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Friday, November 8, 2019

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

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

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

Dave Nufer, program developer and docent with Pasadena Heritage and Los Angeles Conservancy, will show connections among Mexican, Mission, Moorish, Spanish and Spanish Colonial Revival architectural styles in Pasadena Saturday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library.

The second Sunday of every month is Free Admission Day at USC Pacific Asia Museum. On Sunday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. experience traditional Indian music, create your own instrument, enjoy a live performance by the Raga Essence Ensemble (Dayita Datta and Jyoti Prakas), tour galleries, bring the kids for a special storytime and more.


The Caltech-Occidental Wind Orchestra concert will include H. Owen Reed's "La Fiesta Mexicana" plus works by Frank Ticheli, John Barnes Chance and John Mackey Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium at Caltech's Baxter Hall (#77 on this map). Parking in Caltech lots and structures is free on weekends. 


The Crown City Symphony will perform Gluck's overture to "Iphigenia in Aulis," Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra" with cellist Elizabeth Elliott and Tchaikovsky's "Little Russian" Symphony No. 2 in C Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pasadena.

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre presents "Bird Songs," tales from the Gabrielino, Cahuilla, Juanero and Chumash people, Tuesday, Nov 12, at 10:30 a.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library. This program is for children ages 5 to 12. There are additional presentations at other branches throughout the month.

Classical guitarist Hugo Nogueira, accompanied by pianist Ekaterina Bessmeltseva, will perform Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"Suez" (1938, PG-13) starring Tyrone Power and Loretta Young will be shown Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. In the midst of international political upheaval and forbidden love, an engineer who is the son of a French nobleman conceives the idea of a canal in Egypt that would connect the Mediterranean and Red Seas. The film is based on true events.

Mozart's masterpiece  "Die Zauberflöte" (The Magic Flute) is one of the most beloved and most performed operas of all time. While the coloratura arias of the Queen of the Night and the comic antics of the birdcatcher Papageno are familiar to many, few know the story of the man without whom none of this would exist: Emanuel Schikaneder. LA Opera Community Educator Ray Busmann's multimedia presentation will shine a light on this unsung hero -- and one of the most important men of 18th century theater -- Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. in room 113 at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Click here for free tickets.

The Great American Songwriters series continues with "They Blended Broadway and Vienna: Alan J. Lerner and Frederick Loewe" Thursday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Join pianist Bob Lipson and commentator/vocalist Don Snyder as they feature songs from Lerner & Loewe's hit Broadway musicals "My Fair Lady," "Camelot," "Gigi" and more. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.

At the next open forum of PasadenaPhotographicArts Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts, four Los Angeles-area photographers will present and discuss some of their themed works: Ralph Acosta will present and discuss "Trabajadores de la Habana"; Nelida Dotan will present and discuss "Music Houses Around the World"; Morgan Lieberman will present and discuss "How One Camp is Working to Make Burning Man More Accessible" and Terrence Rorie will present and discuss "People Places and Things." 

"Yesterday" (2019, PG-13) starring Himesh Patel and Lily James will be shown Friday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center.  A struggling singer-songwriter's dreams of fame are fading rapidly in his tiny English seaside village, but after a freak accident during a mysterious global blackout, he discovers The Beatles never existed and finds himself the only person on earth who knows their music. You don't have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.

On Friday, Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center, MUSE/IQUE guest performing artists will showcase Elvis Presley and his roots in gospel that led to early rock hysteria. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older. A limited number of complimentary tickets to MUSE/IQUE's Nov. 17 GRACE/LANDING concert will be available to people who register in advance at the Welcome Desk for the Nov. 15 event and attend.


Photo credits: Active Rain, Curbed LA, Caltech-Occidental Wind Orchestra, Crown City Symphony, RT, Hugo Nogueira, Ekaterina Bessmeltseva, Twentieth Century Fox, Architectural Resources Group, Lincoln Center Theater, Now Playing Utah, Uris Theater, Morgan Lieberman, Decibel Films, MUSE/IQUE.

