A Night at the Taj
Oct. 2  — The Pacific Asia Museum holds its 33rd Festival 
of the Autumn Moon at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles. “A Night at the Taj” celebrates the Taj Mahal and 
the richness of South Asian culture and honors museum 
supporter and Pasadena business consultant Temo Arjani. Ticket prices start at $275.
The Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. For tickets, call (626) 449-2742, ext. 28, or visit pacificasiamuseum.org. 
Shining over the Arroyo
Oct. 2 — The Pasadena Ronald McDonald House hosts its sixth annual Shine Gala at 
6 p.m. at the historic Robinson House. The “Moon Viewing Over the Arroyo” benefit will celebrate the autumn equinox with live entertainment, dinner and silent and live auctions. The evening’s honoree is Paul Rusnak of Rusnak Motors. Tickets cost $150.
The Robinson House is located at 195 S. Grand Ave., Pasadena. For tickets, call (626) 585-1588, ext. 103, or visit pasadenarmh.org.
 
ASID Unveils Its Home and Kitchen Tour
Oct. 3 — The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Pasadena Chapter hosts its 24th annual Home and Kitchen Tour of four residences designed by members of ASID’s Pasadena chapter, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stops include a traditional, Colonial-style home designed by Firoozeh Khorrami, a contemporary two-story residence by Rozalynn Woods, a 1970s ranch-style home reconfigured with modern and Craftsman-style sensibility by Susan Sawasy and a 1941 French Provincial home by Leona Valone. Tickets cost $30.
Visit asidpasadena.org. 
 
Diverse Glendale Homes Open Their Doors
Oct. 3 — The Glendale Historical Society 2010 Fall Home Tour, “Adobe to Atomic: Glendale’s Ranch Heritage,” runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $30 ($20  for members). Tickets can be purchased from 10:30 a.m. the day of the tour at the Casa Adobe de San Rafael, the starting point, or in advance on the society’s website.
The Casa Adobe de San Rafael is located at 1330 Dorothy Dr., Glendale. 
Call (818) 242-7447 or visit glendalehistorical.org 
 
Lighting a Spark for Cancer Patients
Oct. 4 — weSPARK, L.A.’s cancer support center founded by actress Wendie Jo Sperber, presents “Broadway Tonight!” at 8 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. The organization’s 10th anniversary celebration features Broadway musical numbers directed by Barbara Epstein. Honorees are director Robert Zemeckis, writer/producer Bob Gale and Fox Broadcasting exec Missy Halperin. The cast includes Matthew Morrison (Glee, pictured), Adam Pascal (Rent), Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), Alonzo Bodden (Last Comic Standing), Wayne Brady (Let’s Make a Deal), Michael Chiklis (No Ordinary Family), Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives) and Randy Jackson (American Idol). Ticket prices range from $25 to $250.
The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. For tickets, call (818) 243-ALEX or visit alextheatre.org. For information, visit wespark.org.
Fine Wines for a Good Cause
Oct. 9 — The fifth annual Sierra Madre Wine & Jazz Walk runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at Baldwin Avenue and Sierra Madre Boulevard in downtown Sierra Madre. The evening’s offerings include fine wines, live jazz and food from local restaurants. Sponsored by San Antonio Winery and Roboli Family Wine Estates, the event benefits cancer research at the City of Hope in Duarte. Tickets cost $40 in advance, $50 at the door. For an additional $35, guests can visit the San Antonio Winery VIP Wine Garden from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  
Call (213) 241-7266 or visit sierramadrewineandjazzwalk.com.  
 
Celebrating the Dead at Folk Tree
Oct. 9 — The Folk Tree’s annual “Day of the Dead Altars & Ephemera Exhibition” opens with a reception from 2 to 6 p.m. Marking the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday, the exhibition, which runs through Nov. 6, showcases altars by 12 artists, including Robyn Feeley’s "Frida" Mexican (pictured), folk art and related works.
The Folk Tree is located at 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 795-8733 or visit folktree.com.  
Beauty, Power and Drama at the Huntington
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens offers an eclectic array of events and exhibitions this month: 
 
Oct. 2 — As part of the monthlong Big Draw L.A., visitors will create a communal artwork –– a botanical collage, using leaves, twigs, flowers and other materials –– from noon to 4 p.m. in the Rose Garden. The image’s creation and deconstruction will be documented with time-lapse photography. Free with museum admission. 
 
