Love is in the Air in the Playhouse District

Posted February 1st, 2018

Experience a night of gourmet indulgence and classic romance at our Playhouse District restaurants.

Treat your Valentine at El Portal all weekend and enjoy the sounds of a mariachi serenade as you savor a special menu by Chef Cesar. On Valentine’s Day, receive a rose as an extra special touch. Call El Portal at (626) 795-8553 to make your reservation for this special day!

Bring your sweetheart to Roy’s to celebrate this romantic night! Just for Valentine’s Day, enjoy a custom four-course Prix Fixe menu. Visit for the full menu and make your reservations by calling (626) 356-4066.

Maison Akira will have a special menu only available for Valentine’s Day! Celebrate your loved one with a delicious 3-course dinner at Maison Akira. See the exclusive menu at and call (626) 796-9501 to make a reservation.

The Mixx is serving a special four course Valentine’s Day Dinner accompanied by a romantic jazz from Dave Damiani at Pasadena’s newest hotspot. Reserve a table for you and your special someone by calling (626) 500-0021.

Don’t miss Valentine’s Day at the University Club of Pasadena! Enjoy a delightful evening with live music, dinner and cocktails. Tickets are $70 and reservations are required: (626) 793-5157 / moc.a1518903255nedas1518903255apbul1518903255cytis1518903255revin1518903255u@kse1518903255dtnor1518903255f1518903255

Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted October 13th, 2017

To get daily updates on events and specials happening in the Playhouse District, follow us on Twitter: @playhousedist

Die Zauberflote @ Laemmle on Saturday, October 14, 9:30 am

Part of The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD 2017-18. Click here for information on the full series. Laemmle begins live broadcast of The Metropolitan Opera in HD with what promises to be a stunning performance starring two of today’s giants. Tickets: $24

Laemmle Playhouse 7: 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Pasadena ArtWalk @ Playhouse District on Saturday, October 14, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

The 12th Annual Pasadena ArtWalk celebrates the Playhouse District with a FREE juried art show and sale from a wide variety of local artists while also offering patrons the opportunity to experience all of the amazing art the District has to offer. Set in the cultural heart of Pasadena with art, music, and activities, Green Street will provide the perfect shaded canopy for this unique, all-ages art event.

Playhouse District Association: Green St. and Madison Ave., Pasadena

Second Saturday Spotlight Talk @ PMCA on Saturday, October 14, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Spotlight Talks take place on the second Saturday of every month at 2:00pm. A PMCA docent leads an engaging and insightful 20-minute discussion about a work of art currently on view in our Main Gallery exhibition E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit. This month’s focus: Drying Sails and Drying Sails, St. Tropez. Free event

Pasadena Museum of California Art: 490 E. Union St., Pasadena

Adam Ferrara and Friends @ Ice House on Saturday, October 14, 8:00 pm

Enjoy many laughs with Adam Ferrara, Jerry Rocha, Willis Turner, and Jay Washington! With MC Ken Garr. Tickets: $20

Ice House Comedy Club: 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena

Best of Pasadena 2017

Posted October 10th, 2017

The winners of the Pasadena Weekly’s Best of Pasadena awards were announced last Thursday.  A good number of Playhouse District businesses, events, and organizations were named either Best of, or Reader Recommended.  Congratulations to all the winners!


Best Bridal/Tux Shop

Best Local Record Store

Best Dentist

Best Comedy Club

Best Chiropractor

Best Flowers

Best Accountant

Best Movie Theater

Best Eye Care
Best Eye Wear

Best Dry Cleaner

Best Massage

Best Live Theatre Venue

Best Local Shoe Store
Best Local Sporting Goods

Best Local Bookstore/Newsstand
Best Stationery


Best Travel Agency

Best Art/Framing Store

Best Martial Arts

Best Cheap Eats
Best Local Pizza

Best Live Theatre Venue
Best Live Music Venue

Best Fried Chicken

Best Doctor

Best Cosmetic Surgeon

Best Margaritas
Best Mexican Food

Best Institute of Higher Learning

Best Local Women’s Clothing

Best Cheap Eats
Best Burrito

Best Photographer

Best French Food

Best Wine Selection

Best Chiropractor
Best Physical Therapy

Best Thai Food

Best Real Estate Brokerage

Best Cultural Festival

Best Museum

Best Theatre Production

Best Outdoor Furniture

Best Realtor

Best Happy Hour
Best Seafood

Best Local Pizza

Best Pilates

Best Sports Bar

Best Salad

Best Gift Boutique

Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted October 6th, 2017

To get daily updates on events and specials happening in the Playhouse District, follow us on Twitter: @playhousedist

