BOB FISHER Owner, Ice House Comedy Club

EAT: Lunasia Dim Sum House — Lots of different, unique tastes. Casual, comfortable atmosphere.

DRINK: Paul Martin’s — Delicious drinks … great staff … interesting customers. 

PLAY:  The Ice House — Love watching people laugh. Always fun to hang around with comedians.


GERDA GOVINEPoet, Author, Activist

EAT: Sushi of Naples


PLAY: Walk to the Academy Theater, Old Town, South Lake — shopping/ice cream;  concerts in the park — Levitt Pavilion


TOM COSTONExecutive Director the Light Bringer Project

EAT: The Luggage Room — great pizza, drink specials and friendly wait staff!

DRINK: Donkey Bar — always just crowded enough, great drinks and party spirit.

PLAY: Rooftop of Castle Green. You have to be there. Out of the Pasadena, Chinatown and Downtown LA arts stuff.

RANDY ERTLLAuthor, Activist

EAT:  Raffi’s Restaurant in Glendale — They have the best rack of lamb kabob. The rice with saffron is excellent. I love Glendale. It’s a calm, safe city.

DRINK: Urth Café — My favorite place to have cafe latte or Morrocan mint boba.

PLAY: Vroman’s Bookstore — A great place to hang out and have tea or coffee. Conveniently, the Laemmle (Playhouse 7) Theater is right next door.


ANN ERDMANCommunications Specialist

 EAT: Central Park Restaurant — It’s the perfect spot for a breakfast or lunch meeting or a nice dinner with friends or a significant other. The cuisine is superb, service is excellent and the decor — a historic building filled with classic photos of movie stars from Hollywood’s golden age — is comfortable and charming.

DRINK: Bar 1886 at The Raymond — This is the ideal watering hole for cocktail aficionados. Dozens of craft cocktails, invented by bartenders there over the years, as well as classic cocktails in everybody’s lexicon, are prepared to perfection. The bar cuisine is extensive and inexpensive, and happy hour prices are well worth a visit.

PLAY: Arlington Garden — Situated on three acres, Pasadena’s only dedicated public city garden is free and open year-round from dawn to dusk. Sit on a bench and read or ponder, explore any number of meandering paths, walk the classic labyrinth or enjoy a picnic with friends and family.


EAT: At Thai Me Upp you’ll love the 12-hour braised brisket curry at this Glendale newcomer. El Morfi Grill is a Glendale institution and right across the street from the Alex Theatre.  With Porto’s Bakery, you can’t go wrong, and the best part is, if you don’t have time to grab a sweet treat from there before a show, we feature a few of their baked goods at the theater. Johnnie’s Pizzeria, is open after shows, if you want to snag a late night snack and some delicious pizza. 

DRINK: Eden Burger, best burgers in town and the rooftop terrace is lovely at night, for a post-show drink. Katsuya has the best spicy tuna on crispy rice, and their rolls are always so fresh. It’s also a great place for a light dinner and cocktail before a show.  

PLAY: Bourbon Steak is the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. The Wooden Fork is only a few doors down from the Alex and has some lovely organic salads and wine.  They also host a really fun weekly wine and paint night


PATTY ONAGAN — Director of Marketing and Communications, Pasadena Playhouse

EAT: redwhite+bluezz — This is my favorite place to have lunch meetings and I always love to start with the pear and tomato basil garlic flatbreads for the entire table.

DRINK: Vertical Wine Bistro — They have an excellent selection of wines by the glass, and to add to the experience, be sure to pair with items from their raw bar.

PLAY: iPic Theater at One Colorado — Who doesn’t like to watch the latest movie release in your own reclining chair, a blanket and free popcorn?


JEANNETTE BOVARD Media Consultant, Pasadena Museum Of History

EAT: Marston’s Restaurant. Just like eating at home — if I was a much better cook!

DRINK: Bar 1886 at The Raymond Restaurant — Classy, romantic, upscale, delicious; this is our special-occasion/celebration place.

PLAY: Wicked Lit (Unbound Productions) — Halloween is my favorite holiday; tromping through graveyards in the dark is my idea of fun.

SHELDON EPPS — Artistic Director, Pasadena Playhouse

EAT: Parkway Grill — Beautiful and wonderful food; Gale’s — Reliably wonderful Italian food, in a place that feels like home!

DRINK: redwhite+bluezz — Pretty convenient, I would say,  but delicious wine and cocktails and wonderful creative energy.

PLAY: The Pasadena Playhouse …of course, but also Boston Court, Levitt Pavilion, and all the unusual and surprising places where MUSE/IQUE makes beautiful music.

PADDY HURLEYManaging Director the Light Bringer Project

EAT:  Kind Creme on Arroyo Parkway — 100 percent tasty and healthy comfort food.

DRINK: Stone Brewery. Tasty quenching cold brews!

PLAY: Laemmle and ArcLight theaters because I’m a film fan. Also, the Playhouse District for coffee and Vroman’s