Published : Friday, October 13, 2017 | 5:47 AM
This fall’s ArtNight Pasadena, the signature cultural event produced by the City of Pasadena’s Cultural Affairs Division and its various partner organizations, will feature lively art, dance, music and other performances in the City’s most prominent arts and cultural institutions on Friday, October 13, from 6 to 10 p.m.
ArtNight is very nearly too much of a good thing. Tonight’s city-wide signature cultural event attracts thousands to an evening of free art and music and dance and performances backed by the power of shuttles to venue-hop to taste a number of experiences.
With 18 venues, ArtNight can be daunting.
With the guidance of Rochelle Branch, Pasadena’s Cultural Affairs Manager, we provide a topical arrangement of the evening’s highlight’s so you can tailor your ArtNight to be the most it can be.
ArtNight Pasadena highlights both heaven and earth with visual art exhibitions: the secret life of “Mars: Astronomy and Culture” is revealed at the ArtCenter College of Design at 1700 Lida Street; Pasadena’s own celestials – the Rose Queen and Her Royal Court – are highlighted in the Pasadena Museum of History’s exhibition at 470 W. Walnut Street; and Cuban political posters can be found at the Pasadena Museum of California Art at 490 E. Union Street.
An exhibit of African masks, “Silent Africa: African Masks from the June Harwood Collection,” is also on display at Pasadena City College at 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
The supernatural emanates from the USC Pacific Asia Museum at 46 N. Robles Avenue, where ghostly figures from the permanent collection are conjured along with spine-tingling tales from Asia by storyteller Barbara Wong.
The Light Bringer Project presents “Ofrendas,” an enchanting evening filled with interactive Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) installations, storytelling, culture, Room 13 art, live music, and art works by Brenda Barrios, at 175 N. Euclid Avenue.
“RIP: On the Art of Mourning” at the Norton Simon Museum at 411 W. Colorado Blvd. examines seldom seen objects from their collection demonstrating how art is created to comfort the living. Parson’s Nose Theatre, a newcomer to ArtNight, returns to the Golden Age of Radio with readings from “The Lone Ranger,” “The Shadow,” and “Flash Gordon.”
Teens can experience music and printmaking at the artworks Teen Center, at 2914 E. Walnut Street, an interactive evening that includes hands-on printmaking and stamping, alongside musical entertainment. artWORKS will feature live music by Eclectic Waves as well as performances by Learning Works and artWORKS students.
The Armory Center for the Arts at 145 N. Raymond Avenue will feature classes for kids and adults with art making, student displays and faculty demonstrations, and art by the Caltech community. Sheu Pettit Duo will present a classical guitar performance at the Center.
Live dance will be featured at A Room to Create, located at 1158 E. Colorado Blvd., where the Pennington Dance Group presents a kinetic evening of dance works, music and dialogues with local dance and performing artists.
Boston Court Performing Art Center at 70 North Mentor Avenue will features its annual visual art show, featuring an installation by David B. Jang as well as rotating music, dance, and theater performances throughout the evening on the topic of the immigrant experience.
The Pasadena Conservatory of Music at 100 N. Hill Avenue will feature live music all night. Visitors can explore the multiple venues on PCM’s campus while enjoying continuous classical, multicultural, and interactive performances.
The Pasadena Playhouse, at 39 S. El Molino Avenue, will give participants a taste of what it’s like to be an actor, by encouraging them to join improvisational acting activities and readings of scenes from plays.
Jackie Robinson Community Center, at 1020 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, will display artwork from Pasadena’s own Alkebu-lan Cultural Center. Visitors will also learn about the history of African American art and the legacy of Pasadena and world icons Jackie and Mack Robinson. JazzZone will provide live music at the venue.
Food: Among LA County’s favorite food trucks, India Jones will be located at the Armory Center for the Arts, Kogi BBQ will be at Pasadena City College, and The Pudding Truck will be at the USC Pacific Asia Museum.
Rice Balls of Fire will also be at the USC Pacific Asia Museum, and Slammin’ Sliders will be at the Pasadena Museum of History.
Visitors can park at any of the venues on ArtNight and shuttle to the others on free shuttles buses provided by the City. Pasadena Transit 10 will run along Colorado Boulevard and Green Street until 8 p.m.
Transport: Metro commuters can take the Gold Line to Memorial Park Station and walk one block to the shuttle at City Hall or the Armory Center for the Arts.
Shuttle Routes: http://www.williamsongallery.net/artnight/map.html
Visitors who are able to show valid TAP cards, Metro employee IDs, or LA County employee IDs at select ArtNight sites can receive some pretty cool give-aways. Metro bus and rail transportation to Pasadena runs until 2 a.m.
Information on all activities and event happening at ArtNight venues is available at www.artnightpasadena.org. For more information about Cultural Affairs Division programs, call (626) 744-7062.