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Friday, March 15, 2019

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events March 16 to 22

Here are events scheduled Saturday, March 16, to Friday, March 22.

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

Do you love movies and dream of writing the scripts that bring concepts to life? "Breaking into Screenwriting" is a panel discussion hosted by the Scriptwriters Network in conjunction with the Pasadena International Film Festival Saturday, March 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. upstairs at Vroman's Bookstore in the Playhouse District. Come learn how to get started and make a career of it!

March is One City, One Story month -- our community reading celebration! Have you read this year's selection "In the Distance," the Pulitzer Prize finalist about a Swedish boy in the Old West, yet? One City, One Story events are scheduled all month long. Here are some this coming week:
  • In the context of 150 years of Old West fables, fictions and folklore, The Huntington Library's Dr. Peter J. Blodgett will present "A New Layer of Desolation: The Mythic Wests of Hernán Diaz’s 'In the Distance'" Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library.
  • Sit in on Lamanda Park Branch Library's Great Literature and Discussion Group talk about "In the Distance" Monday, March 18, at 11 a.m.
  • Discuss "In the Distance" with the Pasadena Readers Book Club Monday, March 18, at 3 p.m. in Studio on 4th (fourth floor) at Central Library.
  • "Cowboy" (1958, NR) starring Glenn Ford and Jack Lemmon will be shown Wednesday, March 20, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. An idealistic hotel clerk in Chicago goes on a cattle drive to Mexico and soon discovers the cowboy life isn't what he expected. 
  • "High Noon" (1952, NR) starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly will be shown Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. In this classic western, a marshal prepares to retire from law enforcement in deference to his Quaker bride, but four outlaws are making their own preparations to converge on the town at noon to kill him. He is torn between his sense of duty and his love for his pacifist bride. The film will be introduced by Carl Koslowski, Pasadena Weekly film critic and arts editor, and will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. The evening will also include a western singalong with country-Americana band McMains.
  • See paintings of African American cowboys by artist Emerson Terry on display at Hastings Branch Library through March 31.
  • If you have a Pasadena Public Library card, present it at the Autry Museum of the American West through March 31 for free admission.
  • Click here for a full calendar of One City, One Story events.
Third@First presents soprano Liv Redpath performing art songs of Schubert, Debussy, Rodrigo and Barber followed by arias from operas by Mozart, Verdi and Donizetti Saturday, March 16, at 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.  She will be accompanied by Paul Floyd at the piano.

The Crown City Symphony will perform Strauss's Overture to Die Fledermaus, Brahms's Hungarian Dances 11-16 and Liszt's Totentanz Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pasadena.

One Colorado has three family-friendly events scheduled in the courtyard on St. Patrick's Day Sunday, March 17:

An LA Opera community educator will take participants through one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's many operas, "La Clemenza di Tito" (The Clemency of Titus) Monday, March 18, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Mozart composed the opera in 1791, the last year of his life. The universal concepts of loyalty, friendship, betrayal and forgiveness surround power players seeking glory in ancient Rome where the emperor Titus reigns. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

Pasadena City College artist in residence Marnie Weber will discuss her current exhibition "Twisted Refrain" in the Boone Family Gallery at PCC Monday, March 18, from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by a reception.

The Screening Mimis Film Discussion Group for adults presents "The Italian Job" (1969, G) starring Michael Caine and Noël Coward Tuesday, March 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A team of some of England's most notorious criminals devises an intricate plan to hijack gold bullion from Italy. The Screening Mimis Film Discussion Group features a provocative 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.

Tour the iconic, historic bridge building at the hillside campus of Art Center College of Design Wednesday, March 20, at 10 a.m. for a look at the remarkable galleries, studios and classrooms where students from throughout the world create dynamic works from all disciplines. Reservations are required no later than 48 hours in advance. The bridge building was designed in the 1970s by modernist architect Craig Ellwood. Tours are offered the second Friday and third Wednesday of every month through the end of spring. 

Mandolinist Evan Marshall will perform Wednesday, March 20, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

The multimedia presentation "The Women Artists of Disney -- a Fusion of Fine Art and Animation" will take place Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library in celebration of Women's History Month. Historian and author Mindy Johnson will explore the creative and technical advances of leading women artists whose contributions expanded and defined many of Walt Disney's classic animated films. This event is in conjunction with the current exhibition "Something Revealed: California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960" at the Pasadena Museum of History.

Symposia Within presents a talk about "Argonautika," a play by Mary Zimmerman Wednesday, March 20, at 6:45 p.m. at A Noise Within.  

