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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Looking for Something To Do? Free Events May 23 to 29

Here are free events scheduled Saturday, May 23, to Friday, May 29.

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


Safely dispose of old computers, keyboards, printers, scanners, fax machines, phones, TVs and other electronic equipment at the eWaste event Saturday, May 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Parking Lot I at Brookside Park. You may also bring old batteries (vehicle batteries will not be accepted) as well as documents for shredding.

Family Fun Day at La Pintoresca Park and La Pintoresca Branch Library Saturday, May 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will include entertainment, face painting, games, fitness zone, arts and crafts and much more. 

Teens are invited to meet 20 authors of popular young adult novels at the Pasadena Loves YA! book festival Saturday, May 23, from noon to 4 p.m. at Central Library. There will be book signings, giveaways, refreshments and more. RSVP on this Facebook page.

Adults will create beautiful resin jewelry with guidance and instruction from artist Margot Dyches Saturday, May 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library. All materials will be provided. Space is limited; call 626-744-7264 to sign up.

The Ice House Comedy Club presents six comedians who will leave you LOLing during the Cool Beans show Sunday, May 24, at 7 p.m. Everyone will receive jelly beans and opportunities to win prizes. Reservations are required.

The USC School of Dramatic Arts will present a reading of "Child's Play" Tuesday, May 26, at 8 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse. The reading will repeat Friday, May 29, at 8 p.m. The play is a realistic look at how privatized prisons affect families in America. Tickets are required

Guitarist Isamu Nakashio will perform Wednesday, May 27, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series.

Frequency (2010, PG-13) starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, May 27, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. An accidental radio link connects a father and his son across 30 years.

Art, science and technology will merge during Networks, part of the Art + Tech Panel Series in the auditorium at Caltech's Beckman Institute (#74 on this mapWednesday, May 27, at 6 p.m. when artist Natalie Bookchin, art history and humanities professor Kris Cohen and visual arts professor Ricardo Dominguez discuss how they relate to similar concepts.

Photographing the San Gabriel Mountains is the theme of a public event Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at Eaton Canyon Nature Center hosted by the Sierra Club Forest Committee. Enjoy an evening of historic black and white photos and newer color shots of wildlife and wilderness. Presenters will offer tips on how to enjoy the adventure of snapping pics in the San Gabriels and how to take better ones.

The USC School of Dramatic Arts will present a reading of the comedy "Gambled Eggs" by Victoria Moy Wednesday, May 27, at 8 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse. Two sisters hatch a plan to save their father's dysfunctional family from ruin when his gambling debts bring a henchman to the door. Tickets are required

Children ages 10+ are invited to show off their culinary skills to earn the title Library Iron Chef Thursday, May 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library, but beware the mystery ingredient! Call 626-744-7262 to sign up.

The USC School of Dramatic Arts will present a reading of "Sentience" by Tylar Pendgraft Thursday, May 28, at 8 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse. A woman volunteers her husband for genetic alteration that will make him a better soldier. Tickets are required

Everyone is invited to the third annual Day of Jazz at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music Friday, May 29, that will include a jazz history class from 10 a.m. to noon, a jazz master class from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and a concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Although all events are free, you'll need to reserve your ticket.


Photo credits: Earth911, Waymarking, Read Breathe Relax, Whipup, Ice House Comedy Club, Pasadena Playhouse, Isamu Nakashio, SciFi World, debit72, Outside, Victoria Moy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, University of Southern California.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events May 16 to 22


Here are free events scheduled Saturday, May 16, to Friday, May 22.

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

PUSD students in grades 2 to 8 will compete in the PasadenaLEARNS Science Olympiad Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Blair east campus (across the street from Blair High School). Come out and see these whiz kids in action, followed by entertainment and an awards ceremony!

Caltech's 35th annual Bandorama Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m. at Caltech's Ramo Auditorium (just south of Beckman Auditorium) will feature the Caltech Jazz Band performing music by west coast composers Bill Holman, Steve Hufsteter, Gordon Goodwin and others and the Caltech Concert Band performing works by Holst, Deutsch and Dvorak.
Holst, Deutsch and Dvořák.
Holst, Deutsch and Dvořák
Holst, Deutsch and Dvořák

The Pasadena Museum of History and The Gamble House will be among the six venues offering free admission on Museums of the Arroyo Day Sunday, May 17, during regular hours.

