Artists, musicians and merchants gear up to celebrate the winter season with another Neighborhood Night-on-the-Town on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 4 to 9 p.m.
The South Pasadena Arts Crawl welcomes you to this free event which offers art exhibitions and activities, live music, open houses, food and drink specials, and sales throughout the business district. Mission Street and adjacent blocks will be lively with event activities.
The winter Arts Crawl theme is “With Love & Light,” inspired by the Valentine’s Day season and the Martin Luther King, Jr. quote, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
In honor of “With Love & Light,” local artist Andy Ledesma will create original papier-mâché lanterns to illuminate the Crawl route. Keep an eye out for them in front of all participating businesses and stop by Andy’s booth at the Artisans’ Alley to take one home for yourself!
Don’t miss out on the evening’s art exhibitions. At the SPARC Gallery at the Chamber, “Incognition” is currently on view, a show introducing a series of abstract oil paintings by award-winning artist, author and illustrator David Shannon who will be reading and signing his book “Mr. Nogginboddy Gets a Hammer” at 4:30 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.
Stop by Gwrx for a group art show, featuring Gabriel Loya, Vicki Marx, JoAnne Mcgrath, and Venessa E Quintero, as well as artwork by Arroyo Vista Elementary students in Mrs. Littlefiled’s class, focused upon the theme of kindness.
Old Focals showcases the work of artist Celia Sutton. Kaldi Coffee and Tea presents an exhibit by Kaldi employees, Amanda Huston, Elise Elliott and Jade Hunt. Camille Frances DePedrini features new work by Michael Provart. Jones Coffee displays a show by South Pasadenian artist, Mike Barry from 4-5 p.m. Marz showcases local ceramist, Kim Lesak’s pottery for sale, and 11:11 presents the opening reception of their collective’s art show at the South Pasadena City Hall.
Check out the several live music stops at the Crawl. Dinosaur Farm and Kidd’s Jewelry Heist team up to host “Songwriter Showcase,” where you will get to see the area’s top songwriters perform two songs each from 7:30-8:30 p.m, including Cole Gallagher, Brad Colerick, Chauncey Bowers, Redd Carter, and more. Handle presents Winter River from 6–8 p.m. Retreat features Jackson Crow and a jewelry trunk show by Amanda Lockrow. Simplee Boba showcases live music by Tisha Thompson. Berry Opera promises live jazz music and a screening of animated musical movies. The Munch Company offers you an opportunity to get behind the microphone yourself for love song karaoke, all while enjoying their tacos and artisan pop-up. For your post crawl musical destination, head over to Griffins of Kinsale for a pint and The Drive performing from 9 p.m.-midnight.
The Community Room at the South Pasadena Public Library will be abuzz with the Crawl’s first ever Community Corner. The Community Corner features a free, all-ages, lantern-making activity by teaching artist Lisa Duardo of Modern Multiples, a live musical performance, “Warming Up for Carnegie Hall” by the Pascale Chamber Players (of the Pascale Music Institute) until 5 p.m., as well as the event’s Artisans’ Alley.
The Artisan’s Alley includes local artisans and and showcases a variety of gifts and unique items including ceramic, papier-mâché artwork, handmade jewelry, accessories, and other one-of-a-kind goods for you and your loved ones.
Roll up your sleeves and make some art at one of the Crawl’s workshops: Two Kids Coffee presents a paper, flower-making workshop from 4-7 p.m. In honor of Presidents’ Day, De Milo Design Studio & Letterpress offers a vintage letterpress printmaking workshop of Walt Whitman’s ‘O Captain! My Captain!’
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Vidéothèque will screen “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown” followed by a surprise, family-feature at Larry’s Union Service.
Hotbox Vintage hosts a fundraiser organized by an Arroyo Vista Elementary student, “KC’s Pop-Up Shop for Australia.” All sales from KC’s handmade creations will be donated to aid those affected by the wildfires in Australia.
Dual Crossroads presents ‘The Mystics Fair,’ where participants are invited to join mystic readers and receive spiritual guidance and growth for the mind, body and soul.
Adobe Design provides a Hollywood face painter from 6-8 p.m., and Rosebuds & Rosestuds hosts a balloon artist from 4–6 p.m. and 20 percent off select merchandise.
Enjoy one of the Crawl’s foodie pit stops. Aro Latin offers two specialty cocktails, a pomegranate margarita for $8 and a pomegranate mimosa for $7. Teamorrow presents one free boba with the purchase of any drink. Along Mission Street, Sus Arepas will be dishing out arepas and other South American eats from their food truck, and Sticky Rice will be serving up authentic Thai street food. Meanwhile, in front of the library, Stuffed Crepe offers sweet or savory options that you can enjoy on your way to the Community Corner.
Patrons can park in the Mission/Meridian Parking lot (north of Mission Street, on Meridian), and walk to the more than 30 participating shops and boutiques. The Metro Gold Line South Pasadena Station will put you right in the heart of the event.