Nominate a Pasadena woman to be honored at Rose Magazine’s gala event

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Nominations due: March 1
Nominees must live, work or go to school in Pasadena
STEP 1: Select an award category
  • Arts & Culture: “Distinguished Artist of the Year”
  • Education: “Educator of the Year”
  • Philanthropy: “Philanthropist of the Year”
  • Community Service: “Volunteer of the Year”
  • Health & Wellness: “Inspirational Woman of the Year”
  • Family: “Mother of the Year”
  • Youth: “Young Woman of the Year” (under 21 years old)
  • Business: “Entrepreneur of the Year”
  • Science & Technology: “Innovator of the Year”
  • Woman of the Year: Nominees from other categories are automatically eligible for this award.
STEP 2: Tell us about the nominee
  • Send us a statement of nomination via:
     e-mail: therose@sgvn.com
     fax: 626-856-2758
     mail: 911 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
  • Describe the nominee’s attributes and abilities:
     Contribution as a role model
     Contribution to the well-being of the community
     Individual achievement
  • Include letters of support:
     Letters should refer to your nominee by name and to her accomplishments
STEP 3: Provide contact information
  • Please give us your contact information: address, phone number, e-mail address
  • Please also provide your nominee’s contact information: address, phone number, e-mail address
Nominees will be announced in the April 14 edition of Rose Magazine. Winners will be honored at a gala event in May, sponsored by the Pasadena Star-News and Rose Magazine.
For more information, call 626-962-8811, Ext. 2669, or e-mail therose@sgvn.com

Design Revolution Road Show rolls through Art Center


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The Design Revolution Road Show that will be rolling through the Art Center College of Design campus on Monday has an agenda, and the 40 objects it’s bringing in tow help make a convincing case: good design solves problems.

There are solutions to first-world problems, like needing to sync your iPod with your workout. But there are also straws to purify polluted water as you drink it, sharp jewelry to punch would-be attackers and affordable, custom-fit eyeglasses that use liquid to bend light accordingly.

The photos are of Hippo Rollers, a water transport barrel for the developing world. The Hippo has a capacity of 24 gallons, and frees women and children from having to spend most of their days collecting water for their households.

The all-day exhibition takes place in a mobile, 1972 Airstream trailer, and visitors can experience, use and touch all of the products on display. In the evening, GOOD, Art Center’s Alumni Office and Designmatters present a celebration with food, drink, music, books and dialogue.

Monday, Feb. 8, noon-10 p.m., lecture at 1 p.m., evening reception at 6 p.m. Art Center College of Design at Ahmanson Auditorium, 1700 Lida St. designrevolutionroadshow.com

(Photos via Design Revolution Road Show)

You and a zombie, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G

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Love. Zombies. They’re both infectious, and they’re both the subject of Gallery Nucleus’ Valentine’s art happening “Zombies in Love.”
It’s much ado about something dead. (Has the Jane Austen/zombie love affair already jumped the shark?)
Gallery organizers advise bringing your beloved to the exhibit, because true love doesn’t die — or un-die.
The opening reception will feature a volunteer zombie walk; arrive in your finest undead state for the sake of art. The zombified also are spared the $2 cover charge.
Paintings, sculptures and live performances will be showcased in the gallery, and zombie professionals from film and publishing will be signing their work, including Chris Lane, the Oakland illustrator who collaborated on “Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection.”
Opening Feb. 6, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Zombie walk at 6:20 p.m., starts at corner of Atlantic and Main St. Exhibit runs through Feb. 22. Gallery Nucleus, 210 E. Main St., Alhambra. 626-458-7477. gallerynucleus.com
(Photo via Gallery Nucleus)

Nightlife: T. Boyle’s lives up to tavern name, with pub fun and games on tap


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THE PLACE: The name alone intrigued me: T. Boyle’s Tavern. It’s been a while since a pub-style bar has opened in the area.
I love the look and feel of a bar that makes you think of “Cheers” — “where everybody knows your name.” But it’s not easy to find one that can keep up with the times and avoid turning into a dive.
Troy Boyle, aka T. Boyle, opened the Tavern on Halloween night last year with the idea of turning this former Latin club back to a bar. Boyle brings a lot of bar and contracting experience to the renovated space. The former La Boom club was mostly destroyed inside by a fire.
The new bar offers a great place to catch games on flatscreens, relax with a game of pool or shuffleboard, or just enjoy a nice pint of some tasty ale.

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Empty-house party at the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design


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Last week, the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts held its empty-house party in the historic Cravens Estate, which was selected as the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design. The event gives media-types and Showcase supporters a chance to see the property before it undergoes a dramatic transformation at the hands of 26 interior designers and seven exterior designers.

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Dining: iX tapa Cantina is a boisterous, urban watering hole

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Food writer Merrill Shindler recently tackled the phonetically-challenging iX tapa Cantina, a newcomer to the Colorado Boulevard dining scene.

He, first, found that the eatery’s name brought out his inner grammar curmudgeon:


Look: You’ll forgive me if I spell it “Ixtapa.” Apparently, the spelling chosen by the Jack and Karen Huang, the restaurateurs who opened this Urban Chic Cantina, is the somewhat keyboard-unfriendly “iX tapa,” which will drive me to madness. And it’s apparently caused those who note restaurant openings on the Web to sprain all ten fingers. Take a look, and you’ll find “Ix Tapa,” “ix tapa,” “IX Tapa,” “Ixtapa” — the variations go on and on.

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