Norma @ Laemmle on Saturday, October 7, 9:30 am

Part of The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD 2017-18. Click here for information on the full series. Laemmle begins live broadcast of The Metropolitan Opera in HD with what promises to be a stunning performance starring two of today’s giants. Tickets: $24

Laemmle Playhouse 7: 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Annual Teacher Appreciation Party @ Vroman’s on Saturday, October 7, 6:00 pm

Join Vroman’s for an evening that celebrates the incredible teachers and librarians of our community! They will have snacks and beverages, plus a bunch of goodies (including books!) to give away. Free Event for Educators and Librarians

Vroman’s Bookstore: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Fiesta Cubana @ PMCA on Saturday, October 7, 7:00 pm

Celebrate Cuba’s history and affinity for film with traditional Cuban music, food, and a lively fiesta inspired by our Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films exhibition. The event honors PMCA and art education patrons Christine & Reed Halladay and artist and art educator Dave Lefner. Tickets: $150

Pasadena Museum of California Art: 490 E. Union St., Pasadena

Sunday Champagne Brunch @ University Club on Sunday, Octorber 8, 11:00 am

Traditional brunch selection with a few, unique additions. RSVP: 626.793.5157 – moc.a1518903255nedas1518903255apbul1518903255cytis1518903255revin1518903255u@kse1518903255dtnor1518903255f1518903255. Tickets: $35

University Club of Pasadena: 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena

Intro to Brioche @ Wollhaus on Sunday, October 8, 4:30 pm

Brioche knitting creates a lofty reversible fabric.  Popular on Ravelry, many designers, including Steven West, are incorporating this stitch.

Wollhaus Artisan Yarn & Tools: 696 E. Colorado Blvd. Suite 2, Pasadena

Connect Week in the Playhouse District

Posted October 4th, 2017

Connect Week is a festival of independently organized talks, workshops, and social events produced by independent organizers and hosted in venues all across Pasadena. During Connect Week, entrepreneurs, engineers, investors, scientists, educators, businesspeople, designers, and students are invited to unite and celebrate the creativity and ingenuity that’s right here in our own backyard. The below businesses and organizations will be involved in Connect Week Pasadena:

Blank Spaces at 680 E. Colorado Blvd.:

10-18, 10:00 – 11:00 am – From Design Board to Event: How Jackalope Arts Came to be a Pasadena Destination: How Jackalope Arts Came to be a Pasadena Destination. Join Jackalope Arts during Innovate Pasadena‘s Connect ’17 for a presentation on entrepreneurship and business startup.

The founders of Jackalope Arts will offer expertise to help others take a dream and turn it into a business. Highlights of the discussion will include who or what you need to make your project/event a success, and how to achieve that goal. BONUS! All attendees of this Connect ’17 presentation will receive a $5 gift card to Jackalope Pasadena: Fall 2017 (redeemable at any artisan booth), coming up on Novemer 18th & 19th, 2017 in Old Pasadena’s Central Park. More about Jackalope Arts at

10/18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Is Your Success Putting Your Business at Risk?

Experience some serious fun in this engaging workshop. Put practical strategies and actionable tools into practice. It will shift your perspective and open up new possibilities. Learn what it takes to create unstoppable momentum that will result in effortless and profitable growth.

Everbridge at 760 E. Coloardo Blvd.:

10/18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Cyber Happy Hour

Security awareness has been a miserable failure for most organizations, until now! We are attacking this problem with a fresh set of eyes. RSVP ASAP as we have limited seating, but plenty of drinks! In support of Connect and National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we have put together a phenomenal event for you!

Women’s City Club of Pasadena at 160 N. Oakland Ave.

10/17, 5:00 – 9:00 pm – Tea Tech & Tequila Autumn Mixer Fundraiser

Join us for the “Tea,Tech & Tequila Autumn Mixer” at the historic Blinn House, and help support the Foothill Arts Collective! Hosted at the Pasadena Women’s City Club, which for over 70 years has provided a beautiful and vibrant home for local non-­profit organizations and members, we invite you to enjoy a unique blending of the1905 historic venue with 2017 cutting-edge technology.

The evening offers tech showcases, business promotions, networking, live music, great food, and presentations featuring the fine artistries and tastings of tea and organic tequila. Proceeds from the evening will help support Foothill Arts Collective, Inc. (FAC), our special honoree. FAC, a 501(c)3 organization serving the San Gabriel Valley for 25+ years, is dedicated to helping community youth discover and develop their artistic talents and gifts with confidence in a nurturing and safe environment.

Click here for more information and a full schedule of events.

