Alisa Hayashida

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.
PHOTO: Shari Correll | The South Pasadenan | Class of 2024 graduates at Ray Solari stadium at South Pasadena High School.

SPHS Graduation 2024 | “Don’t Wave No Goodbye”

As the strains of pomp and circumstance rang out, played by the SPHS orchestra led for a final time by Howard Crawford, the South Pasadena High School Class of 2024 filed onto Roosevelt field...
PHOTO: Jennifer Dakan | The South Pasadenan | The cast of HAY FEVER on stage at South Pasadena Theatre Workshop

HAY FEVER | A Wacky Weekend in the Country

A delightful afternoon tea of witty banter and British madcap shenanigans await you at the South Pasadena Theatre Workshop production of “Hay Fever”, Noel Coward’s 1925 play that he wrote in three days at...

Movies in the Park 2024 | Summer in South Pasadena

The South Pasadena Community Services Department will host three dates of Movies in the Park this summer. Admission is free and patrons are encouraged to bring their picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs with family...
PHOTO: Jeff Lorch | The South Pasadenan | John Clarence Stewart and the ensemble of Jelly's Last Jam at Pasadena Playhouse

JELLY’S LAST JAM Electrifies the Pasadena Playhouse

It’s 1941 and jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton has died and is lying on a gurney at the Los Angeles County Coroner. He wakes up and is greeted by the mysterious “Chimney Man” who...
PHOTO: Craig Schwartz | The South Pasadenan | Josey Montana McCoy, Frederick Stuart, Dan Lin and Peter Van Norden in Misalliance at A Noise Within.

A Subversive Delight Awaits You at A Noise Within’s MISALLIANCE

What I love about A Noise Within is that they consistently bring us lushly designed, beautifully produced classical works that, more often than not, are rarely mounted in the greater LA area. We are...
PHOTO: Luis Luque | The South Pasadenan | Jackie Bonsignore and Jayde Mitchell in The Last Five Years at Sierra Madre Playhouse

The Last Five Years deconstructs a Marriage | theatre review

A young woman is alone and bereft in her New York apartment, packing her things as she sings of the sad and bewildering end of her marriage. Meanwhile a young man is effusively singing...

Wine & Song | A Backyard Hootenanny

We are fortunate to have an amazing amount of talent right here in the Nine Ten Thirty zip code and this Wednesday our local Wine & Song becomes a backyard hootenanny Chez Colerick at...

Final Wine & Song at Lost Parrot Cafe | Wednesday May 22

This Wednesday, May 22, 2024 marks the final Wine & Song of its Lost Parrot Cafe residency. What a terrific run of incredible shows at a great, local venue! The following week will be...
PHOTO: Brian Hashimoto | The South Pasadenan | Keliher Walsh as Anne in "The Body's Midnight" at Boston Court Pasadena.

The Wonder and Mystery of “The Body’s Midnight” at Boston Court

It’s the beginning of summer in California when we meet Anne as she contemplates a lime. She’s thinking of the tree in her backyard that it came from, unable to decipher exactly when it...

Wine & Song at Lost Parrot Cafe | Trailand Eltzroth, Jeff Berkley & Paula...

Let's keep the music rockin', post Eclectic Music Festival. Come on out to Wine & Song at Lost Parrot Cafe Wednesday evening at 7pm. The food is great, the wine is flowing, and the...
PHOTO: Emiko Essmiller | The South Pasadenan | Iris Barrera and the cast of Bright Star on stage at South Pasadena High School's Anderson Auditorium.

BRIGHT STAR has a Powerful Story to Tell

The ebullient, young cast of Bright Star, at South Pasadena High School, leaves it all on the stage and sings their earnest hearts out in this tender, Americana bluegrass tale of young love, unbearable...
PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | The South Pasadenan | Members of the SPARC board gather at the celebration of SPARC's 15th year and the opening of their new, permanent home. SPARC board members: Tracy Macrum, James Reynolds, Andrew Bernstein, Lissa Reynolds, Camille Farnsworth, Dean Serwin, Blue Trimarchi, Margo Newman, Sandy Kitto (SPARC president), Dean Sheldon, Lynne Heffley, Celina Duffy, Brian Bright, and Karla Thompson. (some board members not pictured)

SPARC 15th Year Celebration Inaugurates New Permanent Home

Members of the South Pasadena Arts Council, along with city officials and South Pasadenan arts advocates gathered at the site of SPARC’s new gallery and permanent home at the Fremont Centre Theatre building at...

Wine & Song at Lost Parrot Cafe | James Kirby, Aireene & Marty Wednesday...

Join Brad Colerick and the gang this Wednesday April 24 at 7pm for this week's Wine & Song featuring James Kirby, Aireene Espiritu and Marty Axelrod. Heading into Eclectic Music Festival, let's get the...
Alisa Hayashida | The South Pasadenan | The cast of Bright Star rehearsing for their April 19 opening at South Pasadena High School.

SPHS Drama Ready to bring an Uplifting BRIGHT STAR to South Pasadena

South Pasadena High School Drama Department has done quite a list of terrific, big and splashy musical theatre comedies for the spring show, usually in contrast to the more thought-provoking, smaller pieces they do...
PHOTO: Craig Schwartz | The South Pasadenan | The cast of King Hedley II at A Noise Within.

