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Friday, August 10, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events August 11 to 17

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

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

The Pasadena Police Department will host an open house Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Savor free BBQ and refreshments, see forensics demonstrations, tour the police building (including the jail), meet and greet police staff and more, including children's activities.

Anyone ages 13 to 18 is invited to Teen Anime Afternoon for classic anime, Japanese snacks and the newest manga in the library's collection Saturday, Aug. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Children's Story Room at Central Library.

Parks After Dark presents a concert with the theme Latin Fiesta! Saturday, Aug. 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Villa-Parke.

Jessica Childress will perform R&B with a rock n' roll energy Saturday, Aug. 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. Registration is encouraged

The second Sunday of every month is Free Admission Day at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. On Sunday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. learn about items in the museum's collection related to water, enjoy water-based art activities, docent-led tours of the galleries and a special storytime for children. 

The Playhouse District Association Summer Jazz Concert Series presents the Little Brazil Trio performing Brazilian jazz Sunday, Aug. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard adjacent to Vroman's Book Store.

The summer concert series for all ages in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center continues with Pam Kay and the Tap Chicks entertaining with energetic dance routines, Vaudeville-style comedy and clever costumes Monday, Aug. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. Bring a picnic; all ages are welcome; membership at the Pasadena Senior Center is not required. The concert series will continue every Monday through Sept. 3.

With plenty of props and costumes, Ruth and Emilia will perform for children Tuesday Aug. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Garfield Promenade on the street level at Paseo Colorado.

Classical pianist Stephanie Ng will perform Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Lost in the Barrens (1990, NR) starring Nicholas Shields and Evan Adams will be shown Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Two boys -- a white orphaned teen and a Cree boy -- get lost in the Canadian wilderness in 1935, and the only goal is to survive. The film is based on the 1956 novel by Farley Nowat. A classic cartoon will be shown as well.

Children and families are invited to a hands-on lesson in archaeology and a hunt for treasures that will lead to an ancient civilization Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Studio on 4th (fourth floor) at Central Library. Call 626-744-4066, ext. 4 to sign up. You'll be digging in dirt so make sure you wear old clothes.

The third Thursday (and first Friday) of every month is Free Admission Night at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Thursday, Aug. 16, from 5 to 9 p.m., in conjunction with the current exhibition Grafton Tyler Brown: Exploring California, join Red Hen Press and notable African American writers for a reading of contemporary poetry, then stay for a reception courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Company.

The Playhouse District Association presents Third Thursdays every month throughout the summer. On Thursday, Aug. 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. watch featured artist Brenda Barrios paint a mural, enjoy free admission at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the USC Pacific Asia Museum, listen to live musical performances at Boston Court and Lyd & Mo Photography, see a photo exhibition at the Ice House's Un-Gallery, participate in a collaborative art project at the Pasadena Playhouse, play jumbo versions of classic games, be part of the performance art at a Silent Disco headphones party, and much more. 

Singer Shana Halligan will perform sultry jazz Thursday, Aug. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. Registration is encouraged.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006, PG-13) starring Will Smith and Thandie Newton will be shown Friday, Aug. 17, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A talented, often unemployed single father struggles to make ends meet while raising his young son after they are evicted from their San Francisco apartment with nowhere to go. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

Dancing Under the Stars continues with Salsa Night featuring Orquesta Charangoa Friday, Aug. 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Paseo Colorado's Garfield Promenade on the street level. Come as early as 7 p.m. for a dance lesson from the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association, then enjoy the live music -- whether you decide to kick up your heels or not!

SAVE THE DATE!

South Lake Business Association's Rooftop Cinema summer series kicks off with Jurassic Park (1993, PG-13) starring Sam Neill and Laura Dern Saturday, Aug. 18, at 8:30 p.m. on the roof of the parking structure at 55 S. Lake Ave. Two dinosaur experts are invited by an eccentric millionaire to preview his new amusement park on an island off Central America, where cloned dinosaurs begin to rage out of control. Arrive as early as 6 p.m. for priority seating and DJ spins. Bring a beach chair (no blankets or tall chairs) and a picnic or purchase dinner at the event. While the film is free, tickets are required for priority entry. Parking at 55 S. Lake Ave. will be complimentary. 


Photo Credits: Pasadena Police Department, JP Games, Sonoma County Philharmonic, Jessica Childress, USC Pacific Asia Museum, Little Brazil Trio, Pay Kay, Ruth and Emilia, Stephanie Ng, Atlantis Films, English Heritage, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Playhouse District Associaiton, Columbia Pictures, Paseo Colorado

Friday, August 3, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events August 4 to 10

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Aug. 4, to Friday, Aug. 10.

