Author: Rebecca Kuzins

The Huntington launches exhaustive two-year effort to restore its most famous painting

“The Blue Boy” has long been the best-known and most popular artwork at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Artist Thomas Gainsborough’s painting of a young man in a blue satin suit has been on almost constant display since The Huntington opened in 1928. But the years have not been kind to “The Blue Boy.” The painting is covered with layers of varnish and dirt, the colors have darkened over time and become dull and hazy, and some of the paint has started to lift and flake. “The Blue Boy” was taken off view last month —...

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Pasadena museums and galleries present a plethora of eye candy this fall

A broad range of Latin American artwork –– from 15th-century depictions of nature to 21st-century performance pieces — will be the focus of exhibitions opening this fall at four Pasadena-area museums. The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena Museum of California Art, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and USC Pacific Asia Museum are among 70 Southern California cultural institutions participating in “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA,” a series of thematically linked art exhibits supported by grants from the Getty Foundation. As part of PST, the Armory will present “Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in 1990’s...

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Backers believe charter schools offer students and parents greater educational flexibility

Alma Fuerte Public School will open Monday with about 85 students in transitional kindergarten through the second grade. Unlike most public schools in the area, Alma Fuerte was not created by the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD). It is a charter school designed by a group of parents who want their children to learn entrepreneurship.    “We want our students to succeed in 21st-century careers,” said co-founder and Director of Operations Anne Lee, an attorney and mother of two who lives in Pasadena. “They will need social and emotional skills as well as academics.” Students will also learn about...

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Before light rail, Red Cars led the way to expansion of Los Angeles County

Southern Californians are so accustomed to going everywhere in their cars that most people can’t remember a time when there were no freeways and few people owned automobiles. However, in the early 20th century an innovative network of electric-powered trolleys was the region’s dominant form of transportation. The Pacific Electric Railway (PE), with its Big Red Cars, was the world’s largest electric-powered interurban trolley system. The Red Cars operated for almost 60 years, taking passengers to cities throughout Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. In its heyday during the 1920s and 1930s, PE ran more than 2,100...

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LA County offers many aquatic venues to help beat the summer heat

Whether they take a dip in a pool, run a shower in their bathroom, go boating in a lake or visit an area waterpark, local residents will be seeking some form of water — the wetter the better — for relief from the summer heat. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of water resources in and around Pasadena where people can beat the heat, including the following: Rose Bowl Aquatics Center: If you don’t have a pool of your own you can use the two Olympic-size swimming pools at this nonprofit aquatics and fitness center located in Brookside Park,...

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10:00 am Palliative Care, Low Vision Scre... @ Pasadena Senior Center
Palliative Care, Low Vision Scre... @ Pasadena Senior Center
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am
Unity Hospice presents a program about hospice and palliative medicine for those with life-limiting illnesses, starting at 10 a.m. The Braille Institute offers low-vision screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call to register for[...]
4:30 pm Children’s Music at One Colorado @ One Colorado
Children’s Music at One Colorado @ One Colorado
Sep 21 @ 4:30 pm
“The Really Big Show,” with Obediah Thomas, half of the children’s music and comedy team Razzle Bam Boom, delights kids with goofy fun including magic, trumpet playing and silly dancing at 4:30 p.m. Free.
4:30 pm Medicinal Plant Lecture at the H... @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Medicinal Plant Lecture at the H... @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Sep 21 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Alain Touwaide, historian of botany, medicine and medicinal plants discusses related topics reaching back as far as Hippocrates and Cleopatra and into the modern era from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free; no reservations required.
7:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm
Reshma Saujani discusses and signs “Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World” at 7 p.m.
7:00 pm San Gabriel Valley Orchid Hobbyi... @ Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
San Gabriel Valley Orchid Hobbyi... @ Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm
The club meets for a webinar on the orchids of Mexico, starting at 7 p.m. Refreshments are included.

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