a soft gloss to them; and blueberries should have a powdery look (a hazy white coating called “bloom”). A special treat during the summer is being able to pick your own berries. There are several pick-your-own farms that are a relatively easy drive from the San Gabriel Valley (definitely call ahead to check on berry availability): Underwood Family Farms has two locations: one in Moorpark and one in Somis. If you’re looking to focus on berry picking, go to the Somis location (5696 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Somis, open 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily, (805) 386-4660), which has no admission fee (you just pay per pound for the berries picked) and is planted
with sustainably-grown strawberries (now – August), blueberries (June – approximately mid-July), raspberries (starting in July) and blackberries (starting in August). For more information, visit underwoodfamilyfarms. com. The Abundant Table (1012 West Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, open 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily through midJune, (805) 983-0333) offers pickyour-own certified organic strawberries. The $10 admission fee gets you access to the fields, a visit with barnyard animals and a one-pound basket of strawberries. Additional berries picked cost $5/basket. Riley’s Farm (12261 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, u-pick open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon. – Sat., (909) 797-7534), a well-known place for apple picking, also offers sustainably-grown strawberries (now – first frost), blackberries (June) and raspberries (starting in July). Pick-yourown berries are sold by the half pint, pint, quart and gallon (containers provided). For more information, visit rileysfarm.com. Los Rios Rancho (39611 Oak Glen Rd., Oak Glen, u-pick open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat. & Sun., (909) 797-1005) uses natural organic methods to grow its u-pick strawberries (available late June – September) and raspberries (available late July – early October). If you go later in the season, you can possibly pick some apples, too (apple season begins Labor Day weekend)! For more information, visit losriosrancho.com. Tanaka Farms (5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine, (949) 653-2100) is not a traditional pick-your-own destination but is worth mentioning. It offers
strawberry tours until the end of June on Saturdays and Sundays every half hour from 9:30 am – 2:30 p.m.; Mon. – Fri. tour times vary so reservations are required. The $18 per person admission fee (free for 2 and under) gets you an educational one-hour wagon ride around the farm that ends in a strawberry patch where you can pick and eat sustainably-grown strawberries and take home a onepound basket. The Farm also offers strawberry picking in the patch behind its market stand for those who want to forego the tour; however, there is limited inventory and, as such, the patch is not always open. For more information, visit tanakafarms.com. Berry picking is a lot of fun but can be messy and thorny (depending upon the berry), so wear old clothes and comfortable closed-toe shoes. You should also make sure to protect yourself from the sun (hat, sunscreen, etc.) and bring plenty of water to stay hydrated while picking. Seasoned berry pickers recommend harvesting all the ripe berries off one bush and then moving onto the next. They also suggest looking underneath berry plants and moving branches as the best berries are hidden sometimes. Once you’ve finished picking, remember that your flavorful, sun-kissed berries are delicate—do not leave them in a hot car! Use or refrigerate them as soon as you get home. Whether you buy or pick your berries, one thing is certain: consume and enjoy these delightful summer gems when they’re plentiful and at the peak of their flavor. And do it often. •
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BULGARINI GELATO ARTIGIANALE A Refreshing, Authentic Taste of Italy in Altadena BY MEAGAN GOOLD PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN
LEO BULGARINI PREPARES FRESH STRAWBERRY SORBETTO USING HIS FAMILY’S 1963 GELATO MACHINE.
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Just off North Lake and Altadena Avenues in a nondescript strip mall is a gelato shop called Bulgarini Gelato Artigianale. It’s possible you’ve lived in the Pasadena area for years and never heard of the spot. It’s also possible you’ve driven by its location numerous times and never even noticed it. But Bulgarini Gelato Artigianale has been making headlines for over a decade now. “Gelato as authentic as it gets this far from Italy,” said the Wall Street Journal. “It’s crazy good,” said the LA Times. And Jonathan Gold, LA’s most famous (maybe the world’s most famous) food critic calls Leo Bulgarini, the man behind the deliciousness, an “artist, a master” when it comes to the art of gelato. Leo Bulgarini, a native of Rome, and his wife Elizabeth, a Pasadena native, spent two years searching Italy for artisans who still made gelato the traditional way and using only fresh ingredients. Their search took them to the Sicilian town of Catania where an 82-year-old, third generation gelato maker in retirement spent two months sharing his knowledge with the couple. The Bulgarinis completed their education with another octogenarian in Milan. Back home in Altadena, the Bulgarinis have dedicated themselves to producing gelato with the purest flavor and creamiest texture possible. It all starts with the freshest ingredients: the ripest peak-season fruit, the best chocolate, the highest quality organic milk, and the most flavorful, freshest nuts. Leo likened what he does to a kind of “culinary archeology.” It’s obvious listening to him talk about his process that he enjoys the adventure of discovery. They handpick fruit from local farmers markets or visit small farms in Southern California. They fly to Italy for coffee beans and Sicily for cactus pear. Pistachios are imported from Catania and macadamia nuts from Hawaii. They’ve discovered cocoa in Santo Domingo and hazelnuts in Oregon. The Bulgarinis will travel for the best ingredients.
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Using a 1963 gelato machine his uncle gave him, Leo gave us a rare glimpse at the gelato (made with milk) or in this case the sorbetto (without milk) making process. With a flip of a switch the huge machine (maybe five feet tall) came to life, humming, its barrel spinning. While the machine “warmed up,” the ingredients were prepared—fresh local strawberries, water, and sugar. Once the drum was cold enough the ingredients were added. Leo used the same big paddle he once helped his uncle guide while he made gelato, to scrape the sides of the spinning drum. In 20 minutes the sorbetto was ready and transferred to chilled pans and then the freezer. As you can imagine, the end result lived up to its reputation—it was delicious. “Americans don’t know how good gelato is,” Leo said. I think he might be right. How is it that in our food obsessed culture, where we all seem to be trying to eat clean or organic, so many of us would choose a bowl of ice cream over a cup of gelato? According to Leo, gelato has a more intense flavor than American ice cream because gelato has much less butterfat, less sugar, less cream, and less flavoring. The high fat content in ice cream coats the tongue and distracts the palate. “It’s like bad coffee, if you add enough cream and sugar you’ll drink it,” he said. Bulgarini gelato is made with milk, not cream, and contains only four to seven percent fat (where ice cream contains 10 to 18 percent or more). And gelato is softer because it’s stored at a warmer freezer temperature. “It doesn’t numb taste buds, but leaves them open to enjoy more flavor,” explained Leo. It’s immediately obvious that gelato is not Leo Bulgarini’s only passion. His small shop walls are decorated with maps heavy with thumbtacks that point out all of his and his family’s travels. “My son and I travel every year. It opens his mind,” he said excitedly. Out looking for recipes, ingredients, wines, or the significance of
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BULGARINI USES FRESH LOCAL STRAWBERRIES, WATER, AND SUGAR TO CREATE DELICIOUS SORBETTO.
Jewish dishes intertwined with Christian dishes, there are culinary adventures to be had. In many ways, he’s preserving a tradition. “We’ve got to hand this off to them,” he said. “The younger generation.” And he takes his responsibility as steward very seriously. He loves working with youth in the community, inviting his son’s class to the shop every year to talk about ingredients and regions and the importance of travel. In recent years, Leo used his skills as a welder to fabricate a large dining room table that sits in the middle of his shop. And he and his wife have begun hosting what they call Italian-style family dinners. “It’s about bringing people together, literally to the table, and getting people to talk,” he said. “It’s about slowing things down and taking the time to enjoy good food with good company.” He prepares traditional Italian meals, paired with Italian wines and, of course, gelato. It’s a meal, an experience, that is meant to slow everyone down. “I’m taking my guests on a trip,” Leo laughed. “I talk about where things come from, why certain wines taste better with certain foods, and I get people talking. We don’t
talk with one another anymore.” So, what’s next for the Bulgarini family? After eleven years they are looking at a new location in the heart of Pasadena. A bigger spot near the Pasadena Playhouse, with even bigger tables! “We’ve lost the communal and I want to bring that back,” Leo said. And, of course, more travel. He and his son will join Jonathan Gold this summer in Tuscany. And more opportunities to connect with people, especially with young people. “I’d love the opportunity to involve children in what I do,” he said. That seems entirely probable if Leo Bulgarini has anything to do with it. • Bulgarini Gelato Artigianale is located at 749 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena, CA 91001. It is open Mon. – Thurs. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sun. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Italian-style family dinners are typically held on Fri. and Sat.—be sure to call ahead to confirm availability and make reservations. (626) 7916174. https://bulgarinigelato.com.
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GET CULTURED Celebrate summer’s long sunny days with homemade fermented produce BY KAMALA KIRK PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN The return of summer is the ideal time to take advantage of the bounty of abundant and healthy produce that is available. And one of the best ways to preserve the harvest is through the long-lost art of fermentation. Not only do fermented foods deliver a range of more interesting and complex flavors, but they also bring immune-boosting and gut-benefitting enhancements to the table. At Culture Club 101 in Pasadena, fermentation plays an important role on the menu, featuring a variety of delicious and healthy choices ranging from sauerkraut to Kombucha. “One of the major ways our ancestors preserved food was through fermentation,” said Elaina Luther, founder of Culture Club 101. “Back in the day, people would take their end-of-summer harvest, ferment it and leave it in jars down in their root cellars so they could have fruits and vegetables during the long winter months. Once refrigeration was invented, the nutritional power of many foods went out the window. My health improved remarkably after I started fermenting, then I started to teach my friends how to ferment. My goal is to bring back into awareness the food traditions of the past that were beneficial to health and longevity.” Sauerkraut is often the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of fermented foods, but Elaina mentioned that you can ferment just about anything—even fruit. She invited us in one afternoon to teach us
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Fermented Raspberries (Recipe courtesy of Culture Club 101) • 4 cups fresh organic raspberries • ¼ cup organic evaporated cane sugar • ¼ cup living Kombucha (preferably homemade) Add all ingredients to a bowl and mash with a potato masher until well broken down. Mixture will start to get foamy. Pour into glass mason jars. Top filled jars with a spoonful of Kombucha. Place lids on jars. Let sit in warm place away from sunlight for 1-3 days, checking often for doneness by cracking the lids quickly. Bubbles should rise when done and a thin layer of liquid separation will appear at the bottom. Consume delightfully and keep remaining raspberries stored in your refrigerator. Note of caution: Don’t forget about your raspberries when they’re fermenting, as they can over-ferment and blow the lids off the jars. You’ll have a raspberry-splattered ceiling!
