Weekend guide: Earth Day festivities and a one-of-a-kind market for homegrown goods

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Friday, April 23
  • “DIRT!” at the Raymond
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A movie screening at the historic Raymond Theatre is nothing to pass up. For the first time in decades, the theater will be open for a screening of “DIRT!” to kick off Greening the Earth Day and Armory Family Arts Festival, which gets into full swing on Saturday. (Details below.) DIRT!” is a documentary about the life-giving wonders of soil. The screening is sponsored by Conscientious Projector.
7 p.m. tonight, Raymond Theatre, 128 N. Raymond Ave. Free.

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Photos: Scenes from the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

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Staff photographer Walt Mancini captured these images from the now-open-to-the-public Showcase House in a series of visits, just before and just after the design overhaul was completed.

The Showcase House runs through May 16. Advance tickets strongly recommended. Purchase tickets online, or by phone, (714) 442-3872. On April 24 and May 15, park at the Parsons Corporation, 100 W. Walnut. All other days, parking and shuttle from Pasadena Rose Bowl, Lot I, 360 North Arroyo Blvd. pasadenashowcase.org
More photos after the jump.

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Shop the block: Marz, 1512 Mission St., South Pasadena

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This boutique is your ace in the hole for unique gifts.


When a social engagement presents itself, rest assured your gift for the hostess will surpass all the others; Present it with a demure smile, and watch the compliments roll in.
Owner Marcia Ellinger has a penchant for the uber-eclectic, and makes it her mission to stock novelties you won’t find anywhere else.
Gorgeous stationery, fine beauty products, original playthings for the tots: The shelves overflow with possibilities. “That’s why people love coming here,” Ellinger says.
More photos after the jump.


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Shop the block: Rue de Mimo, 1514 Mission St., South Pasadena


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The Rue De Mimo way, as they say, is to love and to be loved — in great clothes.



Mimo Boghossian and Paulette Ledyard have a spirited flair for fashion, blending urban styling with colors, shades and textures inspired by an international design sense.

Here, you’ll find one-of-a-kind collections of clothing, shoes and accessory pieces rooted in a cosmopolitan sensibility, and with a dash of bright whimsy. Rue de Mimo’s hand-curated assemblages — which manage to be both chic and full of winning personality –  are designed for the sophisticated belle.

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Shop the block: Camille DePedrini, 1516 Mission St., South Pasadena


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For special occasions, there is a haven for weary shoppers called Camille DePedrini, its owner the namesake. Camille has a message for the huddled masses: “Shopping should be enjoyed,” she proclaims.

Her boutique is a beacon of hope, filled with natural light, playful garments and sophisticated textures. A designer with a background in wedding gowns, formal wear and even millinery, Camille’s know-how translates into a sense of permeating calm.

Camille encourages shoppers to bring in fashion pieces they already have, so she can mix, match and get the most mileage out of your new finds.

Camille and her staff also make the casual-to-dressy transition feel effortless.


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Eco-pioneers: Pasadena’s Dervaes family and urban homesteading

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The Dervaes family went green — before going green became chic.

It was about a decade ago that Jules Dervaes decided to try to go off the grid and become almost fully self-sustained in the family’s 1917 Craftsman house and small property in North Pasadena.

Read more about their adventures, their approach to homesteading and sample some of their recipes in this report by Natalie Haughton, food editor of the Los Angeles Daily News.

(Photo by John McCoy / Staff)

Week in science: Donner Party cannibalism in question | JPL satellites eye Iceland volcano chain | Striking images from Saturn


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  • A bone to pick: Was the Donner Party’s legendary cannibalism just a myth? A new study of the bones found at the Donner’s campsite in California’s Sierra Nevadas suggests the snowbound pioneers may not have eaten each other after all. [DISCOVERY NEWS]
Image: James F. Reed and his wife, Margret W. Keyes Reed, seen in this file photo taken in the 1850s, were survivors of the tragic Donner Party. (AP Photo)

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Weekend guide: Earth Day at Descanso and a show-stopping Showcase House


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SATURDAY, April 17
  • Earth Day at Descanso
Spring is in full bloom at Descanso, from the lilacs to the roses, so there’s no better place to celebrate Earth Day. From 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., a butterfly appreciation corner will spotlight one of nature’s most colorful creatures, including demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family. “Green” displays on the main lawn will range from compost tea making to organic gardening and more. Live, family-friendly entertainment scheduled throughout the day, and Patina Catering offers eco-friendly barbecue with local, organic foods from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring a blanket and settle down for a picnic among the trees.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Earth Day events are free with admission. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Caada Flintridge. descansogardens.org

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Photos: The height of hair styling at Crowned Studio in Pasadena


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After working with the folks at Crowned Studio in Pasadena to create the cover look for April’s issue of Rose Magazine, owner Andrea Auman invited our photographer in to the East Green Street hair salon to capture some of the styling magic that goes on there each day.
Above, Crowned stylist Nela Velazquez works with client Karla Hill on a busy Thursday in the salon.
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