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

Bring the kids for Nature Tails Storybook Time featuring books about animals and nature Saturday, Aug. 4, at 10:30 a.m. in the Children's Corner inside the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Nature Tails are scheduled every Saturday morning.

The Tony Inzalaco Quintet will perform Bebop jazz Sunday, Aug. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard adjacent to Vroman's Book Store for the Playhouse District Association's Summer Jazz Concert Series.

Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys will perform jazz, ragtime, blues and novelty songs popular from 1900 to 1930 Monday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. You do NOT have to be a member to attend, and the event is open to ALL AGES. Feel free to bring a picnic/brown bag dinner, family and friends.

The first Tuesday of every month is Free Family Night at Kidspace Children's Museum. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 4 to 8  p.m., learn about the history of California through its art -- weave a traditional Native American basket, make a terra cotta tile and shoot a stop motion film. Don't miss a California history-themed musical presentation at 6 p.m. in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater.

Dolphin Tale (2011, PG) starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd will be shown Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A young dolphin damages her tail after being caught in a crab trap, then is rescued and transported to a marine hospital where a marine biologist, prosthetics doctor and a young boy team together to save the dolphin's life. The film is based on true events.

National Night Out, which raises crime prevention awareness, fosters community/police partnerships and strengthens neighborhood spirit and unity, is Wednesday, Aug. 7.
     §  The Pasadena Police Department will host a kickoff event beginning at 5 p.m. at Memorial Park with plenty of free food and activities. Meet first responders from the PD and the Fire Department, see police cars and big red fire engines, register bicycles for free, enjoy a musical performance by School of Rock, speak with elected officials, visit community resource tables from various City of Pasadena departments and nonprofit organizations, and much more.
§  At Hastings Branch Library from 6 to 8 p.m., there will be related children's activities, refreshments and a visit by officers from the Pasadena Police Department.
§  Some neighborhoods will have related block parties. Register your neighborhood by calling the Police Department's Community Services Section at (626) 744-4551.

Polli Chambers-Salazar and Christopher Brennan will perform a piano recital for four hands Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

The community is invited to see teams of design and engineering students from three countries compete in the Formula E international competition featuring radio-controlled cars, each powered by a 16-foot rubber band, Thursday, Aug. 9, at 4 p.m. in the sculpture garden at Art Center College of Design's hillside campus. Competitions will include a road course, drag race and hill climb.

The French and American duo Freedom Fry will perform folk, pop and alt rock Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. RSVPs are encouraged

The next open forum of PasadenaPhotographyArts is Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. During a presentation titled L.A. Landmarks: Lost and Almost Lost, former Los Angeles Conservancy communications director Cindy Olnick will discuss how photographic images tell the stories of beloved landmarks.

Parks After Dark presents Early Man (2018, PG) with the voice talents of Eddie Redmayne and Maisie Williams Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Villa-Parke. A tribe of primitive hunters is displaced by emissaries from a distant bronze-making empire, and one tribesman tries to win his home back by challenging the invaders to a game.

I Can Only Imagine (2018, PG-13) starring J. Michael Finley and Madeline Carroll will be shown Friday, Aug. 10, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. The film tells the inspiring true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart-topping song that has brought hope and the power of forgiveness to so many. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

Launched in 2003 with an expected lifetime of five years, the Spitzer Space Telescope is one of NASA's great observatories and a cousin of the Hubble Space Telescope. Now in its 15th year of photographing the universe in infrared light, the Spitzer Space Telescope has succeeded beyond NASA's and JPL's wildest expectations and routinely observes transiting exoplanets and other interesting astronomical phenomena. Dr. Sean Carey, manager of the Spitzer Science Center, will discuss some of the novel engineering feats that have made the extended operation of the telescope possible Friday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Ramo Auditorium at Caltech's Baxter Hall (#77 on this map). Parking at Caltech is free after 5 p.m.

Dancing Under the Stars continues with Salsa Night featuring the Yari More Latin Band Friday, Aug. 10, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Paseo Colorado's Garfield Promenade on the street level. Come as early as 7 p.m. for a dance lesson from the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association, then enjoy the live music -- whether you decide to kick up your heels or not!

SAVE THE DATE!
The Pasadena Police Department will host an open house Saturday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy free BBQ and refreshments, see forensics demonstrations, tour the police building (including the jail), meet and greet police staff and more, including children's activities. 


