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Friday, November 16, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events Nov. 17 to 23

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Nov. 17, to Friday, Nov. 23.

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

The annual Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair will include live musical performances and plenty of fun, family-friendly activities as well as browsing and people watching Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Central Park. Purchase of gifts is not required to attend.

The Caltech Orchestra will perform Dvořák's Cello Concerto (with guest artist John Walz, principal cellist of the LA Opera), Beethoven's Symphony No 7 and Barber's First Essay for Orchestra Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium at Caltech's Baxter Hall (#77 on this map). The orchestra is made up primarily of professional-level musicians from Caltech and JPL. Parking in Caltech lots and parking structures is free on weekends.

Before recorded music was possible, the art of four hands making music at one piano was common in households. Third@First presents Four Hands and Four Singers Saturday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. The program will include Brahms's Neue Liebeslieder Waltzer Op. 65, Beethoven's Variations on a Theme of Waldstein, Schubert's Rondo and more, featuring pianists Paul Floyd and Junko Ueno Garrett plus soloist singers.

The 2018 Pasadena Doo Dah Parade -- the twisted sister of that other parade -- will include a memorable cast of merrymakers Sunday, Nov. 18, beginning at 11 a.m. on Colorado Boulevard between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Boulevard. Bring a lawn chair and plan on arriving no later than about 10 a.m. to claim your spot on the sidewalk. (I'll be at the reviewing stand at the southeast corner of Colorado Boulevard and Vinedo Street, so swing by and say hi!)

The Crown City Symphony will perform the overture to Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mozart's Concerto in C for Flute, Harp and Orchestra and Smetana's Die Moldau, one of his six  Vlast symphonic poems, Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pasadena.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to make Thanksgiving crafts, check out books about Thanksgiving and enjoy special refreshments Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Villa-Parke Branch Library.


Photo credits: Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair, Awestruck Wanderer, Gramophone, Philadelphia Music Alliance, Wayback Machine, Crisis Magazine, BBC, Light Bringer Project,  Biblioteque de l'Opera of Paris, Stanford University, Powerful Mothering.


Friday, November 9, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events November 10 to 16

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Nov. 10, to Friday, Nov. 16.

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

Adaptive sports for all ages will be celebrated during the Pasadena Adaptive Sports Festival Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brookside Park. Competitions will include quad rugby, handcycling, pickle ball, tennis, beep baseball, boccia ball and more. Equipment will be provided, and coaches and instructors will be on hand to teach participants how to play the games. Register here. Spectators of all abilities are welcome to this first-ever event.

The Caltech-Occidental Wind Orchestra will perform a program titled Brass and Bernstein at 100 Saturday, Nov 10, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3:30 p.m. at Ramo Auditorium in Caltech's Baxter Hall (#77 on this map). Works will include Dukas's Fanfare to La Peri, Leonard Bernstein's A Musical Toast, Bernstein's A Simple Song, Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and brass showcase selections for horn, trumpet and tuba with Euphonium Choirs. Parking in Caltech lots and parking structures is free on weekends.

The annual Veterans Day commemoration at Centennial Square in front of Pasadena City Hall Sunday, Nov. 11, beginning at 10:30 a.m., will include patriotic music, Blair High School JROTC presenting the colors, a flyover of vintage of World War II planes, special guest speakers and more, followed by free refreshments, including hot dogs grilled by Pasadena firefighters.


Admission to the USC Pacific Asia Museum is free the second Sunday of every month. On Sunday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., explore the connections between textiles, status and ceremony through the history and culture of Korea. Learn about the king who used his status to develop the Korean alphabet; enjoy artmaking activities, storytime for children and docent tours of the museum's galleries. (There will be a $10 fee if you want to attend a related live performance.)

Irish poet and author Eavan Boland will speak about her career and read from some of her works Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the lounge at Caltech's Dabney Hall (#40 on this map). Boland, director of the creative writing program at Stanford University, is a 2016 inductee to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the recipient of the Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry and the PEN Award for creative nonfiction. Parking in Caltech lots and parking structures is free after 5 p.m.

Baritone Cale Olson will perform Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

The Pride of Jesse Hallam (191, NR) starring starring Johnny Cash and Brenda Vaccaro will be shown Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library in commemoration of National Family Literacy Month. When his daughter needs life-saving surgery, an illiterate coal miner in rural Kentucky takes her to Cincinnati where he is determined to support his family in the big city. But first he must learn how to read and write.

On Golden Pond (1981, PG-13) starring Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn will be shown Friday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. On summer vacation at their cabin on a lake in New England, a cranky retired professor with memory problems and his understanding wife agree to look after the 13-year-old son of their daughter's (Jane Fonda) fiancé. See the trailer here. 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 2018 Pasadena Doo Dah Parade -- the twisted sister of that other parade -- will include a memorable cast of merrymakers Sunday, Nov. 18, beginning at 11 a.m. on Colorado Boulevard between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Boulevard. Bring a lawn chair and plan on arriving by about 10 a.m. to claim your spot on the sidewalk.


