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Friday, September 14, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events Sept. 15 to 21

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Sept. 15, to Friday, Sept. 21.

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

The fifth annual Pasadena Loves YA teen book festival Saturday, Sept. 15, from noon to 4 p.m. at Central Library will feature 16 Young Adult genre authors in panel discussions and book signings, Q&A, YA book giveaways and more. 

Side Street Projects connects artists to the community through educational programs and interactive projects. Come to a community meeting Saturday, Sept. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Side Street Projects to let the organizers know what they can do for you and for Pasadena. If you cannot attend, please take this short survey to let them know what you think is important about community arts programming.

A reception at Armory Center for the Arts Saturday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. will celebrate the exhibition Kim Abeles - Valises for Camp Ground: Arts, Corrections and Fire Management in the Santa Monica Mountains.  The mixed media valises were created during a long-term collaborative project between artist Kim Abeles and the female inmates of Camp 13, an L.A. County correctional facility for women who are trained and deployed to fight forest fires. At 3 p.m., just prior to the reception, a representative from the National Parks Service will make a presentation about our urban relationship to forests and wildlife.

An LA Opera community educator will lead guests through Don Carlo, one of Giuseppe Verdi's most dramatic and complex grand operas, Monday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. The grand opera is set in the 16th century during the Spanish Inquisition and based on actual historical figures. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

This is Constitution Week! On Monday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Central Library, exhibits will include women involved in the American Revolution; members of the Martin Severance Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will staff an information table where they'll provide free gift bags, each with a pocket-size U.S. Constitution, small American flag, U.S. Flag Code and Pledge of Allegiance bookmark; at 1 p.m. everyone will be invited to take turns ringing bells throughout the first floor in celebration of Bells Across America, a national commemoration of Constitution Week started in 1987 by late Chief Justice Warren Burger.

The BeatBuds will perform for young children Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Garfield Promenade on the street level at Paseo Colorado.

The Screening Mimis Film Discussion Club presents Two Women (1960, NR) starring Sophia Loren and Jean-Paul Belmondo Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A widow and her teenaged daughter who struggle to survive the ravages of World War II in Italy. The Screening Mimis Film Discussion Club features a movie the first and third Tuesday of every month, preceded by a presentation about the film's 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.

Under the Same Moon (2007, PG-13) starring Eugenio Derbez and Kate del Castillo will be shown Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. After his grandmother dies, a young boy journeys across the Mexican border to find his mother in the U.S. 

On Thursday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. in Central Library's Donald R. Wright Auditorium, Kid Zorro, the Bilingual Puppet Musical will take children ages 5 to 12 back in history to Spanish California where Zorro must embrace his family's destiny to save the local mission from a corrupt politician with a diabolical plan.

Puppets and Players Little Theatre presents Musical Moments from The Wizard of Oz Thursday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado, performed with classical marionettes, hand puppets and music staged in a Baroque-style theater fashioned after an Italian opera house. Reservations are encouraged.

Red Hen Press presents a closing reception Saturday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. in celebration of artwork that has adorned the walls of Red Hen Press since April by artists Sigrid Burton, Loran Calvin, Susan Connell, Catherine Partridge and Gretel Stephens. There will be readings by authors Ron Koertge and Kim Dower, and food and wine will be provided.

Calling all kids ages 10 to 14! If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a rock star, learn a little about the history of rock music, listen to Kimberly "KC" Allison play some rock tunes on an electric guitar, learn some easy rock riffs and take part in a rock jam session Thursday, Sept. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Electric guitars and amps will be provided. Call (626) 744-4066, option 4 to sign up.

The Playhouse District Association presents Third Thursday of the summer Thursday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. Have fun at USC Pacific Asia Museum's Harvest Moon Festival, hear a live recording at Pasadena Museum of California Art of Big Birth Junkie and then enjoy Judy Chicago's exhibition Birth Project: Born Again, enjoy live musical performances at Boston Court and Lyd & Mo Photography, rock side to side or spin around in red "spun chairs," chill with a refreshing Kona Ice (first 100 guests before 7 p.m.), get in the zone with a live DJ mix set, participate in a collaborative art project at the Pasadena Playhouse, play jumbo versions of classic games and see a photography exhibition at the Ice House's Un-Gallery.

