Fritz Coleman in “Defying Gravity” at Sierra Madre Playhouse May 6

Fritz Coleman, from Defying Gravity

Everyone once in a while I get a press release that sells out before I can even post it.  This is for a second show on Saturday May 6.  Act Fast as Fritz is fall out funny and sells out fast in this venue.

Fritz’s show is a hilarious look at life on the far side of 50 and one not to be missed.

The press release teaser: Fritz Coleman Returns to SMP – Again!! – Again!!! – Thanks to a gratifying response to our last E-Blast, Fritz will give a SECOND performance Saturday, May 6 at 6:30pm. of his expanded version of DEFYING GRAVITY, a humorous look at the far side of 50. Yes, we all have to face that sooner or later, and Fritz is bound to share some insights that make it fun, funny, and familiar. We all know Fritz as that nice NBC weatherman who has been appearing in our living rooms seemingly for ever; we’ve watched him grow up. Join us for this playhouse fun-raiser, an evening of wit and laughter, followed by a wine ‘n cheese meet ‘n greet in the lobby.

Tickets HERE or by calling the Sierra Madre Playhouse direct at 626-355-4318.  Note groups of 10 or more can get a 20% discount

 

Can you help a family out?

Oscar Garcia remembered from Go Fund Me Page

Tragedy struck my little corner of L.A again Saturday night. Two young men were gunned down walking about  near a friends home.

Details are sketchy.  Both young men have no known “history” and were active in local sports.  One went to Monrovia High School, the other at Monrovia Canyon High School.

Sadly Oscar Garcia was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other simply known as “Christian” on social media is in critical but stable condition.

The community kids got together and held an impromptu memorial at the local Skate Park with the family present to share their stories of Oscar.

The Schools held memorials on campus today for the students.  Grief Counselors were on hand to help the students cope with the loss of a friend and classmate.

A gofundme has been established to help out the Garcia family with funeral expenses and a memorial.

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10th Annual Concorso Ferrari

Sunday I dragged myself out of bed early, not for a box of donuts, but to wander a mile or so up and down Colorado Boulevard in Old Town Pas to admire 150, give or take, Ferrari’s. Some really rare and vintage were well represented.

There are more unfiltered raw jpeg in my Concorso Ferrari flickr album.

San Gabriel River is flowing deep this spring

San Gabriel River at the East and West Fork Junction, click to embiggen

All that glorious rain that fell this winter made a dent in the 9+ year old drought through out the Los Angeles Basin.   The impact of those rains is most evident in the San Gabriel Canyon.  Both major dams are way up…and where the river was a barely a trickle where the East Ford and West Fork of the San Gabriel River meet the water is at near historic highs.  All that water will eventually work its way down to recharging out depleted water tables.

To get there to see it and the wild flowers in bloom take the 210 towards Azusa, exit CA Highway 39 and head north into the Canyon.  Word of caution, grab your Adventure Pass at the Rangers station at the mouth of San Gabriel Canyon to avoid a ticket for not having a permit.

Ferraris on Colorado returns to Old Town Pas Sunday 4/23

Mark you calendars.  The biggest Ferrari only show in Los Angeles will take place Sunday 4/23 in Old Town Pasadena. The show is limited to 150 cars. Officially known as the Concorso Ferrari will have a wonderful collection of vintage to nearly new Ferraris for you to ooh and ah over as you stroll Colorado Boulevard.

The cars start arriving as early as 7:30 and are all in place by the opening at 10AM.  You’re welcome to line up and watch them assemble and listen to the glorious roar that only a Ferrari tuned exhaust can make, just don’t expect to get up close and personal with the cars that early.  Note the show is over at 3PM.

Significant Ferraris from around the country will line Colorado Boulevard from Pasadena Avenue to Raymond Avenue.  Map Here

Doo Dah Parade set for Sunday November 20, 11AM

Doo Dah Parade logo
Doo Dah Parade logo

If this isn’t already on your bucket list, add it now. This has got to be one of the most iconic ironic farcical parades on the planet. ITs everything that the Rose Parade isn’t. Its sarcasm and parody and political rolled into one fun hour of floats and “bands” in East Pasadena.

