News and notes from our community
For the past five years, the Make Music Pasadena fest has rocked the streets of the Crown City, offering up an average of 150 free concerts each year in just a 12-hour time span. But putting together that many bands - with many from around the globe - costs plenty of money behind the scenes.
In fact, the fest is such a labor of love for those who organize it that the goal is to simply break even, rather than profiting from it. In fact, according to Playhouse District Association Marketing Coordinator Jessica Calderon, the PDA is asking local music lovers to chip in on the funding.
"Last year we were successful in crowd-funding to help pay for the costs to put on such a large event," says Calderon. "We are once again asking for the public's support in making this event happen. Today, we launched this year's online campaign to raise funds. And with each donation that we get, people get pretty neat perks and memorable experiences including signed artists CDs, Make Music Pasadena wristbands, VIP and all access passes. We want to keep this event free and most importantly keep up a large and high caliber festival for the community."
To donate via credit card, or to learn more about this year's June 7 fest, additional information, visit makemusicpasadena.com.
Blankets not required
For those wondering what happened to Villa SORRISO at the western gateway to Old Pasadena., things have changed dramatically.
Shortly after the high-end dinner and entertainment club relocated to 46 E. Colorado Blvd., first came in its place the short-lived 168, so named for the address, 168 W. Colorado Boulevard.
But 168 was only open for a scant few weeks, and now, in its place, is something completely different - PICNIK, a self-described "new casual designing concept" developed by Corazon y Miel Chef Eduardo Ruiz.
Here, in what Los Angeles Magazine described as an "Old World" approach to dining, sausages are hand ground and blended with herbs and other tasty fillers, then twisted and encased, also by hand. Then the meat is served sandwich style, with toppings such as sauerkraut, pickled red cabbage, sautéed peppers, and sautéed onions, according to its menu.
Fries, vegetables, macaroni and cheese and potato salad are available as sides. And for vegetarians, PICNIK offers a Portobello sandwich.
Along with the unusual but delicious meat taste treats, PICNIK also offers some two-dozen locally made, hard to find and European beers on tap. Open from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, PICNIK started operations on March 15 to rave reviews.
See what the buzz is all about at 168 W. Colorado Blvd., Old Pasadena.
For more, visit picnikpasadena.com
Springing to life
With spring well on its way, it's time to take kids out for lessons in nature, and the Kidspace Museum has the perfect way to do it, hosting its 18th Annual Butterfly Season and Caterpillar Adoption Days through May 4.
The long-standing tradition offers guests the opportunity to adopt and care for a Painted Lady Caterpillar as it develops into a beautiful butterfly.
At the end of the season on May 3 and 4, guests are invited to return to the grounds to participate in the release of over 500 butterflies per day from the museum's Stone Hollow Amphitheater. During that climactic celebration, guests will be able to partake in several butterfly-related arts and science activities before and after each day's release, which will be accompanied by a musical performance each day.
During the six-week season, guests can purchase an adoption kit for $4 and receive: a Painted Lady Caterpillar, its food, a care guide which outlines how to care for the caterpillar during the various stages of its lifecycle, and an adoption certificate, giving guests the opportunity to name their caterpillar and create a sketch of each stage of its development. Adoptions take place in Kidspace's Busy Bee Learning Store, while supplies last, at 3 p.m. each day, and costs $7 per child, in addition to regular museum admission.
The culminating event, the Grand Butterfly Release, will take place on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, beginning at 10 a.m. each day. Kidspace guests will be able to join the festivities and celebrate the life of the butterfly with interactive and engaging activities. Guests can create and decorate their own butterfly wings at Flutterby's Art Center, create antennae in the Kidspace Gardens, learn about the anatomy of a butterfly, and how a butterfly eats at the "Eat Like a Butterfly" activity in the Harvest Corner. Kidspace guests are invited to bring the butterfly they adopted originally as a caterpillar, during Caterpillar Adoption Days, to release it with hundreds of others during the afternoon's program.
Guests are encouraged to check the Kidspace Web site, kidspacemuseum.org, to ensure caterpillars are in stock before coming to the Museum. Adoptions will continue through the Grand Butterfly Release on Sunday, May 4
Kidspace is located at 480 N. Arroyo Drive, Pasadena. Call (626) 449-9144 or visit kidspacemuseum.org.
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