Book Club (2018, PG-13) starring Diane Keaton and Jane Fonda will be shown Friday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. The lives of four mature women are turned upside down when they decide to tackle Fifty Shades of Grey, and in the process they inspire each other to make their next chapter in their lives their best chapter. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you must be 50 or older.


Photo credits: Pasadena Public Library, Side Street Projects, Armory Center for the Arts, Tenth Amendment Coalition, Compagnia Cinematografica Champion, The BeatBuds, Creando Films, Noteworthy Puppets, Puppets and Players Little Theatre, Red Hen Press, School of Rock, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Playhouse District Association, Apartment Story

Friday, September 7, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events September 8 to 14

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Sept. 8, to Friday, Sept. 14.

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

Admission is free the second Sunday of every month at USC Pacific Asia Museum. On Sunday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Pakistan Arts Council will cohost a celebration of the arts and culture of that nation. Explore Pakistan's traditions, history and people, hear from artists and authors about their works, enjoy entertaining performances, participate in art activities, a special storytime for kids and more.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to read books to gentle, well-trained dogs at Barks and Books Saturday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library; Monday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. at San Rafael Branch Library; Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 3:30 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library; Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m. at Villa-Parke Community Center Branch Library; and/or Thursday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Children's Story Room at Central Library.

The opening reception for Vibras, an exhibition of abstract paintings by Noemi Vega Saturday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Walt Girdner Studio & Gallery will feature works by the artist that stimulate the senses with their vibrating energy, waves of light, layered movement and colors. The exhibition will continue through Sept. 29.

The Amazing Dave will perform magic, juggling, balloon twisting and more for young children Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Garfield Promenade on the street level at Paseo Colorado.

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater performs in the courtyard at One Colorado every Tuesday in September. On Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 4:30 p.m., people of all ages will enjoy time-honored family entertainment. RSVPs are encouraged.

Laura (1944, NR) starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews will be shown Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A police detective falls in love with the image of the elegant, highly ambitious and utterly mysterious woman whose murder he is investigating, and then the entire situation changes dramatically. The film is based on the 1943 suspense novel by Vera Caspary.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to celebrate the 114th anniversary of the ice cream cone by making bookmarks and greeting cards with ice cream themes Thursday, Sept. 13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library.

Obediah Thomas, one-half of the music and comedy team Razzle Bam Boom, will amuse the younger set with goofy, giggle-inducing fun, including magic, trumpet playing and silly dancing Thursday, Sept. 13, from 4:30 to 5 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. RSVPs are recommended.

The Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime publishes biannual anthologies by member women authors. Eleven of the authors will discuss their individual experiences, why the City of Angels serves as such a compelling backdrop for fiction related to crime and mystery, and more Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library,

The Leisure Seeker (2017, R) starring Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren will be shown Friday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A runaway couple goes on an unforgettable journey in their beloved old RV and, along the way, recapture their passion for life and their love for each other. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

Fiestas Patrias Friday, Sept. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Villa-Parke Community Center will celebrate the historic independence of 18 Latin American countries with live music, dance performances, children's activities, food and much more.


Photo credits: Parhlo, Beale Public Library, Walt Girdner Photo Studio & Gallery, The Amazing Dave, Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Twentieth Century Fox, Newsela, McLean Emenegger, Sisters in Crime Los Angeles, Indiana Production Company, Women's West









Friday, August 31, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events September 1 to 7

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Sept. 1, to Friday, Sept. 7.

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, Sept. 1, at 10:30 a.m. in the Children's Corner inside the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Nature Tails are scheduled every Saturday morning.

The closing day of the exhibition Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction & Southern California Sunday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m. will feature a special presentation by theremin musician Ed Sussman, who will present the history of this remarkable instrument, invented more than 100 years ago, that uses radio frequencies, is played without any hands touching it and often has been heard in science fiction film and TV soundtracks. See how it works and then try it yourself.

The summer concert series for all ages in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center will conclude Monday, Sept. 3, at 6 p.m. with the Great American Swing Band featuring the sounds of Big Band, rhythm and blues, jazz and Dixieland. All ages are welcome. Bring family, friends and a brown bag picnic or purchase snacks at the concert, and don't be surprised if you kick up your heels and dance in the aisles! You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

The Reptile Family will present an entertaining experience filled with wonder for young children Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Garfield Promenade on the street level at Paseo Colorado

The Screening Mimis Film Discussion Club presents Infamous (2006, R) starring Toby Jones and Sandra Bullock Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Truman Capote does first-hand research about two convicted murderers of a family in rural Kansas for his iconic book In Cold Blood. The Screening Mimis Film Discussion Club features a movie the first and third Tuesday of every month, preceded by a presentation about the film's 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.

