Keeping cool: Pasadena Jazz Festival swings into the Arboretum

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Bring chairs, blankets and fellow music enthusiasts to the hottest coolest jazz extravaganza in the San Gabriel Valley.
This weekend, the 14th redwhite+bluezz Pasadena Jazz Festival will set up shop for a two-day outdoor concert at the scenic Arboretum.
Over the years, the festival has boasted more than 50 performances and 275,000 festival-goers, and this year seems no different.
Expect jazz with a twist — reinventing the tradition with a little bit of funk, blues, rock and more.
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 28-29, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 304-0333, coolpasadena.com

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


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Friday, May 7
  • ArcLight Pasadena
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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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Weekend guide: All the Doo Dah day; South Pasadena turns up the volume; and the Homestead Museum takes you back in time

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Saturday, May 1
  • Doo Dah Parade
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It’s that time again; Pull your crazy hat out of the closet for the 34th occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. It’s the best free fun you could imagine, and by fun we mean hanging with the zaniest of the Pasadena underground as they shed their inhibitions (Ed. note: Did they have any?) kinda like your crazy aunt Margie did that one time after imbibing too much sherry on Thanksgiving. On Doo Dah day, they’re not-so-underground anymore, invading the normally-staid Pasadena streets in the form of more than 1,000 marchers, each of them wearing their wacky, wacky hearts on their sleeves. Take in your perennial favorites like the Men of Leisure and the BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill Team along with the regal new Queen Erica Valentine, the Electric Squirrels, Martinis in the Morning and the Howdy Krishna. This year, the parade moves eastward for the first time in its colorful history.
Saturday, 11 a.m., kick-off at Colorado Boulevard between Sierra Madre and San Gabriel boulevards, free, (626) 590-1134, pasadenadoodahparade.info, live-streaming at doodahlive.com

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Scenes from the Korean heritage festival in Arcadia

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At top, April Lee, 2, of Los Angeles plays a Korean disc-flipping game during the Korean Culture Festival at the Los Angeles County Arboretum on Saturday.

The Bethel Korean School choir from Irvine
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Choir kids playing around in their traditional dresses
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More kidlets in traditional Korean dress

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Playtime at the Arboretum
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Bethel Korean School choir
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Dancers from Dreamland Children’s School of Koreatown
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Ganggangsullae, a traditional harvest dance
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(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Lush scenes from the Pasadena Wine Festival at the Arboretum in Arcadia

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The Pasadena Wine Festival took up residence for two evenings this weekend at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Attendant vinophiles shared the space with the Arboretum’s resident peacocks, while looking up at a backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains set off by a canopy of lights. Amid these surroundings, they sampled food and wine — lots of wine — from labels the world over. And they did this all night, for two nights, in a row. How did they ever stand it?

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(Photos by James Carbone / Correspondent)

Get the picture: Cal Phil’s Family Night free-for-all at the Arboretum in Arcadia

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The California Philharmonic hosted its annual free-for-all Family Night on Friday at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden.

There were kids. There was music. There were kids making music. The results were pretty darn cute. (Evidence submitted at right in the form of photographs.)

From top, John Lacques of Drumtime has children and adults drumming to a different beat.

(Second photo from top) Samantha Milazzo, 2-and-a-half, plays the drums for her mother Shannon. Musical instruments were provided by John Waltrip’s Music
Center in Arcadia.

(Third photo from top) Veronica “Doodles” Corral with Tiffany “Trixi” Stuart, entertaining the children at Cal Phil Family Night.

(Bottom photo) Emily Corona of Pasadena plays a tune on the trombone.

(Photos by Walt Mancini)

In the garden: Lessons and leisure, as nature intended

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM AND BOTANIC GARDEN
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222

  • Tuesday, Sept. 8: Basic watercolor and graphite pencil lessons, including application and techniques for botanical illustration. The ongoing series starts Tuesday, Sept. 8, and continues for three more weeks (Sept. 15, 22 and 29). 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $180 members/$195 non-members. Pre-registration required; (626) 821-4623

DESCANSO GARDENS
1418 Descanso Drive, La Caada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200

  • Thursday, Sept. 3: Patina wine tasting, Spanish surprises, The Boddy House, 6-8:30 p.m., Sept. 3. $49-$54, large appetizers chosen to compliment the wines. (818) 790-3663

  • Friday, Sept. 11: Pasadena POPS and “Genius Loves Company.” The POPS will perform some spectacular pieces guaranteed to spike your IQ. Gates at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. $20-$90. Tickets: www.theorchestras.org or (626) 793-7172

HOME TOURS

  • Sunday, Oct. 4: Pasadena American Society of Interior Designers 23rd Annual Home and Kitchen Tour showcases five unique homes in Pasadena and Arcadia, with kitchens from five diverse designers; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of the tour and include a map to each home. (800) 237-2634

– Compiled by Linda Fields Gold

Weekend guide: Cal Phil, gourmet eats, music junkies and a barbecue deal, sweetened

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  • FRIDAY, 5-8:30 p.m.

