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Joe Rohde, Imagineer

Joe Rohde, Imagineer

Altadenan Joe Rohde is an Imagineer – which means he designs theme parks for Disney. Not long after graduating from Occidental College, he started out as a model maker for EPCOT back in 1980, joining a troupe of young artists and the old-timers who had worked on Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Joe’s painting skills – combined with a well-honed gift for theatrics and set design picked up from his drama-teacher mom and camera-operator dad – helped him move into the ranks of design executives…

The Telling of the Irish

The Telling of the Irish

Spring, even in Southern California, provides exhilaration, variety and a great excuse to curl up with a cup of tea and read. Here’s a literary suggestion to complement a wet, cold weekend that follows a warm, mock-orange-scented week: Tana French’s three-novel cycle of crime and (not much) redemption. With French’s luminous writing, you are in [...]

Mike & Tina, the Magic Couple

Mike & Tina, the Magic Couple

We’ve often noticed that couples who are in the same business seem to be polar opposites, even if they share some deep connection. Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter may sport similarly winsome hair, but they don’t even live in the same house. Annette Bening and Warren Beatty are both classy, but while she’s perky, [...]

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

If Miss Marple investigated social consciousness instead of murder mysteries, Agatha Christie might have written this book. Set in a charmingly upscale village on the Sussex downs, this novel is a charmingly upscale commentary on British snobbery as widowed, bookish and oh-so-English Major Pettigrew falls inevitably in love with the village’s Pakistani shopkeeper. Consequences ensue, [...]

The Reality of Camino Real

The Reality of Camino Real

A confined, claustrophobic place filled with desperate people controlled by a despotic ruler. The latest urban Middle East protest? No—an early 1950s work by Tennessee Williams, rarely produced, atypical (think Dante, not Stanley Kowalski) and now strangely relevant: Camino Real. The Theatre @ Boston Court could not have predicted the resonance of its current production [...]

Dangerous Beauty

Dangerous Beauty

It’s a voguish year for biographies as entertainment – just look at the Oscar nominations if you disagree. The first full production of the resurrected Pasadena Playhouse, Dangerous Beauty, is right on trend. Based on the story of a real-life Venetian courtesan, Veronica Franco, this sumptuous musical hits the highs and lows of the tumultuous [...]

Monopole Not So Hot

Monopole Not So Hot

A few nights ago, a friend and I were debating whether to go to Elements Kitchen (and its swanky bar) or drop in to Monopole Wine before a movie. We were more in the mood for wine and reasoned that newcomer Monopole would be a better choice. Wrong. But it looked okay at first. I [...]

Noises All Around

Noises All Around

The confusion that arises from the theater troupe known as A Noise Within (let’s call them ANW) doing a show called Noises Off, which is a show about another show called “Nothing On,” is really only the beginning. Reviving last year’s hit production, ANW’s show is fast-paced, funny, overwrought and charming. It’s an exhilarating night [...]

Phoenix Food Boutique

Phoenix Food Boutique

When I lived in central Florida, I learned never to ignore restaurants in shopping centers and strip malls. Since that’s all they had there, it was easy advice to follow. But in our more architecturally rich environs, strip-mall restaurants are often overlooked in favor of locations with more charm and street life. That’s why the [...]

Mudbound

Mudbound

Pasadena’s selection for the upcoming One City One Story program is Mudbound. This debut novel by Hillary Jordan is set in the Mississippi Delta just after World War II, as two families play out the South’s eternal conflicts over race, land and class. Six main characters alternate in telling the story, which begins with a burial [...]

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