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Cheeseburger Challenge Results Released

Pasadena celebrated all things cheeseburger during Cheeseburger Week January 8th to 13th. Visitors enjoyed food created especially for the event, took advantage of great deals and meals, followed cheeseburger crawls and voted in the 2017 Cheeseburger Challenge. In all, 1,144 votes were cast in the challenge to determine favorites in 14 categories ranging from Favorite Burger to favorite Dessert after a Burger. Here are the results of the 2017 Cheeseburger Challenge. Congratulations to those named Favorites in these categories.

Parson’s Nose Theater has a place to call home  574076a8-f2db-46df-b408-ae16c3a2aca8

Lance Davis, Artistic Director of Parson’s Nose Theater announced that the performance group finally has its own venue after 16 years “on the road.” The organization recently signed a lease for space in The Abbey on Holly Street and Marengo Avenue in Pasadena.

“It’s a gloriously charming and intimate venue, two blocks from City Hall in the heart of Old Pasadena, that will be perfect for our mission to bring classic comedies to audiences of all ages,” Davis said. “It will allow us to rehearse, perform, have workshops, readings and classes, for you, our friends.”


Parson’s Nose presents both readings and full stagings of plays. Davis says there will be several events in the fall to introduce people to the venue, culminating in readings of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in December. For more information, visit or call (626) 403-7667.


Left: Barry Gordon, Lance Davis, Mary Chalon


Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine highlights the City of Pasadena with a tour of Crown City landmarks

The Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau took a writer from Southwest Magazine on a tour of the city, which resulted in a six-page centerpiece for the in-flight publication of Southwest Airlines. Part of the “Adventure In …” series, the magazine highlights the Crown City’s Norton Simon Museum, the Rose Bowl Flea Market, Hotel Constance and Gamble House. Southwest Airlines is the No. 1 carrier at seven of the 10 California airports it serves, including Los Angeles International, Burbank Bob Hope, and Ontario International.
“We are ecstatic over the Pasadena media coverage in Southwest Magazine this month,” said Michael Ross, chief executive officer of the Pasadena Center Operating Company. “This is a great opportunity to get in front of potential visitors during one of the busiest travel months.” And to give them plenty to see during the Tournament of Roses season, no doubt.

History Lit trio of plays at Pasadena Museum of History

Elyse Ashton and Morgan Zenith in “The Girl Who Owned a Bear” in the History Lit production at Pasadena Museum of History. Credit: Daniel Kitayama


by Laura Berthold Monteros

Three carefully chosen plays offer a spectrum of emotions in Unbound Productions History Lit at Pasadena Museum of History through July 31. This is the second time the company has mounted a trio of adapted short stories reflecting various historical periods at the museum. History Lit is immersive theater, where the action takes place in close proximity to the audience and the venue enhances the stories. Two of the plays, “The Garden Party” and “Two Pictures in One” were originally presented four years ago, and one, “The Girl Who Owned a Bear,” makes its debut.

Jonathan Josephson’s adaptation of a short story from American Fairy Tales by L. Frank Baum, “The Girl Who Owned a Bear” is a delightful confection that utilizes the current exhibit at PMH, “Flying Horses & Mythical Beasts: The Magical World of Carousel Animals.” It was the perfect setting for the fanciful tale of…well, you have to see it, but let’s just say that it’s the story of a resourceful and imaginative, if a bit spoiled, young lady who does not like to read. Morgan Zenith captured the credulity of Jane Gladys and Chairman Barnes brought humor to the affable author Peter Smith. Elyse Ashton, Mark Bate, and Melissa Perl played creatures only Baum could have dreamed up.
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