Here are my top picks for events scheduled from Saturday, April 19, to Thursday, April 24.
All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare tell me there's nothing to do in Pasadena!
Saturday, April 19, at 2 p.m. is the opening reception for "Celebrating Women," a juried art exhibition of original art works at the historic Blinn House, sponsored by the California Art League and the Women's City Club of Pasadena.
Face painting, special treats and a visit from the Easter bunny are among the activities for children Saturday, April 19, from noon to 3 p.m. at Paseo Colorado.
How does one survive being held hostage by an orangutan? What is the proper way to drink cobra blood? Learn the answers to these questions and many more when Justin Rubin, who spent 16 months vagabonding across Asia, speaks Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at Distant Lands.
Jules Massenet's opera "Thaïs" is a romantic tragedy set in fourth century Alexandria and the the Egyptian desert. An L.A. Opera community educator will take you through the opera's timeless struggle between earthly desire and spiritual redemption that challenges the resolve of the monk Athanaël and the purity of heart of the courtesan Thaïs Monday, April 21, at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. You don't have to be a member to attend.
The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of stars, galaxies and the nature of our vast universe. Dr. Alan Dressler, staff astronomer at The Carnegie Observatories, will present "Beyond Hubble: New Space Telescopes to Explore the Cosmos" Monday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. at A Noise Within as part of the observatories' 2014 Astronomy Lecture Series.
The Lancer Jazz Big Band will perform Tuesday, April 22, at noon on the west patio at PCC's Center for the Arts.
Pasadena Police Department's Curbside Coffee & Chat get-togethers are quite popular and take place at a different location each time. Chat it up with police officers and park safety specialists, connect with other Pasadenans and enjoy some refreshments Tuesday, April 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library. There's never an agenda or speech; discuss whatever you want with officers who will be happy to chat with you.
This week's film in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Pasadena Central Library is the 1942 romantic comedy "The Palm Beach Story" starring Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea Wednesday, April 23, at 1 p.m.
It's National Poetry Week! Budding teen poets and their families are invited to a Roaring '20s-themed open mic night at Pasadena Central Library Thursday, April 24, at 6 p.m.
A filmed documentary interview with Wanda Coleman, unofficial poet laureate of Los Angeles, will be screened Thursday. April 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Pasadena Central Library.
See the documentary film "Medora" Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at Crawford Family Forum about a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team whose struggles to compete parallel the small Indiana town's own fight for survival, then be part of the conversation with producer/director Davy Rothbart.
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