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Friday, February 8, 2019

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events February 9 to 15

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Feb. 9, to Friday, Feb. 15.

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

Enjoy a spellbinding afternoon of eclectic, eccentric and exemplary works from poems to true stories to hilarious monologues and more as 15 members of the Independent Writers of Southern California read aloud some of their witty, emotional and thoughtful works Sunday, Feb. 10, beginning at 2 p.m. at Vroman's Bookstore in the Playhouse District. 

The Black History Month Film Showcase Sunday Feb. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Center will feature Mudbound (2017, R) starring Jason Mitchell and Mary J. Blige. During World War II, a black family and a white family are pitted against each other by the ruthless hierarchy of the Jim Crow south yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.

Express yourself by writing and presenting biographical, fictional, fantasy or other works Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center. The Writing Club meets weekly. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.

Children and families will love The Wacko Show, a comedy and magic extravaganza Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. at San Rafael Branch Library.

Classical pianist Michael Sellers will perform Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Same Time, Next Year (2004, PG) starring Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Over the course of 25 years, a man and woman meet for a weekend every year at the same hotel for a romantic interlude, then go back to their respective lives.

Children ages 9 to 12 will create jewelry to give as Valentine's Day gifts Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. at Villa-Parke Branch Library. All materials will be provided. Call (626) 744-6510 to sign up.

Join pianist Bob Lipson and commentator/performer Saul Jacobs Thursday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center for a fun and interactive musical journey that will highlight Harold Arlen, who composed the music for such iconic American songs as Over the Rainbow, Stormy Weather, It's Only a Paper Moon, That Old Black Magic, One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) and many more. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.

When the Hastings Branch Library opened its doors in February 1959, the City of Pasadena's plan to bring library services within a mile of every home within the city limits was complete. Join the celebration of Hastings Branch Library's 60th birthday Thursday, Feb. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. featuring stories, face painting, balloon art, birthday cake and more.

Children ages 5 to 12 will decorate mugs as Valentine's Day gifts Thursday, Feb. 14, at 3:30 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library.

Valentine's Day fun in the courtyard at One Colorado Thursday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. will include a special photo booth where you can be photographed giving your special someone a memorable smooch or polite peck (they'll even provide a pretend significant other if you're single), a strolling accordionist performing romantic tunes and more.

Shooting Architecture is the topic of the next open forum of PasadenaPhotographicArts Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Armory Center for the Arts. UCLA instructor and architecture/interior design photographer Doug Hill will show and tell about the role of architecture in the history of fine art and commercial photography. Be sure to register.

The documentary film Tea with the Dames (2018, NR) will be shown Friday, Feb 15, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Four legends of the British stage and screen -- Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Aileen Atkins and Dame Joan Plowright -- spend a weekend in the country as they reminisce and discuss everything from acting to aging to love. 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 Soul of Ragtime concert series presents The Vignes Rooftop Revival Friday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the courtyard adjacent to Vroman's Bookstore in the Playhouse District. 


The 37th Black History Parade and Festival Saturday, Feb. 16, will begin at 10 a.m. on Fair Oaks Avenue at Figueroa Drive in Altadena, head south on Fair Oaks Avenue and end with a festival at Robinson Park from noon to 4 p.m. The parade will feature bands, equestrians, community leaders and more; the festival will include live entertainment, children's activities and more.

The Black History Festival at Central Library Saturday, Feb. 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will include exhibits, presentations, a documentary film, praise dancers, gospel choirs and more. 

Photo credits: South Pasadena Public Library, Armory Films, Teaching Ideas, The Wacko Show, Michael Sellers, Parent Map, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 123RF, Craft Lightning, Happy Shappy, PasadenaPhotographicArts, Field Day Films, The Vignes Rooftop Revival.

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