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September 2, 2004
Michael J. Arvizu The theater is dark no more for Furious Theatre Company. As a matter of fact, the lights have gotten brighter and spots have been added. Beginning this fall, Furious Theatre Company will stage full-scale productions in the Pasadena Playhouse's 99-seat Balcony Theatre as part of a partership with the Playhouse. For the first time since May of 2003, Furious will have a permanent space in which to produce its shows. Previously, the company had to stage productions on the shipping and receiving dock of Armory Northwest, a former plastics factory owned by the city of Pasadena.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2005
Things will heat up this month when the Pasadena Playhouse presents Nilo Cruz's "Anna in the Tropics," winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in drama. This lyrical, passionate tale runs from Jan. 7 to Feb. 13. "Anna in the Tropics" is a co-production with Dallas Theater Center and the Arizona Theatre Company and is directed by Dallas Theater Center's artistic director Richard Hamburger. Opening night will be Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Hired to read to the employees at an antiquated Cuban cigar factory, Juan Julian soon falls for Conchita, an unhappily married employee whose husband has already betrayed her. Julian's novel of choice, Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," provides the dramatic and telling backdrop for the life-changing choices the characters must make.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2006
Pasadena Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps announced that "Defiance," the second play in John Patrick Shanley's trilogy that started with the smash-hit "Doubt" and Charles Randoph Wright's comedy "Cuttin' Up" will kick off the Pasadena Playhouse's 2007 season. "It is an honor to bring John's follow-up to 'Doubt' to Playhouse audiences," said Epps. "As I have shared with our subscribers before. the Playhouse is now in that rare position of hosting the best and brightest artists in the American theater.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael J. Arvizu | February 11, 2010
The Glendale Centre Theatre announced last week that it will be offering Pasadena Playhouse season ticket holders the opportunity to watch, for free, the iconic Glendale theater’s production of “Kiss Me, Kate,” which opens today. Pasadena Playhouse, in operation since 1917, held its last curtain call Sunday for its performance of “Camelot.” The theater’s closure was announced Jan. 30. Glendale Centre Theatre, at 324 N. Orange St., will set aside a select number of seats for each performance of the musical, on a first-come first-served basis, during the show’s run, which ends April 3, said Glendale Centre Theatre Executive Producer Tim Dietlein.
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By Anita Susan Brenner | April 23, 2009
There’s a couple of million reasons why I admire my daughter, Rachel Torres. She is witty, wise and kind-hearted, but her volunteer work for WriteGirl is at the top of the list. WriteGirl is a Los Angeles-based creative writing and mentoring program that pairs professional women writers with teen girls for weekly one-on-one mentoring and monthly creative writing workshops. The idea is simple, yet effective. The teens generally start the program by 9th grade. Many of the girls are considered to be “at risk” due to their economic and social settings; despite this, there is a one hundred percent college matriculation rate for girls who complete the program.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jane Napier Neely | October 21, 2004
There is nobody more surprised than me that I would be writing a Stephen Sondheim review and liking it. Sondheim, was until just recently, my least favorite of the composer/lyricists. I became his instant fan last week when his "Side by Side by Sondheim" opened at the Pasadena Playhouse. This production with singers Davis Gaines (of "Phantom" fame) Julie Dixon Jackson and Teri Ralston, was energetic, fun and fantastic. This compilation of Sondheim lyrics from plays such as "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "A Little Night Music," "Company," "Follies," "Evening Primrose," "Anyone Can Whistle," "Do I hear a Waltz," "The Mad Show," Pacific Overtures," "West Side Story" and "Gypsy.
NEWS
January 6, 2005
I am a La Cañada resident and I (any many others I know in La Cañada, La Crescenta and Montrose) have been very concerned about the fate of Pasadena's historic Raymond Theatre. Thank you for updating our community about the latest status in your Dec. 23rd issue. La Cañada is a fine place to live, but we don't have a venues that can offer major concerts, theatre or performing arts events. Therefore, I know many La Cañada residents turn to Pasadena for their live entertainment.
NEWS
September 30, 2005
Fitch M. "Ted" Behr passed on peacefully Monday morning, Sept. 26, 2005, leaving behind his loving daughter, Jessica and son, Christopher, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many in the community who will miss him greatly. Ted was born in Pasadena on Feb. 20, 1915 and lived in La Canada Flintridge for more than 60 years. He was involved in his community with charities and the arts being his main focus. He was intelligent, charming, gracious, generous, humorous and a true gentleman.
