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ArtNight Pasadena offers attendees an evening filled with creativity 

By Carl Kozlowski 03/12/2014

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Imagine a night packed with a dozen great outlets for art, music and dance, bringing tens of thousands of people together to discover and celebrate Pasadena as one of the top arts Meccas in America. Add in a bevy of food trucks offering delicious choices for dinner on the run, and free shuttle service taking attendees to any spot they wish to explore, and you’ve got the latest edition of ArtNight Pasadena.

Presented all over the city from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, ArtNight has turned into a biannual event that has become one of the crown jewels of the Crown City’s packed social calendar. And according to Terry LeMoncheck, executive director of the Pasadena Arts Council, the evening also offers interesting insights into a program that’s working wonders with area teens. 

“What has grown is the attendance, as tens of thousands come, and the addition of food trucks to make sure everyone’s happy when they show up right after work while adding to the excitement of an art-filled evening,” says LeMoncheck. “During my 11 years of seeing it grow, the shuttle routes have grown from one to three different lines, and this year having City Hall as the shuttle hub and an entertainment center is new. 

“MUSE/IQUE performing in front of the Civic Auditorium is new too,” LeMoncheck continues. “But the place I hope people really explore is artWORKS’ Teen Center, which helps kids in the Learning Works program learn  how to work in new media, recording sound and art-making workshops. That location gets people into another part of town and helps show that there are lots of good kids out there willing to take part if help is offered.” 

Among the other venues, the Armory Center for the Arts is offering “Caught Looking,” which features paintings by artists who have taught or led workshops during the Armory’s 25-year history, including Simone Gad, Tracy Nakayama and Mary Weatherford. Another of LeMoncheck’s favorites for the night is the exhibit “RAY EAMES in the Spotlight,” which examines the lifelong artistic pursuits of 20th century design icon Ray Eames, the wife and design partner in the celebrated team of Charles and Ray Eames. 

Elsewhere, the Light Bringer Project at Day One invites visitors to experience “Sensory Overload” by exploring the arts through senses. As noted, the unique classical combo MUSE/IQUE is performing a mix of street grooves and symphonic sounds from a flatbed truck stage on the Plaza of the Civic Auditorium. 

If you’re a traditionalist, explore the wonder-filled walkways of the Norton Simon Museum’s vast collection of greats, including works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Degas and Picasso. Meanwhile, if you’re seeking only cutting-edge approaches to art, help Side Street Projects showcase their interactive mobile art exhibition “Tire Fest: Multimodal Art on Wheels.”

It’s all more fun than anyone deserves, and better yet, it’s free. So come out and spend a night on the artistic side of Pasadena.  

ArtNight Pasadena takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at a dozen venues across Pasadena. Free shuttles to all locations are offered at Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena. Admission is free. For more info, visit artnightpasadena.org. 

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