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater will perform in the courtyard at One Colorado every Tuesday in September. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 4:30 p.m., people of all ages will enjoy great, time-honored family entertainment. Reservations are encouraged.

Brazilian guitarist Hugo Nogueira, accompanied by pianist Ekaterina Bessmeltseva, will perform classical works Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Little Women (1994, PG) starring Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder will be shown Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. In New England during and immediately after the Civil War, the March sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy live alone with their mother while their father serves as a soldier in the Union Army. As years go by, the lives of the sisters take twists and turns with triumphs and tragedies as they grow up. The film is based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.

Part silly, part slick, Christopher T. Magician's performance will delight people of all ages Thursday, Sept. 6, from 4:30 to 5 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. Reservations are recommended.

Take a tour of the iconic, historic Bridge Building at the hillside campus of Art Center College of Design Friday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. for a look at the cutting-edge facilities, the student gallery that showcases dynamic works from all disciplines, and more. The building was designed in the 1970s by modernist architect Craig Ellwood

Admission to the Pasadena Museum of California Art is free the first Friday (and third Thursday) of every month. On Friday, Sept. 7, from noon to 5 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

The Great Debaters (2007, PG) starring Denzel Washington and Kimberly Elise will be shown Friday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. At a small African American college in the 1930s, a professor forms a student debate team that goes on to beat Harvard University in the national debate championships. The film is based on true events. 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 Night at the Norton Simon Museum. On Friday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

Today's robotic spacecraft are beginning to experiment with laser communications, artificial intelligence and 3-D printed parts. But do you know some of the first spacecraft the U.S. sent to the moon included parts made of wood, or that spacecraft used to record data on motorized magnetic tape recorders? On Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium at Caltech's Baxter Hall (#77 on this map), a panel of experts from JPL will look back over the decades at how far robot exploration has come and consider where we might be headed. 


Photo credits: Child's Play International, Feiwel & Friends, Sleeping Bear Press, Tiger Specials, The Hollywood 360, Gift House, Warner Independent Pictures, One Colorado, Huntington Beach School of Music, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Harpo Films, Norton Simon Museum, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Friday, August 24, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events Aug. 25 to 31

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Aug. 25, to Friday, Aug. 31.

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

The War of the Worlds (1953, NR) starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson will be shown Saturday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A worldwide invasion starts with a Martian attack on a small California town. This screening is in conjunction with Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California, the current exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of History. Stay after the screening for a conversation with film historian Justin Humphreys and the film's lead actress, Ann Robinson.


The Lions will perform soul and reggae Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. Come early to claim your seat. Reservations are encouraged.

South Lake Business Association's Rooftop Cinema summer series concludes with Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015, PG-13) starring Harrison Ford and Daisy Ridley Saturday, Aug. 25, at 8 p.m. on the roof of the parking structure at 55 S. Lake Ave. Three decades after their defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat has arisen and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop it. While the event is free, you must have a printed ticket for free priority entry (come as early as 6 p.m. for priority seating and DJ spins). Bring a beach chair and a picnic or purchase dinner at the event. 


The Playhouse District Association Summer Jazz Concert Series concludes with the Michael Haggins Band Sunday, Aug. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard adjacent to Vroman's Book Store.


The summer concert series for all ages in the air conditioned comfort of the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center continues with Leah Zeger performing spirited Gypsy jazz and beloved standards Monday, Aug. 27, from 6 to 7 p.m. You do NOT have to be member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, and all ages are welcome. Bring a brown bag picnic dinner plus family and friends or purchase snacks at the screening.

Sylvie will perform a sing-along for young children Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Garfield Promenade on the street level at Paseo Colorado.

Mandolinist Evan Marshall will perform Wednesday, Aug, 29, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Billy Elliot (2000, R) starring Jamie Bell and Julie Walters will be shown Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A miner's son in northern England stumbles upon a ballet class on his way to a boxing lesson, an experience that forever changes his life while he keeps his dancing prowess a secret from his widowed father and overbearing brother.


Photo credits: Paramount Pictures, The Lions, Lucasfilm, Michael Haggins, Matt G, Sylvie Simhon, Evan Marshall, StudioCanal