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The Pasadena Convention Center and Pasadena Civic Auditorium are home to a wide variety of events throughout the year. Here is a listing of public events scheduled for January 2015:
13 CAMERATA PACIFICA
Camerata Pacifica is a chamber music ensemble comprised of the finest performers of chamber music from around the world. The ensemble is distinctive for artistic excellence, an innovative approach to classical music and a repertoire that ranges from baroque to brand new compositions, from familiar masterworks to those that have yet to become favorites. This performance features Carter’s “Trilogy;” Huang’s “Ruo In Other Words, For Vocalized Violinist and Chamber Ensemble;” Saint- Saëns’ “Fantaisie for Violin and Harp in A Major, Op. 124;” Sheng’s “Hot Pepper,” and Puts’ “And Legions Will Rise.” 8 p.m.; single tickets $45. Pasadena Civic Auditorium Gold Room, 300 E. Green St. For tickets, visit www.cameratapacifica.org.
14 GABRIELLE GIFFORDS AND MARK KELLY, PRESENTED BY THE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES
As individuals, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut and former U.S. Naval combat aviator, Mark Kelly, showed Americans how optimism, an adventurous spirit, and a call to service can help change the world. As a couple, they became a national example of the healing power to be found in deeply shared love and courage. Their arrival in the world spotlight came under the worst of circumstances. On Jan. 8, 2011, Gabby was the victim of an assassination attempt. She was shot in the head, and as the nation grieved and sought understanding, Gabby remained focused on her against-all-odds recovery. Mark spent every possible moment with her, as he also prepared for his mission as the space shuttle Endeavour’s commander. Now, as Gabby’s health continues to improve, they will share their remarkable story. 8 p.m., Admission by subscription only. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St. www.speakersla.com.
16-18 IMATS LA (Sold Out)
The International Make-Up Artist Trade Show is the make-up world’s biggest gathering. Thousands of make-up artists, exhibitors and enthusiasts discuss, display and collect the best the industry has to offer. Make-up pros from fashion and film (including Oscar, BAFTA and Saturn award winners) provide education and demonstrations at IMATS, and new products often debut there. IMATS also features a make-up museum and the Battle of the Brushes student make-up competitions, where international make-up students race to create winning looks. IMATS established the world’s first- ever make-up artist show in Los Angeles in 1997. Event is sold out. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. www.imats.net.
24 EIGHTH ANNUAL BABY AND KIDZ EXPO
The 8th Annual Baby and Kidz Expo is California’s longest running and largest family expo. Family- focused vendors feature childcare, after-school programs, school information, campus the latest merchandise for babies and kids, birthday information, family vacations, music, dance, health and wellness and other family products and services. Activities for children include jumpers, train rides, cupcake decorating, land roller rides, magic shows, diaper derby, toddler derby, face painting, air brush tattoos, balloon twisting, kids bowling and more. Families can also register for the Thomas and Friends wooden railway giveaway and cruise giveaway. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $10, Seniors 65+ and Military $5, Children 12 and younger free. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. www.FamilyFunExpo.com.
25 LA COOKIE CON AND SWEETS SHOW
LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show is a baking, pastry and sweets extravaganza for the whole family, with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the best in baking products and tools. Local and national vendors will offer samples of various pastries, sweets and snacks, and there will be charity baking and cookie eating contests, celebrity chef/author appearances, pastry decorating classes and more. Meet Ron Ben-Israel, star of Food Network’s “Sweet Genius” and one of the most famous cake designers in the world, along with stars of “Masterchef,” “Masterchef Junior,” “Next Food Network Star,” TLC’s “Cake Boss: Next Great Baker” and more. Indulge in hundreds of free samples from the best in sweets, savories and snacks. Visit the Kids Zone with activities such as free face painting by LA Parent and organic edible nail polish by Kidlicks. Take classes in fondant rolling, pastry decorating, gluten-free baking and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., General Admission $21, VIP Admission $50. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. www.lacookiecon.com.
