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Friday, January 18, 2019

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events January 19 to 25

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Jan. 19, to Friday, Jan. 25.

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

Children and families will rock out with School of Rock Pasadena Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Garfield Promenade (street level) at Paseo Colorado. Enjoy a concert and then join the performers on stage for guided touch-and-learn instrument exploration.

View the works of Los Angeles-based fine artist Anto Jimenez and meet her during a reception Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. at Vroman's Bookstore

The sonatas Beethoven composed for cello and piano are a journey through his creative life. Third@First presents Beethoven and His Life: Three Cello Sonatas Saturday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, featuring cellist David Garrett and pianist Junko Ueno Garrett.

Everyone is welcome to come be a listener or a reader at Let Freedom Ring, a continuous community celebration of the speeches, sermons and writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Monday, Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at All Saints Church.

An LA Opera community educator will lead a celebration of operatic sopranos past and present Monday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.

Brazilian guitarist Hugo Nogueira will perform Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Superman: The Movie (1978, PG) starring Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder will be shown Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Children and families will make heads using potting soil and grass seed Thursday, Jan. 24, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library, then decorate them, water them and take them home to watch the "hair" grow 

The Caltech Chamber Music Ensembles will perform Friday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Dabney Lounge at Dabney Hall (#40 on this map). The program will be announced. Parking is free at Caltech lots and parking structures weekdays after 5 p.m.

Pasadena Community Orchestra presents Mozart + Bach +Walton + Liszt Friday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene Pasadena. Works will include Mozart's Symphony No. 40, Bach's Fugue in G Minor, Walton's Spitfire Prelude and Fugue and Liszt's Les Preludes.


Photo credits: School of Rock, Vroman's Bookstore, The Fact Site, NBC News, Tidelines, Dovemead Films, Caltech, Pasadena Community Orchestra




Friday, January 11, 2019

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events January 12 to 18

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Jan. 12, to Friday, Jan. 18.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!
Emerging Urban Poets is an ongoing poetry writing workshop for adults the first and third Saturdays of every month. The next workshop is Saturday, Jan. 12, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library

A musical program titled Opera Plus Sunday, Jan. 13, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library will feature sopranos Coril Prochnow and Samantha Aiko Kim and baritone Eric Castro performing works from operas by Mozart, Puccini and Webber as well as songs from West Side Story, Phantom of the Opera and South Pacific.

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002, PG) starring Everlyn Sampi and Kenneth Branagh will be shown Monday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. in Studio on 4th (fourth floor) at Central Library. In the western Australian outback in 1931, three half aboriginal and half white girls run away from a government-run training settlement to escape a guaranteed life as domestic servants and laborers because of their mixed race, and they follow a 1,000-mile fence to get home to their parents while being pursued by a government official who believes "half castes" must be bred out of existence. The film is based on true events.

The Screening Mimis Film Discussion Group for adults presents Sinbad the Sailor (1947, NR) starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Maureen O'Hara Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 1:30 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. An ocean adventure awaits Sinbad as he sets out in search of the fabled lost treasure of Alexander the Great. The film will be preceded by a presentation about its hidden history and followed by a lively discussion. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.

Pasadena Presbyterian Church will be one of the venues for the annual Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival. Cellist Lars Hoefs, pianist Rose Chen and clarinetist Karl Pasch will perform Brazilian works Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m.
The Goodbye Girl (1977, PG) starring Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfuss will be shown Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A struggling Off-Broadway actor sublets a New York City apartment only to find that a former dancer and her 10-year-old daughter live there, so they find a way to make the best of a seemingly bad situation.

Musicians from the Pasadena Symphony and Pops will perform Thursday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.

Romeo and Juliet (1936, NR) starring Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer will be shown Friday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A teenage boy and girl discover young love despite an age-old vendetta between their respective noble families. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.


Photo credits: Free Library of Philadelphia, San Francisco Opera, Rumbalara Films, RKO Radio Pictures, Lars Hoefs, Warner Bros., Pasadena Symphony and Pops, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).

