May 28, 2023, 2:09 am

Alisa Hayashida

Alisa Hayashida is an arts and culture columnist and critic for South Pasadenan News, covering the greater Pasadena Metro area and Los Angeles Metro area. She is a valuable arts advocate in South Pasadena, with an extensive background in theatre arts. She has been a proud South Pasadenan for over 27 years.
PHOTO: The Dinosaur Farm | The South Pasadenan | South Pasadena's toy and book shop, The Dinosaur Farm.

Dinosaur Farm Temporarily Closes

South Pasadena’s popular and beloved toy store, The Dinosaur Farm, has been closed since May 4th and will remain so until late June or early July at the earliest due to significant rain damage...
PHOTO: Raymond Tran | The South Pasadenan | Mia Holden in the 300m hurdles at CIF Master's Meet - 6th place at 43.95. She set school record the week prior with 43.81 at CIF SS D3 championships.

SPHS Runners Burn Up the Track and Field Season Qualifying for CIF Masters and...

South Pasadena High School had a tremendous track season this year with several Tigers qualifying for CIF-SS Finals in Division 3 (of 105 schools), CIF Masters and State Championships. At the CIF Finals, SPHS...
PHOTO: Z Quibilan | The South Pasadenan | ZOS!MO performs at Avenue 50 Studio in Los Angeles.

Local Singer-songwriter Z Quibilan to perform Tagalog songs at Eagle Rock Library June 8

ZOS!MO is the singer-songwriter moniker of Los Angeles-based - specifically South Pasadena - Filipino American artist Zosimo Quibilan Jr. who plays original Tagalog indiepop and rock. Z, as he is known among friends, has...
PHOTO: Jenny Graham | The South Pasadenan | The cast of On This Side of the World performs “One Way Ticket” at East West Players.

“On This Side of the World” – Immigrant Stories Told in Song

On a sunny morning, a young Filipino woman is boarding a plane bound for New York City – it’s a one-way ticket and as she ticks off her passport, her lunch and her three...

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration held at Garfield Park

On one of the first truly warm, beautiful days of Spring, the City of South Pasadena and the South Pasadena Chinese-American Club held the second annual celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month...
PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | The South Pasadenan | Taste of South Pasadena 2023 "Eats on the Streets" - South Pasadena Rotary event.

Largest “Taste of South Pasadena” on Record | Rotary Club of South Pasadena’s Signature...

The South Pasadena Rotary Club hosted their largest, most successful “Taste of South Pasadena – Eats on the Streets” event ever Tuesday May 9 with over a record 1400+ attendees. Things kicked off with...

Wine & Song debuts at Lost Parrot Cafe

Wednesday, May 17. Doors 6pm, Showtime 7pm. Full bar and tapas will be available at Lost Parrot located at 1929 Huntington Drive, South Pasadena. $22 advance, $25 at the door. Ticket link: Jodi Siegel...

The Little Mermaid Makes a Splash at Young Stars Theatre

For the first time in their storied history, Young Stars Theatre brings South Pasadena a splashy, delightful, full scale production of The Little Mermaid Jr. Produced and directed by Gloria Bennett with musical direction...

“The Mountaintop” Coming to Geffen Playhouse

Geffen Playhouse has announced the full cast for “The Mountaintop”, written by Olivier Award winner and two-time Tony Award nominee Katori Hall (P-Valley, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) and directed by Patricia McGregor (Light’s Out: Nat “King” Cole, Skeleton Crew). The cast includes Jon...

WE’RE BACK! South Pasadena Residents Pack The Streets for Eclectic Music Festival 2023!

Judging by the joyful faces of South Pasadenans and visitors from all across the LA metro area, the 13th Eclectic Music Festival was a resounding success. Kicking off with a birthday celebration at City...
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