Staggering Performances in King Hedley II at A Noise Within

It’s Reagan-era 1980’s in the working class Hill District of Pittsburgh when a young, African-American man, King, returns home after seven years in prison for murder. Home is the house he was raised in...
PHOTO: Jenny Graham | The South Pasadenan | Gerard Joseph as David and Sylvia Kwan as Gina in KAIROS at East West Players.

KAIROS Asks if We’d Like to Live Forever | East West Players

Gina and David are two young professionals in their early thirties who are having a meet-cute after they’ve had a fender bender. They start out upset with each other and the situation, but as...
PHOTO: Jeff Lorch | The South Pasadenan | Marcel Spears and Billy Eugene Jones in Fat Ham at Geffen Playhouse.

FAT HAM Serves up a Ghost at the Cookout | Geffen Playhouse

UPDATE: Extended through May 11, 2024 James Ijames’ 2022 Pulitzer Prize winning and Tony nominated play, “Fat Ham”, is now playing at the Geffen Playhouse in an intoxicating and deliriously funny production helmed by director...
PHOTO: Robert Dahey | The South Pasadenan | Actress Eileen T'Kaye

Funny Girl | Eileen T’Kaye is Mrs. Strakosh at the Ahmanson

After a prolific 45+ year acting and producing career, Eileen T’Kaye is on her first Broadway National Tour, as Mrs. Strakosh in Funny Girl, now playing in her hometown of Los Angeles at the...

Wine & Song at Lost Parrot Cafe | Teresa James, Clayton Chaney & Philip...

Join Brad Colerick at Lost Parrot Cafe on Wednesday April 3 at 7pm as he welcomes Teresa James and her band, The Rhythm Tramps, as well as Clayton Chaney and Philip Glenn. Texas-bred keyboardist Teresa...
PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | The South Pasadenan | Fire Chief Paul Riddle with Engine 81 at the South Pasadena Firehouse.

Fire Chief Paul Riddle Says Goodbye to South Pasadena After 32 Years

I’m sitting in the South Pasadena Firehouse living room with Fire Chief Paul Riddle. It’s a place he’s called home for almost 33 years. Riddle is the 17th Fire Chief in the 116 year...
PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | The South Pasadenan | The 2024 Eclectic Preview Party held at The Daily.

Eclectic Preview Party Gets Things Ready to Rock

Did you catch that hailstorm on Sunday afternoon? It came in the middle of the Eclectic Preview Party that was held at The Daily in South Pasadena and threatened to upstage the speaker at...
PHOTO: Jeff Lorch | The South Pasadenan | Lana Parrilla, Carlos Gomez, and Isabella Gomez in One of the Good Ones at Pasadena Playhouse.

We Meet The Parents in “One of The Good Ones” at Pasadena Playhouse

We meet Ilana Gomez when the doorbell rings at her impossibly chic and grand Pasadena home – it’s the flower delivery man bearing a very large bouquet that, Ilana awkwardly explains in painfully broken...
PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | The South Pasadenan | Lynn Clark, Ross Silverman, and Tracy Macrum at the Eclectic Preview Party.

Eclectic Preview Party! Keep the Music Free!

The Eclectic Friends of the Arts and the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce invites the community to shake it up at the highly anticipated Eclectic Preview Party. This is one of the biggest fundraisers...

Wine & Song at Lost Parrot Cafe | Wednesdays

"I had a big dose of FOMO from missing out on the magic last Wednesday at the Lost Parrot," said Wine & Song producer, Brad Colerick. "Thanks to David Plenn for guest hosting. I'll...
PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | The South Pasadenan | The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, CA.

Free-For-All Museum Day is Coming to LA

Calling all art lovers! LA's Free-For-All Museum day is back! On Saturday, March 23, over 30 local museums across Southern California will offer FREE general admission as part of the "Museums Free-for-all." "With museums from...
PHOTO: Alisa Hayashida | The South Pasadenan | Seniors enjoy the Lunar New Year luncheon held at the War Memorial Building in South Pasadena.

Lunar New Year Celebrated with South Pasadena Senior Community

The South Pasadena Chinese American Club once again provided the food and entertainment at the much loved Lunar New Year celebration for South Pasadena's senior citizens at the War Memorial Building, hosted by the...
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SAVE THE DATE! The ECLECTIC Music Festival is April 27, 2024

South Pasadenans favorite event of the year is on its way! Mark your calendars for the city-wide music and art extravaganza coming to you on Saturday, April 27 from 3:00pm - 10:00pm. And to...
PHOTO: provided by South Pasadena Unified School District | The South Pasadenan | Rachel Fox (middle left) and South Pasadena Unified School District representatives celebrated Fox receiving the Golden Apple Award for Volunteerism.

SPUSD Recognizes Rachel Fox with Golden Apple Award

If you have had a student in our public schools in the past twenty years, then you know the name Rachel Fox - a tireless parent volunteer who has dedicated herself to a myriad...

WINE & SONG at Lost Parrot Cafe | Wednesdays 7pm

If you haven't been to South Pasadena's WINE & SONG at their residency at Lost Parrot Cafe, this Wednesday would be a great time to check it out! South Pas favorite, Dave Plenn, will...
PHOTO: Craig Schwartz | The South Pasadenan | Cassandra Marie Murphy and Geoff Elliott in "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at A Noise Within.

A Diabolical “Sweeney Todd” Awaits You at A Noise Within

The deliriously dark story of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” set to the astonishing score of Stephen Sondheim is now on stage in an unabashedly theatrical and spectacular production at A...
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