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Friday, October 5, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events October 6 to 12

Here are free events scheduled Saturday, Oct. 6, to Friday, Oct. 12.

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

The documentary The Most Unknown (2018, NR) will be shown Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium (#91 on this map). Nine scientists, including one from Caltech, travel to extraordinary parts of the world in an attempt to uncover answers to some of humanity's biggest questions and push the boundaries of how science storytelling is approached. See a trailer here. The film will be followed by a Q&A with that Caltech scientist, geobiologist Victoria Orphan. Parking is free at Caltech lots and parking structures after 5 p.m.

A small shipload of biological researchers, accompanied by a few intrepid adventurers, visited the Antarctic Peninsula in March 2016 with a scientific focus on marine animals, including whales, dolphins, penguins, seals and more, and explored some of the best whale feeding grounds among Antarctica's stunning landscapes. Bernardo Alps, a field biologist who was one of the scientists on the trip, will discuss the expedition and show photographs of the wildlife and scenery Monday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Distant Lands.

The Wilder Trio will perform Andre Previn's Trio, David Anthony Jones's Galloping Goose and Las Animas and Gernot Wolfgang's Uncle Bebop Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007, PG-13) starring Emily Blunt and Jimmy Smits will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Five women and one man start a book club to discuss the works of Jane Austen, only to discover their own relationships with spouses and sweethearts seem like modern versions of the novels. See a trailer here.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Fiesta La Pintoresca, a fun-filled afternoon of charro rope tricks, music, stories, crafts and refreshments Thursday, Oct. 11, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library.

Children ages 9 to 12 are invited to learn how to create digital animation during a four-session workshop during which they will explore how to code with Scratch and apply those principles to making their own original animated stories. Participants must attend all four sessions, which will begin Thursday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Studio on 4th (fourth floor) at Central Library. Call (626) 744-4066, option 4 to sign up.

I Feel Pretty (2018, PG-13) starring Amy Schumer and Michelle Williams will be shown Friday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A woman who struggles with deep feelings of insecurity believes she is a confident and fearless supermodel after waking from an accident. See a trailer here. You do NOT have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you must be 50 or older.

Enjoy an evening of art, music, dance, drama and more when ArtNight Pasadena returns Friday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. when our community's arts and cultural institutions will open their doors for free! Hop on/hop off shuttles at every venue will take you door to door, or you can drive, ride your bike or amble at your own speed. Here's the lineup of venues (websites with information about their ArtNight Pasadena offerings are linked):
* City Hall
* Jackie Robinson Center
* Norton Simon Museum
* Parson's Nose Theater
* Pasadena Conservatory of Music
* Pasadena Museum of History
* Pasadena Symphony at Women's City Club
* Red Hen Press
* A Room to Create
* USC Pacific Asia Museum

The Latino Heritage Parade Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will begin at Los Robles Avenue and Prescott Street and end at Villa Parke Community Center with a festival that will include art exhibits, historical displays, dance demonstrations, live entertainment, car show, children's activities and much more.

Photo credits: Science Sandbox, Polar Quest, The Wilder Trio, Mockingbird Pictures, applejacz91, Madison Children's Museum, Huayi Brothers Pictures, ArtNight Pasadena

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