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Doo Dah Parade set for Sunday November 20, 11AM

November 7, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal

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

November 6, 2016 in Entertainment, Holidays, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal, Theatre/Stage

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

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Celebrate the Arts in full swing in Monrovia this weekend

October 29, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Media, News, Photography, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping

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

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

October 27, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Photography, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping

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

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

October 16, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, News, San Gabriel Valley

*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.

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27th Annual Street Rods Forever Car Show

September 11, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

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.

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

September 8, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, LA, Mass Transit, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping, Transportation

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

August 10, 2016 in Driving, LA, News, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

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.

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

July 26, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Photography, San Gabriel Valley, Seasonal, Shopping

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

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

July 21, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Food & Drink, News, People, San Gabriel Valley

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

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210 Freeway closures 7/15 and 7/29…its PASAGEDDON!

July 14, 2016 in Driving, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

pasageddonYou can see the full press release from CALTRANS HERE, but the short of it is the 210 West Bound will be closed two complete weekends in July for improvements and repaving.  TWO FULL Weekends.  The closure will be from Lake Avenue west to Mountain will be completely shut down.  Rerouting through city streets will be a joke…best is to transition to the 134 West then 2 north to rejoin the 210 in LaCrescenta.  With traffic stinking so bad my suggestion is if you absolutely need to be in Pasadena those weekends, take the Gold Line.

Added bonus is the EB 134 connector to the 210 will also be closed.

Weekend closures are as follows:

  • July 15 10PM through July 18 5AM
  • July 29 10PM through August 1 5 AM
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Sierra Madre Playhouse opens new musical July 8th

July 1, 2016 in Entertainment, San Gabriel Valley, Theatre/Stage

flyer for "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" click to embiggen

flyer for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” click to embiggen

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is hysterically funny with poignant back stories of the contestants woven into a solid musical production.  On the heals of last years rousing success of “Always…Patsy Cline” the Sierra Madre Playhouse isn’t resting on its laurels and promises to be a fun filled interactive evening with the cast as the group take a bunch of spelling champs through their paces spelling in a contest.

Added bonus most nights, but especially opening night you get to meet the cast and crew of the production after the play.  Its scheduled to run July 8 through August 21.  Order tickets HERE.

Sierra Madre Playhouse is a really lovely 99 Seat Theatre located just a west of Baldwin on Sierra Madre Avenue.  Its a short walk to several find eateries and a wonderful dive bar “The Buccaneer”.

Deets: Sierra Madre Playhouse 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre 91024 626-355-4318

 

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How to build your Art Business with Social Media event Saturday

June 14, 2016 in Art, Education, Events, San Gabriel Valley

MAFA SM EventPart of Monrovia Association of Fine Arts mission is to help artists develop their business.  The second in a series of seminars is this Saturday June 18 at the Monrovia Community Center.

The seminar on how to build your Art Business will be taught by Margaret Danielak, is a well-known art consultant and I have her excellent book entitled “A Gallery without Walls” about this topic. http://www.danielakart.com/consulting.html The discounted member fee is only $20.00 and can pay for itself in increased sales. Non-members $30.00, students $10.00.  You can reserve a seat and pay HERE.  The price of admission includes your course handouts, Starbucks’ coffee, juice and snacks.  Hurry as seats are limited.

Deets: Monrovia Community Center Iris Room, 119 W. Palm Ave, Monrovia, 10 a.m. to noon.

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Glass Menagerie opens at Sierra Madre Playhouse

May 5, 2016 in Entertainment, San Gabriel Valley, Theatre/Stage

Glass Menagerie poster, click to embiggen

Glass Menagerie poster, click to embiggen

This  Tennessee Williams play is one of my favorites and I remember it well from my days in school.  Its the tale of a young man torn between duties to family and a sickly sister and yearning to be free and make his own mark in the world.  There’s tension, drama and heartfelt humor.  The production by Sierra Madre Playhouse, directed by Christian Lebano promises to be one of the best seen in the area in ages as the Playhouse has a reputation of bringing magic and plays to life.

If you haven’t been to Sierra Madre Playhouse yet this could well be the play to see and visit this wonderfull 99 seat theatre.  Located in downtown Sierra Madre there are a few dining options and bars to hit before or after and make it a night out on the town.

Tickets start at $17 for students and $30 for adults.  You can order your tickets HERE.

Deets: May 6-June 12, Sierra Madre Playhouse 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre,  MAP HERE

 

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Pasadena’s Old Town site of Concorso Ferarri 2016

April 24, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, San Gabriel Valley, Shopping

Today was the annual Concorso Ferrari…a concours quality car show featuring the drop dead gorgeous Ferrari line of cars.  From the early Series 250 to the uber rare Enzo and La Ferrari the line was well represented.  There were 76 cars presented for judging…those cars were identified with yellow window placards and were up significantly in number from last year.   Also regular pristine drivers totalled nearly 150 cars.  Add in the exotics from lessors, restorers and new car sales there were well over 200 Ferraris on display  in Pasadena’s Old Town April 24, 2016.

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