Fresh Vision

USC Pacific Asia Museum appoints Bethany Montagano as new director

Pasadena resident Bethany Montagano has been named the new director of the USC Pacific Asia Museum.

A former senior curator at the Skirball Cultural Center, Montagano succeeds former director Christina Yu after a year-long search in which Selma Holo served as interim director. Yu accepted a position at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Montagano landed the position after the search committee selected among four main candidates, with her educational background playing a key part in her selection. She spent years living in Osaka, Japan, while working toward her Asian studies bachelor’s degree, two masters degrees and a PhD in American history.

Professionally, her background includes stints at the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, which are both part of the Smithsonian Institution. She then made the leap to the Skirball and is now charged with making the Pacific Asia Museum reflect both the university it’s run by and the local community.

Located at 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, the museum’s collection is comprised of more than 15,000 objects dating back more than 4,000 years.

Call (626) 449-2742 or visit


Mature Merriment

Pasadena Senior Center offers another week of events and talks

The Pasadena Senior Center offers a full array of cultural and informational events each week, with this week’s calendar featuring one of this year’s crop of Best Picture Oscar nominees. Their weekly film series screens films at 1 p.m. and features “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the PG-13-rated biopic of Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the legendary rock band Queen, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid. The film was nominated for Best Picture and won four other Oscars, including Best Actor for Rami Malek’s performance as Mercury.

The center’s “Cultural Thursday” series focuses on “Great American Songwriters” at 2 p.m. today, continuing with a focus on Dorothy Fields and other women who wrote hit songs, including “Lovely to Look At,” “ On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “ A Fine Romance,” “You Ought to Be in Pictures,” and many more. Join pianist Bob Lipson and commentator/performer Saul H. Jacobs for this fun, interactive program.

Finally, the center’s latest “LA Opera Talk” focuses on “El Gato Montes: The Wild Cat” at 1 p.m. Monday. An LA Opera community educator will take participants through Gluck’s groundbreaking masterpiece, which bridges the musical worlds of Handel and Mozart with its ornate vocal lines and flowing melodies.

The Pasadena Senior Center is located at 85 E. Holly St. Call (626) 795-4331 or visit


Reaching Out

Tournament of Roses hosts youth empowerment forum May 11

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses announced today the launch of “#ThisGen2019: A Youth Empowerment Forum” which will take place on May 11 at the Pasadena Convention Center. The inaugural event is designed to bring together high school and college-aged students to learn and discuss topics related to career, networking and personal development. #ThisGen2019 will feature leaders from the business, entertainment and sports industry, all with various career backgrounds and achievements.

Registration for the half-day event is now open and available online at Early registration for #ThisGen2019 is available through April 15 and will cost $10. After April 15, participants can register for $15.

#ThisGen2019 will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and include two panels, a breakout session with lunch, and a keynote speaker. Contact