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Sauerkraut (Recipe courtesy of Culture Club 101) Note: This recipe has been adapted for at-home preparation. The photos are of preparation in the Culture Club 101 kitchen. • 2 large heads of fresh organic cabbage—shredded (pull off 3-4 outer leaves and put aside) • 3 cups filtered water • 3 tablespoons Himalayan pink salt (or a good unrefined high mineral salt) Mix salt and water. Stir until mostly dissolved. Soak reserved whole cabbage leaves in the salt water. Meanwhile, shred cabbage and place in bowl. Put soaked cabbage leaves aside. Pour the salt-water mixture evenly over shredded cabbage and start mixing and massaging cabbage. Mix and massage for at least 10 minutes until cabbage softens and shrinks in volume. Take handfuls of cabbage and press into balls, squeezing out most of the water. Tightly pack cabbage balls in wide mouth quart mason jars, pressing down firmly with your fist. Repeat layer by layer. Leave at least 2 inches at top of jar. Place softened cabbage leaves on top and press down tightly. Pour brine on top of cabbage to 1 inch from top. Place lid and ring on finger tight. Put jars on glass pie plates to catch brine that may get pushed out during fermentation. Leave out of sunlight for 3 weeks. Check to see if done by tasting brine. If too salty, it’s not ready yet. Leave another week and recheck. When done to taste, take out top cabbage leaves and discard. Store in refrigerator.
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THE FERMENTATION ROOM AT CULTURE CLUB 101 IS WHERE THE SAUERKRAUTS, KOMBUCHAS, AND KVASS GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF FERMENTATION. BY ISOLATING THE CROCKS OF FERMENTING VEGETABLES AND KOMBUCHAS, THERE IS NO RISK OF CONTAMINATION FROM UNWANTED BACTERIAL CULTURES.
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how to make a special summer treat: fermented raspberries. Not only are they easy to make, but they can also be enjoyed in a variety of ways: on their own, as a spread, mixed into a smoothie, as an accompaniment to yogurt or vegan cheese, or as a dessert topping. “I recommend raspberries because they’re super easy,” Elaina said. “Make sure to source organic, because if you get berries that have been treated with pesticides, there’s a good possibility that the beneficial bacteria in the fruit have died off and they won’t ferment.” Most of Elaina’s produce is sourced from local farmers, as well as the Pasadena and surrounding farmers markets. She advises against getting fruits and vegetables from a grocery store if you plan to ferment them, because they’ve most likely been sitting around for an extended period and it’s during that time when the beneficial bacteria die off. These good
bacteria are necessary for fermentation to take place. Elaina highlighted several important questions to ask when shopping for produce at a farmers market. “What do you fertilize with? Chemicals, compost or manure?” she shared. “Ask them when they picked the fruits and vegetables. One of the farmers I regularly shop from picks his produce on Friday and brings it to the market on Saturday. You can’t get any fresher than that unless you have your own garden. That will enable you to achieve fermentation, you’re going to get food that’s alive.” There’s also the added health benefit that comes with fermenting your own berries. “Raspberries are naturally very high in antioxidants, so when you ferment them, the vitamin C is increased and probiotics become abundant,” Elaina pointed out. “It’s like on steroids, but in a good way.” When asked about other types of
fruits that are good for fermenting, she was quick to recommend golden raspberries, as well as peaches, pears, pineapples and mangos as good candidates. When fermenting the raspberries, Elaina adds in evaporated organic cane juice, because the bacteria will need a food source to eat. She also pours in Kombucha on the top layer, which works really well as a fermentation starter. “Kombucha is my goto for fermenting fruit,” she said. “It’s acidic, so it protects the raspberries while they start to ferment. Then you just put the mixture in a jar and leave the lid on. Let it sit for up to three days in a warm place until it gets bubbly.” She suggests putting a fermenting jar on top of the refrigerator where it’s warm, keeping it indoors and away from direct sunlight, and checking on it daily via a method known as ‘burping.’ “Open the lid really fast, and if you see the bubbles coming quickly, it’s ready,” Elaina explained. “Putting it in the fridge stops fermentation. However, if you leave it out and keep burping the jar, the mixture will eventually become alcoholic.” In addition to being a fermentation shop, Culture Club 101 is also a café, natural food marketplace and educational center that frequently hosts a variety of events, ranging from hands-on workshops to documentary screenings. “I named it Culture Club because of the fermentation,” explained Elaina. “We started out as a private club, and the 101 denotes an introductory educational course. I come from a family of teachers, and my love is to teach and empower people. I like seeing the light go on in other people when they’ve learned to do something and are proud of themselves. It’s rewarding.” And once you whip up this delightful summer treat, you’ll feel the same way too. • Culture Club 101 is located at 1392 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104. It is open Tues. – Fri. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (626) 893-5164. https://cultureclub101.com.
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BEE-LIEVER El Sereno’s Victor Soriano Has Enjoyed A Mystical 90-Year Relationship With Bees BY MITCH LEHMAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAFAEL NAJARIAN
“And as it works, th’ industrious bee Computes its time as well as we. How could such sweet and wholesome hours Be reckon’d but with herbs and flow’rs!” From “The Garden,” by Andrew Marvell, 1861 “Victor!” The awkward, uncomfortable yelling of his name through a locked gate toward the back of his cluttered property produces a smiling, bespectacled figure dressed in his Sunday best. Because it’s Sunday, and Victor Jaramillo Soriano tells me he will soon be going to church, the wall of which forms the northern border of his home in El Sereno, on Huntington Drive, a
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couple of stones’ throws from South Pasadena. Victor is upright and crisp as he strides down the small incline to greet me at the sidewalk. His church duties preclude us from further interaction that day, but upon our next meeting, it’s the same soul, different suit. Dressed in dungarees and a work shirt, Victor Jaramillo Soriano the churchgoer has been replaced by Victor Jaramillo Soriano the beekeeper—or apiarist—which has been defined as someone who “enjoys working with an unusual kind of pet,
the honeybee.” And not just your ordinary beekeeper. “The oldest beekeeper,” Soriano says with a smile and a slight, proud, lift of the chin. I ask his age and the answer is astonishing, bordering on the unbelievable. “Ninety-three,” he says. “Almost ninety-four.” June 28 will mark the arrival of the latter, but nothing about Soriano—his gait, posture, speech or general level of connectedness—would suggest anything two-thirds that total.
He says he’s officially been at his craft “since the war.” And he doesn’t mean Deserts Shield or Storm, something from a common perspective. He’s talking about World War II. He’s known around these parts as the “Honey Man,” and a metal rack which stands near the street is stocked with plastic bags of bee pollen (“Here, try this. It tastes good.”) and jars of rich, tawny-colored honey that are each marked for sale. The $50 jar seems enough to last a lifetime. Not Soriano’s lifetime, of course. But a “normal” lifetime. It’s all a product of his handiwork, a trade that has been in his family for more than 300 years, though the bees certainly deserve a little credit. Soriano wants us to visit one of the several hive clusters that are located throughout Southern California. Our destination is about a mile southwest of his home, which is located adjacent to the El Sereno Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. Soriano usually drives his small electric car to the hillside lot, but today he agrees to travel in the passenger seat of my Jeep. “This neighborhood looked nothing like this when I arrived,” he says, more than once, with a wide sweeping motion of his right hand. A few turns and climbs later and we are at our destination. Rafael Najarian, our photographer, follows behind in his truck. Soriano climbs out of the car and motions toward a crudely-constructed set of oversized stairs that lead up the side of a cliff, more than twenty feet above street level. He grabs a large rope and ascends effortlessly. Soriano hands us beekeeper suits and he dons just the gloves and headgear. If anyone’s searching for the bees that some authorities say are disappearing, we’ve found them. Under an awning of shade (“bees like the shade”) created by a cluster of trees that Soriano planted more than seven decades ago rises the deep, steady hum of the colony. Stray bees fly in maverick circles around
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the space and seem to recognize their friend Victor, who moves comfortably about, unthreatened by a scene that would send some people to therapy. He lights a bee smoker, a device that does just that: produces smoke that “calms the bees,” according to Soriano. They don’t look very calm to me. Or to Rafael. Soriano opens several of the handmade hives and proudly displays his wooden shelves, which are oozing with honey. He is quick to point out that each shelf carries the stamped impression of B-149—the number he uses to register his hives with the County of Los Angeles. The bees apparently haven’t smoked enough and are a little too truculent, so our visit is, well, truncated. As we meander down the labyrinth of streets and head back home, Soriano turns and points to where the plot of land is visible, distinguished by its green canopy. “I bought this in 1946,” he says. And as I try to comprehend that fact he fires another zinger. “For four hundred dollars.” A half-acre of land in Los Angeles County. The good old days. Soriano owns three other lots that are scattered around Southern California and the flavor of the honey is distinctive to each region. Back at home, Soriano is quick to show us that many of the bees have returned home as the hives in his side yard are now buzzing with activity, excuse the pun, and he seems pleased, as if a family member has returned following a long absence. Soriano came to the United States in 1943 as a 19-year-old under the dominion of the Bracero Program, which brought millions of Mexican guest workers to the United States to fill the void left by Americans who were off fighting in The Big One. An older brother, Jose, was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Pacific Theater. The two met up when the war ended and settled in El Sereno. Victor was a carpenter until retiring in
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the 1980s, when he devoted himself full-time to bee keeping. “He just loves it,” said John Soriano, one of Victor’s 15 children (not a typo—bee pollen available for $5 a bag). “He always tells me how much he enjoys it. He was collecting bees when he was a little kid. He would take off his pants and tie closed the bottoms of the legs. Then he would throw the waist part over a hive and when it was inside he would close it with his belt. Then he would take the hive home to my grandfather.” “And my grandfather lived until he was 104,” John Soriano added, quite matter-of-factly. As if the previous two facts don’t offer proof enough, John believes that bees and their products have medicinal powers. “My mother once had something wrong with her back, arthritis maybe, and it was very painful,” John said. “My father placed a bee on her back and had the bee sting her. My mother had resisted this, but she immediately felt better. They did that for a few more days and she was completely healed. We don’t know what it is. Something in the venom. But it works.” No wonder Victor is so dedicated to his craft. “I love the bees,” he said as we part company, and our time together has made that fact most evident. •
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MUSEUM IN FOCUS:
building include the Climbing Towers that let families climb up 40 feet for a bird’s eye view of Kidspace and the Arroyo Seco area; Imagination Workshop, which enables kids to use tools and a variety of materials from electronics and technology to build and create; and Storyteller Studio, which has four areas to explore and lets children move back and forth between acting, drawing and painting, storytelling and puppet play. Roberts Pavilion also houses Nature Exchange, which encourages children to investigate the world around them. Children earn points by filling out profiles about natural items they’ve found at home or at Kidspace and can use these points to redeem natural prizes from the Kidspace collection. The “Trade of the Day” changes daily, inviting children to come back and keep exploring. While there is consideration for the littlest visitors throughout Kidspace (for instance, there’s an infant and toddler area in Arroyo Adventure which provides a quiet place for digging and exploring), the S. Mark Taper Foundation Early Childhood Learning Center provides a space designed specifically for them. It has interactive exhibits geared toward children from birth to age three that not only stimulate exploration, but also prompt interaction between these little ones and their adults. A favorite among crawlers and early walkers is the Shiny Stream, as it lets them explore different surfaces, climbing and sliding.
