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Friday, February 20, 2015

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events Feb. 21 to 27

Here are events scheduled Sunday, Feb. 21, to Friday, Feb. 27. 

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena! 
The 33rd annual Black History Parade and Festival Saturday, Feb. 21, will begin at 10 a.m. at Charles White Park in Altadena and end at Robinson Park in Pasadena where a festival will continue until 4:30 p.m.

The second annual Pasadena Author Fair Saturday, Feb. 21, from 10 a..m. to 2 p.m. at Central Library featuring more than 50 San Gabriel Valley authors will include readings, panel discussions and more.

In celebration of Chinese New Year, children are invited to learn simple calligraphy, make a craft and see a traditional lion dance Saturday, Feb. 21, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.

The renowned Argus Quartet will perform Saturday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. for the popular Third @ First concert series.

The opening reception is Sunday, Feb. 22, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Offramp Gallery for "Sampled," an exhibition of works by 10 artists who work in a variety of media including sculpture, photography, painting and more.  

An LA Opera community educator will take participants through Gioachino Rossini's comic opera Il Barbiere di Seviglia (The Barber of Seville) Monday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. Determined to win the heart of the beautiful and strong- willed Rosina, Count Almaviva enlists the help of the wily barber Figaro to steal her away from the lecherous Dr. Bartolo. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

The exhibition "Like a Cow Visiting a Butcher Shop" featuring paintings by Mario Ybarra Jr., Pasadena City College's artist in residence, will have its opening reception Monday, Feb. 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery at the PCC Center for the Arts (Building CA on this map).

Jazzy Ash & the Leaping Lizards will provide family-friendly fun as they perform music from New Orleans Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 3:30 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library.

Classical cellist Sarah Rommel will perform Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series.

"Now, Voyager" (1942, NR) starring Bette Davis and Paul Henreid will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A spinster is driven to a nervous breakdown by her mother, recovers with the help of a psychiatrist and falls in love with a married man on an ocean voyage.
For 500 years the existence and contributions of African descendants in Mexico have been overlooked. Dr. Gloria Arjona will present a discussion titled "Black Mexica" Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library.

Photo credits: Pasadena Independent, Pasadena Public Library, Metro News, Argus Quartet, Offramp Gallery, The Metropolitan Opera, Pasadena City College, Passim, Sarah Rommell, Library of Congress, Trip Down Memory Lane,

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