ArtNight begins a weekend of social events in Pasadena

If you’ve been in Pasadena long enough, you remember when ArtNight was one night of art and entertainment. Over the years, various organizations have decided one night isn’t enough. You want to give people Pasadena-envy, invite them over this weekend.

For Pasadena, it’s better than the hoopla over the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl. After all, many locals leave the city during that one-day and night of madness. For ArtNight, people can’t believe that the art museums are free as well as the transportation and music. I usually bump into friends and find time to dance to the music.

ArtNight begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m., but if you’re going to park, go early. I say, park near the Gold Line and head into Old Pas. It’s not only the art museums that are open and participating to it seems like every year there’s more to do and never enough time. Participating organizations include Alliance Française de Pasadena (Blandine Saint-Oyant’s paintings, “Fluid Abstractions”), Armory Center for the Arts (a group exhibition called “Facing the Sublime in Water”), Art Center College of Design (celebrating the art of the book in “PAGES!”), artWORKS Teen Center (with an exhibit of developing young local artists), Kidspace Museum (with JPL created art through physics), the Norton Simon (“Significant Objects: The Spell of Still Live”), One Colorado (Chris Burden’s “Small Skyscraper” installation), Pacific Asia Museum (“Kimono in the 20th Century”), Pasadena Museum of California Art (a retrospective of artist Edgar Payne “LAYER”), Pasadena Museum of History (“The Pacific Electric Railway: Then and Now” and “What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been: 35 Years of the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade”) and Pasadena City College (an exhibit by Brooklyn-based artist Victoria Calabro).

Other participating institutes include ARC Pasadena (Pennington Dance Group performs), Boston Court Performing Arts Center (fifth annual art show of SoCal visual artists), Lineage Performing Arts Center (a dance concert featuring actress Erica Gimpel in a multimedia piece “Celebrating the Beauty of Women”), Pasadena City Hall (Buddy Zapata’s “Junkshop Republic”), Pasadena Public Library (California Poets Festival and Reiyukai America), and Side Street Projects (fall residency projects with May Jong, Kristi Lippire, Chris Oatey, Erin Payne, Yoshie Sakai, Alex Sanchez & Gabie Strong).

Don’t worry about food, there will be plenty of food trucks and they will give 10 percent of their take to ArtNight to help sponsor future events. The featured food trucks include Border Grill, Cairo Cowboy, Cool Haus, Donchow Tacos, komodo, the Might Boba Truck, Paradise Cookies and Nom Nom.

On Saturday, foodies will be in heaven because from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. there’s the Art of Food and the ArtWalk. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., join ArtRhythm. Sunday, there’s ArtPerformance from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Art of Food is South Lake Avenue’s (251 South Lake Ave.) free outdoor food and wine festival. Can’t decide where to eat for that special occasion? Sample out the restaurants on South Lake.

ArtWalk is in the Playhouse District along El Molino at Colorado. Jury-selected visual artists will be showcasing their works: painting, sculpture, watercolor, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, and printmaking. There will also be opportunities to try being an artist yourself or you can just appreciate live entertainment.

ArtRhythm is a concert with musical traditions ranging from Japan to Africa. You can shake your groove thing to samba and salsa in the concert finale at Paseo Colorado.

Sunday, is the Old Pasadena Cultural Dance Festival, ArtPerformance. You can enjoy this in two locations:   Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave. and 35 N. De Lacey Ave. This free festival of multicultural costume, music and movement features dance troupes performing traditional Mexican, Russian, East Indian, Himalayan, and Polynesian dance among others. Enjoy savory ethnic dishes from some of Old Pasadena’s most popular restaurants. The event culminates with a very special performance from the Argentinian folk and indie pop group Salt Petal.

Invite your friends and celebrate Pasadena this weekend.

For more information, or to download the ArtNight brochure, visit ArtNight Pasadena.

For information on the Art of Food or a Taste of South Lake, visit South Lake Business Association’s website.

For information on ArtWalk, visit the Pasadena Playhouse District website.

For information on ArtRhythm, visit the Paseo Colorado website.

For information on ArtPerformance, visit Old Pasadena’s website.

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