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Imagine climbing to the top of an 18-foot hawk’s nest and looking out over a vast landscape of lush treetops. Imagine using sand, rocks and sticks to create dams to control and manipulate the flow of water. Imagine assembling, dismantling, and repurposing an old toy or radio or mechanical device simply to discover the inner-workings of an otherwise everyday object. Opportunities such as these and more abound at Pasadena’s Kidspace Children’s Museum, which invites its guests to immerse themselves in experiential learning—to imagine, explore, and investigate the world around them. Serving over 370,000 guests each year, Kidspace is a museum designed for families with children ages one to 10. Sitting on almost 3.5 acres in the heart of Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco, Kidspace features more than 40 handson exhibits, daily educational programs, and monthly events. This unique children’s museum, which is located primarily outdoors, encourages its visitors to explore, touch, investigate and get dirty—thereby becoming joyful and active learners in the world they inhabit. “We always encourage the hands-on aspects of our museum and advise parents to bring an extra pair of clothes, as their child will definitely get wet and dirty in our immersive exhibits,” laughed Kristen Payne, Kidspace Marketing Manager. Museum Highlights Arguably the most popular area for an immersive experience is Arroyo Adventure, where children are encouraged to connect with nature and engage in adventure. They are invited to uncover what possibilities lie between water and rocks, mud and sticks, and trees and native plantings. Popular features include the soaring Hawk’s Nest, which can be reached by a ramp, a ladder, stairs, rope bridge or circular climber; the Flood & Erosion Plain, which enables children to explore the effects of erosion by building dams and using materials to control the flow of water; and Hidden Forts, wherein guests are able to build forts and other structures out of natural materials. There is also brickmaking, exploring plant life, creating art pieces, investigating pond life and so much more. The Robert and Mary Galvin Physics Forest, located under a natural canopy of trees native to the area, features 12 interactive exhibits dealing with fundamental physics concepts that are sure to delight both younger and older audiences. Some of the highlights include Giant Levers, a physics-based version of the classic “tug-of-war;” Bottle Rocket, where rockets use water and compressed air to provide forward thrust; and Ball Bounce, which uses momentum gained from gravitational acceleration to create a transfer of energy. Deep in Physics Forest is Imagination Playground, where a wonderful blue play material encourages guests to build and create whatever they can imagine. The Roberts Pavilion is a fantastic place to visit anytime, but especially when the weather doesn’t feel like cooperating. Popular features in this
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Summer At Kidspace Summer is a wonderful time to explore Kidspace. Not only are there abundant opportunities for educational engagement and exploration through the everyday programming and exhibits, but also for keeping cool in the many water features throughout the museum. Excitingly, the Splash Dance Fountains in the Central Courtyard that broke in early 2016 will be repaired just in time to beat the heat! IMAGES COURTESY OF KIDSPACE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
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Kidspace also offers a variety of paid classes and summer camps to keep children of all ages engaged and learning during the summer months. A full list of its offerings (and availability) can be found on its website. Some summer programming and events that the Kidspace staff is particularly excited about include: • Free Family Nights on June 5, July 3, and August 7. Admission to the museum is free the first Tuesday of every month throughout the year (excluding September) during the hours of 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. • STEAMing through Summer, June 9 – August 4. This eight-week series
creates learning opportunities in a fun and interactive way. Weekly programming will explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). Additionally, there will also be an emphasis on imagination, nature, and green initiatives. Each week will conclude with a Kidspace Book Club, where participants can creatively share about the books they have read. The series will culminate with a Back-to-School Bash on August 4, as children move full-STEAM ahead into the next school year. • Arroyo Seco Weekend on June 23 and 24. Kidspace is a local partner for this family-friendly event at Brookside
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Park by the Rose Bowl. The Kidspace Family Jam, located in the family area of the ticketed festival, will include an interactive drum circle, a three and under area, Instrument Petting Zoo, and Instrument Make & Take. The museum will be closed both days of the Arroyo Music Festival. The Future Going forward, Kidspace is not content to rest on its laurels. The museum, which was first started off in the basement of Caltech by the Junior League of Pasadena in 1979, has big plans for continuing to grow its audience, evolve its space and expand programming under the direction of CEO Michael Shanklin. Shanklin, who joined the Kidspace team in 2011, has helped to increase museum attendance by 85 percent and has significantly increased revenue. But he has also executed on an initiative close to his heart—increasing the museum’s access to low-income families. In 2017 alone Kidspace served over 80,000 low-income families with free and reduced admission access and hopes to beat that number in 2018. “Our goal is to reach 400,000 guests onsite and serve 100,000 guests through our access programs. In addition, we are aiming to align Kidspace with strategic partners in key communities to serve. We have already been approached by several community partners who think the museum would make an impact in their area,” he said. Shanklin has recently retained a consultant to assess growth opportunities and strategies for the museum to better-serve Southern California. Kidspace leadership acknowledges that the museum is well-known as a place that people can come back to many times and never experience the same thing. This is not an accident. It is the result of the constant reexamination of its spaces and programs. While the museum is a bit tight-lipped about some of the things on which it is working, it did share some interesting tidbits. According to
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Lauren Kaye, Chief Officer of Learning Environments, there will be some changes to Arroyo Adventure in the future. “There are some areas that we would like to reimagine in the next couple of years, namely Nature Exchange and Kirby’s Corner. We are also looking at ways to add on to Harvest Corner, creating an even
more dynamic space for children to engage with edible gardening,” she said. Increased programming for kids with special needs and disabilities is also on the horizon, according to Shellie J. Kalmore, Chief Programs Officer, a result of the museum’s successful Welcome Wednesdays pilot series.
Shanklin is excited about the future. He said, ““We are grateful for the support we have received from the community and we look forward to continuing our efforts to nurture the potential of all children through kid-driven experiences. From our team’s deep investigation of our programs and exhibits, we hope to continue to expand and develop new experiences for learning and play to provide an even better guest experience to current Los Angeles families and future generations to come.” The future is undoubtedly bright for Kidspace and all of the constituents it serves. • Kidspace Children’s Museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Boulevard in Pasadena, adjacent to the Rose Bowl Stadium. Summer hours (through September 3, 2018) are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, see the museum’s website at kidspacemuseum. org or call (626) 449-9144.
