Behind the scenes: Rose Magazine’s April cover shoot at the Arboretum


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Our spring cover shoot took place at the beautiful Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens in Arcadia, where we encountered plenty of preening peacocks in full plumage. On occasion, it seemed they were either trying to flirt with or upstage our very talented model Laura.
Make-up artist Rose Lopez created the spring look you see on Laura, and hair stylist Constance Whaley from Pasadena’s own Crowned Studio gave her romantic, goddess-like curls.
And we were lucky enough to consult Pasadena fashion maven Elisa Bruley of Elisa B. The spring frocks you see in our fashion spread came from her hallowed shelves.
Click through the jump for lots more behind-the-scenes photos.

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Photos: L.A. Heritage Day at the Heritage Square Museum


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The third annual L.A. Heritage Day was held Sunday at the Heritage Square Museum, nestled along the Pasadena Freeway near the Arroyo Seco.
The day was an opportunity to step inside some of the historic structures now located at the museum. Each has been relocated to Heritage Square to be saved from demolition and to be preserved as a record of Southern California’s early development and architecture.

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April issue of Rose Magazine comes out tomorrow

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Rose Magazine’s April issue — focusing on the women of Pasadena and the best of all things spring — is out tomorrow, April 14. Inside you’ll find:
  • Picnic perfection from Nicole’s Gourmet Foods and a sak primer
  • Q&A with Onil Chibas, chef and owner of Elements Kitchen, Caf and Catering
  • Spring fashion from Elisa B. and a shop-the-block adventure, South Pasadena-style
  • All our regular departments — GO, PLAY and THINK — with the best of upcoming events
  • [Feature] As the Pentagon tackles possible changes to “don’t ask, don’t tell,” here’s what you didn’t know: It impacts women much more than men. Local service members told us about their experiences serving under the controversial law, and what they think about the current debate
  • [Feature] Local institutions have a long legacy of unlocking access to the important biblical texts encoded in the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls. Now, a San Gabriel Valley university has acquired five original Dead Sea Scrolls fragments, and Southland scholars are using innovative technology to further push open that gate of access
  • The Jewels of Pasadena: Women of Distinction finalists who will be honored at our April 29 gala at the Pasadena Hilton
If you’re already a Star-News subscriber, you’ll receive a copy of the magazine with your paper delivery. You can also subscribe just to Rose Magazine to receive all future issues.
The magazine is also available in public places around town, like the Convention Center, and at the Star-News office, 911 E. Colorado Blvd.
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Focusing on fashion illustration at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra


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Sunday’s Star-News carried a story on the Gallery Nucleus fashion illustration exhibition we recommended recently in our weekend guide.
Caroline An reports:
Twenty-five artists from Europe, South America, Asia and Pasadena are represented in the exhibit … Just as varied as the artists’ backgrounds and experiences are the different media hung on the walls — from paint to watercolor to ink to textiles.
The artists have worked with top fashion designers, including Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and Marc Jacobs. Their works have been published in high-end publications such as Vogue, Elle and Nylon.
“We wanted to get a basic consensus of where contemporary fashion illustration is currently at,” (Nucleus’ director Wade) Buchanan said.
More photos and exhibit details, after the jump.

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Photos: Scenes from the Monrovia farmers market

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There’s a new Market in the Park on Sunday mornings in Monrovia’s Old Town. Staff photographer Eric Reed was there yesterday to catch all the fresh-produce-buying, sweet-flower-smelling, baked-goods-savoring action at the inaugural event.
It’s the second farmers market for the city, which holds a family-oriented festival and market on Friday evenings, too.
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 100 block, West Lima Avenue, adjacent Library Park. (626) 303-6600

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Photos: New $66 million arts complex at East Los Angeles College nearing completion


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At a sneak preview yesterday, officials at East Los Angeles College unveiled the very-nearly-complete, $66 million Performing and Fine Arts Center in Monterey Park. [Full story, Star-News]
The new center, slated to open in July, includes three multi-level buildings to house the Vincent Price Art Gallery, recital hall and drama theater. (The college’s current Vincent Price galleryendowed by the actor and art collector, is the first institutional museum to serve East Los Angeles, and it contains more than 2,000 pieces of art.)


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The week in science: Space station rendezvous, a WISE-eyed beauty and bullets of sound


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  • Space shuttle Discovery docked at the International Space Station early Wednesday, after a rare antenna breakdown that knocked out radar tracking. Today, a pair of astronauts completed a spacewalk to disconnect an old, empty ammonia tank outside the station, and they prepared a new one to replace it. [Star-News]


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Weekend guide: Sew contemporary, spring festivals blossoming and a sweet pairing menu


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SATURDAY, April 10, & SUNDAY, April 11


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    “Stitches”

A group exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts opening Saturday will have you bobbin and weaving. Curated by Sinead Finnerty-Pyne, “Stitches” highlights 12 culturally diverse artists who approach craft, textile and fiber art in an unconventional manner. In a versatile — and sometimes obsessive — art form, the works use materials ranging from yarn and thread, to found objects and recycled clothing. Contemporary artworks approach the homespun techniques of sewing, knitting and weaving, including two-dimensional and freestanding sculptural works, along with large-scale installations.

Opening reception Saturday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Suggested donation, $5. Runs through June 6. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Caldwell Gallery at the Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave. 626-792-5101, armoryarts.org

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