The English Beat plays ’80s English ska, the music of General Public and songs from Dave Wakeling’s new album, “Here We Go Love” at The Rose, 245 E. Green St., Pasadena. Doors open at 6 p.m. and The English Beat plays at 9 p.m. Tickets are $24 to $38. Call (888) 645-5006 or visit roseconcerts.com.
The Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association’s annual, free Friday night dance series features Classic Rock Night with the band Hollywood and Vinyl, starting with a free dance lesson at 7 p.m. followed by live music from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Paseo Colorado, 300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 799-5689 or visit pasadenaballroomdance.com.
MUSE/IQUE launches its summer music series at the Huntington, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Saturday’s opener, “Limitless/Lenny,” celebrating the work of Leonard Bernstein, features the MUSE/IQUE Orchestra, the Los Angeles Choral Lab, Charles Yang, violinist, and original dance choreographed by Kitty McNamee. It starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $130. Call (626) 539-7085 or visit muse-ique.com.
The Mt. Wilson Observatory, Mt. Wilson Road, La Cañada Flintridge, presents a classical music concert in the telescope dome, featuring the premiere of Bruce Babcock’s composition, “The Watcher in the Sky.” Also included are works by Brahms, Schoenberg and Verklarte Nacht. Two performances of the same program are at 3 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $50. Proceeds benefit the Mt. Wilson Institute. Call (626) 440-9016 or visit mtwilson.edu/concerts.
Cara Black discusses and signs “Murder on the Left Bank” at 7 p.m. at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. The story is about a dying accountant who visits the office of a Paris lawyer, then reveals a notebook full of investment records showing that he has been helping a cadre of cops launder money. It starts at 7 p.m. Call (626) 449-5320 or visit vromansbookstore.com.
Descanso Gardens’ World Rhythms concert features taiko drumming with the On Ensemble from 6 to 7 p.m. at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, included with Descanso admission of $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children 5 to 12, free for those 4 and younger. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.
The annual Americafest at the Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, features a performance by Michael Jackson tribute artist Michael Knight, motorcycle stunts, family activities and one of the top fireworks shows in the area. Parking lots open at noon, with the Family Fun Zone in Area H opening at 2 p.m. Performances start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $100. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com for tickets. Visit rosebowlstadium.com for information.
The Old Pasadena Summer Cinema free film series launches, with a screening of “There’s Something About Mary” (1998), as Ted (Ben Stiller) hires Pat (Matt Dillon) to find his canceled prom date from years earlier, Mary (Cameron Diaz). It starts at 8 p.m. at CTRL Collective, 45 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena (ctrlcollective.com/pasadena). Visit oldpasadena.org.