Here are free events scheduled Saturday, Oct. 15, to Friday, Oct. 21.
All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!
With the theme "Nuestros Heroes/Our Heroes," the Latino Heritage Parade Saturday, Oct. 15, will begin at 11 a.m. at Los Robles Avenue and Howard Street, then turn west on Washington Boulevard and end at La Pintoresca Park where a Jamaica (community festival) from noon to 4 p.m. will include art exhibits, artisans, educational and historical displays, entertainment, food, community booths and more.
The San Gabriel Valley Pride Festival is Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Central Park where there will be live entertainment including Taiko drummers, mariachi, Irish and salsa bands, a health fair, pet adoptions from Pasadena Humane Society, an authors forum with readings/signings, a special area with family-oriented activities, another area where everyone can participate in The Big Draw LA plus 50 exhibitors including nonprofit service organizations.
The family-friendly Pumpkin Festival at Brookside Park directly in front of Kidspace Children's Museum is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festival admission is free to enjoy musical performances, take-home craft activities and a photo at the pumpkin patch; tickets will be available for purchase for several other attractions such as pony rides, games and food.
In celebration of Astronomy Week, the annual open house at Carnegie Observatories Sunday, Oct. 16, from 2 to 5 p.m. will include displays about spectroscopy (how rainbows are used to study the universe) and photos from Carnegie's state-of-the-art Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, plus you'll meet astronomers and learn about their discoveries at the frontiers of science, view the sun through a solar telescope enjoy ice cream, beverages and music; children will make their own constellations and other fun activities.
An LA Opera community educator will take participants through Philip Glass's opera "Akhnaten" Monday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. It is an epic tale of Nefertiti's husband, the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhnaten, whose command to the populace that they reject all old gods and worship only the new sun god sends them into an uproar that leads to revolution. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.
Teens are invited to a special screening of "Beetlejuice" (1988, PG) starring Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder followed by a spooky craft Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 3:30 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library.
Clarinetist Margaret Thornhill with pianist Twyla Meyer will perform Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
"Black Widow" (1987, R) starring Debra Winger and Theresa Russell will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A federal investigator tracks down a gold-digging woman who moves from husband to husband, kills them and collects the inheritances.
Bring your child(ren) to the courtyard at One Colorado for a Mommy & Me morning with a performance of Luce Puppet Co.'s "The Splashy Sea Saga of Sailor Sam" Thursday, Oct. 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. Sailor Sam and his little pal Salty sail the seven seas and encounter mythical creatures along the way.
A series of kids' craft afternoons continues Thursday, Oct. 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado with a workshop for children who will create cities using wood and images from magazines. The workshop will be led by Purple Twig.
The third Thursday (and first Friday) of every month is Free Admission Day at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions "Lloyd Hamrol/Joan Perlman: 'a sky in the palm of a hand,'" "In the Land of Sunshine: Imaging the California Coast Culture" and everything else the museum has to offer.
In celebration of Astronomy Week, some of the events during the annual joint conference of the American Astronomical Society's Division of Planetary Sciences and the European Planetary Science Congress at the Pasadena Convention Center are free and open to the public Thursday, Oct. 20:
* 6 to 7 p.m. -- Browse an exhibition of original paintings and other works of art celebrating the beauty and wonder of planetary science and meet representatives from observatories and NASA missions (main exhibit hall).
* 7 to 8:30 p.m. -- Learn about the latest discoveries made by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft and the thousands of planets detected around other stars during two separate talks (ballroom).
* 8:30 to 11 p.m. -- Join local scientists and amateur astronomers as they set up telescopes in front of the convention center to show you the wonders of our solar system and beyond (weather permitting).
"The King's Speech" (2010, R) starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush will be shown Friday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. George VI of England unexpectedly ascends to the throne and is helped by a therapist to overcome a speech impediment. The film is based on a true story. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.
Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to the Kids' Writing Workshop Friday, Oct. 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the Children's Story Room at Central Library. It's never too early to start writing your own stories! You don't have to be an expert -- you just have to love stories and have a great imagination. To sign up call 626-744-4066, option 6.
