Weekend guide: Earth Day festivities and a one-of-a-kind market for homegrown goods

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Friday, April 23
  • “DIRT!” at the Raymond
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A movie screening at the historic Raymond Theatre is nothing to pass up. For the first time in decades, the theater will be open for a screening of “DIRT!” to kick off Greening the Earth Day and Armory Family Arts Festival, which gets into full swing on Saturday. (Details below.) DIRT!” is a documentary about the life-giving wonders of soil. The screening is sponsored by Conscientious Projector.
7 p.m. tonight, Raymond Theatre, 128 N. Raymond Ave. Free.

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Historic Herkimer Arms is split in two, ready for move to new home on Raymond Ave.

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From Brigham Yen’s Pasadena real estate blog, the historic Herkimer Arms — the only apartment building ever designed by Greene & Greene — has been cut in half in preparation for its move to 407 N. Raymond Ave.

There, Heritage Housing Partners will convert the two-story structure from its current configuration of eight apartment units into two large, full-floor units. Architectural features like the exterior Gunite finish, terra-cotta tiles, built-ins, corner cabinets and
original doors will be preserved.

You can see some of those details here, in interior shots captured by staff photographer Keith Birmingham in August 2007.

A full story and more photos will be in the Star-News tomorrow.

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Behind the scenes: Rose Magazine’s photo shoot with the Rose Queen and Royal Court

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Here’s a quick glimpse inside our photo shoot yesterday with the seven lucky ladies of the Tournament of Roses 2010 Royal Court. We are super excited about this year’s editorial fashion spread and working with photographer Watchara Phomicinda.

Q. Can you guess the location of our shoot? (Answer, and more, below.)

The Court — with their stylist and Tournament of Roses escorts — gathers on the patio
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Princess Kinsey Stuart in the stacks
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Cramming the equipment into the small spaces between shelves was a challenge
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Princess Katherine Hernandez in front of the Peter Pan Fireplace
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That’s a pop-up “Nancy Drew” book from the children’s wing
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Queen Natalie Innocenzi in the reference section.
(A. Yes, the shoot took place in the historic Pasadena Central Library.)
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Our hot lights were Diva Lite brand, which is sort of fitting, no?
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Mood lighting in a stairwell with Princess Michelle Van Wyk
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Huge thanks to the library administration and staff — and especially the unsuspecting patrons — for allowing us to invade for a couple of whirlwind hours.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed ‘La Miniatura’ house still on the market and coming down in price

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CurbedLA notes a price change on Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic “La Miniatura” house, built in 1923 into a ravine above the Arroyo Seco.

It’s been on the market for more than a year, starting back then with a selling price of $7.733 million. Now the listing is down to $5.59 million, CurbedLA reports.

The home’s owner David Zander (that’s him at top) talked to the Star-News in July 2008, following a multimillion-dollar restoration and just after he first put the property up for sale. From the archives, reporter Janette Williams wrote:

… it’s not for everyone.

Lloyd Wright’s buildings are known for being less than watertight, and the building materials and techniques don’t always
stand up well to climatic wear and tear.

The architect pushed the design technology and materials beyond his time, Zander said.

“That’s why many of his houses leak. I think that the house will leak forever – it just wants to, but it varies from
time to time and place to place. The house has a mind of its own.”

The restoration has put “La Miniatura” in very good condition, (Wim) de Wit, (architectural curator of the J. Paul
Getty Research Center) said, but agreed it will always need a lot of upkeep.

“It needs someone who appreciates architecture and will have patience,
who enjoys the spatial quality relating architecture
and nature,” he said. “It really needs to be lived in … not to be a
museum.”

(Below are some photos from a July 2008 photo shoot by photographer Walt Mancini.)

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A little slice of Bungalow Heaven

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The American Planning Association this week named Bungalow Heaven among
its list of America’s Top 10 Great Places
. It’s the only neighborhood in California on this year’s list.

Julianna Delgado, president of the Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association, tells the Pasadena Star-News:


“It was really quite stunning when we found out we’d made the finals, and I actually cried when I heard the news.”

Most of the Arts and Crafts bungalows in the neighborhood were built between 1905-1920. With more than 1,000 historic homes in the neighborhood, it’s Pasadena’s largest historic district, and it was listed on the National
Register of Historic Places
last year.

We combed through the archives to find some fav photos from the landmark district. All the photos are from 2006, save for the superhero in the window from 2002. Gotta relish the personality that comes through in the detail shots — it’s not the devil in there; just a little slice of (Bungalow) Heaven.

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(Photos by Roy LaBomme, Walt Mancini and Sarah Reingewirtz)