If it's spring, it's time for a new edition of ArtNight Pasadena, the ever-expanding, seasonal mini-festival spotlighting the city's proliferation of culture. On this night, loads of galleries, theaters, alternative venues and public spaces stay open late, offering art, music, dance, performance and kids stuff. Of special interest to the visual arts - minded will be the lively painting survey "Caught Looking: Simone Gad, Tracy Nakayama, Ruby Neri, Lauralee Pope, Mary Weatherford" at the Armory Center for the Arts and the impressive crop of ongoing exhibitions at the nearby Pasadena Museum of California Art, including "Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California," a collection of politically charged work by exciting printmakers in "Serigrafía," and the innovative and haunting multiplatform installation "Flora Kao: Homestead." Farther afield but worth the effort are the recently opened Art Center exhibition focusing on the life and work of Ray Eames; and a special preview of Offramp Gallery's new show featuring magical and mysterious books manipulated by Susan Sironi. Offramp's proper opening is Sunday afternoon, but in honor of ArtNight, the gallery throws a garden party with live music and avant-garde balloon art. Check the ArtNight website for a full roster of exhibitions, venues, set times and food truck schedules - as well as maps for self-guiding and routes for free-shuttle riding. Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena. Fri., March 14, 6-10 p.m.; free. (626) 744-7887, artnightpasadena.org.
Fri., March 14, 6-10 p.m., 2014