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The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day throughout the U.S. On Saturday, May 5, pick up a free comic book (one per person while supplies last) at any library in the Pasadena Public Library system during regular hours.
Bring the kids for Nature Tails Storybook Time Saturday, May 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the Children's Corner at Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Nature Tails are scheduled every Saturday morning.
The Pasadena Master Chorale will perform "Listening to the Future," an original work by talented local high school student-composers, Saturday, May 5, at 7 p.m. at Neighborhood Church. While the concert is free, tickets are required.
Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to read books to gentle, well-trained dogs at Barks & Books Monday, May 7, at 1 p.m. at San Rafael Branch Library and/or 3 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library.
Nathalia will perform bilingual music for young children Tuesday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Garfield Promenade on the street level at Paseo Colorado.
Spanish-born classical pianist Régulo Martínez-Antón will perform Wednesday, May 9, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
"Stella Dallas" (1937, NR) starring Barbara Stanwyck and John Boles will be shown Wednesday, May 9, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A loud, vulgar former factory worker knows she is the reason her daughter is shunned by the rest of the community, so she is willing to do whatever it takes to make a better life for the girl.
"Darkest Hour" (2017, R) starring Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas will be shown Friday, May 11, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. As the threat of Germany's invasion looms during the early days of World War II, Britain faces its darkest hour while the fate of Western Europe hangs on the leadership of Winston Churchill, the new prime minister. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.
The opening reception for "Abundant Garden: Recent Works by Kaoru Mansour" is Friday, May 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the En Gallery at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden. The event is free for visitors who have made reservations. Mansour is a Japanese artist based in Los Angeles whose works are a celebration of the abundance of nature and our bounteous spiritual, cultural and artistic connections to it.
Classical guitarists Thomas Lai, Sean Sakai-Mohr and Michelle Nguyen will perform Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music for their senior recital, with works by Federico Moreno Torroba, Isaac Albéniz, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jose Luis Merlin and Clarice Assad.
The Pasadena Community Orchestra will perform Ippolotov-Ivanov's "Procession of the Sardar," Holst's "Jupiter Op. 32," Borodin's "In the Steppes of Central Asia" and "Polovtsian March," and, with pianist Max Hammond, "Prokofiev's "Piano Concerto No. 3" Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena.
Photo credits: Thought for Your Penny, Child's Play International, Feiwel & Friends, Sleeping Bear Press, Pasadena Master Chorale, Somerset County Library, Nathalia, Picture This Post, Samuel Goldwyn Company, Perfect World Pictures, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Pasadena Community Orchestra, Caltech