Actress Lauren Potter makes appearance on ‘Glee’


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Rose Magazine caught up with actress Lauren Potter back in July, when she was getting some new head shots taken by photographer Kendall Roclord in his Pasadena studio.

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Roclord had opened up the studio to actors, like Potter, with Down syndrome, so they could get some free, professional head shots and hopefully land some gigs. At the time, the 19-year-old had just finished shooting an episode of “Glee.” Staff writer Richard Irwin described her as “positively bubbling.”

Of her part on the show, she said: “I play Becky Jackson, a high-school sophomore with Down syndrome who joins the high-school cheerleading squad.”

Last night, the episode featuring Potter aired on FOX. Her role seems like it may be a recurring one. Clip below.

(Top photo by Keith Birmingham / Staff; Screen grab via FOX and Hulu)


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.

Snap judgment: Capturing Pasadena in more than its most iconic structure

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It’s a challenge for the ages: Try to capture the spirit of Pasadena in a photograph, without pointing your lens toward City Hall.

Writes reporter Janette Williams in Monday’s Star-News:

Chamber of Commerce President Paul Little’s only suggestion for last year’s “Images of Pasadena” competition was to find a compelling cover image for the annual directory that wasn’t City Hall.”

Here’s last year’s winning image.

The impulse is understandable; It’s obviously an iconic structure (pictured above in a 2005 photo by Leo Jarzomb). But where’s the creativity Pasadena? Perhaps we’re too focused on the big picture, literally, and missing all the little, intricate, raw details that make up life in the city.

Those things are what make this other image among our favorites of Pasadena City Hall.

It doesn’t look like much, until you examine it closely — both the work and the artist. The canvas is denim: Actually, a pair of jeans Isaiah Hinnerichs wore when he was just a teen, homeless and living on the city’s streets.

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Hinnerichs, seen at right with another work, is also legally blind. He paints by studying images in extreme close-up, held within inches of his eye. The structure of City Hall in his painting is not quite right, but the idiosyncrasy doesn’t detract from its weight.

What magical idiosyncrasies could you capture on camera to tell Pasadena’s story at a glance? The gauntlet has been thrown down again for this year’s directory-cover competition. Entries are due Sept. 30. For more details, call (626) 795-3355 or e-mail paul@pasadena-chamber.org

(Photo of Hinnerichs by Keith Birmingham)