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Friday, February 17, 2017

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events February 18 to 24


Here are free events scheduled Saturday, Feb. 18, to Friday, Feb. 24.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!

-- Please note that the Black History Parade 
scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18, 
has been canceled due to weather. --

Symphomaniax, a quartet of violin, classical guitar, cello and double bass from the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, will perform a repertoire ranging from Bach to The Beatles Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. at Allendale Branch Library

The live production "Songs of the Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Song" Sunday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Ambassador Auditorium will feature singers, musicians, dancers and narrators who will share the powerful role music played in the civil rights movement and its continued impact on issues today. While the event is free, you must reserve a ticket (click on the link above).

Guitarist David Rogers will perform Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"Miracle" (2004, PG) starring Kurt Russell and Patricia Clarkson will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A player turned coach leads the 1980 U.S. hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian team.

"Young Mr. Lincoln" (1939, NR) starring Henry Fonda and Alice Brady will be shown Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Before he becomes known to the nation and the world, the future president defends two brothers unjustly accused of murder and begins to think about a career in politics. A discussion with Paul Bergman, professor emeritus at UCLA School of Law, will follow the film.

Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to the Kids' Writing Workshop Friday, Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the Children's Story Room at Central Library. It's never too early to start writing your own stories! You don't have to be an expert -- you just have to love stories and have a great imagination. Call 626-744-4066, option 4 to sign up.



Photo credits: San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra, The Power of Song Inc., David Rogers, Pop Pop Productions, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Model D


Friday, February 10, 2017

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events February 11 to 17


Here are events scheduled Saturday, Feb. 11, to Friday, Feb. 17.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!

Teens are invited to learn how to code and create their own 3D printing projects during Teen Brunch Club Saturday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. at Linda Vista Branch Library

Explore the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Pasadena during multisensory, two-mile walking tours Saturday, Feb. 11, and Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. (choose the one most convenient for you, or take both tours!) courtesy of Pasadena Walking Tours. Walkers will meet at Arlington Garden, then explore some South Orange Grove/Arroyo areas. Bring your camera to capture the sunset over the Arroyo Seco!

Sunny Tales: Valentine's Party Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for preschool-aged children will feature a storyteller in the Finnish Folk Art Museum at the Pasadena Museum of History spinning stories about the special holiday, followed by a hearty snack and a special craft to take home.

Pianist Michael Sellers will perform Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"Truman" (1995, PG) starring Gary Sinise and Diana Scarwid will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Harry S. Truman rises from humble beginnings to serve in World War I, become vice president of the United States, assume the presidency during World War II after Franklin Delano Roosevelt's death, and make the decision to order the dropping of the first atomic bomb. 

The third Thursday (and first Friday) of every month is Free Admission Day at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Thursday, Feb. 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

Asteroids and comets have played pivotal roles throughout Earth's history (if you doubt it, just ask a dinosaur). The Planetary Society will host a live radio show on the subject Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Southern California Public Radio's Crawford Family Forum. Planetary Radio's Mat Kaplan will moderate a conversation with experts from the Planetary Society, NASA and JPL. RSVP here.

"Sleepless in Seattle" (1993, PG) starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan will be shown Friday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A widowed man's young son calls a radio talk show with a wish that his father will find a new wife. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.



Photo credits: AZCentral, Activity Village, The Marke's World, Michael Sellers, HBO Pictures, Pasadena Museum of California Art, TriStar Pictures, Planetary Society, Enstarz

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Feb. 4 to 10


Here are free events scheduled Saturday, Feb. 4, to Friday, Feb. 10.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!

Before the Falcons and Patriots play at the Supurr Bowl, the Pasadena Humane Society's Kitten Bowl Tailgate Party, a no-fee adoption event for all animals Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature an adorable kitten football field, doggie touchdown zone, giant adoptions scoreboard, football-themed photo booth and more. How can you resist?

"42: The True Story of an American Legend" (2013, PG-13) starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford will be shown Saturday, Feb. 4, at 3:30 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library. Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier in professional baseball when Branch Rickey signs him to the Brooklyn Dodgers, but the deal puts Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public.

Caltech Chamber Music Ensembles will perform Sunday, Feb. 5, at 3:30 p.m. at Caltech's Dabney Lounge in Dabney Hall (#40 on this map) with a program that includes Faure's Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Opus 15; Brahms's Piano Quintet in F Minor, Opus 34; Vivaldi's Trio Sonata in D Minor "La Folia"; Bach's Brandonberg Concerto No. 5; and Piazzolla selections.

