July 19, 2013 |
Sitting atop a low table draped in a geometric quilt, Pakistani textile artist Naina intently stitches a red-and-blue block. For the next hour, she works nonstop, finishing the intricately detailed appliqued square as a fascinated audience looks on. The artist, who is in residency at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena through Sunday, uses no patterns, photos or drawings. "It's in her head," said her husband, Surendar Valasai, who serves as her interpreter and is chief executive of the Lila Handicrafts collective she represents.
June 23, 2013
ALASKA Slide show Artist Roderick Smith will give a slide presentation of his trip by ferry through the Inside Passage to Fox Island in Resurrection Bay. Smith, who painted and wrote along the way, will describe the inner journey of an artist in pursuit of finding creative solace in the Alaskan wilderness. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Workshop Experts will share tips and tricks on all aspects of hiking, such as trip planning, safety, local resources and places to go. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real, and 7 p.m. Thursday at the REI store in Huntington Beach, 7777 Edinger Ave. Admission, info: Free.
June 5, 2012
Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals (once the Emma Bangs' boardinghouse and later Vista del Arroyo Hotel), 125 S. Grand Ave, Pasadena; www.gsa.gov/portal/ext/html/site/hb/category/25431/actionParameter/exploreByBuilding/buildingId/825 Gamble House, 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena; (626) 793-3334, www.gamblehouse.org . Historic homes to see near Gamble House: 1901 Charles Sumner Greene House at 368 Arroyo Terrace; the 1906 Cole House at 2 Westmoreland Place; the 1909 Hindry House at 781 Prospect Blvd.; and Frank Lloyd Wright's Alice Millard House (a.k.a.
May 24, 2012 |
Starting Monday, Memorial Day, select museums around the country will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, Sept. 3. The program is a partnership between the Department of Defense, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, a nonprofit group providing support for military families. The museum program was started in 2010 and is now in its third year. To obtain free admission, visitors must present a valid piece of identification showing active duty in the military or National Guard and Reserves.
May 6, 2012 |
Dragons, graffiti, cartoon heroes. Gajin Fujita is known for mixing Japanese art with L.A. street and pop culture in paintings fueled by his eclectic imagination and experiences as a Japanese American from Boyle Heights. The Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena is spotlighting a major influence on these East-meets-Eastside creations: Fujita's passion for ukiyo-e , the woodblock prints that flourished in 17th- to 19th-century Japan. "Gajin Fujita: Ukiyo-e in Contemporary Painting," which opened in April, is what curator Bridget Bray calls "a focused solo exhibition of five pieces in which you see parallels to the print tradition such as dynamic compositions, martial figures, attention to surface detail and dramatization of the natural and supernatural worlds.
December 23, 2011
FAMILY Christmas Tours There's no better time to visit the historic 1929 Adamson House than during these annual tours, which showcase the site's original furnishings and feature holiday music, refreshments and a handcrafted present for each guest. Proceeds support the museum. Adamson House, 23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 7:30 p.m. $15 (reservations required). (310) 456-8432. http://www.adamsonhouse.org. MUSIC Dir En Grey Metal has been on an artistic resurgence of late, but these Japanese growlers have been at it for decades.