Weekend guide: Sew contemporary, spring festivals blossoming and a sweet pairing menu


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SATURDAY, April 10, & SUNDAY, April 11


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    “Stitches”

A group exhibition at the Armory Center for the Arts opening Saturday will have you bobbin and weaving. Curated by Sinead Finnerty-Pyne, “Stitches” highlights 12 culturally diverse artists who approach craft, textile and fiber art in an unconventional manner. In a versatile — and sometimes obsessive — art form, the works use materials ranging from yarn and thread, to found objects and recycled clothing. Contemporary artworks approach the homespun techniques of sewing, knitting and weaving, including two-dimensional and freestanding sculptural works, along with large-scale installations.

Opening reception Saturday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Suggested donation, $5. Runs through June 6. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Caldwell Gallery at the Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave. 626-792-5101, armoryarts.org


  • Cherry Blossom Festival


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A massive Japanese cultural celebration that each year attracts thousands of visitors, the Cherry Blossom Festival includes dance and music performances, cultural exhibits, martial-arts demonstrations, film screenings, delicious food courts and a beer and sake garden.


Free admission. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles, Entrance on 1st Street in front of the Japanese American National Museum by Central and Parking Lot 7 by the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. cherryblossomfestivalsocal.org


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    “Line of Style”

An international roster of contemporary fashion illustrators exhibit their work in a variety of mediums, including paint, watercolor, ink, textiles and digital media. This is Gallery Nucleus’ first fashion illustration exhibition – check out the impressive photos from the opening reception April 3 — but they join a formidable vein of art that has existed since the dawn of civilization. Documentation by artists of fashion and its trends has graced the statues of Mesopotamia, the walls of Egyptian pyramids, the master paintings of the Renaissance up to and beyond the first Vogue cover in 1892.


Runs through April 26. Hours: Sunday-Monday, noon-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Gallery Nucleus, 210 E. Main St., Alhambra. gallerynucleus.com

SUNDAY, April 11


  • Open Market

This is your chance to become an art collector, while supporting the emerging and established artists at Art Center College of Design and Pasadena City College.
Students, faculty and alums from the two institutions will be showcasing their exceptional work-for-sale in an open-air market at the One Colorado complex.


All proceeds from Open Market directly benefit the artists from whom you purchase.
Free admission. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. One Colorado, 24 E. Union St. onecolorado.com

  • L.A. Heritage Day
The site — Heritage Square Museum — alone is worth the journey to dive into Los Angeles history, with more than 100 heritage groups and museums from across the city represented. There will be performances and presentations throughout the day, with Pink’s hot dogs available for purchase, and you won’t even have to wait in the traditional long line. The festival will take you back — you know, way, way back — with blacksmithing demos, a living history of William Mullholland, period dancing, old-tyme songs and costumes galore.

Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission with flyer. Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer Street, Los Angeles. heritagesquare.blogspot.com

  • Sinfully Sweet Sunday

When the Sweets Truck and Auntie Em’s pastry chef Michelle Risucci are scheduled to roll through, you know it will be a Sinfully Sweet Sunday at Verdugo Bar in Glassell Park. 
On the sweets menu: Citrus cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, lemon meringue tartlets, brownie bites with chocolate and strawberry, red velvet tea cake with dark chocolate ganache and a beer float with vanilla bean ice cream. On the beer menu: Coney Island Albino Python white lager, Liefman’s Kriek Flemish brown ale and cherry lambic, Kasteel Cuvee Du Chateau Belgian strong dark ale, Spaten Optimator doppelbock and Old Rasputin Russian imperial stout. With live beats to further sweeten the mood.


Tasting at 2 p.m. Sunday. Patio will be open to public; Pairing $20. Reserve a spot with an online pre-sale ticket. Verdugo Bar, 3408 Verdugo Rd., Los Angeles. verdugobar.com
(Photos: Armory Center for the Arts, Getty Images, Walt Mancini / Staff)

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