Photos: Record-breaking Picasso sale will benefit The Huntington

A 1932 Pablo Picasso painting of his mistress sold Tuesday evening for $106.5 million, a world record price for any work of art at auction.
“Nude, Green Leaves and Bust,” which had a pre-sale estimate of between $70 million and $90 million, was sold at Christie’s auction house to an unidentified telephone bidder.
The painting had belonged to the late California art patron Frances Lasker Brody, who bought it in the 1950s. It had been kept in her family since then.
Part of the sale proceeds will benefit The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, where Brody was on the board.
— Associated Press report
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Former first lady Laura Bush to sign copies of her memoir at Vroman’s in Pasadena next week

Ahead of her book-signing appearance next week at Vroman’s in Pasadena, former first lady Laura Bush appeared on “Oprah” yesterday to talk about the release of her new memoir, “Spoken from the Heart.”
She talked with Oprah about her involvement in a 1963 fatal car crash, in which a teenage Bush ran a stop sign in Midland, Texas, and slammed into another car. The crash claimed the life of her high-school classmate, who was in the other car. Bush writes about the fallout from the accident in her book.
Bush also talked on the show about her romance with future President George W. Bush — the couple dated for just three months before getting married — and about being in the White House during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Vroman’s staff tweeted yesterday about the Secret Service, which visited the bookstore to make preparations for Bush’s Tuesday appearance.
If you’re planning to attend the signing, please read the guidelines posted by Vroman’s.
Tuesday, May 11, signing at 1 p.m., guests must be in line by 11:30 a.m., Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd.
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Photos: Pasadena’s Aids Service Center holds annual Big Night Out fundraiser gala


Pasadena’s Aids Service Center, which provides HIV-related services and advocacy to individuals and families throughout Los Angeles County, held its annual Big Night Out fundraiser on Saturday.

Guests gathered first at a Mediterranean home on Lombardy Road in Pasadena for a gala reception with auctions, hors-d’oeuvres and hosted bars. Photographer Eric Reed was there to capture the early evening festivities during the reception.

After the reception, guests journeyed in groups to one of 20 privately themed dinner parties around town, including a Spanish-style in Los Feliz, a billiards night in a historic loft, a garden menagerie in a beautiful Victorian and an English pub themed evening.

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Closed: La Mich Paleteria in Duarte shuttered


We discovered this weekend that La Mich Paleteria in Duarte has closed down. A large for-lease sign now hangs in the window of the darkened store. (The file photo above is of Monica Ulloa, who was co-owner of La Mich with Annette Duran.)

On Yelp, some users started bemoaning the loss back in mid-March.
The store’s main phone line has been disconnected.
Staff writer Emma Gallegos had this to say of La Mich in her round-up of frozen dessert favorites in April 2009:
La Mich Paleteria’s ice cream is eyes-rolling-back-in-your-head good. It’s cursing-for-joy good. … File this one under “strip mall epiphanies.” 
The ice cream comes in unassuming pastels — like espresso in a cappuccino, the rich color of real fruits and intense flavors is drowned out in cream. The flavor mamey was a winner, a customer favorite made from a mild Mexican fruit that tastes like papaya and was flecked with small bits of fruit.
… The Mexican caramel, cajeta, was rich, not too sweet and there was a hint of salt — the way caramel should be. 
I’ve tried two flavors, and I live in agony, knowing that there are so many more Mexican-inspired flavors I haven’t tried, like the sorbets or the paletas that you can dip in toppings like nuts or chocolate.

We like the suggestion of one Facebook user who posted recently on the La Mich fan page: “Any hope you’ll break out a ‘La Mich’ Food Truck and join the others on the road?”
For now, all we have left to drool over is this picture:
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Photos: Rose Magazine’s “Jewels of Pasadena” gala honoring women of distinction in Pasadena

Rose Magazine and the Pasadena Star-News honored local women of distinction last week in our first-ever “Jewels of Pasadena” gala event at the Pasadena Hilton.
Finalists and winners were a real cross-section of life in the Crown City. There were many categories of awards — ranging from arts and culture to health care and education.
At right is the full list of winners.
And read about all the nominees here, in Rose Magazine’s April issue.
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