Do you have a great memory of seeing movies at the Rialto? Are you free between 9:00AM and noon today? If so, swing by the SoPas Gallery and allow me to videotape a short, informal interview with you! I am collecting stories for possible use in my Patch column as well as inclusion in a longer film project to raise awareness about our beloved theater.
The Chamber of Commerce has been kind enough to lend me the use of their gallery space this morning for fellow fans of the Rialto to reminisce and trade stories while I wield my video camera. You don't have to have wild Rialto tales to tell -- although those are definitely welcome --just your memories of this wonderful movie palace and a shared hope for its return.
If you have a few minutes to spare this morning, come by SoPas Gallery at 1121 Mission Street (adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce offices) from 9am until noon. And if you are interested in adding your story to the project but can't make it today, email me. (My email link is on the right side of this blog.)
UPDATE: I got a little lagniappe of my own today. Petrea over at Pasadena Daily Photo is promoting one of my biggest causes: saving the Rialto Theater. I am doing a series of videotaped interviews to collect your memories of our beloved movie palace. Take a look at Petrea's post here and check back here at Glimpses before 9:00AM tomorrow for even more info about participating!
Every time I stop by San Pascual Stables I have to check on this horse. I have never seen him out running around. Instead, he is always in there, staring into the light like some kind of ghostly symbol of the captivity of modern life...
(Or maybe I just catch him at the wrong time of day.)
When I spotted this whimsical chalk addition to the old fireplace at Eddie Park, I thought it would make an interesting photo for a blog post about summer. Something about how summer is lazy and whimsical, filled with daydreaming and make believe and playtime...
With your six year old.
Your six year old who is home from school but still getting up at 6:00AM with all the energy of opening day at a cheerleading convention.
Your six year old who is convinced that playing should involve lots of running. Outside. When it's hot. With you!
So, I realized that I have nothing to say about this photo because there is NOTHING lazy about summer if you're a parent. How long until September again?
If you drive on Arroyo just over the border into Pasadena, you'll pass by the gorgeous San Rafael Avenue bridge. It isn't as famous as the Colorado Street bridge a little farther up the road, or as meaningful to preservationists as our own Oaklawn bridge, but it is lovely in its own right. (It's even prettier at night.)
It's also a perfect subject when you pull over to check a text message on your iPhone and realize your Retro Camera app would be a nice way to capture the scene...
June Gloom might still have a few tricks up her sleeve, but that doesn't mean things aren't getting bright and colorful around here. Check out my column today at Patch for a celebration of summer in South Pas. It should post sometime today.
Here's to all the superheroes, the banishers-of-closet-monsters, the knights in shining armor, the softball catchers, the backyard campers, the treehouse builders, the training wheel removers, the night-night snugglers, the storytellers, the allowance givers and the big ole softies.
You just can't find a bad angle of the historic Oaklawn bridge -- possibly because of all those lovely curves. When Charles and Henry Greene designed this structure back in 1904, they were proud of the fact that there were only two other concrete bridges in existence in the U.S. I don't know if those other bridges have withstood the test of time, but ours seems both modern and classic. The five arches still blend perfectly with the surrounding trees.
Maybe one of these days I'll actually get a decent picture of the curving, river rock benches attached to the bottom of one of the arches. I just noticed them recently, and it was like discovering a hidden Greene and Greene treasure.
Yesterday, these beautiful cars brought a blast of spring color to yet another morning of June Gloom. I know they look nothing like the magical carriages described in fairy tales but, in my opinion, they blow Cinderella's transformed pumpkin right out of the water. In fact, right after these enchanting machines made their appearance, the sun broke through the clouds and gave us our first warm, summery day all month. Coincidence? Nah. Some fairy godmothers just like a little more horsepower.
(I was caught without a camera when I spotted these gorgeous things, so you'll have to settle for an iPhone shot, processed in lomography style).
Literary types love to pontificate on just why sunny, flower-filled Southern California inspired the uniquely dark stories of James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler, ultimately leading to the cinematic movement of film noir.
I say it's because June Gloom makes everything feel a little sinister.
UPDATE: Thanks to those of you who emailed that my latest column isn't linked with the others over at Patch. I'm sure it was just a glitch in putting it up. Try this link to get to today's column. Also, for those who can't seem to find me over there, just put my name into the search box and it should bring up all my stuff. The latest Patch layout doesn't keep columns on the front page anymore.
Shaken, The blossoms of lilac, And shattered, The atoms of purple. Green dip of the leaves, Darker the bark, Longer the shadows.
Sheer lines of poplar Shimmer with masses of silver And down in a garden old with years And broken walls of ruin and story, Roses rise with red rain-memories. May! In the open world The sun comes and finds your face, Remembering all.
Today is the first day of the month, and that means it's Theme Day for participating City Daily Photo bloggers. Today's theme is Under Construction.
In South Pasadena's case it might as well be called Under Destruction. The city continues to wait (in traffic) for the finished result of the Fair Oaks construction project. I'm no statistician but it seems to me that most residents disagree with the bizarre design plan of curb bulbouts, center medians and loss of right turn lanes. (Just read some of the comments from my column about this subject over at South Pasadena Patch.)
The city's merchants have taken the hardest hit as months of open trenches, detours and general gridlock have kept shoppers away from the business district. Several of the city's firefighters have expressed concern about the medians impeding ability to answer emergency calls. Handicapped citizens have pointed out that the construction has all but destroyed accessibility, possibly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Will the finished product make sense? Will it enhance traffic flow, add to pedestrian safety and beautify our main thoroughfare? That's what some city authorities have said -- the few who have actually offered any kind of explanation for this expensive project. Maybe they're right. But count me among the many who are dubious.
In December of 2007, after many years on the west side of Los Angeles (and at least a third of those years spent stuck in traffic on Pico Boulevard) my family settled into a happy little house in South Pasadena. This daily blog covered over 4 year as I put down roots in my new home town.
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Thank you Charlie's Coffee House for hosting my recent photo exhibit, South Pas: Observed. From October 2011 through January 2012 my pictures graced the walls of the best place in town to get a cup of coffee!
Read the nifty story on photo bloggers Petrea Burchard, Ben Wideman, Kat Likkel and little old me featured in the September, 2011 issue of Pasadena Magazine.
For over 4 years, I presented a picture a day from South Pasadena, California -- an incorporated city within the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. All photos up to November, 2008 were taken with a Fujifilm Finepix E900 camera. I added a Fujifilm Finepix S2000HD megazoom in December 2008, a Nikon D3100 in 2010 and a Lumix DMC-DS8 in 2011. I shot with them all. In August 2010 I joined the iPhone camera craze and sometimes included pictures captured by my phone. I regularly cropped images and used basic editing software to adjust the brightness, intensify the contrast, and increase color saturation. Other than that, all images came straight from the camera with minimal alteration. (If I couldn't have done it in a darkroom, I wouldn't do it with a computer.)
The bigger picture:
Consider it a love letter to the place I call home.
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Run, don't walk to the nearest bookseller and pick up a copy of Margaret Finnegan's delightful debut novel, The Goddess Lounge -- undoubtedly the kookiest, most wonderful riff on Homer's Odyssey ever written. Margaret never ceases to inspire and make us laugh at her blog Finnegan Begin Again. Her book is magical, silly, smart and a wonderful love letter to the all the goddesses among us.
Kevin McCollister of East of West LA blows our minds with haunting images of Los Angeles. But since we can't put his blog on our coffee table, we can buy his fantastic book. I believe Kevin's images truly capture the quixotic and often heartbreaking soul of LA. Don't take my word for it, see what The LA Times had to say.