Hop over to the Huntington as year of Rabbit Dawns
Feb. 5 and 6 — Welcome the Year of the Rabbit at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. The Chinese New Year Family Festival includes performances by lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations, shadow puppet theater, music, mask-changing performances and more. Free with Huntington admission.
Feb. 12 — Art educator and chef Maite Gomez-Rejón presents “A Taste of Art: A Culinary Grand Tour” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tour paintings portraying ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt, then join Gomez-Rejón in preparing and enjoying a classic Mediterranean meal. The cost is $90 ($80 for members). Call (626) 405-2128 to register.
Feb. 12 and 13 — The Huntington’s 39th annual Camellia Show and Sale showcases a wide selection of camellias in competition and for sale. Visitors can also tour acres of blooming camellias in the North Vista, Japanese Garden Canyon and Chinese Garden. Free with Huntington admission.
Feb. 23 — Brad Owen of Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts presents a lecture and wine tasting featuring “Pinot Noir from Around the World” from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Learn about areas of production and how wines differ by region. The cost is $90 ($80 for members). Call (626) 405-2128 to register.
Feb. 26 and 27 — The “Bonsai-a-Thon” offers exhibits, demonstrations, prize drawings, auctions and more from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free with Huntington admission.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org.
Love Life Goes to the Dogs
Through Feb. 19 — Tanna Frederick, star of Henry Jaglom’s recent films, leads the cast of A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, a humorous tale of love, marriage, jealousy, dogs and a mid-life crisis, at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Dircted by Gita Donovan, the play tells the story of an empty-nest couple in a big city and a love triangle involving their poodle. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 19. Admission costs $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and students and $12 for children 12 and under.
The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre.
Call (626) 355-4318 for reservations or visit sierramadreplayhouse.org.
Saddle up sundays with cowboys or indians
Ongoing — The Autry National Center in Griffith Park offers Family Fun Days year-round on the first and third Sundays of every month. The first Sunday is American Indian Culture Day, with stories by Native American storytellers, tours, games and music played on traditional instruments. Activities run from 1 to 4 p.m.
The third Sunday of the month focuses on Western fun. Discover the myths and realities of the California Gold Rush as you pan for gold, do crafts, check out the Western Music Association’s monthly jam, hear frontier sagas, dress up like a cowboy or cowgirl and mount a life-size horse replica for a keepsake photo, view the Our West Children’s Art Gallery and visit the hands-on, interactive Family Discovery Gallery. Activities run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with Autry admission of $9 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $3 for children ages 3 to 12 (free for members).
Feb. 13 — Author, historian, writer and editor Douglas Brinkley (pictured) discusses and signs his latest book, The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879–1960, at 2 p.m. The book, a follow-up to his bestseller, Wilderness Warrior, looks at past and present battles to preserve Alaska’s wilderness. Free with museum admission.
The Autry National Center is located at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park.
Call (323) 667-2000 or visit theautry.org.
Flowers, feathers and fungus fun at descanso
Classes and romance bloom at Descanso Gardens this month. Call (818) 949-7980 to register for all activities.
Feb. 5 — Take a walk and hear a talk on mushrooms by Florence Nishida of the Natural History Museum from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Nishida lectures on America’s favorite fungus, then leads a one-hour walk through Descanso Gardens to identify various species. In the Enchanted Forest from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Descanso’s faeries offer flower facts, enchanting stories and surprises. Descanso camellia horticulturist Wayne Walker leads a camellia walk and discussion through the Camellia Garden at 1 p.m. All above activities are free with Descanso admission.
Also at 11 a.m. Walker demonstrates the culinary and wellness uses for the Camellia sinensis plant used to produce Chinese tea. The cost is $20 ($10 for members).
Feb. 12 — Joe Kertes teaches a beginning class in birding, including species identification and appreciation of the numerous varieties living at Descanso, from 8 to 10 a.m. Bring binoculars and walking shoes. The fee is $20 ($10 for members).
