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Photos: Celebrating LA Puppet Fest at the International Puppetry Museum

International Puppetry Museum

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The International Puppetry Museum opened in Pasadena 15 years ago.

International Puppetry Museum

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A german devil puppet stands on the right next to two Vietnamese water puppets and others.

International Puppetry Museum

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Most of the puppets at the International Puppetry Museum are from the personal collection of Alan Cook, the museum's founder.

International Puppetry Museum

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The International Puppetry Museum rents out space from a local church on Fair Oaks in Pasadena.

International Puppetry Museum

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Alan Cook—the museum's founder—prides himself on the collection's diversity. Here, a Taiwanese puppet head is on display.

International Puppetry Museum

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When guests begin their tour of the International Puppetry Museum, they're greeted by a series of dioramas, including one with puppets made by the founder himself, Alan Cook.


April marks Los Angeles' first ever Puppet Festival: a celebration of an artform that includes marionettes, muppets, action figures and more. There've been events at the Skirball Cultural Center, Bob Baker's Marionette Theater and--still to come--a Million Puppet March in Santa Monica. 

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Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson went to the International Puppetry Museum in Pasadena and talked with Joe Smoke, from the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, who co-sponsored the festival and the Museum's founder, Alan Cook.


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