MUSICAL ICON SALUTE

Cultural Thursday features pianist Bob Lipson and commentator and performer Saul H. Jacobs discussing and performing works by Cole Porter at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, March 14 at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Free. Call (626) 795-4331 or visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org.   

RISING STAR

A First United Methodist Church Third@First concert, 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, features soprano Liv Redpath, a rising star at the LA Opera, singing art songs of Schubert, Debussy, Rodrigo and Barber, followed by opera arias by Mozart, Verdi and Donizetti, starting at 4 p.m. Saturday. Paul Floyd is piano accompanist. Free. Visit fumcpasadena.org.

TIMELY NOVEL

John Lanchester discusses and signs “The Wall” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, the story of an island nation about to be swamped by rising oceans, and a wall built around it to keep “The Others” out, where they will drown. Call (626) 449-5320 or visit vromansbookstore.com. 

SALUTE TO WOMEN

Historian and author Mindy Johnson discusses “The Women Artists of Disney — A Fusion of Fine Art and Animation,” celebrating Women’s History Month by exploring the creative and technical advances of leading women artists who created Disney’s classic animated films, starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pasadena Public Library’s Central Branch, 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena. Call (626) 744-4066 or visit pasadenapubliclibrary.net.