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G E TAWAY :
Escape the summer heat of the San Gabriel Valley in the steps of Steinbeck STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM THOMPSON When the heat of summer becomes overwhelming in the San Gabriel Valley, a short trip to a cooler destination can be a welcome—and refreshing—change of pace. Monterey, which is an easy car ride or short flight away, offers up pleasant temperatures (with highs ranging in the mid-60s to 70s during the summer), great hotels and restaurants, abundant activities and a rich history, chronicled by some of America’s greatest writers. In his novel Cannery Row, John Steinbeck wrote: “Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.” The grit and grating are gone along with the canneries, honky tonks, flophouses, “junk heaps of tin and corrugated iron” and the “deep-laden boats” of the sardine fleet that made up Steinbeck’s Monterey. What remains is that incredible “quality of light” and the dream that spins like a magical web over the area. It is no wonder that this kingdom by the sea has been an inspiration for writers who have created a legacy left on bookshelves around the world. Robert Louis Stevenson called it home when courting Fanny Osbourne and incorporated much of the flavor of Monterey into his immortal Treasure Island. Jack London drew upon the area for inspiration for his novel The Sea Wolf. But it was John Steinbeck, and his long, personal attachment to Monterey beginning when he lived there in 1930 with his first wife Carol Henning, who introduced it to the world. Here he met the roughnecks, cannery workers and colorful characters who spiced his stories and immortalized Cannery Row as a part of our collective conscience. Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and National Book Award in 1940 for his novel Grapes of Wrath (1939), which told the story of migrant farmworkers in the Salinas Valley. In 1962, Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, in large part because of this novel. Seventeen of his works, including Cannery Row (1945), The Pearl (1947) and East of Eden (1955), were made into Hollywood movies. Steinbeck Home In 1945 (the year Cannery Row was published), Steinbeck lived with his second wife, Gwyndolyn Conger (married 1943–1948), and son, Thom, at 460 Pierce Street in the Lara-Soto Adobe, which he called “a house I have wanted since I was a little kid.” During the year that he lived in the house, Steinbeck penned The Pearl. The house—which is open for tours— has been restored and stands on the grounds of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies). From the adobe, it is a short drive to the bay and Cannery Row, which draws its name from the sardine canneries that once flourished there. The landscape on the Row changed in the late 1940s when the canneries fell on hard times, leaving behind the decaying carcasses and empty hulks of the packing plants that once gave life to the area. In the 1960s, fires ravaged the remaining buildings, bringing an end to the era chron-
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MONTEREY’S GREATEST ATTRACTION IS THE SEA. THE MONTEREY BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY PROTECTS A VARIETY OF BIRDS AND MARINE LIFE INCLUDING SEALS, SEA LIONS, DOLPHINS AND WHALES.
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION AND THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR GRAPES OF WRATH (1939), AND THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE IN 1962, JOHN STEINBECK PLAZA ON CANNERY ROW HONORS THE AUTHOR.
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icled by Steinbeck, but signaling the beginning of a new time. Life on Cannery Row began its metamorphosis with the opening of The Sardine Factory restaurant in 1968. With only 72 seats when it opened in an area considered to be on “the wrong side of the tracks,” the restaurant attracted diners with its focus on excellent service, food and ambiance. The restaurant paved the way for the Cannery Row of today. Whether it’s enjoying a relaxing dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf, visiting the quaint shops on the Row, or interacting with sea life at the magnificent Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey is a delightful blend of relaxation and adventure. The area is filled with restaurants offering fresh catches of sardines, crab, abalone, squid and endless varieties of fish. Walk slowly and sample creamy clam chowder, freshly-cooked crabs or a plate of calamari. For a nice change of pace, the Whaling Station Steakhouse, which has been named Monterey County’s #1 Steak House for over 40 years, is a true delight. Living History A walk along Cannery Row also offers a glimpse of the locations in Steinbeck’s novel. The original buildings are gone, but echoes of the past remain. A red building sporting the sign “Wing Chong’s Market” is reminiscent of Lee Chong’s Market in the novel. A weathered building directly across the street was Ed “Doc” Ricketts’ Pacific Biological Laboratory (fictionalized as “Western Biological Laboratory” by Steinbeck). Just up the street is Steinbeck Square, where you can see busts of both John Steinbeck and his friend, Edward Ricketts. At the Cannery Row Antique Mall (471 Wave Street), you can hunt for treasures from Steinbeck’s era in what used to be the Carmel Canning Company. On 11th Street (No. 147) is the red cottage (now a private residence) where Steinbeck lived with
SANDWICHED BETWEEN HISTORIC BUILDINGS, VISITORS WILL DISCOVER ANTIQUES, ART AND UNIQUE BOUTIQUES ON CANNERY ROW.
this first wife in 1930. For Steinbeck fans, the trip is not complete without taking the approximately 19-mile drive to his hometown of Salinas, the setting for Grapes of Wrath. Here you will find the National Steinbeck Center and The Steinbeck House, a restaurant located in his birthplace and childhood home. The museum includes interactive exhibits, archival photos and documents, and “Rocinante,” the specially-made camper Steinbeck drove across the country in Travels with Charley: In Search of America. There is much to do and see in Monterey and it would be easy to rush through the area. But heed the words of Steinbeck and “participate.” “Soak in the expansive vistas,” for Monterey Bay “is a blue platter.”
IF YOU GO THINGS TO DO There is an endless variety of things to do in Monterey. For a full list, visit the official website at: https://www. seemonterey.com. Monterey Bay Aquarium Attracting nearly two million visitors each year to view its vast collection of marine plants and animals, the aquarium is a treasure. It is no wonder it is consistently named among the best aquariums in the
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world with awe-inspiring exhibits like the three-story Kelp Forest (one of the tallest aquarium exhibits in existence), which gives an intimate view of how sea creatures live in that ecosystem in the wild, and the Open Sea (the largest exhibit at the aquarium) which provides insights into life in the open ocean as schools of fish, sea turtles, tuna and other creatures swim across a 90-foot window. There are opportunities to touch sea creatures, marvel at mischievous sea otters, explore the deep sea and so much more. Additional behind-the-scenes tours enable guests to see how the aquarium operates, feed fish, view the sea otter conservation program and more (extra charges associated, can be booked online). Ed Ricketts and John Steinbeck would have loved this place. Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets: Adult (ages 1864 and not in college) $49.95, Child (ages 3-12, under 3 free) $29.95, Senior (ages 65+) and Student (ages 13-17 or college ID) $39.95. Walk south on the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail to nearby spots for tide pooling. (http://www.montereybayaquarium.org)
throughout Old Monterey—start at the Custom House Plaza at Fisherman’s Wharf. Take the Path of History tour, which goes past important literary sites like the Lara-Soto Adobe, the Mayo Hayes O’Donnell Library, formerly the Protestant church where Steinbeck’s son was baptized, and the Robert Louis Stevenson House, a two-story adobe known as the “French Hotel” when Stevenson stayed there in 1879 while courting his future wife and recuperating from an illness. Stevenson wrote The Old Pacific Capital while in Monterey and used many of the locals for his novel Treasure Island. Tours offered Tues. – Sun. at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. $10 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Free for everyone on the last Sunday of each month. (https:// www.parks.ca.gov/mshp) Whale Watching Cruise Whale watching cruises run yearround and provide guests with the opportunity to not only see whales,
porpoises and dolphins, sea otters, seals, sea birds and other marine life, but also to admire Monterey from a different vantage point. Steinbeck’s Monterey can seem more tangible when experiencing the richness of the bay’s marine life in person and viewing the relics of Monterey’s past. Monterey Bay Whale Watch, located at Fisherman’s Wharf, offers satisfying marine biologist-led tours. Prices vary depending upon the cruise chosen; for reservations and more details visit the company’s website. (http:// www.gowhales.com/) National Steinbeck Center (1 Main St., Salinas) This museum and cultural center located in Salinas, where John Steinbeck grew up, can generally be reached by car in under 40 minutes from Monterey. It houses the largest collection of Steinbeck archives in the country and pays tribute to his life and lasting impact on American literature and identity through its exhibi-
tions and programming. Some visitors opt to have lunch at Steinbeck’s boyhood home, a charming restaurant aptly named The Steinbeck House (132 Central Ave., open Tues. – Sat.), which is located two blocks west of the museum. Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adults $12.95; Seniors, Students, Military, Teachers, and Monterey County Residents $9.95; Children (ages 6-17, 5 and under free) $6.95. (http://www.steinbeck.org).
PLACES TO STAY (Note: stated rates depend on travel dates and type of accommodation) Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course The newly-renovated Hyatt Regency, nestled within 22 acres of Monterey Pines, offers up attractive accommodations and amenities and a convenient location for those looking to explore the many things Monterey has to offer. The adjacent Del Monte Golf Course is the oldest op-
Walking Tour of Old Monterey Tours of Monterey State Historic Park—a collection of significant historic houses and buildings scattered
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FISH GOBBLE UP FOOD TOSSED INTO THEIR TANK ON THE “FEED THE FISH” TOUR AT THE MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM.