Chamber music fans will want to rush to Caltech's Dabney Hall (#40 on this map) Sunday, May 17, from 2 to 6 p.m. for the Chamber Music Marathon featuring works by Vivaldi, Quantz, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Haydn, Jacob, Schumann, Piazzola, Arensky, Mendelssohn and Copland.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to read books to gentle, well-trained dogs at Barks and Books Monday, May 19, from 3 to 4 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library

Vie for prizes by answering trivia questions about music of the '40s and '50s while listening to some of the greatest hits of those eras Tuesday, May 19, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. You do not have to be a member to participate. 

"Somewhere in Time" starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, May 20, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to find the actress depicted in the vintage portrait in a grand hotel.

Analytical tools developed by chemists helped explain why the dramatic sky disappeared from Winslow Homer's For to Be a Farmer's Boy (above) and material scientists have uncovered the sources of color in ancient Chinese jades. Dr. Katherine Faber will examine the science behind these and other object-based studies Wednesday, May 20, at 8 p.m. at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium (#91 on this map) and discusss the links between art, science and engineering that build bridges between museums and universities. The event is titled "Watching Paint Dry and Colors Fade."

"Watching Paint Dry and Colors Fade: The Intersection of Art and Science" - See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/content/watson-lecture-katherine-t-faber-watching-paint-dry-and-colors-fade-intersection-art-and#sthash.1BcfcbSH.dpuf
Faber will examine the science behind these and other object-based studies and discuss the links between science, engineering, and art, which build bridges between universities and museums. - See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/content/watson-lecture-katherine-t-faber-watching-paint-dry-and-colors-fade-intersection-art-and#sthash.1BcfcbSH.dpuf
Faber will examine the science behind these and other object-based studies and discuss the links between science, engineering, and art, which build bridges between universities and museums. - See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/content/watson-lecture-katherine-t-faber-watching-paint-dry-and-colors-fade-intersection-art-and#sthash.1BcfcbSH.dpuf
Felix Bullock, chair of the Guitar Department at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, will showcase his talented guitar quartet Thursday, May 21, at 4 p.m. at Allendale Branch Library.

Admission to the Pasadena Museum of California Art is free the third Thursday (and first Friday) of every month. On Thursday, May 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. see the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

Learn the history of the Battle of Puebla through folk tales, songs and music Thursday, May 21, from 7 to 8 p.m. presented by Gloria Arjona in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library.


Photo credits: Caltech, Jeanette B., Art of Composing, Los Angeles Quickies, Elvis Collectors, Claratsi's Movie Reviews, Visual Art Encyclopedia, The Well-Tempered Ear, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Gloria Arjona.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Looking for Something To Do? Free Events May 9 to 15


Here are free events scheduled Saturday, May 9, to Friday, May 15.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!
 
Come meet the dedicated men and women of the Pasadena Fire Department Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All Pasadena fire stations will conduct open houses; at Fire Station 33, 515 N. Lake Ave., there will be demonstrations and activities including live vehicle burns, aerial ladder operations and much more.  

Now that the unmanned spacecraft Dawn has arrived at its second destination after a seven-year journey, celebrate the excitement of space exploration Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. inside and outside Beckman Auditorium (#91 on this map) with solar telescopes, children's activities, science and engineering presentations, booths representing various NASA missions and much more.

LitFest Pasadena returns Saturday, May 9, from noon to midnight with readings and salon-style author panels in the byways, book stores, wine bars, theaters, coffee houses and streets of the Playhouse District.

Teens are invited to Anime Afternoon Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at Central Library. Enjoy the anime television series "Yakitate!! Japan," Japanese snacks and the newest manga in the library's collection.  


The Crown City Symphony will perform Brahms's Tragic Overture, Massenet's Scenes Pittoresque-Suite no. 4 and Weber's Clarinet Concerto Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at Pasadena Christian Church, 789 N. Altadena Dr. and Sunday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 74 N. Marengo Ave.

The second Sunday of every month is Free Admission Day at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. On Sunday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions, martial arts demonstrations and everything else the museum has to offer.


Mothers will be pampered Sunday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at One Colorado with mimosas, massages, music, photo booth fun and much more.

The Caltech Chamber Music Ensembles will perform  a special Mothers Day concert Sunday, May 10, at 3:30 p.m. at Caltech's Dabney Lounge in Dabney Hall (#40 on this map) with works by Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff and Brahms.
Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff
Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff
Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff


L'Opera Chamber Players will perform Wednesday, May 13, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.

