All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!
Do you want to see hummingbirds in your gardens? Lili Singer of the Theodore Payne Foundation will discuss the symbiotic relationship between California native plants and these fascinating, beautiful birds and how you can make your gardens more inviting for them Saturday, July 8, from 10:30 to noon at Hill Avenue Branch Library.
Escolania de Montserrat, Spain's premier boy's choir founded in the Catalonia region in the 14th century, will perform with the Young Men's Ensemble of the Los Angeles Children's Chorus Saturday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Works will include the Gregorian chant "Germinans germinabit," Victoria's "Duo Seraphim," Vivancos's "Salve Regina," Guinovart's "Bestiolari," Civil's "La Mare de Deu" and Schubert's "Ave Maria." (On a personal note: I have been to the Santa Maria de Montserrat Benedictine abbey, where Escolania de Montserrat is based high above Barcelona, and heard them perform. It was an unforgettable experience!)
"Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" (1971, G) starring Gene Wilder and Peter Ostrum will be shown Saturday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Grant Park. Young Charlie seeks the priceless golden ticket that will win him a lifetime supply of sweets and a tour of a mysterious candy man's chocolate factory.
Jan and Dean's Beach Party! featuring Dean Torrence will perform Sunday, July 9, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "The Sting" (1973, PG) starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman Saturday, July 8, at 8:30 p.m. at Central Park. A depression-era confidence man in Chicago enlists the aid of another conman to pull off a sting to avenge the death of his mentor. The film was inspired by true events. Many of the scenes were shot in Old Pasadena, including the Castle Green, Hugus Alley and Miller Alley. Come as early as 6:30 p.m. for live ragtime entertainment by the Holly Street Stompers, swing dance lessons with Dance Street instructors and a prohibition-themed photo booth. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.
Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "Remember the Titans" (2000, PG) starring Denzel Washington and Will Patton Saturday, July 8, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado (Hugus Alley). When a white high school in Virginia is integrated with black students, a black coach appointed to lead the newly integrated football team experiences extreme racism. The film is based on true events.
Playdate, a group of eight female French horn players, will perform classical arrangements for octets Sunday, July 9, at 2:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Sponsored by Tuesday Musicale.
The Playhouse District's summer jazz concert series kicks off Sunday, July 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. with the Elliott Caine Quintet at the courtyard adjacent to Vroman's Bookstore. The series will continue every Sunday through Aug. 27.
"A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams will be read by resident actors at A Noise Within Monday, July 10, at 7 p.m. as part of the Words Within series. While admission is free, reservations are required.
Children are invited to celebrate summer and the great outdoors with the Teddy Bear Picnic Tuesday, July 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Kidspace Children's Museum. Bring your favorite Teddy bear and a picnic, play special games and make your own set of Teddy bear ears. Don't miss a special performance at 6 p.m. in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater.
"Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (2016, PG-13) starring Eva Green and Samuel L. Jackson will be shown for teens Tuesday, July 11, at 5 p.m. at the La Pintoresca Education Center. Jake's search for clues to solve a mystery brings him to Miss Peregrine's, where the mystery and danger intensify as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers and powerful enemies.
The Pasadena Senior Center's summer concert series for all ages at the Gold Shell in Memorial Park kicks off Tuesday, July 11, at 6 p.m. when Pam Kay and The Tap Chicks entertain with lively dance routines, Vaudeville-style comedy and clever costumes. You do not have to be a senior or a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic for the perfect summer experience with family and friends.
"Jungle Book" (1942, NR) starring Sabu and Joseph Calleia will be shown Wednesday, July 12, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A boy named Mowgli, lost in the jungle as an infant and raised by wolves, yearns to touch base with his human roots.
Children will travel back in time 66 million years to the end of the late Cretaceous period and encounter the dinosaurs of North America Thursday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library and 4 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library. Butt heads with a Stygimoloch named Scully, interview a baby T.rex named Rebel, see a baby Triceratops named Scout hatch from his egg, sing along with Razer the rapping Raptor and have a close encounter with a sniffing, snorting, growling, roaring, 14-foot-tall T.rex named Rocky.
Children and families will love Arty Loon's variety show with magic, juggling and silly fun Thursday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Lamanda Park Branch Library.
"Hidden Figures" (2016, PG) starring Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer will be shown Thursday, July 13, at 6 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Three brilliant African American women working at NASA serve as the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning 1962 event that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the space race and galvanized the world. The film is based on true events.
Rhythm Child will perform fun, interactive music for children and families (and everyone!) Thursday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Old Pasadena Summer Cimema presents the documentary film "The Cat that Changed America" (2017, NR) Thursday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A mountain lion called P22 made an incredible journey from the Santa Monica Mountains to Griffith Park, crossing two of the busiest freeways in America on the way. The documentary follows people trying to help him from becoming trapped, never to find a mate, and building a wildlife crossing to help others like him. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.
"A Dog's Purpose" (2017, PG) starring Dennis Quaid and Peggy Lipton will be shown Friday, July 14, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A dog seeks to discover his purpose over the course of several lifetimes and owners. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.
Nearly five years after its celebrated arrival on Mars, the Curiosity rover continues to reveal it as a once habitable planet. Early in its history, generations of streams and lakes created the land forms that Curiosity explores today. Curiosity currently is climbing through the foothills of Mount Sharp, a three-mile-high mountain formed from sediment brought in by water and wind. James Erickson, project manager at JPL's Mars Science Laboratory, and Dr. Ashwin Vasavada, a scientist with the Mars lab, will discuss Curiosity's latest findings, the challenges of exploration with an aging robot and what lies ahead Friday, July 14, at 7 p.m. in the Vosloh Forum (Building UU on this map) at Pasadena City College.
Paseo Colorado's Dancing Under the Stars presents the Crown City Bombers performing '50s rock and roll Friday, July 14 at the Garfield Promenade (street level). Come as early as 7 p.m. for a swing dance lesson from Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association instructors, then enjoy the live music from 7: 30 to 9:30 p.m. -- whether you decide to kick up your heels or not!
Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents the documentary film "Riding Solo to the Top of the World" (2006, NR) Friday, July 14, at 8 p.m. at Distant Lands. Filmmaker Guarav Jani rode a motorcycle from Delhi to the remote Changthan Plateau in the Himalayas.
Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "The Martian" (2015, PG-13) starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain Friday, July 14, at 8:30 p.m in the courtyard at One Colorado (Hugus Alley). An astronaut left behind on Mars by his crew after he is presumed dead must survive alone and with few resources while a NASA team on earth works tirelessly to find and rescue him.
Photo credits: Lynda J. Goff, Escolania de Montserrat, Wolper Pictures Ltd., Dean Torrence, Zanuck/Brown Productions, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, BenP, Stephen Linsley, A Noise Within, Virginia State Parks, 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, Pam Kay and the Tap Chicks, The Music Center, Alexander Korda Films, Albert Phang, Arty Loon Show, Levantine Films, Rhythm Child, Sabana Films, Amblin Entertainment, NASA, Paseo Colorado, Dirt Track Productions.