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Friday, April 20, 2018

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

Here are free events scheduled Saturday, April 21, to Friday, April 27.

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

Celebrate Earth Day Pasadena Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with indoor activities at Armory Center for the Arts and outdoor activities at Memorial Park. 

Stroll through beautiful Arlington Garden Saturday, April 21, when dozens of artists and artisans will display their works in a juried exhibition -- Art on Palm -- among the fields of wildflowers, olive tree allee, desert xeriscape, live oak havens, orange groves and stone labyrinth from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. While admission to the event is free, there is a requested donation of only $2.

The First@Third concert series presents Joy of Chamber Music featuring Alexander Zemlinsky's Clarinet Trio, op 3, and Johannes Brahms's Trio in  Major, op 8 with Michele Zukovsky on clarinet, Lyndon Johnston Taylor on violin, David Garrett on cello and Junko Ueno Garrett on piano Saturday, April 21, at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.

Pianist Alexander Zhu will present a talk and recital of minimalist music for piano with repertoire from the 1960s to the present with several guest artists Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

The Caltech Orchestra presents Youngjoon Choi in performance of Sergei Rachmoninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Ludwig von Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, at 3:30 p.m. in the Ramo Auditorium at Baxter Hall (#77 on this map). Caltech parking structures and lots are free on weekends.

Children ages 9 to 12 are invited to learn coding, how to program robot turtles and more with Minecraft, the wildly popular video game, Monday and Wednesday, April 23 and 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.

After a kid-friendly exhibition tour of "The Feminine Sublime," young children ages 2 to 5 will enjoy a reading of "The Dot" and "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See" and use finger paints to create colorful depictions of their favorite animal Wednesday, April 25, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. as part of the Free Fourth Wednesday Wee Read series at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Soprano Ariel Pisturino, accompanied by Mark Robson on piano, will perform Wednesday, April 25, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"Witness" (1985, R) starring Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis will be shown Wednesday, April 25, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. After a young boy is the sole witness to a murder in a Philadelphia train station, a police detective goes undercover in Amish country to protect the boy and his family until the trial.

Festival del Dia Niño/Day of the Child will be celebrated with music, books, crafts, games and fun for the entire family Wednesday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library

Symposia Within presents a talk about "Noises Off," a play by the English playwrite Michael Frayne, Wednesday, April 25, at 6:45 p.m. at A Noise Within.

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" (2017, R) starring Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson will be shown Friday, April 27, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. After months have passed without the apprehension of any suspect in her daughter's murder, a woman paints three signs on the outskirts of her town with controversial messages directed at the chief of police. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you must be 50 or older.



Photo credits: Day One, Art on Palm, Tech.co, Ariel Pisturino, Paramount Pictures, Pasadena Public Library, A Noise Within, Blueprint Pictures, 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events April 14 to 20


Here are events scheduled Saturday, April 14, to Friday, April 20.

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 watch the latest anime and tinker with Mecha robots Saturday, April 14, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library. Ages 12 to 19 are welcome.

An LA Opera community educator will take participants through Giuseppe Verdi's tragic opera "Rigoletto" Monday, April 16, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A lustful and immoral duke ravages the court jester's daughter, and the jester's revenge goes awry. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

April is National Poetry Month. Constellations: A Poetry Workshop for children ages 5 to 8 Tuesday, April 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library will demonstrate how poetry can be fun, easy and kid-friendly as 11-year-old writer Cassidy Kao discusses the relationships between constellations and mythology.

The Los Angeles Ensemble will perform Wednesday, April 18, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"The Sundowners" (1960, NR) starring Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum will be shown Wednesday, April 18, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. An impoverished family struggling to make in the Australian outback in the early years of the 20th century faces a crisis when the father gambles away the family's money in a get-rich-quick scheme.

Teens 13 and older are invited to Book Into Film Movie Night for a screening and discussion of "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (2016, PG-13), based on the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs, Wednesday, April 18, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at  Central Library's Teen Center. A boy stumbles upon a dangerously magical place while searching for clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and time periods. Pizza and popcorn will be served. Email jgov@cityofpasadena.net to sign up.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to celebrate Earth Day with stories, songs, poems and a very special activity related to this planet we call home Thursday, April 19, at 3 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library.

