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Lia Chang Photos: Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington in San Marino

My father Russell Chang and sister Tami. Photo by Tami Chang

My father Russell Chang and sister Tami. Photo by Tami Chang

I loved celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with my father and sister Tami at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd. in San Marino on Saturday, where their Chinese New Year Festival kicked off at 11 a.m., with a performance by lion dancers and drummers near the north entrance to the Chinese garden.

The two day festival, features Chinese shadow puppet theater, maskchanging (bian lian) performances, music, folk songs, children’s book readings, painting and calligraphy demonstrations, and more until 4:30pm.

Amaryllis, chrysanthemums, gladiolas, orchids and tuberroses are among the flowers for sale at the Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington Library and Botanical Garden. Photo by Tami Chang

Amaryllis, chrysanthemums, gladiolas, orchids and tuberroses are among the flowers for sale at the Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington Library and Botanical Garden. Photo by Tami Chang


Amaryllis, chrysanthemums, gladiolas, orchids and tuberroses were among the flowers available to buy today at the entrance of the garden – having freshly cut flowers and different potted plants are a special tradition to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
The Garden of Flowing Fragrance, the Huntington’s Chinese garden and one of the focal points of the festival, was  inspired by the traditional scholar’s gardens of Suzhou, China. Photo by Lia Chang

The Garden of Flowing Fragrance, the Huntington’s Chinese garden and one of the focal points of the festival, was inspired by the traditional scholar’s gardens of Suzhou, China. Photo by Lia Chang


The Garden of Flowing Fragrance, the Huntington’s Chinese garden and one of the focal points of the festival, was inspired by the traditional scholar’s gardens of Suzhou, China. This breathtaking landscape features a large lake, tile roofed pavilions, stone bridges, a tea shop, and native Chinese plants set against a wooded backdrop of mature oaks, redwoods, and pines.
Lion Dancers at the Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington Library and Botanical Garden in San Marino. Photo by Lia Chang

Lion Dancers at the Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington Library and Botanical Garden in San Marino. Photo by Lia Chang


SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES:
(except where noted, activities are offered both days)
Lion dancers 11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.
Brown Garden lawn
(near Chinese garden entrance)
Shadow puppet theater 11 a.m. & noon
Friends’ Hall
String & Bamboo Orchestra 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Chinese garden
Chinese brush painting demonstrations 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Library lawn
Calligraphy demonstrations 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Boone Gallery foyer
Children’s book reading/signing:
Pauline Tsui, Grandpa’s Treasure Box
Saturday: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
and 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Overseers’ Room
Children’s book reading/signing:
Oliver Chin, Year of the Rabbit
Alexandra Bertolini (age 4) and Angelina Bertolini ( age 6) in their Chinese New Year finery, display their papercuts-the Chinese character for Spring, at the Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington in San Marino. Photo by Lia Chang

Alexandra Bertolini (age 4) and Angelina Bertolini (age 6) in their Chinese New Year finery display their papercuts-the Chinese Character for Spring, at the Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington in San Marino. Photo by Lia Chang


*Sunday only*
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Overseers’ Room
Tai chi demonstrations 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.
Rose Garden lawn
Children’s folk songs performance
(students in grades K2 from Pasadena Unified School District’s Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program)
1:30–1:50 p.m.
Chinese garden
Maskchanging
2 & 3 p.m.
Friends’ Hall
Chinese Music Ensemble
(from UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music)
2:30–4 p.m.
Chinese garden

Flower market *Saturday only*
All day – Entrance pavilion area
Folk art demonstrations
(artists from Chongqing, China)
All day – Chinese garden
Penjing display (miniature trees & rockery) courtesy of the Southern Breeze Society
All day – Chinese garden
Scavenger hunt for children All day

All festival activities are included with general admission to The Huntington: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students (age 12-18), $6 youth (age 5-11), and free for children under 5. The group rate is $14 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. For additional information call (626) 4052100 or visit www.huntington.org.

East West Bank is the corporate sponsor of the event. Additional funding provided by the Justin Vajna Memorial Fund for Educational Programs in the Chinese Garden. Special sponsorship has been provided by ICN TV Network enabling a delegation of artists from Chongqing, China, to demonstrate traditional art.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. More information can be found on the Web at www.huntington.org.

Visitor information
The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, Calif., and is open to the public Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30p.m. Closed Tuesdays and major holidays. Admission on weekdays: $15 adults, $12 seniors (65+), $10 students (ages 12–18 or with fulltime student I.D.), $6 youth (ages 5–11), free for children under 5. Group rate $11 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission on weekends and Monday holidays: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students, $6 youth, free for children under 5. Group rate $14 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission is free to all visitors on the first Thursday of each month with advance tickets. Information: 626-405-2100 or www.huntington.org.


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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Broadwayworld.com, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, thelmagazine.com, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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