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Photos: Celebrating LA Puppet Fest at the International Puppetry Museum




The International Puppetry Museum opened in Pasadena 15 years ago.
The International Puppetry Museum opened in Pasadena 15 years ago.
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The International Puppetry Museum opened in Pasadena 15 years ago.
A german devil puppet stands on the right next to two Vietnamese water puppets and others.
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The International Puppetry Museum opened in Pasadena 15 years ago.
Most of the puppets at the International Puppetry Museum are from the personal collection of Alan Cook, the museum's founder.
Kevin Ferguson/KPCC
The International Puppetry Museum opened in Pasadena 15 years ago.
The International Puppetry Museum rents out space from a local church on Fair Oaks in Pasadena.
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The International Puppetry Museum opened in Pasadena 15 years ago.
Alan Cook—the museum's founder—prides himself on the collection's diversity. Here, a Taiwanese puppet head is on display.
Kevin Ferguson/KPCC
The International Puppetry Museum opened in Pasadena 15 years ago.
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.
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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.