Chalk it up: The Pasadena Chalk Festival colors your world this weekend

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What happens when more than 500 artists go back to the drawing board — and the drawing board is a bunch of pavement in Pasadena?
The result is the Pasadena Chalk Festival, an explosion of color and style on the walkways of the Paseo Colorado shopping center. Face-painting and designated areas for kids to try their hand at their own variety of beautiful chalk art make this event a Father’s Day weekend classic. 
The Pasadena Chalk Festival this year will also attempt to set a world record for largest display of chalk pavement art.
Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Paseo Colorado, 280 E. Colorado Blvd. Free. (626) 795-9100, pasadenachalkfestival.com
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Weekend guide: Fusion Fridays, open house at JPL, and freebie day at Museums of the Arroyo

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Friday, May 14
  • Fusion Fridays at Pacific Asia Museum
Premiering Friday is Pacific Asia Museum’s dynamic summertime mix of art, conversation, music, dance, drinks and food — from your favorite mobile gourmet food like The Sweets Truck and Frysmith. Cocktail attire or Asian-fusion dress encouraged. This month’s event, held in the courtyard and throughout the museum complex, highlights the art of India and Pakistan through Bhangra DJ music, dance performances, mehndi body art and a miniature art project celebrating current PacAsia Museum exhibits.
$10 admission; free for members. Friday, 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., 46 N. Los Robles Ave., pacificasiamuseum.org
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Pasadena Jazz Institute says farewell to Paseo Colorado, searches for new joint

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Pasadena Weekly has the details on Pasadena Jazz Institute‘s move from the Paseo Colorado mall to … well, somewhere.

“… on Saturday, following performances by the eight-piece band The Big
Pill
, the PJI’s lease expires, forcing (owner Paul) Lines to close up shop and look
for another location.”

After three years of music-making in the massive restaurant space that used to house Delmonico’s Seafood Grill, Paseo’s management has found a permanent tenant, reports Andr Coleman in the Weekly.

“The space, slated to become a banquet hall after Lines and company
leave, was certainly roomy enough, but the increased wait time for
drinks and appetizers produced a financially detrimental domino effect:
Customers unhappy with waiting left smaller tips, which brought
turnover among bar staff, resulting in less rapport developing with
bartenders and servers, all ending with fewer customers.”

But first, there’s this weekend’s mini-farewell tour:

Friday, “Come To A Jazz Party,” with performances by five bands: Elizabeth Lamers, The Bill Watrous Quartet, The Matt Falker Trio, The San Gabriel 7 and Nick Mancini Collective. Music starts at 6 p.m.

The Big Pill will headline Saturday’s final-ever show — the true requiem for Pasadena’s jazz dream.

Cost is $10 at both events. Think of it as a memorial offering.

Pasadena Jazz Institute, Paseo Colorado, 280 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 206, but not for long. (626) 398-3344

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