Pictured: Moment in the sun at the Norton Simon Museum

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Aristide Maillol sculptures lounge perpetually in the garden at the Norton Simon Museum.
The sculpture garden is one of the museum’s most popular features, and is the centerpiece of the several events, like drawing classes, spotlight art talks and outdoor music performances.
(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Party on the platform: A celebration on the Colorado Street Bridge

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If structures in the city play a starring role in the film reel of Pasadena’s life, the Colorado Street Bridge would be its perennial headliner. Once again this year, the roadway will be closed to traffic for a celebration on the iconic concrete archway that spans the Arroyo Seco. Enjoy live music, dancing, antique cars, activities for the kids and plenty of foods and beverages for sale from local vendors.
Tomorrow, July 10, 6-11 p.m., Colorado Street Bridge. Tickets at the gate: adults, $15; children 7 to 11, $7; under 7, free. (626) 441-6333, pasadenaheritage.org
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UPDATED: Blaze rages at Plate 38 restaurant in East Pasadena

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UPDATED: Read the full report by Nathan McIntire in the Star-News.
A fire tore through a newly opened East Pasadena eatery today.
Plate 38 just opened for business four days ago at the corner of Sierra Madre Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard.
The restaurant staff was gearing up for the lunch-hour rush when the two-alarm blaze ignited, City News Service reported.
(Photo by Keith Birmingham / Staff)

Pasadena Playhouse emerges from bankruptcy

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Pasadena Playhouse officials said the theater company emerged Wednesday from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, after its financial reorganization plan was approved by a Los Angeles court.
“We are deeply grateful for the collective support that has allowed the Playhouse to expeditiously move through this difficult and sometimes painful process,” said Stephen Eich, executive director of the Playhouse, in a statement.
“Although we will be moving slowly in the future to ensure financial responsibility and stability, we will in fact be back,” Eich said.
As part of an effort to resurrect the historic theater and shed its “unbearable” debts, Playhouse officials also said they received an anonymous matching pledge of $1 million earlier this year, and they hope a continued fundraising campaign will match or exceed the donation.

Alhambra’s archway: A gateway to architectural discussion

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A weekend Star-News story by Brian Charles includes some clarifying details from Alhambra city officials on the architectural inspiration behind a new 26-foot tall, 20-foot wide archway at Fremont Avenue and Valley Boulevard.

“Our original concept was to do something like the Arc de Triomphe,” (Deputy City Manager Mary) Swink said.
The stucco archway has been mistaken for the French iconic structure, but Alhambra is no French city.
So the designers deferred to the Alhambra, the castle built by the Moors during their occupation of Spain. The archway is a replica of one of the gates of the castle, Swink added.
The archway, which cost around $300,000 to build, has been taking a virtual beating over in the comments section at Curbed LA.
(Photo by Keith Birmingham / Staff)

Photos: Drawing on eclectic ingredients at Elements Kitchen in Pasadena

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Before Onil Chibs became a chef, he worked for more than a decade in animation with film studios like Disney, Sony and DreamWorks.

And at Elements Kitchen — the newest, fine-dining extension of Chibs’ already-established Pasadena catering and caf branches — Wednesday-night “sketches” are the culinary version of an artist’s extemporaneous doodle.
“There’s this whole idea of sketching and everybody having their pads out and translating it in a certain way,” Chibs said. “As food artists, chefs are doing the same thing.”
The kitchen staff is given a single ingredient — goat or curry or maize, as examples — and about a week to come up with a creative use for it in small-plate appetizers that are served for $5 in the Elements Bar. (On Thursdays, the bartenders do liquid sketches, creating $5 cocktails around an ingredient.)

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Photos: Claud Beltran’s fare-minded approach at Noir Food & Wine Bar in Pasadena

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When it opened in August last year, Noir Food & Wine Bar was Claud Beltran’s first stab at shaping a small-plates menu for one of his eateries. (The chef said he now loves the portioned approach.)
“I always had a dream of doing a menu with hamburger, foie gras, chile verde and gumbo — so here it is,” he said.
Beltran, who built his culinary career in Pasadena at restaurants like the recently-shuttered Madeleines, said he and partner Mike Farwell envisioned Noir as a casual place, serving straight-forward food with a touch of Big Easy style.
“There’s no food trickery,” Beltran said. “It’s not West L.A., and we don’t do foams. … We’re just trying to be very fair, honest — you know, French-, Mediterranean-, California-style food with our little New Orleans craziness.”

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