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A Taste of Pasadena, California

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  1. Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of 2010 United States Census, the population of Pasadena was 137,122.

  2. Although famous for hosting the annual Rose Bowl football game and Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena is the home to many scientific and cultural institutions, including the California Institute of Technology, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena City College, Fuller Theological Seminary, Art Center College of Design, the Pasadena Playhouse, Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts-Pasadena, the Norton Simon Museum of Art and the Pacific Asia Museum.

  3. The wettest year was 1983 with 48.47 inches and the driest year was 1947 with 5.37 inches. The most rainfall in one month was 19.70 inches in February 1980. The most rainfall in 24 hours was 7.70 inches on March 2, 1938. Pasadena averages 21 inches of rain a year, about 6 inches more than nearby Los Angeles due to the rain shadow effect created by the San Gabriel Mountains. Situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, snow is known to fall occasionally in Pasadena. The heaviest snowfall in Pasadena history occurred on January 11, 1949; 6 inches fell at Pasadena's city hall and more than 12 inches fell in the foothills of the city.

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A Moment with Sabrina Elayne Carten and Kimberly Yarbrough Cast Members of the Hit Show “One Night With Janis Joplin” at The Pasadena Playhouse
By: Katrina Nairne

The music and artists represented in One Night With Janis Joplin have influenced both Sabrina Elayne Carten, playing the “Blues Singer” in the production, and Kimberly Yarbrough, playing a “Joplinaire” and alternate performer for the “Blues Singer,” personally. One Night With Janis Joplin is a theatrical concert event that transports the audience back to the late 60s for a live show with the legendary rock icon, Janis Joplin, celebrating her music and spirit for one short evening.

Kimberly Yarbrough
Kimberly Yarbrough (Photo by Jim Cox)

“I have always loved music and listened to various artists and styles. The music of the '60s and '70s was some of my favorites from Motown, to Staxx, to psychedelic rock. The music of Joplin, Hendrix, Franklin among my favorites,” shares the classically trained vocalist and actress Sabrina Elayne Carten. “When I got the role of the ‘Blues Singer’ I began to listen not just to Odetta, Nina, Aretha and Bessie but to Dinah Washington, Big Momma Thornton and Billie Holiday too. In order to better understand the style, the phrasing and also the history of these artists and the times.”

“From the time I was a child, any time I ever saw any footage of Janis Joplin performing, I was always spellbound. I really didn't know how to process all that passion and intensity as a child, I just knew I wanted some of that,” Kim Yarbrough reflects. Being from Memphis, Tennessee, I cut my teeth on the blues, so I feel very close to the music in this show, and all of its roots. Singing this music feels natural to me, like I've been doing it my entire life . . . because I have.”

Sabrina Elayne Carten, having been with One Night With Janis Joplin since its premiere in Portland, Oregon, has witnessed amazing development that has both strengthened the show, making the experience even more powerful. While Carten had the opportunity to be a part of this development, she found that some of the most dynamic changes were the tightening of dialogue, as well as the addition of duets, and the polishing of “Spirit in The Dark,” the show-stopping number that ends Act One. Contrastingly, Kim Yarbrough (a finalist on NBC’s hit show “The Voice,” had the exciting chance to become a part of this breathtaking production after it had already performed to sold-out crowds in Portland, Cleveland and Washington, D.C.. Yarbrough shared that “it's nice to be on a moving train—and a fast moving one, I might add.”

Sabrina Elayne Carten
Sabrina Elayne Carten as the Blues Singer (Photo by Jim Cox)

Carten believes she has been fortunate enough to see, first-hand, while working on One Night With Janis Joplin that “in all honesty music can take many forms, but it still has to be cherished and respected. Joplin did just that; as these women inspired her she maintained a respect for the music and added her I own style and personality. She didn't try to copy or imitate.” She continued that “in doing this role I strive to be true to the music—but not imitate these phenomenal women—by adding my own personality, while staying true to the styling of the various periods.”

A particularly significant aspect of One Night With Janis Joplin is “that you discover so much about Janis, the ‘person,’ not the ‘personality and the fable.’ This show humanizes a legend,” Yarbrough explains. “Prior to being a part of this show, I had no idea that Janis was influenced by so many African American female singers. You feel it in her soul when she sings, but knowing it was a fact makes me look at Janis so differently now. I would have loved to have known her personally.” A quality production is one that leaves its audience longing for more, let alone its cast.

