Pasadena is a thriving arts town with numerous galleries, music and arts schools, live professional theaters and orchestras, and America’s longest-running comedy club offering a world of wonder nearly every day of the year.

But twice a year, the city tops itself by gathering 20 arts institutions together to show off the best they have to offer during ArtNight Pasadena.

The spring 2019 edition will draw thousands of arts lovers of all ages to the streets of the Crown City from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, and the lineup is just as exciting as ever. As attendees grab their complimentary maps and board a constant stream of shuttles to make it across town, they’ll have to plan wisely to make the most of this incredible opportunity.

The top attractions Friday include the Armory Center for the Arts’ exhibit “Sara Kathryn Arledge: Serene for the Moment Vivid,” which features works on paper plus short films by an under-recognized, Pasadena-based artist who found the eerie in the mundane and the disorienting in the beautiful. The band El Rio provides great live background music throughout the evening.

Leave it to ArtCenter College of Design to provide a particularly impressive show — two of them, in fact. Its Williamson Gallery on its main campus (1700 Lida St.) will present “Garb,” a collision of image, fashion, body sculpture and costumes that is a multidisciplinary exhibition of contemporary art and design. Meanwhile, its South Campus (950 S. Raymond Ave.) enables visitors to explore rare classic and contemporary automobiles that have contributed to the evolution of aerodynamic design in “Details of Design: Beauty, Aerodynamics and Functionalism,” and an exhibition about the beauty and complexities of Multi-Script Typefaces in “Mike/Sierra/Tango.”

Pasadena’s beautiful and historic City Hall (100 N. Garfield Ave.) will be a vibrant hub for the evening, hosting live New Orleans style music, Mardi Gras mask-making, dancers from Lineage Performing Arts Center and booths hosted by the Metro transit system, and tasty snacks in addition to shuttles that will take attendees to the bevy of venues. Another of Pasadena’s most beautiful and historic landmarks, The Gamble House (4 Westmoreland Place) will offer rare night tours, enabling visitors to enjoy its 1908 electrical light fixtures and the mysterious electronic music of the Theremin, invented in 1928.

The newly revamped and expanded Jackie Robinson Community Center (1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.) will throw its doors open for the masses to enjoy the timeless art of photographer Alfred Haymond, browse through the unique Jackie Robinson exhibits and revel in the music of the JazzZone ensemble. Other great music can be found when the inventive MUSE/IQUE orchestra presents “Under the Sea,” a night of live music, dancing, crafts, bubbles and more that kicks off its summer concert season called “Moving/Pictures.”

Finally, one other stop worth spotlighting is the Pasadena Central Library (285 E. Walnut St.), which will kick off its 2019 One City, One Story program with a “Wild Wild West” night of events. Building off the fact that this year’s book is the Western-themed “In the Distance” by Hernan Diaz, the shindig will feature music, dance, shows and art. 

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