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

"Lady Bird" (2017, R) starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf will be shown Friday, April 20, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. An artistically inclined young woman with many similarities to her loving yet opinionated and strong-willed mother comes of age in Sacramento amid a rapidly shifting economic landscape that affects her family. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

Several Pasadena Conservatory of Music students will perform in recital Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the renowned music school's auditorium.

SAVE THE DATE!
Celebrate Earth Day Pasadena Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with indoor activities at Armory Center for the Arts and outdoor activities at Memorial Park. All ages are welcome.


Photo credits: Messyworks, Minnesota Opera, Newsela, Los Angeles Ensemble, Warner Bros. Productions, Twentieth Century Fox, Food & Wine Chickie, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Scott Rudin Productions, Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events April 7 to 13


Here are events scheduled Saturday, April 7, to Friday, April 13.

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


The annual Open House at Jet Propulsion Laboratory isn't scheduled until the weekend of June 10 and 11, but here's the thing: Registration begins Saturday, April 7, at 9 a.m. (fair warning: tickets may not last through this weekend, so hurry!). Click on this JPL link at or after 9 a.m. Saturday to reserve your tickets and for more information. 

The second Sunday of every month is Free Admission Day at USC Pacific Asia Museum. On Sunday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. explore the art of printmaking and make your own silkscreen printed poster, go on a guided tour of the current exhibition Winds from Fusang: Mexico and China in the Twentieth Century and enjoy storytime in the Silk Road Gallery.


Classical and experimental pianist Brendan White will perform Wednesday, April 11, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Sitting Pretty" (1948, NR) starring Clifton Webb and Maureen O'Hara will be shown Wednesday, April 11, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. When a suburban couple advertises for a live-in babysitter, the best woman for the job is a man called Mr. Belvedere, a self-styled genius and expert on everything who at first rubs the couple the wrong way.

Children and teens ages 10 to 18 will learn how to create and design simple computer and video game programs using GameMaker Studio Wednesday, April 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the fourth floor at Central Library. Email jgov@cityofpasadena.net to sign up.


The next open forum of PasadenaPhotographicArts is scheduled Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. In a presentation titled "The Art of Natural Light," internationally recognized photographer Shayne McGuire will present some of her images from faraway landscapes around the world that explore the ever-changing and unfolding beauty of nature. Seating is limited; early arrival is recommended. 


Scientists at Jet Propulsion Laboratory are using satellite remote sensing and sophisticated modeling to understand how Earth's carbon, water and nutrient cycles are linked and their impact on our planet's system as a whole. In a talk titled "How Will Earth's Ecosystems Survive Under a Changing Climate?" Dr. Josh Fisher, a scientist and researcher with JPL's ECOSTRESS Mission, will provide an overview of the latest remote sensing datasets and model developments and discuss new insights into behavior and understanding of terrestrial ecosystems in a changing climate Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College (building UU on this map). 



Photo credits: Jet Propulsion Laboratory,  Pasadena Now, Brendan White, Twentieth Century Fox, Make It Big in Games, Shayna McGuire, NASA.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events March 31 to April 6


Here are events scheduled Saturday, March 31, to Friday, April 6.

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

Visit more than 50 science activities at interactive booths and learning stations, hear TED-style science talks ranging from Beetles That Hypnotize Ants to NASA's Mars 2020 Mission, see robots and JPL's inflatable rover and more during Caltech's Science Open House Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Beckman Mall (the green space between buildings 76 and 77 on this map). All ages are welcome. All campus parking structures are free on weekends. While the event is free, registration is requested

The Spring Egg Bowl and Festival at the Rose Bowl Stadium Saturday, March 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will feature Pasadena's largest Easter egg hunt, live entertainment, arts and crafts, games, a puppet show and more for children ages 0 to 12. Don't forget your basket! 

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to read books to gentle, well-trained dogs at Barks and Books Monday, April 2, at 1 p.m. at San Rafael Branch Library.

Rhythm Child will perform for kids of all ages Tuesday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to noon in the open-air Garfield Promenade on the street level at Paseo Colorado.

Tuesday Musicale presents cellist Kim Ruys de Perez with pianist Jo Ann Haycraft performing Bach and Rachmaninoff, soprano Ingrid Helge singing arias by Puccini, Mozart and Satie, pianist Jamie Caridi performing Beethoven's Sonata #26 and soprano Maria del Pilar Gomez (pictured above) and mezzo-soprano Ruth Ridenour singing arias and duets by Monteverdi, Mozart, Offenbach and Rossini Tuesday, April 3, at 12:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library.

