Fun in the Sun

57th Sierra Madre Public Library Annual Art Fair held Saturday and Sunday

The 57th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair, sponsored by the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the city’s Memorial Park, located at 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Admission is free to the family-friendly, all-ages event.

Sixty-five artists, including 10 newly juried ones, will display and sell their works of art. Mediums include oil paintings, jewelry, watercolors, glass, wood, metal, wearable art, photography, pottery, ceramics, mixed media, sculpture and weaving. The fair comes at a perfect time for Mother’s Day, as well as graduation and wedding gifts.

Live music will be featured throughout the weekend  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the park’s band shell and on its southeast lawn, with the American pop and Celtic soul band McMains headlining the first day of band shell shows from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Food vendors will offer a variety of food and drink, while the Friends of the Library will sell baked goods and the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society will sell lemonade. For children, Creative Arts Group instructors will teach how to make pinwheels while a face painter and a balloon artist will be performing as well.

Finally, 35 artists have donated one-of-a-kind works for a silent auction. All proceeds from the weekend benefit the Sierra Madre Public Library. Call (626) 355-7186 or find the library’s pages on Facebook and Instagram.

Sacred Saturday

South Pasadena Preservation Foundation hosts

first-ever architectural tour of the city’s top churches

The South Pasadena Preservation Foundation will host its first-ever church architecture tour, with six of the city’s top houses of worship on display from noon to 4 p.m. Among the churches on the tour are Grace Brethren Church, Calvary Presbyterian Church, St. James Episcopal Church, South Pasadena Christian Church, Holy Family Catholic Church and Oneonta Congregational Church.

The tour will offer attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the sacred spaces, with the churches spotlighted because they have been an integral part of the history and culture of South Pasadena since its inception. The churches represent a variety of styles, including Mission Revival, English Norman, Gothic Revival, Spanish Baroque Revival, and Modern.

Tickets for the tour are $30 per person in advance, $35 at the door at the museum. Children under 12 are free. Visit sppreservation.org.

Dynamic Divas

Singers Jackie Gibson and Lorraina Marro make their debut performance at The Mixx nightclub in Pasadena next Thursday, May 9

Veteran local jazz, cabaret and Latin-music vocalists Jackie Gibson and Lorraina Marro will make their local debut together at The Mixx nightclub in Pasadena at 8 p.m. next Thursday, May 9.

Gibson and Arro will perform jazz, Latin, blues and old-time favorites, accompanied by Bradley Young on piano, Will Lyle on bass and Steve Pemberton on drums. Fellow singers Wayne Moore and Brenda Silas Moore will be special guests throughout the show.

Longtime Pasadena resident Gibson has been singing since the folk-rock era of the 1960s and is presently working on a show about her mother, sharing her journey, passion and struggles in being a doctor and Latina.

Marro was honored as a Jazz Living Legend in July 2015. Collectively, they have performed at multiple venues in Los Angeles, including The Catalina Jazz Club, Upstairs at Vitello’s, The House of Blues, and The Gardenia Supper Club.

The Mixx is located at 443 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 500-0021 for reservations.  The show is free.  Visit themixxclub.com. n