Things to Do in Pasadena – January/February 2020

Dreams of a Sleeping World
This USC Pacific Asia Museum exhibition features an immersive mural and landscape paintings by artist Oscar Oiwa. Created over a two-week period in December, the mural will be completely hand-drawn by Oiwa, his assistant, and four USC Roski School of Fine Arts MFA students using approximately 120 Sharpie permanent markers. The drawing will be rendered on the interior of a custom white nylon dome that spans nearly 800 square feet. $10, USC Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626-787-2680,

Moonlight Forest
The family-friendly Moonlight Forest offers a fantastical light experience after dark. $20-$28, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626-821-3222,

Starting Anew: Transforming Pasadena, 1890-1930
A historical showcase of images, documents, artwork, furnishings, clothing, and ephemera selected from the museum’s collection. $9, Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena, 626-577-1660,

1.3, 1.5, & 1.22
Behind the Velvet Ropes
Sneak a peek behind the scenes during this exclusive tour of the Gamble House, a National Historic Landmark. $45, Gamble House, 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, 626-793-3334,

All ages are invited to explore over 19,000 square feet of fan-built models, shop with vendors for sets and unique gifts, and let their imaginations run wild in the play area. $5, Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., 626-793-2122,

Discovering Your Story: A Writing Workshop
Whether you have a manuscript in progress or a vague idea, you’re invited to discover the possibilities. $70, Vroman’s Meeting Room, 709 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 120, Pasadena, 626-449-5320,

Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K
Start 2020 with a medal! The course presents a truly unforgettable race experience, as it winds through picturesque Pasadena and passes major landmarks including the Colorado Street Bridge, Old Town Pasadena, and Caltech. Cross the finish line to victory on the field at the world-famous Rose Bowl. $50-$140, Rose Bowl Stadium, 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, 213-542-3000,

Pasadena Comic and Toy Show
This one-day comic book and toy culture event features more than 75 comic book and toy vendors along with artists, creators, celebrity guests, and panels. Starting at $10, Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., 626-793-2122,

Vivaldi Four Seasons
Local violinist Simone Porter returns to bring the cherished concertos to life. $35-$127, Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena, 626-793-7172,

Rediscover our exceptional city through the lens of limitless musical possibility. Join MUSE/IQUE for a multi-dimensional, musical exploration of the revolutionary year that propelled popular music, and the world, into modernity. Small bites and libations will be available for purchase. Location to be announced, 626-539-7085,

1.26 & 2.9
Film Tour and Tea
Take a 90-minute walking tour of the Langham Huntington and its grounds while learning about the many films and television shows that incorporated the location into their productions. Tour ends with a Cream Tea. $60, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626-585-6218,

Chinese New Year Festival
Celebrate as the Year of the Rat begins. Festivities include lion dancers, martial arts, Chinese music and dance, painting and calligraphy demonstrations, children’s activities, and more. Free with admission, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, 626-405-2100,

Antiquarian Book Fair
This three-day event is recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world. $15-$25, Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St.,

The Winter’s Tale
King Leontes, consumed by unwarranted jealous rage, unleashes catastrophic violence upon his loved ones, shattering the royal family and plunging him into deep remorse. But bitter winter’s thaw ushers in a spring of regeneration and miraculous forgiveness in William Shakespeare’s celebrated romance. $25-$59, A Noise Within Theatre, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, 626-356-3100,

Black History Parade and Festival
The annual Pasadena Black History Parade and Festival celebrates the achievements of and recognizes African-Americans in U.S. History. Free, Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626-744-7330,

U.S. Comedy Contest
The 16th annual U.S. Comedy Contest returns as comedians from all over the country battle it out. $20, Ice House Comedy Club, 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena, 626-577-1894,

76th Camellia Festival
Head to this all-ages event, affectionately known as the “Rose Parade of Temple City.” Free, Temple City Park, 9701 Las Tunas Dr., Temple City, 626-285-2171,

The ABBA Show: ABBA Tribute
Direct from the U.K., the ABBA Show is a sensational, authentic, and magical tribute. $19.50-$26.50, The Rose, 245 E. Green St., Pasadena, 888-645-5006,

Paris in the Belle Époque
Enjoy live music and pop-up poems in the galleries, art-making activities, and French-themed food and wine. Free with admission, Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626-449-6840,


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