Photo credits: Mary Free Bed, Friendship Circle, The 42, Leonard Bernstein Estate, Gator Guards, USC Pacific Asia Museum, AZ Quotes, Brock University, The Königsberg Company, IPC Films

Friday, November 2, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events November 3 to 9

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Nov. 3, to Friday, Nov. 9.

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, Nov. 3, at 10:30 a.m. in the Children's Corner inside the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Nature Tails are scheduled every Saturday morning.


Take a self-guided tour of Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos altars created to honor and celebrate the dearly departed Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4, at business throughout Old Pasadena during regular business hours. There also will be community altars at three open-air locations in Old Pas throughout the weekend; and live music by Marimba Tropical and calavera face painting from 1 to 4 p.m. both days at Mercantile Place.


Revisit Moons, an exhibition that ponders wonder, worlds and orbiting mysteries, Saturday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design's hillside campus. Gallery hours vary. The Nov. 3 to 11 period of the exhibition is in conjunction with the AxS Festival, a celebration of arts and science in Pasadena and some adjacent communities. The exhibition continues through Dec. 16. 


Shigaraki in Shiga prefecture near Kyoto is one of Japan's oldest kiln centers and has produced stoneware ceramics since the 12th century. The opening reception for Crafted from the Earth: The Rugged Beauty of Shigaraki Ceramics is Saturday, Nov. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Shumei Arts Council. Among the activities at the reception will be traditional Japanese tea ceremonies at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. that will incorporate Shigaraki tea bowls, and although there will be a $10 fee for participating in the ceremonies, you can watch them for free. The exhibition will continue through Jan. 13. This event is part of the AxS Festival, a celebration of arts and science in Pasadena and some adjacent communities.

Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio, composed by Claude Bolling, will be performed Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2:30 p.m. in the Donald R.Wright Auditorium at Central Library featuring Ruth Kaschow on flute, Tomoko Takasuki on piano, Leslie Baker on string bass and Ken Parks on drums.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to read books to gentle, well-trained dogs at Barks and Books Monday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. at San Rafael Branch Library and 3 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library; and Thursday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Children's Story Room at Central Library.


Constellations, a play by Nick Payne, will be read by resident actors at A Noise Within Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. as part of the Words Within series. While admission is free, reservations are required. This performance is in conjunction with the annual AxS Festival, a celebration of arts and science in Pasadena and some adjacent communities.


LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) presents artist/musician Steve Roden, who will give a sound performance; artist/photographer Lia Halloran, who will discuss her astronomy series; Daniel Lewis, who will speak about the art and science of ornithology; and Caltech special collections director and archivist Peter Callopy on archival treasures at the institute Monday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design's hillside campus. This event is in conjunction with the annual AxS Festival, a celebration of arts and science in Pasadena and some adjacent communities.


Tuesday Musicale presents a piano trio by Haydn with Joyce Pan on violin, Judy Cain on cello and Priscella Yam on piano; Puccini and Wagner arias sung by soprano Diana Briscoe; Trio by Louise Farrenc with Emily Denney on clarinet, Susan Grether on Cello and Jamie Caridi on piano; and Concertino for Two Pianos by Shostakovich performed by Gerry Keeling and Mary Hense Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 2:30 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, Nov. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. perform amazing circus feats, design and make a game your entire family can enjoy, and much more.

Jazz guitarist Riner Scivally will perform Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Faith of My Fathers (2005, PG-13) starring Shawn Hatosy and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa will be shown Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. The film tells the story of John McCain, from his early childhood to his experiences as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. The movie is based on McCain's 1999 autobiography Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir.  

The community is invited to the opening reception for a watercolor and mixed media exhibition Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. Complimentary food and wine will be provided, and a harpist will perform. All ages are welcome; membership at the Pasadena Senior Center is not required to attend. The art works were created by Pasadena Senior Center art students with skill levels from beginner to advanced. 

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018, PG-13) starring Amanda Seyfried and Meryl Streep will be shown Friday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna on a Greek island as she learns more about her mother's life. See the trailer here. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.


How does NASA capture the faint whispers of spacecraft voyaging to far-flung destinations across our solar system and beyond? Three experts from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will explain the Deep Space Network's giant radio antennas, global cooperation and careful planning Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium at Caltech's Baxter Hall (#77 on this map). Parking at Caltech lots and parking structures is free after 5 p.m.


The Pasadena Community Orchestra will perform Brahms's Academic Festival Overture, Ginastera's Harp Concerto featuring soloist Alyssa Katahara and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 (New World Symphony) Friday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.

