One to grow on

City celebrates birthday with South Pasadena Arts Crawl

By Carl Kozlowski 02/26/2013

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Pasadena celebrated its 125th birthday in 2011 with a string of lavish historic and cultural events. Now, it’s the citizens of South Pasadena’s turn to mark the 125th anniversary of their city, part of the celebration including the South Pasadena Arts Crawl Saturday at locations throughout the community’s downtown commercial district.
The goal of the arts crawl is to provide people with a look back in time and an opportunity to make a wish for the future, kicking off with the Camp Carleton Cornet Band, a Civil War reenactment band, as it marches from Gus’s Barbeque at 808 Fair Oaks Ave. to the Iron Works Museum, located next to the Gold Line Station on Mission Street.

Most of the evening’s historic activities will take place at the museum, including a time capsule dedication followed by a theatrical historic reenactment, a costume contest, folk dancers and the pickin’ and fiddlin’ of a contra dance band.

The Iron Works Museum will be playing host to Sew Cranky, a group that travels with antique, hand-cranked sewing machines and will be offering demonstrations of how to use them.

But even with all the focus on the past, the city will look ahead as SPACE Arts Center, located at 1506 Mission St., presents “One to Grow On — A Community Wishes for the Future”.

This interactive public art installation, designed by Marie Switzer Miller, will be created in real time by walkers-by as they write their hopes, dreams and wishes for South Pasadena on colorful cloth swatches that will be hung from a colorful display of bamboo poles adorning the fence at the corner of Mission Street and Fremont Avenue.
“This is a great city dedicated to the arts and community, and on March 2 — the day we were incorporated back in 1888 — we’re going to celebrate that.” says Scott Feldmann, president of the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

Finally, the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) will host a closing event for Howard Dean Spector’s exhibition “ColorScapes” at SoPas Gallery. There, SPARC will debut its “Voices in the Arts,” a funny and poignant collection of people’s first experiences in the arts.

There will also be new work by a variety of artists presented by South Pasadena Mercantile Co., Fremont Gallery, Laurie Hendricks Gallery, SOPA Studios, Tah Gallery, and SPACE.

Inside some of the alternative venues, such as Lilly’s, visitors will find the timely “The Art of the Foreclosure,” and inside Duncan Taylor, in addition to seeing Spent Whiskey Cask Artisan Furniture, there will be a sale on Scottish artist Ian Gray’s large prints.

The South Pasadena Music Center hosts a full evening of live music, including its Jazz Lab Band and String Chamber Ensemble, the indie rock group Leave it Alone, and the introduction of its new Beatles Project.
Other live performances can be found at Buster’s Coffee Shop, SOPA Studios, and the newest café, La Monarca, where a troupe of Mexican folk musicians playing Jarocho music will play. Meanwhile, inside Fremont Center Theatre will be a hilarious production of the comedy “Von Bach.”

More than 30 businesses will be presenting open houses, sales and giveaways to celebrate the arts and the city of South Pasadena’s history. All attractions are within a few blocks of one another, so patrons can easily walk to each spot.

The South Pasadena Arts Crawl takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the business district of South Pasadena. Visitors are encouraged to use the Metro Gold Line and exit at Mission Station, located in the heart of the city. Visit for more information, including a list of all participating businesses and addresses.


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