Things to do in the San Gabriel Valley / Whittier, August 25-September 25. 1 – San Gabriel Valley Grandstand

America’s Got Talent is filming live shows August 30-31, September 6-7, and September 13-14 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. (Google StreetView)

Here’s a sampling of things to do in the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier areas from August 25 through September 25. 1.

When women write and direct, everyone laughs. Save the date for the 15th “Broad Humor Film Festival”, September 1-4. The 15th annual four-day festival includes screenings of feature and short films, including international shorts, as well as stage readings and seminars. Check the schedule here: Look Cinema, 410 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia. For more information, including ticket prices,

Authors from the Vroman library: Bill Lascher discusses “The Golden Fortress: California’s Border War on Dust Bowl Refugees,” 7 p.m. Aug. 25. Gina Chen talks about her young adult book “Violet Made of Thorns,” 3 p.m. Aug. 27. Local Authors Day: Kimberly Q. Hubenette, DDS, discusses “Grid: Once in a Lifetime You Can Repeat; Tashi Powers discusses “Vastu Astrology: How to Rock the Cosmos; Gayla Turner discusses “Don’t You Dare: Uncovering Lost Love,” 4:00 p.m. August 28. Wil Wheaton presents and signs “Still Just a Geek – An Annotated Memoir”, 7:00 p.m. on August 31. The bookstore is located at 695 E Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena. 626-4495320.

South El Monte Town Concert: Soto Band, 7 p.m. Aug. 25. Game booths and food vendors, 6 p.m. Bring a blanket or low-back lawn chair to sit on. Lawn in front of South El Monte City Hall, 1415 Santa Anita Ave., South El Monte. 626-579-2043. Details:

Peace Pancakes: The La Verne Brothers Church is hosting a “get to know” community with pancakes of peace, from 8 to 10 a.m. on August 27. W church parking lot, 2425 E St., La Verne (next to Peace and Carrot Community Garden). 909-593-1364.

This is not a picnic: Two-day concert with several acts, from noon to 11 p.m., August 27 and 28. LCD Soundsystem headlines August 27; the titles of the Strokes on August 28. See website for schedule. Parking $25 or more (additional fees). Tickets $159 for one day or $299 for two days; $449 for one VIP day or $799 for two VIP days. All tickets have additional costs. Brookside at the Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena.

Pop Pasadena: Michael Cavanaugh performs music by Billy Joel and Elton John and Larry Blank conducts the orchestra, 7:30 p.m. August 27. Tickets $10 or more ( Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Details:

America’s Got Talent: Watch a live broadcast on August 30 and 31 and September 6, 7 and 13 and 14. Minimum age: 8 years old. Free, but a reservation ticket is required. Book a ticket by the hour (two time slots are offered per day). See website for Covid-19 rules. Psadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St.

Pasadena Senior Center – Concerts for all ages: Pasadena Senior Center presents Joyance performs Celtic songs in Irish and Scottish traditions, 5:30 p.m. August 29. Up next: Great American Swing Band, 5:30 p.m. September 5. Bring your own snacks, drinks or picnics. Participants must present proof of vaccination against Covid-19. 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena.

CosmeCon 2022 – Beauty defined by you: A day of beauty, fashion and skincare, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 10. Tickets from $10 to $25. The experience begins with a breakfast for VIP guests and continues with beauty stations from Macy’s Infinite Glow, Salon Success and Sephora. All attendees receive a bag full of goodies and samples. Additionally, Diversity Fashion World and Plaza West Covina present a fashion show celebrating the culture and beauty of different heritages. All proceeds benefit the YWCA of San Gabriel Valley. Plaza West Covina, 112 Plaza Drive, West Covina.

Field of Glory: Azusa Rotary Club invites the community to its opening day for its “Field of Glory” flag display, 6:00 p.m. on September 11. Retired New York Fire Department Lt. Clarence Singleton will speak, as will U.S. Army Capt. Lisa Landeros Levine. Following the ceremony, a dinner is offered at 7:40 p.m. in the courtyard of City Hall (reservations required for dinner; $60; purchase on the website). The flags will be in place until September 17. Azusa City Hall, 213 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa. To sponsor a flag or for more information, email [email protected]

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Golf Classic: The inaugural tournament, 7 a.m. on September 12 (registration registration and breakfast, followed by the shotgun start, 8 a.m.). The event ends inside Rose Bowl Stadium with a chance to throw your final shot on the turf where the Rose Bowl has been played for over 100 years. Plan ahead and save the date; online registration open until September 9th. Brookside Golf Course, 1133 Rosemont Ave., Pasadena.

