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Friday, July 22, 2016

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events July 23 to 29


Here are events scheduled Saturday, July 23, to Friday, July 29.

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

The Classic Films of Mexico Festival/Festival del Cine Clásico Mexicano presents "¡Ay, Jalisco... no te rajes!" (1941, NR) starring Jorge Negrete and Gloria Marín Saturday, July 23, at 2 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A boy with a vengeance over his parents' deaths grows up and romances a young woman about to marry a wealthy man to save her father from financial ruin. Spanish with English subtitles.

Albert Lee will perform rockabilly Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986, PG-13) starring Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene Saturday, July 23, at 8:30 p.m. at Central Park. A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant that demands to be fed. Come as early as 7 p.m. for DJ music. Bring a beach chair or blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "Pride and Prejudice" (2005, PG) starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen Saturday, July 23, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets the wealthy and proud Mr. Darcy, Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?

A Noise Within presents The American Dream: A Resident Artist Reading Festival Saturday, July 23, and Sunday, July 24. Staged readings will include "Angels In America, Part One: Millennium Approaches" by Tony Kushner, "27 Wagons Full of Cotton" by Tennessee Williams, "The Actor's Nightmare" and "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You" by Christopher Durang and "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry. Reserve your general admission seat here.

The Playhouse District Summer Jazz Series presents The Collective Sunday, July 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard outside Vroman's Bookstore.

Louie Cruz Beltran will perform Afro Cuban and Latin jazz Sunday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "Strictly Ballroom" (1992, PG) starring Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice Sunday, July 24, at 8:30 p.m. at Central Park. A maverick dancer risks his career when he decides to perform an unusual routine with a new partner, Come as early as 7 p.m. for DJ music. Bring a beach chair or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

In recognition of National Carousel Day, admission will be free to Pasadena Museum of History's exhibition Flying Horses & Mythical Beasts: The Magical World of Carousel Animals Monday, July 25, from noon to 5 p.m. 

Pasadena Senior Center's Concerts in the Park presents the Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra Tuesday, July 26, at 6 p.m. in the band shell at Memorial Park. The concert will include works by Mozart, Handel, Dvorak and Beethoven. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. You do not have to be a senior citizen or a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

Pianist Junko Ueno Garrett will perform Wednesday, July 27, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"The Longshots" (2008, PG) starring Ice Cub and Keke Palmer will be shown Wednesday, July 27, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. An 11-year-old becomes the first girl to play in a Pop Warner football tournament. Based on a true story.

Activities for Pasadena Public Library's Read for the Win! Summer Reading Club include the following (and much more!):
  • For children 12 and younger: The funny and interactive show "Sherlock Homerun: A Whodunit Musical" is a wacky mystery filled with friendship and intrigue! See it Thursday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Linda Vista Branch Library or 3 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library.
  • For teens 13 to 19: Laser tag -- you're it! Join the fun Thursday, July 28, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library.  All equipment will be provided. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Call 626-744-4246 or email jgov@cityofpasadena.net to sign up.
  • Download Pasadena Public Library's newsletter for a full list of summer activities.
Rhythm Child will perform reggae, rock and soul for children Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things" (2016) Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. How might your life be better with less?

Paseo Colorado's Swingin' Under the Stars summer concert series concludes with Aileen Quinn and the Leapin' Liizards Friday, July 29, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. As an added bonus, if you've always wanted to learn swing dancing, instructors from the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association will offer free lessons from 7 to 7:30 p.m.
Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "Touching the Void" (2003, R) starring Simon Yates and Joe Simpson Friday, July 29, at 8 p.m. at Distant Lands. Two climbers embark on a perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. Based on a true story.

David Lindley will perform folk, blues and bluegrass Friday, July 29, at 8 p.m at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "The Truman Show" (1998, PG) starring Jim Carrey and Laura Linney Friday, July 29, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. An insurance adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a TV reality show. 



Photo credits: Producciones Rodriguez Hermanos, Albert Lee, Geffen Company, Focus Features, A Noise Within, Jazz@Rochester, Louie Cruz Beltran, M&A, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena Summer Youth Orchestra, Junko Uneo Garrett, Cube Vision, Harrison Public Library, Rhythm Child, Catalyst, Aileen Quinn, FilmFour, Erik Kabik/Hard Rock Hotel, Paramount Pictures

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Freedom Tour -- Animal Signs

I have seen so many signs warning of animal crossings. The one above is on the way from Bridgeport, Calif., in the Eastern Sierras to Twin Lakes. Click on the photo to see the red nose that I presume a prankster added! 

This sign is in South Dakota not far from Sturgis:



Just outside of Lexington, Kentucky, near Elkhorn Creek:


Outside of Munfordville, which has the largest Amish community in Kentucky:







 On the road between Elko and Ely, Nevada:



Wild burros abound in the Nevada desert:



Owens Valley near Bishop, California:




And then there are human animals...some very bad ones. How awkward would it be if a driver picked up a hitchhiker near this location in Amargosa Valley, Nevada, and then came upon the sign afterward?!



