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Friday, January 30, 2015

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

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Jan. 31, to Friday, Feb. 6. 

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

The commemoration of Fred Korematsu Day Saturday, Jan. 31, from 8 a.m. to noon at Pasadena High School will include exhibits, children’s activities, live music, a documentary and more. Korematsu refused to go along with the Japanese internment order during World War II, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against him and his conviction was finally overturned in 1983.

Armory Center for the Arts and Pasadena Museum of California Art will be among 25 Los Angeles area arts and cultural institutions that will participate in SoCal Museums Free-for-All Saturday, Jan. 31.

Rosie Bowl II and Puppy Bowl Party Sunday, Feb. 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA is a fun alternative to the Super Bowl! Leave your pets at home.  

Caltech Chamber Music presents a Super Bowl alternative concert Sunday, Feb. 1, at 3:30 p.m. in the Dabney Lounge at Dabney Hall (#40 on this map). Works by Boismatier, Bozza, Brahms, Cui, Dvorak, Grieg, Kreutzer, Loeillet, Milhaud, Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Schubert will be performed.

Explore the lives of families through African American literature and the civil rights movement at the special Black History Month exhibit at Hastings Branch Library Sunday, Feb. 1, to Saturday, Feb. 28

The Lancer Jazz Big Band will perform their first concert of the season Tuesday, Feb. 3, at noon on the West Patio at Pasadena City College's Center for the Arts (building CA on this map).

The first Tuesday of every month from 4 to 8 p.m. is free family night at Kidspace Children's Museum. On Tuesday, Feb. 3, you and your children will enjoy dance performances featuring flamenco, tango, ballet and belly dancing and create clothespin flamenco dolls and castanet instruments.   

French violinist Etienne Gara will perform Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series. Feel free to bring a sack lunch. 

"Dave" (1993, PG-13) starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m. on the big screen in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. When the U.S. president goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner with an uncanny resemblance is put in his place.

Children and their families will enjoy Animal Magic with John Abrams, a blend of magic, comedy, music and live, exotic pets Thursday, Feb. 5, at 3 p.m. at Lamanda Park Branch Library.

The first Friday of every month from noon to 5 p.m. is Free Admission Day at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Friday, Feb. 6, enjoy the current exhibitions Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage, Jim Morphesis: Wounds of Existence, Lars Jan/Quaternary Suite and everything else the museum has to offer.  

"All is Lost" (2013, PG-13) starring Robert Redford will be shown on the big screen in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. After a collision at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself facing his own mortality. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

"An Affair to Remember" (1957) starring Cary Grant and Deborah Carr will be shown Friday, Feb. 6, at 2:30 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library. A couple falls in love and agrees to meet in six months at the Empire State Building. But will it happen?

The first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. is Free Admission Night at the Norton Simon Museum. On Friday, Feb. 6, enjoy the exhibitions Lock, Stock and Barrel: Norton Simon's Purchase of Duveen Brothers Gallery, Manet's "The Railway" on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and everything else the museum has to offer.

"Girl on a Bicycle" (2013, R) starring Vincenzo Amato and Louise Lomot will be shown Friday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. An Italian who drives a French tour bus suddenly finds himself with a German fiancée, a French wife, two Australian children and a life turned upside down.

As we adapt to California's drought conditions, plants that require little water have become popular alternatives for home gardeners. Learn more about these options Saturday, Feb. 7, at 10: 30 a.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library. Malinee Romero with the San Gabriel Valley Cactus and Succulent Society will lead the workshop.

Teens will learn to draw with special 3D pens Saturday, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. at Central Library. The pens extrude heated plastic filament that cools almost instantly into a solid, stable structure.

Now through May 30 when you take a book from the stacks at Central Library, you may just walk out with a piece of art. Four regional artists have selected 100 books in which to place images of their works, which will be yours to take home and enjoy. The project is Shelved Art: Real Art in Real Books for Real Library Lovers.

Many thanks to Pics & Photos, SoCal Museums, Animal Planet, New York Concert Review, James Ransome, Kidspace Children's Museum, Simplistic Reviews, John Abrams, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Sqwabb, Ktismatics, Norton Simon Museum, IMDB, Debra Lee Baldwin, B3d, Newtown Arts


  1. Shelved Art! I'm going to check out as many books as I can grab.

  2. I have to say I absolutely loved going to Hollywood venues the other night. The people that work there were trying to create an optimal dinner experience while making your choices their priority.