Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted June 23rd, 2017

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Sushi 101 @ Roy’s Restaurant on Saturday, June 24, 11:30 am

In Japanese culture, sushi is much more than food – it’s a great art. Roy’s chefs have been honing their culinary craft for years, and now they’re ready to share their sushi secrets in an exclusive cooking class and private luncheon. Through hands-on experience and expert demonstrations, participants will craft a variety of sushi rolls featuring the light, fresh flavors of tuna, salmon, crab and lobster, along with seasonal vegetables and spices. Plus, participants will receive their own sushi kit to help re-create the experience at home and impress their friends. Space is extremely limited, so call now to make your reservation. (626) 356-4066

Roy’s Restaurant: 641 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Sculpting with Everyday Objects @ PMCA, June 24, 2:00 pm

Children’s Workshop: Inspired by Interstitial, join PMCA in creating a sculpture using objects and materials from everyday life. Bring an object from home to incorporate into your artwork. This workshop begins with a family-friendly spotlight tour of Interstitial. Drop-ins and all ages welcome! Caregivers must accompany children.

PMCA: 490 E. Union St., Pasadena

Paul Rodriguez @ Ice House on Saturday, June 24, 8:00 pm

Longtime comedian Paul Rodriguez has been making audiences laugh all over the world (in Spanish and English) for nearly three decades with his unique brand of humor that is a perfect blend of his Latin heritage, the American dream and his undeniable universal appeal. As an actor and comedian, Paul Rodriguez’s multi-faceted career includes starring roles and featured appearances in over 45 films and countless television series and comedy specials. Tickets: $25

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

Sunday Champagne Brunch @ University Club of Pasadena, June 25, 11:00 am

Enjoy a champagne brunch at University Club of Pasadena featuring all of your favorite, traditional brunch menu items. Tickets for members are $29, non-members are $35.  Tickets for children ages 4-12 are only $16. RSVP: 626.793.5157 – moc.b1498546598ulcyt1498546598isrev1498546598inu@k1498546598sedtn1498546598orf1498546598

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

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

Kids’ Edition: Laura Aguilar discusses and signs Amado and Flea (with CD); JoAnn Dickinson discusses and signs I Love to Go Camping. Regular Edition: Judy Watson discusses and signs Wings and Other Recollections of Hollywood;  Terry Egan MD discusses and signs Prayer for Compassion: My Journey Through Compassion Fatigue; Brooke Anderson discusses and signs Hello Goodbye, We Meet Again.

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

Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted June 16th, 2017

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Adventure Activities @ Vroman’s on Saturday, June 17, 1:00 pm

Part of Vroman’s Summer Reading Program for students Kindergarten through 12th grade: BINGO! Join Vroman’s for Adventure themed Bingo and decoding activities!

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

Third @ First @ FUMC, June 17, 4:00 pm

Big Band Music on the Patio! The Thursday Morning Little Big Band returns for a concert of old favorites and new discoveries drawn from the American Songbook and performed outdoors in front of the church.

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

Art+Music+Wine @ Monopole Wine, June 17, 5:00 pm

Join Monopole Wine as they celebrate the run of their Todd Westover art exhibit with a rose tasting and music from Skip Heller and the Hollywood Blues Destroyers. Tasting begins at 5:00 pm and music begins at 7:00 pm.

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

Kevin Nealon @ Ice House on Saturday, June 17, 8:00 pm

With his unique sense of humor, profound dry wit and likable demeanor, Saturday Night Live’s Kevin Nealon has established himself as one of the premiere television, theatrical and stand-up comedians of his generation.

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

Father’s Day @ Roy’s Restaurant on Sunday, June 18, 9:00 am

This Father’s Day, give Dad the gift of a warm family gathering at Roy’s. On Sunday, June 18, all locations will open early at 9 a.m. for a special three-course brunch featuring a one-of-a-kind Roy’s Benedict – Filet Mignon or Crab Cakes in a playful interpretation of the classic dish – among other delightful choices. Every brunch comes with a choice of appetizer and Roy’s delicious Hawaiian Malasadas all for $36. A children’s brunch menu will also be available for $13. Father’s Day evening, enjoy a custom menu prepared by your local Chef. Visit your local Roy’s webpage to view Chef’s dinner selections. For a truly memorable event, treat dad to an exceptional bottle from their expansive wine list, half off for Father’s day only.

