You are invited to usher in the Year of the Sheep at the USC Pacific Asia Museum this Saturday, Jan. 31, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (According to the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Sheep 2015 will start on Feb. 19, 2015 and end on Feb. 7, 2016.)
The celebration at the museum will feature live performances, arts and crafts, a puppet show, artists demonstrations and access to the museum, all offered free of charge.
The museum will welcome a delegation of 42 performers and traditional artisans from the Guangdong Province in China, which will demonstrate the making of folk art items like ceramics, pottery, lanterns, miniature clay sculptures and embroidery. Art from Korea, Cambodia, and Vietnam will also be showcased, since these countries also celebrate the Lunar New Year.
The schedule of planned performances is:
11 a.m. – Lion dance
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Guangdong delegation performance (song & dance, puppet show, acrobatics, magic show, martial arts, opera)
12:30-1:30 p.m. – Break
1:30-2 p.m. – Vietnamese dance performance
2-3 p.m. – Guangdong delegation performance (song and dance, acrobatics, opera)
3-4 p.m. – Break
4-4:30 p.m. – Korean dances and drumming
4:30-5 p.m. – Taekwondo
Those in attendance will also learn to do crafts related to the Year of the Sheep, lantern making, firecracker making, calligraphy workshops & more. Author Oliver Chin will lead a zodiac animal book program, and there will be public tours of the museum.
Performances and demonstrations will take place under a large tent in the museum’s parking lot, while activities and crafts will be done in the museum’s courtyard and auditorium. Food trucks will be parked nearby so you can stay as long as you want without going hungry (food won’t be free, however).
The USC Pacific Asia Museum is located at 46 N. Los Robles Avenue. You can learn more online at http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org