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The “Original” Classic International Gem And Jewelry Show

September 19-21

The “Original” Classic International Gem and Jewelry Show, Inc., is THE Showplace-Marketplace for fine jewelry, loose gems, gold, silver, watches, rings, necklaces, earrings and the hottest trending fashion accessories. The “Original” Classic International Gem and Jewelry Show is the first jewelry industry trade show that opened its doors to the public. With more than 100 shows annually in major cities across the country, it has stood the test of time and continues to grow new customers. Buy directly from diverse award-winning designers from around the world – all under one roof. Choose from a magnificent high-quality selection that offers deep discounts. There is truly something for everyone. Customers can meet exhibitors that provide an exciting and ever-changing selection of jewelry. Our jewelers represent quality, craftsmanship, industry knowledge and trust. Time in business is important to consider when choosing a jeweler and we are proud to say that some of our exhibitors have been with us for more than 30 years. All of this combined has made our shows the showplace-marketplace world of gems and jewelry.

Friday noon-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-6 pm., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission $8, children ages 9 and younger free. Purchase discounted tickets in advance online or print a “Get Your Coupon” for a $2 admission discount. Active-duty military and veterans with current military identification receive free admission (offer includes immediate family).

Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St.

Ode To The Motherland

September 20

The grand melodrama “Ode to the Motherland” brings you back to the classical memories. The grand free-screenings-change melodrama “Ode to the Motherland” is the patriotic work created by Shanghai playwright Qu Xinhua. The ode depicts the memories of Wang Xin, the composer of lyrics and music of “Ode to the Motherland,” and his wife Wang Huifeng to present the process of creation and its influence on all of Chinese people around the world. The story states the difference between the old and new societies of China and the symbolism of the contrast, which intertwine various emotions and compound a classical song, combining history and today. This drama is full of details and vivid dialogues and uses the combination of sounds, lights and eclectics.

2 and 8 p.m.; Admission $33-$183

Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St.

Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787, via or at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Box Office on Fridays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

John Moran Decorative Art Auction

September 23

John Moran Auctioneers is a family-owned and operated company, and a personalized approach is our trademark. Since our founding in 1969, we have had the privilege of offering quality art and antiques from estates and private collections to buyers around the globe. Commitments to honesty, client care, and professionalism have always been the bedrock of our operating philosophy. Whether you are an old friend and loyal client, or a new consignor or bidder considering working with us for the first time, we invite you to learn how our services can work for you.

Preview noon, auction 3 p.m.; Free

Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St.

The Eighth Annual Los Angeles Chocolate Salon

September 27

Chocolate lovers, en garde. The original and premier artisan chocolate event in Southern California returns for the 8th Annual LA Chocolate Salon on Sept. 27. Chocolate aficionados, fanatics, lovers and addicts can taste and experience the finest in artisan, gourmet and premium chocolate in one of the world’s great culinary metropolitan areas. Featuring a delicious selection chosen and curated by the organizers. Salon highlights include chocolate tasting, chef and author talks, wine tasting and ongoing interviews by TasteTV’s Chocolate Television program. Salon entry includes all chocolate and confection tastings and more.

11 a.m.-5 p.m., $20 advance tickets, $30 at the door

Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St.

Bride World Expo

September 28

Don’t miss L.A. County’s largest wedding planning expo, Bride World Expo. Shop and compare 135 local event designers, cake bakers, entertainers, musicians, difficult-to-find products, dramatic floral décor and award-winning photography. Register online for discount admission to save time and money. Runway fashion shows are presented at noon and 2 p.m. A complimentary planning seminar (Wedding Planning Pitfalls) for newly engaged couples will be at 1 p.m. Online resources include driving directions, participating wedding vendors, expo activities, event floor plan and convenient advance registration. Bring your fiancé, family and friends to see everything wedding at Bride World Expo.

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Adults $12, Seniors 65 and older $10, children 12 and younger free

Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St.

The National Singer Project

September 28

The National Singer Project is an Armenian singing competition series produced by SHANT Television, an Armenian commercial broadcast television network. The project gives the opportunity to young artists to compete against each other performing Armenian ballads from the 18th and 19th centuries. The genre has historic roots extending to the early years of the 18th century music composed and performed by Sayat Nova, an Armenian poet, musician and “ashough” (balladeer, troubadour). The lyrics describe emotions such as love and loss. Also, Armenian classical instruments are used heavily. The finalists of the National Singer Project will preform live at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, bringing the folk music to the Armenian American audience.

7 p.m.; Admission $35-$100

Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St.

Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787, via or at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Box Office on Fridays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Contemporary Crafts Market

October 31-November 2

The Contemporary Crafts Market proves holiday dreams do come true. Including this one: forget malls, traffic jams, mass produced products or snow! At this Winter wonderland, meet the accomplished artists who create unique gifts of functional art. Shop for objects of beauty you won’t find anywhere else at prices everyone can afford. There is a story behind everything you see. This is a juried show which means the work is of the highest quality. Artisans, from California and The West, set the stage for the very best of American craftsmanship.

The Contemporary Crafts Market is a priceless part of the big picture. Nearing its 30th year, it is one of the longest running craft shows in Southern California: a timeless tradition and an All-American success story in the competitive world of art.

Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults $8

Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St.