Author: Jana J. Monji

Cassini explorer keeps transmitting while burning up in Saturn’s atmosphere

Pasadena takes center stage Friday, Sept. 15, as a nearly 20-year journey to Saturn, the mysterious ringed, gaseous jewel of our solar system, comes to a spectacular, flaming end. The unmanned spacecraft once known as Cassini-Huygens, now simply Cassini, is set to become a fireball early Friday morning as it enters Saturn’s atmosphere, ending a trip that began for many scientists well before the spacecraft’s Oct. 15, 1997 launch. The public can watch Cassini’s final moments live on NASA TV and online, beginning Thursday night. “The mission has been insanely, wildly, beautifully successful,” Curt Niebur, Cassini program scientist at...

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‘Red Shoes’ and Grand Ball lead a lengthy list of local dance events

T he two biggest dance events for Pasadenans simply have to be the New Adventures production of “The Red Shoes” and the annual Victorian Grand Ball. Matthew Bourne’s Olivier Award-winning adaptation of the 1948 Academy Award-winning movie is certain to delight dancers. This version of “The Red Shoes” has a new score arranged by Terry Davies and will be at the Ahmanson Theater Sept. 15 to Oct. 1. Who better than Bourne to look at the dangerous obsession of dancing? Victoria Page lives to dance, but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion....

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Pasadena’s fall theater scene offers something for everyone with tales of life, death, love, politics and science

American and world premieres, racial diversity, old standards, new musicals, comedies, dramas, operas, the Science Guy, a former vice president, a reimagined founding father — there’s something for everyone this fall at local theaters. On Oct. 25, former Vice President Joe Biden will be speaking at the Ambassador Auditorium as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Next up: Bill Nye, TV’s Science Guy, who now heads the Pasadena-based Planetary Society. Nye is scheduled to speak on Nov. 29. Speakers in 2018 include former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, newsman Ted Koppel, author and basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and travel...

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People gear up for a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse

Predicting a solar eclipse won’t win anyone the keys to any kingdoms, as it did in Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” but it will give people time to be prepared. Scientists and astronomers have been making preparations for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse for years, but average folks still have time to observe an event which hasn’t happened since June 8, 1918. On that date, a total solar eclipse swept across the United States from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts. Solar eclipses are either total or annular (a ring of light is visible)....

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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ illustrates the impending environmental disaster posed by global warming

Disappointment in the results of the 2000 election was partially assuaged when Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” screened in 2006. That was more than a decade ago and the former vice president hasn’t stopped his campaign to raise national and international awareness about global warming. Directed by Davis Guggenheim, “An Inconvenient Truth” won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song. “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” is directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk and was originally focused on Gore’s activities up to the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement. When the film premiered at...

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Medicinal Plant Lecture at the H... @ The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
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Alain Touwaide, historian of botany, medicine and medicinal plants discusses related topics reaching back as far as Hippocrates and Cleopatra and into the modern era from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free; no reservations required.
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Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
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Reshma Saujani discusses and signs “Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World” at 7 p.m.
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Tween Writing Workshop at Centra... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
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Elana K. Arnold, author of “The Question of Miracles” and “A Boy Called Bat” discusses stories from her life and how they have informed her fiction, in a workshop for tweens ages 9 to 12,[...]
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An Evening of Wine, Cheese and P... @ Pasadena Senior Center
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