Food trucks and a slew of eateries along Mission Street in South Pasadena will help sustain those in town for the Arts Crawl on Saturday, July 19th. Gallery doors will be open with new exhibitions, boutiques will have performances of varying kinds, and shops will offer sales, have special guests, and hands-on projects.
Some of the highlights promised:
Youth Boutique: Artists under the age of 18 will be selling handmade jewelry, textiles, drawings, and ceramics.
City of Dreams: An interactive art installation allowing guests to envision South Pas 100 years in the future.
The Ghost Mountain Experiment: A “the great lost episode” of California Gold, featuring Huell Howser, will screen at the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro Street, 7 p.m.
Imagine South Pas: A citywide project with pop-up sketchbook bar. This is an interactive event provided by Marie Switzer Miller, “Imaginatrix Extraordinaire.”
Annika Buxman of De Milo Studio & Letterpress (1401 Mission St.) imports locally grown jute fiber from a fair trade co-op in Bangladesh, then uses the handmade marble papers for a variety of projects: easy to fold cover books, invitation “belly bands,” coasters, napkin rings, placemats, business cards, packaging and gift wrap, even gift certificates.
In regard to Arts Crawl, Buxman tells us: “I’ll be doing a letterpress demo on a 120-year-old Chandler & Price foot treadle printing press. For the demo I’ll be printing Thank You and Happy Birthday cards on handmarbled paper made by fair trade artisans in Bangladesh. Also, selected handmarbled and handprinted sheets are on sale for $1 each.”
South Pas Gallery (1121 Mission St.) will have the artwork from a juried show created by South Pasadena High School students.
Fourteen-year-old Charlie Hickey, “picked to play by KCRQ’s own Anne Litt,” will perform at the Music Center and Conservatory. Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands.LA writes, “Charlie Hickey is 14 years old. I almost wish he’d waited until after I’d listened to his Odds EP to divulge that detail—I haven’t had a true ‘holy crap’ moment recently—but odds are I’d have liked it without caveat, such are its craft and emotional clarity.” Hickey’s guitar and clear, strong vocals may be heard on his single Odds.
Redd Carter will be performing at Kidd’s Jewelry Heist at the Dinosaur Farm. He’s described as “a soul singer and songwriter stuck in the 1060s” with “warm harmonies underneath soulful melodies.” Listen to his Bust My Baby Outta Jail at ReddCarter.com.
At the Fremont Center Theatre (1000 Fremont Ave.), Finnie and Friends will perform at 6 p.m. The L.A. Weekly describes Lisa Finnie as a “torchy enchanteuse who does it her way (meaning interesting, song-redefining arrangements, and atmospheric vocals).”
Maybe you have to have grown up in the fifties to understand what was done here, intentionally or not. Lisa Finnie wrote twelve really good songs, wrapped them in fifties studio arrangements (I mean, I haven’t heard music recorded quite like this in years and years) and handed it to us a gift. (Excerpt from review of CD Lisa Finnie by Frank Gutch, Jr. for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange)