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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Come to one of Dallas’ most delicious vegetarian restaurants and learn how to make authentic vegetarian food. Located in the beautiful setting of a Hare Krishna temple, the menu for the evening will include Sambhar (South Indian soup), Dosa (rice and dal crepe), Idli (steamed cake), Aloo-Mattar Sabzi (potato and pea curry), and Coconut-Cilantro Chutney.
No pre-registration required – just show up!
Born in Tokyo in 1962, Takashi Murakami is one of the most influential and acclaimed artists to have emerged from Asia in the late twentieth century. His first live-action feature film Jellyfish Eyes tells the story of Masashi, a young boy who moves to a sleepy town in the Japanese countryside with his mother in the wake of a natural disaster. After returning home from his new elementary school one day, Masashi discovers a flying jellyfish-like creature whom he befriends and names Kurage-bo. Masashi soon discovers that all his classmates have similarly magical pets, known as F.R.I.E.N.D.s, which are controlled by electronic devices that the children use to battle one another. Despite their playful appearances, however, these F.R.I.E.N.D.s turn out to be part of a sinister plot that will threaten the entire town.
Following the screening, artist Takashi Murakami will participate in a Q&A with Gabriel Ritter, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the DMA.
Jellyfish Eyes is FREE, but reservations are required. Reserve your ticket online in advance to guarantee your seat.
This free program is structured for homeschool students (ages 8–16) and their adult partners to discover fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. Each session features a staff presentation, interactive gallery tours, and hands-on learning activities.
Free; registration required, click below to register with the Kimbell. Each program is limited to 40 children, plus their adult companions.
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Although restorative yoga is a year-round Friday class offered at the Crow Collection, join each Friday for the month of May for 31 days of Asia! Relax and Renew. Restorative yoga emphasizes the calming of the nervous system and teaches the art of relaxation. Melt tension away and leave feeling completely refreshed and ready for the weekend.
All levels of experience welcome. Space is limited; no reservations required.