Art Night Pasadena

Posted October 4th, 2017


Friday, October 13, 2017 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Below are the participating Playhouse District businesses and organizations for Art Night Pasadena:

70 North Mentor Ave. – 626.683.6801

Boston Court invites you to attend their annual visual art show, featuring an installation by David B. Jang, as well as rotating music, dance, and theater performances throughout the evening on the topic of the immigrant experience. City-funded MiniGrant: art of David B. Jang.

490 E. Union St. – 626.568.3665

View artwork in Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. FilmsE. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit and LA Redux: Reduction Linocuts by Dave Lefner. And don’t miss CalArts SPRAWL’s interactive performance Car Plays in PMCA’s Kenny Scharf Kosmic Krylon Garage.

39 S. El Molino Ave. – 626.356.7529

Participants will get a taste of what it’s like to be an actor! Join us for improvisational acting activities and readings of scenes from plays.

Click here for more information, including complimentary shuttle services and a full list of participating businesses and organisations.

46 N. Los Robles Ave. – 626.449.2742

Discover pieces from the museum’s permanent collection that depict ghostly figures. Storyteller Barbara Wong shares spine-tingling and supernatural tales from Asia at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. City-funded MiniGrant: Haunted Art workshop with artists Quan Trang and Marylene Camacho.

Food trucks: Rice Balls of Fire and The Pudding Truck.

Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted September 29th, 2017

To get daily updates on events and specials happening in the Playhouse District, follow us on Twitter: @playhousedist

Exhibition Walkthrough @ PMCA on Saturday, September 30, 2:00 pm

Curator Carol A. Wells leads a tour of the bright and bold prints in Hollywood In Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films. Compare the Cuban posters to their U.S. counterparts and learn about the process and intentions behind these revolutionary advertisements.

Pasadena Museum of California Art: 490 E. Union St., Pasadena

Michael Yo @ Ice House on Saturday, September 30, 8:00 pm

Michael Yo is a Stand-up Comedian, Actor, and TV Host known for his work on E!’s Chelsea Lately, is a regular on The Talk, The Wendy Williams Show and The Today Show. This self-proclaimed “Half-Black Brother with a Korean Mother” has also appeared on E! News, Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami and his own show, Yo on E!. Michael is currently a co-host on CBS’s The Insider. Tickets: $20

Ice House Comedy Club: 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena

Jet Tila Cook Book @ Vroman’s on Sunday, October, 1:00 pm

Jet Tila knows a thing or two about authentic Asian cuisine. From a kid growing up in LA in a Thai and Chinese family to a prominent chef, restaurant owner and judge on Cutthroat Kitchen, he brings his years of experience and hard-earned knowledge together in this breakthrough book. Step inside Jet’s kitchen and learn the secrets to making your favorite Asian dishes taste better than takeout. Jet Tila will be presenting and demonstrating recipes from the book!

Vroman’s Bookstore: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Yoga and Yogurt @ VP Salon Organic on Sunday, Octorber 1, 2:00 pm

Susan Wiens will conduct a special class just for VP Salon. Bonjour Organic Yogurt will also be giving free samples of their naturally sweetened and hand crafted yogurts along with their homemade natural granola. Previous yoga experience not required, but a yoga mat is. Limited space so reservation required. Call (310) 922-1218 to reserve your spot. A $20 deposit is required and refundable after your attendance. Each guest will receive free organic hair products.

VP Salon Organic: 760 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Scribble Sunday @ SCCM on Sunday, October 1, 3:00 pm

(Ages 5+) Children learn new drawing techniques and create a piece of art to take home. *Requires registration and a separate programming fee.  Contact SCCM for more info.

Southern California Children’s Museum: 459 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Grupo Bella @ El Portal on Sunday, October 1, 5:00 pm

Grupo Bella performs mariachi music at El Portal Restaurant.

El Portal Restaurant: 695 E. Green St., Pasadena

Dia De Los Muertos in the Playhouse District

Posted September 28th, 2017

Saturday, October 28th, 2017
Time: 3:00 – 10:00 pm

A family friendly, multi-cultural, educational art experience!!

Located at 15 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA. The event is free and open to the public!!

Enjoy a Mexican Zócalo where artists and the community can taste sugar skulls, smell fresh marigolds from Jacob Maarse, children’s calaca face painting, crafts and painting by Little June Bugs, Armory Center for the Arts, KidsArt, the famous Bob Baker Marionettes, Quetzal Folklorico dancers, wine tasting at Monopole Wine, polaroid photos from Walt Girdner Photo Studio & Gallery, food/drink from Zona Rosa Caffe, and beer garden at The Stand! Listen to the sounds from CALDO with special guests along with visual projections by Julian Felix from Culture Remixed. We are pleased to feature the art works of Celina Jacques, Lalo Alcaraz, alter by Stephanie Pinto & student art works from Pasadena City College GRFX for this special Dia de los Muertos Event and Art Exhibition. See the alters in Pasadena Playhouse courtyard by Liz Espinoza. Also, grab some traditional Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead gifts/books from Olvera Candle Shop, Imix Books, Lunasol Mexican Vintage, artist Cathy Ashworth and more! Get a great event tee or tote bag from Antwon Jackson – Good Karma Prints live t-shirt silkscreening!!