Roy’s Restaurant: 641 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted June 9th, 2017

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Starting Point @ Wollhaus on Saturday, June 10, All Day

Join Wollhaus for the Joji Locatelli Mystery Shawl KAL. “We love Joji’s pattern and can’t wait to cast on!  In the quest to knit this beautiful wrap (stole), let’s have fun unveiling each clue while playing with color and texture.” Each week Joji will release a clue on Friday and participants will meet the following Saturdays May 13th through June 24th to work on wraps. Others can join anytime. Pattern available on Ravelry:  Starting Point

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

Zen Shorts & Puppetry Workshop @ Pasadena Playhouse on Saturday, June 10, 10:00 am & 11:30 am

Performances begin for Zen Shorts! What happens when a Zen Master Panda bear moves next-door to a ten-year-old boy and his two siblings? Award-winning Rogue Artist Ensemble brings this delightful tale to life with over 30 fabulous puppets from around the globe, fantastical video projections and original songs. A summer treat for audiences of all ages. Performances are on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and one Friday. Tickets: $25. After the show: Unlock your imagination and build your very own puppet inspired by Stillwater, the Zen-Master Panda in Zen Shorts. The puppet you build belongs to you – take it home and create your own Zen Shorts stories! This workshop is free of charge.

Pasadena Playhouse: 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena

Second Saturday Spotlight Talk @ PMCA on Saturday, June 10, 2:00 pm

A PMCA docent leads an engaging and insightful 20–minute discussion about a work of art currently on view in our South Gallery exhibition Gustave Baumann in CaliforniaThis month’s focus: Five Progressive Proofs for Singing Trees by Gustave Baumann. Gustave Baumann in California gives an insider look into the printmaking process of one of America’s foremost color printmakers, Gustave Baumann. In these progressive proofs, the different layers of color and functions of the blocks are more readily apparent and legible than in the finished prints (also on view in the exhibition). Note: Spotlight Talks meet near the exhibition title wall. Free with Admission.

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

Afternoon with Bill Esparza @ Vroman’s on Saturday, June 10, 2:00 pm

Bill Esparza presents and signs L.A. Mexicano. The celebration of Mexican cooking that food lovers have been waiting for. Public Beer + Wine Shop from Long Beach and Chichenitza from Los Angeles, will be onsite serving appetizers and small bites. Ticket will include entry into the event, a copy of L.A. Mexicano and one tasting ticket for a free item from one of the visiting vendors. Books and tasting tickets will be distributed at the event. If interested in trying an item from more than one vendor, the item can be purchased from the vendors directly. Tickets: $35

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

Sun & Other Stars @ Walt Girdner Studio & Gallery on Saturday, June 10, 6:00 pm

New art exhibit showcasing the beautiful photographic landscapes of artist Julee Ung.  Opening Night and reception.

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

Cool Beans Comedy @ Ice House on Sunday, June 11, 7:00 pm

Special PRIDE edition! Every audience member receives Jelly Beans, and has the chance to Win Prizes, such as a $25 Visa Gift Card and Warner Bros. VIP Tour passes! Featuring: Tone BellJulian McCulloughZainab JohnsonTim Murdock, and Matthew Moore.

