Celebrate nature, art, music, and community at Pasadena's 12th annual Earth and Arts Festival, www.cityofpasadena.net/earthday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Memorial Park, 85 E. Holly Street, at Raymond Avenue, and, across the street at the Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Avenue. Pasadena's Earth and Arts Festival is one of the biggest free "green" events in Southern California with family friendly activities, exhibits and entertainment for all ages.
Master of Ceremonies is noted author, performer and KPCC (89.3 FM) public radio commentator Sandra Tsing Loh, http://www.lohdownonscience.org/. Live music and entertainment will be featured throughout the day on two stages including kids' music, world music, nationally touring musicians, a drum circle, and several local dance ensembles. The main stage is on Raymond Avenue and the second stage is inside the Armory building. (Entertainment schedule below.)
Raymond Avenue will be closed between Holly Street and Walnut Avenue from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists and bicyclists are advised to use caution while traveling through the area. A brief Opening Ceremony with local officials will be on the main stage to kick off the festival at 11 a.m.
A huge "Eco-Marketplace" will be in Memorial Park where visitors can browse through dozens of booths by local businesses or non-profits promoting the latest in green living, energy & water efficiency, sustainable gardening, composting, organic foods, green buildings, alternative transportation, solar and renewable energy. Several City booths will be available with staff to help answer questions about waste reduction, recycling, water and energy conservation, public transit and parks.
A Sustainable Beer Garden will feature artisan brews from Pasadena's Craftsman Brewing Company with drinks served in fully compostable, corn-based cups.
If you're within biking distance, it will be a great day to use your bicycle (and helmet)! Or, consider taking the Metro Gold Line, www.metro.net, to the Memorial Park Station, or call (323) Go-Metro for route help. Show your Metro pass to the City's Transportation Department booth for a free, Earth Day reusable bag, while supplies last! Paid parking only for cars is available nearby.
Live entertainment scheduled throughout the day includes the following (subject to change):
OUTDOOR MAIN STAGE
- 11:15 AM The Subs: Classic Rock Band
- 12:15 AM Ballet Folklorico Sol y Luna
- 1:15 PM Drumtime: a unique combination of musical education, physical activity, creativity and community building
- 2:15 PM Danza Yankuikuitl (New Fire Aztec Dancers)
- 3:15 PM Blackwater Jukebox
- 4:15 PM Bizzart: the brainchild of DJ Arthur Arellanes providing a mix of contradictory and cohesive elements and sounds
ARMORY INDOOR STAGE
- 12:30 AM Kan Zaman: volunteer musicians, singers and staff from diverse backgrounds
- 1:30 PM Robert Hilton: designs, builds, and plays unique musical instruments often sculptural in nature, but music is the ultimate goal, http://vimeo.com/74871439
- 2:30 PM Clair Mills: interactive music and story time for children, often using puppets and stories with costumes for older children
- 3:30 PM Artichoke: Highland Park-based band with charming high-energy set for kids and families
The festival is sponsored by the City of Pasadena, Armory Center for the Arts, Conscientious Projector and Metro. For more information, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/earthday.
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