‘Buzz’d’ About

Pasadena-based game show wins top honor at Hollywood Fringe Festival

The Pasadena-based game show “Buzz’d About” has built a following on the Arroyo Channel access network over the past six months. Producer Roe Moore and host Ben Benjamins took a chance on taking the show before a live audience at the Hollywood Fringe Fest this month, and the move has paid off with two major honors: a nomination for “Best Immersive Show” and winning the prestigious Producer’s Award.

The interactive show, which builds on the long-running tradition of the Nickelodeon cable network game show “Double Dare,” is also receiving a coveted two-performance extension. “Buzz’d” will be performed at 9 p.m. July 6 and 7 p.m. July 8 at the StudioStage theater, 520 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles. Tickets are $15. Visit buzzdout.com/live.

“The most surprising was to see how much the audience really enjoyed the challenges even watching, not being a participant,” says Moore. “They said it was something they want to come back to and have a new experience. It’s been wonderful bringing it live and inspiring us to package this and go into it with the live show. We’re super ecstatic to see crowds so into the game and it’s an honor to be nominated and recognized from a community of not just theatergoers but theater creators. It’s a non-traditional presentation and to be recognized in the way that they have is an honor.”

Fire Up the Grill

Community celebrates grand reopening of hot meals program

The Pasadena Hot Meals Program was scheduled to celebrate its grand reopening earlier this week.

The program temporarily shut down for five months due to remodeling at the Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena.

The group will serve ribs, hotdogs and plenty of healthy foods, according to Robin Salzer, owner of Robin’s Woodfire BBQ in Pasadena.

Over the past seven years Salzer has served more than 125,000 free hot meals on Wednesday nights.

The program started as a collaboration between Salzer and Walter Jackson, who spent years delivering meals to the homebound. Jackson died in February 2016.

Since the program began city officials and local business people have served food to the needy.

According to the most recent count, homelessness increased last year, with the city facing a 65 percent increase in senior homelessness over the past three years. (See related story on page 6.)

Healthy Homes

Successful Home Tour for Altadena Guild for Huntington Hospital

The Altadena Guild for Huntington Hospital, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting the mission of Huntington Hospital and the Huntington Medical Research Institute (HMRI), held its annual Home Tour May 6 on Pepper Drive in Altadena.

Visitors had the opportunity to view five beautiful homes and gardens as well as enjoy the talent of folkloric dancers and purchase handcrafted items from over 20 vendors.  This was the 67th Home Tour sponsored by the organization and it grossed over $100,000. Proceeds from the event supported programs at Huntington Hospital and HMRI.