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Friday, June 15, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events June 16 to 22

Here are events scheduled Saturday, June 16, to Friday, June 22.

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

The Juneteenth Festival at Jackie Robinson Center Saturday, June 16, from noon to 4 p.m. will include live entertainment and plenty of family-friendly activities. 

Have you ever wondered why cats purr or why they always land on their feet when they fall? An educator from the Pasadena Humane Society will explain the science behind feline behavior Saturday, June 16, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Linda Vista Branch Library.

Operatic tenor Todd Wilander will perform classical works Saturday, June 16, at 4 p.m. for the Third@First recital series at First United Methodist Church.

Members of the L.A. Opera Orchestra, L.A. Opera Chorus soprano Rebecca Tomlinson and Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Milena Gligic on piano, under the leadership of conductor Miah Im, head of the L.A. Opera music staff, will perform Saturday, June 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Works will include Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano; Reinecke's Trio for Oboe, Horn and Piano; Arensky's Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass; Paul Schoenfield's Cafe Music; and Kurt Weill's Frauentanz. While the concert is free, reservations are required. [call about lack of link!]

KCRW Radio's Summer Nights series continues with a live concert featuring Shea Baba Saturday, June 16, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. KCRW DJ Chris Douridas will open and close the evening with sets of some of his favorite tracks.

The Pasadena Chalk Festival is Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Paseo Colorado. Drop by both days to see all the works in progress, meet the artists and ask them about their techniques and inspirations for their works, vote for your favorites, enjoy live music, take the kids to Children's Chalkland to create their own masterpieces, and much more. 

In conjunction with the Pasadena Chalk Festival, the Pasadena Police Father's Day Car Show Sunday, June 17, 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, a chance to win a fly-along in a police helicopter, and much more. 

Rhythm Child will perform for young children Tuesday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to noon outdoors in the Garfield Promenade on the street level at Paseo Colorado.

Summer Chess Club begins Wednesday, June 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library for anyone ages 9 and older, including adults. Come learn the game if you've never played before; if you already know chess, join an open-play session. Summer Chess Club continues every Friday (except July 4). Everything will be provided for your summer chess fun.

Bass/baritone Scott Graff, accompanied by John Rusnak on piano, will perform classical works Wednesday, June 20, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"Still Alice" (2014, PG-13) starring Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin will be shown Wednesday, June 20, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Happily married with three children, Alice is a renowned linguistics professor who begins to forget words, then receives the diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease and tries to stay connected to who she once was as her family bonds are thoroughly tested. Moore won an Academy Award for best actress.

Twelve-year-old poet and author Cassidy Kao will lead a poetry workshop for children ages 5 to 12 Thursday, June 21, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library. Call (626) 744-7262 to sign your child up.

"The Awful Truth" (1937, NR) starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunn will be shown Friday, June 22, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, at which point they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romances. The film won an Academy Award for best director. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you must be 50 or older.

Teens up to age 18 are invited to play board games, Nintendo Switch games and Xbox games Friday, June 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on the fourth floor at Central Library

Paseo Colorado's all-summer-long Dancing Under the Stars kicks off with the Tom Nolan Band for Motown Night Friday, June 22, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Garfield Promenade (street level). Come as early as 7 p.m. for a swing dance lesson from the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association, then enjoy the live music -- whether you decide to kick up your heels or not!

Photo credits: Yes! Weekly, Purina, Todd Wilander, Architectural Resources Group, One Colorado, Light Bringer Project, Marley's Ghost, Rhythm Child,, Lutzus-Brown, Pasadena Public Library, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,  Marion Public Library, Paseo Colorado.

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