Public celebration of the life of musician and former

South Pasadena finance director set for Saturday

An informal celebration of the life of David Batt, former finance director of the city of South Pasadena who was also an accomplished musician, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Community Room of the South Pasadena Public Library, 1100 Oxley St. Admission is free and open to the public, with friends, family and colleagues of Batt also in attendance.

Batt died on Oct. 25 at age 64. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Batt served as city finance director from 2014 until he retired earlier this year. He was also previously contracted through private firms, both as the city’s assistant finance director and interim finance director from 2007 to 2014. Previously, Batt served as finance director for the city of Avalon on Catalina Island.

Along with his career as a financial administrator, Batt was also an accomplished performing and recording musician. Batt was known to many classical piano fans under his own name, as well as to New Age music lovers as Yrsan Daro. He recorded six CDs overall, with one of the David Batt CDs partially recorded during live performances before large audiences on the library Carnegie Stage of the Eclectic Music Festival in 2012 and 2013.

A native of South Dakota, Batt moved to New England when he was 3. By the time he was 14, he had already been taking piano lessons for more than a decade.

After obtaining a degree in psychology and completing a year of graduate work in the neurosciences, Batt decided to do something different. David played in jazz, rock, and blues bands, and during the late ’70s he composed, performed, and directed music for many theatrical productions in San Diego.


Green Street Village hosts Holiday on Green Street shopping event tonight

Green Street Village will host Holiday on Green Street, just east of Lake Avenue, between Mentor and Wilson avenues, from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, Dec. 6.

The event will offer a free professional photo booth, giveaways, live music, champagne, art, wine tasting and special discounts. Among the participating merchants are:

Madeline Garden restaurant, which will feature live music at the venue; Walker /Viden Luxury Consignment, which will offer wine and hors d’oeuvres plus a special flash sale; and Century Books, which will feature wine and refreshments, in-store specials and giveaways.

Other participating businesses include: Rebecca Little Photography, which will provide a pop-up photo booth with professional photography; Shiatsu of Pasadena Day Spa, which will feature Asian costume photo taking, dessert and tea tasting; and Gallery 30 South, 30 S. Wilson Ave., which will offer an  escape from the holiday rush in 15-minute increments;

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Author Nova Jacobs appears at Pasadena Central Library tonight

Author Nova Jacobs will speak about her new book “The Last Equation of Isaac Severy” at 7 p.m. tonight, Dec. 6, in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St. Jacobs will be in conversation with Anne Louise Bannon, president of Sisters in Crime, Los Angeles Chapter. The event is free and open to the public, and copies of Jacobs’ book will be on sale.

Jacobs has an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and recipient of the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her debut novel, “Severy,” is a literary mystery set in the world of mathematics.