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Friday, August 19, 2016

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Aug. 20 to 26


Here are free events scheduled Saturday, Aug. 20, to Friday, Aug. 26.

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

Singing/songwriting duo Jim and Sam will perform Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.

South Lake Avenue Business District's Rooftop Cinema Series presents "Hook" (1991, PG) starring Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams Saturday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. on the roof of Corporate Center Pasadena, 251 S. Lake Ave. When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit to challenge his old enemy. While the event is free, you must have a ticket,  Bring a beach chair and arrive as early as 6 p.m. for DJ music. Bring a picnic or purchase dinner at the event.

The Yuval Ron Ensemble will perform world music Saturday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket plus a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The FluteSonic Orchestra will perform Sunday, Aug. 21, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library

Claudia Lennear and The New Ash Grove Players will perform folk, country, blues and bluegrass Sunday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket plus a picnic or purchase food at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 3 p.m.

The Chambers Brothers Featuring Joe and Willie Chambers will perform their hits and more Sunday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket plus a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The Playhouse District Summer Jazz Concert Series presents Tony Inzalaco Sunday, Aug. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard outside Vroman's Bookstore.

Dr. Lee Scott Thiesen, an expert on food, culture and Latin American history, will make a presentation titled "Xocalatl" (Chocolate) Monday, Aug. 22, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Learn the captivating history of chocolate from the discovery of cacao trees hundreds of years ago to the present day -- a story of intrigue and desire with wondrous culinary and scientific aspects. Chocolate tasting will follow the talk. Reservations are required: Call 626-795-4331. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

Pasadena Senior Center's Concerts in the Park presents Lisa Haley & the Zydekats performing Cajun and zydeco music Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. at Memorial Park. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket plus a picnic. You do not have to be a senior or a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

Sonia Lee and Menghua Lin will perform piano works for four hands Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"Chariots of Fire" (1981, PG) starring Ben Cross and Ian Charleson will be shown Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Two British track athletes, one Jewish and the other Christian and each with a very personal reason for running, compete in the 1924 Olympics in Paris. Based on a true story.

Moonlight Movies at Paseo Colorado presents "Zootopia" (2016, PG) with the voice talents of Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. A rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox team up to solve a mystery. Come as early as 6:30 p.m. to snag your seats.

Marley's Ghost will perform bluegrass Thursday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket plus a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Jan Sanders, director of the Pasadena Public Library system since 2005, is retiring after a 45-year career. Stop by a community reception and thank her for her service Friday, Aug. 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. on the west patio at Central Library. Refreshments will be provided. Email chany@cityofpasadena.net with your RSVP.

Members of the Villa-Parke Community Center boxing program will compete in the first ever Centennial Square Boxing Show Friday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. in front of Pasadena City Hall.

Rising Latino stars including Los Rakas and Stefano Vieni will perform Friday, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket plus a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. 



Photo credits: Mike Zwahlen, Amblin Entertainment, Yuval Ron Music, Hollywood Improv, Innovative Percussion Inc., Kathy from Honduras, Lisa Haley & the Zydekats, L.A. Cicero, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Walt Disney Pictures, Marley's Ghost, Pasadena Now, Juan H, Remezcla, SXSW.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Freedom Tour -- Some Didn't Make the Cut

I took more photos with my phone than I could ever possibly include on my blog posts and Facebook posts during my eight-week Freedom Tour, so I've chosen a handful of favorites to share with you that didn't make the cut in the first rounds.

On one of the roads at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, traffic was stopped for about 20 minutes due to street repair, so we all just waited patiently in our cars and tour buses. At one point, seeing some movement in my peripheral vision, I looked to my right and saw the bison above just settling in to relax in a clearing next to the road, not caring one whit about the crazy human animals in the hulking steel contraptions. 

I love this shot at Yellowstone because I had pulled over and strolled quite a way along this spot, taking in the wondrous sights of mountains, the river, the dramatic sky and the open plains as well as the sounds of wildlife and rushing water. 


