A few years ago the city of Pasadena changed trees in the center of the Arroyo Parkway, the city street at the end of the 110 freeway. Out went the tall leafy trees and in came palms. Date palms to be more precise. And every year these palms produce huge amounts of dates, which, sadly, go uneaten by humans. I think birds may feast on them.
City officials and Metro were expecting a larger crowd at the Women’s March this year and it may have been true. Unlike New York, Boston or Chicago, the weather was beautiful in Los Angeles: temperature in the low 60sF and clear skies.
Here are some photos.
The Fiesta Perpetua on and around Echo Park lake was the brainchild of Carmina Escobar as her contribution to the huge Pacific Standard Time LA/LA.
The way it worked was this: a woman went out to a raft in the lake and using three wooden megaphones sang to an audience of paddleboaters and people lining the walkway and lounging on the lawn around the lake.
Actually, before she began to sing, a band, the Maqueos Music Filharmonica began to play and march around the lake slowly. In my opinion, the band was the star of the performance. .
Because I love Echo Park and the lake and the surrounding area are among my favorite places in Los Angeles, I’m also including photos of the area on a sunny, 85F degree Saturday afternoon in January.
The city of South Pasadena always enters a float in the Tournament of Roses parade and the float is always decorated by local volunteers.
The location for the float is under a huge tent just off Mound St. at Fair Oaks in South Pasadena and they are still busily adding seeds, leaves and flowers. They have only 2 more days to go. By Sunday evening they have to have the float in line for the start of the parade on Monday morning.
In the melting pot that is Los Angeles two local holiday food traditions stand out. One is eating tamales during the Christmas season which obviously is inspired by Mexico and the many Mexican restaurants around the city. Even one of the local fast-food hot dog chains offers tamales during the holidays.
The second tradition is going to Chinatown to have dim sum (Chinese bite-size noodle/pastries) for mid-day dinner on Christmas Day which seems to have originated in the Jewish community.
Other people, including my non-Jewish family, have begun doing Christmas-in-Chinatown, too. No long hours in the kitchen and no leftover turkey for us!
So if you decide to visit Chinatown for dim sum (or any other reason) and haven’t been there recently, you will see color gone wild on buildings around the area. I think that the new Blossom Apartments next to the Metro station instigated the painting craze.
See more photos of Chinatown here.
On every third Saturday at 4 p.m. there is a free concert at the United Methodist Church on Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena. Cellists, pianists, singers, organists and, for the Christmas concert, bell ringers of all ages–all drawn from the congregation of this church.
The church building is quite beautiful and the organ magnificent. Unfortunately, I have not been able to capture the amazing stained glass windows, but , take it from me, they are gorgeous.
Perhaps it is too early in December, but there were almost no Christmas decorations, no jolly Santa Claus, and no carolers in Pershing Square — unlike other years. There weren’t even a lot of children skating on the ice rink. It really did not feel very festive.
There was an “angel wings” backdrop for people to use for photos, however. And interesting signs announcing that Ice Curling lessons are coming soon and so is Broom Hockey. To learn more about this, go here.
Now for some musical trivia. Singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell once wrote a song about paving paradise and putting up a parking lot. Well, that parking lot, formerly the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic until the building was demolished decades ago, is now becoming a high rise tower across from Pershing Square.
Okay. Here is what I saw: