Bestselling author Amy Tan will discuss her newest novel, The Valley of Amazement, a sweeping epic spanning from San Francisco to Shanghai in the years 1890-1940. It transports readers from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty to the beginning of the Republic and recaptures the lost world of old Shanghai through the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreigners living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II. It also tells the tale of a painting that is passed down through generations of women in the same family. Despite vast differences in their upbringing, culture, and circumstances, each of the women is drawn to discover the meaning of the painting and the unknown histories of their mothers. Imbued with Tan’s characteristic insight and humor, The Valley of Amazement conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and obstinacy of love.
“Fiction and museums both provoke memories, taking people back in time. . . . That’s also what I want to do with my stories.”
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Say goodbye to the Year of the Snake and celebrate the Year of the Horse at the Crow Collection’s signature Chinese New Year festival. With a crowd expected to surpass last year’s record-breaking 10,000 guests, this horse-themed extravaganza expands the festival’s footprint across Flora with an elevated stage area featuring must-see performances every half hour, expanded food and beverage offerings including food trucks down Harwood Street, and over a dozen specialty booths featuring art activities, delightful surprises such as a fortune-telling Truth Booth, and live miniature horses.
Plus, for the first time, an exclusive indoor VIP hospitality lounge will be accessible for Friends of the Crow Collection. If you are already a member, you may RSVP below or at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure easy access for the dragon dance, fireworks, and more. Not yet a member? Click here for more information or to join now!
On Our Main Stage:
10:30–11 am | JK Wong Academy: Four-Lion Dance -The four-member Lion and Dragon Dances demonstrated here are meant to bring good luck and fortune for the new year with their stylistic movements and rich symbolism, and this exciting performance is sure to bring joy to all.
11:15–11:45 am | Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra – From traditional Western classical music to the music of Eastern Asia, The DAAYO creates a special blend of musical styles. They will present Philip Glass String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima” movements: V. Blood Oath and VI. Closing, led by James Song.
11:50 am–12:15 pm | Jiaping Shi Dance School – Incorporating classical Chinese music as well as exquisite costumes and clothing, the Jiaping Shi Dance School beautifully depicts the grace and charm of traditional Chinese dance.
12:15–12:30 pm | Cowboy and Cowgirl Costume Contest – Show off your best cowgirl and cowboy costume. A prize will be awarded to the “best dressed” cowboy and cowgirl.
12:30–1 pm | Jasmines Chinese Dance Troupe – Founded January 2008 in Plano, this group of experienced dancers specializes in Chinese classical and folk dance, as well as traditional Chinese fashion shows.
1–1:30 pm | Intermission – Executive Director of the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Amy Hofland, will welcome Girl Scout Troop 3352, made up entirely of girls adopted from China who live across the DFW Metroplex.
1:45–2:45 pm | Betty Soo – From soulful and reflective to humorous and witty, Betty Soo’s songs engage with and navigate the various dimensions of our human condition from a unique and personal point of view.
3–3:30 pm | Orizon – With their motto of “Many Cultures, One Style.” Orizon stays true to their words in an eclectic range of dance and music that clearly reflects the multifaceted natures and diverse influences their members bring.
3:30–3:45 pm | Cowboy and Cowgirl Costume Contest – Show off your best cowgirl and cowboy costume. A prize will be awarded to the “best dressed” cowboy and cowgirl.
4–5 pm | Rodney Parker and 50 Peso Reward – Labeled rock by some and alternative-country by others, they are a distinctive blend of the two with a particularly Texan accent. It is precisely this amalgam of sounds and styles that gives the group such broad appeal to so many.
5:15–6:15 pm | JK Wong Academy: Nine-Lion Dance and Kung Fu Show – An amazing Kung Fu performance followed by a nine-person Lion Dance.
6:15 pm | Fireworks by Star S Productions SFX – FINALE: Fireworks and a lighted horse syncopated with music: Symphony 1997 – Jubilation by Tan Dun.
Do you feel the need? The need for speed? Start by letting the Ma Jun’s china.porsche take you for a spin. Commemorate your visit with a photo in front of the traditionally painted, fiberglass Porsche 911. Fast cars not your thing? Practice your street art skills by adding your own origami creation to the Crow Collection wall. So you think you can dance? Take part in a performance by Orizon whose motto is “many cultures, one style.” If that isn’t enough to get you in gear, come dressed like your favorite anime character for a chance to win the grand prize. Finish your evening with an authentic Japanese sake tasting, but remember, don’t drink and drive china.porsche.
