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.
Watercolor demonstration — Friday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m. Verdugo Hills Art Association hosts guest artist Osamu Saito for a demonstration event at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, 4469 Chevy Chase Drive, La Cañada. Originally from Japan, Saito moved to the U.S. to broaden his creativity, skills and technique. This event is open to the public. For more information visit http://www.verdugoarts.com.
Free Holiday Tour Hours of Lanterman House — Thursday, Dec. 30, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 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, now through 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.
"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. 29-31. Pasadena Dance Theatre will perform this holiday classic by composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave. The performances are at 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.
Pasadena Master Chorale hosts Cornell Glee Club — Sunday, Jan. 16, 4 p.m. La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, 2902 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta 91214. The concert will open with a performance by the Pasadena Master Chorale of the "Introit" and "Kyrie" from Mozart's Requiem, K. 626. Soloists will include soprano Lauren Buckley and pianist Renee Gilormini. Jeffrey Bernstein will conduct. The Cornell Glee Club will then present all-male choral music from a variety of cultures, ranging from compositions from the European Renaissance to folk music of the Americas. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $20. For more information about the Pasadena Master Chorale, visit http://www.pasadenamasterchorale.org.
Haydn's "Drum Roll" Symphony — Saturday, Jan. 22, 8 p.m. Performed by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Ignat Solzhenitsyn. 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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