Friday, November 1, 2019

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

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

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

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to read books to gentle, well-trained dogs at Barks and Books Monday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m. at San Rafael Branch LibraryBarks and Books continues at various library branches throughout the month. The program makes reading fun, boosts reading confidence and encourages respectful, humane treatment of animals.

In honor of Native American Heritage MonthFlights of Fantasy Story Theatre presents "Bird Songs," tales from the Gabrielino, Cahuilla, Juanero and Chumash people, Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at San Rafael Branch Library and 4 p.m. at Lamanda Park Branch Library. This program is for elementary school-aged children. There will be additional presentations at other branches throughout the month.

The first Tuesday of every month is Free Family Night at Kidspace Children's Museum. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m., celebrate literature and storytelling while learning bookmaking techniques, telling a classic tale using shadow puppets, enjoying folktales from around the world told by storyteller Michael McCarty and spinning with glowing hula hoops.

Pianist Michael Sellers will perform classical works Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. 

"Quiz Show" (1994, PG-13) starring Ralph Fiennes and John Turturro will be shown Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. The producer of a popular television game show pays a winning contestant to lose in favor of the opponent, then the producer persuades his staff to provide the new winner with the answers for future shows, leading to a federal investigation. The film is based on true events. See the trailer here.

Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to find buried treasure and solve clues just like the characters in the book "The Parker Inheritance" by Varian Johnson Thursday, Nov. 7, at 3:30 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library. Wear comfortable shoes you don't mind getting dirty. To sign up for this event, call (626) 744-7264. To sign up for Young Readers League, call (626) 744-4066, option 6.

"Aladdin" (2019, PG) starring Will Smith and Mena Massoud will be shown Friday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A street urchin who frees a genie from a lamp soon has his wishes granted and is transformed into a charming prince, but an evil sorcerer becomes obsessed with securing the lamp for his own sinister purposes. See the trailer(s) 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.

The Pasadena Community Orchestra will perform Edvard Grieg's "In Autumn Overture," Percy Grainger's "Irish Tune from County Derry," Malcolm Arnold's "Four Scottish Dances" and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto" with violin soloist Aubree Oliverson Friday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene.


Photo credits: RT, Inkwell Arts, Michael Sellers, Hollywood Pictures, Better Reading, Walt Disney Pictures.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events October 26 to November 1

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Oct. 26, to Friday, Nov. 1.

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

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead on Big Bang Theory Way (near 93 E. Green St.) in Old Pasadena Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 7 p.m. Enjoy live marimba and mariachi music, craft-making, calavera face painting, a community altar dedicated to loved ones and more.

A classic science fiction double feature will be shown Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. The first feature will be "When Worlds Collide" (1951, G) starring Richard Derr and Barbara Rush. When a new star and planet hurtle toward Earth, a worldwide lottery is held to determine who will be rescued from oblivion and allowed to board a spaceship for a new home. The film is based on the 1932 novel by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer. The second feature will be "The Time Machine" (1960, G) starring Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux. A time traveler invents a machine that transcends the boundaries of time and space, and when he advances several millennia into the future he finds people enslaved to the powers of an underworld. The film is based on the 1895 novel by H.G. Wells.

The family-friendly Fall Festival at Victory Park Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 6 p.m. will feature live entertainment, carnival games, face painting, arts and crafts, tiny tot area, costume contest, scareventure hunt, fitness zone, free raffles and more. Tickets will be sold onsite for pony rides, train rides and big slide, and food will be available for purchase.


The Dia de los Muertes / Day of the Dead celebration in the Playhouse District Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 9 p.m. on El Molino Avenue between Colorado Boulevard and Green Street will include decorative altars by local artists, chalk artists creating masterpieces on sidewalks, giant games, children's activities, live entertainment by Mariachi Hermanos Morales, Ballet Folklorico Quetzal, Chroma Haze, Bob Baker Marionette Theater and much more.


Children 5 to 12 are invited to make their own personalized trick-or-treat bags Saturday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. at San Rafael Branch Library. Bags and decorations will be provided.


Bring your dog(s) to the Growl-O-Ween costume contest and parade for canines and their human companions Sunday, Oct 27, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Dog Bakery on Mills Place. To reserve a free goody bag for your pooch, RSVP here (click on Going) or call (626) 440-0443.


"Roma, CittĂ  Aperta" (Rome, Open City) (1945, NR, Italian with English subtitles) starring Anna Magnani and Aldo Fabrizzi will be shown Monday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, the resistance leader evades the Gestapo and their Italian collaborators and finds refuge with a priest while he plans his escape. "Open City," which Martin Scorsese calls "the most precious moment in film history," is considered the founding film of Italian Neorealism and was shot on the devastated streets of Rome just two months after the Nazis had been driven out. The screening will be followed by an audience discussion. This event is for adults 18 and older. See the trailer here.


Zombies will invade La Pintoresca Branch Library Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. when children of all ages and their families will be encouraged to come in their grubbies for the filming of the zombie western "The Good, The Bad and the Zombies." T-shirts and zombie makeup will be provided.


Classical and jazz guitarist Stephen Dick will perform Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon concert series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.


Two creepy classic films will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 30, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. First up will be "The Invisible Man" (1933, NR) based on the H.G. Wells novel and starring Claude Rains and Gloria Stewart. A mysterious doctor discovers a serum that makes him invisible and then slowly drives him to terrorize people. Next up will be "The Invisible Man Returns" (1940, NR) starring Cedric Hardwicke and Vincent Price. A man framed for murder uses a serum to become invisible, then sets out to find the real killer.


Children and their families will enjoy an afternoon of spooky stories, creepy crafts and tasty treats Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library. Costumes are encouraged.


"The Nightmare Before Christmas" with the voice talents of Chris Sarandon and Catherine O'Hara will be shown Thursday, Oct. 31, at 3:30 p.m. at Villa-Parke Branch Library. Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King is bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine and longs to spread the joy of Christmas, but his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere. Popcorn will be provided. See the trailer here.


Children, teens and adults are invited for an afternoon of spooktacular Halloween crafts that will bring out the boo in everybody Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.


"The Nightmare Before Christmas" with the voice talents of Chris Sarandon and Catherine O'Hara will be shown Thursday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King is bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine and longs to spread the joy of Christmas, but his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere. RSVP here, and see the trailer here.


Admission is free to the Norton Simon Museum the first Friday of every month. On Friday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions "By Day & By Night: Paris in the Belle Epoch" and "AIR LAND SEA: A Lithographic Suite by William Crutchfield" and everything else the museum has to offer.


Celebrate the centuries-old Latin American holiday Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead at Villa-Parke Community Center Friday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. with dance performances, arts and crafts, ofrendas (elaborately decorated altars) and more. Food will be available for purchase.


Teens 13 to 18 are invited to a Roaring '20s dinner party and murder mystery Friday, Nov. 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Central Library. They will solve the crime by prowling the stacks, hunting for clues and unveiling the truth, and they might apprehend the culprit before he or she strikes again. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Register here.


Photo credits: Old Pasadena Management District, Paramount Pictures, George Pal Productions, City of Pasadena, Playhouse District Association, Gifts.com, Excelsa Film, Kid 101, Touchstone Pictures, Tostadora, Norton Simon Museum, My Mystery Party.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events October 19 to 25

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Oct. 19, to Friday, Oct. 25.

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

The Latino Heritage Parade Saturday, Oct. 19, will begin at 10 a.m. at Los Robles Avenue and Prescott Street and end at Villa-Parke where a festival will continue from noon to 4 p.m. with art exhibits, artisans, educational and historical displays, entertainment, cultural food, community booths and much more. 

