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From South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory (SPMCC):

SPMCC continues its Jazz Fridays series with the Scivally Quartet performing on Friday, February 13 at 8:00pm. Led by guitarist Riner Scivally, the quartet plays new original music and jazz standards in what’s been described as an updated California Cool aesthetic. The group also includes David Sills, reeds; Zac Mathews, bass and Dean Koba, drums.

Jazz Fridays was instituted by SPMCC director Walter Zooi to provide an on-going forum for established and emerging jazz musicians, especially those with new and innovative approaches to playing and improvising. Scheduled to perform over the next few months are Vinny Golia, Don Preston, Brad Dutz and Bobby Bradford.

Performer bios:

Riner Scivally (guitar) has performed with Alan Broadbent, Larance Marable, Stacey Rowles and Putter Smith. He studies at Occidental College and received an MM from USC and later studied at the Scuola Civica di Milano in Italy. He is on the faculty of Pasadena City College and Occidental College. He recently recorded a CD with Susan Krebs’ Jazz Aviary and has a duo CD with Swiss musician Isla Eckinger. www.rinerscivally.com

Riner Scivally

Riner Scivally

David Sills (saxophone and flute) received his masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He teaches at Pasadena City College and maintains a private studio as well. Mr. Sills has several recordings on both the Naxos and Origin labels.

Zac Matthews (bass) – is a native of Great Britain and a much sought after bassist in the LA area. He has performed with Bill Watrous, Henry Mancini, Bobby Shew and Gary Foster. He is on the music faculties of both Pasadena City College and Cal-Poly Pomona. His group, the Acoustic Jazz Quartet, has released several CDs on the Naxos label. www.zacmatthews.com

Dean Koba (drums), a native of Honolulu, has performed with Bud Shank, The Clayton Brothers, Bill Cunliffe, Bill Mays, Gary Foster, Fareed Haque, Makoto Ozone, Roberta Gamberini, Jackie Ryan, and Tamir Hendelman among others. He is featured on several recordings with bassist Chistroph Luty, the Acoustic Jazz Quartet and The Bayou Brass Band. He is also the percussion instructor at Long Beach City College.

When: Friday, February 13, 8:00 pm
Where: South Pasadena Music Center and Center and Conservatory
1509 Mission St., South Pasadena 91030
Cost: $5.00
More information: 626.403.2300 | http://www.sopasmusic.com

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From SouthPasChamber.com:

The Chamber of Commerce has announced the first “Meet the Mayor” Mixer for South Pasadena. On Wednesday, January 28th 2009, Mayor David Sifuentes will meet with community members in a Chamber mixer to discuss his hopes for the year ahead, and to answer questions from the audience.

“Meet the Mayor” is an outgrowth of the Chamber’s efforts to connect citizens and businesses with legislative leadership. Other events have included candidate forums in the Lunch n’ Learn series. Those events brought Assemblymember Anthony Portantino and Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to the city. “It’s time we hosted a legislator who’s closer to home,” explains Chamber CEO Scott Feldmann. He said the Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee has hoped to launch this event for some time, and determined that 2009 was the year to start with because of the launch of a new publication: SouthPas Connections, 2009 Business Directory & Community Guide. The 40-page booklet will be distributed in early February to every household in the city.

“Meet the Mayor” is intended to become an annual event, always the last week in January, and featuring the newly appointed Mayor of South Pasadena. The date is timely because the local municipal election date was changed from March to November to coincide with national elections. The City Council reorganization happens shortly afterward each year, in which one of the five Councilpersons becomes Mayor for a one-year term.

Mayor Sifuentes will be introduced by Gary Pia of G. E. Pia & Company and Chamber Board Chair, who will also update the community on Chamber activities. Then the Mayor is expected to comment on strategic goals for the city, the impact of the recession on the local economy, and his hopes for the year ahead regarding the community. There will be an opportunity for members of the audience to ask questions.

