New in the Playhouse District

Posted February 14th, 2017

 

See what’s new in the neighborhood…

Art+Science Cafe
101 S. Madison Ave.
This charming coffee shop serves espresso, hot chocolate and matcha from 8 am to 10 pm seven days a week. You’ll fall in love with their latte art!

The Battery Books & Music
26 S. Los Robles.
In addition to being a place where you can buy, sell, trade and browse books, music and movies, they feature live events every week.

Samina
24 S. Los Robles Ave.
Samina brings sleep in its most natural form with a sleeping system built of layers that harmonically coordinate with the body. Visit their showroom and try the Samina experience yourself!

3/4 Moon
696 E. Colorado Blvd.
Shop for chic women and children’s clothing and accessories at this new fashion boutique located in Arcade Lane.

Basecamp Fitness
28 S. El Molino Ave.
Basecamp Fitness focuses on being a quick, effective, & positive studio making sure you have more time & energy to take care of the things you love most.

Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted July 15th, 2016

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* Hip Hop Hangout: Fridays at 4pm

Children love Hip Hop Hangout at the Southern California Children’s Museum, where they learn various high energy hip hop routines to today’s most popular kid-friendly songs. Confidence grows as they improve coordination, rhythm, and physical fitness. First class is FREE!

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

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* Vroman’s Annual Tent(Less) Sale: Friday through Sunday, July 15-17

Vroman’s Bookstore Annual Tent(Less) Sale is back! Visit their event space upstairs for deals on books, gifts, games and lots more!

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

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* Third at First Concert: Saturday, July 16 at 4pm

The Belrose Duo presents Romantic and early 20th century Russian favorites for cello and piano in “From Russia with Love” at the First United Methodist Church.

First United Methodist Church:  500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

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* Music at Boston Court: Friday, Saturday, July 16 at 8pm

Music at Boston Court takes over the Main Stage this weekend! On Friday, July 15, enjoy an ear-bending evening including Stockhausen’s magnum opus Kontakte from one of L.A.’s most adventurous contemporary music organizations, People Inside Electronics.

On Saturday, Josh Nelson Band’s The Discovery Project: The Sky Remains, explores thep ast, present, and future of L.A. in music, video, and photo montages of famous places and people in the City of Angels. Purchase tickets here.

Boston Court: 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena, CA

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Playhouse District Summer Jazz Concert: Sunday, July 17 from 5-7pm

The Pasadena Playhouse District Association sizzles every summer with its Annual Free Jazz Summer Concert Series. Enjoy all-star jazz entertainment at no cost every Sunday evening through August 28! This Sunday, Kira and the Major 3 bring American Jazz Standards and World Music Standards to the stage in the Vroman’s Courtyard. See the full schedule at playhousedistrict.org.

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

Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted June 24th, 2016

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* Live Jazz at Le Muse: Friday, June 24 from 8pm-10pm

Join Le Muse Coffee & Wine on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month this summer as they host  a Live Jazz Night in the courtyard from 8pm-10pm. They are also serving small bites, cheese & charcuterie boards, their full list of wines, and featuring new housemade sangria.

Le Muse Coffee & Wine: 101 S. Madison Ave., Pasadena

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* Vroman’s: Behind The Mask: Saturday, June 25 at 12pm

Come prepared to decide if you are a hero or a villain, come up with a superpower/origin story, and create your own mask at Vroman’s Summer Reading Program event. (For Ages 8+)

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

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* Farm Wines Tasting & Live Jazz: Saturday, June 25 at 8pm

Taste a selection of organic and biodynamic wines with Cinnamon from Farm Wine Imports at Monopole Wine.  With a repetoire of swing, latin, waltz, and a hint of rock, the Toshi Hiroshima Quintet will turn your visit into a party. Bring friends and make friends! Cost: $15

Monopole Wine: 21 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena

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* Artist Reception Party: Saturday, June 25 at 7pm

Grab a coffee at the artist reception and check out the new artwork at Zona Rosa Café. This new exhibition “Caffeinated Sketches” by Charlie Spencer will be on display through July 10.

