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Two generic L.A. destinations I'll never tire of are the sleepy, American-mall suburb of Pasadena and the Getty, home of late-night summer concert series Saturdays off the 405. Both are consistent presences in this column, both are easily accessible to most Angelenos, and this weekend, both host free nighttime events open to the public.
Friday's ArtNight Pasadena runs from 6-10pm, and visitors can travel by foot or shuttle across Old Town to experience exhibits that vary from orchestral performances at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium to a history-of-baseball exhibit at the Public Library. The Pasadena Museum of California Art (which hosted its own Rock Me on the Terrace event earlier this summer) presents a comprehensive new Wayne Thiebaud exhibit, 70 Years of Painting. The Pacific Asian Museum has an incredible-looking graffiti installation on display that showcases Chinese and Latino art.
Saturday night, the Getty closes out its popular summer series with a performance by crooner Dent May, whose pop music grab-bag includes Brazilian Tropicalia, 50's barbershop quarter, and early-20th-century swing. Getty's Saturday events run from 6pm to 9pm and feature cash bars, a cafe, open galleries, and beautiful garden landscapes. Arrive early to ensure a parking spot; the incredible popularity of July's Cut Chemist show resulted in overflow and guests being turned away. Will this be the best weekend of my life? Very likely, although I am prone to hyperbole.