Sanctuary city: A play by Martyna Majok about a love story between two longtime friends, opens at 8 p.m. on September 14. The show runs at 8 p.m. September 15 and 16; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 17; 8 p.m. from September 20 to 23; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 24; 2 p.m. September 25; dates until October 9. Tickets $40 and up. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. 626-356-7529. Email: [email protected]

65th Duarte Classic Car Exhibition and Urban Picnic: The event includes music, carnival games and rides, food stalls, trucks and vendors, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 24. Free entry to picnic and car show. Classic car owners are invited to enter their originals, hot rods, customs, lowriders, muscle cars and works in progress ($25 auto show entry fee; entry deadline is September 19 ). Royal Oaks Park, 2701 Royal Oaks Drive, Duarte. 626-357-7931. Details:

Welcome to Paradise : The Glendora Woman’s Club presents the “Welcome to Paradise” luau, from 3 to 7 p.m., September 24. $50 tickets include a Hawaiian buffet, Polynesian entertainment, door prizes and raffles. Reservations required. The event will take place at the group pavilion, 424 N. Glndora Ave., Glendora. For more information, call Chris at 909-598-0554.

Current events

Dinos Alive Exhibition – An Immersive Experience: For all ages who like to discover dinosaurs. The experience takes place at different times and dates: from August 25 to 28 and 31; dates through October. Timed tickets are required. Admission $20 or more. 1345 N. Montebello Boulevard, Montebello.

Music in the garden of fluid perfume: Enjoy a performance by a solo musician, 1-3 p.m., Wednesdays, in the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library, Museum of Art, and Botanical Gardens. Musicians can play on a dizi, an erhu or a pipa. The concerts are free with admission (weekday admission: $25; $21 65 and over and students; $13 4-11). 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. 626-405-2100.

Whittier Night Market: Whittier Uptown Association presents an event with art, food, and vendors, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on August 31 and other Wednesdays. Greenleaf Avenue, from Bailey Streets to Wardman Streets. 562-696-2662.

Roulet Williamson’s Alyce Gallery at ArtCenter College of Design: “Cantos of the Sibylline Sisterhood,” an exhibition featuring artists who use fantasy, science fiction, mythology and spirituality to explore identity, runs through October 2. Artists include April Bey, Chitra Ganesh, Lezley Saar, Erica Ryan Stallones, Molly Surazhsky, Mariko Mori, Mai-Thu Perret, Marnie Weber, Saya Woolfalk and the Revolution School. Gallery hours: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday (reservations recommended). The gallery is located at 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. 626-396-2200. Email [email protected] Details:

ArtCenter College of Design and Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography: ArtCenter Exhibitions presents an exhibition, “Redact, Rewrite, Reframe,” with ArtCenter College of Design and the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography. The two concurrent installations feature works by artists and designers using images and materials from news media that focus on global socio-political events of the past two decades. Featured artists: York Chang, Steve Hurd, Simon Johnston, Gloria Kondrup, Paula Scher, Rich Silverstein, Samira Yamin, Jemima Wyman. There are two campuses for this exhibition: Hutto-Patterson Hall, on the South Campus of the ArtCenter College of Design, 870 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena; and Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography, 950 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission is free, but advance reservations are required (hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; until October 2). All visitors must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination (with booster if eligible) upon entry. For more information, email [email protected]

Duarte Historical Museum: Opening hours: from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free/donation. Encanto Park, 777 Encanto Parkway.

Monrovia Historical Museum: Explore the museum, 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Sunday. Guided tours are available. Free entry/donation. The museum is located at 742 E. Lemon Ave., Monrovia.

Norton Simon Museum: New: “Modernism in Miniature”, until January 9th. Current special exhibitions: “Paul Gauguin’s ‘The Swineherd’”, 1888, on loan from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, until November 14. In addition, an online exhibition: “Representing Women: Gender and Portraiture in 17th Century Europe” (see here Opening hours: 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Thursday-Sunday. Admission $15; $12 from 62 and over; free for 18 and under and students with valid ID. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena.

USC Pacific Asia Museum: Current special exhibitions: “Off Kilter – Power and Pathos”, works by Keiko Fukazawa, Sandra Low and Kim-Trang Tran, until September 4. “The Lanterns: Photographs by Elizabeth Gil Lui”, until October 23. the Sunkal Ceramics Gallery and the specific galleries for the art of South and Southeast Asia, China, the Himalayas, the Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea and the Route of the Silk. Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. Admission is by timed purchase in advance, $10; $7 ages 65+ and students with valid ID; free for 17 and under. Also, free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and the second Sunday of the month. 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena.

Send calendar items to Anissa V. Rivera at [email protected] Please send items at least three weeks before the event. Please provide phone, email and/or website for more information.


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