Fruitcake that ubiquitous bundle of fruit and nuts, sometimes soaked in booze that you either abhor or adore. I fall into the latter and think this Friday’s Fruitcake tasting party at the Vroman’s book store in the Hastings Ranch shopping center looks to be a ton of fun. The tasting is a joint venture with the Sierra Madre Playhouse who is opening its holiday play “A Christmas Memory” based on a short story but Truman Capote next week. ‘
There are planned to be over a dozen fruit cakes at this event. They are sourced from bakers all over the country as well as the Los Angeles Area. A sampling…
Sumi Chang and Europane Bakery, Pasadena
Karen Hansen and Copenhagen Pastry, Pasadena
Mike McLellan and Patticakes Desserts, Altadena,
Deets: Friday 11/20 6PM Vroman’s 3729 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
If you’re interested in seeing A Christmas Memory you can order tickets HERE. The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre.
*Running of the Clowns to you who don’t know how to use google translate. Its today. 3PM in the streets and alleys of Old Town Pasadena. Its a parody of the running of the bulls in Spain, only with Clowns so no animals are hurt. I’m not running this year…I’ll be photo and videoing it.
What I can share is that if you want to run be at the Memorial Park Station on the Gold Line prior to 3 PM. Dress all in white with a big red sash just like the bull runners do. When the bull horn sounds prepare to run with the others followed by seriously silly and happy clowns. There are breaks where you’ll walk to catch your breath and safely cross streets. The mile or so loop will end with you buying your own pizza and beer at 800 Degrees Pizza at Colorado and Fair Oaks.
If you just want to witness the fun and silliness just be on Colorado Blvd, between Fair Oaks and Delacy St sometime around 3PM and wait for the runner and clowns to come by and cheer them on.
I can tell you its a ton of fun. I did it as a runner last year along with my daughter. Ending at the now defunct Jake’s basement bar. ITs really a lot of silliness and comraderie…how bad can that be?
Where to start…something new or something old? Let’s start with the super new Alfa Romeo that is to be revealed at this years 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Will it be as sexy as the 4c they pulled the curtain from in Detroit in January? My guess is yes. My guess is that it will be a BMW 3 series competitor, because that’s what they all wanna have. We shall see won’t we? Lord knows a sexy 2 door sports car is a nice way to relaunch a brand, but they need more to sustain one.
To kick off the new Alfa the Motor Press Guild is organizing a retrospective of 35 collectible concours quality Alfas from the past to be displayed in the Gilbert Lindsay Plaza of the convention center. Those cars will be driven to the show from the Palm Springs Concorso held the weekend prior. Additionally Alfa Romeo is bringing a few cars from their private collection to show there as well. This will only be available to the press so I’ll take lots of pics for you.
The other news is that the Green Car of the Year finalists were named. This goes to the car, usually a hybrid, though a traditional gasser was included one year and a now not so clean we learned the hard way diesel. But I digress, the field this year is interesting and I’m not sure how it will go. They’re all familiar names, two got complete makeovers. Volt by Chevy is more mainstream looking and has doubled electic range, Prius…gets the funky face front intakes seen on their fuel cell car, not functional, funky for the sake of funky with the promise of better driving dynamics. That’s like asking a toaster not to be a toaster. The finalists up for judging by the Green Car Journal:
Audi A3 e-tron (my personal favorite)
Tickets are on sale now, grab yours early and avoid the crush outside waiting insufferable minutes in the ticket lines. ORDER HERE.
Los Angeles Auto Show, Los Angeles Convention Center. November 20-29, 2015. Check web for daily times.
Pic by me. I’ll be at the show for press days 11/18-19 and share with you the winners and losers.
For the final edition of 626 Night Market there as a few new tricks to keep it fun and fresh. First up is Saturday Nights open Mike with the kids from ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” and then there is the dancing competiton. Full details HERE Even if the new stuff doesn’t entice, the old standbys…incredible food, street vendors and music should keep you entertained and satiated.
Having been a few times, its easy access just a few blocks south of the 210 in Arcadia. You can enter from the gates on Baldwin, but traffic is bad there with the mall. The other and better option is to exit Santa Anita, head south to Hungtington Dr and turn right (west) on to Huntington and enter in the massive gates there.
Deets Friday 9/4, Saturday 9/5 and Sunday 9/6 4PM to 1AM. Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia CA MAP HERE
Last year was awesome fun. This year promises more of the same at the 626 Night Market held at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Its one of the biggest events of the year in the SGV…second to maybe the Rose Parade thingy, but that has no food, bands or stuff. This, the 626 Night Market has tons, TONS of food, live bands and all sorts of stuff you didn’t know you needed for sale. Cheap.
Friday August 7,4PM-1AM, Saturday August 8, 4PM-1AM, Sunday August 9, 4PM-11PM
Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia. MAP HERE.
Well today I ventured to Echo Park for this years Lotus Festival. Yes, they were in bloom and they were knock me over gorgeous. The rest of the festival, meh. My last time there was 2007 when I was a rower with the team metblogs Dragon Boat, but I digress.
This years show had very few artisans. There was some nifty stuff. Lots of Day of the Dead skulls painted on stuff you wouldn’t expect. Great food trucks…gotta give the food vendors the nod as they make this festival. The rest, sadly was swap meet crap. Its a common theme in outdoor events too many times of late, they let vendors in reselling cheap import crap forcing out the artisans with quality work who can’t compete at a price point. grrrr.
The music was fun and lively. and varied. Something for everyone and that alone makes its worth the drip to Echo Park and fight for parking.
Paint n Play Art Studio and Gallery in Monrovia has just the thing to keep kids entertained and busy this summer. Art classes. Several to choose from and all expert taught by Lisa Barrios and her loving staff. Real working pros sharing their talents with kids. Does it get better than that?
