Celebrate Shanghai with the summer’s final Fusion Fridays event at Pacific Asia Museum

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The summertime fun of Fusion Fridays is coming to an end in classic Shanghai style.
Get dolled up in cocktail or 1930s attire for the series’ grand finale. It’s a nightlife vibe mixed with fine art — focusing on the exhibit “China Modern: Designing Popular Culture 1910-1970.” Expect gourmet food trucks in the parking lot, open bar, a live DJ in the courtyard and cultural performances.
Tomorrow, Aug. 27, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. $10 members, $15 advanced, $20 at door. Limited capacity. (626) 449-2742, pacificasiamuseum.org
(File photos from “China Modern: Designing Popular Culture”)

Sierra Madre’s The Shabby Dog pet boutique is decidedly chic


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The Shabby Dog is a Sierra Madre-based line of fashionable dog products that, betraying its charming name, is far more chic than shabby.
In addition to carrying some serious handcrafted sparkle from B.B. Simon, entrepreneur Sandy Duvall and her team of in-house designers have created a luxurious collection of dog apparel, collars, leads, beds, blankets, bowls, bags and carriers.

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Shop the block: The Jane & Joe Shoppe, 1030 Mission St., South Pasadena

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Exercise your prerogative to shop local and support homegrown fashion designers, too, at The Jane & Joe Shoppe.

And these designer clothes come at astonishing, near-knock-off prices — a point of pride for owner Robin Guzman, who works hard to make it so.
The dominant themes in her shoppe are wearable and polished; comfort and style reign supreme. The elegant, woodsy motif of the boutique also makes for one very serene, down-to-earth shopping experience.
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Put on a happy face: Trade show for makeup artists open to public this weekend

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The International Make-Up Artist Trade Show is mecca for the industry’s top professionals and anyone who’s ever gotten a shiver of joy from purchasing a new lipstick or eyeshadow palette.
At the show, brands like M.A.C., Urban Decay, OCC and Make Up For Ever will unveil new products and offer discounts on your go-to favorites, while pro and celebrity make-up artists will share their tips, tricks and techniques in panels discussions. Among them will be the crew of artists who created the fairyland looks seen in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”
Visit the Make-Up Museum, watch a couture bridal fashion show, and keep ahead of the curve with a runway show on fall make-up trends
Too, students of make-up face off in a challenge to create winning fantasy looks: The beauty competition has an “Alice in Wonderland” theme, and the character competition is “Grimm’s Fairy Tales”-themed.
Today, June 26, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and tomorrow, June 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10-$60. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 Green St. imatsshow.com
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With Voltaggio heading out, The Langham moves forward on new concept for its restaurant

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Celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio is leaving The Langham Huntington in July, but the renovation of the hotel’s Michelin-star restaurant is going ahead as scheduled, said Langham spokeswoman Elsa Schelin.
These renderings, the “latest sketches” provided by The Langham, give a glimpse into the future look of the as-yet-unnamed restaurant.
The Dining Room will close July 18 and is slated to reopen in early October — now, with a new chef at its helm.
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Atlanta-based architecture and design firm The Johnson Studio is leading the remodel.
It’s not the first time the kitchen’s leadership has changed since the hotel began planning the renovations. Bill Johnson, head of the design firm, noted in an e-mailed statement that the restaurant redesign project started when chef Craig Strong was still in The Dining Room’s top spot.
“The arrival of Michael Voltaggio with his success on ‘Top Chef’ brought new energy, and we had a great time working with his ideas and tweaking the design to reflect his style and his cooking,” Johnson said. “While we are sad to see him go, we are excited about the space that we are creating and look forward to working with the new chef through the construction and the finishing touches. We are confident that our design reflects the forward thinking vision and direction of the Langham brand and we are eager for the city of Pasadena to experience this exciting new restaurant.”

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UPDATE: Celebrity chef de cuisine Michael Voltaggio is leaving The Langham to work on new projects


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“Top Chef” Michael Voltaggio will be leaving The Dining Room at The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa when the restaurant closes for renovation on July 18, spokeswoman Elsa Schelin confirmed.

Voltaggio is leaving “to work on new projects.” Schelin said no further details about his departure were yet available.

Atlanta-based architecture firm The Johnson Studio will still manage the upcoming renovation of The Dining Room.

Here’s the full statement from Schelin:

“The Langham Huntington, Pasadena is grateful for our partnership with Chef Voltaggio this past year and wish him great success in his future endeavors. The Dining Room will close on July 18 to undergo a renovation, with an expected re-opening at the end of September. The restaurant will re-open with a new name and a more modern and stylish look and feel, designed by The Johnson Studio. Exact details regarding the restaurant’s name, design details, menu and launch date will be disclosed in the coming months.”


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Treasures under a Majestical Roof in Pasadena

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A hidden treasure in Pasadena, The Majestical Roof is not easy to find: Follow a sign off Fair Oaks Avenue, down a brick-road tunnel and into a quiet courtyard, where the boutique is tucked away on one side.

The boutique sells an eclectic mix of products, from handmade soaps to vintage wear to mix media art pieces. There are cutesy, awkward mutant doll from The Cinnamon Roll Gang collection and children’s toy boxes, alongside vintage jewelry pieces, like chandelier earrings revamped into cocktail rings.
The Majestical Roof has also become a venue for more than 100 artists to build their reputation and sell their work.
Read more by reporter Stacey Wang in Rose Magazine.
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Lecture and tour: Lloyd Wright, architect of sunshine and shadow

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Architectural historian and writer Dana Hutt reconstructs in a May 1 lecture the story of Lloyd Wright, eldest son of Frank Lloyd, who moved to Los Angeles before his father had even built his first structure in the city.
The younger Wright designed buildings and landscapes in the vein of his father’s pioneering modern style, but the stamp of Southern California and its brash vitality was all his own.
Photo, at top: Lloyd Wright’s Journey’s End/Gainsburg House in La Caada Flintridge. (Credit: Michael J. Murray)

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Tim Gunn of ‘Project Runway’ makes an appearance at Kate Spade in Pasadena

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“If getting fashion right were easy, everyone would look fabulous. This is a pretty good-looking Kate Spade crowd, but not everyone does look fabulous.”
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– Tim Gunn, telling it like it is, at Kate Spade yesterday in Old Pasadena
Make it work, people!
More at the Star-News.

Photos: Scenes from the 2010 Pasadena Showcase House of Design

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Staff photographer Walt Mancini captured these images from the now-open-to-the-public Showcase House in a series of visits, just before and just after the design overhaul was completed.

The Showcase House runs through May 16. Advance tickets strongly recommended. Purchase tickets online, or by phone, (714) 442-3872. On April 24 and May 15, park at the Parsons Corporation, 100 W. Walnut. All other days, parking and shuttle from Pasadena Rose Bowl, Lot I, 360 North Arroyo Blvd. pasadenashowcase.org
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