This week, we’re learning about the universe at Mount Wilson, visiting marionettes in Highland Park, admiring chalk art in Pasadena, seeing a pair of exhibitions at the Getty Center and hitting the annual KTown Night Market.
A while back, I told you about the concerts in the dome in the Mount Wilson Observatory. Recently, while looking to see what concerts were coming up, I started exploring the observatory’s website and discovered there are quite a few opportunities to explore this amazing facility.
At 5:30 p.m., June 15 the observatory is hosting a lecture, “The Search for Life,” by Dr. John Mulchaey, director of the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena and Chile. Mulchaey will describe how new generations of instruments, telescopes and space missions are being designed to look for the signatures of life elsewhere. After the talk, visitors will have a chance to look through the observatory’s 100-inch telescope, which is 100 years old this year.
Tickets for the talk are $25 and can be purchased at mtwilson.edu
Docent-led walking tours of the observatory are available at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 1. They leave from the Cosmic Café located above the large parking lot at the entrance to the observatory. These tours can run up to two hours.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for children 12 and under and for those 62 and older. Tour tickets are available for same-day purchase at the Cosmic Café and rarely sell out.
Check out mtwilson.edu for a map to get to the observatory. Also, be advised you’ll need to pick up a U.S. Forest Service Adventure Pass to park at the observatory. A $5 day pass is available at the Cosmic Café, which is open weekends between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Bob Baker Marionette Theater
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been uprooted from its DTLA home of more than five decades and is prepping its new home at 4949 York Blvd., in Highland Park.
While it remodels its new digs, the company is still performing shows.
For its first set of shows in the new location, the company is going back in time and performing the show that started it all back in 1963: Bob Baker’s Sketchbook Revue. According to the company, “it’s a marionette musical variety hour with over 100 handcrafted marionettes, a multi-generational song book and endless charm.”
There are shows at 7:30 p.m., June 14 and at 2:30 p.m., June 15-16. Tickets are $15 and available at www.bobbakermarionette
Pasadena’s annual Chalk Festival returns from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 15-16, at The Paseo, 300 E. Colorado Blvd.
This festival features dozens of artists creating incredible works of art, including some that will play with your senses. These artists each spend 100 hours creating these stellar works.
The festival also includes live music, a kids’ art area, a classic police car show and an animation alley to view animation and talk with artists.
the Getty Center
At the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, is “Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World.”
“Unicorns, lions and griffins race, tumble and soar through the pages of bestiaries — the medieval book of beasts,” getty.edu says. “The bestiary brought creatures — both real and fantastic — to life before a reader’s eyes, offering both devotional inspiration and literary enjoyment. A kind of encyclopedia of animals, the bestiary was among the most popular illuminated texts in northern Europe, especially in England, during the Middle Ages (about 500-1500).”
This exhibition features one-third of the world’s surviving Latin illuminated bestiaries and gathers together more than 100 works in a variety of media from institutions across the United States and Europe, including manuscripts, paintings, tapestries, sculpture and decorative arts from the Middle Ages.
The exhibition also includes modern and contemporary works that trace the enduring legacy of the bestiary tradition.
“The bestiary’s images can be seen as the medieval equivalent of contemporary memes,” Elizabeth Morrison, senior curator of manuscripts at the Getty Museum said. “They served as memorable and engaging snapshots of particular animals that went viral in medieval culture.”
The Getty Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is free, but parking is $15.
The exhibition is on display through Aug. 18.
The fifth annual KTown Night Market will be held from 4-11 p.m., June 14 and from 2-11 p.m., June 15 at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, 701 S. Catalina St.
The event features live performances headlined by DJ and music producer PLS-TY and rapper PH-1 and a market featuring over 100 food and merchandise vendors.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at www.ktownnightmarket.com