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Friday, June 22, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Events June 23 to 29

Here are events scheduled Saturday, June 23, to Friday, June 29.

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

Sing along as the Women on the Move Trio performs traditional and contemporary folk songs for all ages Saturday, June 23, at 11 a.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Bring friends and family for this fun event!

Teens are invited to a special screening of the science fiction classic Destination Moon (1950, NR) starring John Archer and Warner Anderson Saturday, June 23, at 2 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. When four astronauts get to the moon, they realize their spaceship is too heavy to lift off the surface. (See the trailer here.) Warren James of Hour 25 will share the film's history. The screening is in conjunction with the Pasadena Museum of History's Dreaming the Universe exhibition. 

LitFest Pasadena's annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Culture will celebrate Harriet Tubman Press, the only African American publishing imprint at a U.S. university (Loyola Marymount), Sunday, June 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Harriet Tubman Press publishes academic works and literature, sharing stories from African American communities and increasing publishing opportunities for African American writers and scholars. Come learn more about it!

Children and their families will enjoy Animal Magic with John Abrams, a blend of magic, comedy, music and animals Monday, June 25, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.

The Bob Baker Marionettes will entertain young children Tuesday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Garfield Promenade outside on the street level at Paseo Colorado.

"Decoding Annie Parker" (2013, R) starring Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt will be shown Wednesday, June 27, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. The film is about two extraordinary women, one a survivor of three different forms of cancer who wonders why there is not a cure and the other a brilliant research geneticist trying desperately to find a cure. The film is based on true events. (See the trailer here.)

Jazz vocalist VR Smith and a combo will perform Wednesday, June 27, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

In celebration of Olympic Day (June 23), Pasadena's own John Naber will moderate a panel of other Olympic champions Wednesday, June 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Southern California Public Radio's Crawford Family Forum. While the event is free, reservations are required.

Guest artists from MUSE/IQUE will explore the music of Leonard Bernstein and his enormous impact on the American sound Friday, June 29, at 3:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. Register at the center's Welcome Desk or by calling (626) 795-4331. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do have to be 50 or older. A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available to the LIMITLESS/LENNY concert led by MUSE/IQUE musical director Rachael Worby Saturday, June 30, at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. 

Paseo Colorado's all-summer-long Dancing Under the Stars continues with Classic Rock Night featuring Hollywood and Vinyl Friday, June 29, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Garfield Promenade outdoors on the street level at Paseo Colorado. 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: Women on the Move Trio, George Pal Productions, Harriet Tubman Press, Burbank Mom, Bob Baker Marionettes, Decoding Annie Parker, John Gross Music, John Naber, Olympic Games, New York Philharmonic, Paseo Colorado.

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