Music & Art at Hsi Lai

Jun 16, 2014

imagePracticing compassion through music and art. That is the “about” listed for the Hsi Lai Temple located in the southern-most part of San Gabriel Valley, in Hacienda Heights.

Saturday, June 21st, Hsi Lai Temple is holding its first music and arts festival. Soulful and alternative Lotus Band will be performing, as will the folk-pop duo The Gypsy Lights, the “dreamy atmospheric sounds, vivid images, and soaring harmonies” of Alnilam, the “new age/old school/melodic/poetic” Ever In Bloom, and the “alt rock, pop-punk, and bossa garage anti-pop” band The Zero Summers. (We listened to Alnilam’s single of the same name and found it lulls in the way of Enya, the lead singer’s voice containing a rough edge reminiscent of the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan.) The Hsi Lai Temple English vocal group will perform, too, as will a drum troupe and Temple Zither.




Artists exhibiting and selling their work include watercolorist Joy Zhang and silkscreener Chris Rivera. Jorge Ibarra and Allison Grainger will have their glass bottle art and Gocco, a Japanese screen printing process. Herbie’s Rock Pile (great name) will be showing their jewelery, rocks, minerals, and gems…



Resident artist Bob Hurton of the dA Center for the Arts, a “hub for emerging artists” in Pomona, will have an interactive show at the festival, while artist and animator Donna Kay Lau will be showing her clothing lines Art is On! and her Surf Soup picture book project. Lau was a member of the crew on The Regular Show on Cartoon Network that won a Primetime Emmy Award.

“Keeping the doctor at bay with a drawing a day,” Daily Zoo author Chris Ayers will be on hand with his illustrations. Ayers has been a character designer and concept artist on Men In Black II, Fantastic Four, and the Santa Clause 2.

Chris Ayers illustration

Chris Ayers illustration

After surviving AML, a cancer of the blood, Ayers decided to challenge himself, have a bit of fun, and redirect his focus back onto his art by drawing an animal a day for one year. The Daily Zoo was published in 2008, which has been followed by Daily Zoo Year 2, Daily Zoo Goes to Paris, and Daily Zoo Year 3 published in April 2014. (His first book, by the way, if this carries any weight, has a forward by J.J. Arbams.)

Illustrator Chris Ayers

Illustrator Chris Ayers; image source Chris Ayers Design


The Hsi Lai Temple Music & Art Festival will also have vegetarian food booths, arts & crafts and face painting for kids, book sales, and an evening meditation.

Hsi Lai Temple Music & Art Festival
Saturday, June 21st, 4-8:30pm
3456 Glenmark Dr., Hacienda Heights 91745
For details, visit the event’s Facebook page
Or call 626.961.9697

“We at Hsi Lai are committed to serving as a bridge between East and West so that the Buddha’s teachings of kindness, compassion, joyfulness, and equanimity might be integrated into our lives and of those around us to the benefit of all and that we might learn the ways to cultivate the wisdom to clearly understand the true meaning of all things.”

Photo by Aaron Logan/Creative Commons

Photo by Aaron Logan/Creative Commons




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