erating course west of the Mississippi and home to the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational, the Monterey Open and other pro events. Complimentary shuttle available from the Monterey Airport. Pet friendly. Rates: $125-$500. (http://monterey.regency.hyatt.com) Monterey Bay Inn Enjoy well-appointed accommodations, attentive service and ocean views from private balconies at this 49-room, eco-friendly boutique hotel. Located along Cannery Row, it is only a 13-minute walk to the Aquarium and five miles from Caramel-bythe-Sea. There’s also a rooftop deck with a hot tub and a patio with fire pits for romantic evenings. Rates: $250-$600. (https://montereybayinn. com) Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa The iconic Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa has long been a destination for those in the know. Its location— perched on beachfront property over the Monterey Bay and a block away from historic Cannery Row— provides guests with a great jumping-off point to explore Monterey or to stay and enjoy the scenery. Rooms are elegantly-appointed (try to get one with a water view, budget permitting), service is friendly, and the award-winning Vista Blue Spa is topnotch. Rates: $220-$1,400. (http:// montereyplazahotel.com)
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Centrella Inn (Pacific Grove) This charming boutique hotel located in Pacific Grove, the city adjacent to Monterey, is a peaceful retreat. Built in 1889, this National Historic Landmark Victorian property is only a couple of miles from the restaurants, bars and souvenir shops of Fisherman’s Wharf and a five-minute walk to Lover’s Point Beach. Victorian-styled rooms feature antique furnishings and fixtures and old-fashioned décor. Rates: $130-$450. (http://www.centrellainn.com/) PLACES TO EAT Domenico’s On the Wharf Domenico’s has been a local favorite for almost 35 years. Its warm atmosphere and family-style hospitality create a casual fine dining experience. Its personalized service, great views of Monterey Bay, award-winning wine list and exceedingly fresh seafood (some of the freshest in the area), have made it a tradition on Fisherman’s Wharf. Watch sea lions and pelicans at play as you sample culinary treats like fresh Monterey Bay spot prawns (delivered to its dock daily), rich clam chowder, cioppino, pastas and USDA Prime certified Midwest Angus steaks. (http://www. domenicosmonterey.com/)
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the renaissance of Cannery Row and, in its words, is “where celebrities feel at home and every other guest feels like a celebrity.” Known for its seafood specialties, wine parings and old-world charm, this Cannery Row classic opened in 1968 is the local go-to place for special occasions. (http://sardinefactory.com) Whaling Station Steakhouse Named Monterey County’s #1 steak house for over 40 years, the Whaling Station harkens to a time when ordering a steak was an art form and Caesar salad was tossed tableside. The steaks are great and the Prime Rib as close to perfection as you can get. Fresh oysters and unique deserts make for a memorable meal. If you can’t decide, just let the waiter be your guide. Most have been there for decades and are happy to share their knowledge about how to choose the best cuts for your dining pleasure. (http:// www.whalingstation.net) •
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Beloved Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Artistic Director to Step Down after 22 Years
It didn’t start out the way she intended. It was going to be a different path. Yes, it would involve music, but conducting thousands of kids for over two decades as part of an internationally-renowned children’s chorus was not on the original agenda. Nope, this was not her plan at all. “It’s a testament to staying open to whatever the world has to offer,” Anne Tomlinson, Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), said recently during an interview that allowed her the opportunity to reflect on a 22-year career at the Chorus’s helm. “This was not something I specifically trained for,” she added. “I had just moved into the area and was asked to play piano for one of the choruses. I didn’t know if I would be any good at it. They liked it and offered me a position.” Tomlinson holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music in Conducting degree from Northwestern University, where she studied with celebrated conductor, Margaret Hillis. She was eyeing a career perhaps as a conductor of a collegiate chorus, she said. It most assuredly fit her academic training, but LACC came calling. And the rest, as they say, is history. Los Angeles Children’s Chorus LACC, founded in 1986, is considered by many experts as one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs. It features six choirs—Preparatory, Apprentice, Intermediate, Concert, Chamber Singers and Young Men’s Ensemble (for boys with changing voices). Children aged eight to 18 are placed in the choirs based upon their skill level and experience. The program, in which 350 to 400 children participate at any given time, includes weekly or twice-weekly rehearsals and all children receive vocal coaching and musicianship classes. The most advanced musicians, generally around 75 young men and women, are members of the Concert Choir or Chamber Singers. Over the years they have appeared on concert stages globally and made numerous appearances on the big screen, television, radio and records. Locally, these groups have appeared in more than 300 performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Opera, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, to name just a few. They have premiered works by contemporary composers including Louis Andriessen, Christopher Rouse, John Adams, Nico Muhly, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daniel Bjarnason.
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COURTESY OF LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS
BY STEVE WHITMORE
LACC has also commissioned new works by noted composers such as Eleanor Daley, Paul Gibson, Mark Grey, Ruth Watson Henderson, and Shawn Kirchner, among others, for them to perform. And if that wasn’t enough, individual members of LACC have been selected to appear in numerous LA Opera productions, where Tomlinson is the Children’s Chorus Mistress. They have performed in such shows as Puccini’s La bohème, Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Wagner’s Lohengrin, and Britten’s Billy Budd. A Significant Understanding The significance of LACC has never been lost on Tomlinson. In fact, when she took over from founder Rebecca Thompson, she approached her responsibility with the utmost care and dedication. “I had been working with the Apprentice Choir when Rebecca
moved out of the area and I was offered the position as interim director,” Tomlinson said. “I did that for six months and they were pleased with the work I had done, and they offered me the directorship position. By this time, I had the confidence, and I thought I could bring something special to the organization, especially for the children’s sake.” And bring something special, she did. Tomlinson is credited with developing LACC’s signature agile bel canto sound. Bel canto, which means “beautiful singing” in Italian, is an Italian singing style from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries that emphasizes evenness in tone and legato production throughout the range, lightness in higher registers, and the singer’s ability to remain agile and flexible. The Los Angeles Times once proclaimed, “When it comes to purity of tone, hauntingly beautiful timbre and the ability to transport listeners to a kind of aural nirvana, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus occupies a special place in LA’s musical life.” Additionally, in her role as artistic director, Tomlinson has been responsible for the educational and artistic development of the young people as well as for conducting the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers. The repertoire has always been selected based upon the skillset of each choir. They have covered a wide range of material from new and established classical works and art songs to arrangements of folk songs from around the world sung in the original language to opera to jazz. In fact, the only musical genre the group doesn’t sing is pop music. “The children have easy access to commercial music so LACC introduces them to other musical genres,” Tomlinson said with a laugh. She’s consistently impressed with the children’s musical abilities and enthusiasm to learn. The level of mature understanding on the part of the young musicians under her stewardship has also impressed Tomlinson through the years.
She recalled rehearsing a particular Bach piece that dealt with the end of a person’s life. She said the children understood that the most important component of a person’s life is friendship and support. “We would stop rehearsal and discuss the text of the material,” she said. “They understood this complex issue of facing the end of one’s life; if I have your friendship and support I can leave this world in peace. I have learned over the years to never underestimate them in any way.” Lessons Through Music Not only will Tomlinson miss the kids—who she regards as her own— but she will also miss conducting them and the concerts themselves. She has found that music is instrumental in a successful, joyful life with purpose. “One of the reasons I stayed with the organization for 22 years is because of my deep belief in the power children have when they sing,” she said. “The artistic experience is critical for children to find a positive outlet for all the emotions that they experience in life.” And then there’s the travel, which Tomlinson believes is essential to broadening horizons as exposure to different cultures and regions provides an important context for understanding. During her tenure as artistic director, LACC singers toured China, Cuba, Africa, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, The Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and Canada as well as this country. Some noteworthy concerts included appearances at St. Martin in the Fields in London, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the United Nations. “We had busy summer schedules where we traveled both nationally and internationally,” she said, but the children handled it unbelievably well. “These kids are just amazing,” she added. What’s Next Tomlinson’s official last day on the
job will be July 31, at which time she will become Artistic Director Emeritus, a title reflecting her significant contributions to LACC. Prior to that she will conduct concerts both locally and internationally, taking the Concert Choir on one last tour in Iceland and Norway. “This is a very tight community,” she said. “The children’s closest friends are members of the choir and the parents have made close friends with other parents of kids in the choir. When you build something special like we do at LACC, it creates a special comradery. I’m going to miss the concerts. I’m going to miss the kids terribly.” She did acknowledge that she will not likely miss some of the administrative aspects of the job. “I probably won’t miss all the meetings on the administrative side, but this has been a rich and rewarding experience,” she said. She noted that she will forever be grateful for having an open mind when fate led her down a different path to conduct a choir comprised entirely of children. “I will always be their greatest cheerleader,” she said. Tomlinson feels confident about her impending departure from LACC because of her successor, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz. “Fernando is one of the reasons I felt it was a good time to go because he is special,” Tomlinson said. “We’ve known each other for years and I’m leaving the organization in great hands. He will be able to guide the organization well into the future.” As for Tomlinson’s future, in the nearterm she plans on spending quality time with her husband of nearly 30 years, David. This will include some travel and relaxing at their family home on the northern Wisconsin shores of Lake Michigan. Before she sets sail into the sunset, she did say that there was conducting on her professional horizon. “I’ve been working on a few things for the future,” she said. “There’s nothing official yet but I have some musical mischief left in me.” •
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Restaurant Recommendations from Those In The Know Summer is upon us, which for many means al fresco dining at musical performances, sporting events and even the park! For this issue, we asked some of our favorite foodies to tell us where they go to pick up delicious eats when they need to bring a meal with them. Here are some of their go-to places for fab takeaway fare that they love and think you should, too. Bon appétit!
Julienne 2649 MISSION STREET, SAN MARINO (626) 441-2299; JULIENNETOGO.COM RESTAURANT HOURS: MON. – FRI.: 7 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.; SAT. 7:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. GOURMET MARKET HOURS: MON. – FRI.: 8 A.M. – 6:30 P.M.; SAT.: 8 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. This longtime San Marino institution has fed folks far and wide since 1985. Its charmingly-decorated restaurant is a favorite among most groups—at any given time you can find ladies who lunch, local businesspeople, friends celebrating special occasions and couples both young and old. Its success can undoubtedly be attributed to the convivial atmosphere, attentive service and consistently delicious tried-and-true menu classics and daily specials. During the summer, Julienne’s gourmet market (located adjacent to the restaurant) puts out its picnic menu, which is specifically designed for dining al fresco at evening events. While Julienne has its roots in catering and can easily put together gorgeous platters for larger groups, over the years it has found that people prefer its individually-boxed dinners because of the variety and ease they afford. They make for an impressive and satisfying meal when coupled with delectable shared appetizers such as
roasted vegetable crudités with white bean hummus, an inspired cheese platter with dried fruits and nuts, and house-made terrines of varying flavors served with baguette crisps, and desserts like a beautiful sliced fruit platter, as well as a mini cookie and bar platter. This year, there will be even more boxed meal options—Julienne will feature two monthly specials in addition to its seven “classic” offerings. The monthly specials will focus on seasonal ingredients that contribute additional breadth to its already diverse menu. Some of the menu favorites include Julienne’s healthy, yet delightfully satisfying, mango chicken salad comprised of grilled chicken breast, mango salsa, orange slices, grilled asparagus, avocado and an enchanting citrus vinaigrette served over romaine lettuce; its filet of beef and shrimp “duet” made up of well-seasoned sliced filet of beef and garlic grilled shrimp served with luscious beefsteak tomatoes, herbed orzo
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and a kale and pepita salad; and its tasty southwest chicken tenders served with a perfectly sweet and spicy apricot sauce, refreshing white corn salad and heirloom tomatoes layered with watercress. Note: Monthly picnic menus are available on Julienne’s website. It is recommended that you order in advance (in-person, by phone, or by emailing email@example.com.); however, same-day orders can generally be accommodated. If planning in advance isn’t your style, Julienne’s gourmet market also offers a constantly-changing assortment of delicious salads, sides and entrées as well as a phenomenal selection of desserts—assorted cookies, flawless tarts, petit fours and cakes— each as scrumptious as the next. There is also an even simpler takeaway option: pre-packaged appetizers, salads and sandwiches are located in a refrigerated display case next to cold beverages and a well-curated selection of wine. Yes, Julienne’s amazing variety has you covered here, too.
