Free films screen at 1 p.m. on select Fridays at Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena. Friday’s film is “A Star Is Born” (2018), 2018 Academy Award-winner for “Best Original Song.” Call (626) 795-4331 or visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org.


The Boston Court Pasadena New Play Reading Festival begins with a discussion of the week’s plays and an inside look at the play development process, starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, and continuing with readings April 13 and 14, closing at 4:30 p.m. April 14. Free, but reservations are recommended. Boston Court is at 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 683-6801 or visit bostoncourtpasadena.org.


The Book Club of California presents author and photographer Tom Zimmerman in an illustrated discussion of his book, “Spectacular Illumination: Neon Los Angeles 1925-1965” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. Free, but visit bccbooks.org to RSVP. 

JAZZ 411

The music discussion series, “Jazz & Swing from A to Z: The Story of America’s Music,” led by USC Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies Dr. Thom Mason, runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday and continues Wednesdays through May 8 at Crowell Public Library, 1890 Huntington Drive, San Marino. Wednesday’s session is “Women Who Play Jazz and Swing.” Free. Call (626) 300-0777 or visit crowellpubliclibrary.org.