Pasadena teacher’s day made better by $1,000 in school supplies — and a visit from ‘Desperate Housewives’ actor James Denton



Karen Goss is not a desperate housewife. She’s a computer teacher at Hamilton Elementary School in Pasadena. It’s a career that, for all its rewards, comes with its fair share of desperate moments.

Teachers spend an average of $1,200 of their own money each year for classroom supplies, according to the National Education Association.

But, this week, Goss got lucky. She was one of more than 1,100 teachers across the country to each receive $1,000 in school supplies as part of “A Day Made Better,” a campaign by Adopt-A-Classroom and OfficeMax to draw attention to teacher-funded classrooms.

The non-profit Adopt-A-Classroom helped identify needy schools, and principals at each school nominated an exemplary teacher to receive the donation of supplies.

Oh, did we mention James Denton was there? Just sort of sweetens the deal, doesn’t it?

Check out Adopt-A-Classroom to see what Pasadena-area school programs are still in dire need of resources. You can search by city, by district, and for both public and private schools.

At top, James Denton and Karen Goss. Above, Hamilton students volunteer kind words for their computer teacher, Goss. (Getty Images)

Mid-century modern gets an update




Tara Sandler and Jennifer Davidson are producers for HGTV who recently revamped the kitchen and master bath in their home overlooking the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Through their experience on shows like “Design on a Dime,” “Myles of Style,” and “Designed to Sell” they connected with designer Troy Adams.

From the Daily News:


“‘I did a lot of work in Asia, and I just loved all the textures and finishes and rock and the
sound of running water and how the gardens were so apparent in the
design,’ says Adams, who would marry the aesthetic with his affinity
for European sophistication and American functionality. ‘Those three
elements together make up fusion design, which you can see here.

“‘It’s a sleek sculptural product that’s very high-tech, modern and highly engineered.'”

See more photos.

(Photos by John McCoy)

Lush scenes from the Pasadena Wine Festival at the Arboretum in Arcadia


The Pasadena Wine Festival took up residence for two evenings this weekend at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Attendant vinophiles shared the space with the Arboretum’s resident peacocks, while looking up at a backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains set off by a canopy of lights. Amid these surroundings, they sampled food and wine — lots of wine — from labels the world over. And they did this all night, for two nights, in a row. How did they ever stand it?


(Photos by James Carbone / Correspondent)

From the fashion front lines: generoCity launch party stitches together clothing, culture and community



A new Los Angeles-based recycled clothing company, generoCity is one part fashion-centric collaboration, one part community service organizer. The group has ties to Mosaic, Pasadena’s Union Station Foundation and other local nonprofits.

The upstart aims to be a platform for new designers, to create innovative fashion and to help those in need by putting the force of the fashion world in L.A. behind community outreach projects.

Founder Adrian Koehler tells Rose Magazine: “Los Angeles doesn’t need another fashion company. It does need more and more citizens who are willing to give their time, money and talents to see her heal.”

(Photos, from the generoCity launch party in Los Feliz this summer, by Keith Birmingham)


UPDATED: Twin Palms restaurant, once backed by Kevin Costner, to shutter its Pasadena location at De Lacey and Green on Nov. 25



Twin Palms restaurant, once famed on the Pasadena dining scene for its celebrity backers, has announced on its Web site that it will close permanently on Nov. 25.

The restaurant was originally opened in 1994 by actor Kevin Costner and his former wife Cindy. By 2002, they had both given up their stake in the restaurant.

That year, Cindy Costner sold her 50-percent stake to the San
Manuel Band of Mission Indians (pdf)

A Twin Palms location in Newport Beach closed in 2000.

*UPDATE: Star-News reporter Janette Williams talks to Twin Palms management, who say the economy was to blame for the fall of the longtime fine-dining establishment.

(Photos, from June 2003, by Keith Birmingham)

Excuse me, waiter, there’s a rock star in my soup



Staff photographer Sarah Reingewirtz did a photo shoot with Michael Voltaggio — the much chattered-about chef de cuisine for The Dining Room at the Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa — on Tuesday.

We just wanted to pause for a superficial moment and admire The Volt’s — Can we call you that? Thanks — body art in her photos. (Pause.)

And for those who’ve been living under a rock since Voltaggio was brought on by the Langham in July, the guy’s known for shaking things up — or, rather, mashing, blending, whipping, pureeing, powdering, pickling, puffing, frothing and just about every other -ing that can be done in the kitchen (plus a handful you never even knew could be done there).

Critic Merrill Shindler gives his two cents in the Star-News. Shindler thinks Voltaggio is toning down his molecular cooking techniques a bit, but adds this:

“… he’s continued to have fun with textures. His
tomato tartare is topped with powdered tapenade; he must have one
powerful dehydrator. His Kuroge beef wears a mantle of whipped soy. (I
tried whipping soy in a blender. After 10 minutes, I still had soy.)”

We say: Set the amps to 11, man.

Check out Voltaggio’s “Top Chef” bio.

(Photos, in detail, by Sarah Reingewirtz)

Pretty, pretty couture princess: Bianca Luce’s luxe glam



At the intersection of Green Street and Fair Oaks Avenue is an expansive corner shop — a former furniture store — with custom apparel creations and couture carryings. Bianca Luce is the nascent fashion establishment of proprietor Ariel Yoon, who is also a designer ready to make her name.

Search the racks for a deal, or build the foundation of your wardrobe with classic investment pieces designed to last. (Like the Christian Weber trench, $325, on page 68 of Rose Magazine, and displayed on the far-right mannequin in the photo of Yoon at top.)

Or just indulge your faddish senses with the wildest ensemble — the one you know you’ll only wear for one, glorious, foolhardy night. We’ll support you in your every endeavor. Just put us on the guest list.

81 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
(626) 844-7752

(Photos by Walt Mancini)

Jumping Jellyfish children’s boutique makes the leap to One Colorado



Jumping Jellyfish is featured in our fall issue, and, as of press time for the magazine, the children’s boutique was nearing a transition from its shop on Fair Oaks up to the One Colorado complex. Well, the leap has leapt. The new address is below.

Above and below, check out some of the achingly adorable finds you’ll be able to nab there. It’s sugar, spice, everything nice. (The photos were taken at the former location.)

34 Hugus Alley, One Colorado
(626) 578-1838

Follow Jumping Jellyfish on Twitter.

(Photos by Keith Birmingham)


The denim also rises in Pasadena


For those not in the know: Haberdashery is not an exclamatory word. (As in: “Haberdashery! I just stubbed my pinkie toe.”)

Doyen of denim Mike Hodis would like to reintroduce the term — meaning an outfitter with special skill in custom tailoring and hardware like buttons and zippers — into your fashion lexicon. He’s making strides toward that end in his Pasadena store, Rising Sun & Co., where he staffs real-life haberdashers. (Pinch us! Are we dreaming in sepia tone?) They are master craftsmen, producing one-of-a-kind denim clothing in the style of the 1930s on actual turn-of-the-century sewing machines.

Expect to shell out for a high-quality pair of Rising Sun jeans, and even more for a truly original creation, but be prepared to never look back. Your old jeans will fall apart at the seams for shame.

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Suite 109
(626) 793-3479

Follow Rising Sun & Co. on Twitter and check out their blog, too.

Rising Sun & Co. is featured in Rose Magazine’s fall issue. Above and below are some of the photos that didn’t make it to print. (Walt Mancini/Staff)