Like our friend and neighbor Lian Dolan of the Chaos Chronicles, we’re suckers for a top-ten list. (Here’s her Top Ten Action Items for 2010.) Her list got us to think about our Top Ten Experiences in Pasadena for the preceding year. Here they are.
What are yours?
10. The fabulous and free staged readings put on by the South Pasadena–based theatre company Parson’s Nose.
8. The triple-header show at the Pasadena Museum of California Art: Wayne Thiebaud, Frances Gearhart and Ray Turner. It’s still up (until January 31), so get there soon if you haven’t already. It’s superb.
7. Surgery at Huntington Hospital. Okay, maybe not the actual surgery, but the kindness, professionalism and skill of every single person involved made the experience a lot less difficult than it could have been.
6. Watching the Guatemala marching band practice in Brookside Park two days before the Rose Parade.
5. Meeting a Chinese-born docent on a tour of the splendiferous Chinese garden at the Huntington and getting some great San Gabriel Valley restaurant tips from her (Newport Seafood for lobster, yes!).
3. Free summer concerts at the Levitt Pavilion, with friends and kids and a picnic.
2. The Fork in the Road. A whimsical guerrilla art installation that brings a bit of joy to everyone who passes.
1. Of the countless walks in the Arroyo, there was one last summer at twilight, with the trees glowing from the last gasps of daylight, that stands out for its beauty and tranquility. You’d never know the urbanity that throbs just minutes away.