Get Your Kicks on Route 66

Monrovia League presents talk on ‘The Mother Road to California’

Presented by the Monrovia League, husband-and-wife authors Alan and Claudia Heller will be giving a talk on Feb. 19 about the history of Route 66.

The couple, residents of Duarte, penned a book about their experiences titled “Life on Route 66: Personal Accounts Along the Mother Road to California.

The Monrovia League was founded in 1954 by a group of civic-minded women committed to fulfilling local needs in a philanthropic way.

The event will begin at 9:30 with refreshments at the parish hall of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 122 S. California Ave., Monrovia. The presentation begins at 10 a.m. Admission is free.

For more information, call (626) 357-7071.

Catch the ‘Trane’

South Pasadena Public Library presents concert and doc film on jazz legend John Coltrane Saturday

The South Pasadena Public Library will host another in its ongoing string of creative special events on Saturday, when it presents a film, live jazz and art show in its Community Room starting at 6 p.m. as part of the South Pasadena Winter Arts Crawl. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the free event, located at 1115 El Centro Street. No tickets or reservations are necessary.

Presented by the Friends of the Library, the event features an art exhibit of paintings of jazz musicians by Sam Pace and a live musical performance by Mark Hatch and Group 5. The Arts Crawl is a ‘night on the town’ for the community and many venues will be open throughout downtown South Pasadena.

The event will climax with a 7 p.m. screening of the documentary “Chasing Trane,” which uses archival footage and Coltrane’s music, some of it unreleased, to explore the extraordinary career and pioneering musical advancements of Coltrane, who passed away in 1967 at only age 40. Featured commentary by Bill Clinton, Carlos Santana, Coltrane family members, and a host of top jazz musicians, as well as Denzel Washington, whose voice is used for Coltrane’s spoken lines.

The screening will be followed by a Q & A by director John Scheinfeld, who presented his award-winning documentaries “Who Is Harry Nilsson” and “The U.S. vs. John Lennon” to previous full houses at the library.Visit facebook.comArtsCrawlSouthPasadena/?ref=nf.

Divine Inspiration

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs at Pasadena Presbyterian Church on Saturday

The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) will perform a program including “Road to the Sun,” which was written expressly for the group by jazz legend Pat Metheny, at 8 p.m. Saturday at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Boulevard.

Also on the program are their masterful arrangements of Rossini’s “Overture to the Barber of Seville” and Manuel de Falla’s “El Amor Brujo.” New works by Frederick Hand and Robert Beaser will round out the show.

Comprised of four uniquely accomplished musicians bringing a new energy to the concert stage with programs ranging from bluegrass to Bach, the Grammy-winning LAGQ consistently play to sold-out houses worldwide. Their programs provide a fresh look at Latin, African, Far East, Irish, folk and American classics.

Tickets are $30 to $50. Call (626) 386-5720 or visit lasoundfoundation.org.

Fifteen For Families

The Pasadena Ronald McDonald House celebrates its 15th anniversary today

Since opening on Valentine’s Day in 2004,, the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House has provided 23,000 families a “home away from home” when they travel to Pasadena to receive specialized treatment for their children. The combined 9,000 square foot space features 12 bedrooms, eight bathrooms, two large kitchens, a family room, two fully-stocked pantries, two laundry rooms, computers with internet access, a resource library and a spectacular backyard with outside dining tables and a barbecue grill.

Activities are coordinated by the staff with volunteer groups to help families relieve the stress of their child receiving treatment. Activities have included pet therapy, recreational activities, arts and crafts and birthday parties.

The Pasadena house is located across the street from Huntington Hospital. Families who need the services of the House are referred by medical personnel. Their hospital partners include: Huntington Hospital, Shriners for Children Medical Center in Pasadena, City of Hope, Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, UCLA Medical Center, Orthopaedic Institute for Children and the Grossman Burn Center.

With demand ever growing, the house must expand soon to meet community needs. The house is a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, and more information on their needs and fund drive can be found at rmhcsc.org/pasadena.

Setting the Stage

Longtime Pasadena Playhouse prop master screens film directing debut Saturday

Veteran Pasadena Playhouse prop master Ralph Michael Brekan has made his own big leap toward showbiz success with his directorial debut on the short film “Decentered,” which is nominated for a 2019 People’s Choice Award at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.

The film will screen at the festival at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at LA Live Regal Cinemas, located at 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles.

The film offers to “peek behind the veil of a shadow government as it watches Americans through the eyes of former combat soldier Finn Renfro. As he battles to divest himself from military life and government control, a psychological warfront for national security and invasion of privacy unfolds, following a veteran gone berserk who could foil it all.”


Tickets for the screening are $18.60. Visit eventbrite.com/e/hriff-2019-hollywood-reel-independent-film-festival-tickets-55503879598.