Consistently voted one of the best community theaters in all of Los Angeles, the Sierra Madre Playhouse is presenting “The French Concert”. This is a joint effort with the Colbert School of Music in Los Angeles.
They will even have a liquor license for the event and you will be able to enjoy some great wine during intermission.
You can get your tickets online and I would suggest buying early as this small, intimate venue could well sell out. You can order online HERE.
DEETS: Sunday October 6, 2013 7 PM. Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre CA MAP HERE Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for Seniors, and $10 for students(to age 21).
There is a video out there that underscores a big concern for many in my little corner of L.A as the Gold Line slowly extends our way. The video isn’t available for distribution or sharing. You can google and view it “Dear Gold Line Station”.
How will we get there and will there be enough parking is a problem many of us see. The general plans have been down for years. Some folks are now awakening to the problems and trying to change them while there is still time. Is it too late to fix?
Aside from this, it really bugs me that the Gold Line has its own construction authority that is constantly trying to “sell” us on the idea that its a good thing. They even have a troll that scans the news and blogs looking for anything negative on the Gold Line to brow beat them down refuting it all.
It started around 6PM yesterday evening. CA highway 39 is closed at Madre to traffic. I have friends that live in the canyon in the area where some homes were evacuated. Where I sit right now its smokey and ashy.
Do stay away from the area close to the fire and keep it free or firefighters and police to move people in and out as needed unimpeded. If you really want a good view of the ‘copters and superscoopers going in and out of Azusa Canyon the Lario Bike trail off of Foothill Blvd in Irwindale/Azusa is the best spot. Good clear view of the fire zone as well as the airborne fire fighting equipment. The Lario Bike trail is between Mt Olive Drive in Duarte and Irwindale Ave in Azusa. The parking lot entrance is just east of the San Gabriel River Bridge. MAP HERE.\
Pics by me with my phone from my front porch yesterday evening and again at dawn. Click to embiggen
I’m not sure how this will affect the Lario Trail Parking area but this just in from LA County Sheriff via Nixle.
Temple City Sheriff’s Station reports street closures in the Duarte area due the fire burning north of Fish Canyon. Huntington Drive is closed at Encanto Parkway. All residential streets that intersect with Encanto Parkway north of Huntington Drive into Fish Canyon have also been closed. Encanto Park has been closed and is being used as a staging area for water dropping helicopters. At this time there is no threat to the cities of Duarte or Bradbury. Approximately 50 acres have been burned in the mountain area. There are no evacuations anticipated at this time. There has been no information regarding any structures being threatened. The percentage of the fire containment is unknown at this time
Via Monrovia PD-Fire Nixle alert:
The Madre Fire in Azusa is 250 acres and 30% contained with 450 personnel assigned, including 6 aircraft. There is no threat to Monrovia.
This show is one of my all time favorites, not because its where I live, its because its a terrific show focused on one type of car…street rods and other customs. Every car has a story and the owner will gladly tell you how he took it from who-knows-what-condition to the street rod or custom you see now. Seriously, they love to talk about the trials and tribulations of getting that car to show quality or at least driveable. Read the rest of this entry →
Yup, Pacific Plate Brewery is gonna put Monrovia on the map of microbrewers. Great beers with a twist…flavors kicked up a notch with real fruit in the case of the Mango IPA. My favorite however was the Cardamom Ginger Saison, a wonderfully spicy beer.
Pacific Plate is an interesting brewery. They make craft beers with a twist as you might have guessed. They start with whole grains they mill themselves. They add flavor pairings that compliment each other to create very different beers than you typically find on the shelves of your local groc. Each batch is brewed by the barrel, not by the bajillion barrels that gives them better control over the final product. They even grow their own yeast to maintain the quality of their beer. All good stuff. Read the rest of this entry →
OK, its my little obsession, but its fun. The 626 Night Market is CROWDED crazy, but fun. Get there early while the food is still plentiful and Parking is easiest. Prepare for crowds, but they are friendly and festive so its all good. Prices are reasonable, not cheap but worth every penny. Not much in the way of ‘mericanized stuff, but thats a good thing.
Getting there is easy. The Santa Anita is constricted due to construction for the Gold Line, I’d recommend exiting at Huntington 1 mile east and follow Huntington, a right turn heading west to Santa Anita Race Track and the 626 Night Market.
