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Friday, March 13, 2015

Looking for Something To Do? Free Events March 14 to 20

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

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

March is One City, One Story month -- our community reading celebration! Have you read this year's selection The Book of Unknown Americans yet? 
  • A community book discussion is scheduled Saturday, March 14, at 10:30 a.m. at Allendale Branch Library.  
  • Salvador Fernandez, professor of Spanish and Latino/a Studies at Occidental College, will present a discussion about immigrant art, culture and literature Saturday, March 14, at 10:30 a.m. at Lamanda Park Branch Library.
  • "Thousand Pieces of Gold" (1991, PG-13) starring Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper will be shown Wednesday, March 18, at 1 p.m. on the big screen in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A Chinese girl, sent to America to work as a prostitute in a mining town saloon, escapes and becomes an independent woman.
  • Austin Staub of the L.A. Law Library will present an overview of free immigration and citizenship information resources available at Pasadena Public Library Thursday, March 19, at 1 p.m. in the Law Room at Central Library.
  • Learn collage techniques from Dr. Patricia Jeesup-Woodlin Thursday, March 19, at 4 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library and create your personal family story collage on what it means to be an American.
  • See a full list of One City, One Story events here
Teens are invited to an afternoon of anime, socializing and Japanese snacks Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. at Pasadena Central Library. This month's anime selection is "Fantastic Detective Labyrinth." In a forgotten Japanese town, strange and mysterious crimes can be solved by only one person who holds special insight into the incidents.
The luck of the Irish will be at One Colorado Sunday, March 15, beginning with traditional Irish dances and interactive lessons from 3 to 4 p.m. and live music performed by Irish folksinger/songwriter Ken O'Malley from 5 to 7 p.m.

An L.A. Opera community educator will take participants through Mozart's comic masterpiece "Le Nozze di Figaro" (The Marriage of Figaro) Monday, March 16, at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. You do not have to be a member to attend. Figaro, the wily barber and part-time matchmaker, has finally fallen in love but -- like everything else in his life -- it's complicated.

Guitar Night Tuesday, March 17, at 7 p.m. at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music will feature Polish guitarist Marcin Dylla, hailed by the Washington Post as "among the most gifted guitarists on the planet," and Rick Ruskin, contemporary fingerstyle artist, as well as opening performances by PCM students Isabelle Saad and Evelyn Nguyen.

French guitarist Claude Bourbon will perform medieval works and Spanish blues Wednesday, March 18, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music At Noon recital series. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

The documentary film "Seymour: An Introduction" (2014, PG), directed by Ethan Hawke, will be shown Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Since giving up his career as a concert pianist at age 50, Seymour Bernstein has dedicated his life to teaching his students about music and happiness. Online reservations are required.

Bring your family to make tiles and then decorate them with natural materials including seeds, rocks, shells leaves or flowers Thursday, March 19, at 4 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library

You don't have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to see "The Interview" (2014, R) starring James Franco and Seth Rogan Friday, March 20, at 1 p.m. on the big screen in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. When the host and producer of a celebrity tabloid show land an interview with the dictator of North Korea, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.

The PCC Concert Band and PCC Chamber Singers, led by guest conductor Frank Ticheli,  will perform Cajun Folk Songs, Earth Song, An American Elegy and several other works Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m. in the Sexson Auditorium (building C on this map).

Photo credits: Pasadena Public Library, Meito Manjo/Seiji Wakayama, World Arts West, Refiners Fire, This is Classical Guitar, Schoenberg Guitars, Claude Bourbon, Film Festivals and Indie Films, How We Montessori, IMDB, Pasadena City College.

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