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Friday, June 16, 2017

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events June 17 to 23

Here are events scheduled Saturday, June 17, to Friday, June 23.

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

Can you believe this weekend is the 25th anniversary of the Pasadena Chalk Festival? Join the celebration Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Paseo Colorado, where 600 of the most renowned artists in the U.S. will create masterpieces using chalk as their medium and pavement as their canvas. Stop by both days so you can see the artworks evolve.

The Juneteenth Festival Saturday, June 17, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Center will celebrate JRC's 43 years of service to the community and feature the history of Juneteenth, live entertainment, plenty of family-friendly activities, food and more. Juneteenth commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

The opening reception for Arquivovivo (Living Archive) Pasadena, curated by Brazilian American artist Bia Gayotto, is Saturday, June 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. Through a social media campaign, Pasadenans were asked to describe their relationships with Pasadena locations, from the Arroyo Seco to the Carnegie Observatories, answer the question "What does Pasadena mean to you?" and submit related imagery. You'll view the works and meet Gayotto and the participants.

Chicano Batman will perform a mix of Brazilian TropicalĂ­a, psychedelic soul and romantic pop Saturday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez will open and close the evening, which ends at 10:30 p.m., spinning some of his favorite tunes.

In conjunction with the Pasadena Chalk Festival, the Pasadena Police Classic Car Show Sunday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Green Street between Paseo Colorado and the Pasadena Civic Auditorium will feature dozens of classic vehicles, live music and more.

An intensive, one-week summer camp for advanced students at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music will conclude with a concert of chamber music Sunday, June 18, at 3 p.m. in the conservatory's Barrett Hall. The concert will repeat at 7 p.m.

"And the Band Played On" (1993, PG-13) starring Matthew Modine and Alan Alda will be shown Wednesday, June 21, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. In 1981, as people begin to contract the mysterious AIDS virus, political infighting in the scientific community threatens to hamper early research and advances.

Join in the International Olympic Day celebration Wednesday, June 21, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Crawford Family Forum at Southern California Public Radio (KPCC). A complimentary reception with free refreshments will be followed by a conversation, moderated by Pasadena's own Olympic multiple gold medalist John Naber, with fellow Olympians John Moffet, Ron Skarin, Tai Babilonia and Peter Carruthers. While the event is free, registration is required.

Looking to add a furry friend to your family? The fourth annual Free Adoption Day at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is Thursday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adoption fees will be waived for all available animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, pocket pets and reptiles.

Children will enjoy "Cinderella Builds Her Dream," a puppet/music show Thursday, June 22, at 4 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library that takes the fairy tale we all know and love, but with an all-dog cast and a do-it-yourself twist in which the kids will help Cinderella design and build her own way to her dream come true.

"Zootopia" (2016, PG) with the voice talents of Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman, will be shown Friday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Victory Park. A rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox team up to solve a mystery. 

Photo credits: Pasadena Chalk Festival, City of Pasadena, Armory Center for the Arts, Chicano Batman, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, HBO Pictures, International Olympics Committee, Twinkl, Walt Disney Pictures.


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