Deets Saturday 8/31, Sunday 9/1, 4PM to 1AM. 285 W. Huntington Drive,Arcadia, CA 91007 (Gates 3 or 5 off Huntington Drive; Gate 8 off Baldwin Avenue) MAP HERE. Free parking. Admission $2 4-6PM, $3 after 6PM.
This promises to be a really fun event. Its being taught by one of my favorite artists/sculptors Rick Kess. I love his work and this class he will teach you the basics of composition and painting while you enjoy complimentary refreshments and live music. Should be a ton of fun.
Its not free, the cost s $45 and includes the materials and lesson. Rick will make the class fun and educational at the same time. The proceeds from this event sponsored by the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts will go to fund their numerous projects that bring art to the community.
Arrive early and you can also take in all the great art presented by local artists at the last Summer Art Walk that will take place on Myrtle Avenue that night.
Deets: Saturday 8/31 7:30PM. Paint N Play Art Studio, 418 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016 MAP HERE 626-256-4848 for Reservations.
Here I am sitting in the rather fast moving drive through line with a few cars behind me. Behind me is this Twenty-something with a kidlet. Suddenly she dives over to the side and goes into a Handicapped Parking Space…clearly signed and delineated in blue paint. She hops out, grabs a kid from the back seat who SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN A CAR SEAT and runs into the store. Seriously, having had a parent that was handicapped prior to his passing I know those spots are precious to those who need them. I wish a pox upon that little chirpy for taking the spot from one who could have used it.
I love this guy. “Mad Asians Everywhere”, actually its a great mix of us folks from here in the SGV. The Night Market is a ton of fun, an emersion in all things Asian, food trucks, art, junk you name it. And a ton of jovial folks. Arrive early and you save a bit on admission and get easier parking. Things get pretty insane around 8PM. Saturday is the busiest day of the 2 day event, but that isn’t saying much as the place is PACKED. To give you an idea how big and popular this event is they have added another weekend to the mix, August 31 and Sept 1.
Sorry, there isn’t an easy way to get to the 626 Night Market by train. Yet. The Gold Line is still over a year from arriving in Arcadia and Monrovia. You have to drive it on the 210 and Exit Santa Anita. Do allow for a little extra time on Santa Anita as the roadway is a bit constricted in parts for Gold Line construction. An option to avoid that is to take the Huntington Drive exit a mile east of Santa Anita, make a right turn and then follow it until you get to Santa Anita Park.
Deets: Santa Anita Park (Front Paddock Gardens) 285 W. Huntington Drive Arcadia, CA 91007 MAP HERE
Free Parking, Admission: $2 (4-6PM); $3 (after 6PM) Free for children 12 and younger
After over a year of delays and general dicking around the Hong Kong Supermarket finally opened. I am ecstatic. No more trekking to Alhambra or China Town just for miso paste, thai red chili, or kecap manis (sort of a sweetened soy sauce). I can get it where I live. Yahoo…especially handy since we do meatless mondays around here. Read the rest of this entry →
Evacuation orders have been lifted for most neighborhoods in my area, with only 2 streets still under them. According to the city web, which has done a bang up job of keep us updated, the command for the fire will shift back to the Emergency Operations Center at City Hall this morning.
Where I sit right now there is no visible flames or smoke, with luck the hot spots will be done with and containment will happen sooner.
I recently got to participate in a Chef’s Tasting at the soon to be opened Mayan Bar and Grill here in Monrovia. The Mayan will be in the historic Aztec Hotel in the space formerly occupied by the Brass Elephant. It was a fun experience. Tasting and rating menu items for a new restaurant before it goes public. The Mayan will focus on Central American cooking a first for my little corner of L.A.
The food was simply pretty terrific. First up was Ensalada Esmeralda which was a simple mix of roasted chilis and greens tossed with a bright avocado and cilantro dressing. Next up was a Puerco Mole Verde, or pork medallions in a somewhat spice, but deeply flavored mole sauce. The last course they gave us was the Tequila Lime Shrimp…with a spicy sweet mango salsa. All in all I rated them all very highly, made comments where appropriate but really enjoyed the experience. The new Chef at the Mayan did not disappoint.
Do you want to get in on the tastings too? Simply friend the Aztec Hotel on FB and watch for their notices and instructions on what to do for the next event. Its really as simple as noting date, time and emailing the hotels General Manager Art Desaultels that you want to attend. This Thursday is nearly full and they just added in Friday for another tasting. They fill fast so act fast. Read the rest of this entry →