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The Valley Line: As temps rise, summer venues come to light

June 26, 2013|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Illuminating the stage at the Hollywood Bowl last Saturday night were, from left, Joe Perry, lead guitar for "Aerosmith," Grammy-winning vocalist Patti Austin, LCF resident and emcee for the evening actress Angela Bassett, Thomas Wilkins, conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and Steven Tyler, lead singer for Aerosmith. Austin, Perry, Tyler, and John Legend were inducted into the Hollywood Bowl of Fame that evening.
Illuminating the stage at the Hollywood Bowl last Saturday… (Photo courtesy…)

As of last week, summer is officially here. Get ready for the temps to rise. In fact we might be hitting the 100-plus mark sooner than I would like, I can assure you.

This past weekend we experienced the biggest and brightest moon of the year. It was called "The Super Moon" or "Mega Moon. " As advertised, it was big, bright and beautiful.

Benefits and symphonies seem to be ruling the season. Outdoor concerts are blooming like magnolia flowers with music venues at Descanso Gardens, La Cañada's Memorial Park, Levitt Pavilion, Caltech's Beckman Mall in Pasadena and in Arcadia, at Los Angeles Arboretum and Santa Anita Race Track.

A spacious Altadena home was the setting for Muse/ique to preview its "Summer of Sound" Festival 2013, which will begin this Saturday evening with the great jazz stylist, Patti Austin.

The afternoon preview party was held in the estate's natural amphitheater with its shady trees. Rachael Worby, artistic director, hosted the program, which featured soul virtuoso Ellis Hall and other musicians. Cooking drinks were served and the 200 guests then enjoyed picnic box lunches. It was a delightful Sunday afternoon filled with music.

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A beautiful party, "Summer Splash" was a perfect way to begin this new season. Mel Blum and Vornado Realty Trust hosted a soiree that celebrated the grand reopening of Granite Park Place in Pasadena.

More than 300 guests were served refreshing beverages with the signature cocktail being a blood-orange rum-laced Mojito with a fresh sprig of mint. Hors d'oeuvres were passed as guests roamed the public rooms of this luxury building of condominium residences.

Poolside was a lovely place to be to sip drinks and listen to salsa music as well as Brazilian bossa nova. The highlight poolside was the performance of the synchronized water ballet team, "Aqualilies."

A buffet of Italian foods was a popular tasting stop before guests went upstairs to admire two of the beautifully designed residences created by interior designer Sue Firestone. Each guest also received a signed copy of "Designers Abroad," a new coffee book in which she is featured.

I had a wonderful chat with La Cañadans Christina Barsamian and her fiancé, Matt Antoun. Karen and Greg Barsamian, who had just returned that morning from a weeklong vacation in Aspen, says that Aspen has so much to offer, even when the snow is melted. I also had fun catching up on community news with Nancy Valentine and Nicole Winnaman.

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