Each attendee will get an advance copy of the new “SouthPas Connections” booklet. The evening will begin with a social hour and feature music & entertainment from local artists Thena Dare and Ted Beam, along with wine and light appetizers.

“Meet the Mayor” is open to the public. There is an admission fee to benefit the Chamber, a non-profit organization. Tickets are $10 per person. “Meet the Mayor” will be in the South Pasadena Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena. Doors open at 7pm and the presentations will end around 9pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

“Meet the Mayor” is sponsored by, Shaw, Moses, Mendenhall & Associates, Athens Services, Atlantic Communications, Chamber Trustees and the City of South Pasadena. Food donated by Vecinos de South Pasadena and Nicole’s Gourmet Pantry.

About the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
The South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce strives to promote economic success and well-being by connecting business owners and operators with the community and the City in one of the most enduring “Small Town America” environments in Southern California. For more information about the Chamber, call 626-441-2339.

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South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Events and the SoPas Gallery are hosting an opening preview of A Quilt of Collaboration: The Quilts and Collages of Joan Weinzettle and Melanie Ciccone.

A Quilt of Collaboration

February 7, 2009
5 to 8 PM
SoPas Gallery   1121 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA

For additional information, call Thomas Field at (626) 799-8546

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Free Grinch

The PDA (Playhouse District Association, not Public Display of Aff…eh, nevermind) is showing a free screening of The Grinch this Saturday. The event is free, but make sure to arrive early as limited seating is available.

Here are the details:

  • When: Saturday December 21 at 10 a.m.
  • Where: Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 Theatres, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
  • How much: Free

For additional information, please visit http://www.playhousedistrict.org or contact the Pasadena Playhouse District Association at 626.744.0340.

About the Playhouse District Association: The Playhouse District Association (PDA) is a California non-profit formed in 1995, which serves to enhance and promote the Playhouse District as the historic, cultural, and thriving commercial heart of Pasadena.

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LAVote.net is reporting that Measure SP has passed 5,299 to 4,232. Even though the numbers reveal a large number of people in South Pasadena to not be in favor of this measure (or perhaps their understanding of the measure), I wholeheartedly believe that everyone will enjoy the benefits that come from this intentional redevelopment effort. And I say this in the most respectful way possible: I believe that the majority of the people who voted No on the measure will come around in the next few years as they see this community vision come to fruition.

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Here is an e-mail from Scott Feldmann, Coordinator of YES on SP, worthy of your reading–regardless of your current feelings about Measure SP.

Three people are paying to undermine five years of community input and planning by over 1,500 residents.

Diligent members of our “YES on SP” team have obtained information from the office of the City Clerk that the “No on SP” campaign has been funded primarily by three individuals, one of them is listed as “anonymous” – which is illegal [emphasis mine]. The main contributor has family ties to a rival developer, Bob Wagner, the man who knocked down bungalows to give us the VONS Shopping Center, and the one who attempted to build 88 condos behind the Rialto in the past decade, and the same one who sued the City over the Rialto the last time we tried to save it, in 1998.

If Measure SP fails, it will be because fear of change spread by a rival developer, a disgruntled merchant and an anonymous donor prevailed over reason and a democratic process.

Please don’t let that happen.

As a supporter of SP – you have the power to change the outcome. Please talk to your neighbors. Email your friends. Call your buddies. Talk to your friends. Do it. Please do it!

“Yes on SP” will be a defining moment for our small town. But it is not guaranteed. In fact, according to our sources, it’s at risk. Many people are buying into the superficial claims of the opposition that SP is bad for SouthPas. They are buying into the claim that 60 condos is overdevelopment, without realizing that 120 are allowed, and are inevitable if SP fails.

We need to reach out and campaign for YES. We can’t be complacent.

Please, if you care about keeping SouthPas small, and yet making it successful, help us to campaign for SP.

Scott Feldmann


  • Hold a Coffee. Invite your friends, and we’ll provide a speaker! Info@YESonSP.com

Stop in at the Chamber of Commerce, 1121 Mission Street, South Pasadena CA and pick up a  yard sign.

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