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2009 Pasadena Art + Ideas Festival Opens

5th Biennial Festival showcases works from local arts, science, cultural groups

The fifth biennial Pasadena Art + Ideas festival, "Origins, " will be held at various venues throughout the city of Pasadena from October 23 through November 9, 2009. Art + Ideas Festival 2009, managed by partner Pasadena Arts Council (PAC) is a multi-media collaborative of cutting-edge Pasadena arts, science, and cultural organizations.

"Pasadena is an incredibly rich nexus of arts, culture and science, so collaborating on an idea-based festival comes naturally to the partner institutions," said Terry LeMoncheck, PAC Executive Director. This year's Festival includes a full array of theater, dance, music, visual art, poetry, film, interactive workshops and children's performances, as well as its popular "Ideas" component, a series of discussions and debates hosted by PAC and other partners.  The various events are woven together by the Festival's theme, "Origins," paying homage to Charles Darwin's 200th birthday.

"Our theme is about much more than evolution in the strict sense - it's about exploring the idea of 'the beginning', because as humans we have this need to understand how things started, where they come from," said LeMoncheck.  "Exploring beginnings helps us take a peek into the future as well."

Highlights of the 2009 Festival include the world premiere of the Theatre @ Boston Court's God Save Gertrude, a musical examining the origins of political dissent; Family Stories: Sharing a Community's Legacy at Pasadena Museum of History, inspiring reflection on one's own family's origins; and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Science Center/One Colorado's exploration of the origins of the universe including scientific demonstrations, "Ask an Astronomer", and spectacular cosmic imagery. 

Partner organizations presenting  include: Armory Center for the Arts; Brehm Center at Fuller Theological Seminary; Boston Court Performing Arts Center; Gamble House; Huntington Library; Lineage Dance; One Colorado; Pasadena City College; Pasadena Museum of California Art; Pasadena Museum of History; Pasadena Public Library; Pasadena Symphony; Shumei Arts Council; Spitzer Science Center at Caltech; Art Center College of Design.

A large percentage of the Art & Ideas events will be FREE and family friendly.  Tickets for some events will be sold separately at the venue.  For complete information and a comprehensive list of all events, please visit www.artideasfestival.org.

The Pasadena Arts Council is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that provides resources, programs and services to artists, arts and cultural organizations, audiences, young people and visitors to Pasadena. 

The agency offers an independent voice for promoting a vibrant cultural community by facilitating, empowering and advocating for the arts.

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