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Friday, January 13, 2017

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Jan. 14 to 20


Here are free events scheduled Saturday, Jan. 14, to Friday, Jan. 20.

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

The 2007 documentary "Rare Earth" will be shown Saturday, Jan. 14, at 4 p.m. at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium (#91 on this map). Our planet is unique in the solar system and perhaps even in the galaxy. The film explores some key chapters in Earth's past -- from the formation of our moon to mass extinctions of life -- and asks how essential these events were to the emergence of complex life forms, including us. Christopher Spalding, a graduate student in geological and planetary sciences at Caltech, will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.

The Whyman Project will perform genre-bending chamber music with an intriguing mashup of musical styles from classical and jazz to pop, rock and film music Saturday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Pianist Louis Landon will perform Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. as part of the Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"Ladyhawke" (1985, PG-13) starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Broderick will be shown Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A thief comes to the aid of tragic lovers -- a woman who is cursed to become a hawk every day at sunrise and a man who turns into a wolf at sunset -- while the sorcerer who cast the spell sends his henchmen to prevent the couple from ever living in human form again.

The third Thursday (and first Friday) of every month is Free Admission Day at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Thursday, Jan. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

Noir Night Thursday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library will feature Phoef Sutton, author of the modern L.A. noir mysteries "Heart Attack and Vine" and "Crush," who will introduce the film "The Long Goodbye" (1973, R) and discuss some of its labyrinthine plot points and the story behind the making of this witty and enthralling movie starring Elliott Gould and Nina van Pallandt, based on the Raymond Chandler novel of the same name. Private eye Philip Marlowe befriends a down-and-out war veteran whose wealthy and promiscuous wife ends up dead. As his friend goes on the lam, the police and a vicious gangster go after Marlow before he finally solves the case. Please note this film is not appropriate for children.

"The King and I" (1956, NR) starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr will be shown Friday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A British widow hired by the king of Siam to tutor his many wives and children in modern western culture soon finds herself in a culture clash of her own. Based on true events. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.



Photo credits: Bill Frymire, The Whyman Project, Louis Landon, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Pasadena Museum of California Art,, Lion's Gate Films.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Jan. 7 to 13


Here are events scheduled Saturday, Jan. 7, to Friday, Jan. 13.

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


Bring your broken small appliances, electronics, jewelry and tools -- plus dull knives for sharpening -- to Transition Pasadena's Repair Cafe Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. There will also be a seed and seedling swap, gardening advice, music, the Really, Really Free Market (bring something, take something), massages and much more. You do not have to be a senior or a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.


Children and teens are invited to join Rose Queen Victoria Castellanos and her Royal Court for a special tea party as they share their favorite stories about kings, queens, princes and princesses Saturday, Jan. 7, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.


Songs from light opera will be performed by Carol Lande, Matthew Keffell and Ben Lin Sunday, Jan. 8, at 2:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library, presented by Tuesday Musicale.


Resident actors will perform a reading of Harold Pinter's play "The Birthday Party" Monday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m. at A Noise Within as part of the Words Within series. Reservations are required.


Pasadena Presbyterian Church will be one of the venues for the annual Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival! Cellist Lars Hoefs and pianist Marek Zebrowski will perform Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m.


"Once Upon a Time" (1944, NR) starring Cary Grant and Janet Blair will be shown Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A fly-by-night Broadway producer promotes a 9-year old boy's talented caterpillar and alienates some very special people along the way.


Editorial staff from the Pasadena Weekly will discuss the ways hyper-local newspapers have found a sustainable niche serving their communities, how the PW makes editorial decisions, plus they'll shed some light on Pasadena city politics Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. The panelists, who will also answer your questions, will include Editor Kevin Uhrich, Deputy Editor AndrĂ© Coleman, Arts Editor Carl Kozlowski, Columnist Ellen Snortland and Contributor Justin Chapman.


"Sully" (2016, PG-13) starring Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart will be shown Friday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. After making a heroic emergency landing on the Hudson River, airline pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and his copilot must justify their actions to the National Transportation Safety Board. Based on true events. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.



