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Wherefore Art (Night) Thou, Pasadena?

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Tonight is Art Night in Pasadena, and several museums and gallery spaces will be opening their doors to the public for free from 6-10 p.m. with free shuttle service between venues. Participants include the Armory Center for the Arts, the Student Gallery at the Art Center College of Design, the Norton Simon Museum, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Museum of California Art, the Pasadena Museum of History, and many more. At the Norton Simon you can catch their current exhibition, Lost but Found, which features nearly 60 pieces of assemblages, collages and abstract sculptures by 30 artists, while over at the Pasadena Museum of California Art you can check out LA-based artist Mark Ryden's first solo show, as well as a showing of watercolor paintings by a number of LA artists, among them David Hockney.

The free shuttles will loop throughout the City of Roses during the course of the 4 hour event; park at any one venue and ride around to the rest. Include time to have dinner at the One Colorado restaurants like Gordon Biersch, Il Fornaio, or Akbar. If you're dining ahead of your gallery crawl, between 5 and 6:30 the mention of Art Night will get you a free dessert with the purchase of an entree. To Art Night we say: Sweet!

Photo from the PMCA's exhibit of work by Rosemary Comella, Urban Traces: Cultivating Pasadena, from their website.