FEATURES
December 7, 2006
The "Cutting Edge" seminar luncheon will be held on Feb. 10, 2007. Noted doctors will speak on current topics of high interest These include Dr. Allen Yang and Dr. Martin Kast. Dr. Art Ulene will be the MC. Dr. Alexandra Levine is the honorary chairman. This is the fund raising activity for the USC Morris Cancer Auxiliary. It will be held Saturday from 9:30 -1:30 at Town and Gown on the USC campus. The Auxiliary supports research and efforts to cure cancer. Bernice Christenson is chairman.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | August 22, 2013
Three candidates are running for the Pasadena City College Board of Trustees in the district that includes La Cañada Flintridge, West Pasadena and West Altadena. Dianne Philibosian, Alexander Keledjian and Ross Selvidge filed their nomination papers for a seat that is currently occupied by Geoffrey Baum, a Pasadena resident who is not seeking reelection. The election is Nov. 5.  Philibosian, who lives in Pasadena, is the director of the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing at Cal State Northridge.
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COMMUNITY
January 9, 2013
Ten Years Ago In a measure prompted by five prostitution arrests at local businesses the previous year, in January 2003 the City Council voted to approve an urgency ordinance placing a 180-day moratorium on giving permits to massage establishments. Among the illegal operations busted in 2002 was one set up in a building directly across the street from City Hall. Twenty Years Ago Having suffered the worst loss in its football program the previous October, with a 48-8 loss to Muir High School, La Cañada High dropped the Pasadena powerhouse from its pre-league play lineup.
NEWS
April 27, 2011
BOOK-SIGNING William O’Daly reads Pablo Neruda — Friday, May 6, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse hosts a reading and book-signing event for William O’Daly, poet and translator of nine books by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Historical flutes played by Rick Wilson, professor of mathematics at Caltech, will accompany the readings. The bookstore is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada. For more information call (818) 790-0717.     CLASSES Parenting Special Needs Children & Teens — Thursday evenings, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This class, held at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, 1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, is taught by Kimberlie Zakarian, a licensed family therapist.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael J. Arvizu | February 11, 2010
The Glendale Centre Theatre announced last week that it will be offering Pasadena Playhouse season ticket holders the opportunity to watch, for free, the iconic Glendale theater’s production of “Kiss Me, Kate,” which opens today. Pasadena Playhouse, in operation since 1917, held its last curtain call Sunday for its performance of “Camelot.” The theater’s closure was announced Jan. 30. Glendale Centre Theatre, at 324 N. Orange St., will set aside a select number of seats for each performance of the musical, on a first-come first-served basis, during the show’s run, which ends April 3, said Glendale Centre Theatre Executive Producer Tim Dietlein.
NEWS
By Anita Susan Brenner | May 7, 2009
Local Realtors Fran and Rowena posted photos of Pasadena sites on their online photo-sharing account. They know that our once isolated hamlet is interconnected to other peoples, other places. My favorite Fran and Rowena photo? The Pasadena Playhouse. The theater, a California Mission Revival-esque marvel, was designed by Elmer Grey and built in 1925. Last Sunday I attended an inspirational event there. Sheldon Epps, the Playhouse director, collaborated with Keren Taylor, the director of WriteGirl, a non profit program that pairs at-risk teenage girls with female mentors.
FEATURES
December 7, 2006
The "Cutting Edge" seminar luncheon will be held on Feb. 10, 2007. Noted doctors will speak on current topics of high interest These include Dr. Allen Yang and Dr. Martin Kast. Dr. Art Ulene will be the MC. Dr. Alexandra Levine is the honorary chairman. This is the fund raising activity for the USC Morris Cancer Auxiliary. It will be held Saturday from 9:30 -1:30 at Town and Gown on the USC campus. The Auxiliary supports research and efforts to cure cancer. Bernice Christenson is chairman.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2006
Pasadena Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps announced that "Defiance," the second play in John Patrick Shanley's trilogy that started with the smash-hit "Doubt" and Charles Randoph Wright's comedy "Cuttin' Up" will kick off the Pasadena Playhouse's 2007 season. "It is an honor to bring John's follow-up to 'Doubt' to Playhouse audiences," said Epps. "As I have shared with our subscribers before. the Playhouse is now in that rare position of hosting the best and brightest artists in the American theater.
NEWS
By Lauren Oakes | December 22, 2005
Royal promised us a Christmas surprise and told us to be ready by 7:30 p.m. on a recent Friday night. With the inevitable last-minute dashing over to David Lee's house looking for Connor, and from there to Rocky Cola where they HAD been but no longer were (GRRRR), then back to David's house where they pulled up a few minutes later, I was no longer in the Christmas mood. We followed Royal like a string of ducklings into the Pasadena Playhouse, where I saw various La Cañada faces and backs.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 2005
HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS Holiday Train Ride -- The Travel Town Railroad. The hours are from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Open every evening through Dec. 23. Cost: $6 each person, infants under 19 months of age are free. Travel Town Museum, 5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. For more information, call 881-2586 or the ticket office at (323) 662-9678. HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES Latin Jazz Holiday Concert -- 7 p.m. Wed. Dec. 28 and 7 p.m. Thurs.
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