Choice events for the week of 06.05–06.12
By John Sollenberger 06/05/2014
Shari Shattuck discusses and signs “Invisible Ellen,” the story of a woman who becomes invisible and quietly observes her neighbors until, confronted with a life-or-death situation, she must become visible to do the right thing, at 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-5320 or visit vromansbookstore.com.
The Castle Green Spring Tour, 99 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, features tours of the historic building, including areas not normally open to the public, music by Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys, no-host bar and refreshments. It runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $40, available at brownpapertickets.com. Call (626) 793-0359 or visit castlegreen.com for information. Proceeds benefit restoration projects of Friends of the Castle.
The Pasadena POPS season opens with “Feinstein’s Favorites,” with music by Harry Warren, Richard Rodgers, Nelson Riddle, Henry Mancini, Alfred Newman and Andre and George Previn at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Guests may bring picnics or purchase food onsite. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Call (626) 793-7172 or visit pasadenasymphony-pops.org.
Cellar Sessions at Old Oak Cellars, 2620-D E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, features a complimentary wine tasting starting at 3 p.m. followed by Americana music from John Zipperer and headliner Ernest Troost at 3:45 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance, available at bit.ly/cellarsessions or $25 at the door. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arboretum’s Summer Nature Camp, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, features nature games, gardening, crafts and art projects for children ages 5 to 10, opens Monday and continues Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 8. Half-day hours are 9 a.m. to noon or 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. ($168 per week, $150 for members). Full days are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ($335 per week, $300 for members). Call (626) 821-4623 or visit arboretum.org.
J.C. Hyke’s Songwriter Serenade features singer-songwriters Alex Culbreth, Dave Bernal, Carol McArthur and Chad Watson from 7 to 9 p.m. at Matt Denny’s Ale House, 145 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. No cover. Visit jchyke.com/songwriter-serenade.html.
Brad Colerick’s Wine & Song concert series features a benefit for Billy Block, Nashville producer and host of “The Billy Block Show,” with Sweet Talk Radio, Debra Davis, Sugar in the Gourd and more, hosted by Ed Tree at 7 p.m. at Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro St., South Pasadena. No cover. Call (626) 441-2443 or visit wineandsong.com.
Crowell Public Library, 1890 Huntington Drive, San Marino, and the San Marino Music Center host a free, straight-ahead jazz concert featuring alto saxophonist/vocalist Amber Navran, guitarist Jason Golday and drummer Victor Carracedo at 7 p.m. Call (626) 300-0777 or visit crowellpubliclibrary.org.