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Best Nostalgia Library Los Angeles 2012 

Pasadena Public Library, Central Branch

Designed by the same architects as the Huntington Library, the Pasadena Public Library's Central Branch looks from the outside like an ornate hacienda — there's even a fountain by the entrance — while inside it's like a country gent's retreat. With tapestries above the front desk, a high Valhalla ceiling with elaborate grid beams and UFO-style hanging lamps, you can read or study in one of several quiet and elegant rooms off the main area or look for books on the winding, gridlike shelves of the three floors deeper inside. Everything is wood: the paneling, the book carts, the slanting desks for kids, the pews that are dotted around — even the computers are nestled in recesses so they don't spoil the effect. There are patios outside, and a coffee shop, too. And how many libraries boast a fireplace and a stone replica of the original (long-gone) 1887 library on display? 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. (626) 744-4066, cityofpasadena.net/library/about_the_library/central_library/.

—James Bartlett

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  • Air Guitar Championship Semifinals @ The Troubadour
    The Southwest Semifinals of the US Air Guitar Championship were held last Saturday at the historic Troubadour Club in West Hollywood. The event determined who would compete as regional representatives at the 2014 National Finals in Kansas City on August 9th. The colorful contestants (many of whom opted for elaborate codpieces) were judged by comedians Kristen Schaal and the Sklar Brothers. The top score was awarded to crowd-surfing guitarist Kingslayer, the mother of a teenage son who also competed wearing little more than an American flag bathing suit. All photos by Gustavo Turner.
  • Cowabunga! 30 Years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    The COWABUNGA! - 30 Years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tribute show opened Friday night at Iam8bit. Guests donned their beloved turtle graphic tees, onesies and a couple April O'Neils were there to report on all the mean, green, fighting machine action. Artist included Jude Buffum, Tony Mora, Nan Lawson, leesasaur, Jim Rucc, Mitch Ansara, Guin Thompson, Stratman, Gabe Swarr, Joseph Harmon, Alex Solis, Allison Hoffman, Jose Emroca Flores, Jack Teagle and more. All photos by Shannon Cottrell.
  • 21st Annual Classic Cars "Cruise Night" in Glendale
    On Saturday, spectators of all ages were out in multitudes on a beautiful summer night in Glendale to celebrate the 21st annual Cruise Night. Brand Boulevard, one of the main streets through downtown Glendale, was closed to traffic and lined with over 250 classic, pre-1979 cars. There was plenty of food to be had and many of the businesses on Brand stayed open late for the festivities The evening ended with fireworks and a 50th anniversary concert from The Kingsmen, who performed their ultimate party hit, "Louie, Louie." All photos by Jared Cowan.

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