Scenes from the Temple City fall festival

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Sidra Rajani, 3, of Arcadia swings by the pumpkin patch Saturday at Temple City Park
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Anna Halverson, 17, of Temple City High School’s Brighter Side Singers sings “Johnny One Note”
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A crowd cheers on the Brighter Side Singers
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A visit to the petting zoo
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(Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Lush scenes from the Pasadena Wine Festival at the Arboretum in Arcadia

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The Pasadena Wine Festival took up residence for two evenings this weekend at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Attendant vinophiles shared the space with the Arboretum’s resident peacocks, while looking up at a backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains set off by a canopy of lights. Amid these surroundings, they sampled food and wine — lots of wine — from labels the world over. And they did this all night, for two nights, in a row. How did they ever stand it?

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(Photos by James Carbone / Correspondent)

Passions ignite at Scarlet Tea Room with live cabaret and burlesque soiree

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It was a sea of red (one hoped it would never part) for a few nights in August at the Scarlet Tea Room. A sultry, live theatrical revue took up residence there for Scarlet Passion, with music, cabaret and burlesque performances amid the tea-room tables and rounds of fire-engine-red raspberry lemon drop shots.

Oh, yeah, there was food, too. Selections from the new menu debuted, and are represented in the photos below. Also check out the photo spread, above, in Rose Magazine.

From top: Guests wore red to gain entry to the affair. Heirloom Capri salad. DelMonico grilled pork chop. Banana hazelnut chocolate strudel. (Photos by Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff)

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That’s genius: Art Center students turn symphony experience on its ear

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Art Center College of Design students have been thinking a lot lately about how to give the Pasadena symphony-going experience a fresh, visionary appeal.

Students in Mikio Osaki’s “The Agency” advertising class came up with a quirky “Magritte meets Dali” marketing campaign for the Pasadena Symphony that’s getting a lot of attention. It involves a fiberglass ear that measures more than 3 feet tall; The ear last week made its YouTube debut, and you can check out the video at Culture Monster.

Rob Ball’s environmental-design class also took on “The Symphony Project” to give symphony officials some light-bulb-brilliant ideas for attracting a younger audience and enhancing the musical experience as a whole. Their presentations proved to be chock full of that whimsical stuff only Art Center students would dream up. Read the full story on “The Symphony Project,” above, in Rose Magazine.

Below is a photo gallery, courtesy of Art Center, of the environmental-design students’ symphony presentation.

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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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Pasadena Jazz Institute says farewell to Paseo Colorado, searches for new joint

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Pasadena Weekly has the details on Pasadena Jazz Institute‘s move from the Paseo Colorado mall to … well, somewhere.

“… on Saturday, following performances by the eight-piece band The Big
Pill
, the PJI’s lease expires, forcing (owner Paul) Lines to close up shop and look
for another location.”

After three years of music-making in the massive restaurant space that used to house Delmonico’s Seafood Grill, Paseo’s management has found a permanent tenant, reports Andr Coleman in the Weekly.

“The space, slated to become a banquet hall after Lines and company
leave, was certainly roomy enough, but the increased wait time for
drinks and appetizers produced a financially detrimental domino effect:
Customers unhappy with waiting left smaller tips, which brought
turnover among bar staff, resulting in less rapport developing with
bartenders and servers, all ending with fewer customers.”

But first, there’s this weekend’s mini-farewell tour:

Friday, “Come To A Jazz Party,” with performances by five bands: Elizabeth Lamers, The Bill Watrous Quartet, The Matt Falker Trio, The San Gabriel 7 and Nick Mancini Collective. Music starts at 6 p.m.

The Big Pill will headline Saturday’s final-ever show — the true requiem for Pasadena’s jazz dream.

Cost is $10 at both events. Think of it as a memorial offering.

Pasadena Jazz Institute, Paseo Colorado, 280 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 206, but not for long. (626) 398-3344

(File photos)

Get the picture: Cal Phil’s Family Night free-for-all at the Arboretum in Arcadia

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The California Philharmonic hosted its annual free-for-all Family Night on Friday at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden.

There were kids. There was music. There were kids making music. The results were pretty darn cute. (Evidence submitted at right in the form of photographs.)

From top, John Lacques of Drumtime has children and adults drumming to a different beat.

(Second photo from top) Samantha Milazzo, 2-and-a-half, plays the drums for her mother Shannon. Musical instruments were provided by John Waltrip’s Music
Center in Arcadia.

(Third photo from top) Veronica “Doodles” Corral with Tiffany “Trixi” Stuart, entertaining the children at Cal Phil Family Night.

(Bottom photo) Emily Corona of Pasadena plays a tune on the trombone.

(Photos by Walt Mancini)

In the garden: Lessons and leisure, as nature intended

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM AND BOTANIC GARDEN
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. (626) 821-3222

  • Tuesday, Sept. 8: Basic watercolor and graphite pencil lessons, including application and techniques for botanical illustration. The ongoing series starts Tuesday, Sept. 8, and continues for three more weeks (Sept. 15, 22 and 29). 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. $180 members/$195 non-members. Pre-registration required; (626) 821-4623

DESCANSO GARDENS
1418 Descanso Drive, La Caada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200

  • Thursday, Sept. 3: Patina wine tasting, Spanish surprises, The Boddy House, 6-8:30 p.m., Sept. 3. $49-$54, large appetizers chosen to compliment the wines. (818) 790-3663

  • Friday, Sept. 11: Pasadena POPS and “Genius Loves Company.” The POPS will perform some spectacular pieces guaranteed to spike your IQ. Gates at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. $20-$90. Tickets: www.theorchestras.org or (626) 793-7172

HOME TOURS

  • Sunday, Oct. 4: Pasadena American Society of Interior Designers 23rd Annual Home and Kitchen Tour showcases five unique homes in Pasadena and Arcadia, with kitchens from five diverse designers; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 day of the tour and include a map to each home. (800) 237-2634

– Compiled by Linda Fields Gold