Marc Weingarten, in conversation with Jeff Gordinier, discusses and signs “Thirsty: William Mulholland, California Water and the Real Chinatown” at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, April 25, at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-5320 or visit vromansbookstore.com.
Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair features more than 200 artisans offering one-of-a-kind, handmade craft items for purchase, along with live music, DIY activities for guests, craft demonstrations, a photo booth, yoga classes and various activities for all ages from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Central Park 275 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission is free. Visit jackalopeartfair.com/pasadena.
As part of One Colorado Happy Hour Week, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, live music is by the band Neon West, performing original songs reminiscent of classics from the past but with modern electronic elements, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. Free. Call (626) 564-1066 or visit onecolorado.com.
The Crowell Public Library music discussion series, “Jazz & Swing from A to Z: The Story of America’s Music” led by USC Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies Dr. Thom Mason runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, continuing Wednesdays through May 8, at 1890 Huntington Drive, San Marino. Wednesday’s session is “The Benny Goodman Story.” Free. Call (626) 300-0777 or visit crowellpubliclibrary.org.