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

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

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

Playhouse District Weekend Highlights

Posted April 14th, 2017

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

Crafting with Chantall @ Vroman’s on Saturday 4/15 11:00AM

Celebrate spring by making some adorable crafts! Chantall will instruct us on how to make: Paper Plate Bunnies, Hand Print Flower Cards, Popsicle Stick Baby Chicks, & Easter Egg Ornaments.

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

Third@First Concert @ FUMC on Saturday 4/15 4:00PM

This program of Baroque chamber music will be drawn from the cantatas of J.S. Bach and others. Presented in the Chapel by First UMC staff singers and friends, this intimate program will offer a time of reflection and hope on the afternoon before Easter.

A reception in the Fellowship Hall follows the performance. As always, admission is free, but there will be free-will offering in support of the Third@First Concerts.

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

Special Tasting @ Monopole Wine on Saturday 4/15 6:00PM

Special Tasting of Aubert Chardonnays. Special rare treat to taste 3 wines from 3 distinct terroirs, from this great Chardonnay producer. This may be the best Chard you will ever taste. At the bar; come anytime b/w 6 & 7pm. By reservation/limited availability. Call 626 577-9463.

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

Michael Yo & Friends @ Ice House on Saturday 4/15 8:00PM

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.

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

Easter Sunday in the Playhouse District

Posted April 10th, 2017

Several restaurants and organizations in the district will be open and serving up a delicious brunch menu!  If you haven’t made Easter Brunch plans yet, get on it, and make those reservations ASAP!  These locations are sure to fill up before the weekend.

redwhite+bluezz
37 S. El Molino Ave.
626-792-4441

University Club of Pasadena
175 N. Oakland Ave.
626-793-5157

Roy’s
641 E. Colorado Blvd.
626-356-4066

Maison Akira
713 E. Green St.
626-796-9501

Women’s City Club of Pasadena
160 N. Oakland Ave.
626-796-0560

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.a1493388454nedas1493388454apcmu1493388454f@eci1493388454ffo1493388454 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!

 

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