January 1, 2015, 8 a.m. PT
A celebration more than a century old – a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere else in the world. It's America's New Year Celebration, a greeting to the world on the first day of the year, and a salute to the community spirit and love of pageantry that have thrived in Pasadena for more than 100 years.
The fun begins when the 126th Rose Parade presented by Honda marches down Colorado Boulevard on Thursday, January 1, 2015. Thousands will line the streets to watch as the Tournament of Roses Queen, Royal Court and floats cruise the 5.5- mile parade route. Whether in person or on television, the Rose Parade is time-honored tradition for welcoming the first day of the year. The 126th Rose Parade presented by Honda will be broadcast on multiple stations and networks. Please check local listings.
Admission: Reserved grandstand seating available through Sharp Seating Company: http://www.sharpseating.com.
Free curbside viewing is also available along the 5-1/2 mile route on a first-come, first-served basis.
Operating December 29 - January 7, the 30th Annual Visitor Hotline is staffed by trained volunteers from throughout the community. These volunteers are available to answer questions about the BCS National Championship Game, parking, accommodations, dining, directions, related events, and more.
Visitor Hotline (877) 793-9911
Hours of operation (PST)
Monday, Dec. 30, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 1 – Friday, Jan. 3, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 4 & Sunday, Jan. 5, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 6, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Visitors can also download the free, interactive GoPasadena app. Up-to-the-minute changes and information can also be found by following the Visitor Hotline on Facebook at facebook.com/pasadenavisitorhotline.
February 21-22, 2015
Air + Style is a reflection of Shaun White’s lifestyle. It will involve sporting elements including snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding and BMX; there will be an interactive area for guests of of all ages; music from three stages inside and outside the Rose Bowl; a fashion show; technology; cuisine; gaming; and, art reflected throughout the venue. The snowboard competition is part of the Air + Style event tour starting in Beijing, then to Innsbruck and ending at the Rose Bowl which will be the largest and final event of the tour.
For more information about the Air + Style event, please visit: rosebowlstadium.com
“Historic Pasadena” Smart Phone Application
The “Historic Pasadena” smart phone app has three primary functions:
1. Search for any historic resources near your current location
2. Search for specific kinds of historic resources (such as architectural styles, works of a particular architect, etc.)
3. Follow pre-defined mobile tours created by the City and other agencies
Each of these options will include the ability to obtain walking, driving or transit or directions to each point on the tour from your current location. Information about each stop on the tour will also be accessible, based on data that is included in the City’s online database of historic resources, known as the California Historical Resources Inventory Database, or CHRID. The smart phone app is available for both iPhone and Android devices and the full CHRID database can also be accessed HERE.
October 3-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29-November 2, 2014
Lighting up the night once again this October is a unique all-ages Halloween extravaganza – RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns! More than 5,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns created by professional artists and sculptors are arranged in artful displays throughout a 1/4-mile scenic trail. The entire family-friendly stroll is a multi-sensory experience that is sure to be a lasting annual family tradition.
All new for 2014! Imagine seeing thousands of carved jack o’lanterns arranged within a variety of exciting themes. Visitors will see a re-creation of the New York City Skyline, favorite sports stars from your professional teams, amazingly carved images of famous TV stars, a giant graveyard made of jack o’lanterns, and a pre-historic arrangement of life-sized dinosaurs made entirely out of lit jack o’lanterns! The variety of themes are sure to impress visitors of all ages.
Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA, 91011
September 14, 2014 - January 11, 2015
An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle
Jess Collins, known simply as Jess, and his partner, the poet Robert Duncan, were one of the most fascinating artist couples of the 20th century. An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle is the first exhibition to focus on the creative production and relationship between the two, and their remarkable circle of friends. Jess's mind-bending collages—or, as he called them, "paste-ups," were often published to accompany erudite Duncan's poems and essays, whose writings and ideas, in turn, made their way into Jess's dense and allusive works. The exhibition draws its name, "An Opening of the Field," from the title of one of Duncan's key books. Progenitors of modernism, Jess and Duncan heavily influenced an entire generation of poets and painters who would gather at their San Francisco home, which served as a salon and gallery space for their artist friends. The exhibition includes approximately 85 works by Jess and Duncan as well as from members of their coterie, including R. B. Kitaj, Edward Corbett, Wallace Berman, Lawrence Jordan, and George Herms, as well as the poets Jack Spicer, Robin Blaser, and Michael McClure and is accompanied by a 250-page catalogue.
Burning Down the House: Ellen Brooks, Jo Ann Callis, Eileen Cowin
Burning Down the House: Ellen Brooks, Jo Ann Callis, Eileen Cowin brings together work by these three contemporary artists for the first time. Long known for using photography to narrative ends, Brooks, Callis, and Cowin, who emerged simultaneously in 1970s Southern California, challenge both the role of women and their chosen medium in multi-layered, provocative images. Taking its title from the eponymous Talking Heads song, the exhibition features a series of photographs from the 1970s to the early 2000s. Their photographic tableaux are like illicit reveries and performances—"shakedown dreams in broad daylight," as the Talking Heads might have called them—that reflect a multitude of private torments and obsessions. Ranging from small individual photographs to large-scale sequences comprised of several prints, the installation freely intermixes work by the three artists, exploring issues of female identity, relationship, intimacy, domestic conflict, and gender performance. Burning Down the House: Ellen Brooks, Jo Ann Callis, Eileen Cowin is curated by Claudia Bohn-Spector and Sam Mellon, and is organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art. This exhibition is supported by the Pasadena Arts League.
Stas Orlovski: Chimera
Long fascinated by sources such as the Soviet-era children's books from his own childhood, Japanese prints, and Dutch botanical illustration, Stas Orlovski has mined this vocabulary of images, ideas, and motifs for his drawings, collages, paintings, and prints. For Stas Orlovski: Chimera—using the magical projections of the 18th and 19th century Phantasmagoria shows as a point of inspiration—he creates a moving drawing where disparate histories, events, and dreams collide. The installation is accompanied by an atmospheric sound piece composed by Steve Roden specifically for Chimera, collaged, much like the installation, using various recordings of instruments from Roden's collection of Victorian-era instruments such as: a harmonium from India, a Gibson banjolele, a long neck banjo, a strohviol—and Roden's voice. Stas Orlovski: Chimera is organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Funding for this exhibition has been generously provided by United States Artists Hatchfund and the Center for Cultural Innovation.