Zona Rosa Caffe: 15 S. El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA

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*Family Day at PMCA: Saturday, June 25 from 3pm-5pm

Saturday, June 25, 2016 | 3:00–5:00pm

Participate in fun art projects for the whole family based on Claire Falkenstein: Beyond Sculpture exhibition at PMCA. Activities include jewelry making and painting with styrofoam, wire, and various office supplies. All ages welcome at Family Fun Day!

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

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Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted May 13th, 2016

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* The Man Who Knew Infinity Q&A: Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15

California Institute of Technology Taussky-Todd-Lonergan Professor of Mathematics Dinakar Ramakrishnan will participate in Q&A’s after the 7:20 PM screening of The Man Who Knew Infinity at the Playhouse on Saturday, May 14 and after the 4:20 PM screening on Sunday, May 15. Professor Ramakrishnan will speak about the film, math, and the film’s protagonist, Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Laemmle Theatres Playhouse 7: 673 E. Green St., Pasadena

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* Auditions for “Brigadoon”: Saturday, May 14 from 10am to 12pm

First United Methodist Church invites students in grades 7-12 to audition to take part in the church’s upcoming production of Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon.  Those seeking a solo singing role should bring sheet music. While the cast is largely made up of middle- and senior-high students, interested adults are welcome as are younger children, provided they are accompanied at all rehearsals and performances by an adult. To learn more, contact gro.a1490299614nedas1490299614apcmu1490299614f@eci1490299614ffo1490299614 or (626) 796-0157.

First United Methodist Church: 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

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* Wendy Liebman Comedy Show: Saturday, May 14 at 7pm

Wendy Liebman has been a regular on The Late Show with David Letterman, and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson and The Daily Show. The Los Angeles Times called her “a master of the throwaway line, making a perfectly rational observation, then adding almost subliminally the punchline which skews everything she has said before.” Purchase tickets to her show at icehousecomedy.com

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

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* Teacher of the Year Reception: Sunday, May 15 at 3pm

Please join Vroman’s as they honor the 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year, Byron Flitsch! There will be light refreshments, a special shopping discount for Teachers and awards to give out.  Teachers and students are welcome!

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

 

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* MUSE/IQUE Guitar Heroes: Sunday, May 15 at 6pm

In the friendly acoustics of one of Pasadena’s great community-oriented churches, MUSE/IQUE’s Rachael Worby and a band of virtuosos explore the instrument that converts living rooms into concert halls and creates heroes on the world stage. Featuring a dazzling array of precious instruments from modern electric gear to centuries-old treasures, this is a magic journey through the people’s music- from Bach to flamenco, gypsy to acoustic, blues to electric. Purchase tickets here.

Pasadena Presbyterian Church: 585 E. Colorado Blvd.

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Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted May 6th, 2016

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* Cinco de Mayo Fiestas: Friday – Sunday, May 6-8 from 5:30pm to 9pm

El Portal is keeping the Cinco de Mayo celebrations going with mariachi performance and a special dinner menu just for this weekend.

El Portal: 695 E. Green St., Pasadena

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* Mother’s Day Floral Workshop: Saturday, May 7 from 12pm to 2pm

Ophelia Song invites you to create a floral gift perfect for Mother’s Day! Enjoy wine and delectable desserts while you create in this workshop.

Ophelia Song: 644 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

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* Nick Cannon Comedy Show: Saturday, May 7 at 8pm

The Ice House welcomes one of the most talented and versatile young comedians out there, when Nick Cannon of MTV, Nickelodeon fame headlines! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at icehousecomedy.com.

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

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* Mother’s Day Dining Specials: Sunday, May 8

Looking for somewhere special to take Mom this Mother’s Day? The Playhouse District is home to a variety of restaurants that are offering specials for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8! Visit the PDA blog for a list of local eateries to enjoy this weekend.

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* Young Adult Authors at Vroman’s Bookstore: Sunday, May 8 at 3pm

Vroman’s presents young adult authors Kara Thomas, Julie Buxbaum, Jeff Zentner and Laura McNeal! Celebrate the new releases of our fabulous guests at this group event.

