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Music in the Garden
Wed., 1-3 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of traditional Chinese music Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Chinese Garden. A different solo musician will perform each week, playing unamplified melodies on classical instruments including the dizi, sheng, pipa, erhu, and zheng. Let the music transport you to another time and place as you stroll through one of the most magical landscapes in Southern California.
May 23 (Wednesday)
Journey back to the days of steam engines and railroad travel through stories, art activities, and a visit to the exhibition “Visions of Empire” in this class led by instructor Laura Moede. Ages 5–7. Fee includes one accompanying adult. Members: $15. Non-Members: $20. Registration: 626-405-2128.
May 9, 16, 23, and 30
(Wednesdays) 10 a.m.–noon
Get onboard for an adventure into the world of railroads, exploring places inspired by The Huntington’s collections. Each class includes a visit to the gardens or galleries, art projects, stories, and more, led by instructor Laura Moede. Fee includes one accompanying adult. Ages 3–4. Members: $85. Non-Members: $95. Registration: 626-405-2128.
Al Martinez: Bard of L.A.
March 17–June 25, 2012
The six-decade-long career of Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author Al Martinez is showcased in an exhibition that looks back at how the writer has chronicled the foibles, peccadilloes, accomplishments, and, sometimes, sad plights of those around him. The exhibition highlights about 75 items from The Huntington’s collections, including newspaper cartoons, notes, corrected typescripts, first editions of his books, and more.
May 23 (Wednesday)
7:30 p.m. Free
The song “Hail to the Chief” had its origins in Sir Walter Scott’s poem “The Lady of the Lake” as the anthem to a Scottish highland clan leader. Joseph Rezek, assistant professor of English at Boston University, will describe how it became a patriotic song during the War of 1812, when Scott’s popularity was at its height in America. Free. No reservations required. Friends’ Hall.
May 23, June 27, July 25 & Aug. 29
(Wednesdays) 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Explore the uniquely American landscape portrayed in the writings of authors Willa Cather, William Faulkner, Sinclair Lewis, and John Steinbeck in a four-part book series led by facilitator Judith Palarz. This series will also include a curator tour of the exhibition “Roger Medearis: His Regionalism,” which opens June 16. Members: $85. Non Members: $95. Registration: 626-405-2128.