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Friday, August 31, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events September 1 to 7

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Sept. 1, to Friday, Sept. 7.

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

Bring the kids for Nature Tails Storybook Time featuring books about animals and nature Saturday, Sept. 1, at 10:30 a.m. in the Children's Corner inside the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Nature Tails are scheduled every Saturday morning.

The closing day of the exhibition Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction & Southern California Sunday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m. will feature a special presentation by theremin musician Ed Sussman, who will present the history of this remarkable instrument, invented more than 100 years ago, that uses radio frequencies, is played without any hands touching it and often has been heard in science fiction film and TV soundtracks. See how it works and then try it yourself.

The summer concert series for all ages in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center will conclude Monday, Sept. 3, at 6 p.m. with the Great American Swing Band featuring the sounds of Big Band, rhythm and blues, jazz and Dixieland. All ages are welcome. Bring family, friends and a brown bag picnic or purchase snacks at the concert, and don't be surprised if you kick up your heels and dance in the aisles! You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

The Reptile Family will present an entertaining experience filled with wonder for young children Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Garfield Promenade on the street level at Paseo Colorado

The Screening Mimis Film Discussion Club presents Infamous (2006, R) starring Toby Jones and Sandra Bullock Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Truman Capote does first-hand research about two convicted murderers of a family in rural Kansas for his iconic book In Cold Blood. The Screening Mimis Film Discussion Club features a movie the first and third Tuesday of every month, preceded by a presentation about the film's hidden history and followed by a lively discussion. 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 Bob Baker Marionette Theater will perform in the courtyard at One Colorado every Tuesday in September. On Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 4:30 p.m., people of all ages will enjoy great, time-honored family entertainment. Reservations are encouraged.

Brazilian guitarist Hugo Nogueira, accompanied by pianist Ekaterina Bessmeltseva, will perform classical works Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Little Women (1994, PG) starring Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder will be shown Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. In New England during and immediately after the Civil War, the March sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy live alone with their mother while their father serves as a soldier in the Union Army. As years go by, the lives of the sisters take twists and turns with triumphs and tragedies as they grow up. The film is based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.

Part silly, part slick, Christopher T. Magician's performance will delight people of all ages Thursday, Sept. 6, from 4:30 to 5 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. Reservations are recommended.

Take a tour of the iconic, historic Bridge Building at the hillside campus of Art Center College of Design Friday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. for a look at the cutting-edge facilities, the student gallery that showcases dynamic works from all disciplines, and more. The building was designed in the 1970s by modernist architect Craig Ellwood

Admission to the Pasadena Museum of California Art is free the first Friday (and third Thursday) of every month. On Friday, Sept. 7, from noon to 5 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

The Great Debaters (2007, PG) starring Denzel Washington and Kimberly Elise will be shown Friday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. At a small African American college in the 1930s, a professor forms a student debate team that goes on to beat Harvard University in the national debate championships. The film is based on true events. 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 first Friday of every month is Free Admission Night at the Norton Simon Museum. On Friday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

Today's robotic spacecraft are beginning to experiment with laser communications, artificial intelligence and 3-D printed parts. But do you know some of the first spacecraft the U.S. sent to the moon included parts made of wood, or that spacecraft used to record data on motorized magnetic tape recorders? On Friday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium at Caltech's Baxter Hall (#77 on this map), a panel of experts from JPL will look back over the decades at how far robot exploration has come and consider where we might be headed. 

Photo credits: Child's Play International, Feiwel & Friends, Sleeping Bear Press, Tiger Specials, The Hollywood 360, Gift House, Warner Independent Pictures, One Colorado, Huntington Beach School of Music, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Harpo Films, Norton Simon Museum, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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