Here are events scheduled Saturday, Aug. 24, to Friday, Aug 30.
All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!
Family Science Fiction Classics presents a double feature Saturday, Aug. 24, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library with films about lands where prehistoric creatures still roam the Earth:
- "The Lost World" (Silent, 1925, NR) starring Wallace Beery and Jessie Love. This is the first film adaption of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel, with stop motion techniques that were incredibly innovative at the time. Professor Challenger leads an expedition of scientists and adventurers to a remote plateau deep in the Amazonian jungle, and find living dinosaurs and ape-like men.
- "The Valley of Gwangi" (1969, G) starring James Franciscus and Gila Golan. The stop motion techniques are more advanced due to the work of the legendary special effects guru Ray Harryhausen. A tale of a one-foot-tall horse, thought to be of a species 50 million years old, prompts the owners of a traveling Wild West show to venture into Mexico's Forbidden Valley to find it and get rich by putting it in their show, but they are met by prehistoric monsters, one of which, the Gwangi, an Allosaurus, is put in their show instead. Havoc wreaks.
One Colorado's Saturday Night Music presents Ethio Cali performing Ethiopian jazz Saturday, Aug. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard.
The Playhouse District Association's Summer Jazz Concert Series wraps up with the Michael Haggins Band performing smooth jazz Sunday, Aug. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard adjacent to Vroman's Bookstore.
The summer concert series for all ages in the air conditioned comfort of the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center continues with Lisa Haley and the Zydekats performing lively Cajun and zydeco music Monday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. Feel free to bring a picnic. All ages are welcome.
"Bloody Poetry," a play by Howard Brenton, will be read by resident actors at A Noise Within Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. as part of the Words Within series. While admission is free, reservations are required.
The Sheu Pettit Guitar Duo will perform classical works Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
"Larger than Life" (1996, PG) starring Bill Murray and Matthew McConaughey will be shown Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A motivational speaker wants to rid himself of an elephant he unexpected inherited and must find a way to get to Los Angeles where there are two people who want the animal for themselves.
Don your shoulder pads, leg warmers, scrunchies, big earrings, parachute pants and neon outfits for a totally tubular evening in Old Pasadena! An '80s summer dance party at the south end of Big Bang Theory Way Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. will revisit the decade of new wave, romantics, synthpop and early hip-hop as DJ Glenn Red will spin rad tunes. You'll play free classic arcade video games courtesy of Neon Retro Arcade, snap pics in photo booths with '80s props, enjoy free ice cream courtesy of Paradis (while supplies last) and more. Please note alley capacity is limited; wristbands will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis beginning at 5:45 p.m. at 93 E. Green St. in front of Dog Haus Biergarten.
One Colorado's Thursday Night Music presents Chris Joyner performing soul and funk Thursday, Aug. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard.
Photo credits: First National Pictures, Warner Brothers/Seven Arts, Ethio Cali, Larger than Life, Lisa Haley, A Noise Within, Rogue Valley Messenger, Chris Joyner.