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Area residents prepare to attend upcoming ArtNight Pasadena

13 Mar 2014 11:14 AM
Area residents prepare to attend upcoming ArtNight Pasadena

California has long been home to a celebrated community of artists, which has produced scores of notable painters, photographers, sculptors, writers, musicians, dancers and actors over the years. The Golden State's vibrant culture has enhanced offerings in different areas up and down the West Coast, and served to inspire many residents. 

Now, with the winter season coming to a conclusion, prominent arts and cultural institutions throughout the city of Pasadena are gearing up to accommodate a surge of visitors. Between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday, March 14, thousands of local art enthusiasts will take to the streets and visit these organizations, as part of the spring 2014 ArtNight Pasadena event. If you have been hoping for the opportunity to tour the area's multiple museums, galleries and arts centers while enjoying the social aspect of visiting with friends and neighbors, this Friday night will afford your the chance to do so. 

Evening to provide participants with high-end accommodations
Due to the fact that the last ArtNight Pasadena - which was held this past autumn - drew more than 18,000 people, this year's family-friendly affair is expected to see an increase in total attendance. During the evening, five different shuttle routes will provide individuals with complementary transportation to each of the 16 participating organizations.

Kicking off the occasion will be a special event at Pasadena's city hall, where revelers can enjoy fresh lemonade and live music while mapping out their desired destinations. Afterward, attendees will be encouraged to visit each of the exhibitions they wish to view, where they will be treated to exciting sensual experiences. Among the participating organizations are the Armory Center for the Arts, the Art Center College of Design, artWORKS Teen Center, Kidspace Children's Museum, Light Bringer Project at Day One, Lineage Performing Arts Center, MUSE/IQUE, Norton Simon Museum, Offramp Gallery, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena Unified School District, Shumei Arts Council, Side Streets Projects and the USC Pacific Asia Museum. 

Produced by the city's Cultural Affairs Division, Planning & Community Development Department, in collaboration with the participating organizations, the event has something for everyone. Attendees can enjoy gaining admission to each institution free of charge, and sampling the culinary creations that will be available at local food trucks - such as Kogi BBQ, Heirloom LA, Tacos Titos and Slammin' Sliders, among others - which will be parked in numerous locations. 

Following the conclusion of ArtNight Pasadena, oenophiles will be invited to a special happy hour event at Vertical Wine Bistro, where they can enjoy sampling selections from an exclusive menu and drink list.

Artful occasion anxiously anticipated by many
Although a number of local establishments will open their doors to the public, some of the evening's offerings have received more attention than others. For instance, art enthusiasts are expected to flock to a retrospective of design icon Ray Eames' body of work, which spans multiple decades, at the Art Center College of Design on Lida Street, according to Pasadena Now.

Additionally, the exhibition of masterpieces from centuries past is likely to draw a number of locals to the Norton Simon Museum on Colorado Boulevard, the news source reported. Those individuals who are planning to bring along their young family members can enjoy experiencing new media at the artWORKS Teen Center on East Walnut Street, or assisting them in creating their own art at  the MobileMuralLab within the Kidspace Museum on North Arroyo Boulevard.

To learn more about this upcoming city-wide occasion, individuals interested in attending can call 626-744-7887 or visit www.artnightpasadena.org.