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A License Plate for the Arts

A License Plate for the Arts

The drive: sell one million ARTSPL8 license plates. The goal: to generate $40 million every year for “arts education and local arts programs for children, schools, and communities—in every county across the entire state” of California. The program: “Create a State: the Million Plates Drive.” This is the marketing campaign “conceived, designed, and produced” by [...]

Sustainable Gardening—at Home

Sustainable Gardening—at Home

This Saturday, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Huntington’s “urban agriculture site” and walk away with some brand new ideas about how to create a sustainable garden of your own. If you get a wee bit weary and have to lay down on the lawn under a weeping willow, you might as well doze and [...]

Engaging Shakespeare

Engaging Shakespeare

Shakespeare and summer camp—surely they are ill-suited, and never the two shall meet. Just imagine Shakespeare canoeing, flying off the rope swing, sleeping in the top bunk, and sneaking out after lights out. (Well, okay, maybe we can see that.) According to Rafael Goldstein, summer camp and Shakespeare are a perfect fit. At the age [...]

5 Museums—All Free This Sunday

5 Museums—All Free This Sunday

They’re dubbed “Museums of the Arroyo.” In actuality, they are the Gamble House, Heritage Square, the Lummis Home & Garden, the Pasadena Museum of History, and the Los Angeles Police Museum. And they are all open this Sunday—free of charge. These museums are located off the 210 and 110 freeways and several of them—Gamble House [...]

Art As Catharsis Creates Exceptional Works

Art As Catharsis Creates Exceptional Works

Exploration through art can reveal details about ourselves, illustrate emotional journeys, produce provocative thoughts, and instigate powerful experiences. Expressing Feelings Through Art (EFTA) is an arts and literacy program for high school students in Los Angeles County. “Students are challenged to create works of art that tell stories that hold personal meaning for them. Topics [...]

M.A.D. for Mom

M.A.D. for Mom

No, no, we’re not mad at Mom. Heaven’s no. M.A.D. stands for Member Appreciation Days at Southland Museums. This weekend—which for this event includes Friday—a Pasadena Museum of History membership allows free admission to 20 Southern California institutions such as our own Pacific Asia Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art,spreading wide to include [...]

Free Theatre Ticket for H.S. Students

Free Theatre Ticket for H.S. Students

The Theatre @ Boston Court is looking for high school students excited about theater. The guidelines are simple: “Any unsold seat will be made available free of charge 5 minutes prior to the performance to any high school student who presents a current student ID.” Cool, huh? The production in question is The Children, by [...]

Literature & History – A Walking Play

Literature & History – A Walking Play

It’s an interesting idea: “original stage adaptations of literature that reflect history.” Unbound Productions in collaboration with the Pasadena Museum of History present History Lit, three short plays that the audiences experience as they are led through Fenyes Mansion, Curtin House and the Estate Gardens. You walk and you watch a play—now that’s intriguing. The [...]

Comic Books For Free!

Comic Books For Free!

For comic book lovers, this Saturday, May 5th, the Pasadena Central Library is the place to be. Every year on the first Saturday in May, libraries and comic book stores across the nation give away free comic books. Why? Because this weekend almost always sees the movie industry release a film based on comic book [...]

Grow! At the L.A. Arboretum

Grow! At the L.A. Arboretum

Need guidance, experience, someone in the know? Looking for inspiration? Wanting to delve into the unique and unusual? The L.A. Arboretum is putting on Grow! A Garden Festival this Friday-Sunday, May 4-6. They will have a “Unique and Unusual” plant sale, a marketplace of 40 vendors, exhibitions of sculpture and art installations by the Cream [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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