You will see lots of things during ArtNight Pasadena (March 14) if you follow the West shuttle route. This is the longest route in the system of free shuttles that will take you, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., to participating locations. You can read about the East and Central routes in the articles that we published last week; and keep an eye open for an upcoming article on the North and Northwest routes.
Let’s say you’ll be starting on the West side of town. You could begin your ArtNight at this route’s West-most point – the Kidspace Children’s Museum (480 North Arroyo Blvd). Bring the kids along and let them paint on the MobileMuralLab and make some drumming noise.
Afterwards jump on the West shuttle to travel to Side Street Projects (730 N. Fair Oaks Ave.) which will showcase interactive mobile art. Here your family can play with an audio installation that will showcase environmental sonic artifacts of transportation. Skip dinner at home and have it outdoors instead starting here, where The Hungry Nomad food truck will offer you cuisine that fuses American, Mediterranean and European influences.
The shuttle will later stop at City Hall, which for this night will be the “transportation hub,” where all shuttle routes will meet and where you can switch to a different route if you wish. You can stay here for a while, though, listening to the music of Who Can Sleep, a four-member folk music ensemble. Then you can visit the Light Bringer Project, an art adventure that will be set outdoors right behind City Hall at Day One (175 North Euclid Ave) and that will be accompanied by the Slammin’ Sliders food truck, in case you’re still hungry!
A short walk away you’ll find 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.
Nearby you could also enjoy the Pasadena Museum of California Art with an exhibit of paintings and murals entitled Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martinez in California, plus a few other displays. The Don Chow Tacos truck will be here, as well as the Palazzolotruck, with all sorts of flavors of artisan gelato and sorbetto.
Another short walk will take you to the Pasadena Unified School District where an exhibit called “No Boundaries 9” will showcase the artwork of over 400 students from the City. Here you have more than one option – at “Staff Lounge” you can enjoy music sets by a PUSD staff jazz ensemble and a few student performances, and at “Go Public” you can enjoy screenings of documentary short films.
Already in the mood for music, jump on the shuttle to travel to the Plaza of the Civic (300 East Green St.) where the classical orchestra MUSE/IQUE will be waiting to perform for you at 6:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:45 p.m. They promise to incorporate street grooves and tempt you to join their dance party!
After you get your groove on, you’ll be ready to settle down and admire a professional dance performance by the folks at Lineage Performing Arts Center (89 South Fair Oaks Ave). Composer George Ramirez will play solo piano and chamber music to accompany a group of dancers that will amaze you.
Once you’re done there, the shuttle can take to the Pasadena Museum of History at 470 W. Walnut St. where you can celebrate the 100th birthday of The Colorado Street Bridge. There will also be an exhibit about Pasadena’s aviation history (including flying things of all sorts). Nikki Kelly will entertain you with a solo guitar and accordion performance. If all the activity has made you hungry again, The Pie ‘n Burger food truck will be here to help you.
Will four hours of ArtNight Pasadena be enough to see all of this? Well, you can always try! One thing is certain – it stands to be a fun outing!
Photos: MUSE/IQUE in action!
Dena Burroughs photos