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By Carl Kozlowski 08/21/2014
SINGING THEIR WAY TO STARDOM
Five local teens compete in ‘Pasadena Idol’ event
The FOX smash hit reality show “American Idol” has given millions of people a chance at worldwide fame and fortune. On Saturday, the Pasadena Idol talent competition will also offer five teen singers a first step on the road to stardom when it kicks off with a red carpet walk at 5 p.m. leading into the actual competition from 6 to 8 p.m.at the Garfield Promenade of Paseo Colorado, located at 280 E. Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena.
The winner of this year’s competition receives the Idol Demo Pack, including studio time to produce a two-song demo and music video, 100 CDs for distribution, a feature article in The DENA magazine and the opportunity to perform at venues throughout the city.
The five contestants were selected from a pool of 40 talented youth who auditioned earlier this year for one of the finalist spots. After attending a series of workshops to help enhance performance and vocal techniques, the five finalists are ready to step up to the microphone to compete for the Pasadena Idol crown.
The Pasadena Idol singing competition was created in 2007 by the city’s Human Services and Recreation Department for local youth to showcase their talents and work with music professionals. According to Dolores Mendoza, special events specialist for the organization, the preparation involved was intensive.
“The kids that are actually involved are the final five, and they’ve been working super hard at workshops with vocal coaches, performance instructors and the Los Angeles College of Music,” says Mendoza. “They work on singing skills and interviewing skills, and in the competition they sing one song each, as well as a group song, before they are each critiqued.”
Pasadena Water and Power offers films to explain its energy plans
The Pasadena Water and Power Department is hoping that the way to educate city residents about its plans to avert an energy crisis is through the magic of movies. Teaming with the Laemmle Playhouse 7 movie theater, the utility is inviting customers to see its new “Energy Roadmap” videos, a series of short films detailing the city’s efforts to provide reliable, environmentally responsible power at competitive rates for the next two decades.
Two free screenings are planned for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 Theaters, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Guests will see the same videos at either screening and will receive free popcorn, soda, an energy-saving LED light and other fun giveaways.
The videos explain why Pasadena needs a power Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), where the city’s energy comes from and how it is delivered to customers. It explains the pros and cons of conventional and renewable energy; how Pasadena sets its energy-use goals and how customers can help by adopting energy-efficiency measures and taking advantage of PWP-offered rebates.
Between each video, PWP will discuss the IRP in more detail. Energy experts will be on hand to answer questions, gather input and direct customers to energy-saving resources.
Admission is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Customers can reserve a seat at cityofpasadena.net/CSC or by calling (626) 744-7311.
SAVE THEIR BUTTS
Pasadena Playhouse wages fundraising campaign for new seats and carpet
Having entertained over 10 million people during its illustrious history, the Pasadena Playhouse’s seats have suffered their share of wear and tear. As a result, the Playhouse has launched a colorful campaign to raise $25,000 to replace the seats for the first time in 20 years — and it needs to raise the funds by Aug. 29.
Those who donate at varying levels can claim such statuses as Hiney Heroes and Bun Benefactors.
To donate from $10 on up, visit http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/support-us/save-our-butts.html.
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