Here are events scheduled Saturday, Aug. 17, to Friday, Aug. 23.
All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!
One Colorado's Saturday Night Music presents James Supercave performing a combination of psych-rock and pop that creates an artsy, hybridized sound Saturday, Aug. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard.
Enjoy a spellbinding afternoon of eclectic, eccentric and exemplary works, from poems to 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, Aug. 18, beginning at 2 p.m. at Vroman's Bookstore (main store).
The Pasadena Playhouse District's Summer Jazz Concert Series presents the Joe LoPiccolo Trio performing contemporary jazz Sunday, Aug. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the courtyard adjacent to Vroman's Bookstore.
An LA Opera community educator will use a multimedia presentation to take participants down memory lane Monday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center as they learn about Leonard Bernstein, one of the first American-born conductors and composers to receive worldwide fame. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older. (Oh, and it's Bern-stein, not Bern-steen. Makes me crazy when I hear it mispronounced.)
The summer concert series for all ages in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center continues with the Susie Hansen Latin Band performing fiery Latin jazz and salsa that will compel you to dance in the aisles Monday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. Feel free to bring a picnic. All ages are welcome.
The Screening Mimis Film Discussion Group for adults presents "The Damned" (1969, R) starring Dirk Bogarde and Ingrid Thulman Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 1:30 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A wealthy, anti-Nazi industrialist who has done business with the Nazi Party pays a heavy price when some family members are sent to the Dachau concentration camp for execution. 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 guitarist Taro Wayama and violinist David Lee Ruest will perform Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
"Akeelah and the Bee" (2006, PG) starring Keke Palmer and Laurence Fishburne will be shown Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Despite her mother's objections, an 11-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by a visiting English professor, and in turn unites her neighbors who witness her courage and inspiration.
On Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 3:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center, MUSE/IQUE guest performing artists will explore how humanity is at its best when movement and music BAND/TOGETHER. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you have to be 50 or older. The first 16 people who register for this event in advance at the Welcome Desk and attend will receive complimentary tickets for MUSE/IQUE's Aug. 24 BAND/TOGETHER concert featuring American Ballet Theatre and Anderson and Roe at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.
One Colorado's Thursday Night Music presents Joel Simpson performing funk, soul and pop Thursday, Aug. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard.
The documentary film "Buena Vista Social Club" (1999, G) will be shown Friday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. In 1996, renowned guitarist and record producer Ry Cooder coaxed some of the greatest names in the history of 20th century Cuban music, some as old as their 90s, out of retirement to collaborate on what would become a best-selling, Grammy-winning album. The venture revived the performing careers of the musicians, who were forced to stop performing after Fidel Castro became the communist dictator of Cuba. The documentary includes their reactions to the experience of traveling outside of Cuba, interviews with each of the main performers and footage of a resultant sell-out concert at Carnegie Hall. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.
Photo credits: Blurred Culture, Joe LoPiccolo, New York Philharmonic, Susie Hansen, Italnoleggio Cinematografico, Guitar Salon International, Out of the Blue...Entertainment, MUSE/IQUE, Joel Simpson, Road Movies Filmproduktion.