Game Activity: Carrom
6 PM–10 PM | Plaza
Learn how to play the traditional South Asian board game, carrom! Somewhat of a mix between shuffleboard, and pool, this unique and incredibly popular game is played all across Asia in countries like India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Participate in our “After Dark” tournament and challenge your friends and others to see who will be crowned champion of the night and win a prize!
Art Activity: Elephant Making
6 PM–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
Using “Model Magic,” design, mold, and decorate your own Indian elephant. Revered as an important animal in Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist culture, the elephant signifies fertility, strength, and wisdom; even the historical Buddha’s mother herself dreamt of an elephant right before he was born. Then take your elephant home and bring auspiciousness into your life!
Art Activity: Sand Rangoli
6 PM–10 PM | Plaza
Rangoli are intricate designs put on floors in courtyards or other significant sites in a home or public place that are made of colored sand, flour, rice, or even flowers. They are meant to ward off evil and invite and welcome Hindu deities into the space. Using actual stencils from India, make your own rangoli to brighten up your home!
Art Activity: Paper Dolls
6 PM–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
Decorate your own paper doll with Indian accessories, jewelry, and fashion. Choose from a wide range of clothing each with different styles and appearances as well as their own unique historical and cultural significance and role. Show your creative side while you see how art beautifully interacts with culture.
Indian Snacks with Sapna Punjabi-Gupta
8 PM–10 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
Enjoy authentic Indian chai tea as you sample some delicious spiced nuts made by Ayurvedic nutritionist and practitioner Sapna Punjabi-Gupta. Learn about the qualities and benefits of these tasty snacks with a short lecture about them, and take pleasure in an opportunity to view a traditional Indian tea set, tray, and cart. Also, taste authentic Indian biscuits, called “Parle-G”, commonly served with tea.
Taj Mahal Photo Experience
6 PM–12 AM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as the jewel of Muslim art in India and is considered one of the architectural masterpieces of the world! Take a photo on a custom backdrop commemorating your fantasy visit there.
Traditional Indian Dance Performance by the Nruthya Shakti Dance Academy
8 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
Located in Dallas, the Nruthya Shakti Dance Academy teaches students traditional Indian folk dances as well as more contemporary forms and fusion. Characterized by graceful movements and incredible finesse, Indian dance is a unique blend of different cultures, histories, and arts. Enjoy this beautiful display as they perform two different segments of popular Indian dance styles.
Movie Screening: Re-Take of Amrita
9 PM and 10 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
Learn the historical and inspirational background for the Crow Collection exhibition Vivan Sundaram: Re-Take of Amrita as you watch a film about the one-of-a-kind life and experiences of Amrita herself. Drawing from personal interviews, historical accounts, and Amrita’s own works, this exceptional film will give you a uniquely insightful perspective not only on her life, but also on how her life affected others. Following the film, you will have the opportunity to view the works of our exhibit first-hand and see how her influences still live on. [Contains brief artistic nudity and some mature content]
Lotus Shop Grand Re-opening
6 PM–Midnight | Lotus Shop in the Belo
Visit the newly re-opened and larger location of our Lotus Shop and enjoy champagne from 6 pm to 9 pm as you browse the wide variety of art materials, books, décor, fashion accessories, gifts, kid’s items, and more. Also, don’t forget to check out the exquisite collection of beautiful jewelry by Mona Jain for sale exclusively at the Lotus Shop!
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Celebrate the healing power of art and community and find peace, love, creative expression, and Asian art. Take part in Journeyman Inc.’s spoken word experience that transcends cultures, creeds, and races by awakening the creative soul. If poetry isn’t relaxing enough, learn the fundamentals of Asian herbs, massage and more throughout the evening. As Buddha tells us, “Peace comes from within.”
