The garden will be transformed into a unique open-air gallery when fourteen renowned artists with the Pasadena Society of Artists show and sell their paintings, photographs, ceramics, sculptures and prints for prices ranging from $5 to $500. Free with admission to Open Day Last Sunday. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the Programs and Reservations page on the website.
The California Philharmonic begins its summer concert series with “Wagner at the Movies,” featuring works by the composer featured in various films, including “Die Meistersinger” from “Conan the Barbarian, “The Flying Dutchman” from “The Lion in Winter” and “Thor 2: the Dark World” from “Titanic.” The Cal Phil Chorale joins the orchestra in the performance. A pre-concert talk by Maestro Victor Vener starts at 1 p.m., followed by the concert at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $112.
A guided tour visits works reflecting atmospheric conditions from 1 to 2 p.m. included with museum admission of $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, free for members, students and guests 18 and younger.
Local Author Day features Judy Watson, author of “Wings and Other Recollections of Hollywood,” Terry Egan, M.D., author of “Prayer for Compassion: My Journey through Compassion Fatigue” and Brooke Anderson, author of “Hello Goodbye, We Meet Again” discussing and signing their books at 4 p.m.
Jazz Vespers features John Clayton and Eric Reed performing “Negro Spirituals Dialogue” at 5 p.m.
At 7 p.m., Bill Owen of the JPL discusses the total eclipse of the sun that will occur on Aug. 21, the first one visible in the continental United States in almost 40 years. The eclipse will only be visible on a narrow track across the country from Oregon to South Carolina.
The Santa Catalina Anime Club invites teens to view the latest anime at 4 p.m.
The Tween Book Club for kids age 9 to 12 meets to read great books and make new friends at 4:30 p.m. Call to sign up.
David Sedaris discusses and signs “Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977—2002) at 6 p.m.
Dr. Dawn Hills presents an interactive discussion program on ways regular exercise can boost the immune system for breast cancer survivors and help reduce the risk of recurrence, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free, but call for reservations.
Free films screen at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Wednesday’s film is “Living Proof” (2008).
The Pasadena Group of the Sierra Club hosts an easy, three-mile hike in the Arroyo Seco. Guests meet at 6:45 p.m. at the trailhead next to San Pasqual stables. Free.
Don Winslow discusses and signs “The Force” at 7 p.m.
These two talented young singer-songwriters have likely never met, although they both grew up in Pennsylvania. Amy Sue Berlin is now based in Austin, TX and Mary Scholz has relocated to Los Angeles. They are both writing wonderful, heartfelt songs and racking up the troubadour miles delighting audiences around the country. It will be good to see there paths intersect at Wine & Song. Amy Sue will be joined by Kendra Kinsey on Ukulele and harmony vocals. Mary Scholz will be joined by Zachary Ross on electric guitar.
Showtime is 7pm. $15 table seating, $10 general admission. Arroyo Seco Grill has food, wine, and full bar. Or bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Pitch ‘n putt golf happens at 5pm for anyone interested. Always a good time and takes about 75 action-packed minutes.
The Pasadena Fire Department presents a program on disaster preparedness at 10 a.m.
Tweens are invited to create something cute, using conductive thread, batteries and lights at 4:30 p.m., with all supplies provided. Guests of all ages are invited to design their own “Moana” photo and enjoy a screening of the film from 5 to 7 p.m.
The annual Music on the Main jazz series features Kathleen Grace from 6 to 7:30 p.m., included with Descanso admission of $9 general, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children 5 to 12, free for those younger than 5.
The Alzheimer’s Association presents a program on the 10 signs of the disease, starting with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the presentation at 7 p.m.
Visit the Mission Playhouse June 29th at 6:30pm to enjoy the first of three talented and entertaining ensembles who bring Jazz Nights to the Playhouse from June through August!
The series begins with The Kelly Che Band who bring a “unique jazz sound shaped through a diverse cross section perspective of world music traditions” (lacountyarts.org). Their eclectic sound reflects influences from Cole Porter to the Beatles; from Brazilian melodies to Korean folk. Kelly is a classically trained singer and musician and former local radio DJ from Seoul, South Korea.
Joining Kelly for this performance are notable LA jazz musicians Joe Rotondi (Piano), Edward Resto (Bass), Ramon Stagnaro (Guitar), and Walter Rodriguez (Drums). Joe Rotondi has toured with Linda Ronstadt, Vikki Carr, and Herb Albert. He can be heard on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. Edward Resto has toured, shared the stage, and recorded for artists including Paul Simon, Tito Puente, Dizzy Guillespie, Carlos Santana, Celia Cruz, and Shakira. Guitarist Ramon Stagnaro has recorded for Celine Dion, Diana Ross, Ricky Martin, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, and many others. Walter Rodriguez, a protégé of percussionist Alex Acuña, plays a variety of world music percussion instruments including congas, timbales, and tabla.
Jazz Nights continue with Louie Cruz Beltran and his Jazz Ensemble on July 20th and The Dale Fielder Quartet featuring Dale Fielder on sax with Jane Getz on piano and guest vocalist Rita Edmond on August 10th. All free concerts begin at 6:30pm. Jazz Nights are a part of San Gabriel’s Summer Nights series and the Mission Playhouse Community Engagement program, Engage! Learn more about the performances by calling (626) 308-2865 or visiting missionplayhouse.org.
Levitt Pavilion’s summer concert season launches with a children’s performance by the Bob Baker Marionettes at 7 p.m.