Enjoy an evening of art, music, dance, drama and more when ArtNight Pasadena returns Friday, Oct. 21, from 6 to 10 p.m. Sixteen of Pasadena's most prominent arts and cultural institutions will open their doors for free! Hop on/hop off shuttles at every venue will take you door to door, or you can drive, ride your bike or amble at your own speed. Here's the lineup:* The Pennington Dance Group presents a kinetic evening of dance works, music and dialogs at A Room to Create.
* At Armory Center for the Arts, "Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia Butler" celebrates the legacy of the African American science fiction writer who was born in Pasadena, plus enjoy music by Dublab and LA Free Music Society.
* The public debut of "Uncertainty" at Art Center College of Design's Williamson Gallery (hillside campus) will feature science-meets-art installations, artifacts and visualizations.
* Explore the possibilities of data-driven form-making through the medium of typography with the "DoubleData" exhibition at Art Center College of Design (south campus).
* Teens will display their talents through live performances and visual arts at artWORKS, plus you'll enjoy hands-on printmaking and screenprinting as well as entertainment by Eclectic Waves.
* Enjoy live music by Nathan Benedict, a snack and more at Pasadena City Hall (Garfield side) while you wait for a free shuttle to whisk you to one of the many ArtNight Pasadena cultural venues.
* Curatorial Assistance will open the E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection archive to share recently discovered masterworks from the photo-modernist's great American road trip in 1926.
* Learn about the history of African American Art and the legacy of Pasadena sports icons Jackie and Mack Robinson at Jackie Robinson Center, plus enjoy live music by The Soul Vibers.
* Paint the night with light and color at Kidspace Children's Museum plus enjoy a luminous performance at 7 p.m. in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater.
* Through visual art, photography, music, installations, food and more at Day One, Light Bringer Project will celebrate the creative thinkers and risk-takers who help shape our future. (And yours truly will be holding court there in a special and unique way!)
* Lineage Performing Arts Center will present selections from the dance company and performances by the Young Men's Ensemble of the Los Angeles Children's Chorus.
* Enjoy "States of Mind: Picasso Lithographs 1945-1960" at the Norton Simon Museum where the exhibition explores the evolution of the artist's individual print compositions through multiple states, subtle adjustments and radical revisions.
* Meet local authors, comic creators and artists at Pasadena Central Library where you'll also enjoy family fun activities, storytellers, art exhibits and musical performances by Crown City Chamber Players, Ernie Del Fante Jazz Group and Theater Americana.
* Explore multiple venues on the campus of Pasadena Conservatory of Music while enjoying continuous classical, world folk and interactive performances.
* See paintings inspired by vistas, lifestyles and industries along the California coastline, Lloyd Hamrol's large-scale felt sculptures and Joan Perlman's abstract paintings and prints at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
* Explore the artistry, beauty and legacy of Arts & Crafts and mid-century ceramics in the exhibitions "Batchelder: Tilemaker" and "Cast & Fired: Pasadena's Mid-Century Ceramics Industry" at the Pasadena Museum of History.
The ability to rove the surface of Mars has revolutionized JPL missions, With more advanced mobility, new targets like cliff faces, cave ceilings and the surfaces of asteroids and comets may be explored in the future. Learn more about it during a presentation titled "Asteroid Anchors, Rock Climbing Robots, Gecko Grippers and Other Ways to Stick in Space" Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Vosloh Forum (Building UU on this map) at Pasadena City College.
SAVE THE DATE!
Pasadena Astronomy Festival is Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Pasadena Convention Center.
Pasadena ARTWalk is Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Playhouse District.
Photo credits: Pasadena Now, Pasadena City College, Kidspace Children's Museum, LA Opera, Geffen Company, Margaret Thornhill, Amercent Films, Luce Puppet Co., One Colorado, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Teaching with Telescopes, See-Saw Films, Model D, City of Pasadena, Jet Propulsion Laboratory.