Families with children will enjoy fun improv theater games Thursday, March 21, at 3:30 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library.

"Sinbad the Sailor" (1947, NR) starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Maureen O'Hara will be shown Friday, March 22, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. An ocean of adventure awaits Sinbad as he sets out in search of the fabled lost treasure of Alexander the Great. 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 opening reception for "From Wabi to Whimsy: The Japanese-Inspired Tea Ceramics and Prints of Julie Bagish" is Friday, March 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the En Gallery at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden. The event is free for visitors who have made reservations (otherwise it's $10 at the gate).


Photo credits: New York Film Academy, City of Pasadena, IMG Artists, Crown City Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Pasadena City College, Oakhurst Productions, Art Center College of Design, Evan Marshall, Walt Disney Productions/Photofest, A Noise Within, Kid Activities, RKO Radio Pictures, Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden

Friday, March 8, 2019

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events March 9 to 15

Here are events scheduled Saturday, March 9, to Friday, March 15.

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

Children are invited to hear a story, make a craft and meet the cast of the Root Beer Bandits Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Garfield Promenade on the street level at Paseo Colorado.

March is One City, One Story month -- our community reading celebration! Have you read this year's selection "In the Distance," the Pulitzer Prize finalist about a Swedish boy in the Old West yet? One City, One Story events are scheduled all month long. Here are some this coming week:
  • Join a book discussion of "In the Distance" for adults Saturday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m. at Allendale Branch Library.
  • "The Emigrants" (1971, PG) starring Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann will be shown Monday, March 11, at 1 p.m. in Studio on 4th (fourth floor) at Central Library. A 19th century Swedish family escapes the famine of their homeland and emigrates to the more fertile fields of Minnesota as they make their way on foot, steamer, train and paddle boat in search of a better life. The movie will be screened courtesy of the Sottotitoli Foreign Film Discussion Club.
  • "The Searchers" (1956, NR) starring John Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter will be shown Wednesday, March 13, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Three years after the end of U.S. Civil War, a man returns home to Texas and vows to track down his niece who was abducted by Comanches after they killed her family. 
  • A New Adult book club discussion of "In the Distance" is scheduled Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in the Fourth Floor Conference Room at Central Library (think YA but with more mature themes and content). Several community book club-style discussion groups for all ages are scheduled through the end of March.
  • "Stagecoach" (1939, NR) starring John Wayne and Claire Trevor will be shown Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A stagecoach on its way from the Arizona Territory to a distant settlement in New Mexico is filled with passengers with diverse histories -- a prostitute, an alcoholic, a pregnant woman, a whiskey salesman, a fugitive, the driver and a shotgun guard -- who must learn from and lean on each other as the stagecoach makes its way through dangerous Apache country in the western frontier. The film, directed by John Ford, is widely considered by critics to be the template for all westerns that came after it. "Stagecoach" will be introduced by Carl Koslowski, Pasadena Weekly film critic and arts editor, and will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. The evening also will include a western singalong with country-Americana band McMains.
  • See paintings of African American cowboys by artist Emerson Terry on display at Hastings Branch Library through March 31.
  • If you have a Pasadena Public Library card, present it at the Autry Museum of the American West through March 31 for free admission.
  • See a full calendar of One City, One Story events here.
Access for students to arts education is required in California public schools, but the quality and quantity often depends on where they live and who is teaching them. "Show Your Work -- Stories of Arts Education in L.A." Saturday, March 9, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Southen California Public Radio's Crawford Family Forum will feature current and former art teachers and teaching artists explaining how their students -- and those students' works -- have changed their lives, and the highs and lows of being arts educators. While the event is free, tickets are required.

The Caltech Orchestra winter concert Saturday, March 9, at 8 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium (#77 on this map) will feature Doppler's Concerto for Two Flutes and Orchestra, Bartok's Dance Suite and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2. The concert will be repeated Sunday, March 10, at 3:30 p.m. at the same venue. Parking in Caltech lots and parking structures is free on weekends.


The second Sunday of every month is Free Admission Day at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. On Sunday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., discover the art of anime! Learn to draw your own anime-style characters, see the feature-length anime film "Lu Over the Wall," bring the kids to storytime in the Silk Road Gallery, take a docent-led tour of the special exhibition "Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited" and more.

The works of Dmitri Kabalevsky will be highlighted during the Composer of the Year festival Sunday, March 10, at 1, 2:30, 4 and 5:30 p.m. in Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music where student performers from the piano department will play some of Kabalevsky's compositions.

