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Friday, April 13, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events April 14 to 20

Here are events scheduled Saturday, April 14, to Friday, April 20.

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

Teens are invited to watch the latest anime and tinker with Mecha robots Saturday, April 14, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library. Ages 12 to 19 are welcome.

An LA Opera community educator will take participants through Giuseppe Verdi's tragic opera "Rigoletto" Monday, April 16, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A lustful and immoral duke ravages the court jester's daughter, and the jester's revenge goes awry. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

April is National Poetry Month. Constellations: A Poetry Workshop for children ages 5 to 8 Tuesday, April 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library will demonstrate how poetry can be fun, easy and kid-friendly as 11-year-old writer Cassidy Kao discusses the relationships between constellations and mythology.

The Los Angeles Ensemble will perform Wednesday, April 18, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"The Sundowners" (1960, NR) starring Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum will be shown Wednesday, April 18, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. An impoverished family struggling to make in the Australian outback in the early years of the 20th century faces a crisis when the father gambles away the family's money in a get-rich-quick scheme.

Teens 13 and older are invited to Book Into Film Movie Night for a screening and discussion of "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (2016, PG-13), based on the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs, Wednesday, April 18, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at  Central Library's Teen Center. A boy stumbles upon a dangerously magical place while searching for clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and time periods. Pizza and popcorn will be served. Email to sign up.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to celebrate Earth Day with stories, songs, poems and a very special activity related to this planet we call home Thursday, April 19, at 3 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library.

The third Thursday (and first Friday) of every month is Free Admission Day at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Thursday, April 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

"Lady Bird" (2017, R) starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf will be shown Friday, April 20, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. An artistically inclined young woman with many similarities to her loving yet opinionated and strong-willed mother comes of age in Sacramento amid a rapidly shifting economic landscape that affects her family. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

Several Pasadena Conservatory of Music students will perform in recital Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the renowned music school's auditorium.

Celebrate Earth Day Pasadena Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with indoor activities at Armory Center for the Arts and outdoor activities at Memorial Park. All ages are welcome.

Photo credits: Messyworks, Minnesota Opera, Newsela, Los Angeles Ensemble, Warner Bros. Productions, Twentieth Century Fox, Food & Wine Chickie, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Scott Rudin Productions, Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

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