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

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Mother’s Day Specials in the Playhouse District

Posted May 6th, 2016

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Looking for somewhere special to take Mom this Mother’s Day? The Playhouse District is home to a variety of restaurants that are offering specials for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8! Here are a selection of local eateries to enjoy this weekend:

* El Portal Restaurant invites you to enjoy with a special brunch, mariachis, and a surprise for mom! For reservations, please call 626.795.8553.

* Maison Akira’s Chef Hirose has prepared a special Mother’s Day Brunch Menu and Dinner Menu for Sunday. Make your reservations today: 626.796.9501.

* redwhite + bluezz invites you to enjoy a brunch buffet and all that jazz for just $35 per person!  Call 626.792.4441 to make your reservation.

* Roy’s invites you to treat Mom to a delightful Mother’s Day brunch starting at just $35.95. This includes Roy’s Benedict, Housemade brioche sticky buns, and more!

 

Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted April 29th, 2016

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* Joe Rogan Comedy Show: Friday & Saturday, April 29-30

Fan favorite Joe Rogan will bring his outspoken, edgy and opinionated stand-up to the Ice House Comedy Club stage. Don’t miss this show! Purchase tickets at icehousecomedy.com.

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

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* The Golden Dragon: April 29 – June 5

Catch The Southern California Premiere of The Golden Dragon by Roland Schimmelpfennig, translated by David Tushingham, directed by Michael Michetti at the Boston Court, with previews April 29 – May 7.  What starts out as a simple toothache evolves into a dizzying chain of events as a group of disparate people, played by a cast of five who assume many roles indiscriminate of age, gender, and race, struggle to make connections in an increasingly isolated world.  At the center of the story is a Thai/Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant, The Golden Dragon, where a young Chinese man suffering from an oversensitive incisor sparks a whacked and weird series of interconnected stories. Tickets available at bostoncourt.com.

Boston Court: 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena

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* Independent Bookstore Day: Saturday, April 30

Join the party as Vroman’s Bookstore celebrates Indie Bookstore day!  Don’t miss exclusive merch, crafts, and signings by Cynthis D’Aprix Sweeney and Cameron Diaz. Find the full schedule of activities and events at vromansbookstore.com

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

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* Tea Lovers Festival – 10 Years of Tea: Sunday, May 1 from 3-5:30pm

In celebration of ten years of “spreading the love of tea through education and diverse cultural experiences”, the Tea Lovers Festival brings to life some of the contents of their upcoming retrospective book. This program includes traditional Japanese Tea Ceremonies, live music by Tsugaru shamisen player Mike Penny, as well as a talk/presentation by Kulov, the founder and creative director of the Tea Lovers Festival, who will give insights into the history of the festival over the past decade. Purchase your ticket at pacificasiamuseum.org.

USC Pacific Asia Museum: 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

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Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted April 22nd, 2016

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*  Ian Bagg Comedy Show: Friday & Saturday, April 22 – April 23 at 8pm and 10pm

Ian Bagg brings his spontaneous and edgy stand-up comedy show to the Ice House. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at icehousecomedy.com

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

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* Tour of USC Pacific Asia Museum: Saturday, April 23 1-1:30pm

Enjoy a focused look at Highlights of the Collection with a tour led by the museum’s docents. A great way to learn more about USC Pacific Asia Museum’s diverse collection! Free for members, included with museum admission for non-members.

USC Pacific Asia Museum: 46 N. Los Robles Ave, Pasadena

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* Jazz & Wine at Monopole: Saturday April 23 from 5pm

Come in to Monopole Wine and enjoy good wine with good music. Toshi and friends will be performing jazz standards.

Monopole Wine: 21 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena

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* Vroman’s Local Author Day: Sunday, April 24 at 4pm

Vroman’s will be presenting David Jones, Pamela Capone, and Dr. Shoghagat Sharon Aroian at their Local Author Day.

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

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Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted April 15th, 2016

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*LA County Yarn Crawl: Friday – Sunday, April 15 – 17

This annual experience is a four-day event for fiber enthusiasts (knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers and felters) to explore the many shops in sunny southern California, including our neighborhood favorite Abuelita’s Knitting & Needlepoint. Check out the full schedule of activities on their website.

