On the first Tuesday every month at 12:30 p.m., you can travel back in time to an experience that would have been familiar to Jane Austen, Queen Victoria and other ladies of the 19th Century. Members of the Tuesday Musicale of Pasadena perform classical music in the Wright auditorium at the Pasadena Library in a free recital. They even offer a modest ‘tea’ afterwards.
If you close your eyes, you can imagine refined ladies in long pastel dresses sitting around a drawing room while their talented friends–singers, pianists, cellists–perform works by Mozart, Bach, Offenbach and others.
I am marking this up as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, mostly because I am not a particular fan of soprano solos.
Pasadena has from almost its beginning back in 1874 prided itself on being a cultural center. And, as I discovered in a corner of the main hall on my way to the recital, the Library has a longer history than I knew.
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 and no circling helicopters which there had been last year.
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.