SAVE THE DATES!
  • Adaptive sports for all ages will be celebrated during the Pasadena Adaptive Sports Festival Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brookside Park. Competitions will include quad rugby, handcycling, pickle ball, tennis, beep baseball, boccia ball and more. Equipment will be provided, and coaches and instructors will be on hand to teach participants how to play the games. Register here. Spectators of all abilities are welcome to this first-ever event. 
  • The annual Veterans Day commemoration at Centennial Square in front of Pasadena City Hall Sunday, Nov. 11, beginning at 10:30 a.m., will include patriotic music, local JROTC presenting the colors, a flyover of vintage of World War II planes, special guest speakers and more, followed by free refreshments, including hot dogs grilled by Pasadena firefighters.


Photo credits: Child's Play International, Feiwel & Friends, Sleeping Bear Press, Breck Create, What's On in Joburg, Beale Public Library, A Noise Within, Steve Roden, Jazz Guitar Lessons, A&E Television Networks, Pasadena Senior Center, Universal Pictures, Pasadena Community Orchestra

Friday, October 26, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events October 27 to November 2

Here are free events scheduled Saturday, Oct. 27, to Friday, Nov. 2.

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

The annual pumpkin decorating extravaganza for children and families is Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon in the courtyard at One Colorado.

Hocus Pocus (1993, PG) starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker will be shown Saturday, Oct. 27, at Allendale Park. A boy in Salem, Mass., awakens three witches who were executed in the 17th century. Fun family activities at 5 p.m. will be followed by the film screening beginning at dusk (about 6 p.m.). Bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic. Free popcorn will be available, and the first 150 guests will receive special cupcakes to decorate and eat. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. 

Children ages 7 and older and their families are invited to create Halloween transformer costumes using their own cardboard boxes and their imaginations Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library. All materials except boxes will be provided.

The family-friendly Pumpkin Festival at Brookside Park directly in front of Kidspace Children's Museum is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Festival admission is free to enjoy live musical performances and stroll throughout the festival; $1 tickets will be available for several other attractions such as pony rides, games and food.

Twinkle Time will perform for young children Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Garfield Promenade on the street level at Paseo Colorado.

Teens are invited to make a creepy craft, munch on zombie snacks and watch the film Warm Bodies (2013, PG-13) starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library. A zombie named R rescues a female human survivor of a zombie attack, causing him to become increasingly more human himself and setting off a chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and possibly even the entire lifeless world. See the trailer here.

Pianist Makiko Hirata will perform classical works Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

The Monster Squad (1987, PG-13) starring Andre Gower and Robby Kiger will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A group of boys form The Monster Squad to stop five classic movie monsters from destroying their small town. See the trailer here. A Betty Boop cartoon will also be shown.

Children and families are invited to the Halloween Spooktacular Party Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library. Participate in a costume parade, enjoy tasty treats and more.

Halloween activities in the Playhouse District Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. will include crafts and storytelling in the courtyard adjacent to Vroman's Bookstore, crafts and games in the courtyard at the Pasadena Playhouse and treats at a number of retailers in the district (look for the orange balloons).

Halloween activities in the courtyard at One Colorado Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. will include photo portraits of children and families in costume and a screening of Coraline (2009, PG). Stroll from store to store for treats. 

The Music of Strangers will be shown Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. The documentary film shows Yo-Yo Ma's worldwide search for master musicians to form the Silk Road Ensemble, a group of music teachers, collaborators and performers. He and other musicians discuss their philosophies on music and culture. See the trailer here.

The opening reception for The Exuberant Abstractions of Vera Arutyunyan is Friday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the En Gallery at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden. The event is free for visitors who have made reservations (all others are $10 at the gate). Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Arutyunyan emigrated to the U.S. in 1991 and is renowned for her bold, abstract oil paintings.

The Dia de los Muertos Festival Friday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Villa-Parke Community Center will include ofrendas altars,  dance performances, children's activities, arts and crafts and much more. 

Admission to the Norton Simon Museum is free the first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. On Friday, Nov. 2, enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

Take a self-guided tour of Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos altars created to honor and celebrate the dearly departed Friday, Nov. 2, to Sunday, Nov. 4, at businesses throughout Old Pasadena during regular business hours. There also will be community altars at three open-air locations in Old Pas throughout the weekend; a salsa party with dance lessons and calavera face painting Friday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Big Bang Theory Way; and live music by Marimba Tropical and calavera face painting Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mercantile Place.


Photo credits: Walt Disney Pictures, Costume Works, Twinkle Time, Summit Entertainment, Makiko Hirata, Home Box Office (HBO), Playhouse District Association, Cathy Murai Photography, Tremolo Productions, Karnival Costumes, Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, Norton Simon Museum, Red Bubble