Many of these works of art will be on display leading up to the event at Zona Rosa Caffe beginning October 9th and running through November 12th!!

3:00pm – Ballet Folklorico Quetzal dancers – Playhouse Pavilion Plaza
3:30pm – 4:00pm – Vroman’s Children’s Story Time – Playhouse Pavilion Plaza
4:00pm – Ballet Folklorico Quetzal dancers – Playhouse Pavilion Plaza
5:00pm – Southern California Children’s Museum Story Time – Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard
6:00pm – Bob Baker Marionettes – Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard
7:00pm – Bob Baker Marionettes – Pasadena Playhouse Courtyard
7:00-10:00pm – Music performed by CALDO at Zona Rosa Caffe

For updates and more info regarding the event, visit their Facebook event page.

Playhouse District Visioning Workshop

Posted September 26th, 2017

Join us for a public visioning workshop to help determine how the Playhouse District community will look in the future. The workshop is a great opportunity to share your vision and discuss the future of the area with your family, neighbors and friends. Join us and please spread the word – everybody is welcome!

  • Learn more about the planning process
  • Share your ideas that will shape a shared vision
  • Engage in interactive activities
  • Enjoy light refreshments
  • Take a seat or spin in our new Spun Chairs!

There will be two opportunities to attend this workshop, on Thursday, October 5 in the afternoon from 12:00 to 2:00 pm or in the evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The same information will be available at both sessions, so choose one that works best for you.

For more information: 626-744-0340 or gro.t1518903255cirts1518903255idesu1518903255ohyal1518903255p@ofn1518903255i1518903255

Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted September 22nd, 2017

To get daily updates on events and specials happening in the Playhouse District, follow us on Twitter: @playhousedist

Saturday Sing-A-Long @ SCCM on Saturday, September 23, 11:00 am

(For all ages) 100% interactive music time! Children learn rhymes of all kinds, sing silly songs, and are encouraged to wiggle and move. Admission: $8

Southern California Children’s Museum: 459 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Marathon Sketching – En Plain Air @ PMCA on Saturday, September 23, 2:00 pm

First, stop by the Museum for a guided tour of E. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful Spirit to examine Californian and European landscape paintings by one of California’s most significant artists, E. Charlton Fortune. Then, head across the street to the Fuller Theological Seminary courtyard and gardens to participate in a plein air sketching marathon. Art instructors and drawing materials are on-hand to facilitate a free outdoor California art experience. Free event.

Pasadena Museum of California Art: 490 E. Union St., Pasadena

Jonathan Mack @ PPC on Saturday, September 23, 7:30 pm

Jonathan Mack, a leading presence on the Southern California concert, opera, and studio singing scene for more than 30 years, offers a program of favorite songs by George and Ira Gershwin, as well as stories that highlight the Gershwins’ lives and careers. Pianist Mark Robson accompanies. Free event.

Pasadena Presbyterian Church: 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Jake Sucher and Austin Kowalzyk @ The Battery on Saturday, September 23, 8:00 pm

Musical twists and turns from two innovative guitarists. Free event.

The Battery Books & Music: 26 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

Jessimae Peluso @ Ice House on Saturday, September 23, 8:00 pm

Syracuse native, Jessimae Peluso, gained mass popularity as the outspoken cast member on MTV’s “Girl Code”, from then went on to be featured on TBS’ “Deal With It”, NBC’s “Last Call With Carson Daly”, E!’s “Chelsea Lately”, Fox’s “World’s Funniest Fails”, AXS’ “Gotham Live”, Tru TV’s “Comedy Knockout”, and multiple appearances on Comedy Central’s “@Midnight” and “The High Court”. Tickets: $20

Ice House Comedy Club: 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena

Local Author Day @ Vroman’s on Sunday, September 24, 12:00 pm & 4:00 pm

At 12:00 pm – Local Author Day Kids’ Edition introduces Bruce Olav Solheim and illustrator Gabby Untermayerova presenting and signing Ali’s Bees. At 4:00 pm – Brian Peyton Joyner discusses and signs The Wisdom of Stones, Cass Grafton & Ada Bright discusses and signs The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen, and Roger J. Couture discusses and signs Surfing with Snakes & Dragons, and other Tales of Suburbia.

Vroman’s Bookstore: 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

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