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GONGFU TEA CEREMONY & SAMPLING
6–10 PM | Jade Room, 2nd Floor
The gongfu tea ceremony is also known as the Chinese tea ceremony. It is a Chinese cultural activity involving the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea. The original term gongfu cha literally means “making tea with effort.” Today, the approach is used popularly by teashops carrying tea of Chinese or Taiwan origins, and by tea connoisseurs as a way to maximize the taste of a tea selection, especially a finer one. Enjoy an authentic gongfu tea ceremony and sampling provided by Kyle Stewart with The Cultured Cup.
ART ACTIVITY: BAMBOO POTTING
6–10 PM | West Plaza
Bamboo has long been the Chinese symbol for strength. Many admire the bamboo’s qualities of fast-growth and resilience. In Chinese, lucky bamboo is known as fu gwey zhu (fu: luck and fortune, gwey: power and honor, zhu: bamboo). The meaning of lucky bamboo plays an important role as a living example of the feng shui elements of water, wood and earth. Take a little feng shui home with you by learning how to plant and care for your very own lucky bamboo.
ART ACTIVITY: GYOTAKU
6–10 PM | West Balcony
Gyotaku, from gyo “fish” and taku “rubbing,” is the traditional method of Japanese fish printing, dating back to the mid-1800s. This form of nature printing was used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also became an artform on its own. Using fish molds, create your own gyotaku print to commemorate your prize catch here at the Crow.
WRITING ACTIVITY: HAIKU
6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression. In honor of National Poetry Month, become your own haiku poet and learn how to master this poetic form using a piece from our collection as your inspiration.
ART ACTIVITY: PAPER MARIGOLD FLOWERS
6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
Marigold flowers are made up of multiple layers of overlapping petals with the petals getting smaller and more condensed towards the flowers center, similar to that of a carnation. The blooms may be single or double colored and can be varying hues of yellow, orange, red and maroon. In India, marigolds symbolize passion and creativity. It is known as the ‘Herb of the Sun’ and symbolizes a trust in the divine and a will to overcome obstacles. This is also why the flower assumes such importance on Vijayadashami, the day Lord Rama prevalied over Ravana, a victory of good over evil. Show your creative side while arranging tissue paper to make your own marigold.
PRINTMAKING DEMONSTRATIONS BY THE BOOKER T. WASHINGTON FREE TIBET CLUB
6–11 PM | East Balcony
The Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Free Tibet Club is a cultural exchange-based group of students who use printmaking primarily as a means to fund education and sponsorship of Tibetan children, Drepung Monks, and schools in and outside of China. The students have designed prints that symbolize Peace, Love and Asia and will be printing their woodcuts on shirts and posters. Stop by and get a one of kind Peace, Love, Asia shirt for $5 or a poster for $3.
7–8 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Guzheng is a traditional Chinese plucked zither, or musical string instrument. The guzheng is the ancestor of several Asian zither instruments, such as the Japanese koto, the Korean gayageum, and the Vietnamese dàn tranh. Among all Chinese traditional musical instruments, guzheng has the most beautiful sounds. Enjoy the beautiful melodies of a Chinese harp performed by Anita Hu.
PERFORMANCE: JOURNEYMAN INK
8 PM & 9:30 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Will Richey and Alejandro Perez, Jr. (AP) engage audiences with their infectious and kinesthetic call and response approach to the art of Spoken Word as expressed through original stories, poetry, and song. Their mastery of the “Melody Memory Method”, known for its low risk/high success effects and interactive “see it, say it, do it” style, invites the crowd to become an instrument themselves through various rhythms and vocalized mantras. Their dynamic connection is not only shared through their Puerto Rican heritage, but in their desire to cross cultures, creeds, and races by awakening the creative soul. They are the founders of DaVerse Lounge, were featured on the TEDxSMU 2013 stage, and have been nominated for a Dallas MasterMind Award for Innovation of Art and Culture in North Texas. Take part in Journeyman Ink’s spoken word experience, which transcends cultures, creeds, and races by awakening the creative soul.
Celebrate a month of special holidays and unique festivals from across the Asian continent. Commemorate the birthday of Buddha by stenciling your favorite Buddhist mantra, or saying, onto a scratch board. Enjoy performances by the Dallas Kiyari Daiko and engage in lectures on Japanese culture, in celebration of Japan’s annual “Golden Week.” Lastly, don’t forget to write a wish and hang it on our wish tree as a symbol of good fortune. “May” all your wishes come true!