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

Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted June 2nd, 2017

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Exhibition Walkthrough @ PMCA on Saturday, June 3, 4:00 pm

Exhibition Walkthrough: Extra-Ordinary. Look at the spaces in-between during a walkthrough with Interstitial curator John David O’Brien. This walkthrough highlights the way people see—and often overlook—the objects in their daily lives and explores the connections between still life, vanitas, abstraction, and the curatorial premise of the exhibition. Free with Admission

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

Hold These Truths @ Pasadena Playhouse on Saturday, June 3, 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm

Hold These Truths tells the inspirational true story of a civil rights hero who took his fight all the way to the Supreme Court. An exceptional evening of theatrical storytelling, Ryun Yu’s brilliant solo performance has captivated audiences and sold-out shows from coast-to-coast. Heartwarming and entertaining, don’t miss this powerful and moving story of Gordon Hirabayashi’s fight for freedom for all. Tickets start at $25.

Pasadena Playhouse: 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena

Synchromy @ Boston Court on Saturday, June 3, 7:00 pm

Chamber music by Eve Beglarian, Nick Norton, Caroline L. Miller, Julia Wolfe, Dante De Silva, Thomas Kotcheff, Michael Gilbertson, and Anton Svetlicnhy, featuring violinist Alyssa Park, cellist Timothy Loo, and pianist Vicki Ray, with readings by actor Ray Ford. Join Synchromy before the show for a discussion about the process of programming new music concerts in Los Angeles with some of the composers and performers on tonight’s program. Talk begins at 7:15 pm. The performance begins at 8:00 pm.

Boston Court Performing Arts Center: 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena

Tania Del Rio @ Vroman’s on Sunday, June 4, 4:00 pm

Tania Del Rio reads and signs copies of her new book Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods. In the spirit of Edward Gorey and Tim Burton, this fast-paced and beautifully-designed sequel to Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is packed with nonstop action, adventure, and mystery for middle-grade readers. Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author’s most recent title from Vroman’s.

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

Fritz Coleman @ Ice House on Sunday, June 4, 7:00 pm

Did you know that L.A.’s favorite TV weatherman is also a stand-up comic?  Fritz Coleman worked as a comedian and disc jockey for several years and as a radio personality in Buffalo, New York before heading to LA in 1980 to pursue stand-up full time. In 1982 he began work as weekend weatherman at KNBC, and he has been the weekday weatherman since 1984.   He still performs comedy regularly and has graced some of the city’s most famous stages.  The  L.A. Times has described him as an “affable headliner” and “a natural raconteur.”

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

 

Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted May 19th, 2017

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LitFest Pasadena @ Playhouse District on Saturday & Sunday, May 20-21, All Day

LitFest will unfold again on the sidewalks and in the storefronts, corridors and unique venues of the highly walkable Playhouse District. Vroman’s Bookstore and the Pasadena Playhouse will serve as anchor points, as the festival continues its legacy of featuring Pulitzer Prize winners, L.A.’s most diverse and exciting authors, and eclectic discussion panels. Click here for a full list and schedule of the many events happening throughout the weekend.

Various locations throughout the Playhouse District, Pasadena

In Dialogue: Printmaking in California @ PMCA on Saturday, May 20, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Join the Pasadena Museum of California Art in the South Gallery for a seated conversation about Gustave Baumann in California. Susan Futterman, curator of the exhibition, and Gala Chamberlain, Director of The Annex Galleries and author of Baumann’s forthcoming catalogue raisonné will discuss Baumann’s unique process and influential presence in California.

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

Third@First Concert @ FUMC on Saturday, May 20, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Tango, Soul and Passion! Music by Piazzolla, Hisaishi, Sakamoto, Bolcom and Liebermann. Junko Ueno Garrett, pianist.

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

Kevin Eichorst Reception @ Surrogate Gallery on Saturday, May 20, 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Exhibition: The House Protects the Dreamer. The mission of Surrogate Gallery Projects (SGP) is to give voice to underrepresented artists and curators, inspire youth participation in the arts and to facilitate partnerships between unoccupied commercial spaces in the Pasadena area, creating exhibitions and projects that serve and energize community participation in the arts.

Surrogate Gallery: 686 E. Union St. Unit 1, Pasadena

Cabaret Night @ Women’s City Club on Saturday, May 20, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Head over to the Women’s City Club of Pasadena for their “Blinn House Cabaret Night” featuring Pamela Clay, performing her popular “Edith Piaf and More!” Tribute. Tickets: $30

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

Cool Beans Comedy @ Ice House on Sunday, May 21, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Every audience member receives Jelly Beans, and has the chance to Win Prizes, such as a $25 Visa Gift Card and Warner Bros. VIP Tour passes!