Friday, January 4, 2019

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events January 5 to 11

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Jan. 5, to Friday, Jan. 11,

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, Jan, 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the Children's Corner inside the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Nature Tails are scheduled every Saturday morning.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to read books to gentle, well-trained dogs at Barks and Books Monday, Jan. 7, at 3 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 4 p.m. at Villa-Parke Branch Library and/or Thursday, Jan, 10, at 4 p.m. at Central Library

The first Tuesday of every month is Free Family Night at Kidspace Children's Museum. Since the first Tuesday in January is New Year's Day, Free Family Night will be Tuesday, Jan, 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. Explore folk art and create your own. At 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., watch folk dancing demonstrations. 

Children ages 6 and older will learn how to use woodworking tools safely, design and build a woodworking project in the SideStreet Woodworking Bus during a five-week workshop Tuesdays, Jan. 8 to 29 and Feb. 5, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library. Call (626) 744-7268 to sign up.

Classical flutist Michelle Matsumune, accompanied by pianist Galina Barskaya, will perform Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Written on the Wind (1956, NR) starring Rock Hudson and Lauren Bacall will be shown Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A Texas oil family drives itself to ruin through lust, greed and relationships that wreak havoc on the dynasty.

Teens are invited to join the Tournament of Roses Royal Court for a delightful afternoon of tea, Q&As and photo opportunities Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 3 p.m. at Allendale Branch Library.

Pianist Bob Lipson and commentator/singer Saul H. Jacobs will lead a musical journey through the life and works of George and Ira Gershwin Thursday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

The Great Gatsby (1974, PG) starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow will be shown Friday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A man claws his way from rags to riches only to find his wealth complicates his life and cannot bring him happiness. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

Learn about the latest missions on Mars, the biggest Martian storm in a decade, rolling and drilling on Rubin Ridge, a new rover under construction a a recent arrival on Mars that's preparing to get down to business Friday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. in Caltech's Ramo Auditorium in Baxter Hall (#77 on this map). Parking in Caltech lots and parking structures is free after 5 p.m. on weekdays.


Photo credits: Child's Play International, Feiwel & Friends, Sleeping Bear Press, Spectrum News1, Foutz Trading Co., SideStreets Projects, Michelle Matsumune, Universal International Pictures, Pasadena Now, Gershwin Enterprises, Paramount Pictures, Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events December 29 to January 4

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Dec. 29, to Friday, Jan. 4.

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

The annual Live on Green open-air festival Saturday, Dec. 29, to Monday, Dec. 31, on Green Street between Marengo and Euclid will include live entertainment, celebrity chefs, family-friendly activities, a pavilion that celebrates all things Tournament of Roses, and much more. 

The documentary film Hawking (2014, NR) will be shown Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. The film tracks the physicist's life, told largely in his own words.

Puzzle (2018, R) starring Kelly Macdonald and Irrfan Khan will be shown Friday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A woman keeps her passion for solving jigsaw puzzles from her family and plans a trip to a jigsaw competition in New York City.

Admission to the Norton Simon Museum is free the first Friday of every month. On Friday, Jan. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibition Once Upon a Tapestry: Woven Tales of Helen and Dido and everything else the museum has to offer.

SAVE THE DATE!

Children ages 6 and older will learn how to use woodworking tools safely and design and build a woodworking project in the SideStreet Woodworking Bus during a five-week workshop Thursdays, Jan. 8 to 29 and Feb. 5, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library. Call (626) 744-7268 to sign up.


Photo credits: Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau, PBS, Big Beach Films, Norton Simon Museum

Friday, December 21, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events Dec. 22 to 28

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Dec. 22, to Friday, Dec. 28.

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

Family members of all ages are invited to a reading of How the Candy Cane Got Its Stripes by Scott Casperson, then create special ornaments to take home Saturday, Dec. 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Linda Vista Branch Library.

Soprano Anita Protich will perform Wednesday, Dec. 26, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Christmas Princess (2017, NR) starring Nicole Muñoz and Rosa Blasi will be shown Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A teenage girl with a troubled past rises to become one of the members of the elite Royal Court at the Rose Parade. The film is inspired by true events.

A Kwanzaa event Thursday, Dec. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library will feature music, stories and tasty dishes in celebration of family, community and culture. People of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to attend.

