A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

Friday, March 13, is ArtNight Pasadena, when the city gets into full party mode with 14 cultural venues offering free admission and performances. The world-class Norton Simon Museum, the lively Pasadena Symphony, Pasadena Jazz Institute, Pasadena City College and Art Center College of Design are among the many options. Local restaurants offer special treats as well. 

Start at City Hall, the gorgeous 1927 California Mediterranean structure designed by Bakewell and Brown, where you can enjoy some music before jumping on the free shuttles that circulate the ArtNight route. This arts extravaganza happens twice a year, in the fall and spring. The fall ’08 event brought in 14,000 people, so plan accordingly. For more information, visit artnightpasadena.org.

The Boston Court Performing Arts Center offers a day of music, theater and more on Saturday, March 13. For information on that event, visit www.playhousedistrict.org.