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Friday, October 11, 2019

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events October 12 to 18

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Oct. 12, to Friday, Oct. 18.

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

Some of Southern California's best visual artists will showcase their works in a juried art festival during Pasadena ARTWalk Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Playhouse District. Pasadena ARTWalk also features live entertainment, interactive art, activities for all ages and more.


The San Gabriel Valley Pride Festival Saturday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Central Park will feature a photography exhibition, live music, car show, drag queen performances and more.

The second Sunday of every month is Free Admission Day at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. On Sunday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. learn to bind your own journal and fill it with art and personal memories, take a docent-led tour of galleries and special exhibitions, bring the kids for a special storytime and more.

If you've never been to the elegant headquarters of the Carnegie Observatories on Santa Barbara Street -- and even if you have -- don't miss the annual open house Sunday, Oct. 13, from 2 to 5 p.m. Meet the astronomers, learn about exciting discoveries underway, see a photo exhibition of Carnegie's Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, see a display of historical astronomical images on glass plates, bring the kids to make their own constellations and other fun astro activities, view the sun through a solar telescope, tour the historic Hale Library and learn about more than a century of pioneering achievements by Carnegie scientists, enjoy ice cream, beverages and live music in the beautiful courtyard, get the latest update on the Giant Magellan Telescope and much more.

The Second Sunday Concert with the theme "An Afternoon with The Three Cellists" Sunday, Oct. 13, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library will feature cellists In Hee Na, Wonson Keem and Ashley Kim performing works by composers from Bach to Piazzolla.

"La Scaphandre et la Papillon" (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) (2007, PG-13, French with English subtitles) starring Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner will be shown Monday, Oct, 14, at 1 p.m. in Studio on 4th (fourth floor) at Central LibraryJean-Dominic Bauby, editor-in-chief of French "Elle," suffers a rare stroke to the brain stem that paralyzes every part of his body except his left eye, and somehow finds the strength to journey from this prison, or as he calls it, his "diving bell," with no means of escape. He finds his only solace in the "butterfly" of his seemingly depthless fantasies and memories. He authors an autobiography by moving and blinking his eye for every letter of every word. The film is based on true events. The screening will be followed by an audience discussion. This event is for adults 18 and older. See the trailer here

The BeatBuds will perform children's music with a contemporary sound the whole family will enjoy Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.


Virtuoso saxophonist Andrew Harrison and piano accompanist Jason Lo will perform Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

"An Ideal Husband" (1999, PG-13) starring Rupert Everett and Julianne Moore will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A young Brit provides an Austrian baron with secret Foreign Office information for which he is paid handsomely, and the money becomes the basis of his fortune and his sterling government career. Years later he is blackmailed by a mysterious woman, and his fear of confessing everything to his wife has unexpected consequences. See the trailer here. The film is based on the 1899 play by Oscar Wilde.

Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek will reveal the two selections of the novels for the 2020 One City, One Story community reading celebration Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 1 p.m. in the fountain courtyard at Central Library. Click on the One City, One Story link above to learn about the eight finalists as chosen by a community committee. One novel will be selected for spring and another for summer.

Martin Chalifour, principal concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will perform in a chamber music concert with the Caltech Chamber Ensemble Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in Dabney Hall (Building #40 on this map) at Caltech. The program will include compositions by Beethoven and Brahms, plus Baroque music. Reservations are required: email cdemesa@caltech.edu or call (626) 395-3295. Parking in Caltech lots and structures is free after 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Christopher T. Musician will entertain children and families with his not-so-traditional magical shenanigans Thursday, Oct. 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.

"Easy Rider" (1969, R) starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper will be shown Friday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Two Harley-riding bikers complete a drug deal in Southern California and decide to travel cross-country in search of spiritual truth. Along the way they experience bigotry and hatred from small-town America and meet other travelers seeking alternative lifestyles. See the trailer here. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.

On Friday, Oct. 18, at 3:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center, guest performing artists from MUSE/IQUE will explore how shoes really do make the woman (and the man, too) when they STEP/LIVELY. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older. A limited number of complimentary tickets to the Oct. 20 MUSE/IQUE concert at the Athletic Garage Dance Center in Pasadena will be available to people who attend the Oct. 18 event and register in advance at Welcome Desk.


Photo credits: Playhouse District Association, Andrew Spartari, USC Pacific Asia Museum, Carnegie Observatories, Paddy Shaffer, KTLA, Andrew Harrison, Arts Council of England, City of Pasadena, Martin Chalifour, One Colorado, Pando Company Inc., MUSE/IQUE.

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