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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mystery History

Where are we? And what's happening?

The first person to guess correctly will win lunch with me -- I'll buy yours and you'll buy mine.

Remember, leave your brief guess as a comment on this blog post but don't try to give the entire back story (that's my job).

I'll have the full scoop on Thursday.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Pssst -- Did You Hear About Ann Erdman?

There are rumors that get back to me from time to time, and ordinarily I just shrug them off.

But the latest one has really gotten under my skin. I'll talk about that one in a minute.

First, an example of one of the many rumors about me that float around:

Shortly after I retired, several people, individually, reached out to me to say they were so sorry to hear what had happened.

OK, I thought. I'll bite.

What happened?
They had all heard -- through the grapevine -- that I had been "encouraged to resign" and had been given my retirement package as a parting gift.

Oh, brother. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

I had experienced a catastrophic medical issue and was on leave for nearly four months. When Dr. Wes Powell released me to return to work on a part-time basis, I knew from day one that I wanted to retire and go live a life after a 38-year career.

I told City Manager Michael Beck right away and stayed for another five months before I retired so there would be plenty of time for the Human Resources Department to recruit for a new PIO before I headed off to my new adventure.

On my penultimate day on the job, Michael had his staff pull out all the stops for a farewell party for me in the courtyard at Pasadena City Hall to which city staff, elected officials and the community were invited. There were a couple of hundred people there, and Michael and my peers on the Executive Leadership Team presented me with a lovely, engraved Tiffany bowl that I treasure to this day.
 
"Encouraged to resign"? Hardly.

Now on to the latest rumor that has caused me to lose sleep:

On Saturday I was told that somebody is going around saying that I told him or her (I don't know which) personally, as in face-to-face, that Mayor Bill Bogaard is not going to run for re-election in 2015. 

I worked every day with Mayor Bogaard for nearly 14 years. We respect each other greatly and still keep in touch regularly.

But here's the thing -- well, two.

First, Mayor Bogaard hasn't said a thing to me about whether he is going to run for re-election or not, so I have no idea what his plan might be.

And second, when he wants to go public with his decision, it will be his to announce.

So whoever you are out there, making up yet another story about me: Shame on you.  

Any questions?


Photo credits: Quote Frenzy, Movie Star Makeover, the mighty Zack Stromberg, Tablet, Pix by Tweens, Soda Head

Friday, July 18, 2014

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events July 19 to 25


Here are events scheduled Saturday, July 19, to Friday, July 25.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!  

The Dive-In Movie Fest at the Robinson Park pool continues Saturday, July 19, at 7 p.m. with "The Croods" (2013, PG) featuring the voice talents of Nicholas Cage and Emma Stone. After their cave is destroyed, a family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy.

Jimmy LaFave will perform Americana music Saturday, July 19, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.
 
The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents "The Fly" (1958) starring David Hedison and Vincent Price Saturday, July 19, at 8:30 p.m. at Central Park. A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device! Music will begin and food will be available for sale at 7 p.m.

The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents "Suddenly, Last Summer" (1959) based on the Tennessee Williams play and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift Saturday, July 19, at 8:30 p.m. in Hugus Alley at One Colorado. A young woman sees something so horrible that her aunt plots to have her lobotomized to suppress the potentially sordid truth.


The Armenian Identity Festival Sunday, July 20, from noon to 7 p.m. at Victory Park will include live music, dance performances, art, food booths, car show, petting zoo and more. 

Rachel Robinson, widow of baseball great Jackie Robinson, will be inducted into the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals Sunday, July 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Pasadena Central Library. Delano Robinson, widow of Jackie's brother Mack Robinson, will be there on Rachel Robinson's behalf.

The Summer Jazz Concert Series in the Playhouse District continues with The A Section Sunday, July 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard outside Vroman's Bookstore

Open Hands will perform jazz Sunday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents "Guest of Cindy Sherman" (2008) Sunday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. The documentary examines art-scene commentator Paul Hasegawa-Overacker's relationship with enigmatic photographer Cindy Sherman. 

