Creative Types


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 [...]

Melkon Khosrovian, Organic Spirits Maker

Melkon Khosrovian, Organic Spirits Maker

Organic is not the first word that comes to mind when one thinks of alcohol, but as Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Mathew of Greenbar Collective in Monrovia know, and as I learned from just one taste of their complex and refreshing hibiscus liqueur, it really is the way to go. A couple with a shared [...]

Santiago Gonzalez-Garza, Skater

Santiago Gonzalez-Garza, Skater

Three years ago, 20-year-old Pasadena native Santiago Gonzalez-Garza was headed down the same path as all his Loyola High classmates: work hard in high school, get into a good college, graduate in four years, get a job. And indeed, that was exactly his plan after he graduated from Loyola and enrolled at Santa Clara University [...]

Cherie Twohy, Cook, Author & Trader Joe’s Maven

Cherie Twohy, Cook, Author & Trader Joe’s Maven

Cherie (pronounced shuh-ree) Twohy has earned a cult-like following for her two cookbooks, the I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook and the new I Love Trader Joe’s Party Cookbook, both available at Vroman’s and pretty much everywhere. A trained chef, she teaches classes and does corporate bonding events at Chez Cherie, a cooking demonstration space on Foothill [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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