Abuelita’s Knitting & Needlepoint: 696 E. Colorado Blvd, Ste 2, Pasadena

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* Third at First Concert – Dulcet Singers: Saturday, April 16 at 4pm

Enjoy a free jazz concert with The Dulcet Singers with Mark Goldstein & Rob Hayes Jazz as part of First United Methodist Church’s ongoing concert series on the third Saturday of every month.

First United Methodist Church:  500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadean

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* Record Store Day: Saturday, April 16 from 9am – 9pm

There will be over 350 titles released on Record Store Day! Pick up these limited release vinyl at Canterbury Records starting at 9am until 9pm. Warner Brothers Recording Artists Dylan Gardner will stop by Canterbury at 1:30pm so be there!

Canterbury Records: 805 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

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* Williams Selyem Wine Tasting: Saturday April 16 from 5-8pm

Come in to Monopole Wine and taste Williams Selyem Super Premium 2014 Pinot Noirs: Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast and Westside Road. Tasting is $30.

Monopole Wine: El Molino Ave., Pasadena

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* New Exhibitions at PMCA: Sunday, April 17

PMCA reopens on Sunday, April 17 with three new exhibitions –  Claire Falkenstein: Beyond Sculpture, Brett Weston: Significant Details, and Kat Hutter and Roger Lee: Another California Day. Join curator Jay Belloli and Claire Falkenstein’s former Venice Beach studio assistant Gordon Elkins for an exhibition walkthrough of Beyond Sculpture at 3pm. Belloli and Elkins examine key artworks in a variety of media and offer special insights into the artist’s creative processes.

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

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Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted April 8th, 2016

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* El Portal Anniversary Celebration: Friday & Saturday, April 8-9 at 5:30pm

El Portal is 21 and ready to party! Celebrate this milestone with mariachi, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, tequila tasting and a special deal you don’t want to miss: Order a regular margarita or mojito with a featured tequila or Don Q rum and get a second one for just $0.21!

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

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* Ophelia Song Fashion Runway Show: Saturday, April 9 at 7pm

You’re invited to EVENT 409, an in-house runway show of Ophelia Song Couture Summer 2016 on April 9! They will be showcasing styles of new arrived cocktail dresses, evening gowns, wedding dresses, designer jewelry pieces, shoes and hats. There will also be a charity sale during the event with 20% of the profit going to Aspiranet-Children’s care and Coastal Humane Society- animal shelter. RSVP to moc.l1490299614iamg@1490299614tcano1490299614ihsaf1490299614gnos1490299614.

Ophelia Song: 644 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

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* Frank Joel Tammariello Opening Night & Artist Reception: Saturday, April 9 from 5 pm – 8:30 pm

Frank Tammariello is an award-winning writer and director of TV commercials, short films and documentaries.  This exhibition at Walt Girdner Gallery marks the first gallery show in the Los Angeles area of his current photography project, No Man Is An Island.  The photography exhibition will be at Walt Girdner Gallery through May 8, 2016. Learn more at www.waltgirdnerstudio.com.

Walt Girdner Photo Studio & Gallery: 27 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena

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* USC Pacific Asia Museum – Free Second Sunday: Sunday, April 10 from 10 am-6 pm

Admission to the galleries and programming are FREE all day at the USC Pacific Asia Museum on the second Sunday of every month. Programming includes:

  • Silk Road Story Time – 10:30 am & 11:30 am
  • Spotlight Tours – 11:00 am & 1:00 pm
  • Movie screening – 1965 Monkey King animated (114 minutes)

USC Pacific Asia Museum: 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena

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* City of Gold screening and Q&A: Sunday, April 10 at 5:20 pm 

CITY OF GOLD filmmaker Laura Gabbert and subject Jonathan Gold will participate in Q&A’s following the 5:20 PM screening.  In this richly penetrating documentary odyssey, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold shows us a Los Angeles where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic portal to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America. Purchase tickets at: https://www.laemmle.com/films/40422

Laemmle Playhouse 7: 673 E. Colorado Blvd.

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