In Shamrock, Texas, with a population of just 2,029 residents, this incredible art deco-style former cafe and service station has been beautifully preserved and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has a particular pop culture claim to fame: It was the inspiration for Ramone's Body Shop in the fictitious town of Radiator Springs in the Disney film "Cars." I was pleased to see vintage cars and trucks parked at the real location. The building was donated in the late 1990s to the City of Shamrock, which restored it to its former glory with the help of a major grant. The city planners and the city council found a good adaptive reuse for it: It is now the home of the Shamrock Chamber of Commerce.

 

Deadwood is in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Many structures are built into steep hillsides, including this private residence.


I had no idea the U.S. Marine Corps has a mountain warfare training site in the Eastern Sierras. Oo-rah!


This Civil War mural is on the side of a building in Munfordville, the county seat of Hart County, Kentucky. The population of Munfordville is 1,615. Kentucky was a critically important state during the Civil War.


I bought most of my food in grocery stores. My go-to lunch almost daily was a Nutzo and organic honey sandwich on seed bread with a piece of fruit. (I'm salivating as I write this!)


To get from Elko, Nevada, to Ely, Nevada, it's a three-hour drive down lonesome and winding Highway 93. I added a couple of extra hours to that trek because I wanted to see the remote Lamoille Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of Nevada. I'm so glad I did!


I'll leave you with one last photo -- Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, where no racing was taking place that day but tours were being conducted. I didn't stay but had to snap this photo just to say I stopped by.


I loved my Freedom Tour!

I have one final Freedom Tour adventure to tell you about -- a quite unusual one, full of mystery and intrigue. I'll try and get to that next week. Stay tuned...



"Cars" image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures. 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events August 13 to 19


Here are events scheduled Saturday, Aug. 13, to Friday, Aug. 19. 

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


Some of Southern California's finest artists will be featured at the Pasadena Art Walk Saturday, Aug. 13, from noon to 9 p.m. throughout Old Pasadena, including opening receptions for two gallery shows, a classic rock and roll photo show, an arts and crafts workshop and more.

Grassy Knook Productions presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream," one of William Shakespeare's most popular and magical plays, Saturday, Aug. 13, at 6:45 p.m. at Brookside Park. Come as early as 4 p.m. with a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.


Singer/songwriter RIVVRS will perform alternative folk, pop and soul Saturday, Aug. 13, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.

Jan and Dean's Beach Party! Featuring Dean Torrance will perform Saturday, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket plus a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.


Roto Pasadena, a video public art event, will debut Saturday, Aug. 13, from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Civic Center area. Stroll down Garfield Avenue and see animated videos projected on City Hall, Pasadena Police Department and Central Library as well as video interviews with residents, police officers and elected officials. Food trucks will be on site if you want to purchase dinner or snacks.


Pianist George Ramirez, violist Marisa Sakaguchi and saxophonist Ken Lavner will perform Sunday, Aug. 14, at 2:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library, sponsored by Tuesday Musicale of Pasadena.

Grassy Knook Productions presents "A Midsummer Night's Dream," one of William Shakespeare's most popular and magical plays, Sunday, Aug. 14,, at 3:45 p.m. at Brookside Park. Come as early as 2 p.m. with a picnic or purchase food at the park.

The Playhouse District Summer Jazz Concert Series presents Michael Haggis Sunday, Aug. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard outside Vroman's Bookstore.

Doug MacLeod will perform acoustic blues Sunday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket plus a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Pasadena Senior Center's Concerts in the Park presents Alan Chapman and his family, the Von Chaps, Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m. at Memorial Park. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket plus a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. You do not have to be a senior or a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend. 

Violinist Annelle Gregory and pianist Alexander Sinchuk will perform Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"The Bad News Bears" (1976, PG) starring Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal will be shown Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. An aging ex-minor leaguer who is down on his luck coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California Little League.

