A farewell ‘Garage Sale’

As A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical
repertory theatre company, says farewell to Glendale, it is cleaning house before moving to its new home in Pasadena this fall and will hold a huge garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 13 at the Glendale location.

The sale will feature discounts on scenery, props, costumes, wigs,
furniture, lighting and lighting equipment, curtains, fabric, seating
and more.

The Glendale location has been ANW’s home for the last
19 years. Now, the company is in the final stretch of a $13.5 million capital
campaign for its anticipated 33,000 square-foot,
state-of-the-art venue in Pasadena, set to open Oct. 29. Tax
deductible donations for the capital campaign will also be accepted during the
garage sale.

Admission is $2. Cash is preferred for purchases but
credit cards will be accepted with a minimum purchase and subject to a
service charge.

ANW’s Glendale location is at 234 S. Brand Blvd. For more information, visit www.AnoiseWithin.org.

Quick! Groupon discount on Gamble House tours


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If your friends haven’t yet turned you on to Groupon, maybe they’re not such great friends.

Groupon is a collective of sorts offering daily deals in various communities, including around Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Today’s deal features the historic Gamble House in Pasadena. Through Groupon, you can now purchase two tickets to a one-hour tour of the Gamble House at Westmoreland Place in Pasadena for only $10, a $25 value. Once you purchase your Groupon, you have until July 7 to redeem. This deal is only good toward the 2 p.m. docent-guided tours, which take place Thursday-Sunday and require a reservation at least one week in advance.

For more details on this deal, log on to the Groupon site and join, if you haven’t already done so.

There’s less than six hours to take advantage of this deal, so get to it and sign up. And don’t forget to spread the word to your true friends.

(Staff file photos)

It’s a nice day for a white wedding … show

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It could be pure genius or just mere coincidence that a week after Valentine’s Day there is an abundance of wedding shows all over L.A. and Orange Counties and beyond — the most I’ve seen in just one weekend.
But offering something a little different from the rest is the White Satin Wedding Show being held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 21, at the University Club Pasadena.
There will still be a variety of wedding vendors and features just like any other wedding show but they want to kick it up a notch with events such as sparkling sake tastings, “Ask the Experts” with a panel of Southern California’s top wedding planners, and a special demonstration by the Rose City Ballroom dancers led by ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” choreographer, Christian Perry.
A bridal show by designer Deborah LaFranchi will begin at 1 p.m. followed by the dancers then a groom show by Friar Tux will start at 2:30 p.m.
The wedding planners scheduled are Mary Dann-McNamee, Tobey Dodge, Michael Willms and Kevin Covey, some who have been featured on shows such as “Platinum Weddings”, “Bridezilla”, “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway”, “Married Away”, and “Wedding Altered.”
Cost is $6 with online pre-registration or $8 at the door. University Club is at 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. Valet parking next to the club is available for $5.
Wonder if the dancers can do Billy Idol?

Festival of Brides: The Upscale Bridal Show

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The Festival of Brides, Upscale Bridal Show made its tenth appearance at The Langham, Huntington in Pasadena this last Sunday — and it was an afternoon to remember.

Being a fairly new bride-to-be, I’ve only been to one other bridal show, but as I entered the Huntington Ballroom at the Langham on Sunday, I could easily see why there was such a steep entrance fee ($35).

These beautiful displays by Luna Party Rentals provided some of the decorative and lighting displays in the foyer entrance to the ballroom.


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Cheesing it up for the Super Bowl

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It’s almost time for the Super Bowl, and that means it’s also time for … cheese, obviously.
At Bristol Farms in South Pasadena, experience the exciting world of cheese sculptures created by Sarah “The Cheese Lady” Kaufmann, a nationally recognized cheese sculptor. (They do exist.)

Taste champion Wisconsin cheeses, and watch The Cheese Lady create a stampede of crashing helmets for this year’s big game rivals, the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts, out of super-sized cheeses.

The lineup of mammoth Wisconsin cheeses includes 22-pound to 150-pound Cheddar “linemen” and Sartori Raspberry Belavitano as the “taste-backer.”

Let the cheese-sculpting begin, today, Feb. 5, and Saturday, Feb. 6, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at  Bristol Farms Supermarket, 606 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena.


Calling all fabulous brides!

The Festival of Brides — The Upscale Bridal Show, makes its 10th annual appearance at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena this Sunday with a variety of vendors and a special bridal gown runway show scheduled.

From event planning services to displays from floral designers and a peak at live entertainment to caterers’ food tastings, the festival hopes to offer everything a future bride will need, and want of course, for her dream day.

To make this show truly upscale, the Haute Couture Bridal Fashion Runway show will feature the 2010 bridal and evening gown collection by Ines Di Santo, courtesy of Jobyna’s Bridal Salon, and a special guest appearance by the designer herself.

A grand door prize of a trip to Divi Carina Resort, St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, will also be up for grabs.

More information and tickets are available at festivalofbrides.com or call 310-577-7788.

I will be attending the festival, and appropriately and coincidentally I am a future bride (yay!), so if you were not able to make it, check the blog next week for a rundown of the show.