Celebrity interviewer Lawrence Grobel undergoes Q&A tonight at South Pasadena Library

The South Pasadena Public Library will host an evening with journalist and author Lawrence Grobel — aka the “Mozart of Interviewers” — at 7 p.m. tonight, Aug. 23, in the library’s historic Community Room, located at 1115 El Centro St. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Grobel has penned 28 books on many of the world’s most famous celebrities, and writes for national magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Newsday, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, and Writer’s Digest. Playboy called him “the interviewer’s interviewer” after his interview with Marlon Brando for its 25th anniversary issue, while Grobel subsequently made national news resulting from his interviews with controversial Governor Jesse Ventura and fiery basketball coach Bobby Knight.

Grobel’s numerous bestselling and award-winning books include “Conversations with Capote,” “The Hustons,” “Conversations with Brando,” “Talking with Michener,” “Above the Line: Conversations About the Movies,” “The Art of the Interview,” “Al Pacino: In Conversation with Lawrence Grobel,”  “Barbra Streisand,” and “Meryl Streep.” Video clips of Grobel’s interviews with such icons as Robin Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Miles Davis, and John Huston will be screened during the library event.

A Q&A with Grobel will be conducted by Dean Ghaffari, an actor, playwright, and teacher who lives in South Pasadena. Ghaffari has performed his living history portrayal of Sal Mineo, “Rebel With a Cause,” to a standing ovation at the library. Audience members will also be able to pose questions.

 Autographed copies of Lawrence Grobel’s books will be available for purchase. Call (626) 403-7350.


Towne Singers seek vocalists for November holiday concert

Those who love Christmas carols enough to want to sing them in public are invited to join this year’s edition of the Towne Singers troupe. The Towne Singers is a non-audition choir especially in need of male voices, although all are welcome to join the family of musicians by coming to rehearsals for the upcoming holiday concert starting this Monday night.

The Towne Singers are supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Their 2018 holiday concert, “Spirit of the Season,” will take place on Friday, Nov. 30 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1757 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, with all rehearsals held from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at the same location.

Contact membership coordinator Merrily Hake via email at with questions and new member orientation information.  New member orientation sessions are held prior to the first two rehearsals at 6:30 p.m.


Pasadena Latino Heritage Parade and Festival holds annual fundraiser Aug. 30

The Pasadena Latino Heritage Parade and Festival will hold its largest annual fundraiser next Thursday, Aug. 30, at El Cholo restaurant, located at 300 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 214, Pasadena. The fundraising dinner costs $55 and will include a bountiful buffet, live mariachi and folkloric dancers.

El Cholo will donate 20 percent of the proceeds to the Pasadena Latino Heritage Parade and Festival committee to support and enhance the event. Those who are unable to attend are asked to visit the committee’s website at and make a donation. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the site or by calling El Cholo at (626) 795-5800.