Here are events scheduled Saturday, July 13, to Friday, July 19.
All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!
Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "The Lego Movie" (2014, PG) with the voice talents of Will Arnett and Morgan Freeman Saturday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Central Park. An ordinary Lego construction worker joins a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stoppage. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and an alcohol-free picnic.
Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "Monsters Inc." (2001, G) with the voice talents of John Goodman and Bill Crystal Saturday, July 13, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. Blue-furred behemoth James P. "Sully" Sullivan and his one-eyed assistant Mike Wazowski work for Monsters Inc. where energy for the city of Monstropolis is fueled by the screams of human children who have been spooked by monsters that hide under their beds and in their closets. But when Sully and Mike are followed from the human world by a little girl named Boo, they are exiled to her universe where they discover that the Abominable Snowman is a fellow refugee. Seating is limited, so arrive early to secure your seat. Free popcorn from iPic Theaters will be available while supplies last.
Admission is free to the Pacific Asia Museum the second Sunday of every month. On Sunday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. enjoy the current exhibition "Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited," all of the galleries and everything else the museum has to offer. This will be the final day of the Modern Kabuki Prints exhibition -- with 77 prints by Tsuruya Kōkei, widely celebrated as one of Japan's leading contemporary artists -- so don't miss it!
"It's Showtime at Your Library!" is the theme of this year's summer reading program for children, teens and adults through Aug. 3. Register here. In addition to reading, there are plenty of events and activities at all branches. Here are events scheduled July 13 to 19:
- Teens are invited to create mini-dioramas Monday, July 15, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Studio on 4th (fourth floor) at Central Library. All materials will be provided.
- Children, teens and adults are welcome at the fun-filled comedy juggling show featuring David Cousin Wednesday, July 17, at 4 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.
- Children and families will love Arty Loon's variety show with magic, juggling and silly fun Thursday, July 18, at 3 p.m. at Lamanda Park Branch Library.
The Playhouse District Association's Summer Jazz Concert Series presents the Lorenzo Grassi Trio performing Latin jazz Sunday, July 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard adjacent to Vroman's Book Store.
"The Mighty Macs" (2009, G) starring Carla Gugino and Marley Shelton will be shown Wednesday, July 17, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. In the early '70s, Cathy Rush becomes the head basketball coach at Immaculata University, a tiny, all-female Roman Catholic college in Pennsylvania, and in spite of no gym, no uniforms and the possibility of the college closing, leads the team to their first national championship. The film is based on true events.
Master guqin player Jiazhen Zhao, China's official bearer of guqin music and culture, will perform Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. at the Pacific Asia Museum. One of China's most ancient instruments and the favored instrument of Confucious, the guqin (pronounced you-kin) is a seven-string instrument similar to a zither. While the event is free, reservations are required.
"Chicago" (2002, PG-13" starring Richard Gere and Renée Zellweger will be shown Friday, July 19, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Two murderers, one a small-time chorus girl and the other a major Vaudeville star, vie for the fame inside the Cook County Jail that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago with the help of a hotshot attorney and a scheming prison matron. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.
Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" (2019, PG) with the voice talents of Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Victory Park. In the final chapter of the "How to Train Your Dragon" saga, Hiccup struggles to take his place as leader of Berk, now a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia, but when the ruthless dragon hunter Grimmel arrives determined to kill Toothless and as many other dragons as he can, Hiccup and Toothless must leave Berk and journey to the Hidden World thought only to exist in myth to save dragonkind. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and an alcohol-free picnic. Come as early as 6:30 p.m. for DJ music, children's activities and free ice cream from Paradis while supplies last.
Old Pasadena Summer Cinema presents "Enchanted" (2007, PG) starring Amy Adams and Susan Sarandon Friday, July 19, at 8:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. A classic Disney fairy tale collides with modern-day New York City when a princess from the past is thrust into current times in The Big Apple by an evil queen. Seating is limited, so arrive early to secure your spot. Free popcorn will be provided by iPic Theaters while supplies last.
Photo Credits: City of Stockbridge, Warner Bros., City of Pasadena, Christian Araya, Quaker Media, Doovi, DreamWorks Animation, Miramax, Walt Disney Pictures.