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Friday, November 14, 2014

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Nov. 15 to 21

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Nov. 15, to Friday, Nov. 21.

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

The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, the twisted sister of that other parade, will include a memorable cast of merrymakers Saturday, Nov. 15, 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!

Come to the fair! Central Library invites the community to celebrate 130 years of library services in Pasadena Saturday, Nov. 15, from noon to 4 p.m. with live music, comedy performances, face painting, storytelling, magical acts, children's activities, historical photo exhibitions, cupcake walk, free refreshments (hot dogs! kettle korn! lemonade!) and much more.  (See a full rundown of November library events here.)

Crown City Symphony presents its autumn concert Sunday, Nov, 16, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pasadena. The program will include  Beethoven, Vieuxtemps and Hayden.

An LA Opera community educator will take guests on a journey through Daniel Catan's passionate impressionist opera "Florencia en el Amazonas" Monday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. Florencia travels down the Amazon by steamboat to perform at the Manaus opera house in hopes of finding her lover who was lost in the jungle and never returned; other passengers harbor their own secret hopes of what the trip will bring. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.  

Pasadena City College's Lancer Jazz Big Band will perform Tuesday, Nov. 18, at noon on the west patio at the PCC Center for the Arts (Building CA on this map). 

National guitar fingerstyle champion Michael Chapdelaine and the progressive bluegrass Andy Rau Band will perform Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music as part of the Guitar Nights series. Reserve your free tickets here.

Baritone Christian Nova will perform Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church as part of the popular Music at Noon recital series.

This week's movie on the big screen in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library is "The Book Thief" (2013, PG-13) Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. starring Sophie NĂ©lisse and Geoffrey Rush. During World War II a young German girl finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with a Jewish refugee who is sheltered by her adoptive parents. Based on the novel by Markus Zusak.

Gobble gobble! Children ages 2 to 5 will create turkey crafts to take home for Thanksgiving Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. at Villa Parke Branch Library. (See a full rundown of November library events here.)

Talented guitar, violin, piano and chamber music students at Pasadena Conservatory of Music will perform in recital Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.,m. featuring works by Prokofiev, Tansman, Tchaikovsky and other composers

Storyteller Karen Golden will entertain children 6 and older with folktales from around the world Thursday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. at Linda Vista Branch Library. Later in the day she will be at Santa Catalina Branch Library at 1:15 p.m. and Hastings Branch Library at 3:30 p.m.

"The Sound of Music" (1965, G) starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer will be shown on the big screen Friday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at Pasadena Senior Center. A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

The Caltech-Occidental Concert Band will perform works by composers John Stafford Smith, Arturo Marquez, Charles Ives, Paul Hindemith, Eric Whitacre and Morton Lauridsen Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. at Caltech's Ramo Auditorium (south of Beckman Auditorium).

Photo credits: Brian Cahn, Kidding Around, Natalie Fiol, Pasadena City College, Michael Chapdelaine, Andy Rau Band, Christian Nova, MUSE Enthusiasts, B'Nai Horin, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Blog Me Mom, PBS, 20th Century Fox, Caltech.


  1. From the Crown City Chorus:
    I want to invite you to join us for our Christmas concert,
    Tis The Season.

    It will be held on Saturday, December 6, at 2:00pm at the First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd, Pasadena.

    Of course, our show features the entire Crown City Chorus, as well as quartets:

    Walk In The Park a fine quartet with a father and son singing together.

    Allegro one of our chapter favorites.

    And our special guest performers - Flightline. Recently awarded 2nd place in the Far Western District (Western United States).

    Tickets are $10 for adults; $5- ages 12-17, Under 12 free!

    For tickets, contact Richard Winger at 661 255-9486, or mail to 25759 Alta Drive, Valencia, CA 91355-2129.

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