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Friday, October 25, 2019

Looking for Something to Do? Free Pasadena Events October 26 to November 1

Here are events scheduled Saturday, Oct. 26, to Friday, Nov. 1.

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

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead on Big Bang Theory Way (near 93 E. Green St.) in Old Pasadena Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 7 p.m. Enjoy live marimba and mariachi music, craft-making, calavera face painting, a community altar dedicated to loved ones and more.

A classic science fiction double feature will be shown Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. The first feature will be "When Worlds Collide" (1951, G) starring Richard Derr and Barbara Rush. When a new star and planet hurtle toward Earth, a worldwide lottery is held to determine who will be rescued from oblivion and allowed to board a spaceship for a new home. The film is based on the 1932 novel by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer. The second feature will be "The Time Machine" (1960, G) starring Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux. A time traveler invents a machine that transcends the boundaries of time and space, and when he advances several millennia into the future he finds people enslaved to the powers of an underworld. The film is based on the 1895 novel by H.G. Wells.

The family-friendly Fall Festival at Victory Park Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 6 p.m. will feature live entertainment, carnival games, face painting, arts and crafts, tiny tot area, costume contest, scareventure hunt, fitness zone, free raffles and more. Tickets will be sold onsite for pony rides, train rides and big slide, and food will be available for purchase.

The Dia de los Muertes / Day of the Dead celebration in the Playhouse District Saturday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 9 p.m. on El Molino Avenue between Colorado Boulevard and Green Street will include decorative altars by local artists, chalk artists creating masterpieces on sidewalks, giant games, children's activities, live entertainment by Mariachi Hermanos Morales, Ballet Folklorico Quetzal, Chroma Haze, Bob Baker Marionette Theater and much more.

Children 5 to 12 are invited to make their own personalized trick-or-treat bags Saturday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. at San Rafael Branch Library. Bags and decorations will be provided.

Bring your dog(s) to the Growl-O-Ween costume contest and parade for canines and their human companions Sunday, Oct 27, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Dog Bakery on Mills Place. To reserve a free goody bag for your pooch, RSVP here (click on Going) or call (626) 440-0443.

"Roma, Città Aperta" (Rome, Open City) (1945, NR, Italian with English subtitles) starring Anna Magnani and Aldo Fabrizzi will be shown Monday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, the resistance leader evades the Gestapo and their Italian collaborators and finds refuge with a priest while he plans his escape. "Open City," which Martin Scorsese calls "the most precious moment in film history," is considered the founding film of Italian Neorealism and was shot on the devastated streets of Rome just two months after the Nazis had been driven out. The screening will be followed by an audience discussion. This event is for adults 18 and older. See the trailer here.

Zombies will invade La Pintoresca Branch Library Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. when children of all ages and their families will be encouraged to come in their grubbies for the filming of the zombie western "The Good, The Bad and the Zombies." T-shirts and zombie makeup will be provided.

Classical and jazz guitarist Stephen Dick will perform Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon concert series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Two creepy classic films will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 30, beginning at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. First up will be "The Invisible Man" (1933, NR) based on the H.G. Wells novel and starring Claude Rains and Gloria Stewart. A mysterious doctor discovers a serum that makes him invisible and then slowly drives him to terrorize people. Next up will be "The Invisible Man Returns" (1940, NR) starring Cedric Hardwicke and Vincent Price. A man framed for murder uses a serum to become invisible, then sets out to find the real killer.

Children and their families will enjoy an afternoon of spooky stories, creepy crafts and tasty treats Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library. Costumes are encouraged.

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" with the voice talents of Chris Sarandon and Catherine O'Hara will be shown Thursday, Oct. 31, at 3:30 p.m. at Villa-Parke Branch Library. Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King is bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine and longs to spread the joy of Christmas, but his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere. Popcorn will be provided. See the trailer here.

Children, teens and adults are invited for an afternoon of spooktacular Halloween crafts that will bring out the boo in everybody Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" with the voice talents of Chris Sarandon and Catherine O'Hara will be shown Thursday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado. Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King is bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine and longs to spread the joy of Christmas, but his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere. RSVP here, and see the trailer here.

Admission is free to the Norton Simon Museum the first Friday of every month. On Friday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions "By Day & By Night: Paris in the Belle Epoch" and "AIR LAND SEA: A Lithographic Suite by William Crutchfield" and everything else the museum has to offer.

Celebrate the centuries-old Latin American holiday Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead at Villa-Parke Community Center Friday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. with dance performances, arts and crafts, ofrendas (elaborately decorated altars) and more. Food will be available for purchase.

Teens 13 to 18 are invited to a Roaring '20s dinner party and murder mystery Friday, Nov. 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Central Library. They will solve the crime by prowling the stacks, hunting for clues and unveiling the truth, and they might apprehend the culprit before he or she strikes again. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Register here.

Photo credits: Old Pasadena Management District, Paramount Pictures, George Pal Productions, City of Pasadena, Playhouse District Association,, Excelsa Film, Kid 101, Touchstone Pictures, Tostadora, Norton Simon Museum, My Mystery Party.


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