Find the perfect zen for the weekend by attending USC Pacific Asia Museum’s Hatha yoga class during lunch on Friday—beginners are welcome and class is only $10, the cost of a Euro Pane sandwich or handful of macarons, so money well spent! Of course, for us, finding the proper zen would probably include the yoga class and a few macarons (raspberry and sea salt caramel, if you please).
Start the weekend by attending Fusion Friday. From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., dance to the “Afro-Arab” beats of Bedouin X, participate in an audio scavenger hunt, and learn the art of tile making. (Wake up on Saturday morning and investigate the difference between the pre-drink tile you made and the one following a few hours of cocktails, dancing, and hunting—display them proudly.) Fusion Friday, free for members and $15 for non-members. Cocktail attire requested. Event details here. Reserve your ticket here.
Re-find your center (and balance) at Saturday morning’s tai chi class. It’s a tad early, 8-9:30 a.m., but the peaceful courtyard in which it’s held and the calming, gentle, “meditation in motion” qualities of the art will outweigh the early hour. $10
Enjoy a cup of green tea to revive you, then head to the Chinese calligraphy or the Chinese brush painting class. Or, learn the art of haiku with the Southern California Haiku Study Group “devoted to studying, writing, and sharing haiku in English.” No membership fee and beginners are always welcome.
Of course a stroll through the museum is a must with the Arts of Korea, China, and Pacific Asia on permanent display. Current exhibits include:
- The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America presents a collection of visual narratives by five contemporary artists exploring recurring issues of immigration and border relations that have persisted throughout U.S. history.
- I Am Writing You Tomorrow introduces Israel-based multimedia artist Penny Hes Yassour. In this installation, Yassour pays homage to Chinese ink painting and calligraphy: polymorphous networks formed by the artist’s spontaneous hand gestures recall the kinesthetic and gestural brush strokes found in traditional Chinese art.
- A New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century. The last quarter of the 19th century brought profound changes in Japan as it transformed from a feudal society into a modern nation. Japanese artists went through equally fundamental changes as new theories were introduced from the other side of the world through books, magazines and increased travel by both Japanese and Westerners.
USC Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena 91101. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: $10, general; $7, students. Free Parking. 626.449.2724. PacificAsiaMuseum.org.