South Pasadena, CA
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It's a Neighborhood Night-on-the-Town

Art. Music. Food and Fun!

Businesses and artists in South Pasadena are sending a pre-Valentine’s day gift to the community in an evening Arts Crawl. In the free event, art and music lovers will enjoy gallery openings, see new paintings and prints, hear live music, and get creative with interactive art experiences. A celebration for the newest gallery to open on Fair Oaks Ave. will take place, inside the South Pasadena Mercantile Company. And Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times”, a black and white classic, will be played on the side of the Iron Works Museum, courtesy of Videothéque.

Arts Crawl is organized to provide a showcase for local artists and musicians, and to highlight the city’s unique business district. All attractions are within a short walk, so patrons can easily park and walk to each spot. Restaurants will be open, and Food Trucks will be on the street.

Most of the galleries and businesses are on Mission Street, with others on Hope Street, Fremont Ave. and Fair Oaks Ave. Shops and boutiques will stay open late and offer special sales in what’s being billed as a “neighborhood night-on-the-town”. Many stores will offer specials and discounts in anticipation of Valentine’s Day shoppers.

Participating Businesses and Organizations

Abuelita's Knitting
BOOK 'em Mysteries
Battery Used Books
Buster's Ice Cream & Coffee Stop
Camille Frances DePedrini
City of South Pasadena - Public Library
Common Thread Studio
Curio Emporium, The
De Milo Design Studio
Dinosaur Farm
Edmond Thompson Antiques
Eleven 8
Ellen's Silkscreeening
Family Fair
Firefly Bistro
Fremont Centre Theatre
Fremont Gallery
Friends of the Rialto
Heirloom Bakery
Kaldi Coffee and Tea
Kidd's Jewelry
Laurie Hendricks Gallery
Livin' Art
Mamma's Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta
Menchies Frozen Yogurt
Mike & Anne's Restaurant
Mix n' Munch Cereal & Grilled Cheese
My Sweet Cupcake
Reimagine Your Home
Rue de Mimo
SOPA Studios
Salon 1032
SoPas Gallery
South Pasadena Arts Council
South Pasadena Chinese-American Club
South Pasadena Mercantile Company
South Pasadena Music Center
South Pasadena Preservation Foundation
Tah Gallery
Viva Dulce Marina
Zinnia - A Space for Contagious Creativity

Galleries & Studios

Fremont Gallery will present The Art of Mark Strickland, an exhibition of paintings by the artist who teaches at Disney and Art Center College of Design. Reception for the artist and book signing from 6pm to 9pm at Fremont Gallery, 812 Fremont Avenue, Suite 100 (across the street from Carrow’s Restaurant).

Laurie Hendricks Gallery will present recent plein air and studio paintings, with a free print offered with the purchase of a painting that night. Artist Laurie Hendricks will host a reception from 5pm to 9pm at the gallery at 1518 Mission Street (inside Reimagine Your Home).

SOPA Studios, a shared workspace housing the studios of ten resident artists, including that of founding director Lisa Marsh, will host an open house. The collective exists to both support and nurture established and emerging artists. SOPA Studios is at 1025 Hope St. (behind Mike and Anne’s Restaurant).

At SoPas Gallery, Gallery Director Tom Field hosts an opening for an amazing exhibit of mixed media pieces by artist Elisa Hamilton. SoPas Gallery is inside the Chamber of Commerce at 1121 Mission St. (across from Mission Wines).

SPACE Arts Center, has three attractions: the works of Stephanie Mercado, hands-on art activities for all ages, and an original art auction of Valentine’s by more than 17 local artists in the newly expanded SPACE Arts Center. SPACE is at 1506 Mission St. (across from South Pasadena Music Center & Conservatory).

The new SPMC Gallery the premiere opening at the new gallery by Scott Gandell will present recent paintings by Lidia Shaddow. There will also be a caricature artist on hand. The South Pasadena Mercantile Co., an interior design service and home décor showcase opened January 26th at 1106 Fair Oaks Ave. St. (south of Oxley).

Zinnia, near Mike & Anne’s on Mission Street, offers a special exhibition specifically created for the Arts Crawl: Petite Valentine.

Live Music

Firefly Bistro will have live music with a guitar trio.

Kaldi, the coffee shop by the library, now under new ownership, will feature live music by Tisa Adamson, singing and performing with local musicians and friends Brie Darling and Randy Mitchel. The gallery wall will showcase the artwork of Lesley Paige Rutherford.

An Evening of Jazz will be presented in the Community Room. The free concert showcasing Wind & Wire, Jen Oikawa, and Elliott Caine will be presented by the South Pasadena Public Library, The Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and the South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC). Wind & Wire will play at 6:00 p.m., Jen Oikawa at 7:00 p.m., and Elliott Caine at 8:00 p.m.

Fremont Centre Theatre will present Gary Stockdale, a 2-time EMMY-nominated composer, who has composed music for television shows such as Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; To Tell the Truth; and more. As a performer and singer, Gary has appeared on NBC, and he was an original member of the Brian Setzer Orchestra. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. The theatre is at 1000 Fremont Ave., near the outdoor garden café Fiore.

South Pasadena Music Center & Conservatory's Eclectic Kids Chorus, directed by Sally Dworsky will perform, as well as the V.R. Smith Group, vocal and cabaret classic jazz at its finest, featuring: V.R. Smith, vocals; Jim Silagyi, piano; Isla Eckinger, bass; Gary Foster, alto sax and Chuck Manning, trumpet. SMMC&C is at 1518 Mission Street.

Live music will be found in many locations including Firefly and Salon 1032.

Special Activities

Book ‘em Mysteries, 1118 Mission Street will offer marbleized paper demonstrations and book signings by authors, and DeMilo Design at 1401 Mission Street, (actually on Fremont Ave. in Suite 103) will be operating letterpress printing presses and creating samples. Abuelita’s Knitting & Needlepoint will have a spinning and knitting demo. The Dinosaur Farm, with several new mini-boutiques inside, will present the music of Michael Genier and the paintings of Lynette Serembe. The South Pasadena Preservation Foundation will keep the Iron Works Museum open for tours with Docent Bill Hilliard, and on the outside wall a free, classic movie will be projected on the wall.

Sales and Specials

Many of the 42 merchants and restaurants will offer specials and sales, to be announced in-store on the day of the event. From Vive Dulce Marina by the Gold Line to Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza on Fair Oaks Ave., patrons will be in for special treats. Ellen’s Silkscreening will have a Valentine’s T Shirt sale, and Edmonds Thompson Antiques at the corner of Fair Oaks Ave. and Oxley will offer 20% off any item in the store. Marz, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and Buster’s Ice Cream & Coffee Stop will all have special pricing.

Hosted by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, participating local businesses and arts organizations, Arts Crawl is sponsored by Collins, Collins Muir + Stewart, LLP, Athens Services and Kevin Bourland, John Aaroe Group Realty.