Here are free arts and entertainment events scheduled Saturday, Nov. 23, to Friday, Nov. 29.
All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!
The Caltech Glee Club and Chamber Singers will present "Thanksgiving: Celebration of Country, Beauty and Good Life" featuring music from the English Renaissance, Italian Baroque and an array of American folk songs Saturday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium at Baxter Hall (#77 on this map). Parking in Caltech lots and garages is free on weekends.
The Pasadena Doo Dah Parade -- the twisted sister of that other parade -- will feature a memorable cast of eccentrics, pundits, bands and merrymakers, many in or on inventive and zany art cars and floats Sunday, Nov. 24, beginning at 11 a.m. on Colorado Boulevard between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Boulevard. Bring a lawn chair and plan on arriving by about 10 a.m. to claim your spot on the sidewalk. I'll be at the reviewing stand at the southeast corner of Colorado Boulevard and Vinedo Street (in front of Poo-Bah Record Shop and The Colorado Bar), so swing by and say howdy! (Yep, that's me in the photo above.)
"Solas" (Alone) (1999, R, Spanish with English subtitles) starring María Galiana and Carlos Alvarez-Nóvoa will be shown Monday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m. in Studio on 4th (fourth floor) at Central Library. María cannot stand her father's authoritarian ways and moves from the Spanish countryside to the city, becomes pregnant and is joined by her mother. Her recluse neighbor begins to come out of his shell, and these three lost souls try to give each other the strength to start over. The screening will be followed by an audience discussion. This event is for adults 18 and older.
"A Time to Remember" (2003, TV-PG) starring Dana Delany and Doris Roberts will be shown Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A struggling artist who is a single mother and the black sheep of her wealthy family returns home for Thanksgiving and finds her imperious mother is still more concerned about what people will think than what people may be like inside, and it may be impossible to reconcile because her mother is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours!
Photo credits: Caltech, Terry Miller, Maestranza Films, Alpine Medien Productions, Black Orchid Resort.