Pasadena Sunday

Pasadena is one of SoCal's most historic cities, and many of its legendary Craftsman homes are furnished with century-old mirrors and gorgeous rugs. That's why we have a special fondness for the most famous flea in a city known for top-notch antique shopping. And as the Rose Bowl Flea Market only happens 12 times a year, it's best to make it if you can, and make it early -- like, up-with-the-sun early -- if possible. That's when the rarest stuff gets snapped up. And with some 2,500 vendors, that's a whole lotta lookie-looing to get done. Sunday, November 9. Opens 7AM (but a VIP preview starts at 5AM; check the web site). Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena

Every time we see the scary-talented Tori Amos or Ben Folds thumping away at the piano we vow to take up lessons again ("Deck the Halls," our lone crowd pleaser, just isn't cutting it any longer). The mondo sale of pianos at the Pasadena Convention Center could be just the catalyst we need. I mean, if we actually just went out and bought an instrument, then we'd have to practice instead of merely yapping about it, right? Public days: November 8 and 9, Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena. 818-954-8500

Think hard, make a wish, jot it down, tie it to a crape myrtle tree, depart with hope in your heart. Sunday is the final day of the Wish Trees of Pasadena art installation created by Yoko Ono. The 80,000+ wishes will be removed from the branches in the afternoon and sent to the artist for inclusion in the Imagine Peach Tower on Videy Island in Iceland. What will you put on that little piece of paper? Courtyard of One Colorado, 24 East Union Street, Pasadena. 626-564-1066

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