From basic ceramics to Parent and Tot classes its a learning experience and freeing little minds to create. I really love this stuff. Most is ages 6 and up, though some are as young as 4, and others you need to be at least 8. Hard core elementary ages that need some structure and learning activities in the summer…that are fun.
Click the flyer to embiggen and get the full deets on the classes they offer. Call Lisa Barrios the owner of Paint n Play for the details and to get your kidlet signed up. You won’t regret it and you’ll be a hero to your kid for doing so.
Deets: Paint n Play Art Studio and Gallery, 418 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia 91016 626-256-4648
Ok, this is a different event, not bicycles, but stationary bikes ridden 100 miles to raise money to send inner city kids to summer camp. It’s sponsored by the Harold Robinson Foundation and will be held May 31st 2015 on SaMo Pier. Nice setting, fun if you’re into riding bikes that don’t go anywhere. At least some creep racing in a sport sedan can’t run you over, but I digress. Most importantly this is about raising funds to help underprivileged kids get to summer camp and enjoy all that experience has to offer.
To participate there are a few criteria. Just having stamina and great gams to sit and bicycle isn’t enough. You need to have pledges for at least $2,500 to be on one of the stationary bikes on the pier and pedal for those 5 hours. You also need $250 for an entry fee. You can start the registration process for you as an individual or a team HERE.
I know, its silly. Ring in the New Year at midnight, but in my little corner of L.A it isn’t New Years Day until 8:02AM when the B2 bomber banks over my house for its second swipe at the Rose Parade. Pretty nifty stuff.
More pics by me in my flickr set just in case our trusty old server doesn’t want to take my upload.
Do you watch the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day? (That’s tomorrow, FYI.) Have you wondered what those floats look like up close but have no desire to spend the night in freezing temperatures? (It’s going to get into the mid-30s tonight, that is close enough to freezing for me.) You can! It’s become a custom to view the parked floats for a few days after the parade. This year you can view them tomorrow (Jan. 1), Friday and Saturday (Jan. 2-3). It will cost you $10 per person and the money goes to the Tournament of Roses Foundation. For that entry fee, you can walk all along the floats (but no touching, please) and even talk with white jacketed volunteers who will tell you more about them.
The floats are viewable:
January 1: 1:00 – 5:00PM
January 2: 9:00 – 5:00PM
January 3: 9:00 – 5:00PM
Senior citizens and disabled persons are welcome from 7:00 – 9:00am both days for less crowded viewing.
You can buy tickets online here or you can buy tickets on-site until 3pm each day. UPDATE: You can only buy tickets online if you plan to pick them up by 5pm TODAY at the ticketing office (See link). Otherwise, you must buy them on site.
Also, there is a Park and Ride Shuttle ($3 for those 6 years old and above) to ease in the parking situation as street parking nearby is limited.
I plan on getting there early on Saturday in warm cozy clothes.
During the “12 Days of Giving” series here highlighting various awesome and local organizations that deserve your considerations and donations, I wrote about a 137-year-old institution near and dear to my heart (and my bank balance seeing as I work there): the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA).
In that post, I talked about the ginormous difference between spcaLA and the ASPCA (whose heart-wrenching ads are all over the end-of-year airwaves), and at the end I threw in a twist by promising to donate to spcaLA the spare change my wife and I have collected in that half-gallon jug pictured at left (click to biggify) over the last five or so years, and also to donate it in honor of whoever came closest to the amount all that coinage added up to.
I was actually surprised I didn’t get a few more stabs at the amount, but I’m nevertheless thankful to have received the following guesses in the comments to that post:
Jodi Kurland: $65.37
Alexandra Apollini: $89.23
After the jump, find out what it took to get the coins counted, who the honoree is and how totally far off from the actual amount they all were…
Silver Lake (3AM): Then up on the roof there arose such a clatter, that I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. But instead of the sleigh of Santa Claus alighting, ’twas instead the wind of Santa Ana beating a palm frond it had been fighting.
This is one of my most favorite series that we do. It outlines our diversity as a group and underscores our love of Los Angeles and the millions of souls that call it home. During the course of the last several days you’ve read about the following non-profits and charities that we devote our time and energy too. In the order they appeared:
By now those who know me know I don’t just jump in half assed when I decide to support a non-profit. They have to have a hook that gets my attention. Sierra Madre Playhouse is just that and they need help…volunteers and donations if they are to grow to the next level.
In the last few years with the arrival of Managing Director and Estelle Campbell and Artistic Director Christian Lebano, they have brought a vision to change this once sleepy community theater into something else. Its a very special place well on its way to being the regional destination theater they have envisioned.
There has been a lot of dialogue lately about the state of theater in Los Angeles. It is so often overlooked and under-appreciated, and there are constant wails over how theater is dying. But the magic of that combustion, the ephemeral now, is what I think will keep theater alive. If you haven’t experienced that, I invite you to see a show at the Playhouse. Once you feel that magic you will be seduced.” – Christian Lebano, Artistic Director
Like so many non-profits they are starved of man hours and money to carry out their mission to bring quality plays written by Americans about Americans. This last year has seen them shake the joint up and brought in uniquely American plays like 6RMS RIV VU, 4,000 Miles and A Little House Christmas. On tap next is “A Walk in the Woods” which continues the trend of stellar productions. But they need helpif they are to carry out their plans. If you got a few hours to donate, they’ll take it. If you have some spare change to donate to the cause (Its tax deductible as they are a 503.c non-profit organization) they gladly accept that too.
You can easily pay via credit card through PayPal. An even more painless way is bring the attached PDF Coupon to Ralphs when you go grocery shopping and they donate a percentage of your sale to Sierra Madre Playhouse.
Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre CA 91024