Rose Magazine’s health and wellness issue hits stands Sunday

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Pick up Rose Magazine’s health and wellness issue on Feb. 13 inside the Pasadena Star-News. If you’re a Sunday Star-News subscriber, you’ll automatically receive the magazine with your morning delivery.
On the cover of this issue is instructor Molly Ryan of Pasadena’s newest yoga studio YogaHop, which blends traditional flowing yoga poses with high-energy music and an upbeat pace.
Inside the magazine, you’ll find all our regular departments, including the very best of events, dining and shopping in the Pasadena area.
Drop us a line and let us know what you’d like to see covered in future issues of the magazine.
Our March/April issue features:


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Nominate a Pasadena woman to be honored at Rose Magazine’s gala

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Know an outstanding woman who lives, works or attends school in Pasadena? We’re betting you know more than a few. Here’s your chance to give her the proper standing ovation she deserves.
The Pasadena Star-News and Rose Magazine are now accepting nominations for our annual Jewels of Pasadena: Women of Distinction Gala.
Our first-ever gala celebrating Pasadena women was held last year, and our sophomore effort promises to be another extraordinary event. (Check out photos from the 2010 gala here.)
We are taking nominations through Feb. 28 in the following categories: Arts & Culture, Business, Community Service/Volunteer, Education, Family, Health & Wellness, Philanthropy, Sports, Youth (under 21 years old) and Woman of the Year.
The finalists selected by our gala committee will be announced in the next issue of Rose Magazine, and all will be honored at an April celebration at the Westin Pasadena.

Use our online form to submit your nominations.

Pasadena wine tasting to feature hundreds of pinot noirs

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The Pasadena PinotFest is getting better with age.
Wine-guy-about-town Mike Farwell and his partners from Noir Food & Wine are taking their third annual wine festival to new heights this year, with a capstone Grand Public Tasting to be held up at the Altadena Town and Country Club on Feb. 12.
Taking center stage for the occasion is, of course, that moody elixir, the pinot noir. And, for Farwell, there could be no more perfect a pairing.
He’s spent the better part of the past two decades getting acquainted with the red-grape variety, and still today he’s continually discovering new and notable pinot noir winemakers.
With the headlining event of the 2011 Pasadena PinotFest, guests can expect the opportunity to taste hundreds of pinot noirs from California winemakers, especially from the inestimable Santa Rita Hills and Russian River Valley.

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Pasadena designers behind Rodarte created scene-setting costumes for ‘Black Swan’

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If you’re paying even a modicum of attention to the Hollywood awards season, you may have heard of a little film called “Black Swan.” Actress Natalie Portman is knee-deep in praise and various honorary statuettes for her lead performance in the movie. 
Pasadena sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy — the design forces behind Rodarte —  have also received many accolades for producing some of the film’s most notable costume designs.
At left, that’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy with Portman at a “Black Swan” screening in November.
They created 40 different costume pieces for “Black Swan,” from the main character’s featured ensembles down to her knitwear. (The Mulleavys were ineligible for a formal Oscar nod, because they weren’t credited in the film and weren’t members of the Costume Designers Guild at the time.)
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Laura Mulleavy said in an interview with Women’s Wear Daily that one artistic influence was Edgar Degas’ bronze ballerina.
“We always loved the distressed skirt,” she told WWD.
And, Pasadenans can get a firsthand view of the Degas sculpture, “Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen,” 1878-81, on display at the Norton Simon Museum. (Seen at right, in a file photo courtesy of the museum.)
It’s not the first time the sisters have drawn inspiration from local museums and culture. They have before cited such iconic Pasadena institutions as the Norton Simon, The Huntington and even The Raymond as personal favorites.
See some of the Mulleavys’ “Black Swan” sketches after the jump:


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Shop the Block: For Valentine’s Day, Mignon chocolates are anything but boring

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As authentic as family-run businesses come, Mignon Chocolate was founded in 1910 and has been run by the Ter-Poghossians ever since.
For three generations, the family has manufactured its own fine chocolates, and original recipes are what make Mignon truly exceptional.
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Conduct your own taste test, starting with two selections from the M Collection: ginger sea salt chocolates (a dark-chocolate shell filled with luscious ginger dark chocolate ganache and topped with lime-infused sea salt) and lavender chocolates (also a ganache-infused dark-chocolate shell with the complex sweetness of woodsy lavender).
Mignon’s signature treat is its box of orange-peel strips, baked in heavy syrup and coated in dark chocolate. Another favorite is the saffron marzipan, which is created in-house with diced orange peels and infused with saffron. The family has been handmaking the latter since the 1930s.
In the Los Angeles area, Mignon also runs locations in Glendale and Van Nuys. An international outpost is located in Tehran.
6 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Open Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m.; closed Mon. (626) 796-7100, mignonchocolate.com
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A special engagement at ArcLight Pasadena: Mayor’s State of the City address

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Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard delivered his annual State of the City address on Thursday, and the venue was the newish ArcLight Cinemas at the Paseo Colorado.
The theater marquee, seen above, displayed the special engagement alongside its regular movie showtimes.
The tone of the speech was largely sober, as Bogaard described the serious fiscal challenges facing the city. Budget constrictions have already forced city layoffs, and employee pay cuts are a likely next step.
Bogaard also touched on the $152 million Rose Bowl renovation and the city’s 125th anniversary.
Read the full Star-News report by Brian Charles on the State of the City address.
(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz / Staff)

Shop the block: The art of living at Maude Woods

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This home furnishings and decor boutique is a superlative model for how to arrange living spaces and to successfully blend different aesthetics into one glorious array.

For owner Carrie Davich, the passion for mixing contemporary furnishings with vintage pieces ignited when she was decorating her Pasadena home.
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With an extensive background in fashion and a natural eye for design, Davich in 2009 opened Maude Woods, named for her great-grandmother, also an artiste.
At once glamorous and comfortable, the space Davich has fashioned features informal rooms without walls, each displaying a desirable selection of art and objects for living room, dining room and kitchen. The Maude Woods signature is “artful living,” and it is, indeed, enchanting.
55 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Open Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (626) 577-3400, maudewoods.com
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Stephen Hawking to give public talk Tuesday at Caltech

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Famed theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking will be at Caltech on Tuesday for a free public lecture.
From insights into the birth of the cosmos, the death of black holes, and even the future of the human race, Hawking’s contributions to science are innumerable.
His presentation in Beckman Auditorium will be designed for general audiences, providing a rare opportunity to see Hawking in person and to get a glimpse into the workings of a great contemporary mind.
There’s already a steady buzz building around the event, so here’s a helpful reminder: Get there early.
Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Free, no tickets or reservations required. Arrive early to ensure seating. events.caltech.edu
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