Nicole’s Market & Café 921 MERIDIAN AVENUE – UNIT B, SOUTH PASADENA (ENTER OFF OF EL CENTRO STREET) (626) 403-5751; NICOLESMARKETCAFE.COM MON.: 8:30 A.M. – 5 P.M.; WEDS.: 8:30 A.M. – 5 P.M.; THURS.: 8:30 A.M. – 7:30 P.M.; FRI. & SAT.: 8:30 A.M. – 5 P.M.; SUN.: 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. Nicole’s has long been serving up beautifully simple, yet delicious, French-inspired food from its café in South Pasadena. Thankfully, its small but well-curated picnic menu does not deviate from this strategy. Customers can select from options such as delicate oak-smoked salmon over wild rice with a side of gazpacho; flaky quiche (Lorraine or potato, mushroom and onion) with baby greens and gazpacho; and masterfully-selected cheese and charcuterie served with olives, cornichons, French potato salad and a satisfying bread basket. A perennial favorite is the three cheese plate and salad trio, where customers can choose three salads from selections such as French potato, du Puy lentils in a hazelnut vinaigrette, celery remoulade with cornichons, red beets with goat cheese, and hearts of palm with tomato, artichokes, egg and Niçoise olives. Each meal includes a choice of house-made (and not to be missed) flourless chocolate cake, crème brulée or lemon cake. Nicole’s offers a picnic option for children under 12, as well, which features a half sandwich, side of pasta salad, macaroon and small drink. Note: It is recommended that you order your picnic meals a day in advance; however, same-day orders can generally be accommodated. For those looking to feed a group of people family-style, Nicole’s catering menu offers a nice array of party platters, salads, cold entrées and desserts that work well for dining al fresco. Party platters featuring imported chesses, charcuterie, smoked salmon and bite-sized sandwiches can be ordered for parties of eight or larger. Cold entrées, like whole poached salmon decorated with cucumber scales and served with lemon mayonnaise, are visually-appealing and delicious. And Nicole’s desserts are not to be missed. Its lovingly-crafted whole cakes, fruit tarts and mini-pastries are consistently crowd pleasers (it’s actually difficult to choose some to highlight over others…yes, they’re that good). Nicole’s market has fresh baguettes and a wonderful selection of imported cheeses for those who prefer a simpler portable meal. It also offers a fabulous selection of French wines—make sure to pick up a bottle (or two)!
Honeybird 714 FOOTHILL BOULEVARD, LA CANADA (818) 415-0489; HONEYBIRDLA.COM TUES. – FRI.: 11 A.M. – 9 P.M.; SAT.: 10 A.M. – 9 P.M. (BRUNCH UNTIL 2 P.M.). For many, nothing says outdoor dining quite like a wicker basket filled with fried chicken, coleslaw, and a slice of pie. If that’s you, Honeybird has you covered (sans basket). The brainchild of Phil Lee, who refined his culinary skills at notable fine dining establishments such as Water Grill, Honeybird focuses on Southern comfort food that tastes like it’s homemade. The restaurant’s fried chicken, which is brined for over 28 hours before being fried, is golden, crispy, juicy perfection. If you’re picking up food for later (that’s the beauty of fried chicken—it’s good hot or cold!), you may want to buy a serving to snack on beforehand. Seriously. Honeybird’s sides delight with a variety of classic-but-better offerings. Choose from items like tangy coleslaw made with rainbow cabbage and scallions, creamy potato salad topped with fried onions, collard greens made with applewood smoked bacon and cider vinegar and a house salad comprised of spring mix, garden vegetables, sunflower seeds and a delicious vinaigrette. Honeybird also has special sides just for summer—be sure to ask! The restaurant’s amazing pies, which are made in-house, do not disappoint. They truly taste as good as they look. You can select from options such as velvety banana cream pie, rich salted honey pie, satisfying bread pudding pie, silky key lime pie and pecan pie that is just the right combination of gooey, crunchy and sweet. Honeybird sells its pies by the slice, so you can—and should—try as many as possible! Note: Honeybird makes takeout ordering easy. Go to its website to order for pickup right away, or at a time and date in the future. It has a limited amount of whole pies for sale, so give the restaurant 48-hour notice to guarantee your pie of choice.
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inal family homestead was at 1908 East Villa Street. Prohibition was the worst—but not the only—problem the business encountered. The Ettienne’s vineyard was not fenced, and sadly fell victim to theft and vandalism according to news articles in 1907. After a disagreement between the two brothers around 1917, Peter sold his share of the business and moved to Huntington Beach. John Ettienne died in 1937. Additional wine-related artifacts in the Museum collections have ties to our region’s agricultural heritage as well as to some of the important historical figures in our past. Two reed-covered glass wine jugs and one wine bottle from the Lake Vineyard, San Marino, were given to the donors (Bridget and Kathleen Flanagan) by their aunt, Margaret Flanagan. John Callaghan, the gardener at the Patton estate, had gifted the wines to Margaret, who was the private duty nurse for Anne Patton, sister of General George Patton and granddaughter of Don Benito Wilson, founder of the Lake Vineyard. It is fascinating to look at the images, read the documents, and envision this region dotted with vineyards, wineries, and—perhaps—tasting rooms! If you’d like to do your own vineyard research, the Pasadena Museum of History archives are free and open to the public Thursday through Sunday afternoons. The next time you open a bottle of your favorite vintage, remember the winemakers of early Pasadena and imagine yourself sipping a glass of Angelica with our predecessors. Cheers! • 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, please visit www.pasadenahistory.org or call (626) 577-1660. Jeannette Bovard is Media Consultant for Pasadena Museum of History and teaches at Los Angeles City College and East Los Angeles College.
PASADENA VINEYARDS AND VINTAGES BY JEANNETTE BOVARD Early Pasadena, a paradise of orange blossoms and fruit-laden orchards, gardens abundant with roses, flowering vines and shrubs, manicured lawns, and—vineyards? Surely the vines took a visual backseat in the popular vintage postcards of yesteryear. However, viticulture—the cultivation of grapevines—came with the arrival of the Spanish and was an important part of the California mission system. It’s no surprise that grape growing would become a significant agricultural endeavor here and elsewhere. Donald W. Crocker’s pictorial history of southwest Pasadena, Within the Vale of Annandale (1968), notes that there was great interest in Los Angeles County as a grape-growing region during the 1860s and 1870s. Focusing on Pasadena, Crocker states, “probably the most significant agricultural activity conducted in the area now known as San Rafael was the growing of grapes and the producing of wine at the San Rafael Winery located near Johnston Lake.” San Rafael Winery was constructed in 1875 by Prudent Beaudry and operated in collaboration with the Campbell-Johnston family (Alexander Campbell-Johnston was a Scotsman who purchased a large tract of land in this region). Of its numerous products one, Angelica, may well have been Pasadena’s most famous wine. Barrels of Angelica were hauled by horse-and-wagon to a dealer on Los Angeles’ Aliso Street, where the sweet fortified wine fetched 20-cents per gallon! Grape growing was hardly limited locally to the San Rafael region; the vines were thriving throughout Pasadena and beyond. Among the treasures in Pasadena Museum of History’s archives is a collection of maps, letters, family records, photographs and slides, and genealogical materials related to the Ettienne family, which operated the Golden Park Winery from the late 1800s until about 1920. Ratification of the Prohibition Amendment in 1920 apparently brought about the demise of this business. Brothers John and Peter Ettienne produced red, white, dry, and sweet wines, as well as brandy, sherry and port. The winery was located at the intersection of East Villa Street and Allen Avenue, and the orig-
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SUMMER EVENT GUIDE PASADENA Farmers Markets • Villa Parke Center, 363 East Villa St. at N. Garfield Ave. Call 626-449-0179 or visit pasadenafarmersmarket.org 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. Call 626-4490179 or visit pasadenafarmersmarket. org for more information. Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Accepts cash and EBT only. Rain or shine. • Old Pasadena Farmer’s Market, at Holly St. & Fair Oaks Ave. Call 310-4550181 or visit oldpasadena.org for more information. Sundays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Flea Markets • Pasadena City College Flea Market, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Visit pasadena.edu/community/fleamarket/ for more information. The first Sunday of every month, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Monthly flea market boasts 400+ vendors selling a range of antiques, clothing, wares & 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.–4:30 p.m. One of the most famous flea markets in the world! The monthly flea market features an eclectic array of
crafts, apparel, antiques & other goods. A Noise Within 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Visit anoisewithin.org or call 626-356-3100 for more information. • Words Within Free Reading Series: Rocket to the Moon. June 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad. July 12, 2018 at 7 p.m. A Noise Within’s Resident Artists (RAs) produce these staged readings of plays, allowing audiences to get a front-row seat to the creative mind. The RAs are responsible for choosing, casting, and directing the play readings. Free event, but reservations required. • Man of La Mancha. Aug. 16 – Sept. 9, 2018. Set in a modern-day prison, the story-within-a-story of Don Quixote’s musical misadventures—rife with love, chivalry, and of course, four-armed giants—unfurls into something more transcendent: a beacon of hope in a dire world. Dream the impossible dream with the wandering hidalgo in this quintessential tale about the resilience of the human spirit and the limitless power of imagination. Arroyo Seco Weekend Located at Brookside, adjacent to Rose Bowl. Visit arroyosecoweekend.com or call 855-273-4481 for more information. • 2018 Arroyo Seco Weekend Music Festival. June 23 – 24, 2018. Arroyo Seco Weekend returns to Pasadena for its second annual music and arts festival. The event features three stages of live music, curated menus from LA’s celebrated restaurants and chefs, craft beer and wine, and kid-friendly activities
in conjunction with Kidspace Children’s Museum. The entertainment lineup includes Robert Plant, Kings of Leon, The Pretenders, Alanis Morissette, Jack White, Neil Young, and Seu Jorge. MUSE/IQUE Summer series located at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, on the Brown Garden Lawn, adjacent to the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. Visit muse-ique.com, call 626-539-7085 or email info@muse-ique. com for more information. • LIMITLESS/LENNY. June 30, 2018 at 8 p.m. This program is a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday and the composer’s unprecedented innovations to the American sound. The MUSE/IQUE orchestra performs two of Bernstein’s most iconic scores, On the Waterfront, featuring Kitty McNamee’s hip-hop ballet inspired by the score, and West Side Story, featuring violinist Charles Yang. Los Angeles Choral Lab performs works by John Lennon, Sam Cooke and Toto, including “Imagine,” “A Change Is Gonna Come” and “Africa” respectively. • MOVEMENT/ALOUD! July 28, 2018 at 8 p.m. This program is a celebration of America’s diversity and the cultural contributions of our immigrant heritage. Special guest star Norman Lear will recite the Declaration of Independence. Ballet Hispánico, the premier Latino dance organization in the United States, will feature a thrilling performance of “CARMEN.Maquia” which blends “Carmen Fantasy (Sarasate),” “Bizet Carmen Symphony” as wells as “Carmen Suites 1 and 2.” MOVEMENT/ALOUD! honors the legacy of artists whose families immigrat-
informed the production of ceramics and wooden furniture in colonial India. It also reveals the distinctly modern modes of promotion and distribution that were used to generate demand for them. • Line & Color: The Nature of Ellsworth Kelly. June 1 – Oct. 29, 2018. At the end of 1964, artist Ellsworth Kelly made his first significant foray into the medium of prints and multiples with two series—Suite of Twenty-Seven Color Lithographs and Suite of Plant Lithographs. Thus began Kelly’s lifelong relationship with lithography. Complementing this collection of lithographic prints in the exhibition are two large-scale paintings. White over Blue was commissioned for Montreal’s Expo 67 and, at nearly 30 feet long, the work blurs the line between painting and sculpture. Red Orange White Green Blue (1968), is an example of Kelly’s “spectrum” paintings, with five colors creating a large swath across the gallery wall, as the artist once again presents a work that demands to be seen as both painting and object. Bringing these two lithographic suites and two paintings together, Line & Color: The Nature of Ellsworth Kelly demonstrates the way in which the artist flattens the world around him. Whether featuring plants or colorful shapes, Kelly’s oeuvre cements him as one of the progenitors of modernism.