COMMUNITY ACTIVITY: WISHING TREE
6–10 PM | East Plaza
A wish tree is an individual tree, usually distinguished by species, position or appearance, which is used as an object of wishes and offerings. Such trees are identified as possessing a special religious or spiritual value. By tradition, believers make votive offerings in order to gain from that nature spirit, saint or goddess fulfillment of a wish. Join us in creating our own Wish Tree. Tie a small piece of paper to a branch, watch it flutter in the wind, and wait to see what the future holds.
ART ACTIVITY: INCENSE HOLDERS
6–10 PM | East Balcony
Incense is an aromatic stick or cone usually made of an herb or plant that is burned to release a delightful scent. While sometimes used in religious services or lit as an offering, incense is also a common sight around any home outside of its religious context. Decorate a beautiful wooden incense holder with designs and stencils to bring back to use in your own home and enjoy a complimentary incense stick as well!
ART ACTIVITY: MANTRA SCRATCH BOARDS
6–10 PM | West Balcony
A mantra is a sacred phrase or word that is repeated by an individual to invoke blessings and bring one’s mind into focus. In Buddhism, oftentimes mantras are tied to a specific deity or bodhisattva, such as Avalokiteshvara or Tara. By repeating the syllables, an individual utilizes the prayer to bring oneself closer to that deity; thereby developing the positive attributes of that deity, such as compassion or wisdom. In this way one comes closer to enlightenment. The three mantras today are those of Avalokitesvara, Green Tara, and Manjusri. Choose one and create it in beautiful color on a scratch board to take home and bring blessings and peace into your life!
ART ACTIVITY: MALA BEAD BRACELETS
6–10 PM | Plaza Fountain
Create a set of mala-like beads out of clay that can be used for keeping count and staying focused while reciting, chanting, or repeating a mantra during meditation. Malas are typically made of wood or seeds and strung with various number of beads depending on the selected mantra and practice.
PERFORMANCE: JAPANESE TAIKO DRUM ENSEMBLE WITH DALLAS KIYARI DAIKO
7–8 PM | Plaza Fountain
Taiko is a traditional Japanese drum. In ancient Japan, the Taiko was the symbol of the rural community, and originally, it was played as a ceremonial instrument in Shinto shrines. In recent years, however, taiko’s unique beats and rhythms can be heard on stages all over the world. The Dallas Kiyari Daiko was organized in 1992, after Mr. Yoshikazu Fujimoto, leader of the world famous “Kodo” Taiko Group, from Sado, Japan, presented a workshop at SMU in Dallas. Come and hear this exciting instrument and enjoy its thrilling beat!
DEMONSTRATION: CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING BY TAO ARTS
7-9 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Artists from TAO Arts will demonstrate traditional Chinese brush painting featuring flowers, animals, and landscapes. The Association of Oriental (TAO) Arts was founded in 1977 to help preserve and provide instruction on traditional Chinese and Sumi-e brush painting, and to educate the public about the ancient art form.
SCREENING: PLEASE VOTE FOR ME
8:00 PM & 10:30 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Please Vote for Me is a 2007 documentary film following the elections for class monitor in a 3rd grade class of eight-year-old children in the Evergreen Primary School in Wuhan, China. The candidates, Luo Lei, Xu Xiaofei, and Cheng Cheng, compete against each other for the coveted role and are egged on by their teachers and doting parents. This was reported to be the first election of its type for a class monitor held in a school in China, as well as an interesting use of classic democratic voting principles and interpersonal dynamics. The documentary gives a glimpse into China’s contemporary urban middle classes. It won the Sterling Feature Award at Silverdocs in 2007. In November 2007, Please Vote for Me was named by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of 15 films on its documentary feature Oscar shortlist.
PERFORMANCE: LION DANCE BY JK WONG ACADEMY
9:30 PM | Sculpture Garden
Lion Dance embraces the beauty, art, culture, traditions, and history of China. A good performance is believed to bring luck and happiness. Gestures and movements that closely mimic the emotions of the mystical animal tells the story behind the performance. Emotions and expressions portrayed by the dancers include excitement, caution, curiosity, playful, anger, sleepiness, confusion, happiness and sadness, to name a few. Join us for a two-lion dance throughout our breathtaking Sculpture Garden that is sure to bring you luck and good fortune throughout the year.