The Pasadena Community Orchestra presents "Boulanger + Neruda + Beethoven" Sunday, March 10, at 8 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene Pasadena. Works will include Boulanger's D'un Matin de printemps, Neruda's Trumpet Concerto (featuring soloist Cameron Ghahremani) and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.

America's Got Talent auditions will return to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium this month. You can be an audience member for free as host Terry Crews, judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Julianne Hough and Gabriel Union plus a spirited array of singers, dancers, comedians, magicians and other hopeful stars keep everyone entertained. Click here to claim your ticket(s) for specific dates beginning Monday, March 11.

Baritone Christian Nova, accompanied by pianist Frank Garvey, will perform Wednesday, March 13, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.


How did the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) emerge as the largest art museum in the western U.S.? Arts journalist Suzanne Muchnic will tell the tale during a Book Club of California multimedia presentation Wednesday, March 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Women's City Club of Pasadena. While the event is free, reservations are encouraged. You do not have to be a member of BCC to attend.

The six-part Great American Songwriters series continues Thursday, March 14, at 2 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center with a focus on Cole Porter, composer of iconic American standards such as "Anything Goes," "Begin the Beguine," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "I Love Paris," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Night and Day" and dozens more. Join pianist Bob Lipson and commentator/performer Saul H. Jacobs for this fun, interactive program. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.


Flights of Fantasy Story Theater will perform engaging Irish folk tales and fables for children during an afternoon filled filled with laughter and interactive storytelling Thursday, March 14, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library.


"The Wife" (2018, R) starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce will be shown Friday, March 15, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A man about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature must confront the fact that he and his wife of 40 years have shared compromises, secrets and betrayals. 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!

Do you love movies and dream of writing the scripts that bring concepts to life? The panel discussion "Breaking into Screenwriting" will be hosted by the Scriptwriters Network in conjunction with the Pasadena International Film Festival Saturday, March 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. upstairs at Vroman's Bookstore in the Playhouse District. Come learn how to get started and make a career of it!


Photo credits: Garry Marshall Theatre, City of Pasadena, USC Pacific Asia Museum, Baton Music, Christian Nova, LACMA, Getty Images, Flights of Fantasy Story Theater, Silver Reel

Friday, March 1, 2019

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events March 2 to 8

Here are events scheduled Saturday, March 2, to Friday, March 8.

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



Enjoy free food, interactive games and much more at the Jump Into Summer fair Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Park where you'll learn about fun, free and low-cost activities and programs planned this summer by the City of Pasadena for children, teens, adults and families, including summer day camps, aquatics, wellness programs, computer labs, concerts, game days, movie nights, martial arts, sports, STEAM activities, book discussions, arts and crafts, creative writing, summer reading programs and more.



Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to read books to gentle, well-trained dogs at Barks and Books Monday, March 4, at 1 p.m. at San Rafael Branch Library and/or 3 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library. Barks and Books continues at various library branches throughout the month.



Whether your children's favorite Dr. Seuss book is "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham" or another timeless classic, bring them to Dr. Seuss's birthday party where they will enjoy some of the author's great classics as well as crafts, music and more Monday, March 4, at 3:30 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library  and/or Thursday, March 7, at 4 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.


Admission to the Pasadena Museum of History current exhibition "Something Revealed: California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960" will be free to residents of Pasadena and surrounding communities Wednesday, March 6, from noon to 5 p.m. 



March is One City, One Story month -- our community reading celebration! Have you read this year's selection "In the Distance," the Pulitzer Prize finalist about a Swedish boy in the Old West yet? One City, One Story events are scheduled all month long. Here are some events scheduled this coming week:
   * "Winchester '73" (1950, NR) starring James Stewart and Shelly Winters Wednesday, March 6, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library follows the journey of a prized Winchester rifle from one ill-fated owner after another in the Old West.
   * A conversation with "In the Distance" author Hernán Diaz Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary at All Saints Church, will be moderated by Pasadena Public Library Director Michelle Perera and followed by Q&A with the audience and book signing.