The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade will celebrate 39 years of irreverent frolicking on the streets of Pasadena. The 2016 Parade takes place on Sunday, November 20th, stepping off at 11am in East Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard.

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A Little House Christmas opens at Sierra Madre Playhouse 11/18

A Little House Christmas, click to embiggen
A Little House Christmas, click to embiggen

Opening  on Friday November 18 and running until December 23rd is Sierra Madre Playhouses production of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “A Little House Christmas”.  I saw the production of A Little House Christmas two years ago and was captivated by the quality of the acting and the sets. Under the direction of Alison Eliel Kalmus this time around I expect the play will be every bit as fun and enchanting as it was two years ago.  This is a play is really beautifully done and suitable for families with elementary age students, especially during weekend matinees.

For those of you who haven’t ventured out to see a production at the Sierra Madre Playhouse this is a must do on your bucket list.  Its a beautiful old theater that has 99 seats and every one is a great seat in the house.  They are a 99 Seat Theater  non-profit organization that produces quality plays based on the American Story and Experience.  I’m always amazed by what they do.

For more information and to buy tickets visit Sierra Madre Playhouse web site.

Deets: November 18-December 22, weekends, time vary so consult the calender.  Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre 91024, 626-355-4318

Celebrate the Arts in full swing in Monrovia this weekend

As promised, its going on and its really one of the finest broad brush strokes of fine art in a small location that you will find.  The artists are there to talk to you about their art.   The music if lively and adds to the entertainment.  The Children’s Chalk Experience is going on now for kids 5-12.  The BEEER Garden has ample beer and perfect to slake your thirst with the creative brews from Pacific Plate Brewery.

Deets.  Saturday 10/29 10AM-6PM, Sunday 10/30 10AM-4PM, Library Park 321 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia 91016 MAP HERE

53rd Annual Celebrate the Arts in Monrovia 10/29-30

This weekend is it.  The 53rd Annual Celebrate the Arts presented by the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts.  As always its held in Library Park in the heart of Old Town Monrovia.  This year there are 50 fine artists showcasing their art as well as local non-profits sharing what they do in the community.

There will be live and DJ provided entertainment all weekend at Celebrate the Arts.  There will also be Food Trucks.  Saturday will feature Pie and Burger, and My Delight Cupcakery.  Sunday will feature Austyn Premier Hamburgers and Paradise Cookies and Ice Cream.

New this year to add to the fun and excitement is a BEER GARDEN.  All proceeds from the sale of fine craft beer from Pacific Plate Brewery goes to MAFA to help with various community art projects and events during the year.

If you have kids, bring them along as there will be ample for them to do.  One of the sponsors, ChapCare is having a coloring contest.  Another local business is sponsoring the Youth Chalk Art Competition on Saturday.  Please note that this year because of anticipated rain and wet sidewalks Friday and Sunday the competitive Chalk Painting has been cancelled.

Additionally the Friends of the Library will be holding an Art and Collectibles Book Sale on Saturday during the show.

Deets.  Saturday 10/29 10AM-6PM, Sunday 10/30 10AM-4PM, Library Park 321 South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia 91016 MAP HERE

3rd annual La Carrera de los Payasos* Sunday 10/23

*3rd Annual Running of the Clowns

Looking for a break from the rhetoric and vitriol of the election season? If so be in Old Pasadena Sunday 10/23 3PMish for the silliness that is the Running of the Clowns.  Yes, the parody of the running of the bulls with funny clowns is taking place next Sunday in Old Town Pasadena.  After the fun and excitement in the alleys and byways of Old Pasadena the crew will meet up for debriefing at Lucky Baldwins.

Want to be a runner or a clown?  Rules are simple  Dress in white with a big bold Red sash as a runner.  Be a funny lovable clown and you can join in the fun that way.  Full dossier can be found on GuerilLA Facebook page.

