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.
One 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.
Big 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.
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)
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.
Its that time of year for me. Sorting receipts, wondering what’s deductible or not and what new tax laws affect my art generated income. If you’re an artist looking for guidance to make sure you get all your deductions and not sure what changes this year took place that could affect you, have I got a seminar for us.
Monrovia Association of Fine Arts as the first installment of its Professional Development Series offers up for artists, members and non-members alike a seminar by Abe Carrow CPA “Tax and the Artist”. It will be a one day seminar held Saturday February 13 from 10-noon. The fee is $20 for members, $30 for non-members and $10 for students regardless of membership status and can be paid here.
Deets: Tax and the Artist. February 13, 10AM-Noon, Monrovia Community Center, 119 W Palm Ave, Monrovia 91016.
How cool is this. A charity that helps people here in the SGV and is near and dear to my heart got a big help from the Helpful Honday Guys. The publicity for the brand aside, its nice to see Torrance based Honda and its local dealers step up and help the entire community they do business in. This is what a good corporate citizen does. Thanks Honda.
To the delight of the kids on my street the MPD and MFD escorted Santa through my neighborhood the other night. Call it recon looking for the kidlets and getting them amped for his arrival Christmas Eve. Kidding aside this is a wonderful tradition in Monrovia one that helps build community and break down walls between neighbors. I love it.
Yup…we end our Christmas Holiday Parade with Santa. Not some fat lady singing an operetta. AND in 2 short weeks he’ll be cruising the streets of “M” town with escorts rolling code up and down every street and cul de sac in town. It’s Merry Christmas in my ‘hood.
Last night was the sneak preview blogathon at the Sierra Madre Playhouse for “A Christmas Memory” based on a short story by Truman Capote. This is a musical with live musicians, not canned sound tracks.
I was captured from the get go with this play. The performances by the cast were engaging and brought the story to life. To avoid spoilers I’ll not give away too much of the plot or story line. The setting is a man’s boyhood home and sequences between the now and his boyhood spent in rural Alabama raised by cousins in the depression. The story is about a man returning “home” after being gone a long time for the funeral of a cousin who raised him. Its an interesting story of familial love and bonding, with adventures and making fruitcake.
The latter is central to the story and the song “Fruitcake Weather” is lively and just adds to the story line. Young Buddy (Ian Branch) and Sook (Diane Kelber) have a bond that is magical and plays out well on stage.
The music gets a big round of applause, but one of the best sequences in the production is when the cast breaks out the ukelele’s and busts out into song. Fun, well done and did I mention fun?
To read more about the cast and production team visit their website HERE. The Sierra Madre Playhouse has another hit on its hands here. The play has already sold out for Friday and Saturday night its opening weekend. You can still get tickets for Sunday and the remaining dates (the play closes December 27) via the Playhouse HERE.
Deets Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre CA
No one’s lining up yet, but they will be early Sunday morning to catch the 38th occasional Doo Day Parade. It officially starts at 11:00AM but you’ll see folks as early as 8 staking out a spot with their lawn chair and hot cocoa.
The parade route continues to be in East Pasadena where the gentrifiers haven’t invaded and booted the Doo Dah’ers away like what happened in Old Town. Yet. The route is on Colorado Bvld between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Blvd. It will start at the midway point at Vinedo Ave on the north side of the median on Colorado Blvd.
Queen this year is Ms Juli Crockett at the Grand Marshall, and Veronika MeowMeowz as the queen. Look for the usual cast of crazies rounding out the parade, Snotty Scotty and the Hankies and new folks as well to march in the parade.
Coming from out of town and don’t want to hassle with driving in? The Hilton Garden Inn is having a special for Doo Dah fans…Contact Jason Casas, Sales Manager,Hilton Garden Inn – Arcadia, CA. 199 N. Second Ave. Arcadia, CA 91006. Phone D: 626.321.4498 | F: 626.574.9910. or on the web
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.
Sometimes magic happens on stage. This time around it hit home at Sierra Madre Playhouse with the production of “Always…Patsy Cline”. The cast was magical and I was tickeled beyond belief to been on the sidelines watching the cast grow into their characters and bring this production to life. Some 4000 people from all over the L.A Metro and OC saw the play. You can scroll through for my review from the soft opening.
Actors Cori Cable Kidder (Patsy Cline) and Nikki D’Amico (Louise Seger) gave heartfelt thanks at the end of the show. Artistic Director Christian Lebano and Managing Director, Estelle Campbell also chimed in with their thoughts on the play. Enjoy their closing comments and consider visiting the Sierra Madre Playhouse for their next production opening later this month, A Christmas Memory.
*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?
What…Truman Capote at the center of a story for Christmas? Yes, in short this is a loosely based story of his childhood in the foster system and the family that contemplated saving him by sending him to a military school for more structure and balance. There’s your synopsis, the real story lies in the casting and direction of turning this short story in to a musical complete with ukelele. Starring a former “harlette” from Better Midler’s cast of talented crazies this play will be directed by Alison Kalmus, a real treasure and supporter of the Sierra Madre Playhouse.
This isn’t her directing debut with the Playhouse, that was 2004 with A Christmas Carol Story, no this will be her 5th play directed for the Playhouse. She brings a creative vision that ties music and the story line together in what is hoped to be a magical evening. Alison is a huge supporter of the Sierra Madre Playhouse and helps to bring their mission of American Plays by American authors in historical context. I can’t wait to see this play.
And I don’t have to wait for the grand opening as I’ll be hosting another soft opening blogathon at the Playhouse for this play the evening of November 25, 2015, Care to be one of the first to get a sneak peak, a little look see and tweet and instagram it for posterity? Message me at email@example.com with your twitter handle and instagram and I’ll get back to you with details. I can promise you a most outstanding theatre experience, booze and of course my famous Browned Butter Brownies to keep you satiated during the intermission and before hand.