I can’t tell you all enough how absolutely marvelous this play and cast presenting it are. I’ve blogged it twice here. Go see it the final weekend. Wrap up your evening at either Lucky Baldwins or the Buccaneer, the latter if you prefer dive bars).
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Ha…my sore feet and aching body tell me two things. I had way too much fun yesterday and I need to get in better shape if I’m gonna continue these sorts of escapades. What did I do you may ask? Well, I was a runner at the first ever Running of the Clowns in Old Town Pasadena. This video is the unofficial done by me version. I have pic from it as well in a flickr album.
The official video is in need of a sound track. Anyone know of a guitarist who could do a flamenco version of “Send in the Clowns”? If so drop me a note and I’ll hook you up with the author of the official video.
* Running of the Clowns
I’m sorry the uploader doesn’t work for me…if it did I’d have a snazzy pic for you from the GLA Improv facebook page to share with you. This is going to be a really fun event run through the alleys of Old Town Pasadena.
As a Runner you don’t have to be in that great of shape. The furthest we sprint at any given time is a block. You are to dress as the runners at the Running of the Bulls do…white pants, shirts and shoes with a red bandana.
If you choose a clown you have to be a happy friendly clown. Not like “It” or “John Wayne Gacy”. Costume materials are cheap and plentiful at the Dollar Store and 99Cent only stores.
The Mission is simple. We all meet at the Sierra Madre Villa station of the Gold Line before 2PM. Load your TAP card or buy RT fare totalling 3.50 for round trip. At that point we will be briefed and grouped…runners in one car and clowns in another. Catch a train to the Memorial Park Station by Holly Street and there the fun begins. Full details on FB.
Last night was the opening of 4000 Miles a pulitzer nominated play at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. The play was so well executed and performed you didn’t neet an intermission. It ran a full Hour and Forty Five, but the time flew thanks the the simply amazing performances of Mimi Cozen as the grandmother Vera and Christian Prentice as the grandson Leo.
I’ll try not to give too much of the story line away or drop a spoiler. This is a drama with a lot of comedy included. Leo is a young man on a literal and metaphoric journey. Leo left Seattle on a bicycle with a friend who died tragically in an accident along the way. Leo arrived at his Grandmothers flat in New York at 3AM. The grandmother wasn’t expecting him and the first tiff started. During the course of this play Leo makes a new and stronger relationship with Vera. She wisely guides him through his problems and difficulties. Eventually they face a common sadness and he completes his bond with his grandmother.
Of course the supporting characters deserve mention here too. Bec, Leo’s girlfriend played by Alexandra Wright does a wonderful job of shedding light into Leo’s problems as well as allows us to learn more of Vera as she attempts to help her see her love for Leo and save that relationship. Bec in a way winds up being the hero that gives Leo the final push he needs to mend fences and move forward. Read the rest of this entry →
It’s here the final 626 Night Market, the thing to do in the SGV, is this weekend. Friday night it starts at 4PM and runs Saturday into Sunday too. Food, stuff, music and special guest appearances market this weekend.
Theres still no transit way to make it there. From the 210 Exit Santa Anita and drive south to Huntington. Make a right and follow Huntington to the Santa Anita Park.
Parking is free and admission is a measly $3 per person.
Deets. Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia. MAP HERE Hours Friday/Saturday 4PM-1AM, Sunday 4PM-10PM
Sierra Madre Playhouse and California Pizza Kitchen in Pasadena have teamed up for a fund raiser to benefit the Playhouse and its coming production of “4,000 Miles” The fund raiser is only at the Pasadena CPK on Los Robles, all day on Thursday September 4, 2014. When you give your wait person THIS FLYER, 20% of your purchase will go to Sierra Madre Playhouse to fund this production.
Sierra Madre Playhouse was chosen over many other theaters in Los Angeles for the Los Angeles premiere of “4,000 Miles” That play from what I’ve heard is an interesting look at transgenerational values and the exchange between a young man and his estranged grandmother. The play opens September 26 and runs through November 8. More details here.
Confused? You should be, its New Yorkese for “6 rooms, river view” for a rent controlled apartment in the city. The play is much more than that, its a look at the generation gap between the baby boomers and the generation that immediately preceeded them. It about the shift in attitude of the 30 somethings in 1972 surrounded by the new ideas of the teenagers behind them and how they were raised. Its questioning moral values and right and wrong.
The play itself is well written and I’ll try not to give any spoilers, the play focuses on 3 couples, two who actually get trapped in the vacant apartment and discover they have friends in common.. There is sexual tension that escalates and is discussed in great detail by Anne Miller played by Lena Bouton and Paul Friedman played by Jeremy Guskin. These two actors deserve a standing ovation for their energetic performance. They really carried this show with their beautifully executed dialog.
The show is worth seeing and making the trek to Sierra Madre. The Playhouse is a small intimate setting without a bad seat in the house. Its been spruced up since I was there last and it really is a nice venue. Added bonus is that the actors all mingle with the crowd after the show is over out front. Many wind up at Luck Baldwins for a night cap after that.
There are a few performances left before the show closes on September 6. Full information on the cast , director and support team on the Sierra Madre website HERE. Seats are available and can be bought on line HERE.
Details. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madred Blvd, Sierra Madre 91024 MAP HERE 626-355-4318
I’ve been waiting for what seems an eternity for this to get here, but the 626 Night Market at Santa Anita Park is this weekend. Great food, great people, fun chotskies and awesome food. Yes, I was redundant, but the food is really the star at this event.