Susie Glaze will perform new and traditional folk songs Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. This event is sponsored by the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest.

"Seconds" (1966, R) starring Rock Hudson and Frank Campanella will be shown Saturday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. at Allendale Branch Library. A banker agrees to a procedure that will fake his death and provide him with a fresh start, complete with a new face and lifestyle, but it comes with its own price, and his second thoughts may be too late. The film's cult status has grown over the years, and Hudson's performance is now widely considered one of the finest of his career. The screening will be followed by a discussion; light refreshments will be served. See the trailer here

The bold women of Shrew: Improvised Shakespeare will weave vibrant, hilarious and completely improvised tales full of heart and mischief in the style of the bard Saturday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. at Lamanda Park Branch Library. All ages are welcome.

Third@First presents "Magnificent Mozart," a concert of the composer's Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat and his Requiem with soloists, choruses and orchestra Saturday, Oct. 19, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.

The family-friendly Pumpkin Festival at Brookside Park directly in front of Kidspace Children's Museum is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festival admission is free to enjoy musical and dance performances, a costume parade, take-home seasonal craft activities and photos at the pumpkin patch; tickets will be sold for several other attractions such as pony rides, carnival games and food.

On Monday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center, an LA Opera community educator will share insights into the upcoming production of Adam Guettel's "The Light in the Piazza" starring Renee Fleming, Dove Cameron and Brian Stokes Mitchell. The story is set in the 1950s and revolves around a wealthy Southern woman and her developmentally disabled adult daughter who spend a summer in Italy where the daughter falls in love with a young Italian man, forcing her mother to reconsider the young woman's future as well as her own deep-seated hopes and regrets. 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 make clocks from recycled books Monday, Oct. 21, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Studio on 4th (fourth floor) at Central Library. All materials will be provided.

Children are invited by the Southern California Children's Museum to create Halloween-themed crafts Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. While the event is free, RSVPs are requested.

Jacqueline Petitto and Susan Kim-Pedroza will perform piano for four hands Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"Eight Men Out" (1998, PG) starring John Cusack and D.B. Sweeney will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. When a gambling syndicate gets wind of Chicago White Sox players' discontent with their low pay, it offers a select group of the baseball stars more money to play badly in the 1919 World Series than they would have earned if they had won. The film is based on true events, which led to the infamous "Black Sox" scandal.

Boo! Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre presents "Spiders and Monsters and Ghosts, Oh My!" a concoction of folk tales, fables and rhymes, Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 3:30 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library. All ages are welcome.

Berman Board is an ongoing exhibition at Armory Center for the Arts through Jan. 12 that considers the future of 11 objects that originated from regions and cultures across Africa, Asia, Oceania and North America. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m., artist Fiona Connor will lead visitors through the exhibition, then guide them to look, study and draw objects under consideration by the Berman Board. Participants will have the option of contributing their drawings to a growing archive that is part of the exhibition.

The Hollow Trees will perform folk, country, blues and jazz for children and families Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. While the event is free, RSVPs are requested.

"As Good as It Gets" (1997, PG-13) starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt will be shown Friday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. An obsessive-compulsive, homophobic romance novelist is compelled by circumstances to get to know his gay neighbor next door and the waitress who puts up with his abuse every morning at a nearby restaurant. 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 family-friendly Fall Festival at Victory Park Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 6 p.m. will feature live entertainment, carnival games, face painting, arts and crafts, tiny tot area, costume contest, scareventure hunt, fitness zone, free raffles and more. Tickets will be sold onsite for pony rides, train rides and big slide, and food will be available for purchase.


Photo credits: Latino Heritage, Susie Glaze New Folk Ensemble, Joel Productions, Shrew: Improvised Shakespeare, Halidon Music, LA Opera, PRWeb, Ela Area Public Library, Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre, Armory Center for the Arts, The Hollow Trees, TriStar Pictures.