Asian Art Museum Matcha Event: Sound of the Sages

Guqin

Last month I posted about the Asian Art Museum’s first-Thursday event series, called Matcha, after the delicious powdered green tea. It was fun; I attended a lecture about how green tea will cure all your ills (and it’s hard to disagree), listened to awesome music, watched people stick their tongues out, and tried out cupping — which didn’t really “adjust my chi,” although it did leave me with an impressive circular bruise that lasted a week.

Be that as it may, it was fun and interesting enough that I’m going to risk minor injury once more, and go to today’s event, Sound of the Sages. I don’t exactly know how I could be injured listening to the guqin performance at 7 PM, or trying out brush painting, but I seem to have an instinct for it.

To quote the event page:

Renowned guqin performer and scholar Wang Fei guides us on a special musical journey, introducing Chinese culture and bringing to life the sound of the sages. Performing guqin masterpieces from different dynasties, she will also share the legends and folktales behind the music and intimate her own commentary and insights to bring these ancient works to present day.

Elsewhere in the museum, try your hand at brush painting, chat with a docent about the museum’s special exhibition Power & Glory: Court Arts of China’s Ming Dynasty, explore the scholarly arts of China in the galleries, or simply enjoy a drink with friends.

Wang Fei’s performance is co-presented with the North American Guqin Association and is made possible by LIVING CULTURES GRANTS from The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA).

I can attest that the Ming Dynasty exhibit was also awesome, and I’m looking forward to wandering through some of the galleries I missed the first time.

As always, admission to the entire museum, including all the above events, is $5 after 5 PM. The event runs from 5-9 PM; the guqin performance is at 7. The Asian Art Museum is on Larkin, next door to one of my favorite buildings in town, Main Library.

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