ed to the United States, including Neil Diamond, Paul Simon and Gloria Estefan. • U.S./ROUTES. Aug. 25, 2018 at 8 p.m. This program delves into classic American R&B, soul and pop. Featuring pianist Lara Downes and the MUSE/IQUE orchestra the program spotlights the works of Sam Cooke, James Brown, Jerry Herman, Lloyd Price, Jackie Wilson, Pearl Bailey and Duke Ellington. American Ballet Theatre principal dancers Herman Cornejo and Sara Lane will also perform Twyla Tharp’s “Sinatra Suite,” featuring some of Sinatra’s greatest hits: “Strangers in the Night,” “All the Way,” “That’s Life,” “My Way,” and “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road).” Norton Simon Museum 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Visit nortonsimon.org or call 626-449-6840 for more information. • In Search of New Markets: Craft Traditions in Nineteenth-Century India. Now – Sept. 3, 2018. This intimate exhibition explores how Indian craft traditions were re-imagined for the export market in the 19th century. Monumental stone sculpture, metal shrines, votive objects, painted textiles, manuscripts and socalled “miniatures” from South Asia offer visitors to the Museum’s lower-level galleries a rich overview of the region’s art history. The vast majority of these works were created for religious or courtly settings, whether in Buddhist, Hindu, Jain or Islamic cultural contexts. The objects on display for In Search of New Markets, by contrast, were created for commercial purposes. This exhibition, which marks the first time that several of these works have been on view at the Museum, explores the historical sources and practices that
Parson’s Nose Theater 95 N. Marengo Avenue (entrance on Holly), Pasadena. Visit parsonsnose.com or call 626-403-7667 for more information. • Twelfth Night. May 18 – June 10, 2018. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. The classics are classics because they continue to show us ourselves.
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• Playhouse Block Party. June 9, 2018 from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Join thousands of people in a celebration of arts and culture as Pasadena Playhouse celebrates its centennial anniversary with a free block party on El Molino, in partnership with the Playhouse District Association. This family-friendly event features music, food, libations, guided tours, a kids’ zone, and more. With interactive art and live performances from local arts organizations and community partners, the Playhouse Block Party will kick off the next 100 years in style! For more information, visit playhouseblockparty.org. • Jungle Book. July 17 – 29, 2018. Written and directed by Craig Francis and Rick Miller, adapted from the works of Rudyard Kipling. This is a Kidoons and WYRD Production in association with The 20K Collective. Pasadena Symphony and POPS Summer concert series located at The LA County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Free concert at Pasadena City Hall, 100 Garfield Ave., Pasadena. Visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org or call 626-793-7171 for more information. • That’s Entertainment: Gershwin to Sondheim. June 23, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Gershwin gems from the jazz age to modern classics from Sondheim with I Got Rhythm, Broadway Baby, Send in the Clowns and everything in-between! Michael Feinstein conducting; Liz Callaway, Brighton Thomas and Aaron Lazar soloists. • Free concert: Music Under the Stars. July 7, 2018 at Pasadena City Hall. Gates open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Join the Pasadena Symphony and POPS for a free concert under the stars! Each summer, Resident POPS Conductor Larry Blank leads the orchestra in a celebration of music from Broadway, Hollywood and the Great American Songbook, featuring soloists taken straight from Broadway and the JPL Chorus. Arrive early for gourmet food trucks, a musical instrument petting zoo, and pre-concert family fun. • Summer of Love: Michael Feinstein Sings the Hits of the 60s. July 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. From The Beach Boys to The Mamas and The Papas, to Sinatra, Andy Williams and more, Feinstein defines the sounds of the ultimate decade. Larry Blank conducting; Michael Feinstein, soloist. • Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to The Beatles. Aug. 4, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Back by popular demand with a fresh set list of Beatles favorites. Hear Can’t Buy Me Love, Here Comes the Sun, Hey
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Jude and many more, all performed with a full symphony orchestra! Larry Blank conducting. • Bernstein’s New York. Aug. 18, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Experience first-hand stories from West Side Story to On the Town, and an intimate look at the legend’s relationships with Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern, Jule Styne and more. Michael Feinstein conducting; Erich Bergen, Christine Ebersole and John Lloyd Young soloists. ARCADIA, MONROVIA & ALTADENA Monrovia Farmers Market 612 S. Myrtle Ave. in Old Town Monrovia between Chestnut Ave. and Lemon Ave. Visit monroviastreetfair.com for more information. Fridays, 5 – 9 p.m. Live music, a Kid Zone, and more. Altadena Farmers’ Market Loma Alta Park. 600 W. Palm St., Altadena. Visit altadenafarmersmarket.com or email info@altadenafarmersmarket. com for more information. Wednesdays, 4 – 8 p.m. This certified market has 30 booths selling fresh fruits and vegetables as well as prepared and pre-packaged food that may be enjoyed onsite at the market setting of Loma Alta Park. Rain or shine. 626 Night Market Located at Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia. Visit 626nightmarket.com for more information. • 626 Night Market. June 29 – July 1; July 20 – 22; Aug. 10 – 12; and Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, 2018. Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. – 1 a.m., Sundays 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. The original and largest Asian-inspired night market in the U.S., 626 Night Market features 250+ food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions in an epic event that appeals to all ages.
play of Tarzan comics and film posters and other Hollywood jungle-inspired walks and displays. Scott Tracy Griffin will make a special presentation, “On Location: Tarzan at the Arboretum,” at 3 p.m. SAN MARINO The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Visit huntington.org or call 626-205-2100 for more information. • Radiant Beauty: E. L. Trouvelot’s Astronomical Drawings. Through July 30, 2018. A rare set of exquisite lithographs, depicting the pastel drawings of planets, comets, eclipses and other celestial wonders by artist/astronomer Étienne Léopold Trouvelot (1827–1895), take center stage in this exhibit. The 15 chromolithographs were the crowning achievement of Trouvelot’s career. • Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens. May 19 – Aug. 27, 2018. Organized by The New York Botanical Garden and the American Society of Botanical Artists, this traveling exhibition of original botanical artworks spotlights one of the planet’s most important and beautiful resources—its trees—as cultivated by botanical gardens and arboreta. • Spirit and Essence, Line and Form: The Graphic Work of Henry Moore. June 16 – Oct. 1, 2018. The most prominent British sculptor of the 20th century, Henry Moore (1898-1986) was also a prolific graphic artist, producing drawings as well as hundreds of prints. His sculptor’s interest in the interrelationship of shape and mass, and in the connections and intersections among different forms, translates eloquently into his graphic work. This exhibit showcases approxi-
mately 25 works on paper culled from the recent gift of some 330 works of Moore’s graphic art from the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation. • Book Tour: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. June 2, 2018 at 2 p.m. Acclaimed author Lisa See’s most recent novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, was inspired by her travels to the mountains of southwest China, where Pu’er tea leaves are cultivated. In this fascinating talk, See will be joined by tea expert Linda Louie for a discussion of the history of Pu’er tea, including its social, cultural, and economic significance. The talk will be followed by a tea tasting and book signing. Advance reservations required.