Cal Phil Family Night, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Did we mention it’s free? Bring a guest or pack your 30-member extended family into a bus and, guess what, it’s still free. Music education activities begin at 5 p.m., and the free California Philharmonic performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Get there early, bring a picnic spread and enjoy the Arboretum in its twilight glory. (No alcohol allowed for this family event.)

301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia
www.calphil.org

  • SATURDAY, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Open warehouse sale, Nicole’s Gourmet Foods

For the first time ever — and for this day only — Nicole’s is offering wholesale prices on its cheeses, charcuterie, foie gras, beverages, grains, pasta, rice, spices, specialty oils, vinegars, chocolate, tart shells, fruit purees, vanilla … you see what we’re getting at? The South Pasadena gourmet heaven is opening the doors on its neighboring Alhambra warehouse to the public, and sophisticated palates everywhere rejoice.

961 S. Meridian Ave., Alhambra
(626) 403-5751
www.nicolesgourmetfoods.com

  • SATURDAY, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and SUNDAY, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sunset Junction Street Festival, Silver Lake

It’s the definitive hipster street festival on crack. Come with an open mind and deep wallets — you’ll need the cash flow if you want to stock up on the millions of bizarre goods for sale from street vendors. The weather promises some reprieve from the sweltering fests of years past. It’s not supposed to break 80 this weekend, so you can brave the crowds and blacktop without fear of heat stroke. Oh, and there’s a pretty sweet music line-up, including these headliners: Mary Wilson, Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band, Sly and Robbie, Built to Spill, Les Nubians and Nortec Collective. Check the schedule to catch your faves.

Advance, $15; $20 at the door. 12 and under and 65 and older get in free.
3700-4300 Sunset Blvd. and 4000-4200 Santa Monica Blvd., Silver Lake
(323) 661-7771
www.sunsetjunction.org

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Gus’s Barbecue, South Pasadena

UrbanDaddy‘s got the lush scoop on this one:

“In case you need some added incentive to make a pilgrimage for some no-frills ‘cue,  Gus’s has unleashed a little contraption called the Bourbon Box — it’s a sampling of three bourbons. In a box. For $12. Incentive approved.”

808 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena
(626) 799-3251
www.gussbbq.com

(File photo: A variety of sheep’s milk cheese is on sale at Nicole’s Gourmet Foods in South Pasadena)

In the garden: Lessons and leisure, as nature intended

ARBORETUM
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222

  • Saturday: A Square-Foot Gardening Workshop explores the technique of more intensive and multi-level gardening, using 1/5 the space of a conventional garden and less water and energy; 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Aug. 22, in the Oak Room. $25. There is no tilling of the soil; included are lessons on setup, planting, watering, growing vertically, pest control and harvesting. Register at (626) 821-4623.

  • Saturday: Broadway’s Best with the Cal Phil Orchestra, 7:30-10 p.m. Aug. 22. Tickets start at $20. (626) 300-8200 or www.calphil.org

DESCANSO GARDENS
1418 Descanso Drive, La Caada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200

  • Thursday: Wine tasting, For Heaven’s Sake!, Minka Terrace, 6-8:30 p.m., Thursday. $49-$54, large appetizers chosen to compliment the wines. (818) 790-3663.

  • Friday: Summer Night Walk with senior docent Jim Jackson, who leads this leisurely evening walk, giving botanical and historic highlights; 7:15 p.m. Friday. $15. Register at (818) 949-7980.

HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100

  • Saturday: Art of Flower Arranging, 10 a.m.-noon, Aug. 22. Designers from Flower Duet will teach a workshop, using flowers from Australia to create modern floral arrangements; participants will take home their own arrangement. $85. Register at (626) 405-2128.

  • Saturday & Sunday: Southwest Chamber Music Summer Festival, final summer concerts includes selections by Aaron Copland, Alexandra de Bois, and Franz Schubert; 7:30 p.m., Aug. 22 and 23. Loggia seating, $45; lawn admission $28. Pre-concert dinners available, $55. (800) 726- 7147 or www.swmusic.org

HOME TOURS

  • Sunday, Oct. 4: Pasadena American Society of Interior Designers 23rd Annual Home and Kitchen Tour showcases five unique homes in Pasadena and Arcadia, with kitchens from five diverse designers; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of the tour and include a map to each home. (800) 237-2634

– Compiled by Linda Fields Gold