Creative Types


Seeking the Spa Less Traveled

Seeking the Spa Less Traveled

How about this as a hobby: spending years (years!) researching Los Angeles spas and massage-therapy places. (We are so loving this already.) And now these two professional women, Brenda Goldstein and Gail Herndon, both of Pasadena, have written a book about their findings: The Spa Less Traveled: Discovering Ethnic Los Angeles, One Massage at a Time. How [...]

Billy Mitchell, Arts Advocate & Musician

Billy Mitchell, Arts Advocate & Musician

When he’s not busy overseeing the Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy (SAPPA), an organization aimed at providing free music lessons to young Pasadenans, Billy Mitchell spends his time churning out sweet jazz tunes with his band, the Billy Mitchell Group. The eight-piece band will be playing a free concert this Friday, August 12 at Pasadena’s Levitt [...]

Hilary Thomas, Dancer and Teacher

Hilary Thomas, Dancer and Teacher

Hilary Thomas, artistic director for Lineage Dance, is a Pasadena native whose love for dance and charity have combined to create a successful organization. Thomas is not only the creator of Lineage Dance Company, but she is also a teacher at a Flintridge Preparatory School in La Cañada. She began fueling her passion for dance [...]

Jordan Stringfellow, Parties, Decor and More

Jordan Stringfellow, Parties, Decor and More

Jordi Stringfellow is a former television executive and USC-trained lawyer who gave that all up in 2001 to start Jordi & CO, a party-planning business. She’s orchestrated the small (dinner and cocktail parties), the large (Christmas and anniversary parties) and every kind of event in between. The business grew out of motherhood—she had two small [...]

Michael Gerard, Chef & Oven Builder

Michael Gerard, Chef & Oven Builder

Since 2002, Michael Gerard has not only been designing and building wood-burning ovens and churrasqueiras for his company, Wildwood, he’s been teaching cooking, too. But he took a roundabout way to create his dream job. The Eagle Rock native began his professional life as electrical engineer and contractor who specialized in TV studios and worked for [...]

Lachlan Turczan, Artist

Lachlan Turczan, Artist

Art.Write.Now, an exhibition of student art from around the country and featuring winners of this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, opened recently in Pasadena, and one of the exhibited winners is a local student, 17-year-old Lachlan Turczan. Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, this competition has been going on since 1923 [...]

Red Rosie, the Doo Dah Queen

Red Rosie, the Doo Dah Queen

Rosie Schoen, aka Red Rosie, is a 17-year-old actress, vintage movie and clothing buff, and the 2011 Doo Dah Queen. Tall, thin, brunette and gorgeous, she’s an Alverno High School junior whose favorite class is AP U.S. History. I’ve known her since she was in diapers, and I have always been struck by her sense [...]

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…

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, [...]

Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski, Painter

Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski, Painter

It is always uplifting to get to know someone who is spending her life pursuing work that gives her great pleasure, and so I was greatly inspired after meeting Pasadena native and artist Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski. I sat down with this cheerful painter, teacher, and student to talk about her nearly 20-year love of painting and the [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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