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Friday, September 28, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events September 29 to October 5

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Sept. 29, to Friday, Oct. 5.

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

Enjoy live entertainment by top-ranked L.A.-area musical groups, cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs and plenty of family-friendly activities at Tastes & Sounds, Pasadena's largest culinary and music celebration, presented by South Lake Business Association Saturday, Sept. 29, from noon to 5 p.m. (Most of the food is not free; purchase of food is not required to attend the event.)

Father Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest, best-selling author and founder of Homeboy Industries, has dedicated his life to helping the most marginalized people find a place in society. On Sunday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library he will talk about his experiences related to faith, caring and compassion, plus there will be a Q&A, book signing and reception.

Tuesday Musicale of Pasadena presents pianist Jennifer Watts playing works by Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Scriabin; cellist Sesun Park performing Chopin and Goens; soprano Virginia D'Auria performing works by Debussy and Bizet; and a piano trio by Haydn performed by violinist Betti Sirri, cellist Barbara Von Slomski and pianist Sharon Chan Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 12:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library.

The Screening Mimis Film Discussion Club presents The Triple Echo (1972, R) starring Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. A British soldier during World War II wanders onto a woman's farm where they fall in love and he decides to desert, then disguises himself as a woman to escape detection by military police. The Screening Mimis Film Discussion Club features a provocative 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 first Tuesday of every month is Free Family Night at Kidspace Children's Museum. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. celebrate the art of science fiction by joining an intergalactic parade dressed as your favorite science fiction character, build your own UFO and create fantastical alien creatures inspired by the natural world. Don't miss the music of The Amoeba People at 6 p.m. in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater.

The final free admission day at the Pasadena Museum of California Art is Friday, Oct. 5, from noon to 5 p.m. Come see the three current exhibitions Judy Chicago's Birth Project: Born Again, Grafton Tyler Brown: Exploring California and Brody Albert: Strata. The museum will close its doors permanently on Oct. 7

Youth (2015, R) starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel will be shown Friday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. While vacationing with a filmwriter friend, a retired classical composer ponders his life, legacy, wonders and complications experienced throughout his years. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

Admission to the Norton Simon Museum is free the first Friday of every month. On Friday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.

ArtNight Pasadena, when more than a dozen arts and cultural institutions will open their doors for free, is scheduled Friday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Photo credits: The Regrettes, Homeboy Industries, Library of Congress, Ernst Burger, Hemdale,, MetroShot, Indigo Film, Norton Simon Museum

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