Tournament of Roses chooses 2019 Grand Marshal Chaka Khan and Rose Queen Louise Siskel

Singer, songwriter and philanthropist Chaka Khan was named the 2019 Grand Marshal for the 130th Rose Parade on Oct. 17 by Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny.

And on Tuesday, Freeny crowned San Marino resident Louise Siskel as the 2019 Rose Queen.

A senior at Sequoyah High School, Siskel is currently a member of the school’s Debate Team and Judicial Committee. She is also a member of the YMCA Youth and Government program.

Her research in space biology has been funded by the NASA Ames Research Center, and she is currently conducting breast cancer research at Charles Drew University. Siskel hopes to study cellular and molecular biology and would like to attend Johns Hopkins University, the University of Chicago or Tufts University.

Khan’s selection is in keeping with the parade’s theme of “The Melody of Life.” She is scheduled to perform in the event’s Opening Spectacular in addition to riding in the parade.

Over the course of her lengthy career, Khan has recorded in seven different musical genres, spanning R&B, pop, rock, gospel, country, world music and classical. She has released 22 albums and has had 10 singles reach No. 1 on various “Billboard” magazine sales charts, with the 1984 Grammy-winning song “I Feel For You” remembered as her most popular hit.

Khan has always made time for philanthropic endeavors, with her Chaka Khan Foundation educating, inspiring and empowering children to achieve their full potential. The foundation’s Chaka Believes Program gives Los Angeles children who are at risk through poverty or health issues the ability to achieve their dreams and give back to the community.

The 130th Rose Parade will air locally at 8 a.m. New Year’s Day on KTLA Channel 5.



Old Pasadena hosts Halloween, Day of the Dead events

The Old Pasadena Management District (OPMD) is hosting a series of events for families to celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead.

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 27, One Colorado hosts its annual Pumpkin Decorating Extravaganza in which kids can get busy with glitter glue, pipe cleaners and washable markers to decorate their own pumpkin to take home.

From 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday — Halloween night — costumed ghosts and ghoulies are invited to trick or treat store-to-store in Old Pasadena. Look for the Ambassador Guides in the yellow shirts and friendly costumed characters who will be handing out treats, greeting visitors and posing for photos. All activities are free and open to all.

Also on Halloween evening, One Colorado offers free “haunted photos” in the courtyard for costumed kids and families. Families are asked to arrive early because the photos will end at 8 p.m. and are first-come, first-served. One Colorado will also host a free screening of the animated film “Coraline” at 7 p.m.

From Nov. 2 to 4, Old Pasadena will host a Day of the Dead Weekend, featuring a self-guided tour of 20 altars honoring the dead at stores throughout the district. There will also be three community altars at which anyone can leave memorial items to honor their own ancestors, at the following locations:

* Big Bang Theory Way, 109 E. Union Street. This location will be staged only during the Salsa on the Alley event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

* Indiana Colony, 59 E. Colorado Blvd.

* CTRL Collective, 45 S. Arroyo Parkway.

For more information on all the events, call OPMD at (626) 356-9725 or visit



Holiday gift season begins Friday through Sunday at Contemporary Crafts Market

Those seeking hand-crafted, American-made holiday gifts can shop to their heart’s content Friday through Sunday at the Contemporary Crafts Market, located at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena.

The market will feature hand-crafted furnishings, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, blown glass, hand-forged metalwork, wood, fiber arts, basketry and more. The event also provides the opportunity to meet acclaimed artisans and learn the human stories behind everything they see.

“We are a celebration of fine craft. The artisans take center stage with their hand-crafted works of wearable, functional and decorative art,” says Roy Helms, CEO/founder of the Contemporary Crafts Market. “Our three-day public, juried show is an oasis from the ordinary. Nothing is mass produced. Everything is unique, one-of-a-kind and available for purchase.”

The market will be open from 10 am to 6 pm Friday and Saturday, and from 10 am to 5 pm Sunday. Admission is $8 at the door. Visit


South Pasadena-based Sugarmynt Gallery hosts tribute exhibit to classic horror film ‘Halloween’

Forty years ago, the tree-lined suburban streets of South Pasadena formed the locations for the independent horror film “Halloween.” It also inspired 10 follow-up films under the “Halloween” brand name, including a new sequel this past weekend that broke box office records by making nearly $80 million in just three days.

Those wishing to get a spooky, fun and informative look at how the series began can stop by the South Pasadena art gallery Sugarmynt now through Oct. 31 to see the “Haddonfield 4” exhibit. Named after the fictional Illinois town that South Pasadena filled in for, it features a fascinating mix of framed behind-the-scenes photographs by the official set photographer Kim Gottlieb Walker and more than 30 artworks inspired by the film and its vicious killer, Michael Myers.

Best of all, the gallery is located right next door to the actual building used as Michael Myers’ house in “Halloween,” and a list of other key locations (all in walking distance) is also offered at the gallery.

“Haddonfield 4” runs through Oct. 31 at Sugarmynt Gallery, 810 Meridian Ave., South Pasadena. Admission is $10 to see the exhibit, and $15 on Halloween. Call (626) 222-7257 or