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J.P. Blecksmith Memorial 5K Walk & Run Located at the northwest corner of San Marino Ave. and Huntington Dr. in San Marino. For more information visit www. jpblecksmith.org. •14th Annual J.P. Blecksmith Memorial 5K Walk & Run. July 4 at 8 a.m. The race honors the memory of United States Marino Corps 2nd Lieutenant J.P. Blecksmith, a former San Marino resident, who gave his life on November 11, 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom II in Fallouja, Iraq. The event supports several charities, including the J.P. Blecksmith Leadership Foundation at Flintridge Prep, where J.P. graduated high school in 1999, and the USC Marshall School of Business Masters of Business for Veterans program, a fully accredited 1-year graduate degree created specifically for military veterans, those on active duty and reserve personnel. Registration fee includes an official race t-shirt and commemorative finisher’s medallion. Register online or on the race day (beginning at 6:45 a.m. and
San Marino Motor Classic Located at Lacy Park, 1485 Virginia Road, San Marino. Visit www. sanmarinomotorclassic.com for more information. • 8th Annual San Marino Motor Classic. June 10, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Attendees will be able to get up-closeand-personal with a variety of mintcondition autos—from all eras—including race cars owned by the late actor Paul Newman. The screen legend who starred in Cool Hand Luke, and The Sting, was no stranger to racing and served as a team boss in American Racing. Other cars on display at the San Marino Motor Classic will include hot rods, muscle cars, exotics and many more. Proceeds raised go to local charities.
Magical Music at the Mill Located at The Old Mill, 1120 Old Mill Road, San Marino. Visit www.old-mill.org or call 626-449-5458 for more information. • Magical Music at the Mill. June 30, July 14 and Aug. 25, 2018 at 8 p.m. Music under the stars! Each evening will feature a different music ensemble performing on the Pomegranate Patio surrounded by the Mill’s beautiful pomegranate trees and lush gardens. In addition to enjoying fine music, concertgoers are invited to view the building, learn about its history, and view the latest California Art Club exhibition in the Mill’s gallery.
SOUTH PASADENA Farmers Market Meridian Ave. and El Centro St. next to the South Pasadena Metro Gold Line Station. Visit southpasadenafarmersmarket.org
Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Visit arboretum.org or call 626-821-3222 for more information. • Arboretum Summer Nights. June 29, July 6, July 27 and Aug. 10, 2018. Gates open at 5 p.m. and concert begins at 6 p.m. Enjoy live music on select Friday nights featuring a variety of family-friendly entertainment and popular local bands. • Tarzan Returns to the Arboretum. June 30, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. See the movie Tarzan and the Amazons, which was filmed at the Arboretum in 1945, a dis-
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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.
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE Farmers Market 1300 Foothill Blvd., across from Memorial Park. Visit lacanadaflintridge.com/ events-page/farmers-market.html for more information. Saturdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Vendors come from all over the region with fresh fruits, nuts, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and much, much more. Many items are organically grown.
Concerts and Movies in the Park Garfield Park, 1000 Park Ave., South Pasadena. Visit ci.south-pasadena.ca.us or call the Recreation Department at 626-403-7380 for more information. • Concerts in the Park. July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2018 from 5 – 7 p.m. This summer music series offers something for every musical taste. Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy the festive atmosphere and fabulous music! • Movies in the Park. Despicable Me 3. June 22, 2018 at 8:15 p.m.; Coco. Aug. 10, 2018 at 8:15 p.m. Enjoy a night of family fun watching a movie al fresco! Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and low seat lawn chairs.
45th Annual Memorial Weekend Fiesta Days La Cañada Memorial Park, 1301 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, and other locations. Visit lacanadaflintridge.com/ events-page.html or call 818-790-4289 for more information. • Fiesta Days. May 25 – 28, 2018. Fiesta Days is an annual Memorial Day celebration hosted by the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce & Community Association. It features a variety of events throughout the weekend including a French toast breakfast and car show; a family dinner, music and fireworks show; the YMCA of the Foothills Fiesta Days Family Run/ Walk at 7 a.m. and 5K, 10K & 1 mile run at 7:30 a.m. at Descanso Gardens; and a parade along Foothill Blvd. with the theme “Bringing People Together.”
South Pasadena Summer Arts Crawl Throughout South Pasadena. For more information visit southpasadena.net. • South Pasadena Summer Arts Crawl. July 21, 2018 from 5 – 9 p.m. Held in the winter, summer, and fall, this “neighborhood-night-on-the-town” showcases the creativity and talent in South Pasadena. Stores, boutiques, and eateries all over town stay open late on a Saturday night to offer special events, trunk shows, sales, artists, and musicians. An interactive art activity brings out the creative side—and is enjoyed by all ages!
Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. For more information, visit descansogardens.org or call 818-949-4200. • Music on the Main. Eight Thursdays from June 7 – July 26, 2018 at 6 p.m. Enjoy live jazz on the Main Lawn under the shade of coast live oaks. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner from Patina on the
Main Lawn. Advanced tickets required. • World Rhythms. Six Tuesdays from June 19 – July 24, 2018 at 6 p.m. Immerse yourself in the world of music and dance amidst the beauty of the Gardens. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner from Patina on the Main Lawn. Advanced tickets required. • Summer Songs. Six Wednesdays from June 20 – July 25, 2018. Come relax and enjoy a cold beer in the Rose Garden as The Flashdance DJs spin all-vinyl sets. Advanced tickets required. • Thursday After Hours. Four Thursdays from Aug. 2 – 30, 2018. Descanso is keeping its doors open late from 5 – 8 p.m. There will be a beer garden and food available for purchase. No ticketing required. • Summer Stargazing. Aug. 10, 2018 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Join Descanso for stargazing in the Oak Woodland during the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Astrophotographer and telescope expert Bryan Cogdell will give a talk that highlights meteor showers and teaches you how to identify objects in the night sky. Following the talk, stay to view the night sky through telescopes. Registration required. LOS ANGELES The Original Farmers Market 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. Visit farmersmarketla.com or call 323933-9211 for more information. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. • A favorite destination among locals and tourists since 1934, L.A.’s world famous Original Farmers Market offers over 100
gourmet grocers, restaurants and more. The Broad 221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Visit thebroad.org or call 213-232-6200. • A Journey That Wasn’t. June 30, 2018 – Feb. 2019. Exploring complex representations of time and its passage, this exhibition includes more than 50 works drawn from the museum’s collection of postwar and contemporary art, and features the return of beloved video installation, The Visitors by Ragnar Kjartansson. The exhibition presents more than 20 artists including Bernd and Hilla Becher, Gregory Crewdson, Andreas Gursky, Elliott Hundley, Pierre Huyghe, Anselm Kiefer, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, Sharon Lockhart, Paul Pfeiffer and Ed Ruscha, among others. The featured works in the exhibition—ranging from painting and sculpture to photography, film and installation—examine the passage of time by alluding to nostalgia or sentiments about aging, often depicting specific places in states of decay; these works can act as documentation, memorial or symbol. Los Angeles Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Or Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. Visit laphil.com or call 213-972-7282 for more information. • Schumann Focus. Six events from May 17 – June 3, 2018. Closing the season, Gustavo Dudamel will lead a complete Schumann symphonic cycle, including the piano and cello concertos with soloists Mitsuko Uchida and Sol Gabetta. There will be performances of the poignant oratorio Das Paradies und die Peri in a unique staged
presentation by director Peter Sellars and video artist Refik Anadol. (These will be the first performances of the piece by the LA Phil.) In addition, members of the orchestra play selections from Schumann’s glorious chamber music. • LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl. There are a variety of performances throughout the summer including Classical Tuesdays, Classical Thursdays and more! Look on the LA Phil website for more detail. LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. Visit lacma.org for more information. • In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art. Now – Sept. 9, 2018. In the Fields of Empty Days explores the continuous and inescapable presence of the past in Iranian society. This notion is revealed in art and literature in which ancient kings and heroes are used in later contexts as paradigms of virtue or as objects of derision, while long-gone Shi‘ite saints are evoked as champions of the poor and the oppressed. The exhibition examines this appropriation of the past, largely in the context of the present, by assembling 125 works of art in a variety of media— photography, painting, sculpture, video, posters, political cartoons, animation, and historical illustrated manuscripts. In focusing on the intersection of past and present, In the Fields of Empty Days offers new scholarship and a novel approach to viewing anachronisms in Iranian art. • Decoding Mimbres Painting: Ancient Ceramics of the American Southwest. May 20 – Sept. 16, 2018. This exhibition features over 50 examples of the finely painted ceramic wares produced by the Mimbres people in the region of
southwestern New Mexico between 850 and 1150 CE. The hallmark of Mimbres culture are extraordinary black-andwhite ceramic bowls, painted with great ingenuity, dexterity, and precision. The bowls are best known for the variety of animals and plant life that they depict, with a small number of vessels showing human figures engaged in narrative scenes. Alongside these recognizable figurative paintings, Mimbres artists produced seemingly “geometric” designs including zigzags, spirals, checkerboard patterns, and other motifs that appear to have little or no reference to the natural world. • 3D: Double Vision. July 15, 2018 – March 31, 2019. The quest for perfect 3D representation drives innovation, stimulates creative expression, and sparks wonder in generation after generation. 3D: Double Vision is the first American exhibition to survey a full range of artworks, dating from 1838 to the present, that produce the illusion of three dimensions. These artworks function by activating binocular vision—the process by which our brains synthesize the information received by our two eyes into a single, volumetric image. Drawn from the realms of art, science, mass culture, and entertainment, the artworks in 3D: Double Vision will dazzle the eyes and provoke the imagination. Ultimately, to experience 3D is to engage with questions about the nature of perception, the allure of illusionism, and our relationship with the technologies that create such images. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, The Quarterly Magazine assumes no responsibility for omissions or errors.
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