Weekend guide: Fusion Fridays, open house at JPL, and freebie day at Museums of the Arroyo

Friday, May 14
  • Fusion Fridays at Pacific Asia Museum
Premiering Friday is Pacific Asia Museum’s dynamic summertime mix of art, conversation, music, dance, drinks and food — from your favorite mobile gourmet food like The Sweets Truck and Frysmith. Cocktail attire or Asian-fusion dress encouraged. This month’s event, held in the courtyard and throughout the museum complex, highlights the art of India and Pakistan through Bhangra DJ music, dance performances, mehndi body art and a miniature art project celebrating current PacAsia Museum exhibits.
$10 admission; free for members. Friday, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., 46 N. Los Robles Ave., pacificasiamuseum.org
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BLD eatery scraps plans to open second location in Pasadena

Owners of the popular West Hollywood restaurant BLD have cancelled plans to open a second location in Pasadena’s Raymond Renaissance condo building, seen at right.
Amy Knoll Fraser, co-owner and director of operations for Grace Restaurant and BLD Restaurant, confirmed the change of direction via e-mail:
“Unfortunately, it looks as if the BLD in Pasadena is not going to happen. The timing turned out to not work for us. We are now moving forward with moving our restaurant Grace Downtown which will be closer to Pasadena.”

In June 2009, Fraser told the L.A. Times’ blog Daily Dish that the eatery was expected to open by year’s end. In a September 2009 post on the same blog, progress on the Pasadena locale was “going slowly,” she said.

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Weekend guide: Seeing the ArcLight | Accessorizing with Wasabi | Queen (Anne Cottage) for a day


Friday, May 7
  • ArcLight Pasadena
ArcLight Pasadena has been open since Monday, and now the theater’s departure board is fully packed with movie-going action. If you’ve never before visited an ArcLight theater, there are no commercials run before the movie, and guests get reserved seating, so you don’t have to clamor for that perfect, middle seat — just book it in advance. There are also special screenings where the 21-and-up set can purchase beer and cocktails during films. Also check out the Randy Glass art exhibit in the lobby area. Glass is known for his stippled pen-and-ink portraits that run in the Wall Street Journal.
ArcLight Pasadena, 336 E. Colorado Blvd in the Paseo Colorado, (626) 568-8888, arclightcinemas.com
(ArcLight photos by Keith Birmingham / Staff)

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Fashion designer from Pasadena finds ‘Pleasure’ is profitable


Simone Gonzalez has journeyed a long way from her days designing and creating signature skirts out of her parents’ home in Pasadena.

Her clothing company Pleasure Doing Business has topped sales of $2 million since March 2009, and Gonzalez and her studio team are getting reading to launch a larger clothing line at stores like Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.

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Five years in bloom: Arlington Garden to celebrate on Saturday

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An anniversary celebration on Saturday will mark Arlington Garden’s five years in the community.
The property, which is owned by Caltrans, was once the site of an opulent, 17,000-square-foot mansion that was built in 1901 and then demolished in the 1960s.
The 3-acre lot at one point was poised to become a staging area for 710 freeway construction crews.
But after standing vacant for 40 years, Charles and Betty McKenney had a different idea about what the land could be used for: a garden. City officials banded together with neighbors, local schools and dozens of donors and volunteers to make the garden a reality.
Image: Chuck McKenney, in 2007, with his wife Betty, who came up with the idea to create a garden on an empty Caltrans-owned 3-acre lot at the northwest corner of Arlington Street and Pasadena Avenue. Neighbors helped with the landscaping and plantings, including 50 orange trees. (File photo)

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