Cocktail culture comes east: 1886 bar opens at The Raymond in Pasadena




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Calling all cocktailians: Contemporary bar culture made a late but entirely fashionable entrance this week in Pasadena with the opening of 1886, the new watering hole at The Raymond Restaurant.

The Raymond’s management and owners partnered with mixology masters Marcos Tello and Aidan Demarest of Tello Demarest Liquid Assets to curate the much-anticipated, artisan cocktail bar. Tello’s lengthy CV includes crafting the cocktail selection at The Varnish and The Edison in downtown Los Angeles. Demarest, too, is an Edison alum and also noted for his libations at First & Hope.

Appealing to Pasadenans’ sense of tradition, the drink menu at 1886 incorporates sly nods to local history and lore.

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Pictured: Muralist paints colorful dreamscape in Old Pasadena alley

 
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Graffiti-style artist Guy Ellis recently put the finishing touches on a 250-foot-long, 20-foot-high mural that’s bringing more than a spot of color to the back of Idealab’s building in Christensen Alley.
The “Dream to Reality” mural, which took about a month to complete, is a collaboration between ArtStorm, tech incubator Idealab and the Pasadena Arts Council’s Emerge program for up-and-coming artists. ArtStorm is an organization that encourages youth to create aerosol art in a legal, non-destructive way.
Star-News reporter Janette Williams will have a story on the mural in Saturday’s paper.
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Make a day of it: 3 visit-worthy exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art

 
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Gardens and Grandeur: Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff
In the Main Gallery; Runs through March 20, 2011

For his masterful rendering of dynamic flowers, Austria-born painter and porcelain decorator Franz A. Bischoff earned the nickname “King of the Rose Painters.” The Pasadena Museum of California Art will present the most inclusive retrospective of Bischoff’s work to date, with highlights from his early ceramic work and his later practice on canvas. Bischoff immigrated to New York in 1885 and lived in different U.S. cities before settling in Pasadena in 1906. It was in California that the artist turned to landscape paintings and the plein-air style, painting the state’s signature sun-kissed shore and mountain vistas.
[Photos: At top, Bischoff's "Afternoon Idyll, Cambria" c. 1922. At left, Bischoff's "A Tapestry of Roses."]

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The Royce restaurant at The Langham debuts tonight




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After an extensive renovation, The Langham Huntington’s former Dining Room opens tonight as The Royce, with celebrated chef David Fau heading up the kitchen.


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True to his roots, Fau’s inaugural menu (click to view, at left) is full of classically inspired dishes prepared in refined French technique and built using fresh, locally grown produce and sustainable products. He even includes on the printed menu a thoughtful dedication to the farmers and fishermen who cultivate his ingredients.

Fau’s rise to culinary prominence began after he worked under the guidance of famed chef Guy Savoy in Paris. He served as executive chef at several Parisian restaurants, before making his way to Manhattan to run the kitchen at Lutce. Fau joined the Patina Group in 2006, stepping first into the role of executive chef for Caf Pinot in downtown L.A. and then moving up as head of Patina Restaurant Group’s West Coast culinary operation.

The new look of the Langham restaurant space is the work of Atlanta-based architecture and design firm, The Johnson Studio. The firm’s principal Bill Johnson told Rose Magazine in June that he wanted to bring the design of the restaurant forward, while respecting the tradition of the historic building.

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Pictured: Happy Veterans Day from Memorial Park in Pasadena

 
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Veterans Day ceremonies today at Memorial Park included a flyover of vintage military aircraft.
Members of the Pasadena Unified School District’s combined Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps color guard participated, along with veterans, dignitaries and guests from City Hall, the Pasadena Navy League, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 466, American Legion Post 280, the Tuskegee Airmen and the Pasadena Senior Center.
(Photo by Walt Mancini / Staff)

Pasadena-based Sleepypod lets the fur fly in comfortable style

 
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Just in time for the holiday travel season, today’s Star-News business section features a story on a Pasadena company’s recent innovation for flying the pet-friendly skies.
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Sleepypod’s Air carrier, which has been racking up honors from various pet-lifestyle publications, adapts easily to the under-seat storage requirements that vary from airline to airline. Erick Galindo reports:
“A patent-pending, folding-base design allows it to fit in the space below a range of airline seats during the restricted times of takeoff and landing. Once you are free to recline your seat, you can simply slide Sleepypod Air from under the seat and expand the carrier so your pet is allowed the largest space possible.”
Like the simplehuman of pet products, Sleepypod was founded by a trio of Art Center graduates who take a sleek and functional approach to designing for pets and their owners.
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“After having met in school, keeping in touch, and then establishing Sleepypod, they were drawn back to Pasadena, as the area is a great source of inspiration to them as designers,” Sleepypod spokeswoman Jane Skuta says.
The company also produces its namesake product, Sleepypod, a mobile pet lounge with plush bedding that transitions from everyday bed to traveling carrier with a mesh dome and shoulder strap.
Also, the Crater Dot is a simple, colorful, comfy spot for pets that, like all of Sleepypod’s products, can be made even cozier with an insertable warming pad.
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‘Beauty and Power’: Rare bronze statuettes on display at Huntington Library

 
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Bronze sculpture is one figurative art form that lends itself most naturally to raw renderings of human emotion. The deep, lustrous metal alloy has a range of surface qualities that, in the hands of a capable sculptor, can be used to express vivid pathos.
Just take a look at these powerful photos of some of the 28 bronze statuettes that comprise “Beauty and Power,” a new exhibition at the Huntington Library.
Visitors to the exhibit are getting a rare look at Renaissance and Baroque bronzes from the private collection of New York architect Peter Marino.
Originating from Italy, France, Germany and the Netherlands, the bronzes date back to between 1500 and the mid-18th century.
The exhibition opened at the Wallace Collection in London in April. Before that, most of the works never had been on public view.
The Huntington is the first venue in the exhibit’s U.S. tour.
On display through Jan. 24, 2011. MaryLou and George Boone Gallery at The Huntington, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. (626) 405-2100, huntington.org
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