Oct. 2 — “Evolving Ideas: Midcentury Printmakers Explore Process” opens, exploring American artists’ innovative printmaking techniques after World War II. Pieces on display reflect the influences of European Surrealism, process experimentation and the collaborative environment of the Depression-era Works Progress Administration. The exhibition runs through Jan. 3, 2011.   
 
Oct. 9 — “Beauty and Power: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Peter Marino Collection,” a rare look at 24 exceptional bronze statuettes from the private collection of New York architect Peter Marino, opens today. The collection, on public view for the first time, includes pieces dating back to the 15th century. The exhibition is on display in the Mary Lou and George Boone Gallery through Jan. 24. 
 
Oct. 9 — “Drama After Dark: A Night of the Macabre with Poe and Gorey” features staged tales of Edgar Allan Poe and Edward Gorey, spine-tingling drama presented by actors of the Guild of St. George. The haunting stories, including “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and more, are enacted throughout the Huntington grounds from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The event is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Tickets cost $35 and are available by calling (800) 838-3006 or visiting brownpapertickets.com.    
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org. 
 
Pasadena ArtWeekend Returns to Town 
 Oct. 8 through 10 — The Friday-through-Sunday event includes free admission to Pasadena’s museums, an open-air art market and gallery walk, a dance festival, edible art, live music and more. The weekend kicks off with ARTNight from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, when major Pasadena museums and cultural venues open their doors for free; participants include the Armory Center for the Arts, Art Center College of Design showing the exhibition "Energy" (middle), Kidspace Children’s Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art showing Megan Geckler’s Every move you make, every step you take (above) and the Pasadena Museum of History showing their "Pasadena Patron" exhibition, which will include Benjamin Chambers Brown’s California Poppies (bottom). 
 
On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., ARTWalk comes to the Pasadena Playhouse District, at El Molino Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, with an open-air market of paintings, photography, sculpture and new media by some 40 artists, a gallery walk, live entertainment, interactive children’s activities and more.
 
The ARTHeritage Parade honoring Latino culture starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Los Robles Avenue and Howard Street and ends at La Pintoresca Park. Also Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Art of Food offers tastes of local fare along South Lake Avenue. The day ends with ARTRhythm, a free outdoor concert from 5 to 9 p.m. at Paseo Colorado, at the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Marengo Avenue.
 
The weekend concludes with ARTPerformance, Old Pasadena’s Cultural Dance Festival,  featuring dances from around the world, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Levitt Pavilion, 85 E. Holly St., in Memorial Park.
Visit pasadenaartweekend.com.   
 
Jennifer Jones Celebrated at Norton Simon
Oct. 9 through 30 — The Norton Simon Museum pays tribute to the life and career of Academy Award–winning actress Jennifer Jones, the late wife of Norton Simon, with 2 p.m. screenings of her films each Saturday of the month: The Song of Bernadette (1943) is scheduled for Oct. 9; Duel in the Sun (1946) screens on Oct. 16; Beat the Devil (1953), Oct. 23; and Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1956), Oct. 30. Before each showing, Chief Curator Carol Togneri talks with Jones’ son, Robert Walker, about growing up the child of a screen legend. Screenings are free with museum admission. 
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org. 
Luxurious Chocolate
Oct. 10 — Taste TV’s fourth annual Los Angeles Luxury Chocolate Salon runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center. Choco-holics can sample offerings from more than 35 chocolatiers, confectioners and other culinary artists. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Visit lachocolatesalon.com. 
Half a century of laughs
Oct. 10 — The Ice House marks its 50th anniversary with an “All-Star Comedy Show” including Paula Poundstone, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, benefiting the Pasadena’s children’s charity Hillsides. Tickets range from $25 to $100. 
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. For show information, visit icehousecomedy.com. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at (800) 653-8000 or visit ticketmaster.com. 
A Zesty Fundraiser
Oct. 10 — The Pasadena Senior Center celebrates its 50th anniversary with a gala starting at 5 p.m. at a private home in San Marino. “Zest! 10-10-10” serves up catering by Peggy Dark and The Kitchen for Exploring Foods, cocktails, mariachi music by Abel Ramirez of El Portal restaurant and music by Art Deco and His Society Orchestra. KCET host Huell Howser (pictured) will emcee, and Christian Perry of Dancing With the Stars will perform with his Rose City Ballroom dancers. Tickets cost $175. Guests can obtain the event address by requesting an invitation from Pasadena Senior Center Development Assistant Pam Kaye at (626) 685-6756 or pamk@pasadenaseniorcenter.org. 
Visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org. 
Black Ties and Burgers
Oct. 16 — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Pasadena’s “Black Tie and Burgers” fundraiser is scheduled for 6 p.m. at a private Pasadena residence. The evening includes food from In-N-Out Burger and The Spot, silent and live auctions, cocktails and music by the flamenco fusion band Cale and the six-member group Celebration. Tickets, which include sponsorship of one child’s annual $75 membership, start at $150 per person. The event location will be given upon ticket purchase.
Visit bgcpasadena.org or call (626) 449-9100.  
Autumn Air and Plant Fair at Descanso
Fall events for art and plant lovers are blooming at Descanso Gardens this month: 
 
