Hey, Pasadena: Flip through the digital edition of Rose Magazine’s August-September issue

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If you haven’t had a chance to pick up a copy of the most recent issue of the magazine, here she is! Or rather, here he is, because our tiny cover star is a boy pup named Oscar. I know you can’t resist him.

Behind the scenes: Rose Magazine cover shoot


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For our February issue on health and wellness (with a pinch of Valentine’s Day), we worked with staff photographer Watchara Phomicinda to create this blissful cover look.

Lots more photos after the jump.

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That’s genius: By day, Kjerstin Williams is a robotics engineer; By night, she croons a smooth tune in Pasadena-area joints

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Kjerstin Williams is the second of three geniuses featured in Rose Magazine’s cover story. If you’re not green with envy over her day job — working with robots at Applied Minds — then her night job ought to do the trick: she’s a jazz singer, and a good one, at that.

With her pixie-blond hair and bubbly personality (we dubbed her a RoboVixen) Williams resides somewhere on the bridge between science and art — a spectrum that’s often at play on the Caltech campus, where science reigns supreme, but a musical subculture has thrived.

Williams has even performed at Carnegie Hall with the Caltech-Occidental Concert Band.

She harmonizes regularly around town with The Conspirators, a quartet of Caltech musicians. At top and below is a photo series by Jonathan Prentice of a recent session at the Pasadena Jazz Institute.

Swing along and read the full story on Williams in Rose Magazine.

Also check out Williams’ Web site for a performance calendar and to listen to some of her tunes. She’s already rolled out the red carpet for you.

For a firsthand glimpse into the playful duality of Williams’ life, follow her on Twitter.

Portrait by Walt Mancini. Performance photos by Jonathan Prentice: Kjerstin Williams and The Conspirators perform at the Pasadena Jazz Institute in July. Laurence Yeung on guitar, Jim Van Deventer on tenor sax, Jimi Hawes on upright bass, Michael Ferrara on drums and special guest Bill Watrous on the trombone.


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Meet the Rose Magazine cover artist: Zack Morrissette

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Theater marquee, below, and comic work, above, by artist Zack Morrissette.


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Los-Angeles based artist and designer Zack Morrissette created the Rose Magazine cover look, based on a photo shoot of Caltech’s John Dabiri, as captured by staff photographer Walt Mancini.

Morrissette has been working in the L.A. art and design scene since 1996 in a variety of mediums and styles — charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, ink and computer graphics, among them.

He studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

At right, you can see the original photo shot by Mancini and, below that, how Morrissette transformed the image for the cover. The graphic design in the background blends inspiration from both Leonardo da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man” and Dabiri’s scholarly research on jellyfish.

(Read more about our cover story.)

At bottom right is an alternate watercolor painting version of the cover art, also handcrafted by Morrissette.

The artist specializes in comic design, and some pieces from his portfolio are displayed at the top of this page.

Visit Morrissette’s Web site to see more work by the Rose Magazine cover artist.

Top right photo by Walt Mancini/Staff
All others courtesy Zack Morrissette/Contributor

Rose Magazine fall 2009 issue hits stands tomorrow around Pasadena

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Hello, world! Meet Rose Magazine’s fall 2009 issue — just in time for the changing seasons, and ripe for the picking tomorrow, Sept. 23. The magazine goes out with regular delivery to Pasadena Star-News subscribers, and is also available for free on many stands around town, including:

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  • Most hotels and motels

Copies will also be available for a nominal fee at the Pasadena Star-News office, 911 E. Colorado Blvd. (Soon, our future issues will be available in bookstores and at traditional magazine stands.)

For queries, send us a message.