Feb. 12 and 13 — Cuddle up and take a romantic Tram Tour of Love at 4 p.m. either day, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Visit Descanso’s romantic locales and indulge in two glasses of Champagne or cider. The cost is $35 per couple ($20 for members).
Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 949-4200 or visit descansogardens.org.
Surreal City at Boston Court
Feb. 12 — Tennessee Williams’ Camino Real opens at The Theatre @ Boston Court. This co-production with CalArts explores a surreal walled city that serves as purgatory for the play’s numerous characters –– some famous historical and
literary figures, others from Williams’ imagination. Jessica Kubzansky directs. Camino Real continues through March 13. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $32, $27 for students and seniors.
The Theatre @ Boston Court is located at 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 683-6883 or visit bostoncourt.com.
from brazil, bach to baroque with chamber orchestra The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents a trio of
concerts this month:
Feb. 12 — The “Bach to Bossa Nova” concert gala at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion features music of Bach, Derek Bermel and traditional Brazilian songs. Jeffrey Kahane conducts and plays keyboards; featured performers are vocalist Luciana Souza and clarinetist Bermel. The event starts at 5 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction preview, followed by the concert, silent and live auctions and dinner and dancing. Tickets cost $750 to $2,000.
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.
Feb. 13 — LACO partners with Kidspace Museum to present its first family concert of the season, “Hip-Hop Peter and the Wolf,” at 2 p.m. at the Alex Theatre. Young members of Project Trio (pictured) –– including flutist Greg Pattillo, featured on Nickelodeon’s iCarly –– put a modern spin on the Prokofiev classic. The guest conductor is Lucinda Carver. Kids can create their own animal tracks and learn to identify species by their unique prints. In addition, Culture Shock L.A. Dance Troupe performs and teaches hip-hop dance moves. Tickets cost $10 to $16.
The Alex Theatre is located at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale.
Feb. 17 — The orchestra presents “Baroque Conversations 3,” part of a five-concert series, at 7 p.m. at the Colburn School’s Zipper Concert Hall. The program includes works by Muffat, Handel, Bach, Royer and Rameau. The conductor and harpsichord soloist is Jory Vinikour. Tickets cost $45.
Zipper Concert Hall is located at the Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles.
For tickets to all LACO events, call (213) 622-7001, ext. 215, or visit laco.org.
Alive and Well in L.A.
Feb. 13 — Pasadena Pro Musica continues its 47th season with “Alive and Well and Living in L.A.,” a concert at Pasadena’s Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church at 4 p.m. The program is an eclectic tour of choral works by living composers who call the city home, including Eric Whitacre, Frank Ticheli, Elaine Bearer, Morten Lauridsen and Stephen Grimm. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
The Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 628-2144 or visit
book backers host sierra madre foodfest Feb. 18 — Friends of the Sierra Madre Library host their 41st annual Wine and Cuisine tasting fundraiser from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Sierra Madre’s Alverno High School Villa. A variety of fine wines will be available, plus food from various local restaurants. Guests can peruse works by local artists, such as this year’s featured artist, Djbril N’Doye. General admission tickets are $60 for the 7 p.m. entry; premier admission allows a 6 p.m. entry for an additional charge. (Friends members receive a $5 discount on tickets purchased at the library.) Tickets are available in Sierra Madre at The Bottle Shop, Iris Intrigue, Savor the Flavor, the Sierra Madre Library and sierramadrelibraryfriends.org.
Alverno High School Villa is located at 200 N. Michillinda Ave., Sierra Madre.
Sex and the city zoo
Feb. 13 — Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the L.A. Zoo with “Sex and the City Zoo 2,” a lighthearted look at animal mating from 5 to 7 p.m. open to adults only. Jason Jacobs discusses relationships in the animal kingdom. Champagne and chocolate refreshments are available. Tickets cost $35 ($25 for members of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association).