Teens are invited to a fun Winter Wonderland evening Thursday, Dec. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Central Library's Teen Central and Studio on 4th. Watch The Polar Express or Rise of the Guardians while making snow globes, wreaths, ugly sweaters and a gingerbread city. If crafts aren't your thing, there will also be board games and video games.

Crazy Rich Asians (2018, PG-13) starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding will be shown Friday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. An Asian American New Yorker is apprehensive about meeting her boyfriend's family and friends when she accompanies him to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

SAVE THE DATE!

The annual Live on Green open-air festival Saturday, Dec. 29, to Monday, Dec. 31, on Green Street between Marengo and Euclid will include live entertainment, celebrity chefs, a pavilion that celebrates all things Tournament of Roses, family-friendly activities and much more. 


Photo credits: Scott Casperson, DHGate, Geoffrey Philp, City of Sunny Isles Beach, Warner Bros.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events December 15 to 21

Here are free Pasadena events scheduled Saturday, Dec. 15, to Friday, Dec. 21.

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

The Hollow Trees will perform a family-friendly concert Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library

See the ideas, concepts and projects created by the next generation of artists and designers at Art Center College of Design's exhibition featuring the works of fall 2018 graduates Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center. The grads will be there to chat it up with visitors about their stellar works and their plans for the future.

Holiday activities at Mercantile Place Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. will include face painting, photo opps with some merry elves, Buster Balloon and his festive creations, and more.

The silent science fiction film Woman in the Moon (1929, NR) starring Klaus Pohl and Willy Fritch (directed Fritz Lang) will be shown Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. In hopes of plundering the moon's vast, untapped gold reserves, a cartel of industrialists covertly finances a space mission to the far side of the moon where the astronauts find themselves stranded in a lunar labyrinth where emotions run wild and the new goal simply becomes survival. English subtitles are included on the occasional intertitle screens.

The Pasadena Girls Choir will perform holiday favorites Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.

Looking for a Messiah sing-along? Join hundreds of people Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at Lake Avenue Church where you'll sing George Frederic Handel's iconic, much loved choral work, accompanied by a 35-member orchestra and soloists.

The Pasadena Symphony and Pops presents a holiday-inspired Random Acts of Music Sunday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.

Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas will perform holiday favorites and other tunes Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.

The Screening Mimis Film Discussion Club presents The Red Violin (1998, R) starring Carlo Cecchi and Samuel L. Jackson Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 1:30 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A perfect, red-colored violin inspires everyone who plays it and hears it, makes its way through three centuries, several owners and many countries, and eventually ends up at an auction where it may find a new owner. You don't have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you must be 50 or older.

When "cello" is combined with "celestial," the result is Cellestial, an ensemble of cello students and music teachers. Cellestial will perform music guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. You don't have to be a member to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

Mezzo soprano Suzanna Guzmán will perform Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Remember the Night (1940, NR) starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray will be shown Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. At Christmastime, a shoplifter from a troubled background is caught in the act and the judge postpones the case until after the new year, causing her to spend the season in jail with a special furlough for Christmas. After her family rejects her, the prosecutor assigned to the case takes her with him to Christmas at his mother's home before she has to face the music at trial.

Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to create holiday jewelry for themselves or as gifts Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Villa-Parke Branch Library. All materials will be provided. Call (626) 744-6510 to sign up.

The Night They Saved Christmas (1984, NR) starring Jaclyn Smith and Art Carney will be shown Friday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A woman and her three children help Santa save his workshop at the North Pole from being destroyed due by nearby oil drilling. You don't have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

The Donavan/Muradian Quintet (DMQ) will perform straight-edge jazz to close out the Playhouse District Holiday Concert Series Friday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the courtyard adjacent to Vroman's Book Store. Complimentary coffee will be provided..


Photo credits: The Hollow Trees, Art Center College of Design, Fun for Christmas, Eurekatainment, Pasadena Girls Choir, Scannappeal, Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas, Stanford University, Christian Headlines, FanFaire Foundation, Turner Classic Movies, HeartfeltParty, American Broadcasting Company (ABC), DMQ.