31-2/1 PASADENA ANTIQUARIAN BOOK, PRINT, PHOTO AND PAPER FAIR
Many quality exhibitors will participate in the 15th annual Pasadena Antiquarian Book, Print, Photo and Paper Fair. Exhibitors will display and offer for sale a wide variety of Antiquarian rare and modern 1st edition books, prints, posters, vintage photographs, autographs, fine graphics, maps, manuscripts and many unique pieces of ephemera. The seasoned enthusiast, beginning collector or someone just browsing should not miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience so many fine collections all in one location. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission $8, seniors 62+ $5, children 12 and younger free. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. www.bustamante-shows.com
3 CAMERATA PACIFICA
Camerata Pacifica is a chamber music ensemble comprised of the finest performers of chamber music from around the world. The ensemble is distinctive for artistic excellence, an innovative approach to “classical music and a repertoire that ranges from baroque to brand new compositions, from familiar masterworks to those that have yet to become favorites. This performance features Britten’s “Six Metamorphoses After Ovid, Op. 49;” Hindemith’s “Viola Sonata in F Major, Op. 11, No. 4;” Loeffler’s “Two Rhapsodies for Viola, Oboe, and Piano;” and Schumann’s “Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 47.”
8 p.m.; single tickets $45. Pasadena Civic Auditorium Gold Room, 300 E. Green St. For tickets, visit www.cameratapacifica.org.
7-8 LOS ANGELES POTTERY SHOW
The largest art pottery and tile show In America, the 18″”‘ annual show will delight collectors of art pottery and tile. More than 90 exhibitors from throughout the country will present ceramics from yesterday, today and for tomorrow for sale. This annual event also features appraisals by David Rago of Rago Arts, the foremost authority who frequently appears on the PBS series “Antiques Roadshow.”
Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $12, Children 12 and younger are free. www.LApotteryshow.com
8 PASADENA COMIC AND TOY SHOW
The Pasadena Comic and Toys show is a one-day comic book and toy culture event featuring many comic book and toy vendors along with artists, creators and some celebrity guests. There also will be more than 75 tables of vendors. 9 a.m. (early bird), $10. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $5, 4-5 p.m. free, Children 12 and younger free. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. www.pasadenacomicandtoyshow.com
9 JANE PAULEY, PRESENTED BY THE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES
In 2014, every baby boomer will have reached the milestone age of 50. For most, it’s not an end but the beginning of something new. Jane Pauley, one of America’s most beloved and trusted broadcast journalists for more than 30 years, has been called “America’s baby boomer.” In her presentation, she will offer humor and insight about the journey forward. Her network television career began as co- host of NBC’s “Today Show,” she was founding co-anchor of “Dateline NBC,” and host of “The Jane Pauley Show.” Pauley is currently contributing to NBC’s “Today Show” in a monthly series. Her new best-selling book, “Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life,” features boomers now entering midlife with a different perspective of the future than any generation and the ways they are reinvention their lives.
8 p.m., Admission by subscription only. Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St. www.speakersla.com
17 DECORATIVE ART AUCTION
Auction excitement returns to Pasadena once again, as John Moran Auctioneers presents 500 lots of antiques and fine art consigned from estates and private collections. John Moran Auctioneers, a home-grown, family-owned company in operation since 1969, is a leader in the local and international auction markets, serving clients in Southern California and around the world. At Moran’s monthly sales you’ll discover one-of-a-kind, high-quality items at all price levels, including furniture, silver, porcelain, art glass and pottery, rugs, mid-century modern design, Native American and Asian art, and American and European paintings and sculpture. Collectors, connoisseurs and casual buyers alike are warmly welcomed. Preview noon, auction 3 p.m.; Free. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. www.johnmoran.com
27-3/1 CHRIS WALLER’S HEART OF A CHAMPION INVITATIONAL, PRESENTED BY GYMJAM FOUNDATION
This gymnastics meet will feature individuals and teams competing for trophies, event medals and cash prizes. The USAG Sanctioned Gymnastics Invitational is a premier competition and benefits Camp del Corazon for children with heart disease. The Wallers’ GymJam Academy is home to Olympians, World Champions, National Team members and world-renowned coaches. Chris Waller’s Heart of Champion Invitational serves as an important competition for gymnasts striving to qualify for the U.S. Regional and National Gymnastics Championships. GymJam Foundation is the non-profit arm of the Wallers’ GymJam Academy. A portion of every gymnast’s entry fee and proceeds from on-site fundraisers will be donated to Camp Del Corazon. Friday 4-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Adults $15-$25, Children ages 3-12 $10-$15, Seniors 65+ $10-$15. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St. www.heartofachampionmeet.com