Photo credits: Child's Play International, Feiwel & Friends, Sleeping Bear Press, Janet Klein, Kidspace Children's Museum, Alcon Entertainment, National Association of Town Watch, Ramzi Hakim, Art Center College of Design, Fender, Los Angeles Conservancy, Aardman Animations, Kevin Downes Productions, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Paseo Colorado

Friday, July 27, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events July 28 to Aug. 3

Here are events scheduled Saturday, July 28, to Friday, Aug. 3.

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 the finale party for the Reading Takes You Everywhere summer reading program Saturday, July 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library featuring the musical sounds of  teens who participated in a multiweek DJ workshop.


Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents The Princess Bride (1987, PG) starring Robin Wright and Cary Elwes Saturday, July 28, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. While sick in bed, a young boy learns about the fairytale adventure of a princess and the gallant hero who rescues her from an evil villain. Arrive early to secure your seat.


Old Pasadena Summer Cinema wraps up for the year with The Muppet Movie (1979, G) with the voice talents of Jim Hensen and Frank Oz Saturday, July 28, at 8:30 p.m. at Central Park. Kermit the Frog is persuaded by an agent to pursue a career in Hollywood where he meets Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and a motley crew of other Muppets with similar aspirations, all the while eluding the grasp of the owner of a chain of restaurants that serves frog legs. Bring a beach chair or blanket and a picnic. Come as early as 6:30 p.m. for activities that celebrate the art of puppeteering plus Glenn Red DJ sets and free ice cream from Paradis (while supplies last).

The Playhouse District Association Summer Jazz Concert Series presents the Danny Green Trio Sunday, July 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard adjacent to Vroman's Book Store.

Children ages 6 to 8 will explore musical instruments and discover the relationship between music and math Monday, July 30, at 2 p.m. in the Children's Story Room at Central Library. Call 626-744-4066 ext. 4 to sign up.

The summer concert series for all ages at the Pasadena Senior Center kicks off with the Susie Hansen Latin Band Monday, July 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. This year, the concert series will move from Memorial Park to the air conditioned comfort of the center's Scott Pavilion. Bring a picnic; all ages are welcome; membership at the Pasadena Senior Center is not required. The concert series will continue every Monday through Sept. 3.


Saxophone students will perform in recital Monday, July 30, at 7 p.m. in Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Recitals offer students the opportunity to perform in a formal setting and gain confidence as musicians.

Kinderwise will perform a special summer program for children of all ages Tuesday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to noon in the open-air Garfield Promenade on the street level at Paseo Colorado.

Is there a great book you think everyone should read for the 2019 community reading celebration? Pasadena Public Library's One City, One Story selection committee invites your input for the 2019 book. Send your suggestions to creeder@cityofpasadena.net no later than Wednesday, Aug. 1, including the book's title, author and why you recommend it.


Anyone who lives, works or is a student in Pasadena is invited to see the current exhibition Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction & Southern California Wednesday, Aug. 1, from noon to 5 p.m. 


Goosebumps (2015, PG) starring Jack Black and Odeya Rush will be shown Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A teenaged boy who is a transplant from a big city to a small town meets the girl next door whose father is R.L. Stine, author of the best-selling Goosebump series, whose imaginary demons have been set free from the books. 

Adults 18 and older are invited to walk on Mars, visit the International Space Station, do some guided meditation or try a number of other virtual reality experiences Thursday, Aug. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Central Library's Studio on 4th (fourth floor). A signed waiver is required to use the equipment, which includes Oculus Rift Touch, virtual reality visor and hand sets.

Parks After Dark presents The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017, PG) with the voice talents of Jackie Chan and Fred Amison Thursday, Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Villa-Parke. Shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, a teenager seeks to defeat him with the help of his fellow ninjas.


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

I, Tonya (2017, R) starring Margot Robbie and Allison Janney will be shown Friday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Troubled Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding finds herself in the middle of one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you must be 50 or older. 

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

Dancing Under the Stars continues with Salsa Night featuring Louie Cruz Beltran Friday, Aug. 3, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Garfield Promenade on the street level at Paseo Colorado. Come as early as 7 p.m. for a swing dance lesson from the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association, then enjoy the live music -- whether you decide to kick up your heels or not!

SAVE THE DATE!

California Assemblyman (and former Pasadena City Councilman) Chris Holden's annual block party on the 500 block of East Jackson Street is always a fun event. Everyone is invited Saturday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for free hot dogs and lemonade, classic car show, live entertainment, game trucks, arts and crafts for children, school backpacks (while supplies last), community resource fair and more. 


Photo credits: Pasadena Public Library, Act III Communications, Henson Associates, Danny Green, Susie Hansen, The Talon, Lego System A/S, Clubhouse Pictures (II), Norton Simon Museum, Paseo Colorado