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Saturday, July 4

89th Americafest Celebration

Rose Bowl

1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA 91103

2:00pm

Join us in celebrating our nation's birthday with the 89th Annual Fourth of July Celebration at America's Stadium.

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Live Motorcycle Stunts by TNT Action Sports
We are celebrating, “The 50th Anniversary of when Elvis Met the Beatles in Los Angeles”
Largest fireworks show in Southern California produced by PyroSpectaculars by Souza
Movie viewing of Despicable Me 2 presented by Universal Pictures

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Tuesday, July 7

Philip Hoffman discusses and signs Why Did Europe Conquer the World?

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

Between 1492 and 1914, Europeans conquered 84 percent of the globe. But why did Europe rise to the top, when for centuries the Chinese, Japanese, Ottomans, and South Asians were far more advanced? Why didn't these powers establish global dominance? In Why Did Europe Conquer the World?, distinguished economic historian Philip Hoffman demonstrates that conventional explanations--such as geography, epidemic disease, and the Industrial Revolution--fail to provide answers. Arguing instead for the pivotal role of economic and political history, Hoffman shows that if variables had been at all different, Europe would not have achieved critical military innovations, and another power could have become master of the world.  In vivid detail, Hoffman sheds light on the two millennia of economic, political, and historical changes that set European states on a distinctive path of development and military rivalry. Compared to their counterparts in China, Japan, South Asia, and the Middle East, European leaders--whether chiefs, lords, kings, emperors, or prime ministers--had radically different incentives, which drove them to make war. These incentives, which Hoffman explores using an economic model of political costs and financial resources, resulted in astonishingly rapid growth in Europe's military sector from the Middle Ages on, and produced an insurmountable lead in gunpowder technology. The consequences determined which states established colonial empires or ran the slave trade, and even which economies were the first to industrialize.  Debunking traditional arguments, Why Did Europe Conquer the World? reveals the startling reasons behind Europe's historic global supremacy. (Princeton University Press)

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Monday, July 13

dineL.A. Restaurant Week (July 13-26)

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12:00pm to 11:00am

dineL.A. Restaurant Week (July 13-26) is a 14-day dining event showcasing Los Angeles as a premier dining destination, highlighting the diversity of culinary experiences L.A. has to offer. Locals and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus from some of L.A.’s best restaurants. dineL.A. menus are subject to change. Start making your reservations today.

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Robert Kurson discusses and signs Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men--John Chatterton and John Mattera--are willing to risk everything to find the "Golden Fleece," the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. At large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the seventeenth century, Bannister should have been immortalized in the lore of the sea--his exploits more notorious than Blackbeard's, more daring than Kidd's. But his story, and his ship, have been lost to time. If Chatterton and Mattera succeed, they will make history--it will be just the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified. Soon, however, they realize that cutting-edge technology and a willingness to lose everything aren't enough to track down Bannister's ship. They must travel the globe in search of historic documents and accounts of the great pirate's exploits, face down dangerous rivals, battle the tides of nations and governments and experts. But it's only when they learn to think and act like pirates--like Bannister--that they become able to go where no pirate hunters have gone before.

Fast-paced and filled with suspense, fascinating characters, history, and adventure, Pirate Hunters is an unputdownable story that goes deep to discover truths and souls long believed lost. (Random House)

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