Moonlight Movies at Paseo Colorado presents "Inside Out" (2015, PG) with the voice talents of Amy Poehler and Lewis Black Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. When a young girl is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions -- joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness -- conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. Come as early as 6:30 p.m. to snag your seats.

The third Thursday (and first Friday) of every month is Free Admission Day at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Thursday, Aug. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

The Bob Baker Marionettes will perform for children (and everyone) Thursday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket plus a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.

"Shutter Island" (2010, R) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, will be shown Friday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A U.S. marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.


Paseo Colorado's Swingin' Under the Stars summer concert series presents Flattop Tom and His Jumpcats Friday, Aug. 19, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. As an added bonus, if you've always wanted to learn swing dancing, instructors from the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association will offer free lessons from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Singer/songwriter Karla Bonoff will perform Friday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket plus a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events August 6 to 12


Here are events scheduled Saturday, Aug. 6, to Friday, Aug. 12.

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

Activities for Pasadena Public Library's Read for the Win! Summer Reading Club include the following (and much more!):

  • For adults: Learn how gourmet food trucks have influenced the food scene locally, nationally and globally Saturday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. at Allendale Branch Library.
  • For teens: Join a team of fearless adventurers on minute-to-win-it missions to capture the most points and win the Teen Library Olympics Saturday, Aug. 6, at 4 p.m. at Central Library's Studio on 4th.
  • For children: Enjoy a zany blend of magic, comedy, music and live exotic pets Saturday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.
  • Download Pasadena Public Library's summer newsletter for a full list of summer activities.

Ari Hest will perform pop and rock Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.

A.J. Croce will perform his jazz- and blues-influenced country music Saturday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket plus a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Playhouse District Summer Jazz Concert Series presents Little Brazil Sunday Aug. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard outside Vroman's Bookstore.

Jamison Ross will perform jazz and blues Sunday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket plus a picnic or puchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Pasadena Senior Center's Concerts in the Park presents Whiskey Hayride performing classic country/rock Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m. at Memorial Park. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket plus a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. You do not have to be a senior or a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

The Cochlea Duo will perform on flute and harp Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"Ping Pong Playa" (2007, PG-13) starring Jimmy Tsai and Andrew Vo will be shown Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A young man dreams of becoming a professional basketball player to escape his dead-end job, his suburban life, his bossy older brother and his mother's ping pong classes.

Moonlight Movies at Paseo Colorado presents "The Good Dinosaur" (2015, PG) with the voice talents of Jeffrey Wright and Frances McDormand Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. outdoors in the Garfield Promenade (street level). In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side by side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. Come as early as 6:30 p.m. to snag a seat.

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band will perform for children and families Thursday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The next supply of garden-ready mulch from Pasadena Public Works Department street tree trimmings will be available Friday, Aug. 12, at the southeast corner of the parking lot at Victory Park. Bring your own shovel, container 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.

"Hello, My Name is Doris" (2016, R) starring Sally Field and Max Greenfield will be shown Friday, Aug. 12, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A self-help seminar inspires a 60-something woman to romantically pursue her younger coworker. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

Rosetta has been one of the most difficult space missions ever attempted, taking 10 years to catch up with a comet speeding at 34,000 miles per hour and dropping a separate spacecraft on its surface. The mother craft has orbited the comet for another year and a half, coming as close as four miles from the surface. On Friday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Vosloh Forum (Building UU on this map) at PCC, learn about next month's planned landing of the mother ship on the comet and what scientists have learned from Rosetta about comets and the formation of the solar system. Speakers will include Dr. Bonnie Buratti, U.S. Rosetta project scientist at JPL and Arthur Chmielewski, U.S. Rosetta project manager at JPL.

Quetzal will perform East L.A. Latin Rock Friday, Aug. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket plus a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Learn about exoplanets (planets that orbit stars outside the solar system) and then stargaze through powerful telescopes Friday, Aug. 12, at 8 p.m. at Caltech's Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (south side of California Boulevard -- #17 on this map).