The first Tuesday of every month is Free Family Night at Kidspace Children's Museum. On Tuesday, April 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. discover how science is explored and communicated with art. Don't miss a special performance on a theremin at 6 p.m. in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater.

Get a team together to dig deep into your knowledge of pop culture and beyond during Trivia Night Tuesday, April 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. While the event is free,  
registration is required so they'll know how many teams to expect.

"Rebecca" (1940, NR) starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier will be shown Wednesday, April 4, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. The second Mrs. Maxim de Winter accompanies her new husband to his vast English estate and is met with hostility by the servants who adored Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, whose death is shrouded in secrets.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to a special STEAM program Thursday, April 5, from 4 to 5 p.m., at Hastings Branch Library where they'll learn all about the science behind music

Guest artists will explore the human body -- the original musical instrument -- harnessing heart rhythms through listening and seeing harmonies, body percussion and movement Friday, April 6, at 3:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. While the event is free, RSVPs are required by calling (626) 795-4331. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older. All participants will receive complimentary tickets to MUSE/IQUE's HUMAN/INSTRUMENT concert led by artistic director Rachael Worby Sunday, April 8, at 5 p.m.  

The first Friday (and third Thursday) of every month is Free Admission Day at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Friday, April 6, from noon to 5 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Edward Carrillo, The Feminine Sublime and Ana Serrano: Homegrown plus everything else the museum has to offer.

"Murder on the Orient Exress" (2017, PG-13) starring Kenneth Branagh and Penélope Cruz will be shown Friday, April 6, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Thirteen strangers are stranded on a lavish European train and everyone is a suspect as the celebrated detective Hercule Poirot races against time to solve the mystery before the murderer strikes again. 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 first Friday of every month is Free Admission Day at the Norton Simon Museum. On Friday, April 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor and In Search of New Markets: Craft Traditions in Nineteenth Century India plus everything else the museum has to offer.


Photo credits: NASA. City of Pasadena, Somerset County Library, Rhythm Child, Maria del Pilar Gomez, One Colorado, Selzsnick International Pictures, Philadelphia Chambler Music Society, MUSE/IQUE, Kidspace Children's Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Twentieth Century Fox, Norton Simon Museum.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events March 24 to 30

Here are free events scheduled Saturday, March 24, to Friday, March 30.

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

March is One City, One Story month -- our community reading celebration! Have you read this year's selection "Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars" by Nathalia Holt yet? Here are some related events for the upcoming week:
Dr. John Mulchaey, director of the Carnegie Observatories, will speak about the history and accomplishments of the renowned institution Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m. at Linda Vista Branch Library

Tweens and teens ages 9 to 19 will explore the basics of acting for film and TV, how to break down a script, prepare for an audition and create believable characters Saturday, March 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library. Previous experience is not required.

Kinderwise will perform a special spring program for children of all ages Tuesday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to noon in the open-air Garfield Promenade on the street level at Paseo Colorado.

After a kid-friendly exhibition tour of of Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo, young children ages 2 to 5 will assemble colorful collages of paper chili peppers and enjoy a reading of "Green is a Chile Pepper" Wednesday, March 28, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. as part of the ongoing Free Fourth Wednesday Wee Read series.

Classical guitarist Michael Gratovich will perform Wednesday, March 28, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

The third Thursday (and first Friday) of every month is Free Admission Day at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Thursday, March 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

"Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005, PG) starring David Strathairn and George Clooney will be shown Friday, March 30, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. In the mid-'50s, broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow and his producer help bring an end to the Hollywood blacklist and the House Un-American Activities Committee's hearings led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, defying obstacles in their relentless pursuit of the truth. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

SAVE THE DATE!

The Spring Egg Bowl at the Rose Bowl Stadium Saturday, March 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will feature Pasadena's largest Easter egg hunt, live entertainment, arts and crafts, games, a puppet show and more.


Photo credits: Fox 2000 Pictures, Carnegie Observatories, Larry Moss Studio, Kinderwise, Chronicle Books, Guitar Salon International, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Warner Independent Pictures.