May 16, 2011

At the PMCA: "This Will Help Them" (from the series "Green Pastures"), 2001, Mixed media on canvas, 67 x 103 inches, Private Collection.

What could be better than free admission to an excellent local museum on a beautiful Friday night? How about free admission to several excellent local museums. And to a bunch of other arts-oriented venues. And free shuttles running from stop to stop. And fancy food trucks. And live music. And did we mention it’s all free (except for the food)? We did. You know what we’re talking about: ArtNight Pasadena. It’s kind of a big deal.

Really, it is. You can go (in alphabetical order no less!) to the Alliance Française de Pasadena, the Armory, the Art Center, the artWORKS teen learning center, the Lineage Performing Art Center (music and dance), the Pacific Asia Museum, the PMCA, the Pasadena Museum of History, the Shumei Arts Council Gallery, and the Side Street Projects. Oh, and every school in PUSD will have student work on display in the Corner Bakery Plaza at 345 S. Lake. And there’s a new site-specific installation by Jorge Pardo in the One Colorado courtyard, whereat Matt McFarland will continue with his free caricatures in The Artist Studio.

So. There’s lots to do and see. Each venue has its own grand plans, which you can investigate in more detail here. Worth mentioning for those of you weary of parking (which is also free) is the bike tour, organized by local cycling enthusiasts CICLE. And there’s always the Gold Line, which pairs nicely with the free shuttles. Synergy!

Visiting food trucks include Border Grill, Cool Haus, Dumpling Station, The Feast Truck, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Komodo, Slammin’ Sliders, and The Sweet Truck; they’ll be scattered about town, though most will be at either the Armory or the PMCA/Pacific Asia Museum. And in something of a fundraising coup, 10% of truck sales will wind up in ArtNight coffers.

Everyone and their mother comes out for ArtNight. That means you too. See you around.

Pasadena ArtNight
Friday, May 20th, 6 p.m.
Throughout Pasadena
Free; for details



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