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Pasadena Art Weekend is Back!

Pasadena Art Weekend 2011Art lovers will be hitting the streets of Pasadena once again this October.  The city is getting ready for its 6th annual FREE Art Weekend taking place on October 14th through 16th.

Each day highlights a special event in diverse locations throughout Pasadena, including South Lake Avenue, the Playhouse District and many more!

ArtNight Pasadena Friday, October 14 * 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

ArtNight kicks off Pasadena ArtWeekend when 15 cultural institutions open their doors free of charge. Free shuttle service is available. Participating organizations for this event include Alliance de Francaise de Pasadena, Armory Center for the Arts, Art Center College of Design, artWORKS at Learning Works!, Kidspace Children’s Museum, Lineage Performing Arts Center, Norton Simon Museum, One Colorado, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Museum of History, Pennington Dance Group, and Side Street Projects.

List of participating venues:

Alliance Française de Pasadena
Kendall Alley, 34 E. Union St.
A night of French immersion, art and music. The French Language School and Cultural Center presents an art exhibition of LILA Pasadena school’s young talented artists.

Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
“Speaking in Tongues: The Art of Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken” brings two seminal and provocative artists into close conversation for the first time. Also on display are solo exhibitions by Jason Lazarus, Curt Lemieux, and Katie Grinnan.

Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida St.
In both the scientific and mythical cosmos, the strange and unexpected arise.  Experience WORLDS, and travel through the art and science of our solar system.

artWORKS Teen Center
2914 E. Walnut St.
Art Center student designs, live R&B, and poetry readings at artWORKS—a new teen center for art, design and media, and a collaboration of Learning Works Charter School, Armory Center for the Arts, Project Connect and Flintridge Center.

Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Journey to undiscovered territories with Kidspace and JPL while learning about the GRAIL Mission from gravity scientist Sami Asmar.  Also, book reading by a PUSD school and space-inspired art activities around the museum.

Lineage Performing Arts Center
89 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Nonstop contemporary dance and guest musicians all evening long. Lineage Dance presents excerpts from new work including a sneak peek of Artistic Director Hilary Thomas’s “Art of Evolution.”

Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Blvd.
In conjunction with Southern California’s Pacific Standard Time, “Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California” and companion exhibition, “The Original Print,” plus centuries of masterpieces on permanent view.

One Colorado
Between Colorado, Union, Fair Oaks and De Lacey in Old Pasadena
Light installation by world-renowned artist Jorge Pardo and a puzzle-building project with One Colorado’s artist-in-residence David Earle.

Pacific Asia Museum
46 N. Los Robles Ave.
“Auspicious Beauty: Korean Folk Paintings” reveals essential values of Korean society in the 18th   and 19th centuries and highlights the patron-artist relationship.

Pasadena Central Library
285 E. Walnut St.
Twist & Stomp the night away as the library celebrates the 1950s through ’80s with a musical kaleidoscope, storytelling, crafts, art, photography, graphic novels and hula hoops.

Pasadena City College
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
“Picturing the Bomb”  Rachel Fermi (granddaughter of physicist Enrico Fermi) and Esther Samra, curators. Photographs from the secret world of the Manhattan Project, with ensemble performance from PCC’s Music Department at Pasadena City College Art Gallery.

Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 E. Union St.
Four new exhibitions, featuring sculptures by Roland Reiss; paintings by Edouard and Luvena Vysekal; an installation by Alex Kritselis; and Juno Project by Dan Goods and JPL.

Pasadena Museum of History
470 W. Walnut St.
A rare glimpse into 1920s-era California from a woman’s perspective in PMH’s new exhibition “Southern California’s Evolving Landscape: The Photography of Helen Lukens Gaut”

Pennington Dance Group at ARC Pasadena
1158 E. Colorado Blvd.
A kinetic evening of mini-modern dance works and dialogues with dance artists, in the PDG’s striking creative home, ARC Pasadena.

Side Street Projects
730 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Artist Lisa Mann’s inflated, whimsical sculpture celebrates hair, culture, and identity in past and present Northwest Pasadena.  Music performance by Daniel Brummel. Refreshments from Whole Foods Arroyo.

Experience ArtNight
• Free Shuttles
Free shuttles will loop throughout the evening with stops at each venue. Park at any one venue and ride to the others..
Pasadena Arts Bus
Pasadena ARTS Route 10 runs along Colorado and Green St. until 8 PM. Find scheduling information at cityofpasadena.net/artsbus.
• Metro Gold Line
Attend ArtNight by taking the Metro Gold Line to Pasadena. Check metro.net for information.
• ArtNight Bicycle Tour
For more information, visit cicle.org.


Art of Food
Saturday, October 15 * 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
251 South Lake Avenue

Art of Food is South Lake Avenue’s free outdoor food and wine festival. Enjoy mouth-watering culinary creations from South Lake’s finest restaurants, raffle prizes, music, and a beer and wine garden.

11:00am – 4:00pm — 251 S. Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA

At the “Taste of South Lake”, guests can enjoy mouth-watering offerings from the restaurants of South Lake Avenue, prizes, a special live cooking demo, a beer and wine garden, showcases from other South Lake Avenue businesses and live music performances by Dustbowl Revival, Jessica Fichot and Orgone.

This FREE outdoor festival will be held at the Corporate Center Pasadena located at 251 S. Lake Avenue, Pasadena and offers:


  • 12:00pm DUSTBOWL REVIVALA rowdy Venice-based roots collective that skillfully mixes New Orleans swing, mountain bluegrass and jug-blues into a lethal Americana cocktail.
  • 1:00pm JESSICA FICHOT – A delicious blend of French chanson, gypsy jazz and international folk – which she performs armed with her accordion, toy piano and multilingual vocals, and backed by her fiery band. “Delightful.” – L.A. Weekly
  • 2:00pm ORGONE – With a rooted sense of funk, soul, afrobeat, deep rhythms and an intimate understanding of dj culture as well as each others’ individual talents, Orgone seamlessly slides through multiple styles and dynamic performances.
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm – Live cooking demo at Williams-Sonoma – Chef Claud Beltran of Noir Food & Wine.


This year’s Taste of South Lake will be held in conjuntion with Pasadena’s Art Weekend.


Saturday, October 15 * 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Playhouse District, along El Molino at Colorado Blvd.

Stroll through the open-air art fair of original works by 25 of Southern California’s best visual artists, selected by jury, showcasing their work in painting, sculpture, watercolor, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, and printmaking. Attend art discussions, participate in hands-on activities, take a self-guided gallery tour, and enjoy live entertainment.

Saturday, October 15 * 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Paseo Colorado

ArtWeekend comes to an exciting crescendo with a night of music under the stars. This inspiring event celebrates world drumming traditions, ranging from Japan to Africa. Shake your groove thing with a samba and salsa concert finale. PaseoColoradoPasadena.com

Sunday, October 16 * 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Old Pasadena Cultural Dance Festival

Two locations:
Lineage Performing Arts Center, 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave. & 35 N. De Lacey Ave.
Experience dance and cuisine from around the world. 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.  See more at Cultural Dance Festival of Pasadena.

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