UPDATED: Blaze rages at Plate 38 restaurant in East Pasadena

UPDATED: Read the full report by Nathan McIntire in the Star-News.
A fire tore through a newly opened East Pasadena eatery today.
Plate 38 just opened for business four days ago at the corner of Sierra Madre Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard.
The restaurant staff was gearing up for the lunch-hour rush when the two-alarm blaze ignited, City News Service reported.
(Photo by Keith Birmingham / Staff)

Scenes from the sky Monday over Mt. Wilson


Below, an aerial view of the Station fire burning in the Mt. Wilson area on Monday. (Photo by Hector Mata / Associated Press)


Below, the Mt. Wilson Observatory, in the bottom right corner, peeking through the smoke from the Station fire on Monday. (Photo by Hector Mata / Associated Press)


Below, a group of communications towers surrounded by smoke atop Mt. Wilson on Monday. (Photo by Hector Mata / Associated Press)


Scenes from the ground Monday in La Caada and La Crescenta


Below, firefighters make their way down a steep hill after lighting a backfire to eliminate tinder and slow the spread of the Station fire in La Caada Flintridge on Monday. (Photo by Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Read more about the firefighters’ effort to set backfires and clear vegetation in this Star-News report.


Below, hotshot firefighter Angel Reyes sprays water to protect a house in La Crescenta on Monday while the crew burns away vegetation to create a fire break. (Photo by Philip Scott Andrews / Associated Press)


Eric Spiegelman’s eerie, breathtaking time-lapse footage of the Station Fire

If you haven’t yet viewed this video of the Station Fire from Saturday afternoon, it’s a must-see. If, like me, you’ve already played it through 10-plus times, watch it again. (Via LAObserved)

Time Lapse Test: Station Fire from Eric Spiegelman on Vimeo.

David Jonason’s prescient ‘California Skies’ on display in South Pasadena



On any other day, we’d talk about artist David Jonason‘s penchant for stylized cubism — an aesthetic he’s most known for applying to architecture.

But Jonason has now turned his eye toward landscapes, and today his images of clouds hovering gloriously over local landmarks remind us of only one thing. (The billowing. The looming. The sense of spreading gray mass and creeping orange glow. Tell us you don’t see it.)

That resemblance shouldn’t stop you from checking out his stellar exhibition of 15 paintings in South Pasadena. (Hum it now, a la The Piano Man: “He didn’t start the fire.”)


Jonason told the Star-News:

“I like cumulonimbus (clouds) a lot. They remind me a lot of
tall buildings — tall and dense, they have a big, heroic quality.
Architecture is all about volume and I apply that to the landscapes. At
the same time, I’m trying to get the spiritual, transcendental quality
I feel in landscapes.”

“California Skies” is on display through Sept. 12 at Michael Hollis Fine Art, 238 Pasadena Ave., South Pasadena. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. (626) 441-4333

Above, “San Gabriels with Clouds,” oil on canvas. At left, “Colorado Bridge,” oil on canvas.

(Courtesy photos)