Oct. 16 and 17 — The “Autumn Air” art sale offers a chance to visit with local plein air painters under Descanso’s oaks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
 
Oct 22 through 24 — The Harvest Festival and Plant Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. offers plants from Descanso’s plant propagation program and the Mount San Antonio College horticulture program. Descanso staff and other experts present talks, demonstrations and workshops throughout the weekend; family fun includes a costume parade and sing-along for the kids. Events are free with Descanso admission.
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.   

Artful Cars
Oct. 17 — Art Center College of Design’s “Car Classic ’10” brings top automotive designers, collectors and enthusiasts to the Hillside Campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 100 rare and exotic automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, watercraft and other vehicles will be on display. The event includes a keynote presentation by alumnus Frank Stephenson, design director for McLaren Automotive, and the unveiling of the new McLaren MP4-12C. Tickets cost $50 and are available in advance by phone or by emailing carclassic@artcenter.edu.  
Art Center College of Design Hillside Campus is located at 1700 Lida St., Pasadena. 
Call (626) 396-2304 or visit artcenter.edu.   
Illustrating Mini Lai’s Memory 
Oct. 23 — The Mini Lai Scholarship Fund presents a one-night exhibition of illustrations by Art Center College of Design alumni at the South Campus from 8 to 11 p.m. The fund honors the memory of the late Mini Lai, an Art Center alumna and illustrator and grants scholarships to illustration students at the school. 
Art Center College of Design South Campus is located at 950 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Email info@minilai.com or visit minilai.com.
The Victorian Way of Death
Oct. 23 and 24 — Heritage Square Museum hosts its seventh annual Halloween and Mourning Tours this weekend. Witness a Victorian-style funeral procession, visit a fortune teller, learn about hair jewelry and mourning attire and hear an argument about the merits of spirit photography as the living history museum explores 19th-century culture and traditions surrounding death. On Sunday, children ages 2 to 12 can come in costume, play period games, try 19th-century harvest crafts, choose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch (while supplies last) and listen to spooky stories. The program runs from noon to 4 p.m. both days. Museum admission costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors older than 65 and $5 for children ages 6 through 12; members and children under 6 are admitted free.  
The Heritage Square Museum is located at 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles. Call (323) 225-2700 or visit heritagesquare.org. 
Go to Peru With the Zoo
Oct. 29 through Nov. 8 — The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) hosts “A Classic Adventure to Peru,” a trip highlighting the country’s history and natural wonders, guided by professional naturalists. The trip takes in Lima, Nazca, the Ballestas Islands, the Paracas coastal paradise, the Amazon, the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve’s rare plants and wildlife and Amazon Natural Park. An optional six-day extension to Cusco and Machu Picchu is also available. The tour, leaving from Los Angeles, is operated by Classic Escapes, an organization providing educational experiences supporting the world’s diverse wildlife and cultures. The package costs $5,995 (based on double occupancy); the optional extension costs an additional $2,695. 
Call Melissa Grossenbacher at GLAZA at (323) 644-4792 or visit lazoo.org/calendar/travel/index.html.