This Weekend: A Winter Celebration of the Arts in South Pasadena

The Arts Crawl is Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Official South Pasadena Winter Arts Crawl 2018
Official South Pasadena Winter Arts Crawl 2018

Your official Arts Crawl Map can be downloaded: artscrawl_map_Feb_2018_Revised (003)

Artists and businesses team up to celebrate the arts with another fun and family friendly “Neighborhood Night-on-the-Town” on Saturday, February 24, 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 art openings and 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.

The Arts Crawl is kicking off Women’s History Month in March, by celebrating the book “Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World.” The book’s author/illustrator Anne Shen will appear at Marz at 7 p.m. to meet fans and sign books.

Highlights include:

The South Pasadena Library presents a concert reading of “A Woman of Independent Means,” performed by Lissa Layng Reynolds at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room. The reading is based on the best selling novel by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, who will be present for an informal Q & A.

Inspired by remarkable women who changed the world, Christine Chin leads the family activity, Be Remarkable, where event-goers can put the “whole world in their hands” and create their own “Inspiration Globes.” The event will take place at the South Pas City Hall Courtyard.

A screening of the 1937 classic “Annie Oakley” at 6:30 p.m. will take place at the South Pasadena Historical Museum lawn, presented by Videotheque and the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation.

Next to the Walking Man statue nearby, the Artisans’ Alley presents a range of art, gifts and jewelry from Bellagazoo, Precious Few on Earth, Peru Pa Ti, SOPA Studios, Sonali Kolhatkar, Kiser Originals, Kiki Joel, Jane Gotts Handmade, Modkon, Sally Monk, and Polyfaction.

Art and Crafts Exhibits

“Six Years on Mission,” celebrates the work and career of the much beloved artist and gallery owner Laurie Hendricks. Her work will also be on display at Peltier Home. De Milo Design Studio and Letterpress celebrates the famous typographer Beatrice Warde by inking up their antique presses for a special printmaking session.

SPARC Gallery @ South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
hosts a reception for Jonathan Sadler’s art show, “Shuttered.” Ellen’s Silkscreening & Embroidery hosts an open house where you can meet artist Caitlin Clarkson, who created the Arts Crawl poster, and other artisans. Vave Studios feature paintings by Betsa Bland-Richards and Carrie Hirsch,​ plus colorful ceramics created by Leslie Plunkett.

Sugarmynt Gallery presents “Toxic and Tainted Love,” a group show, including Vakseen, Lupe Flores, Lost Colours, DefectiveBarbie, Chris Lowail, My Wicked Eyes, Sahza Gazova, Jely, Brady Willmott, and Autumn Armstrong. Arroyo Outdoor highlights the work of Carolyn Watson, an internationally recognized designer and restoration specialist. Plus they will have a chalk drawing activity on the sidewalk and a sale.

Bissell House B & B hosts an open house from 2 – 5 p.m., offering a booking discount for a stay in the 19th century “Millionaire’s Row” mansion. After 5 p.m., Juli Hoyman shows how to make your own earrings and designer Rebecca Kelley shares her passion for art and cars.

Old Focals, specializing in the art of eyewear, boasts the world’s largest collection of vintage frames, and features the exclusive designs of founder Russ Campbell. For the Crawl, the shop will also exhibit the prints of Robert Ducky and other artists.

Live Music & Entertainment

Hotbox Vintage, at its new location at 1127 Mission St., presents a spoken word event with SPARC, with poets and storytellers doing two performances – at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The event, hosted by Carl Weintraub, includes performances and readings by Kurt Stern, Dublin Galyean, Gordon Henderson, Laurie O’Brien, John Binder, Steven Gutierrez-Kovner, Natalie J. Graham, Sara Borjas, Danielle Mitchell, Rick Leddy, and La Poeta Violeta.

Good Citizen Media and the Munch Company team up for live music and karaoke while Kaldi Coffee and Tea presents singer songwriter Tisa Adamson. Kidd’s Jewelry Heist partners with the Dinosaur Farm for a Vintage Vinyl Party and sale, spinning “Country Gold”. They also offer bracelet making and face painting.

The South Pasadena Music Center hosts a music marathon throughout the whole event. At Dual Crossroads, meet “Bad Girl” owner Jennifer Maimone, a published author of horror stories and also a special effects artist. Retreat features a jewelry trunk show, live music & refreshments.

For the Foodies

Mission Wines hosts a 1 – 5 p.m. pre-party with a beer tasting and Shucks Oyster Bar. The work of local artists Corey Miller and Horacio Rodriguez will also be on display. Across the street, La Fiesta Grande features a ceviche appetizer special, and a $1 extra shot with a margarita order.

Aro Latin hosts a late night happy hour from 9:00 p.m. – close.
Crossings offers all night happy hour drink specials from 5:30 – 10 p.m. and Radhika Modern Indian offers food specials from 9 – 11 p.m. A new café in town, Simplee Boba, features a variety of special Matcha drinks and treats.

Stop by Moo on Mission for a special ice cream flavor in honor of “Bad Girl” activist Dolores Huerta.

Food trucks will be parked on Mission Street for Crawlers looking for a quick bite, including B & R Burgers offering old-fashioned burgers and fries, and Sierra Fusion featuring a variety of street tacos.

Businesses offering specials and sales during the event include:

Camille Frances DePedrini features a female fashion designer window display & offers a 15% discount, as does Rue de Mimo. Mission Street Yoga honors Maya Angelou by offering a “phenomenal woman” discount of 15% on yoga purchases and will highlight the poet’s famous quotes.

Rosebuds and Rosestuds honors “Bad Girls for Science” and artist Frida Kahlo’s Mexican style, while Duncan Taylor USA offers 20% off of all art & furniture.

Park and Ride

Patrons can park in the Mission/Meridian Parking lot (north of Mission Street, on Meridian Ave.) or take the Metro Gold Line where the South Pasadena Station will put you right in the heart of the event.

More information can be found online at, or visit the Facebook page “Arts Crawl South Pasadena”.