As a local I’d suggest skipping the Baldwin exist off the 210 as its been sketchy due to Gold Line rail connstruction the last several days. Exit Santa Anita Ave and head south, make a right at Huntingon Drive and follow it to the main entrance for Santa Anita Park. Next year, the Gold Line will be a fait accomplait and will give you instructions on how to get there from the Arcadia Gold Line Station, until then its freeway baby.
Parking is free, Admission is $3 per person. Such a deal.
Deets: 626 Night Market 4PM-1AM Friday July 18 and July 19. 285 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia CA91007 MAP HERE
Man, dusting off my password and sharing one of my favorite fun things to do in the summer. Wander about Myrtle Ave in Old Town Monrovia, hit a few of the night spots and enjoy some terrific art along the way.
Yup, its time for the Annual Summer Art Walks presented by the Monrovia Assocation of Fine Arts. Now in its 10th year its a fine example of local art produced in my little corner of L.A.
Several of the local Art Galleries will be open, there will be live music as well as the usual Old Town attractions to keep you busy and entertained. The event will be held the last 3 Saturdays of June, July and August centered in the 400 Block of South Myrtle Avenue. It will be held from 7-10PM on each of those nights.
If you are an artist that would like to exhibit and sell your work hit me up for the details. [email protected]
Monday night, early Tuesday morning my friend Lisa Barrios business, Paint n Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery located at 418 S Myrtle Ave in Monrovia was burglarized and ransacked. I’ll be helping with the inventory of stolen art work, but our best guess tonight is easily 10K in art alone was stolen from the upstairs gallery.
Shortly after midnight the neighboring business caught this persons image trying to open their door at the rear courtyard. He stopped long enough for his picture to be taken, then went one door south to the Paint n Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery. From there, someone, presumbably this person of interest, broke open the rear door and entered Paint n Play. About 15 minutes later a figure is seen on the Myrtle Avenue side of the business loading stuff into a shiny dark sedan possibly a Honda or Toyota. Read the rest of this entry →
I have to hand it to Ford. It takes real chutzpah to invite people in to drive their cars and compare against the segment leaders. They are doing just that today at Santa Anita Race Park in Arcadia here in the heart of the 626 with the Ecoboost Tour. Everyone is invited to attend. Its really a lot of fun.
I attended yesterday on a VIP Press Pass. That ecoboost technology is pretty amazing stuff, twin turbos allowing a V6 to replace a V8, 4’s to replace V6 and even a 3cylinder to replace a 4. All without giving up the performance you want while seeing gains in mileage of 10-20% over the larger engines. Read the rest of this entry →
I popped in for lunch today with the lovely Mrs, and imagine my surprise to find a line some 35 deep and growing at noon. Turns out this Pizza Rev is in the ideal spot for a lunch crowd. Surrounded by shopping malls and offices in its East Pasadena location.
I absolutely love the pies from Pizza Rev. You can build your own custom or chose one of their specials or recipe-down-pat varieties. I can’t help but get creative and my pie was a custom, baked to order and really tasty. The combos are pretty endless. The addition of gluten free for those of you who watch that is a nice option. Ditto the inclusion of vegetarian options. Menu here. Regardless of how you build it, you get a super thin crispy crust Roman style pizza in minutes.
As I posted the other day yesterday was their grand opening with proceeds going to benefit the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. I talked with Dave Olson, the general manager for Pizza Rev Pasadena, and he said the turn out was unbelievable. Easily ONE THOUSAND folks crossed their threshold for a made to order pizza yesterday. He said they were beyond pleased with the response from the community. Today wasn’t much different, big crowds and pretty much standing room only inside by noon. Read the rest of this entry →
I like the local start ups that become a “chain” and PizzaRev is one of those. Even better, I love local businesses that support the community when they open up in town. I wrote about them a while back and am totally jazzed they are coming to my corner of L.A. But whats not to love, thin crispy crust Roman style pie custom built to order.
Pasadena is getting their own with the grand opening is set for Thursday May 1st.. And its a twist with this opening…all of the proceeds from pizza sales will go to benefit the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. And even better…its a pay-what-you-want for your pie so if you really feel generous about supporting the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA you can pay more than the $8 suggested donation. They open at 11AM and will remain open until 11PM.
To further celebrate their opening in Pasadena, they are giving away 5 winners “Free Pizza for a Year”. Contest HERE.
Continuing the party into the weekend Sunday May 5 from 5-10PM is “Social Media Fan Appreciation Night”. Show on your phone, or a print out you “liked” or “followed” them on facebook, twitter or instagram and you get a free pizza. Yes…free.
Deets: PizzaRev, 3455 Foothill Blvd (At Halstead) Pasadena CA MAP HERE.
ACT-SO? Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. Its a program within the NAACP where young people are mentored by pro’s in a field to help them grow and develop their talents. Its about grooming the next generation to go forth and do great things.
Saturday was fun, different for me. It all started 10 days ago when Lois Gaston of the Pasadena chapter of the NAACP contacted Lisa Barrios, the Vice President of the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA) for help in locating photographers to judge a coming competition. Lisa referred her to me and before you know it I had rounded up other photographers to help me with the judging.
In short order I had the needed photographers in line to do the judging. First up was Enilde “Ginger” Van Hook, a fine art photographer from Otis College of Arts and Design graduate as well as teacher. Next up was Joseph R Davis artist, digital artist and photographer. Rounding out the judges was yours truly. Read the rest of this entry →