Thom Mayne Public Lecture @ Caltech (Cahill Center - Building 17)
Apr 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thom Mayne Public Lecture @ Caltech (Cahill Center - Building 17) | Pasadena | California | United States

Building Science: Multiple Agendas
Thom Mayne, Architect and Design Director, Morphosis

Thom Mayne is one of the world’s leading architects. His honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the AIA Gold Medal (2013). As one of the founders of the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 1972, there has always been a symbiotic relationship between Mayne’s teaching and practice. He is a tenured professor at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design and has held teaching positions around the world, including at Columbia, Yale, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Morphosis designed the Cahill Center, which opened in 2009, to house Caltech’s top-ranked astronomy and astrophysics faculty and graduate students in a building dedicated to their needs. According to the firm’s website, the Cahill Center “is the result of a series of forces that collide to produce unique spaces of discovery…. As one moves through the space, formal fragments coalesce to reconstruct the interactions among light, architectural elements, and bodies as physical traces of the institution’s new ideas.”

Teen Writing Workshop, Pakistani Movie Night at Central Library @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm

Teens who love writing are invited to an informal session to meet other teens, perform writing exercises, bounce ideas around and share their work at 6 p.m. Stories and poems produced during the session will be considered for the library’s Teen Zine. Pakistani Movie Night features a screening of “Gardaab” (2016), a story of an unlikely romance blossoming amidst violence, turf wars and ethnic and class divisions, starting at 6 p.m.

Book Signing at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm

Elizabeth Silver discusses and signs “The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty” at 7 p.m.

Alex Film Society Film Screening @ Alex Theatre
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm

The Alex Film Society presents the classic film “The Big Sleep” (1946), starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 general admission, $12 for seniors and students, $11 for Society members.

Jazz Night @ the Blue Guitar featuring Louie Beltran Band @ The Blue Guitar
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Louie Cruz Beltran is a charismatic entertainer, singer and master percussionist. His musical career was crafted upon the soulful sounds of his ethnic American background and flavored with contemporary R&B, Jazz, and Salsa as well as the Great American Songbook. Early in his career, Louie performed with great artists such as Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Francisco Aguabella, and Jorge Claudio. Recently he has performed with legends Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Poncho Sanchez and many other renowned artists. Louie will be joined by Carlos Vivas on keyboard, Ramon Banda on drums, Andrew Ford on bass, and Justin Janer on sax and flute.

Off My Head – a lasting storytelling experience @ The Coffee Gallery Backstage
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Off My Head - a lasting storytelling experience @ The Coffee Gallery Backstage |  |  |

Off My Head – a lasting storytelling experience
A show of real life, irreverent, funny, and heartfelt stories, told by experienced storytellers, that thrill, tickle and inspire.


Storyteller/ Author – Ty Fance

Storyteller/ Actor- Dan Tirman

Storyteller/ Director- Patricia Willson

Storyteller/ Writer – Vicki Juditz

Storyteller/ Writer – Marcielle Brandler

Ty Fance – performs at The Story Salon, The Altadena Coffee Gallery Backstage Theater, the Hollywood Improv and the Pasadena Ice House Comedy Club. Published book of ten autobiographical short stories entitled – “Off My Head and Over the Fence”.

Dan Tirman – has been telling stories in Los Angeles since 2001; sharing memories of his childhood in Long Island, NY, his formative years as as an actor on the east coast, his work as a college instructor to immigrants learning English, as well as his tales of intermittent show business employment in Hollywood and frequent “run-ins” with some of the late and great stars of yesteryear.

Pat Willson’s mission in life is to expose all her secrets quickly before she no longer remembers them. Pat is a writer, a director and a fanatastic storyteller.

Marcielle Brandler – Award-winning poet, Marcielle is a TV producer/filmmaker, seminar director, public speaker, and college professor. Her books The Breathing House: Imagist Poems, and Fun with Grammar. She appears in 2005-2012 Whos Who in the World. Marcielle’s humanitarian work raising money for many groups goes back to the eighties. Her website is www.marciellepresents.com and EnglishWithMarcielle.wordpress.com.She can be reached at marcielleb@hotmail.com.

Vicki Juditz – has performed stories from coast to coast,
has had her stories featured on the Moth Radio Hour and
KCRW’s UnFictional, and appeared in comic roles on
Everybody Loves Raymond and My Name is Earl.

Assistance League of Pasadena Coffee @ Assistance League of Pasadena
Apr 28 @ 10:30 am

The philanthropic organization hosts a prospective member coffee at 10:30 a.m.

Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Gala @ Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm

In advance of Sunday’s 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, a gala honors the more than 70 craft categories behind the shows that grace the daytime genre. It starts at 2 p.m. Dinner is included. Tickets are $400. Visit the website or email Audiences Unlimited at angela@audiencesunlimited.com for tickets.