"Time After Time" (1979, PG) starring Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, May 13, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to 20th century San Francisco after the serial murderer uses Wells's newly constructed time machine to escape his time period. Wells meets a local woman who helps him adjust and gets caught up in his unlikely story.

Children are invited to use their imaginations and create paper bag kites, then take them outside to soar through the air Thursday, May 14, at 3 p.m. at Villa-Parke Branch Library.


"Annie" (2014, PG) starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx will be shown on the big screen Friday, May 15, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A child who lives with a mean foster mom sees her life change when a business tycoon works out a scheme to adopt her.

The Pasadena Community Orchestra will perform Haydn's Symphony No 104 (London) and Lalo's Symphony Espagnole in D Minor, Op.21 Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.


Photo credits: yours truly, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, LitFest Pasadena, Fan Art, Crown City Symphony, Pacific Asia Museum, Dreamstime, Caltech, USC Pacific Asia Museum, WXXI, IMDB, Circle of Ideas, MXDWM, Pasadena Community Orchestra.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Looking for Something To Do? Free Events May 2 to 8


Here are free events scheduled Saturday, May 2, to Friday, May 8.

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

Enjoy traditional Native American musicians, singers, storytellers and dancers, learn about the rich natural history and wildlife around us and much more during the Spring Awakening Festival Saturday, May 2, at 10 a.m. at Eaton Canyon Nature Center.

Saturday, May 2, is National Comic Book Day!
* Children and teens can pick up free comics books at Central Library or any branch library.
* Jen Wang ("In Real Life," "Koko Be Good"), Sina Grace and Michael Stock ("Penny Dora") will talk to teens about their experiences as comic book creators and sign copies of their books at 1 p.m. at Central Library/Studio on 4th.
* Children 6 and older can pick up free comic books and then design their own superhero costumes and make superhero comic videos from 2 to 4 p.m. in Central Library's Storybook Room and Technology Learning Center. Call 626-744-4066, option 4, to sign up.
* Adults don't have to feel left out! Pick up your free comic book at either of two participating retailers in Pasadena: P Dot's Comics and Collectibles or Comics Factory.

If you enjoy culinary adventures, come to Allendale Branch Library Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m. when Isabelle Camps-Campins will provide a cooking demonstration and share some of her recipes from Trinidad and Tobago (and you'll get to sample the cuisine!).  

The first Tuesday of every month from 4 to 8 p.m. is Free Family Night at Kidspace Children's Museum. On Tuesday, May 5, discover Aztec art and culture by crafting your own Teotihuacan mask, learning about hieroglyphs, create rain sticks, enjoy a demonstration of Aztec dances and join a storyteller who will relate Aztec tales.

Cellist Simone Vitucci will perform Wednesday, May 6, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

"Portrait of Jennie" (1948, NR) starring Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotten will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, May 6, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. An artist begins to suspect something very unusual about a young woman he meets again and again.
Moments after the Big Bang, our observable universe underwent a violent growth spurt that flung space apart faster than the speed of light.  - See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/content/james-j-bock-searching-vibrations-big-bang#sthash.zLWMr3Bm.dpuf
Moments after the Big Bang, our observable universe underwent a violent growth spurt that flung space apart faster than the speed of light. - See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/content/james-j-bock-searching-vibrations-big-bang#sthash.zLWMr3Bm.dpuf


"The Imitation Game" (2014, PG-13) starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly will be shown on the big screen Friday, May 8, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center.  During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the Germans' Enigma Code with help from some unlikely peers. Based on true events. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

A new load of garden-ready mulch from Pasadena Public Works Department street tree trimmings will be available Friday, May 8, at the southeast corner of the parking lot at Victory Park. Bring your own shovel, container and gloves any time between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. The mulch supply is replenished once a month from February to October and is available to Pasadena residents only.

The Caltech-Occidental Symphony and Caltech Chamber Singers will perform Friday, May 8, at 8 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium (south of Beckman Auditorium) with works including Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Haydn's Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Di Lasso's Madrigals and Chansons, Brahms's Vier Zigeunerlieder Op. 112 and Kirchner's Unclouded Day. 

SAVE THE DATE!

LitFest Pasadena returns Saturday, May 9, from noon to midnight with readings and salon-style author panels in the byways, book stores, wine bars, theaters, coffee houses and streets of the Playhouse District.



Zigeunerlieder, Op. 112

Photo credits: Crazy Crow, ScreenRant, Merle's Trinidad Cuisine, New York Times, Simone Vitucci, Media and Mayhem, American Landscape Design and Installation, Film Comment, Your Piece of Marin, Caltech