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November 22, 2013 | By David Ng
Theater leaders in Southern California will convene for a second panel on racial diversity that will serve as a sequel of sorts to last year's discussion hosted by East West Players in downtown Los Angeles. The upcoming panel will be held Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse. While last year's event was by invitation only, the upcoming discussion is free and open to the public. Panelists expected to attend include Michael Ritchie, artistic director of Center Theatre Group; Marc Masterson, artistic director of South Coast Repertory; Sheldon Epps, artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse; Tim Dang, artistic director of East West Players; and Jessica Kubzansky, co-artistic director of the Theatre @ Boston Court.  PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The 2012 panel was convened in response to a production of the Duncan Sheik musical "The Nightingale" at the La Jolla Playhouse earlier that year.
November 21, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Two people were killed in separate crashes in Pasadena on Thursday morning as rain showers caused havoc across Southland freeways, the California Highway Patrol said. The eastbound 210 Freeway transition where it meets the 134 Freeway was closed until further notice, officials said, after a crash among three big rigs at midnight killed one person and sent two others to the hospital. Miles away, a solo big rig crash on the eastbound 210 at Sierra Madre Boulevard just before 3 a.m. blocked three lanes until further notice, said CHP Officer Alex Rubio.
November 19, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
USC is taking over the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, bringing more than 15,000 works of Asian art dating from ancient times to today under the university's control, along with the nearly 90-year-old replica of a Chinese palace that houses the museum. USC and museum officials described the new relationship as an “alliance” and a “partnership” in a written announcement Monday, but Robert Cooper, the university's vice provost, said in an interview that the existing independent nonprofit board that runs the museum will cede full control to the university starting next month.
November 18, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A Pasadena yoga instructor who told female students that his intimate touch would “heal” them has been convicted of sexual battery and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, city officials said. A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury in Pasadena convicted Naader Shagagi last week of four misdemeanor counts of sexual battery by fraudulent representation, city officials said in a statement. He will be sentenced Dec. 5. Shagagi, 56, owns Yoga Kingdom Sanctuary on Lake Avenue.
November 12, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Direct from the age of black-and-white television, Reginald Rose's "12 Angry Men" has been redeployed to confront the issue of race relations. This Pasadena Playhouse production, which opened Sunday under the direction of artistic director Sheldon Epps, has evenly cast African American and white actors as the dozen jurors who end up splitting here along racial lines. If the result seems, well, a little too black and white for an era that, while hardly post-racial, has a bit too much gray for such a neatly polarized scheme, the play still has a way of ensnaring an audience's attention.
November 9, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
A woman came home to find two burglars in her South Pasadena home Friday evening and was tied up before they fled with an estimated $40,000 in jewelry, police said. The woman arrived at her home in the 1500 block of Camino Lindo after 6 p.m. and came upon the burglars, who had broken through the back sliding-glass door, South Pasadena Sgt. Jason Lucas said. “He says, 'Shut up. Don't scream.' And then he came toward me with this knife,” the woman told KNBC-TV (Channel 4)
November 4, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
Horses and jockeys were on the move Sunday returning to their home bases after the two-day Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita, but Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez remained at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena after having his spleen removed following a spill Saturday during the Juvenile Fillies. He was listed in serious but stable condition in the critical care unit. Agent Angel Cordero Jr. told the Daily Racing Form that Velazquez is expected to be hospitalized four to five days and won't ride again in 2013.
November 4, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Pasadena has changed little over the past half-century. What's new, of course, is Old Pasadena. But much of the city remains recognizably old Pasadena. That has certainly been true of the Pasadena Symphony as a bastion of tradition. It was founded in 1928, and between 1936 and 2010 it had only three music directors. All arrived having had distinguished careers and remained for a long time. Even the orchestra's home throughout those years, the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, maintained its old-Pasadena feel.
November 2, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
David Lockington will debut Saturday as the Pasadena Symphony's music director, attended by the usual glowing sentiments that come with arrivals and beginnings. But in a 30-year career as a conductor that has been full of comings and goings crisscrossing the United States, it's noteworthy that some of the London-raised Lockington's biggest raves have come as he took a final bow and walked out the door. He's taking over the Pasadena Symphony after what amounted to 21/2 years of serial dating by the orchestra as it brought in a series of guest conductors after a messy parting with longtime music director Jorge Mester in mid-2010.
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