Join the drum circle and travel along on Chazz Ross's whimsical safari with 26 African djembe drums Monday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. at Villa-Parke Branch Library. You'll create realistic jungle sounds, play simple rhythms and sing silly songs while learning about the culture of African drumming. All ages are welcome.

A string quintet plus an English horn will perform "Six Studies in English Folk Song" by Ralph Vaughn Williams; soprano Ingrid Helge will perform songs by Vivaldi, Rossini and Morricoe and a piano trio will close the program with "The Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint Saens Tuesday, Feb. 7. at 12:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Sponsored by Tuesday Musicale of Pasadena.

The first Tuesday of the month is Free Family Night at Kidspace Children's Museum. On Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. celebrate the rich culture of Black History Month including a number of fun activities, a special storyteller performance and more.

"Crossing Delancey" (1988, PG) starring Amy Irving and Peter Riegert will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. The Jewish grandmother of a young, independent woman in New York's upper east side enlists the services of a matchmaker to find a perfect match, which turns out to be a working-class pickle maker on the lower east side.

PUSD's Choral Music Festival will feature students from throughout the district and guest conductor Lauren Buckley Schaer of the Pasadena Master Chorale Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at at Pasadena High School. 

Children will use their imaginations and create Valentine's Day crafts to give as gifts Thursday, Feb. 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.

The next supply of garden-ready mulch from Pasadena Public Workd Department street tree trimmings will be available Friday, Feb. 10, at the southwest corner of the parking lot at Victory Park. Bring your own shovel, contrainer and gloves between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. The mulch supply is replenished once a month through October and is available to Pasadena residents only.

"The Girl on the Train" (2016, R) starring Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux will be shown Friday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.



Photo credits: Pasadena Humane Society, Warner Bros., Shea Butter Wholesale, Good News Report, Muscogee Moms, Gardener's Supply Company, Amblin Entertainment

Friday, January 27, 2017

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Jan. 28 to Feb. 3


Here are events scheduled Saturday, Jan, 28, to Friday, Feb. 3.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!

USC Pacific Asia Museum is still closed for a major seismic retrofit and restoration, but the revered institution will still host the annual celebration of the Chinese lunar new year Saturday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Since the museum courtyard isn't available, the location for this Year of the Rooster event will be the courtyard at Fuller Theological Seminary just across the way from the museum. There will be dance, musical and martial arts performances, arts and crafts activities, a story time for children and much more.

Armory Center for the Arts, Kidspace Children's Museum and Pasadena Museum of California Art are among more than 30 Southern California cultural institutions that will open their doors for free during Museums Free-For-All Sunday, Jan. 29, during each institution's regular hours.

Jazz vocalist V.R. Smith and an ensemble will perform Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (1974, PG) starring Cicely Tyson and Eric Brown will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A woman born into slavery in the 1850s recounts her life as she becomes part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Enjoy a date night with a free movie in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library while staff members provide activities for your school-aged children (ages 8+) Thursday, Feb. 2, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. You and your sweetheart will watch "50 First Dates" (2004, PG-13) starring Drew Barrymore as a woman with short-term memory loss who each day forgets what happened the day before, and Adam Sandler as the man who woos her over and over again. At the same time, your kids will be in the Children's Story Room creating Valentine cards, watching cartoons and enjoying refreshments. This event is limited to 50 parents/guardians and 50 children. Email creeder@cityofpasadena.net to sign up -- include names of adults plus names and ages of children. Arrive between 6:45 and 7 p.m. for check-in.

The first Friday (and third Thursday) of every month is Free Admission Day at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Friday, Feb. 3, from noon to 5 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

"Florence Foster Jenkins" (2016, PG-13) starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant will be shown Friday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A wealthy New York heiress attempts to become an opera singer despite her horrible singing voice. Based on a true story,. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

Admission is free the first Friday of every month at the Norton Simon Museum. On Friday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer. 



Photo credits: Ask Ideas, John Gross Music, Tomorrow Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Qwerty Films, Norton Simon Museum

Friday, January 20, 2017

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events January 21 to 27


Here are events scheduled from Saturday, Jan. 21, to Friday, Jan. 27.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!

If you're concerned about human decency, equal rights and freedom from discrimination, come to Pasadena City Hall for the Rally at the Rotunda Saturday, Jan. 21, from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Non-political leaders in their fields will discuss women's health, targeted communities, economic justice and public education. We'll share information about local organizations that serve women and we'll issue a call to action for moving forward with passion and purpose in 2017 and beyond. Please don't come if you plan on being disruptive or disrespectful -- this isn't that rally.

