Time flies when you’re working hard and, unbelievably, ArtNight Pasadena (March 14) is almost here. We want to help you know what you can do and see that evening, so we’ve decided to break it down by shuttle route. In case you don’t know, for ArtNight there will be a system of free shuttles that will take you, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., to three or more of the participating locations. This article will concentrate on the venues you could visit when traveling on the East shuttle route, and in the near future we’ll do the same for the West, Central, North, and Northwest shuttle routes.
The East-most stop of the East shuttle route will be the Artworks Teen Center, located at 2914 E. Walnut St., in the corner with N. Sunnyslope Avenue. There you can experience the music of the Daniel Castledine Jazz Quartet, purchase food from the Tacos Titos food truck, enjoy art created by the teens that this organization helps, and participate in free family art-making workshops.
Also on this route is the Shumei Arts Council, located at 2430 E. Colorado Blvd in the corner with Sierra Madre Blvd. Makoto Taiko is a performance group that will delight you with the drumming sound of a traditional Japanese percussion instrument called “taiko.” The group will have shows every hour starting on the fifteenth minute of the hour. After seeing their show you can then stroll through a Japanese painting exhibition by Air Hammoto or perhaps grab a bite from the Border Grill food truck.
Hop back on the shuttle and travel to the Pasadena Playhouse, where you may discover your talents as a playwright while assisting in the first community-written play, as well as participate in an interactive called “The Green Heart.”
Closer to the center of town, get off the shuttle at the USC Pacific Asia Museum, where you can admire the exhibit The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America, in which five artists explore contemporary issues of immigration, border relations and labor practices. The Mandoline Grill food truck, which offers Vietnamese cuisine, will be at this location, as well as the Paradise Cookies and Ice Cream truck.
Just a short walk away from there, the Pasadena Museum of California Art will be waiting for you with an exhibit of paintings and murals entitled Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martinez in California, plus a few other displays. If you are still hungry, the Don Chow Tacos truck will be here, as well as the Palazzolotruck, with all sorts of flavors of artisan gelato and sorbetto.
One more hop on the shuttle will take you to the Light Bringer Project, an art adventure that will be set outdoors by Day One (175 North Euclid Ave), and which will be accompanied by the Slammin’ Sliders food truck. This will require a short walk from the shuttle stop as it will be on the other side of City Hall, which, by the way, for this night is considered the “transportation hub,” where all shuttles will meet and where you can choose to continue on the same route or jump into another. Just don’t forget where you left your car!
Is the East shuttle route the one for you? ArtNight will last four hours but with so much free stuff to see and do, you’ll really need to plan well. Come back in a few days to see what you could enjoy on the other routes. We’re finding out for you!