The Los Angeles Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the intersection of the Ventura (Interstate 134) and Golden State (Interstate 5) freeways. For reservations, call (323) 644-4781 or visit lazoo.org.
Cage, Stravinsky Explored at Norton Simon
Feb. 18 — Pianist Polli Chambers-Salazar presents “From Stravinsky to Kandinsky: Music in the Time of the Blue Four,” at
7 p.m. The program explores artistic experimentation among composers and fine artists during the early 20th century. The Blue Four refers to a group of artists promoted by art dealer, collector and scholar Galka Scheyer: Wassily Kandinsky, Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee and Alexei Jawlensky. Chambers-Salazar expresses a connection between the period’s visual and musical arts in music. Free with museum admission.
Feb. 26 — In “Saying Something about John Cage,” Jeffrey Saletnik, lecturer and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Columbia University’s Department of Art History and Archaeology, discusses Cage’s musical and artistic experiments, exemplified by his piece 4’33", known as his “silent piece.” He also explores the relationship between Cage’s musical creativity and work as a writer and printmaker. The 4 p.m. lecture is free with museum admission.
The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.
Puppet tale updated
Feb. 19 — Deaf West Theatre’s production of The Adventures of Pinocchio, a new adaptation of the classic story dramatized by Lee Hall and directed by Stephen Rothman, opens at 8 p.m. today and continues through March 26. Hall employs the Italian physical comedy tradition of commedia dell’arte, which lends itself to the company’s signature combination of signed and voiced theater. The show, rated PG for mild language and dark themes, goes on at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $15 for children 12 and younger.
Deaf West Theatre is located at 5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Call (818) 762-2773 (voice) or (866) 954-2986 (video phone) or visit deafwest.org.
The Trio’s The Thing
Feb. 20 — The Da Camera Society’s Chamber Music in Historic Sites program visits the Pasadena Civic Auditorium Gold Room for a concert by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio (pictured) performing masterworks for three pianos, including Beethoven’s “Ghost Trio,” Mendelssohn’s Trio in C, Op. 66 and the “Trio of Ravel” at 4 p.m. Tickets range from $45 to $49.
The Pasadena Civic Auditorium is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (213) 477-2929 or visit dacamera.org.
Feb. 26 and 27 — The Pasadena Civic Ballet Company presents a new work, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, who dance through forests of gold, silver and jewels to find the secret palace where they dance until dawn. Animated sets, regal costumes and more than 150 characters cast a fairy tale spell at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. A Princess Tea starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday;
performances start at 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 for the tea; ballet tickets range from $23 to $29.
The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse is located at 320 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel.
Call (626) 792-0873 or visit pcballet.com.
Flames and surround-sound amp up chamber music
Feb. 26 — Southwest Chamber Music continues a season of avant-garde performances with a concert celebrating the works of composer Wadada Leo Smith (pictured) at The Colburn School. Selections include “Taif — Prayer in the Garden of the Hijaz,” which incorporates a four-speaker surround-sound computer montage with string quartet, trumpet and percussion. The program also includes his fourth string quartet, “In the Diaspora,” and “Moths, Flames & the Giant Sequoia Redwood Trees.” A pre-concert talk starts at 7:30 p.m.; the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $38 for general admission, $28 for seniors and $10 for students with ID.
The Colburn School is located at 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (800) 726-7147
or visit swmusic.org.
Scoring Extra Points at Staples
Feb. 27 — For the past 85 years, the Harlem Globetrotters have spiced up the game of basketball with comedy and amazing physical feats. Their virtuosity includes the “alley-oop,” the slam dunk and behind-the-back pass. Now they bring the four-point shot to Staples Center and other Southland venues. When basketball’s clown princes play the Washington Generals at noon at Staples Center, the court will include two designated four-point shooting spots, one on each side of mid-court, 35 feet from the basket, 12 feet beyond the official NBA three-point line. Tickets range from $29.95 to $95.15.
Staples Center is located at 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com for tickets.