Rose pruning — Saturday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m. Rose horticulturist Amanda Everett teaches why rose pruning is necessary, what tools to use, the best time to prune and pruning techniques for different types of roses. The class meets in the Rose Garden Pavilion at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. Free with Descanso admission, $8 adults, $6 senior/students and $3 for children 5-12.
Painting Nature — Six-week series, beginning Saturday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m. to noon. Learn the finer points of watercolor painting of the natural world from artist Jay R. Ewing. For beginning and intermediate students. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada. Cost: $120 general, $90 for Descanso Guild members. No walk-ins. Registration is required and can be accomplished by calling (818) 949-7980.
Free Holiday Tour Hours of Lanterman House — Tuesday, Dec. 28 and Thursday, Dec. 30, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Lanterman House museum, 4420 Encinas Drive, La Cañada, will host the community for special tours of its current exhibition, "Our Tournament of Roses," a visual history of the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association. Lanterman House will not be open on Sunday, Jan. 2, but will resume its regular hours (1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternate Sundays) on Tuesday, Jan. 4. For directions and tour information, visit the website at: http://www.lantermanfoundation.org.
Self-guided Gamble House Holiday Tours — Sunday, Jan. 2, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Gamble House, 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena 91103, will adjust its regular schedule of docent-led tours to also offer self-guided tours on Jan. 2. The Gamble House Bookstore will keep regular hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, except for Dec. 26 and Dec. 31. For more information about the self-guided tours or hours of docent-led tours, go online to http://www.gamblehouse.org.
"The World of Gods: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary South Asia" — Through Feb. 12 (except during school break Dec. 18-Jan. 8). Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Pasadena City College Art Gallery, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. The exhibit is curated by art historian Debashish Banerji and features paintings and works on paper depicting the gods and goddesses of Hindu and Buddhism in South Asia. Gallery admission is free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available on campus for $2.
Elephants of Asia — Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed Dec. 25. )The new Elephants of Asia habitat is open at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Griffith Park, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles 90027. Billy, a 25-year-old Asian elephant, is featured in the habitat with Tina and Jewel, two female Asian elephants who arrived from the San Diego Zoo recently. Zoo admission is $14 for adults, $9 for children ages 2-12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information call (323) 644-4200 or visit http://www.lazoo.org.
"Gold and Silver in Korean Art" — Sunday, Jan. 9, 2 p.m. Brown Auditorium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90036. Dr. Choi EungChon, director of Dongguk University Museum and associate professor of art history at Dongguk University in Seoul, Korea, will survey the role of gold and silver throughout the ages while highlighting Buddhist sutra paintings on view in the Korean art gallery. Free with museum admission, which is $15 for adults and $10 for students 18+ with valid ID and seniors 62+. No reservations are required. Call (323) 857-6000 for more information.
"The Nutcracker" — Dec. 24-31. Pasadena Dance Theatre will perform this holiday classic by composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. More than 80 dancers will bring to life Clara's Christmas Eve dream of a dashing Nutcracker Prince, a devious Mouse King and a Sugar Plum Fairy. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave. The performances are at 1 p.m. Dec. 24; 2 p.m. Dec. 26; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29 and Dec. 30; and 1 p.m. on Dec. 31. Ticket prices are from $35 to $75; and $20 for children 12 and younger. For tickets and more information call (626) 683-3459 or visit http://www.pasadenadance.org.
Musica Angelica presents "Bach Songs and Organ Works" — Saturday, Jan. 15, 8 p.m. Guest artists are Ida Aldrian, mezzo-soprano and Dmitry Bondarenko, organ. Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena 91103. Tickets are $39 general admission; $15 students with valid I.D. For more information visit http://www.musicaangelica.org or call (310) 458-4504.
"Haydn's Drum Roll" — Saturday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m. Performed by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Ignat Solzhenitsyn, who will also solo on the piano. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale 91203. Ticket prices are $100, $85, $50 $18. Tickets available online at laco.org, or by calling (213) 622-7001, ext. 215. Tickets, if still available, will be sold at the Alex box office on the night of the concert.
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