Artists and Businesses team up to celebrate the arts with another fun and family friendly “Neighborhood Night-on-the-Town” on Saturday, February 25, from 5 to 9 p.m. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and produced by SPACE, the South Pasadena Arts Crawl welcomes people of all ages to this free event which includes gallery openings, art activities, live music, open houses, restaurant specials, and sales throughout the business district. Mission Street, and adjacent blocks, will be abuzz with light, warmth and cozy gatherings – a perfect way to enjoy the winter season in the South Pasadena community.
Activities for all ages include:
Special Delivery is a free interactive art activity at the South Pasadena City Hall courtyard, where event-goers can create and deliver messages of love and peace. Jimmy Warhol, the artist who created the poster image, will be doing live action painting in front of the South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory. Inside, the Center hosts a concert marathon with rock bands and vocalists, plus jazz and classical performances.
Across the street, Two Wheels Good, a new bicycle-themed creative space for kids, offers a fun spinning art activity using bike pedal power. Kidd’s Jewelry Heist hosts roaming magician Daniel Perez “making the impossible possible!” A $7 bracelet bonanza special includes one charm of choice. The toy store, The Dinosaur Farm, will be offering free face painting.
Down Mission Street and around the corner on Fremont Avenue, De Milo Design and Letterpress allows event goers to letterpress their own Robert Frost poem, or to pull one from Poetry Post in front of the press. Further down Mission, Dual Crossroads, a new eclectic boutique that sells books, new age items, and unique apparel, will host a clay-sculpting demo. Across the Metro tracks, Vave Studios hosts a succulent bar and a flower crown bar.
For the foodies in town, the event offers an array of drink and food specials provided by local restaurants. On Fair Oaks Avenue, Bristol Farms (606 Fair Oaks) hosts a Mardi Gras themed event with micro-brews, New Orleans style food and live jazz. Gus’s BBQ (808 Fair Oaks) will be pouring $5 draft beers for event goers from 9 – 10 p.m. Charm Vegan (711 Fair Oaks) partners with Farm Fresh To You, an organic produce delivery service that will provide free samples. Grassroots Natural Market and Kitchen (1119 Fair Oaks) features storyteller and musician, Tudor.
On Mission Street, Mission Wines celebrates the event with a Pre-Party from 1 – 5 p.m. with a $10 beer tasting of five artisan beers, free snacks, giveaways and more. La Fiesta Grande is making a special Ceviche dish, and will add an extra shot to their house margarita for $1.00. Crossings offers a happy hour from 5 – 6 p.m. and 9 -10 p.m. Mix n’ Munch will feature a new drink and sandwich special and present student artwork from the South Pasadena Middle School. For dessert, you can have an ice cream special at The Moo on Mission, home of small batch ice creams and baked goods.
Other Event Highlights:
There will be lots of great art to view around town. On Mission Street, several venues offer art exhibitions. The SPARC Gallery hosts a closing reception of Color is Flesh, paintings by Linda A. Day. Local artist Andrea Lofthouse-Quesada has an exhibit at Old Focals and The Rental Girl shows the work of artist Mila Sterling. The Laurie Hendricks Gallery presents Through Her Eyes, a series of Ms. Hendricks paintings inspired by her world travels. Videotheque shows the work of Martina Moreno, including prints, illustrations, cards, and badges. Peltier Home hosts an exhibit by local artist Ellie du Jour.
On Meridian Avenue, Hotbox Vintage, (906 Meridian Ave.) showcases illustrations by Vanessa Van Valkenberg, and offers complimentary drinks. Sugar Mynt Gallery (810 Meridian Ave.), features Love Me / Love Me Not, a group exhibition with artists Liz Huston, Lin Fried, Shula Singer, Defective Barbie, Cynda Valle, Laurene Alvarado, Jon Savage, Lola Mitchell, Brenda Cibrian and Gina M. Plus a free raffle for a Defective Barbie print. Nearby, SOPA Studios (1025 Hope St.) hosts a group show, Texture, Textile and Text, along with wine and live music. And a newcomer to the event, the Bissell House Bed & Breakfast (201 Orange Grove Blvd.) offers wine & hors d’oeuvres and features the work of jewelry artist Juli Hoyman and designer Rebecca Kelley.
There will also be numerous live performances through out the evening.
The South Pasadena Public Library (1100 Oxley St.) hosts a special fundraising concert honoring “Gene Clark & The Byrds”, presented by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, SPARC (South Pasadena Arts Council), and the Library. The concert is at 8:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room, with performances by Kai Clark (son of Gene), John York, Carla Olson, Peter Lewis, and surprises. Tickets are $25, and available on eventbrite.com.
Young Stars Theater, at the Fremont Centre Theatre (1000 Fremont Ave.) presents a free Mini Preview of the musical Seussical Jr. with an all youth cast. Preview performances will be at 5:15 and 5:45, (doors open 15 minutes prior). Tickets will be on sale for the full Gala Production, starting at 7p.m. that evening, which is followed by a party with the cast, food, and drinks. Back on Mission Street, check out Duncan Taylor, a boutique arts and gifts store that’s hosting performances by local bands. Mission Street Yoga presents singer/songwriter Tisa Adamson and her band, as well as jewelry artist Anne Mc Elroy.
Other businesses offering specials and sales during the event are:
New retailer in South Pasadena, OOKKUU, specializes in Japanese made furniture, tableware and lighting. They offer a 10% discount on merchandise during the event. Rosebuds and Rosestuds continues its ongoing philanthropy by donating a portion of its sales to a Mexican orphanage. Popular boutique stores Camille de Pedrini, Rue de Mimo and Marz offer 15% off on their regularly priced merchandise from 5 – 9 p.m. Trina Turk/Mr. Turk, a boutique and retail outlet, hosts a 20% discount sale. Ellen’s Silkscreening hosts an open house.
Food trucks will be stationed along the Crawl route including Son of a Bun, serving up juicy burgers handmade from local and sustainable ingredients, and Gastrobus, a farmers’ market bistro creating dishes from the fruits and vegetables available at the markets.
Parking: Patrons can park in the SPUSD Administration parking lot, between Fairview and Diamond, and walk to the more than 25 participating shops and boutiques. The Metro Gold Line South Pasadena Station will put you right in the heart of the event.
The quarterly Arts Crawls are presented by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, and produced by SPACE, to provide a showcase for artists and musicians and to highlight the city’s unique business district.
More information can be found online at www.SouthPasadena.net, or visit the Facebook page “Arts Crawl South Pasadena”.