Monthly Archives: June 2023

PHOTO: South Pasadena Theatre Workshop | The South Pasadenan | Cordelia Dewdney and Andrew Tippie in The Seagull on stage at South Pasadena Theatre Workshop.

The Seagull: South Pasadena Theatre Workshop makes Chekhov Fun and Fresh

South Pasadena Theatre Workshop opened their first installment of their summer Chekhov Project with a very funny and poignant production of “The Seagull”, which...
PHOTO: Senior Citizens Foundation of South Pasadena | The South Pasadenan | Ellen Daigle and Sally Kilby will receive the prestigious Senior Champion Awards on Monday, August 14, from the Senior Citizens’ Foundation of South Pasadena.

Senior Champion Awards Honorees Named

One is known for her civic-minded duties, an entrusted longtime employee for the City of South Pasadena, and a big supporter of the local...
PHOTO: Esther Wu | The South Pasadenan | The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE) are offering a significant discount on electric leaf blowers as the City of South Pasadena moves away from the use of gas-powered models, which are now banned.

Electric Leaf Blower Demonstration Held in South Pasadena

A big push to ensure gardeners, property owners and residents are in compliance with an ordinance banning the use of gas-powered leaf blowers was...

Mike Azat Reflects on SPTOR Golf Classic

"We had a blast!" Mike Azat is speaking enthusiastically about his team's participation in South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Gold Classic fundraiser for our...
PHOTO: Craig Schwartz | The South Pasadenan | L to R: Ray Fisher and Edwin Lee Gibson in “Fetch Clay, Make Man” at Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre June 18 through July 16, 2023, produced in association with The SpringHill Company.

“Fetch Clay, Make Man” – A Tale of Two Men

Will Power’s fascinating look at the heretofore untold story of the unlikely friendship between Muhammad Ali and Stepin’ Fetchit had its premiere at the...

Dance the Night Away This Summer with Return of The Music Center’s DANCE DTLA

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series is back this summer for a full season of dancing under the stars on Jerry Moss Plaza at The...
PHOTO: Aaron Epstein | The South Pasadenan | Nicky Boulos and Megan Hill in The Ants at Geffen Playhouse.

THE ANTS | World Premiere at Geffen Playhouse

Geffen Playhouse opens the world premiere of "The Ants", written by Ramiz Monsef (The Unfortunates, 3 Farids) and directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, in the...
PHOTO: SPUSD | The South Pasadenan | SPHS Art students from left to right: Hanniel Park, Jayel Bright, Eloise Wilson, and Icarus Foerstner lend a hand on a summer improvement project in the high school cafeteria.

Summer Improvements Spruce up SPHS Cafeteria

 While many school site improvements take place during the summer when students areon break, the SPHS cafeteria is getting a makeover with help from...
PHOTO: Sally Kilby | The South Pasadenan | Team MIJARES/Paradise Construction took first place at the SPTOR Golf Tournament. Pictured are Jon Ruiz, Jaiden Ruiz, Ralf Durham and Kylan Gamell.

Golf Tournament Raises Funds for South Pasadena Self-Built Float

More than 100 players took part in the Golf Tournament fundraiser June 17 for the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses (SPTOR) organization. The site...
PHOTO: Justin Bettman | The South Pasadenan | Amanda Warren as Camae and Jon Michael Hill as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in "The Mountaintop" at Geffen Playhouse.

“The Mountaintop” Seeks to Pass the Baton

It’s a rainy night -  April 3, 1968 in room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has just...
PHOTO: Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade | The South Pasadenan | Naomi Rodgers performing "Proud Mary" as ‘Tina Turner’ and the cast of the North American touring production of TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL.

An Electrifying “TINA – The Tina Turner Musical” at Hollywood Pantages

The mood inside the Pantages on opening night of “Tina” was electric. With audience members dressed to the nines, many in various “Tina” outfits,...
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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Splashes Back to El Capitan

Disney’s The Little Mermaid returns to the El Capitan Theatre for a special engagement beginning July 5th. See the movie for $10 before 10am! “The...
PHOTO: Craig Schwartz | The South Pasadenan | Frederick Stuart and the cast of The Book of Will on stage at A Noise Within.

A Noise Within | Douglas Love-Ramos joins ANW as Managing Director

 Following an extensive, nationwide search by Aspen Leadership Group, classical theater company A Noise Within has selected Douglas Love-Ramos to take the reins as...
PHOTO: courtesy of Center Theatre Group | The South Pasadenan | Playwright Will Power

“Fetch Clay, Make Man” | Sparking Conversations with Playwright Will Power

It was June 2020, the height of the pandemic lockdowns, when playwright Will Power found himself in the position of moving his family to...

Shakespeare in the Park this Summer at Garfield Park

The South Pasadena Community Services Department, in partnership with Shakespeare by the Sea, will host two dates of Shakespeare in the Park this summer....

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Celebrates World Music Day June 21

In honor of the 2024 Rose Parade theme – Celebrating a World of Music – Pasadena Tournament of Roses is delighted to join others...

Center Theatre Group Suspends Programming at Mark Taper Forum

Below is a statement from the Center Theatre Group on reasons for suspending the rest of their season at the Mark Taper Forum. While...
PHOTO: Tanya Kraft | The South Pasadenan | Rick Kraft, second from left, photographed with his siblings and parents.

Just a Thought | My Father’s Day Tribute

My father turns 91 years old next month. Wow! That’s over nine decades of living! Tomorrow being Father’s Day, I want to share with...

4th of July Festival of Balloons in South Pasadena

The City of South Pasadena is pleased to announce the return of the 4th of July Festival of Balloons. This year’s theme is Red, White, and...

Summer Concerts at Garfield Park

The South Pasadena Community Services Department will host four dates of Concerts in the Park this summer. Admission is free and patrons are encouraged...

Movies in the Park

The South Pasadena Community Services Department will host three dates of Movies in the Park this summer! Admission is free and patrons are encouraged...

The Chekhov Project at South Pasadena Theatre Workshop

South Pasadena Theatre Workshop announces the highly ambitious undertaking of performing two classic plays by Anton Chekhov: The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard. Both...

OpEd | City Budget Problems: A Response to City Council

South Pasadena Resident Mr. Bray Addressing City Council & City Hall staff in writing about the budget information, logic, and pathway to resolution:  I can...
PHOTO: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP | The South Pasadenan | Producing Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse, Danny Feldman, accepts the Regional Theatre Tony at the 76th annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, 2023, at the United Palace theater in New York.

Tony Awards | Danny Feldman picks up Tony Award for Pasadena Playhouse at United...

Producing Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse, Danny Feldman, accepted the Regional Theatre Tony Award on stage at the historic United Palace in New...
Finance Director South Pasadena resigns position after only four months. City budget is not ready.

Budget Rejected | City Council Left With Many Questions as Process Stumbles

Facing echoes of the procedural trainwreck that derailed adoption of the city budget in summer of 2020, the South Pasadena City Council on June...
Hanniel Park's Heritage of Machinery

Hanniel Park’s “Heritage of Machinery” receives EFTA award

Congratulations to South Pasadena High School's student award winners and exhibitors in the juried 2023 Expressing Feelings Through Art (EFTA) contest sponsored by Light...
PHOTO: Hans Gerritsen | The South Pasadenan | The Dutch National Ballet's "FRIDA" choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochua

Dutch National Ballet U.S. Premiere of FRIDA

Dutch National Ballet, the largest dance company in the Netherlands, concludes the 20th dance season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center...

NEW CITY ATTORNEY | City Dumps Colantuono; Rozanne M. Diaz Named City Attorney

With little affect or discussion Wednesday, South Pasadena City Council members ended the city’s tumultuous nine-year relationship with Pasadena law firm Colantuono, Highsmith &...
PHOTO: Rebecca Ward | The South Pasadenan | Marcus Neely (violin) and Ellis Skelton (piano) playing Sonatina op.100 by Antonin Dvorak at South Pasadena Arts & Music Academy.

Let’s Talk Ensembles with South Pasadena Arts & Music Academy

A few months back, we spoke to the team at South Pasadena Arts & Music Academy about their exciting new children’s program called “Whole...
PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | The South Pasadenan | Realtor Tracy Macrum at the South Pasadena Lofts

Historic Properties & Charming Neighborhoods | Tracy Macrum – A Local Realtor with an...

If you live in South Pasadena, you no doubt have heard of Tracy Macrum. If you haven’t, well, let us take this opportunity to...
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