Pasadena Art Night
Twice a year, once in the spring and again in the fall, 22 cultural venues of Pasadena open their doors for free. The fall edition of this event, known as Pasadena Art Night, takes place from 6-10 p.m., Oct. 11
Venues participating include the Norton Simon museum, the USC Pacific Asia Museum and the Armory Center for the Arts. There’s a free shuttle bus service to help you get around to the various venues.
Here are some of the features that caught my eye:
• The Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida St., hosts Tomes, a look at how books can be transformed sculpted art.
• One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, will have the Rogue Artists Ensemble performing Edward Gorey story adaptations with live music and shadow puppets projections in the courtyard. Between performances, roaming masked and puppet characters from Rogue productions will perform close-up storytelling.
• The Parson’s Nose Theater, 95 N. Marengo Ave., will perform vintage radio shows, including “Flash Gordon” and “The Shadow.”
If you don’t get your fill of art on Friday, you can return to Pasadena on Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., for the free Pasadena ArtWalk, at Green Street at Madison Avenue.
The event includes a juried art show, an art stroll and live entertainment. There will be plenty of public art to view, including crosswalk art at 11 different crossings done in Gingko, Art Deco and Rose patterns, which reference Pasadena’s trees, architecture and Rose Parade.
The Friends of the Pasadena Playhouse will hold a bazaar at 39 S. El Molino Ave., featuring Playhouse memorabilia, artwork and pottery.
The Natural History Museum is getting in the Halloween spirit with a new exhibition, “The Natural History of Horror.”
The exhibition, on display through April 19, explores the scientific inspiration for classic monsters from Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy and Creature from the Black Lagoon. You can see objects from the museum’s own collection, movie props and film footage. There will be hands-on activities, as well.
You learn stories behind the creation of the monsters, such as the vampire legends that were around for centuries before Bram Stoker published “Dracula” in 1897. Mary Shelley, author of the book Frankenstein, was fascinated by the work of Luigi Galvani, a scientist who experimented in “animal electricity.”
The Natural History Museum is located at 900 Exposition Blvd. and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tip: always check to see if there’s an event going on at the coliseum. If there is, find a Metro park-and-ride lot and take the Expo Line to Exposition Park.
Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $7 for children. You can save a buck on each ticket by purchasing online. Also, beware that teachers and active or retired military can get in free. The museum also offers free admission on the first Tuesday of each month and LA County residents can get in free Monday through Friday from 3-5 p.m.
Skirball Harvest Festival
The Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., will host its annual Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 13
There will be music from DJ Daddy Differently (aka Spencer Velasquez), Jewish and Israeli folk dances by Bruce Bierman and Gilberto Melendez and “post-klezmer beats and arresting Yiddish refrains” from the music group Mostly Kosher. There will be makerstations where you can create your own tea blends, salves and natural cleaning solutions, make an amulet to welcome the season and savor tea from the magical samovar.
Admission to the Skirball is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, full-time students and children over 12; and $7 for youth 2 to 12.
On Oct. 12 the REDCAT Theater, 631 West 2nd St., will host “Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation.”
“Eyeworks” concentrates on works made by individual artists, drawing on the lineage of avant-garde cinema, as well as the tradition of classic character animation. The aim of “Eyeworks” is to present works that engage the enormous potential inherent in the art form of animation.
There will be three programs during the day, one at 3 p.m., another at 5:30 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $12.
See Redcat.org for tickets and more information.
Note that while housed in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, REDCAT has its own street entrance on 2nd Street, not Grand Avenue.
Taste of Italy
The Italian-American Museum of Los Angeles will present Taste of Italy on the plaza in front of Pico House, 424 N. Main St., from 5-10 p.m., Oct. 12.
This food and wine event features over 75 of the region’s best Italian restaurants, purveyors of fine foods and world-class wines.
Scheduled to perform are Nick D’Egidio, singing the songs of Frank Sinatra, The Swing Dolls and Joe LoPiccolo’s Italian Project.
General admission is $65 and includes six food tickets and six beverage tickets. A premiere ticket of $135 includes admission through the red carpet entrance, 10 food tickets, 10 beverage tickets, a gift bag and a welcome cocktail and special appetizer.
Tickets can be purchased at www.showclix.com/event/tasteofitaly2019
This one is strictly for those 21 and older.
LA Comic Con
LA Comic Con will take over the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., on Oct. 11-13.
The event is described as “a confluence of comics, gaming, sci-fi, horror, pop culture and that one obscure thing that you thought everyone had forgotten about.”
The event will feature over 800 artists and vendors selling comics, collectibles, art, toys and apparel. There will be panels, including a reunion of cast members of the U.S. version of the TV show “The Office.” There will also be a geek film festival.
Among the celebs scheduled to appear are Elijah Wood, Ron Perlman and Felicia Day.
Hours are 1-8 p.m., Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.
A weekend pass is $85. Day passes are $30 for Friday, $40 for Saturday and $35 for Sunday. See www.comicconla.com for details and a ticket link.