Photo credits: Repair Cafe Stuttgart, Tournament of Roses, Getty Images, Cheltenham Everyman, Lars Hoefs, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Pasadena Weekly, Flashlight Films.


Friday, December 30, 2016

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Dec. 31 to Jan. 6


Here are events scheduled Saturday, Dec. 31, to Friday, Jan. 5.

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

The annual Live on Green street festival continues Saturday, Dec. 31, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 1, from noon to 4 p.m. on Green Street between Marengo and Euclid avenues.

Teens are invited to an afternoon of epic battles and a lot of fun with a Super Smash Brothers for Wii U throwdown Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 4 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library. The winner will get a spectacular prize! 

The first Tuesday of every month is Free Family Night at Kidspace Children's Museum. Tuesday, Jan. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. is Fruitcake Toss Day! Bring your own fruitcake to fling on the target range plus learn about other New Year's traditions from around the world. Don't miss the wacky antics of Rene's Marionettes on stage at 6 p.m.

The Sheu Pettit Duo will perform on classical guitar Wednesday, Jan. 4, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"Here Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941, NR) starring Robert Montgomery and Claude Rains will be shown Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A boxer dies 50 years too soon due to a heavenly mistake and is given a new life as a millionaire playboy.

Teens are invited to Movie Night in Studio on 4th at Central Library Thursday, Jan. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. for a screening and discussion of "It's Kind of a Funny Story" (2010, PG-13) starring Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galafianakis and Emma Roberts. A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward. Popcorn and pizza will be served. The film is based on the book by Ned Vizzini. Call 626-744-4246 or email jgov@cityofpasadena.net to sign up.

Admission is free the first Friday (and third Thursday) of every month at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Friday, Jan. 6, from noon to 5 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer. 

Admission is free the first Friday of every month at the Norton Simon Museum. On Friday, Jan. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy Vincent Van Gogh's "The Bedroom" on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago, Pablo Picasso lithographs from 1945 to 1960, the exhibition "Dark Visions: Mid-Century Macabre" and everything else the museum has to offer.

"Baked in Brooklyn" (2016, PG-13) starring Todd Bartels and Evengelo Bousis will be shown Friday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. After losing his job, a young man comes up with a think-outside-the-box solution until he realizes he's in over his head. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.



Photo credits: Live on Green, Nintendo America, Kidspace Children's Museum, Sheu Pettit Duo, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Norton Simon Museum, Red Crown Productions,


Friday, December 23, 2016

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events December 24 to 30


Here are events scheduled Saturday, Dec. 24, to Friday, Dec. 30.

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


Hanukkah 2016 will be celebrated from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1. Enjoy special displays commemorating the Festival of Lights at Central Library and Linda Vista Branch Library. (Please note libraries will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1).


The annual family festival in front of Pasadena City Hall sponsored by Chabad of Pasadena Sunday, Dec. 25, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. will feature live klezmer music, traditional foods, menorah-making and other crafts, giveaways including gelt and dreidels, and the lighting of the giant menorah. People of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to attend. Please note the huge menorah is removed after the festival. 

A Kwanzaa event Tuesday, Dec. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library will feature music, stories and tasty dishes in celebration of family, community and culture. People of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to attend.

Quarteto Nuevo will perform world music Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"84 Charing Cross Road" (1987, PG) starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins will be shown Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A writer in New York City and a seller of rare books in London carry on a relationship through letters over the course of two decades. Based on a true story.

Teens 13 and older are invited to an evening of board games, video games and pizza Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Central Library's Studio on 4th. Call 626-744-4246 to sign up.


The annual Live on Green street festival Friday and Saturday, Dec. 30 and 31, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 1, from noon to 4 p.m. on Green Street between Marengo and Euclid avenues will include live music from pop and rock to jazz and folk, additional entertainment from drum circles to theater groups to dance troupes, a family fun zone, historical exhibits, celebrity chefs, films, speakers from the worlds of science, literature and our community, a special tribute to the U.S. Air Force including their honor guard drill team, an F-25 jet and a flight simulator, the National Parks Service iconic Airstream trailer filled with fun and educational information, and much more! 