I'm loving my Freedom Tour!

Friday, July 15, 2016

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


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

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

Attend the opening reception for "The Future," an exhibition of works by students in the City of Pasadena Adaptive Recreation Program, Saturday, July 16, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the community room at Armory Center for the Arts. The exhibition will be in place through Sept. 9.


The Classic Films of Mexico Festival/Festival del Cine Clásico Mexicano presents Nosotros los Pobres (1948, NR) starring Pedro Infante and Blanca Estela Pavon Saturday, July 16, at 2 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Characters in a poor neighborhood in Mexico City come to life when two children find a novel in a trash can. Spanish with English subtitles.

Sam Llanas will perform Saturday, July 16, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "American Graffiti" (1973, PG) starring Richard Dreyfus and Ron Howard Saturday, July 16, at 8:30 p.m. at Central Park. Two high school graduates spend one final night in 1962 cruising the strip  before they all head off to college. Come as early as 7 p.m. for DJ music. Bring a beach chair or blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "Raising Arizona" (1987, PG-13) starring Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter Saturday, July 16, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. When a childless couple decides to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives become more complicated than they ever anticipated.

Don Newcombe, Bo Jackson and Arnold Hano will be inducted to the 2016 Baseball Reliquary Shrine of the Eternals during a ceremony Sunday, July 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library

The Playhouse District's Summer Jazz Concert Series presents Kira and the Major 3 Sunday, July 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard outside Vroman's Bookstore. 

Double G Ninenet will perform jazz Sunday, July 17, at 7 p.m. the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.

"Pitch Perfect" (2012, PG-13) starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilsom will be shown Tuesday, July 19, at 5 p.m. at the La Pintoresca Teen Education Center. A freshman is cajoled into joining her college's all-girls singing group and injects some much needed energy into their repertoire as they take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

Pasadena Senior Center's Concerts in the Park presents Billy and the Hillbillies Tuesday, July 19, at 6 p.m. in the band shell at Memorial Park. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic or purchase dinner in the park. You do not have to be a senior or a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

Activities for Pasadena Public Library's Read for the Win! Summer Reading Club include the following (and much more!):
  • For children 12 and younger: Nathan Phan will dazzle you with magic tricks while tickling your funny bone Wednesday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m. at San Rafael Branch Library.
  • For teens: Paint your own unique design on a T-shirt using stencils Wednesday, July 20, at 4 p.m. in Studio on 4th at Central Library. All materials will be provided. Call 626-744-4246 or email jgov@cityofpasadena.net to sign up.
  • SAVE THE DATE! Families with children 7+ are invited to bulding their own robots with soda cans, screws, wheels and batteries Saturday, July 23, at 3 p.m. at Linda Vista Branch Library or Saturday, July 30, at 3 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library. An adult is required to be in attendance with each family. Call 626-744-7278 for July 23 or 626-744-7272 for July 30 to sign up.
  • Download Pasadena Public Library's newsletter for a full list of summer activities.
"Pride" (2007, PG) starring Terrence Howard and Kimberly Elise will be shown Wednesday, July 20, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A determined coach starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation. Based on a true story.

The third Thursday (and first Friday) is Free Admission Day at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Thursday, July 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else PMCA has to offer.

SteveSongs will perform music for chiildren Thursday, July 21, at 7 p.m at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park, A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.


"The Good Dinosaur" (2015, PG) with the voice talents of Jeffrey Wright and Frances McDormand will be shown Friday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m. outdoors at Victory Park. In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side by side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. Bring lawn chairs/blankets and a picnic.

Paseo Colorado's Swingin' Under the Stars summer concert series presents Dave Stuckey & the Hot House Gang Friday, July 22, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. As an added bonus, if you've always wanted to learn swing dancing, instructors from the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association will offer free lessons from 7 to 7:30 p.m.


Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "Into the Wild" (2007, R) starring Emile Hirsch and Vince Vaughn Friday, July 22, at 8 p.m. at Distant Lands. A top student and athlete abandons his possessions after graduating from college, gives his savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness where he enounters a series of characters who shape his life. Based on a true story.

Billy Strings will perform bluegrass and modern folk music Friday, July 22, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.


Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "10 Things I Hate About You" (1999, PG-13) starring Heath Ledger and Julia Styles Friday, July 22, at 8:30 p,m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. A famiy rule forbids a popular girl from dating until her unpopular, rebellious, boy-hating older sister gets a suitor of her own.



Photo credits: City of Pasadena, Producciones Rodriguez Hermanos, Sam Llanas, Universal Pictures, Circle Films, Baseball Reliquary, Kira Morrison, California Jazz Foundation, Brownstone Productions, Harrison Memorial Library, Lionsgate Films, Brett Weston Archive, Living a Sunshine Life, Walt Disney Pictures, Jennifer Stockert, Paramount Vantage, Billy Strngs, Touchstone Pictures.