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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

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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

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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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Sunday 4/24 is Concorso Ferrari in Pasadena

April 9, 2016 in Driving, Entertainment, Events, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

The video is from last years Concorso Ferrari and a good teaser on what you’ll get to see at this years show set for Sunday April 24. 10AM-3PM.  There will be classic rare Ferraris to the newer yet uber rare La Ferraris at this special showing of 140 Ferraris on Colorado Boulevard between Raymond and Pasadena Avenues in Old Town Pasadena.

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JPL Tickets for open house available 4/25 for June Open House

April 8, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, San Gabriel Valley, Technology

jpl ticketOne of the the BIGGEST, and I mean BIG, so big traffic backs up for miles type event here in the SGV is the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s open house.  Last year it was such a cluster of traffic and hurt feelings our friends at JPL are introducing a ticket system to stem the tide and bring some order to their open house.

The  Open House set for June 4 and 5 will require a ticket.  Deets here on their FB Page.  Short of it is no ticky no entry.  Order your tickets HERE beginning Monday 4/25.  Based on the limited amount of tickets and popularity of this event across the metro area I’d suggest you be up at dawn and start trying to order for this don’t miss event to see how JPL explores our solar system.

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Weekend Shuttle Service from Monrovia Gold Line Station to Old Town starts Friday

March 10, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Mass Transit, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

shutle posterBig news, and something that will liven up Old Town Monrovia with new faces is the for a buck ride on a shuttle from the Gold Line Station in Station Square to Library Park in the heart of Old Town Monrovia.  From there its an easy walk to the Krikorian Theatre, and a boat load of mid to high end restaurants and bars in Old Town.  The shuttle will run Fridays and Saturdays during prime, 5PM-10PM, time evening fun in Old Town.  The Shuttle will be clearly marked and easy to identify.

The shuttle will start at the Round about by the station platforms and Parking garage in Monrovia’s Station Square and end at Library Park about 10 minutes later.  The fare will be one thin buck and FREE if you have a TAP card.  This sure beats walking, especially when summer hits and its 100+ in the evening still.

Also note, barring rain, Friday nights are “Family Festival” nights in Old Town Monrovia from 5PM-9PM.  Family Fesitval is a Farmers market, flea market and stuff for kids like Pony Rides, petting zoo and bounce houses.  Numerous restaurants have sidewalk dining set up, add in a host of food vendors and live music you have a real party going on.

In the future they hope to expand advertising for the community Dial a Ride program to include passengers at Station Square so those evenings you desperately need happy hour during the week you can still get  into Old Town without a hike.

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Charity Preshow and Reception with John Moran Auctioneers March 16

March 3, 2016 in Art, Entertainment, Food & Drink, News, San Gabriel Valley

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Flyer header for the event, click to embiggen

If you love the California and American Fine Art movements this is an event not to be missed.  John Moran Auctioneers formerly of Pasadena has moved its showroom and activities to Monrovia.  The draw…lots of them and yes, pun intended, bringing them to my corner of the SGV.

They are previewing several paintings my California and American masters that will be in their formal auction on March 22.  The preview show is a charity event, your admission is tax deductible with the proceeds to be split between the Volunteer Center of the San Gabriel Valley and Monrovia Association of Fine Arts. The divided proceeds will be used by MAFA for its at-risk teen art workshop program and the Volunteer Center for its Make a Difference Day outreach. Included in your price of admission is food, wine and a catalog of the Fine Art offerings.  To purchase your ticket you may do so HERE.

DEETS: March 16, 5-7PM  John Moran Auctioneers, 145 E Walnut Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016  Admission:$50 (tax deductible)

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Gold Line extension opens Saturday March 5

March 2, 2016 in Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink, Mass Transit, Music, News, San Gabriel Valley, Transportation

Last fall the Foothill Extension signed over the tracks to Metro and testing began.  Testing is nearly over and the grand opening is set for this saturday. Duarte station is the site of the official ribbon cutting and opening at the midway point between Pasadena and the end at Azusa.  With the ribbon cutting trains start rolling at noon to the new stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and finally Azusa.

Monrovia plans on making a day of it.   Bands, food tents, craft tents in the area around the train depot known officially as “Station Square”  Their ceremony is set to start at 11AM Saturday with ribbon cutting at 11:30 and first train rolling in at noon.  To ensure the community can get to the fun down at Station Square they will be running a free shuttle from Old Town Monrovia down to the station activities.

Metro to celebrate the day has made the Gold Line a free ride from noon to midnight on Saturday.  This could be your chance to visit the SGV and cities along the route to see what makes them different and special.  Just remember if traveling here from other lines you will need to have your TAP card filled and loaded as those lines will not be free.  Failing to tap your TAP can be a big fine.