The Caltech-Occidental Wind Orchestra performs free concerts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena.; The concerts feature works by John Williams. Dr. Glenn D. Price directs. Featured soloist is flutist Dr. Hye Sung Choe. Call (626) 395-3295 or visit 


The city of Pasadena presents a traditional Dia de los Muertos celebration, as guests view altars honoring the lives of the departed. There will also be dance performances, arts, crafts and food available for purchase, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Villa-Parke Community Center 363 E. Villa St., Pasadena. Free. Call (626) 744-6530 or visit


In anticipation of the Pasadena Playhouse’s new production of the Jean Shepherd story, “A Christmas Story,” opening Nov. 17, a Jean Shepherd radio listening party celebrating the late humorist’s radio career starts at 6 p.m. Friday at Vroman’s Hastings Ranch, 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Free. Call (626) 355-4318
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The Huntington, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, presents “Human Nature: Sonic Botany,” featuring experimental composer, sonic architect and performance artist Guillermo Galindo in a work inspired by the exhibition “Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin,” from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. No reservations required. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit