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Friday, April 12, 2019

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events April 13 to 19

Here are events scheduled Saturday, April 13, to Friday, April 19. 

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

The 19th annual Caltech Jazz Festival Saturday, April 13, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Gates Annex Patio (#26 on this map) will feature the Caltech Jazz Band and special guest artists. Feel free to bring blankets and food for picnics on the lawn. Parking is free in Caltech lots and parking structures on weekends.

The second Sunday of every month is Free Admission Day at USC Pacific Asia Museum. On Sunday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. celebrate the Southeast Asian New Year as you make your own ceremonial banner, build a sand pagoda, throw paint-filled balloons at a collaborative mural, make a Myanmar-inspired shadow puppet, take a docent-led tour of the museum's galleries and more.

Tuesday Musicale presents a program of classical music Sunday, April 14, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library featuring trumpeter Trevor Johnson and pianist Hosanna Anjiki performing works by Torelli and Peaslee; tuba player Clayton Dungey playing a horn concerto by Richard Strauss and the Romance for Tuba by Raum; and pianist Shot Homma will perform works by Bach, Schumann and Danielpour.

An LA Opera community educator will guide participants through Manuel Panella's groundbreaking 1916 zarzuela (Spanish opera) "El Gato MontésMonday, April 15, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. The opera was wildly popular in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries, then was produced in English as "The Wild Cat" in New York City in 1921. The opera saw a revival beginning in 1992. 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 Screening Mimis Film Discussion Group presents the documentary "Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood" (2017, NR) featuring Scotty Bowers Tuesday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. The ex-Marine landed in Hollywood just after World War II and became confidante, aide de camp and lover to many of Hollywood's male and female stars, then waited 60 years to spill his secrets. Popcorn will be served. The Screening Mimis Film Discussion Group 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.

Classical and jazz guitarist David Rogers will perform Wednesday, April 17, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"Resurrection" (1980, PG) starring Ellen Burstyn and Sam Shepard will be shown Wednesday, April 17, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A woman briefly enters the afterlife after a car crash that kills her husband, but she survives and finds herself possessing strange powers.

Families are invited to join in the egg hunt extravaganza Thursday, April 18, at 4 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.

The National Geographic documentary film "Free Solo" (2018, PG-13) will be shown Friday, April 19, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Climber Alex Honnold prepares to achieve his lifelong dream of climbing the face of the 3,000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park -- without a rope -- and the result is a triumph of the human spirit.


The annual Egg Bowl at the Rose Bowl Stadium is the largest egg hunt in the region! This year's is scheduled Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. when three egg hunts will feature 80,000 eggs plus plenty of other family-friendly activities. There are nominal fees for food and certain attractions such as rides, but all other activities are free. Children should bring their own baskets.

Photo credits: Freepik, Pacific Asia Museum, Amagico, Universal Pictures, Kid 101, David Rogers, Altimeter Films, Deutsche Grammophon, Itinerant Films


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