Enjoy an evening of art, music, dance, drama and more when our community's arts and cultural institutions open their doors for free during ArtNight Pasadena Friday, March 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. Hop on/off shuttles at every venue will take you door to door, or you can drive, ride your bike or amble at your own speed. Here's the lineup:
* Armory Center for the Arts
* Art Center College of Design Williamson Gallery (hillside campus)
* Art Center College of Design Mullin Gallery and HMCT Gallery (south campus)
* artWORKS Teen Center
* California Art Club
* Central Library (Yeehaw! Enjoy a shindig featuring music, dance, shows and art commemorating the Old West in honor of this year's One City, One Story novel "In the Distance.")
* Pasadena Museum of History
* PUSD with Side Street Projects ("No Boundaries" exhibition of exceptional artworks by students in grades K-12 in an empty retail space in the Garfield Promenade at the street level at Paseo Colorado) 
* Red Hen Press
* Shumei Arts
* Sp[a]ce
* USC Pacific Asia Museum


Photo credits: City of Pasadena, City of Glendale, Bloomer Public Library, Pasadena Museum of History

Friday, February 22, 2019

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events February 23 to March 1

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Feb. 23, to Friday, March 1.

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

Adults and teens are invited to a craft meetup Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Allendale Branch Library. Bring your current project and get to know like-minded people who knit, crochet, embroider, make paper crafts, etc. Leave any fancy-schmancy equipment, such as knitting machines, at home. If you don't have a project, come anyway and a simple project, including materials, will be provided. The next craft meetup will be March 23.


Time After Time (1979, PG) starring Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen will be shown Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. When Jack the Ripper travels forward in time from 1880s London to 1970s San Francisco in H.G. Wells's time machine, Wells follows to try to prevent the serial killer from continuing his rampage into a new century.


Children ages 5 to 12 will explore Asian and Pacific Island cultures, arts and practices through storytelling and artmaking Monday, Feb. 25, at 3:30 p.m. in Studio on 4th (fourth floor) at Central Library, presented by educators from the USC Pacific Asia Museum. Call (626) 744-4066, option 4 to sign up.


Soprano Anastasia Malliaras will perform Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.


Waitress (2007, PG-13) starring Keri Russell and Andy Griffith will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A pregnant woman with a gift for making unusual pies secretly hopes to save enough money from her waitressing job at a pie diner to leave her abusive husband.

SAVE THE DATE!

Enjoy free food, interactive games and much more at the Jump Into Summer fair Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Park where you'll learn about fun, free and low-cost activities and programs planned this summer by the City of Pasadena for children, teens, adults and families, including summer day camps, aquatics, wellness programs, computer labs, concerts, game days, movie nights, martial arts, sports, STEAM activities, book discussions, arts and crafts, creative writing, summer reading programs and more.

Enjoy an evening of art, music, dance, drama and more when our community's arts and cultural institutions open their doors for free during ArtNight Pasadena Friday, March 8, from 6 to 10 p.m. Hop on/off shuttles at every venue will take you door to door, or you can drive, ride your bike or amble at your own speed.


Photo credits: Oscar Foss Memorial Library, Orion Pictures, Red Ted Art, Center Stage Opera, Night and Day Pictures

Friday, February 15, 2019

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events February 16 to 22

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Feb. 16, to Friday, Feb. 22.

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

The 37th Black History Parade and Festival Saturday, Feb. 16, will begin at 10 a.m. on Fair Oaks Avenue at Figueroa Drive in Altadena, head south on Fair Oaks Avenue and end with a festival at Robinson Park from noon to 4 p.m. The parade will feature bands, equestrians, community leaders and more; the festival will include live entertainment, children's activities and more.

The Black History Festival at Central Library Saturday, Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will include exhibits, presentations, a documentary film, praise dancers, gospel choirs and more. 


The Screening Mimis Film Discussion Group presents Touching the Void (2003, R) Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. The documentary follows the adventures of two young mountaineers who set off in 1985 to climb the treacherous west face of the Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. The film will be preceded by a presentation about its 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.



Teens are invited to watch the anime film Beyond the Boundary and then make a zombie craft Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library.


The American President (1995, PG-13) starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. When widowed President Andrew Shepherd falls in love with an environmental lobbyist, he must contend with approval ratings, an inquiring press and an aggressive political opponent just to go on a date with her.

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015, NR) will be shown Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. The documentary tells the story of legendary singer, pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone, who gave up her career at the height of her fame to move to Liberia. While the event is free, tickets are required.

The Pasadena Playhouse and Playhouse District Association present the final concert in The Soul of Ragtime concert series: the Michael Haggins Band blending smooth jazz with funk, R&B and classic soul Friday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the courtyard at the Pasadena Playhouse.


Photo credits: Pasadena Weekly, Valentine Black History Month, Animation DO, Universal Pictures, Moxie Firecracker Films, Pasadena Playhouse