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

Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted May 15th, 2017

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“Discovering Your Story” Writing Workshop @ Vroman’s on Saturday, May 13, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Whether you have a manuscript in progress or simply a vague idea of a story you’d like to write, you’re invited to join this ongoing, once a month three hour workshop to discover the possibilities of your story. Writing exercises from Barbara’s book, ‘Kicking in the Wall’ will help silence your inner critic and get you writing immediately, and you’ll also have the opportunity to read your work aloud for feedback. Fiction as well as memoir and personal essay will be explored. Enrollment is limited. See full class information HERE. Workshop price: $75

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

Second Saturday – Spotlight Talk @ PMCA on Saturday, May 13, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Spotlight Talks take place 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 the Main Gallery exhibition InterstitialThis month’s focus: Stacks by Jeff Colson. Colson’s Stacks may look like teetering piles of paper assembled on an old filing cabinet, but this tromp l’oeil (“deceive the eye”) work is rendered in wood, paint, and shellac. Learn more about the work of this self-proclaimed “crackpot tinkerer” in this month’s Spotlight Talk. Note: Spotlight Talks meet near the exhibition title wall. Free Admission.

PMCA: 490 E. Union St., Pasadena

Mother’s Day Brunch @ Playhouse District on Sunday, May 14, 9:00 am

Many of the Playhouse District restaurants will not only be offering an amazing brunch on Mother’s Day, but most will also include a special treat for Mom.  Click the links below for full menus and details on the restaurants participating in celebrating this very special day.

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

Maison Akira: 713 E. Green St., Pasadena

Roy’s Restuarant: 641 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

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

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

All-Star Mother’s Day Show @ Ice House on Sunday, May 14, 7:00 pm

Celebrate mom with magic and comedy at the Ice House – Featuring amazing comic/magician ED ALONZO, ventriloquist MICHAEL PAUL (Saturday Night Live, 27 Dresses), PETER BERMAN, LISA ALVARADO, BIL DWYER and more!

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

Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted May 5th, 2017

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India: Epp & Flow @ Walt Girdner Studio on Saturday, May 6, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Following in the tradition of master photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson and André Kertész, Krishna Malhotra has turned his observing eye towards all that has engaged his attention. Portraits, quotidian moments, architecture, and the landscape are equal targets of his keen sense of timing and composition. India: Epp and Flow represents a selection of Malhotra’s loving portrayals of quiet reflection and frenetic energy that live side by side in his native India. Meet the artist at this opening night reception!

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

Roderick Demmings Jr. @ Pasadena Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 6, 7:00 pm

Friends of Music presents award-winning organist and pianist, Roderick Demmings, Jr., who has performed at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and other prestigious venues on both sides of the Atlantic. The young charismatic organist brings excitement and fun to organ playing.  Last September, Roderick performed for Music at Noon and became an immediate favorite! Free Admission.

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

Taste of Vroman’s @ Vroman’s on Sunday, May 7, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Join the folks at Vroman’s for samples of recipes from some of the latest cookbooks, and taste some of the most popular products they have in the store. This event is free and open to the public and will be held on the lower level of the main store by their Home Emporium section. No RSVP necessary. Samples will be available for tasting while supplies last.

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

Fritz Coleman @ Ice House on Sunday ,May 7,  7:00 pm

Fritz Coleman – “Defying Gravity! Speaks to a generation! (50 plus…give or take!) Fritz proves that aging isn’t pretty…. but, it’s funny!” Benefiting Career Wise. Tickets: $15

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

Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted April 28th, 2017

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Literary Trivia @ Vroman’s on Saturday 4/29 12:00PM – 5:00PM

It’s Indie Bookstore Day!  Grab some friends, form a team and head over for an afternoon of Literary Trivia!

