25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is hysterically funny with poignant back stories of the contestants woven into a solid musical production. On the heals of last years rousing success of “Always…Patsy Cline” the Sierra Madre Playhouse isn’t resting on its laurels and promises to be a fun filled interactive evening with the cast as the group take a bunch of spelling champs through their paces spelling in a contest.
Added bonus most nights, but especially opening night you get to meet the cast and crew of the production after the play. Its scheduled to run July 8 through August 21. Order tickets HERE.
Sierra Madre Playhouse is a really lovely 99 Seat Theatre located just a west of Baldwin on Sierra Madre Avenue. Its a short walk to several find eateries and a wonderful dive bar “The Buccaneer”.
Deets: Sierra Madre Playhouse 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre 91024 626-355-4318
Part of Monrovia Association of Fine Arts mission is to help artists develop their business. The second in a series of seminars is this Saturday June 18 at the Monrovia Community Center.
The seminar on how to build your Art Business will be taught by Margaret Danielak, is a well-known art consultant and I have her excellent book entitled “A Gallery without Walls” about this topic. http://www.danielakart.com/consulting.html The discounted member fee is only $20.00 and can pay for itself in increased sales. Non-members $30.00, students $10.00. You can reserve a seat and pay HERE. The price of admission includes your course handouts, Starbucks’ coffee, juice and snacks. Hurry as seats are limited.
Deets: Monrovia Community Center Iris Room, 119 W. Palm Ave, Monrovia, 10 a.m. to noon.
This Tennessee Williams play is one of my favorites and I remember it well from my days in school. Its the tale of a young man torn between duties to family and a sickly sister and yearning to be free and make his own mark in the world. There’s tension, drama and heartfelt humor. The production by Sierra Madre Playhouse, directed by Christian Lebano promises to be one of the best seen in the area in ages as the Playhouse has a reputation of bringing magic and plays to life.
If you haven’t been to Sierra Madre Playhouse yet this could well be the play to see and visit this wonderfull 99 seat theatre. Located in downtown Sierra Madre there are a few dining options and bars to hit before or after and make it a night out on the town.
Tickets start at $17 for students and $30 for adults. You can order your tickets HERE.
Deets: May 6-June 12, Sierra Madre Playhouse 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, MAP HERE
Today was the annual Concorso Ferrari…a concours quality car show featuring the drop dead gorgeous Ferrari line of cars. From the early Series 250 to the uber rare Enzo and La Ferrari the line was well represented. There were 76 cars presented for judging…those cars were identified with yellow window placards and were up significantly in number from last year. Also regular pristine drivers totalled nearly 150 cars. Add in the exotics from lessors, restorers and new car sales there were well over 200 Ferraris on display in Pasadena’s Old Town April 24, 2016.
The video is from last years Concorso Ferrari and a good teaser on what you’ll get to see at this years show set for Sunday April 24. 10AM-3PM. There will be classic rare Ferraris to the newer yet uber rare La Ferraris at this special showing of 140 Ferraris on Colorado Boulevard between Raymond and Pasadena Avenues in Old Town Pasadena.
One of the the BIGGEST, and I mean BIG, so big traffic backs up for miles type event here in the SGV is the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s open house. Last year it was such a cluster of traffic and hurt feelings our friends at JPL are introducing a ticket system to stem the tide and bring some order to their open house.
The Open House set for June 4 and 5 will require a ticket. Deets here on their FB Page. Short of it is no ticky no entry. Order your tickets HERE beginning Monday 4/25. Based on the limited amount of tickets and popularity of this event across the metro area I’d suggest you be up at dawn and start trying to order for this don’t miss event to see how JPL explores our solar system.
Big news, and something that will liven up Old Town Monrovia with new faces is the for a buck ride on a shuttle from the Gold Line Station in Station Square to Library Park in the heart of Old Town Monrovia. From there its an easy walk to the Krikorian Theatre, and a boat load of mid to high end restaurants and bars in Old Town. The shuttle will run Fridays and Saturdays during prime, 5PM-10PM, time evening fun in Old Town. The Shuttle will be clearly marked and easy to identify.
The shuttle will start at the Round about by the station platforms and Parking garage in Monrovia’s Station Square and end at Library Park about 10 minutes later. The fare will be one thin buck and FREE if you have a TAP card. This sure beats walking, especially when summer hits and its 100+ in the evening still.
Also note, barring rain, Friday nights are “Family Festival” nights in Old Town Monrovia from 5PM-9PM. Family Fesitval is a Farmers market, flea market and stuff for kids like Pony Rides, petting zoo and bounce houses. Numerous restaurants have sidewalk dining set up, add in a host of food vendors and live music you have a real party going on.
In the future they hope to expand advertising for the community Dial a Ride program to include passengers at Station Square so those evenings you desperately need happy hour during the week you can still get into Old Town without a hike.
If you love the California and American Fine Art movements this is an event not to be missed. John Moran Auctioneers formerly of Pasadena has moved its showroom and activities to Monrovia. The draw…lots of them and yes, pun intended, bringing them to my corner of the SGV.
