Passion Project

Local artist Jamie Crooke Powell debuts results of nine-month coalition-building arts project

Pasadena-based artist Jamie Crooke Powell spent the last election season thinking about what she cared about and how to share her passions with the community, especially as she realized the importance of art in the world after giving birth to her son.

From 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, she will debut her nine-month-long art and advocacy project “Drawing Together” at the Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.

“Drawing Together” is a community-oriented and process-based coalition building project that invites community members to discuss how art contributes to a culture of health in the city. Each workshop hosted an expert on a different topic, and offered a drawing exercise to explore how the community can literally and figuratively draw on each other’s resources to create a healthier community through art.

The public is invited to join this final event with drawing prompts available during the exhibit. More details can be found on the project website

Musical Opportunity

Pasadena Community Orchestra backs winner of Young Artist Competition May 11

The Pasadena Community Orchestra (PCO) will accompany its Young Artist Competition award-winner Max Hammond as he performs Piano Concerto No. 3 by Prokofiev under the baton of PCO Music Director Beth Pflueger next Friday, May 11. The free performance will take place in the sanctuary of First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena.

The PCO has held the Young Artist Competition annually since 1987, seeking to identify, assist and feature talented young musicians in the furtherance of their musical career and education. The project is funded in part by a grant from city of Pasadena’s Arts & Culture Commission.

Hammond, 17, has been in the winner’s circle of many piano competitions, with top finishes that include first place awards in the Lansum International Piano Competition, the State Finals of the CAPMT Honors Competition (twice), the Glendale Piano Competition, the Los Angeles Young Pianist Competition, the CAPMT District III Sonata Competition (twice), the Turner Concerto Competition and the Southwestern Youth Music Festival (SYMF) Young Pianist Competition.

He is currently a student in the Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences. He has studied piano privately with Anders Martinson since 2014, following earlier studies with Sylvia Chauls and Wayne Behlendorf, and shares in the Martinson studio “Concert and Conversation” program for local convalescent homes.

Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major” was completed in 1921 in Paris. It is characterized by its variety, underlined by sudden jumps from one mood to another. Today the piece is considered to be one of the most popular piano concertos of the entire 20th century. Visit

Crafts for a Cause

Assistance League of Pasadena hosts annual Sunshine Festival craft fair Saturday

The Assistance League of Pasadena will host its annual Sunshine Festival craft fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 820 E. California Blvd., Pasadena. Admission is free.

The Sunshine Festival is the spring extravaganza of the Craft Fair Gift Shop, the senior philanthropy of Assistance League of Pasadena. All items sold at the store are handmade by senior exhibitors, who receive 75 percent of sale proceeds. Items available include spring and summer décor, toys, children’s and baby items, jewelry and much more.

The day includes demonstrations by the exhibitors, as well as door prizes, music and refreshments. Call (626) 795-4991. n