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

Musical Spring @ First United Methodist Church on Saturday 4/29 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Join us for our first ever Musical Spring benefit concert featuring the music of chart-topping and award-winning artists including Clay Allen, Jeffrey Bernstein, Thomas Griep, Evelyn Halus, James Hood Music, and Yuval Ron. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Donations graciously accepted at the door with all proceeds benefiting the students of Pasadena Waldorf School.

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

Needle Felting Owls @ Wollhaus on Sunday 4/30 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Learn to needle felt and create a cute whimsical owl ornament.  Hedy from Woolbuddies will teach you the techniques needed for this fun fiber craft. No previous experience required.  You’ll learn how to needle felt while creating an owl ornament.  We’ll provide the kit and instructions.  Kit provided with the class. $55.

Wollhaus Artisan Yarn & Tools696 E. Colorado Blvd. Suite 2, Pasadena

Hypnotist Mark Sweet @ Ice House on Sunday 4/30 7:00PM

A certified clinical hypnotherapist, Mark Sweet is the man that can help you “Focus the Power.”With his blend of hypnosis and comedy, Sweet pulls seemingly ordinary people from the audience and makes them capable of doing extraordinary things by tapping into the subconscious mind.He has been seen on “Access Hollywood”, “The Today Show” and CNN and has been featured in The New York Times. He currently works warming-up studio audiences in “Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men.” Tickets: $12.50.

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

Wine Walk Spring 2017

Posted April 27th, 2017

The sold out event was a huge success with over 200 guests in attendance and 24 local Playhouse District businesses participating.  Guests strolled through the Playhouse District and enjoyed 6 different wine tastings from the participating businesses of their choice.  Patioworld Pasadena was the event’s main sponsor and once again, the destination for the drawing of the event’s grand prize.  This time around, the lucky winner, Alex S., received a $300 Amex giftcard.

The businesses who participated included Wine Walk veterans Galerie Gabrie, Mark Piscitelli, Monopole Wine, redwhite+bluezz, Style Lounge, The Next Chapter, Vanessa’s Cafe, VP Salon Organic and Zona Rosa Caffe.  Newcomers Basecamp Fitness, The Stand, and Regency Studios rounded out the lineup.  Regency Studios was comprised of 10 smaller businesses including cosmetologists, estheticians, stylists, and beauty specialists.

Due to the event’s popularity and amazing turnout, the next Wine Walk is scheduled to take place in September of this year.  Specific date and time will be announced at a later time.  Click here to see photos from the event taken by the Playhouse District’s own Lyd & Mo Photography Studio and Gallery.

Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted April 21st, 2017

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Record Store Day @ Canterbury Records on Saturday 4/22 9:00AM – 9:00PM

There will be around 350, mostly limited edition, mostly vinyl, releases on Saturday. They will have almost all of these titles in stock on Record Store Day.

Canterbury Records: 805 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Colin Kane @ Ice House on Saturday 4/22 8:00PM

Known for his in-your-face style of insult comedy and off-the-cuff crowd work, Kane has described his comedy as “an unlikely blend of piercing bite and authentic heart, [an] R-rated act [tackling] sex, relationships, race… and everyone who is brave enough to sit in the front row.”

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

Seasonal Tour & Tea @ Women’s City Club of Pasadena on Sunday 4/23 2:00PM

The Women’s City Club of Pasadena is hosting its FIRST EVER “Seasonal Tour and Tea!” This new signature event will feature a delightful seasonal high tea and tea tasting in harmony with the season, along with a presentation by Cassandra Vincent, better known as the “Tea Deviant” from her blog. Cassandra will share her love and knowledge of tea and guests will have the opportunity to tour the historic Blinn House, learn about membership opportunities.

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

Chasing Trane Q&A @ Laemmle Playhouse 7 on Sunday 4/23 4:50PM

CHASING TRANE editor/co-producer Peter Lynch will participate in Q&A’s after the  4:50 show on Sunday, April 23. Click here for Tickets.

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

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