Sing along as Women on the Move Trio performs folk songs Saturday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Bring friends and family for this fun event! 

A celebration in honor of Pasadena-born Julia Child Saturday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. at Allendale Branch Library will feature two French cooking demonstrations by Isabelle Camps-Campins using recipes from "Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume Two." Be one of the first 40 guests to arrive and you'll receive a ticket entitling you to sample the dishes!

Dr. Gary Stickel will introduce children (and people of all ages) to the Greek writer Homer's masterpieces "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" in a very unique way Saturday, Jan. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library

Enjoy a spellbinding afternoon of eclectic, eccentric and exemplary works, from poems to true stories to hilarious monologues and more, as 15 members of the Independent Writers of Southern California read aloud some of their witty, emotional and thoughtful works Sunday, Jan. 22, beginning at 2 p.m. at Vroman's Book Store.

Classical guitarist David Margolis, a music instructor at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, will perform in recital Monday, Jan. 23, at 3 p.m. at Linda Vista Branch Library

Classical pianist Charles Fierro will perform Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"From Time to Time" (2009, PG) starring Alex Etel and Maggie Smith will be shown Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. When a boy discovers he can mysteriously travel between two worlds that are two centuries apart, he begins to unlock family secrets that have been hidden for generations.

Children ages 8 to 12: May the Force Be With You! Learn how to create your own lightsaber from a master model-builder Thursday, Jan. 26, at 3:30 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library. Call 626-744-7272 to sign up.

Calling all teen writers! Whether you're a novelist or a poet or simply love writing, join others who share the same passion Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. in Teen Central at Central Library for a few writing exercises, bounce ideas around, talk about writing and share your work. Stories and poems produced during the session will be considered for the library's Teen Zeen.

Former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard will serve as the narrator for Pasadena Community Orchestra's performance of Aaron Copeland's "Lincoln Portrait" Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene. The program will also include Copeland's "Outdoor Overture," Dudley Buck's "Festival Overture," Morton Goulde's "American Salute" and William Bolcom's "Seattle Slew."



Photo credits: University of Arkansas, Hellenism.net, Geocaching, South Pasadena Public Library, Keyboard Concepts, Ealing Studios, LucasFilm, T, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation,

Friday, January 13, 2017

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Jan. 14 to 20


Here are free events scheduled Saturday, Jan. 14, to Friday, Jan. 20.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!

The 2007 documentary "Rare Earth" will be shown Saturday, Jan. 14, at 4 p.m. at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium (#91 on this map). Our planet is unique in the solar system and perhaps even in the galaxy. The film explores some key chapters in Earth's past -- from the formation of our moon to mass extinctions of life -- and asks how essential these events were to the emergence of complex life forms, including us. Christopher Spalding, a graduate student in geological and planetary sciences at Caltech, will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.

The Whyman Project will perform genre-bending chamber music with an intriguing mashup of musical styles from classical and jazz to pop, rock and film music Saturday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Pianist Louis Landon will perform Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. as part of the Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"Ladyhawke" (1985, PG-13) starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Broderick will be shown Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A thief comes to the aid of tragic lovers -- a woman who is cursed to become a hawk every day at sunrise and a man who turns into a wolf at sunset -- while the sorcerer who cast the spell sends his henchmen to prevent the couple from ever living in human form again.

The third Thursday (and first Friday) of every month is Free Admission Day at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Thursday, Jan. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

Noir Night Thursday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library will feature Phoef Sutton, author of the modern L.A. noir mysteries "Heart Attack and Vine" and "Crush," who will introduce the film "The Long Goodbye" (1973, R) and discuss some of its labyrinthine plot points and the story behind the making of this witty and enthralling movie starring Elliott Gould and Nina van Pallandt, based on the Raymond Chandler novel of the same name. Private eye Philip Marlowe befriends a down-and-out war veteran whose wealthy and promiscuous wife ends up dead. As his friend goes on the lam, the police and a vicious gangster go after Marlow before he finally solves the case. Please note this film is not appropriate for children.

"The King and I" (1956, NR) starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr will be shown Friday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A British widow hired by the king of Siam to tutor his many wives and children in modern western culture soon finds herself in a culture clash of her own. Based on true events. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.



Photo credits: Bill Frymire, The Whyman Project, Louis Landon, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Pasadena Museum of California Art,, Lion's Gate Films.