Pasadena Greek Festival returns to Santa Anita Park

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Leave your bags behind and take a quick trip to Arcadia from Sept. 16 to 18 for a taste of Grecian culture with the return of the Pasadena Greek Festival. 

The weekend will include entertainment from the “Olympians,” visual art, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, live cooking demonstrations, a live wine chat, Greek folk dancing and lectures about the country’s history and religion, as well as a kid’s fun zone with carnival games, rides and prizes. 
Festival hours are from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sept. 16; noon to 1 a.m. on Sept. 17; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sept. 18. Admission is $5 and children under 12 years old are free. Parking is $4 per car at the main entrance of Holly and Huntington Drive at Santa Anita Park. 
For more details, call 626-600-1672 or visit www.pasadenagreekfest.org. 

(Photo courtesy by pasadenagreekfest.org)

Drink it up: San Gabriel Valley watering holes on Jonathan Gold’s ‘Best Cocktails’ list

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The latest L.A. Weekly roundup of “L.A.’s Best” by Pulitizer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold targets the 55 best cocktails in the region. The Pasadena-based writer places a couple San Gabriel Valley institutions on the list. Here’s what he had to say.

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    Flaming Honey Bowl (for two)

“What’s in a Flaming Honey Bowl? Who knows: Rum, apricot and a splash of Coke, says the menu, and who are we to argue? But it’s served in a wooden salad bowl, the straws are as long as your arm, and it comes with flaming croutons.”

Find it at: Bahooka (seen above and at right), 4501 N. Rosemead Blvd., Rosemead, (626) 285-1241, bahooka.com
  • Daily Double
“The bar these days may not be as classic as one might prefer — they have discovered pomegranate martinis, Key lime martinis with whipped cream, and elderflower liqueur — but it is still thrilling when the waitress asks if you’ll be having a regular-sized drink, or want to upgrade to the Daily Double.”

Find it at: The Derby, 233 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, (626) 447-2430, thederbyarcadia.com
  • Medicina Latina
“Medicina Latina, the invention of the peripatetic bartender Marcos Tello, follows him around like a faithful pup. … But the cocktail seems to be at its most potent where Tello’s tracks are the freshest, which means for the moment, you should be seeking your Medicina Latina at 1886, the sleek new cocktail bar tucked into the rear of the Raymond Restaurant.”

Find it at: 1886 at the Raymond Restaurant, 1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, (626) 441-3136, theraymond.com
The whole story, for your responsible consumption, is here.

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2 Foothill cities, 2 wine and jazz benefits, this Saturday only

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And there’s no reason to miss either free-flowing, beat-filled soiree.
Organizers of the Pasadena Wine Festival will offer free admission to anyone who shows a ticket for the nearby Sierra Madre Wine and Jazz Walk benefiting City of Hope.
“As far as we’re concerned, the big wine event (this weekend) is in Sierra Madre, because it goes to a great cause,” said Russ Meek, sommelier and managing partner of redwhite+bluezz, which, along with Pasadena Entertainment, produces the Pasadena Wine Festival. “Anyone who goes to that (one) gets into ours for free.”
Meek said he hopes the offer will encourage festival-goers to “cruise around” to both events benefiting deserving causes.

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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
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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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Behind the scenes: Rose Magazine’s April cover shoot at the Arboretum


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Our spring cover shoot took place at the beautiful Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens in Arcadia, where we encountered plenty of preening peacocks in full plumage. On occasion, it seemed they were either trying to flirt with or upstage our very talented model Laura.
Make-up artist Rose Lopez created the spring look you see on Laura, and hair stylist Constance Whaley from Pasadena’s own Crowned Studio gave her romantic, goddess-like curls.
And we were lucky enough to consult Pasadena fashion maven Elisa Bruley of Elisa B. The spring frocks you see in our fashion spread came from her hallowed shelves.
Click through the jump for lots more behind-the-scenes photos.

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Women in space: Two astronauts have ties to Pasadena area

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There are a record-setting four women currently in space — two of them with ties to the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area — and we wanted to know more about these trailblazing astronauts.

As the Associated Press reported, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, a native of Arcadia, was aboard a Russian rocket last week when it blasted off with two Russian cosmonauts en route to the International Space Station.


And Stephanie D. Wilson, formerly of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Caada Flintridge, was aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as it launched on Monday.

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Photo gallery: Mirai Nagasu of Arcadia places fourth in her first Olympics


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It was quite a night for women’s figure skating. Gold medalist Kim Yu-na of South Korea gave what will likely go down as one of the greatest performances in the history of the sport.
Canada’s Joannie Rochette melted hearts with her bronze-winning performance, just four days after the sudden death of her mother.
And our own Mirai Nagasu, just 16 years old and hailing from Arcadia, jumped two positions to finish in fourth place after a near-perfect performance. More than anything, her winning personality has been a highlight of the winter Olympics.
Nearly all the competitors seemed pleased with the outcome. Here’s a round-up of the best photos of Nagasu in the final, long-form program in Vancouver.

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Photo gallery: Arcadia’s Mirai Nagasu on the ice in Vancouver


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“I eat, sleep and drink ice skating. Then, I do my homework,” 16-year-old Mirai Nagasu of Arcadia told our staff reporter Stacey Wang.
On Tuesday, members of the Pasadena Figure Skating Club gathered in Arcadia to watch their friend and peer perform in the women’s figure skating competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
Here she is on the ice in Vancouver, during her short program performance Tuesday and, further below, during a training session on Sunday.
Nagasu’s race for a medal is becoming a stretch — but definitely not out of reach. In order to medal, Nagasu will need not only a near-perfect long program Thursday, but also one of the front-runners will need to fall behind, the Associated Press reports.

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