Both Carten and Yarbrough personally connect with the music put forth by Janis and the inspiring blues singers emulated in One Night With Janis Joplin. Carten explains, “what inspires me most about these women is the fact that they were all trailblazers. They were not afraid to take musical risks. They took those risks with lyrics, fashion and political ideas.” Yarbrough’s stance on the effect these powerhouse women had on society parallels Carten’s in many ways.

Yarbrough informs us that, “in a time when Civil Rights was new territory, what these women had to say was not just the soundtrack to the movement; it pushed the movement along. It was also the beginning of the end of a time when the most the average woman could hope for was to live in the shadow of her husband. I believe the songs that these women sang made the world sit up and take notice, because they effectively said, “Look! You too can have an opinion that is your own!” However, Yarbrough does not believe “these singers were thinking about making an impact on society. I believe they were just expressing the music in them. They had to, no matter what. It was a calling-- some kind of compelling drive to say what they had to say through their songs.”

Both of these awe-inspiring performers are extremely grateful to be a part of the brilliant production, One Night With Janis Joplin. Both also value the historical significance these artistically endowed women had on, not only the music of their time, but the societal shifts as well. The production’s remarkable cast put great value in the historical significance of the extraordinarily talented women honored through this superb journey through a magnificent era of our nation’s musical history.

Carten recognizes the magnificence of the production she is a part of, helping the nation to remember its musical diversity; “this is such an incredible show, I am awestruck by its message and the way the audiences have received it. I'm grateful to have my talents and feelings channeled into it.”

Yarbrough remembers her childhood, idolizing these women as she grew up in the era being showcased: “I am most grateful that I get to tell my own story about that entire era. I lived it, so I feel so blessed that I get to share my own interpretation about what it was like growing up, watching Janis Joplin skyrocket from obscurity to a household name in a matter of what seemed like minutes.”

One Night With Janis Joplin is not only a production for Janis Joplin fans, but for all lovers of the particular musical eras showcased. This production transports patrons of The Pasadena Playhouse, as well as across the nation, to a span of time in history considered relevant in today’s society.

“Music, from its very beginning, has been the greatest voice of every generation,” states Carten. “Come and see a radical moment in American music. You will leave energized, amazed and just maybe a fan.”

"You would not believe the impact that African American women like Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Nina Simone had on Janis Joplin. That is all shown in this show,” explains Yarbrough. “It's not just Janis Joplin singing her songs. It shows the history of how Janis came to make these songs her own after being inspired by them. You get to tie all the pieces together and really know what an incredible artist Janis really was, and how her influences were larger than life themselves. This show is not just about Janis Joplin. It's also about YOU."”

One Night With Janis Joplin is a production that allows us all to step back, and enjoy a night remembrance for an era of immense musical and historical significance. “I hope that they see our joy and camaraderie on stage, and that their appreciation for this show inspires them to support local and national live theater,” Carten says of the patrons who will enjoy this national tour.

“The biggest kick I get each evening is looking out into the audience and seeing the reactions of pure joy on the faces that remember the songs of their youth,” gleams Yarbrough. “Those looks are priceless and I will never forget them. I hope we continue to provide that joy for everyone that occupies a seat during our run at the Pasadena Playhouse.”

One Night With Janis Joplin, written and directed by Randy Johnson, is a full on concert experience and musical journey into the life and inspirations of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest legends. This outstanding musical also shines a spotlight on the great African American blues artists who influenced Janis’ musical style and career, including Bessie Smith, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. This new musical event features Joplin hits and classic songs such as “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Ball and Chain” and “Summertime” with a live on stage band – creating a compelling portrait of an artist through the words and music of one of America’s greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll icons.


