Actor Gary Busey discusses and signs “Buseyisms: Gary Busey’s Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth” at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Nov. 8 at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-5320 or visit

Ugly lamp

In advance of the Sierra Madre Playhouse production of “A Christmas Story,” guests are invited to bring their ugliest lamps, view entries from last year’s contest, meet cast members from the production and hear snippets of radio programs by Jean Shepherd, creator of the Parker family stories, of which the show is one, starting at 6 p.m. Friday at Vroman’s Hastings Ranch, 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Free. To enter the contest, visit and fill out the form. Refreshments are included. Call (626) 355-4318 for information.

wind songs

The Caltech Wind Orchestra presents “Brass and Bernstein at 100,” featuring music by Bernstein and other selections and starting at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Caltech’s Ramo Auditorium, 1200 E. California Blvd., Pasadena. Free; no tickets required. Call (626) 395-3295 or visit


Youth Baroque orchestra Kontrapunktus performs a concert, “The Bachs,” commemorating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and three of his sons, as well as performing new Baroque music by the group’s Composer-in Residence Mark Moya. It starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 997 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, free and open to the public. Visit