Here are arts and cultural events scheduled Saturday, Feb. 8, to Friday, Feb. 14.
All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!
The opening reception for the exhibition "John Ziqiang Wu: Art Making" is Saturday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Armory Center for the Arts. The exhibit will be in place through March 29.
The second Sunday of every month is Free Admission Day at USC Pacific Asia Museum. On Sunday, Feb. 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. enjoy a relaxing afternoon of mindfulness as you create meditative drawings inspired by the special immersive exhibition "Oscar Oiwa: Dreams of a Sleeping World," participate in a family-friendly meditation in the galleries and listen to stories about finding inner peace.
Art Center College of Design's annual Spring Open House Sunday, Feb. 9, from noon to 5 p.m. will feature works of current students in the fields of entertainment design, film, photography, product design, industrial design, transportation design and more at the Hillside Campus; and the fields of fine art, advertising, graphic design, illustration and more at the South Campus.
The Black History Month Film Showcase Sunday, Feb. 9, beginning at 2 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Center will include the 2016 award-winning short film "90 Days" starring Teyonah Parris and Nic Few. A couple makes a life-altering decision after 90 days of dating. See the trailer here.
Tuesday Musicale presents the Second Sunday Concert Sunday, Feb. 9, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library featuring the Caltech Clarinet Choir and Caltech Slide Rule Trombones performing the world premieres of works written for their groups.
Jazz guitarist Riner Scivally and an ensemble will perform Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. for the popular Music at Noon recital series at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
"Jenny's Wedding" (2015, PG-13) starring Katherine Heigl and Tom Wilkinson will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Jenny Farrell has led an openly gay life, unbeknownst to her conventional family, so when she decides to marry the woman they thought was just her roommate, the small, safe world inhabited by Jenny's family changes forever. See the trailer here.
The Great American Songwriters series continues Thursday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. Join pianist Bob Lipson and commentator/singer Don Snyder for a fun and interactive journey through the life of Cole Porter, whose many hits include "Night & Day," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "Don't Fence Me In" and more. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend, but you do have to be 50 or older.
Children and families are invited to get crafty for Valentine's Day. All materials will be provided.
- Make an adorable heart-shaped animal card for someone special Thursday Feb. 13, at 3:30 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch Library.
- Create a bracelet as a Valentine's Day gift for a friend or loved one Thursday, Feb. 13, at 3:30 p.m. at San Rafael Branch Library. Spell out their name or make matching friendship bracelets.
- Celebrate Valentine's Day by making crafts and valentines for the special people in your life Thursday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.
- Solve Valentine's Day word puzzles Friday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. at Villa-Parke Branch Library.
- Make a valentine to give to some special Friday, Feb. 14, at 3:30 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library.
The documentary film "Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice" (2019, PG-13) will be shown Friday, Feb. 14, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. At the height of unprecedented success, Linda Ronstadt turned away from rock and roll to explore other genres and eventually was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, which silenced her magnificent singing voice but has not stopped her from telling her own story in her own words. 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.
SAVE THE DATE!
The 38th annual Black History Parade and Festival is Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The parade, with more than 80 entries, will begin at 10 a.m. at North Fair Oaks Avenue and Figueroa Street in Altadena, travel south on Fair Oaks and end at Robinson Park in Pasadena where there will be live entertainment, fun activities for all ages, food available for purchase, and much more from noon to 4 p.m.
Photo credits: John Ziqiang Wu, USC Pacific Asia Museum, Art Center College of Design, iN-Hale Entertainment, Aqus Cafe, MM Productions, PBS, WebStockReview, CNN Films