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Friday, December 14, 2018

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events December 15 to 21

Here are free Pasadena events scheduled Saturday, Dec. 15, to Friday, Dec. 21.

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

The Hollow Trees will perform a family-friendly concert Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library

See the ideas, concepts and projects created by the next generation of artists and designers at Art Center College of Design's exhibition featuring the works of fall 2018 graduates Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center. The grads will be there to chat it up with visitors about their stellar works and their plans for the future.

Holiday activities at Mercantile Place Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. will include face painting, photo opps with some merry elves, Buster Balloon and his festive creations, and more.

The silent science fiction film Woman in the Moon (1929, NR) starring Klaus Pohl and Willy Fritch (directed Fritz Lang) will be shown Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. In hopes of plundering the moon's vast, untapped gold reserves, a cartel of industrialists covertly finances a space mission to the far side of the moon where the astronauts find themselves stranded in a lunar labyrinth where emotions run wild and the new goal simply becomes survival. English subtitles are included on the occasional intertitle screens.

The Pasadena Girls Choir will perform holiday favorites Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.

Looking for a Messiah sing-along? Join hundreds of people Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at Lake Avenue Church where you'll sing George Frederic Handel's iconic, much loved choral work, accompanied by a 35-member orchestra and soloists.

The Pasadena Symphony and Pops presents a holiday-inspired Random Acts of Music Sunday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.

Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas will perform holiday favorites and other tunes Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.

The Screening Mimis Film Discussion Club presents The Red Violin (1998, R) starring Carlo Cecchi and Samuel L. Jackson Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 1:30 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A perfect, red-colored violin inspires everyone who plays it and hears it, makes its way through three centuries, several owners and many countries, and eventually ends up at an auction where it may find a new owner. You don't have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you must be 50 or older.

When "cello" is combined with "celestial," the result is Cellestial, an ensemble of cello students and music teachers. Cellestial will perform music guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. You don't have to be a member to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

Mezzo soprano Suzanna Guzm├ín will perform Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Remember the Night (1940, NR) starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray will be shown Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. At Christmastime, a shoplifter from a troubled background is caught in the act and the judge postpones the case until after the new year, causing her to spend the season in jail with a special furlough for Christmas. After her family rejects her, the prosecutor assigned to the case takes her with him to Christmas at his mother's home before she has to face the music at trial.

Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to create holiday jewelry for themselves or as gifts Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Villa-Parke Branch Library. All materials will be provided. Call (626) 744-6510 to sign up.

The Night They Saved Christmas (1984, NR) starring Jaclyn Smith and Art Carney will be shown Friday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A woman and her three children help Santa save his workshop at the North Pole from being destroyed due by nearby oil drilling. You don't have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend but you do have to be 50 or older.

The Donavan/Muradian Quintet (DMQ) will perform straight-edge jazz to close out the Playhouse District Holiday Concert Series Friday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the courtyard adjacent to Vroman's Book Store. Complimentary coffee will be provided..


Photo credits: The Hollow Trees, Art Center College of Design, Fun for Christmas, Eurekatainment, Pasadena Girls Choir, Scannappeal, Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas, Stanford University, Christian Headlines, FanFaire Foundation, Turner Classic Movies, HeartfeltParty, American Broadcasting Company (ABC), DMQ.

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