Chinese New Year, Camellia Festival and more for the week ahead

Feb. 4: Chinese music and dance are part of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens’ annual Chinese New Year Festival. The two-day event also includes dragon dancers, martial arts demonstrations, mask-changing performances and children’s book readings. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and 5. Included with general admission of $6 to $20. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Feb. 4: Descanso Gardens’ annual event includes “faery tours” of the enchanted forest from 9:30 a.m. to noon; a camellia walk and talk at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m.; and a lecture with camellia horticulturist Wen Wang at 11:30 a.m. Included in regular admission of $3 to $8. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. (818) 949-4200.

ONGOING:

Midcentury design: “California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way” features more than 300 objects including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and graphic design. Ends June 3. Regularly $10 to $15. Free admission to residents of Los Angeles County after 5 on some evenings. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010.

Beatrice Wood: “Beatrice Wood: Career Woman — Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects,” a survey devoted to the noted ceramist. Ends March 3. $3 to $5. Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., G-1. (310) 586-6488.

Maloof exhibition: “The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985” showcases about 30 pieces by the acclaimed woodworker with about 80 works by friends and colleagues. Maloof’s circle included painters Millard Sheets, Phil Dike and Karl Benjamin; sculptors Albert Stewart, Betty Davenport Ford and John Svenson; ceramists Harrison McIntosh and Otto and Gertrud Natzler; enamelists Jean and Arthur Ames; wood turner Bob Stocksdale; and fiber artist Kay Sekimachi. Ends Jan. 30. Included in admission of $6 to $20. MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Ceramics: The American Museum of Ceramic Art shows “Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975.” The survey of midcentury Southern California ceramics features more than 50 artists, including Elaine Katzer, Anthony Ivins, Otto and Vivika Heino and Betty Davenport. $4 to $5. Ends March 31. 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona. (909) 865-3146.

California craft: Craft in America and the Craft and Folk Art Museum present the survey “Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985,” an exhibition of more than 70 pieces by 65 influential innovators. Ends June 3. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. $5 to $7. (323) 937-4230.

Chinese mirrors: The exhibit “Ancient Chinese Bronze Mirrors From the Lloyd Cotsen Collection” spans 3,000 years and highlights 80 highly decorative pieces. Ends May 14. $6 to $20. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

— Lisa Boone

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