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Friday, May 12, 2017

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events May 13 to 19

Here are events scheduled Saturday, May 13, to Friday, May 19.

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

Students in fifth, sixth and seventh grades in PUSD's Math Academy will compete in Solve 2017, an exciting, interactive event that will feature individual and team contests Saturday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Caltech's Baxter Hall (#77 on this map).

The Pasadena Police Department will host its first open house Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet police officers, take a tour, see demonstrations and exhibits, enjoy free food and much more. Don't miss the police helicopter fly-in!

Fire Service Day is Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by any or all Pasadena fire stations for open houses and tours where you'll meet firefighters and see big, red fire engines up close! At Station 33, there also will be demonstrations by firefighters, equipment displays, free food, family-friendly activities and more. 

Stroll through beautiful Arlington Garden Saturday, May 13, where more than 30 artists will show their work in a juried exhibition (Art on Palm) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Parson's Nose Readers Theater series presents "I Remember Mama" Saturday, May 13, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 14, at 2 p.m. The play, based on playwright John van Druten's childhood recollections, is a study of life centered around a Norwegian immigrant family in San Francisco in the early 20th century. While the readings are free, reservations are required

Classical guitarist Kendrick Shen will perform works by Dowland, Paganini, York, Villa-Lobos, Tarea, Ponce and de Falla Saturday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

The Caltech Glee Club and Caltech Symphony will perform Saturday, May 13, at 8 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium at Baxter Hall (#77 on this map). Works will include Haydn's Mass in Time of War and Revuelta's 1935 score for the Mexican film "Redes" ("Nets).

The Crown City Symphony will perform works by Bruch, Debussy and Barber Sunday, May 14, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pasadena.

The Caltech Chamber Ensembles will perform a special Mothers Day concert Sunday, May 14, at 3:30 p.m. at Dabney Hall (#40 on this map) with works by Franck, Arensky, Ewazen, Mozart and Debussy.

Jazz bassist Putter Smith will perform with pianist Jeff Colella Wednesday, May 17, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"The Miracle Worker" (1979, NR), a made for TV movie starring Patty Duke and Melissa Gilbert, will be shown Wednesday, May 17, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Devoted teacher Annie Sullivan leads deaf and blind Helen Keller into the light of learning.

The third Thursday of every month is Free Admission Night at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Thursday, May 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy everything the museum has to offer as well as a 6:45 p.m. conversation with "Interstitial" artists Shirley Tse and Aili Schmeltz in conversation with curator John David O'Brien about their works in the exhibition, followed by Q&A.

The documentary film "The Journey Within" (2015, NR) will be shown Thursday, May 18, at 6 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. In a post-9/11 Pakistan faced with war and conflict, a powerful movement has led to one of the biggest cultural and musical initiatives in South Asia.

Everyone is invited to the fifth annual Jazz on Hill at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music Friday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Drop in anytime or stay all day! Learn about jazz history, sit in on a master class, enjoy a concert with guest artist Barbara Morrison and more.

"How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953, NR) starring Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall will be shown Friday, May 19, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Three fashion models of modest means rent an expensive Manhattan penthouse apartment and pretend to be wealthy so they can snare rich husbands. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

The 37th annual Bandorama Saturday, May 19, at 8 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium at Baxter Hall (#77 on this map) will feature the Caltech Jazz Band and the Caltech-Occidental Concert Band performing works by Ellington, Mendelssohn, BojĨevski, Dello Joio, de Meij and more.


The Spring Awakening Festival at Eaton Canyon Nature Center will feature traditional Native American dancers, drummers, musicians, singers, storytellers and artisans plus special exhibits and more Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LitFest Pasadena returns for its sixth year Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with author panels, readings and much more in the Playhouse District and Central Library.

The Gamble House and the Pasadena Museum of History will be among the museums opening their doors for free on Museums of the Arroyo Day Sunday, May 21, from noon to 5 p.m.

Photo credits: Pasadena Unified School District, City of Pasadena, Ann Erdman, Creative Arts Group, Gustav Wentzel, Guitar Salon, Caltech, Half-Pint Productions, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Mian Adnan Ahmed, Barbara Morrison, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

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