Hear Now Festival of New Music @ Throop Unitarian Universalist Church
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm

The concert features new works by Alex Miller, Ian Dicke, Anthony Paul Garcia, Dominique Schafer, Wen Liu and Mu-Xuan Lin, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 general admission, $30 for seniors and $20 for students.

Live Music at Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm

The Center hosts live music by Jerry Paper, Boyo and Popheart, with Deejay Harmony Tividad at 8 p.m. Admission is $8 and $10.

American Fertility Expo @ Pasadena Convention Center
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The Expo provides education and resources for women and men by fertility experts from around the nation, with more than 80 vendor booths and expert seminars. Topics include adoption, in-vitro fertilization, surrogacy, egg freezing and donation, legal issues and information for the LGBT community, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Free ACT Tests at La Pintoresca Library @ Pasadena Public Library, La Pintoresca Branch
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

College-bound students can take a free, practice ACT test from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call to register.

Independent Bookstore Day at Flintridge Books @ Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The store celebrates Independent Bookstore Day, in conjunction with National Poetry Month with activities for all ages, including poetry readings, storytelling with author Laura Knight, visits from therapy dogs and other activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

Book To Art Club – An Unnecessary Woman @ Brand Library & Art Center
Apr 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Book To Art Club - An Unnecessary Woman @ Brand Library & Art Center | Glendale | California | United States

The Book to Art Club combines reading, discussion, and art-making!

Enjoy light refreshments, book discussion, and an art project based on themes from the book An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine. Art supplies will be provided.

Sign-up at Brand Library in-person, by email to info@brandlibrary.org or by phone at 818-548-2051.

Sketching Class at Hill Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Hill Avenue Branch
Apr 29 @ 10:30 am

Guests of all ages are invited to learn traditional sketching techniques while drawing a favorite pet, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Find joy and inspiration at the Altadena Library on Saturday, from 1–4:30 p.m. (break 2:30–3:00) when it hosts one of the largest local poetry readings in our community. This event celebrates the formal launch of the Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2017 published by the Altadena Library. Poets included in this publication are award winners, Pushcart Prize Nominees, Poets Laureate, writing teachers, editors, publishers, professors, and emerging authors. The poets, and the 160 poems in the book are multi-culturally diverse and represent a broad variety of styles: traditional, unrhymed, short, long, humorous, poignant, political, inspirational, experimental, and, “everything in between.” This year’s anthology and event were made possible by a generous donation of the Friends of the Altadena Library.

Caltech Jazz Festival @ Gates Annex Patio
Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Caltech Jazz Festival @ Gates Annex Patio | Pasadena | California | United States

The Caltech Jazz Band will present its 17th Annual Caltech Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm. The event will take place at Gates Annex Patio, on the Caltech campus, just west of Dabney Lounge. It is open to the public and will feature headliner San Gabriel 7 with special guest Dawn Bishop, as well as the Adam Hersh Project, The Nightblooming Jazzmen, and The Caltech Jazz Band, directed by Barb Catlin.

Food and beverages will be available for sale. The audience is welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket, and food and beverages.

Admission is free. No tickets are required, but limited seating is available. For more information, visit bands.caltech.edu or call 626-395-3295.


Cindy De Mesa
(626) 395-3295

Mexican American Baseball Discussion at Allendale Library @ Pasadena Public Library, Allendale Branch
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm

A discussion, “Echoes of a Past Time: Mexican American Baseball in East Los Angeles,” exploring the fact that baseball and softball were political instruments to promote civil, political, gender and cultural rights, empowering Mexican Americans to confront prejudice, starting at 2 p.m.  Richard Santillan professor emeritus of Ethnic and Women’s Studies at Cal Poly Pomona and Tomas Benitez, an advisor to the Latino Baseball History Project and longtime advocate for Chicano arts and culture. Copies of the book “Mexican American Baseball in East Los Angeles,” co-written by Santillan will be available for purchase.

Pasadena Symphony Concert @ Ambassador Auditorium
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Symphony concludes its season with works by Beethoven, Vaughn Williams and Holst, at 2 and 8 p.m. Featured performers are Summer Hassan, soprano, Tracy Van Fleet, mezzo-soprano, Arnold Livingston Geis, tenor and Steve Pence, bass. Also included are performances by the Donald Brinegar Singers, the JPL Chorus and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. Tickets are $35 and up.

Graphic Design for Kids at Central Library @ Pasadena Public Library Central Branch
Apr 29 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Kids in grades 5 to 8 can learn about graphic design while exploring its fundamentals through exciting, computer-oriented activities and hands-on crafts from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call to sign up.