Due to an electrical issue, the Old Pasadena Film Festival was unable to screen "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" (1987, PG) on July 5. It has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 20, at 8:30 p.m. at Central Park. This spoof of B movies is widely heralded as one of the best bad movies ever made. Scientists band together to save the world from mutated tomatoes that kill! Music will begin and food will be available for purchase at 7 p.m.

Activities for Pasadena Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge include the following (and much more!):
The Whiskey Mountain Boys will perform classic bluegrass music Tuesday, July 22, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the bandshell at Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the BBQ shack. 


Pianist Junko Ueno Garrett will perform Wednesday, July 23, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series. Bring a sack lunch and chat with other concert-goers after the performance.

The Super Hero Film Festival for ages 12 to 18 at La Pintoresca Teen Education Center continues Wednesday, July 23, at 5 p.m with "Thor" (2011, PG-13) starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman. The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live among humans in Midgard (Earth) where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided.

Kiddle Karoo will perform rock for children (and everyone) Wednesday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.

"Bungalow Heaven: Preserving a Neighborhood" will be shown Thursday, July 24, at 7 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Pasadena Central Library. The documentary follows the hard-fought struggle for Bungalow Heaven in Pasadena to become the first neighborhood in the U.S. to be designated a historic landmark district. A discussion with Q&A will follow the screening.

The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents "Bidder 70" (2012) Thursday, July 24, at 7 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at Pasadena Senior Center. The documentary examines Tim DeChristopher who, in an act of civil disobedience, derailed a Bureau of Land Management auction of oil and gas leases for public lands in Utah's red rock country. 
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"Turbo" (2013, PG) with the voice talents of Ryan Reynolds and Paul Giamatti will be shown Thursday, July 24, at 7:45 p.m. outdoors in the park at Villa-Parke. A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.

Richárd Bernard's Oy!Stars will perform lively Klezmer music Thursday, July 24, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.

"Iron Man 3" (2013, PG-13) will be shown Thursday, July 24, at 8 p.m. outdoors at Paseo Colorado. When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution.
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"Mr. Peabody and Sherman" (2014, PG) with the voice talents of Ty Burrell and Max Charles will be shown Friday, July 25, at 7:45 p.m. outdoors at Robinson Park. An advanced canine and his adopted son travel through time as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created.

"It Happened One Night" (1934) starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert will be shown Friday, July 25, at 7:45 p.m. outdoors at Victory Park. A spoiled heiress running away from her family is helped by a reporter looking for a story. 
The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents "The Art of Travel" (2008, R) Friday, July 25, at 8 p.m. at Distant Lands. When a young man leaves his cheating bride-to-be at the altar, he goes on his Central American honeymoon solo, finding adventure with a ragtag group of people who attempt to cross the Darien Gap in record time.

David Lindley will perform Americana music Friday, July 25, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.  
The Dive-In Movie Fest at the Villa-Parke Community Center pool continues with "Epic" (2013, PG) featuring the voice talents of Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson and Beyoncé Knowles Friday, July 25, at 8 p.m. A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest where she joins a interesting group of characters battling the forces of evil to help save their world.

The Old Pasadena Film Festival presents "Life is Beautiful" (1997, PG-13) starring Roberto Benigni and Nicoletta Braschi Friday, July 25, at 8:30 p.m. in Hugus Alley at One Colorado. A Jewish man has a wonderful romance with the help of his sense of humor but later must use that humor to protect his son in a Nazi death camp.

SAVE THE DATE!

For years Pasadena City Councilman Chris Holden's annual block party was the place to be every summer. Now California Assemblyman Chris Holden is continuing the tradition Saturday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 




Photo credits: Il Giorno de gli Zombi,  AGBU Blog, Seour Picz, Listal, Artists on Art, Sacramento River Preservation Trust, Cecchi Gori Group, Cine Vue, Brian Dorf, Film School Rejects, HD Wallpapers, Walls Pic, Movie Classics, Comics Grinder, NDTV Gadgets, Anti-Film School, Super Hero Fanatic, Whiskey Mountain Boys, Jimmy LaFave, Kiddle Karoo, Gig Masters, James Stout, Los Angeles Times, Japan America Society of Southern California, Ann Erdman