Parking in Old Town is kind of a bummer and expensive when you find it so consider using the Metro Gold Line and taking it to Memorial Station…the official location of the start of the Running of the Clowns.

Video by me from the first running of the clowns in 2014.

27th Annual Street Rods Forever Car Show

It was quite the car show yesterday.  Very heavy with the customs and one that stood out so far above the others I called it my personal favorite and named it “best of show”  The work this young man out into an old Mercury chopping, channeling, lowering and flaming was simply amazing.

Mercury low rider, chopped, channeled and flaimed, click to embiggen
Mercury low rider, chopped, channeled and flaimed, click to embiggen

More pics in my flickr album from the show.

Car Show this Saturday in Monrovia…and its zipcode day too

Its debatable which is the bigger deal in Old Town Monrovia this Saturday. The Umpteenth Annual Street Rods Forever Car Show or Zipcode Day Celebrations…a local holiday celebrating the zip code and date coinciding 9/10/16 in the 91016.  My personal favorite is the Street Rods Forever car show as, well, its all about the cars.

Street Rods Forever will occupy Myrtle Avenue from the 300 South Block down to the 800 South Block in the heart of Old Town Monrovia from 9AM-2PM.

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210 closures in Pasadena again this weekend

map courtesy CalTrans twitter feed
map courtesy CalTrans twitter feed

We’ll call this PASAGEDDON part 3 and 4.  Short version is the 210 closures will affect those trying to sneak into town from the valley on the 118/210EB this weekend for fun in Old Town.

Beginning 7PM Saturday August 13, 2016 until 5AM August 15 the 210 East Bound will be closed at Mountain Avenue to Lake Avenue.  The 134 West transition road from the 210 East will also be closed.  The exit ramps at Mountain/Lincoln will also be closed.

These closures will be repeated again August 27 at 7PM until August 29 at 5AM.

The easiest, but likely congested work around detour will be to follow 210EB to the 2SB then transition to the 134EB and reconnect with the 210 in Pasadena.

Art Walk…art, entertainment and art Saturday 7/30

Monrovia Association of Fine Arts is hosting its annual Art Walk in the heart of Old Town Monrovia.  There will be several local artists with various media well represented.  Among those showcasing their work will be this fall’s Celebrate the Arts Featured Artist, Steve McCarthy.  One to watch for is up and coming artist Elizabeth “Isa” Martinez from the Art Institute of Chicago who is a recent Monrovia High graduate.

As always there will be a variety of music in Old Town Monrovia with one of the bands, a jazz band, playing in the heart of the Art Walk.

Once there pop into one of the many new bars and restaurants for a quick cocktail and stroll the Art Walk. Have several and use public transportation to get to Old Town.

Parking can be tough to find in Old Town Monrovia on weekends.  I HIGHLY recommend you take the Gold Line to the Monrovia Station, show your tap card or paid stub and you get a free ride into Old Town courtesy the city transit.  It runs fairly frequently from Station Square to Library Park.  From Library Park its a short 1 block walk to the Art Walk.  IF you simply park at Station Square the shuttle costs a thin buck for the ride.

Deets: July 30, 7-10 PM.  400 and 500 block of South Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016

Adult Art Night at Paint ‘n’ Play Art Studio and Gallery July 30

Flyer for the event...click to embiggen
Flyer for the event…click to embiggen

This is going to be fun.  A night of nurturing your inner 12 yo with art and limbered up with some right tasty craft brews by Pacific Plate Brewery.  This event is supported by Paint ‘n’ Play Art Studio and Gallery as well as Monrovia Association of Fine Arts.

The art instruction will be given by reknowned local artist Elizabeth Jewell Butterfield who was has also been a past Featured Artists with Monrovia Association of Fine Arts.  You can reserve a spot by calling 626-256-4848 or emailing Ms Jewell direct at [email protected]

This isn’t free, but the $45 fee includes all materials and your Craft Beer.  IMHO its well worth the cost of admission for an evening of art with Ms Butterfield, the craft beer is the icing on the proverbial cake!

Deets:Saturday July 30, 2016 7PM-9PM  418 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016  626-256-4848