Posted in Altadena, Around Town

They Walk Among Us

For years, I’ve been getting e-mail from Bob Stane at the Coffee Gallery Backstage up in Altadena.  He produces a tasty line-up of singer/songwriter types for our listening pleasure.

Imagine my surprise – I’m reading Steve Martin’s Born Standing Up.  He mentions appearing at the Ice House in Pasadena, and he mentions Bob Stane–who is the founder of the Ice House!  

I feel like a Wings fan who just found out that Paul McCartney was one of the Beatles.

Posted in Around Town, Let's Get Visual

Rose Parade Prep

Saw this while on south Raymond last week (click to embiggen):

Native American in Waiting

It’s kind of fun to happen upon a float here and there before the parade. Just what is being represented by this Native American? The good old days of cigar advertising? A memorial to the Tongva?

The parade titles are always so lame. This year it’s Passport to the World’s Celebrations. Bet those Chinese who aren’t allowed to leave China would love such a passport.

One imagines that some T of R members have a bit of a headache this morning, what with the negative press about the China-sponsored float heating up. Here’s the link to the Reporters Without Borders page on their China campaign. On that page, note link to sign petition.

I hope that Native American float is sponsored by a SoCal casino. (Though the Tongva aren’t into gaming.)

Posted in Around Town, Cool Stuff

Not Your Momma’s Northwest Pasadena 3

Hats off to Jacque Robinson, who instead of employing cronyism to distribute her allotment of Rose Bowl and Rose Parade tickets, held a raffle at a District 1 community meeting yesterday.

Those of us who weren’t able to attend the meeting had the opportunity to mail in our raffle entries. Jacque herself called to tell me that I won Rose Bowl tickets. Or more precisely, I won the opportunity to buy Rose Bowl tickets at face value.

Which I will do. So USC fans, prepare to be milked.