Chinatown Art Festival to Spotlight New Paintings of This Historic Area By Top California Artists
A Chinese Film Festival - A Tribute to Ang Lee - to Be Featured Event On
LOS ANGELES, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A collection of new paintings of Los Angeles Chinatown will be on display for the first time to the public when the Chinatown Art Festival begins on Saturday, June 23. This special exhibition of artwork, created by some of California's foremost "plein air" artists, will be on view at 951 North Broadway through July 22. All of the artists represented in this exhibition are juried members of the prestigious California Art Club, one of the nation's oldest and largest fine arts organizations. The California Art Club is co-sponsoring this event with the Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council (LACBC), which recently formed a Business Improvement District to revitalize this multicultural region of Los Angeles. "With this event, we are inviting Southern California residents back to Chinatown in an effort to show them that there is much more to see and do in Chinatown than just eat great Chinese food," said George Yu, interim executive director of the LACBC. "We hope our fun-filled summer event schedule will entice Angelenos to think about Chinatown as they make plans for the weekend or a night on the town." The exhibition for the Chinatown Art Festival will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. During the weekends of the Art Festival, a variety of Chinese cultural activities and entertainment are planned, including performances by acrobats and musicians, crafts for children, lectures on such topics as Feng Shui and Chinese herbal medicine, and walking tours of Chinatown's historic sites. On the opening day of the Art Festival, a volunteer troupe of Chinese musicians and artists -- including vocalist Yu Ka -- will perform a free concert, "Light Up the World with Love." This concert, which will be held in the plaza adjacent to the exhibition gallery, is being staged in 10 different Southern California venues from June 15 to 25 in celebration of both Father's Day and the annual Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. The featured event for each Saturday evening during the Art Festival will be an outdoor Chinese Film Festival -- "A Tribute to Ang Lee" -- at which Ang Lee's classic films will be shown. His most recent cinematic masterpiece, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," will be screened on Saturday, July 21, the final night of the Film Festival. The free screenings will begin at approximately 8 p.m. at various locations throughout Chinatown. For specific film titles and screening locations, call (213) 680-0243 or visit www.chinatownla.com. The Chinatown Art Festival will conclude with a "Fashion Finale" featuring the Asian-inspired designs of Peter Lai. The event will be held at the exhibition gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information on the Chinatown Art Festival and all events happening in Chinatown, call (213) 680-0243 or visit www.chinatownla.com. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X83057755
SOURCE Los Angeles Chinatown Business Council
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