They are previewing several paintings my California and American masters that will be in their formal auction on March 22. The preview show is a charity event, your admission is tax deductible with the proceeds to be split between the Volunteer Center of the San Gabriel Valley and Monrovia Association of Fine Arts. The divided proceeds will be used by MAFA for its at-risk teen art workshop program and the Volunteer Center for its Make a Difference Day outreach. Included in your price of admission is food, wine and a catalog of the Fine Art offerings. To purchase your ticket you may do so HERE.
DEETS: March 16, 5-7PM John Moran Auctioneers, 145 E Walnut Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016 Admission:$50 (tax deductible)
Last fall the Foothill Extension signed over the tracks to Metro and testing began. Testing is nearly over and the grand opening is set for this saturday. Duarte station is the site of the official ribbon cutting and opening at the midway point between Pasadena and the end at Azusa. With the ribbon cutting trains start rolling at noon to the new stations in Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale and finally Azusa.
Monrovia plans on making a day of it. Bands, food tents, craft tents in the area around the train depot known officially as “Station Square” Their ceremony is set to start at 11AM Saturday with ribbon cutting at 11:30 and first train rolling in at noon. To ensure the community can get to the fun down at Station Square they will be running a free shuttle from Old Town Monrovia down to the station activities.
Metro to celebrate the day has made the Gold Line a free ride from noon to midnight on Saturday. This could be your chance to visit the SGV and cities along the route to see what makes them different and special. Just remember if traveling here from other lines you will need to have your TAP card filled and loaded as those lines will not be free. Failing to tap your TAP can be a big fine.
Its that time of year for me. Sorting receipts, wondering what’s deductible or not and what new tax laws affect my art generated income. If you’re an artist looking for guidance to make sure you get all your deductions and not sure what changes this year took place that could affect you, have I got a seminar for us.
Monrovia Association of Fine Arts as the first installment of its Professional Development Series offers up for artists, members and non-members alike a seminar by Abe Carrow CPA “Tax and the Artist”. It will be a one day seminar held Saturday February 13 from 10-noon. The fee is $20 for members, $30 for non-members and $10 for students regardless of membership status and can be paid here.
Deets: Tax and the Artist. February 13, 10AM-Noon, Monrovia Community Center, 119 W Palm Ave, Monrovia 91016.
How cool is this. A charity that helps people here in the SGV and is near and dear to my heart got a big help from the Helpful Honday Guys. The publicity for the brand aside, its nice to see Torrance based Honda and its local dealers step up and help the entire community they do business in. This is what a good corporate citizen does. Thanks Honda.
To the delight of the kids on my street the MPD and MFD escorted Santa through my neighborhood the other night. Call it recon looking for the kidlets and getting them amped for his arrival Christmas Eve. Kidding aside this is a wonderful tradition in Monrovia one that helps build community and break down walls between neighbors. I love it.
Yup…we end our Christmas Holiday Parade with Santa. Not some fat lady singing an operetta. AND in 2 short weeks he’ll be cruising the streets of “M” town with escorts rolling code up and down every street and cul de sac in town. It’s Merry Christmas in my ‘hood.
Last night was the sneak preview blogathon at the Sierra Madre Playhouse for “A Christmas Memory” based on a short story by Truman Capote. This is a musical with live musicians, not canned sound tracks.
I was captured from the get go with this play. The performances by the cast were engaging and brought the story to life. To avoid spoilers I’ll not give away too much of the plot or story line. The setting is a man’s boyhood home and sequences between the now and his boyhood spent in rural Alabama raised by cousins in the depression. The story is about a man returning “home” after being gone a long time for the funeral of a cousin who raised him. Its an interesting story of familial love and bonding, with adventures and making fruitcake.
The latter is central to the story and the song “Fruitcake Weather” is lively and just adds to the story line. Young Buddy (Ian Branch) and Sook (Diane Kelber) have a bond that is magical and plays out well on stage.
The music gets a big round of applause, but one of the best sequences in the production is when the cast breaks out the ukelele’s and busts out into song. Fun, well done and did I mention fun?
To read more about the cast and production team visit their website HERE. The Sierra Madre Playhouse has another hit on its hands here. The play has already sold out for Friday and Saturday night its opening weekend. You can still get tickets for Sunday and the remaining dates (the play closes December 27) via the Playhouse HERE.
Deets Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre CA
No one’s lining up yet, but they will be early Sunday morning to catch the 38th occasional Doo Day Parade. It officially starts at 11:00AM but you’ll see folks as early as 8 staking out a spot with their lawn chair and hot cocoa.
The parade route continues to be in East Pasadena where the gentrifiers haven’t invaded and booted the Doo Dah’ers away like what happened in Old Town. Yet. The route is on Colorado Bvld between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Blvd. It will start at the midway point at Vinedo Ave on the north side of the median on Colorado Blvd.
Queen this year is Ms Juli Crockett at the Grand Marshall, and Veronika MeowMeowz as the queen. Look for the usual cast of crazies rounding out the parade, Snotty Scotty and the Hankies and new folks as well to march in the parade.
Coming from out of town and don’t want to hassle with driving in? The Hilton Garden Inn is having a special for Doo Dah fans…Contact Jason Casas, Sales Manager,Hilton Garden Inn – Arcadia, CA. 199 N. Second Ave. Arcadia, CA 91006. Phone D: 626.321.4498 | F: 626.574.9910. or on the web