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Friday, July 13, 2018

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

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

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

The Sri Lanka Day festival and parade Saturday, July 14, from noon to 10 p.m. in Centennial Square in front of Pasadena City Hall will feature the island nation's food, art, music, dances, theater, vibrant costumes and more.

AstroFest kicks off Saturday, July 14, with a festival of hands-on activities, robotics demonstrations, creative art displays, planetarium shows and more from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center plus star gazing via telescopes from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center and Paseo Colorado. It's all part of Pasadena Astronomy Week, a week-long series of public events that celebrates Pasadena's rich history as an international leader for telescopic celestial discovery and robotic space science.

First Stab Festival II: Wicked Lit will be an afternoon of new short plays adapted from classic horror literature presented as staged readings by the playwrights Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Two short plays will be presented each afternoon, followed by a discussion between the playwrights and the audience. This event is not age-appropriate for anyone younger than 13.

The opening reception for Utopia, a exhibition of works by adult artists with developmental disabilities, is Saturday, July 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. Works depict each artist's perfect day. Several artists will be there with their artworks. Light refreshments will be served. The artists are participants are participants in the City of Pasadena Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation Program. The exhibition will be in place through Aug. 19.

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents Mars Attacks! (1996, PG-13) starring Jack Nicholson and Glenn Close Saturday, July 14, at 8:30 p.m. at Central Park. In this parody of science fiction B movies, UFOs have been seen over major world capitals, and the president of the United States is assured by his science advisor that the coming aliens are peaceful while a U.S. general advises the president to annihilate them. Bring a beach chair or blanket and picnic. Come as early as 6:30 p.m. for KCRW-FM DJ sets and free ice cream from Paradis.

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents Star Wars: The Force Awakens  (2015, PG-13) starring Daisy Ridley and John Boyega (with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher) Saturday, July 14, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. Three decades after the Empire's defeat, Luke Skywalker is missing when the galaxy needs him most, so it's up to the desert scavenger Rey and the defecting stormtrooper Finn to join forces with Han Solo and Chewbacca in a desperate search for the one hope of restoring peace. Arrive early to secure your seats.

The Summer Jazz Concert Series in the Playhouse District presents Kira and the Major 3 Sunday, July 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard outside Vroman's Bookstore. The series continues every Sunday through Aug. 26.

Pasadena Astronomy Week presents an introduction to Central Library's Innovation Lab Monday, July 16, at 5 p.m. Learn how to use the library's 3D printers, digital sewing and embroidery machines, laser cutter and 3D carving machine. A valid Pasadena Public Library card is required (they're free).

Oakwood Brass will perform classical works Wednesday, July 18, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Wind Dancer (1993, PG) starring Mel Harris and Matt McCoy will be shown Wednesday, July 18, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library

Take a tour of the Tournament House any Thursday at 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. through Aug. 27. Owned by the City of Pasadena, the former Wrigley estate is home to the Tournament of Roses Association. A docent will lead you through the 18,500-square-foot Italian Renaissance mansion built in 1906. In addition to 21 magnificent rooms, you'll see displays related to Rose Bowl Games, Rose Queens and their Courts and plenty of historic photos and other memorabilia, from football trophies to tiaras. Then visit the adjacent 4.5-acre Wrigley Gardens with 1,500 varieties of roses.

Children ages 5 to 12 will take a trip around the world during a magical hour filled with songs and stories using joyful puppets Thursday, July 19, at 3 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library. This event is part of the Reading Takes You Everywhere summer reading program.

There's plenty to see and do the Third Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Playhouse District throughout the summer (July 19, Aug. 16 and Sept. 20), including live music, performance art, photo exhibitions, giant games, free admission to the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the USC Pacific Asia Museum, and much more.

Pasadena Astronomy Week presents the opening reception for the MOONS exhibit Thursday, July 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Williamson Gallery at the Art Center College of Design hillside campus. Free shuttles will loop between the Pasadena Convention Center and Art Center from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Parks After Dark presents Coco (2017, PG) with the voice talents of Anthony Gonzalez and Gael Garcia Bernal Thursday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Villa-Parke. Despite his family's baffling, generations-old ban on music, young Miguel aspires to be an accomplished musician and enters the Land of the Dead where he meets an array of extraordinary characters who help him unlock the real story behind his family history.

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents A Quiet Place (2018, PG-13) starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Thursday, July 19, at 8 p.m. at CTRL Collective. In a post-apocalyptic world, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. Seating is limited, so arrive early to secure your spot.

Chicago (2002, PG) starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and RenĂ©e Zellweger will be shown Friday, July 20, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Two murderers, one a small-time chorus girl and the other a major Vaudeville star, vie for the fame inside the Cook County Jail that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago with the help of a hotshot attorney and a scheming prison matron. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you must be 50 or older.

Dancing Under the Stars continues with Swing Night featuring The Kid and Nic Show from Las Vegas Friday, July 20, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Garfield Promenade 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!

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents In Bruges (2008, R) starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson Friday, July 20, at 8 p.m. at Distant Lands. When two hitmen are ordered by their boss to cool their heels for a couple of weeks in Bruges, Belgium, they find themselves in one strange encounter after another with locals, tourists, an American actor and Dutch prostitutes. Seating is limited, so arrive early to secure your spot.

Pasadena Astronomy Week presents a look at what's up in the night sky with the help of Caltech astronomers Friday, July 20, from 8 to 10 p.m. Meet in the Hameetman Auditorium at Caltech's Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (the one on the north side of California Boulevard that looks like it got hit by an earthquake -- #17 on this map). 

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents The Incredibles (2004, PG) with the voice talents of Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter Friday, July 20, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. A man and wife team of former superheroes who now live a quiet life in suburbia with their three children go back into action for a top-secret assignment to save the world. Arrive early to secure your seats.

Photo credits: Sri Lanka Foundation, Carpe Diem! Los Angeles, Unbound Productions, Armory Center for the Arts, Tim Burton Productions, Lucasfilm, Kira and the Major 3, Gizmodo, Oakwood Brass, Majestic Entertainment, Tournament of Roses, Pasadena Public Library, Playhouse District Association, Planetary Society, Walt Disney Pictures, Miramax, Nicole Tracy, Ian Morison

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