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Famous Blacks from Pasadena, California


Businesses in Pasadena, California

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  1. All In One Day Spa -  Category: Spa -  2059 Lincoln Avenue Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 798-6000 or (626) 215-2322

  2. Braids by Antoinette -  Category: Black Hair Braider -  1219 N Fair Oaks Ave Pasadena, CA 91103-2574 (866) 429-4416

  3. Calla Salon -  Category: Black Hair Salon -  911 E. Union Ave. Pasadena, CA (626) 466-5384

  4. Color Cut (Neeko) -  Category: Black Hair Salons -   761 East Greene St. Suite #1, Pasadena, Ca 91101 (626) 795-8856

  5. Shea Butter and Beyond -  Category: Beauty -  We sell only the best Shea Butter your skin will love. We only sell unrefined Shea Butter for all our products, in hopes to give your skin the healthy glow it deserves!   - 115 W California Blvd #108 Pasadena, Ca

  6. Shelly Mays - Braider -  Category: Black Hair Braider -  Also sisterlocks and locks and twist.   - Pasadena, Ca (626) 791-5203

  7. Tangles Pasadena -  Category: Black Hair Salon -  145 W. Green St. Pasadena, CA

  8. X-Pressions Hair Studio -  Category: Black Hair Salon -  1507 N. Lake Ave. Pasadena, CA (626) 296-8400



  1. Alkebu-lan Cultural Center -  Category: Cultural Center-  1435 N. Raymond Avenue Pasadena , CA 91103 (626) 794-9570   - (visit website)

  2. D.R. Valentine & Associates, Inc. -  Wedding and Event Planner, Interior Design, Custom Invitations -  650 South Raymond Ave. Pasadena CA 91105 (626) 395-0346   - (visit website)

  3. Girlfriends Medical Group, Inc. -  Category: Obstetrics & Gynecology -  301 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105 (626) 793-5250

  4. IronWood Corner -  Category: African American Bookstores-  462 Toolen Place Pasadena, CA. 91103 - (818)398-5539

  5. Maurice Wright -  Category: Realtor -  445 S.Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, California (626) 204-3300

  6. Millennium Therapy Inc -  Category: Speech Pathology -  30 N Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103 (818) 566-3888

  7. Poole Mansfeld Rosenberg Law Office -  Category: Legal/Financial-  234 E Colo Ave Ste 620 Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 683-1311

  8. San Gabrial Valley Journal -  Category: African American Newspaper-  (626) 798-3972 Pasadena, CA.   - (visit website)

  9. The Pasadena Playhouse -  Category: Entertainment-  Built on a tradition of innovation and excellence, The Pasadena Playhouse is committed to continue to be the premiere theatrical experience in Southern California showcasing the most exciting theatrical entertainment in the state and being an amazing forum for launching new work onto the national stage.   - 39 South El Molino Ave. Pasadena, CA. (626) 792-8672   - (visit website)



  1. Snowbusters Ski Club -  Category: Black Ski Club-  P.O. Box 90551 Pasadena, CA 91109   - (visit website)



  1. Big Mama's Rib Shack -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   1453 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91104-2302 (626) 797-1792   - (visit website)

  2. Roscoe's House of Chicken' N Waffles -  Category: Soul Food Restaurants -   830 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91104-4560 (626) 791-4890   - (visit website)

  3. SoulPlantation -  Category: Soul Food -  201 Lake Ave. Pasadena, California (626) 577-4798



Framed by the awe-inspiring Jackie Robinson & Mack Robinson Memorial in Pasadena, California, "Turner's Two Cents" columnist Cameron Turner tells why Black History Month should be an exiciting, unifying time for all Americans.




  1. Deliverance Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C. -  1299 Sunset, Pasadena, CA 91004 (626) 794-5734

  2. First Ame Church -  1700 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103-1837 (626) 797-1257

  3. Friendship Baptist Church -  80 W. Dayton Avenue, Pasadena CA 91105 (626) 793-1062  - (visit website)

  4. Holy Assembly Church of God in Christ -  55 East Villa Street, Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 792-4810  - (visit website)



  1. Noor Sofia Lounge -  Category: Live Jazz -   260 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 793-4518  - (visit website)

  2. The Terrace -  Category: Music Venues, Bars, Venues & Event Spaces -   443 E Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 796-3030  - (visit website)
    The Terrace Club



  1. An Evening with Stars
    (September)   Annual star studded event in Pasadena, California   - (visit website)

    Fabulous performances all in the name of education.




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