Showcase House rolls out the red carpet in South Pasadena – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

After wearing jeans and sneakers for more than three months, members of the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts donned their glad rags for the Premiere Night Gala, on April 22, to celebrate the opening of their 57th Annual Showcase House. For the first time in more than 40 years, the annual home tour returned to South Pasadena, to a spacious Tudor Revival mansion, known as Oaklawn Manor.

The historic 10,000 square-foot-home was built in 1904 in a Greene & Greene-planned neighborhood for a whopping $7,000 by Harry Hawgood, an English civil engineer who eventually sold the property. After changing hands twice more, it was acquired in 1948 by Carlos Stratton and has remained the Stratton family home until its recent sale to a San Gabriel Valley resident.

Often called the “grandaddy” of them all, the Pasadena Showcase is one of the oldest, largest and most successful home and garden tours in the country. Since its inception in 1965, the event has raised more than $23 million to support the LA Philharmonic and a variety of music programs in Southern California.

More than 300 guests turned out for the opener, which began with a champagne reception and tour, before moving on to dinner and dancing at the San Gabriel Country Club. On hiatus since 2018, due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s Showcase Premiere Night, which included a lively auction, broke all previous records, raising more than $170,000.

”I am overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and support we have received from our members, donors, sponsors ad guests,” said Event Chair Marybeth Rehman-Dittu. “Our new fundraising record adds to the triumphant return of the Showcase House and will allow us to increase our support of local nonprofits in the arts.”

More than 25,000 guests are expected to visit the house, boutiques and on-site eateries that are open through May 22 (closed Mondays). For information and tickets, visit


The Music Center has announced its 14 Grand Prize finalists from the more than 1,300 applicants in its 34th annual Spotlight Program that provides aspiring teen artists with expert advice and, coaching, along with more than $100,000 in cash awards through three rounds of auditions

Three of the finalists are from the San Gabriel Valley: Oscar Yum of Altadena, for classical voice; Elias Robles of Hacienda Heights, for non-classical voice and Andrew Shi of Walnut, for piano. They will be showcased, in person, at the Spotlight Grand Finale on June 15, at the Ahmanson Theater at the Music Center.


FRIDAY: Caltech Live presents the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble, “Chanticleer. 7 p.m. at Beckman Auditorium on the Caltech campus.

SATURDAY: Five Acres, an Altadena-based children’s care agency, hosts “Starry Starry Night,” its annual gala at a private estate in Pasadena.

SATURDAY: Guide Dogs of America’s Open House. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 13479 Glenoaks Blvd., Sylmar. Admission is free.

SATURDAY: “Thank You for the Music,” a concert and reception presented by the Burbank Chorale. St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1920 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale, 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY: Crown City Symphony Concert, 2 pm First Baptist Church of Pasadena. 75 N. Marengo Ave., Pasadena.

MAY 17: Methodist Hospital Foundation hosts its annual Mardi Gras Food Fest at Sirona’s, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia.

Rafael Goldstein and Deborah Strang appear in “The Glass Menagerie.” (Photo by Craig Schwartz)

MAY 17: A Noise Within, Pasadena’s classical theater company, hosts its 30th anniversary gala honoring Deborah Strang and the Capital Group. A Noise Within Theatre, Pasadena.

MAY 21: LA Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida.” Performances continue at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through June 12.

MAY 22: Pasadena Heritage hosts ‘Opening New Doors,’” an al fresco reception celebrating the historic Edmund Blinn House, headquarters of the Women’s City Club of Pasadena for 75 years.

MAY 24: American Women for International Understanding hosts its 15th Annual Women of Courage Celebration. Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.

JUNE 1: Center Theater Group opens the musical, “Come from Away.” Performances continue through June 12. The Ahmanson Theater at the Music Center.

Gwen Stefani (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

JUNE 3: Hollywood Bowl launches its 100th season with Gwen Stefani, the LA Philharmonic Orchestra led by Gustav Dudamel, with special guests Robert Bolle, Branford Marsalis, the UCLA Bruin and USC Trojan Marching Bands, the Let it Happen Dancers and the Bowl’s spectacular fireworks display.

JUNE 5: The Pasadena Playhouse opens Anton Chekhov’s classic play, “Uncle Vanya.” Performances continue through June 26.

JUNE 5: Ability First presents its annual Food and Wine Festival at the historic Laurabelle A. Robinson estate in Pasadena.

JUNE 8: The Luminaires of the Doheny Eye Institute host their annual benefit luncheon, “Back in the High Life,” at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles.

JUNE 24: Monrovia Unified School District Taylor Performing Arts Center presents “Let’s Hear it for the Artists!” Monrovia Historical Museum, Monrovia.

JULY 1: Center Theater Group opens the musical, “Dear Evan Hansen.” Performances continue through July 31. The Ahmanson Theater at the Music Center.

AUG. 28: A Noise Within launches its season with Peter Hall’s musical adaptation of George Orwell’s satire, “Animal Farm.” Performances continue through Oct 2.

Lina Gonzalez-Granados (Photo: Courtesy LA Phil)

SEPT. 17: LA Opera opens its 37th season at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with Donizetti’s “Lucia de Lammermoor,” conducted by Lina Gonzalez-Granados in her debut as Resident Conductor. Performances continue through Oct. 9.

OCT. fifteen: The Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena hosts its annual Black Tie & Burgers Gala, celebrating its 85th anniversary. A private home in Pasadena.

OCT. 16: A Noise Within continues its fall season with August Wilson’s “Radio Golf.” Performances continue through Nov. 13. A Noise Within Theatre, Pasadena.

OCT. 22: LA Opera presents the West Coast premiere of “Omar” by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels. Performances continue at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through Nov. 13.

NOV. 19: Soprano Angel Blue makes her LA Opera debut in Puccini’s “Tosca,” led by Ukrainian Conductor Oksana Lyniv. Performances continue at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through Dec. 10.

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