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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Nov
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2:30 pm Steven D. Harris Jazz History Pr... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Steven D. Harris Jazz History Pr... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Nov 20 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Author and jazz historian Steven D. Harris presents “Centennial in Swing: The 100th Anniversary of Jazz on Record,” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The program covers the first jazz recordings in 1917, progressing to the[...]
3:00 pm Pasadena Readers Book Club at Ce... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Pasadena Readers Book Club at Ce... @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Nov 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Pasadena Readers Book Club meets to discuss “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
7:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm
Ivy Pochoda discusses and signs “Wonder Valley” at 7 p.m.
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21
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9:00 am Reservation Deadline for Pasaden... @ Pasadena Senior Center
Reservation Deadline for Pasaden... @ Pasadena Senior Center
Nov 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday is the reservation deadline for the Nov. 23 Thanksgiving dinner at the Senior Center. Cost is $12, $10 for members. Thanksgiving dinner starts at 11:30 a.m., with a festive meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed[...]
7:00 pm Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm
David Lebovitz discusses and signs “L’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home” at 7 p.m.

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