June 26, 2022, 3:37 am

Alisa Hayashida

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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.

“Wired Differently” premieres Sunday at Pasadena International Film Festival

Director Brian Elerding of Lineage Performing Arts Center and Ensemble Shakespeare premieres his new documentary "Wired Differently" on Sunday June 26 at 2pm at the Pasadena International Film Festival. "Wired Differently" is about a group of...

Pretty Woman: The Musical

Pretty Woman: The Musical opened at The Dolby Theatre on Friday for its three week run here in Los Angeles followed by a two week run at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa...

A Town South of Pasadena | Album Launch Party

On Saturday June 11, 2022 “A Town South of Pasadena” held an album release concert at Jeweled Universe in South Pasadena. It was a celebration of music, musicians and their artistry and the community...

East West Players Premieres Bold, New Musical “Interstate”

Add to your list of things to see and do during Pride Month, the bold and celebratory new musical “Interstate” at East West Players. In this Asian-American, pop-rock and poetry slam, buddy road trip,...

A Stellar Production of “Our Country’s Good” at South Pasadena Theatre Workshop

South Pasadena Theatre Workshop is back with a stellar production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s phenomenal 1988 play, “Our Country’s Good”, about the redemptive power of theatre as a group of convicts in a penal colony...

Joel Goldes Works His Magic as Dialect Coach for Broadway Musical “Come From Away”

There are 84 characters in the Broadway musical “Come From Away” played by just twelve actors and those characters speak in approximately 12-14 accents ranging from the very particular Newfoundland accent to Ugandan, Egyptian,...

Sarit Swanborn | In Conversation with SPUSD Teacher of the Year

Ask any family in town whose children have gone through our public elementary schools and they will tell you how much art teacher Sarit Swanborn has meant to them. “One of my favorite moments...

Homegrown Album “A Town South of Pasadena”

Local Wine & Song long time regulars Pat Quinn and Ed Tree have co-produced an album comprised of local artists, many of whom have appeared on South Pasadena stages including Wine & Song. Featured...

Drummer Anthony Ty Johnson Brings The Heat To “Hadestown”

In case you haven’t heard, the Tony-award winning Broadway smash, “Hadestown”, has rolled into town at the Ahmanson Theatre downtown and it is not to be missed. It is a dazzling, inventive spectacle based...

Remembering Jack J. Bennett | Song and Dance Man Takes His Final Bow

Jack J. Bennett was in his happy place – on stage – the evening of April 22, 2022. It was the second weekend of Young Stars Theatre’s run of “The Music Man” and he...
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