SAVE THE DATE!

Just a reminder that the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game are never on a Sunday so this year they will take place Monday, Jan. 2. 



Photo credits: Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Pasadena Star-News, Geoffrey Philp, Saddleback College, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Gizmo Diva, Live on Green.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events December 17 to 23


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

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

The Green Rabbit Holiday Open House Saturday, Dec. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Pasadena Museum of History is inspired by the beloved Sign of the Green Rabbit created by Ernest Batchelder. The event will include festive holiday music by Ad Hoc Consort, a craft workshop, admission to the current exhibitions "Batchelder: Tilemaker" and "Cast & Fired: Pasadena's Mid-Century Ceramics Industry" plus a peek into the Fenyes Mansion adorned with touches of Edwardian-era holiday decor.

Artist Lia Halloran and writer Maria Popova will discuss Art Inspired by Astronomy Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Hameetman Auditorium at Caltech's Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astophysics. This event marks the final opportunity to view Halloran's exhibition "Deep Sky Companion" on display at the center. 

"The Story Lady" (1991, G) starring Jessica Tandy and Stephanie Zimbalist will be shown Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. In this touching drama, a widow reads stories to children on public access television but is soon discovered by network executives who want to exploit her.

Three rarely seen one-act plays by Charles Dickens -- "Prince Bull," "The Child's Story" and "A Christmas Tree" -- will be performed in a staged reading by Unbound Productions Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. The collective title of the plays is "Christmas Tree."



Photo credits: Pasadena Museum of History, Caltech, Jones Programming Partners. Bettman/Corbis.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events December 10 to 16

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

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 help make it snow in Old Pasadena Saturday, Dec. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Metro right of way (an alley of sorts) just west of Arroyo Parkway between Union Street and Colorado Boulevard. Each child will make two snowflakes -- one to take home and one to hang in a temporary "Snow Flurry" public art installation -- and will have photo opportunities with the Snowflake Fairy and get their faces painted. The event will also include roving performers and much more.  

The fifth annual Literary Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting Saturday, Dec. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Allendale Branch Library will feature poets, authors and performers who will explore the true meanings of the holidays with works ranging from the irreverent to the inspirational plus holiday music, refreshments and, of course, the lighting of the Christmas tree.

The Upper Hastings Ranch Association's Holiday Light-Up tradition began in the 1950s and is a Christmas season favorite. This year it kicks off Saturday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. with carolers, bands, Santa Claus and, of course, all those beautifully decorated and colorfully lit yards, parkways and home exteriors. Every block has a different theme (Santa, reindeer, snowmen, etc.). Holiday Light-Up continues through Jan. 1.

Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall and her band will perform Saturday, Dec. 10, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.

Classical and jazz guitarist Joe LoPiccolo will perform Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"The Lemon Drop Kid" (1951, NR) starring Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell will be shown Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A bookie finds himself deeply in debt to a gangster who gives him a little more time to raise the money, but he better have it ready by Christmas -- or else!

Children will love a gigantic balloon gingerbread house, baby abominable snowman and secret of Santa's magic cookie bag during Buster Balloon's Christmas Special Thursday, Dec. 15, at 3:30 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library.

The third Thursday (and first Friday) of every month is Free Admission Day at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Thursday, Dec. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

A staged reading of a new theatrical adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens will be performed by the actors of Unbound Productions Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library.  Tickets are required.

"Elf" (2003, PG) starring Will Ferrell and Mary Steenburgen will be shown Friday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center, After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. You do not have to be member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

The holiday celebration and Christmas tree lighting at Hastings Branch Library will be on Friday, Dec. 16, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.



Photo credits: Wanelo, Hayes Garden World, Time Out, KT Tunstall, Joe LoPiccolo, Paramount Pictures, Buster Balloon, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Walt Disney Pictures, New Line Cinema, Not on the High Street.