Lunar New Year 2019: Art, Chinese Opera, and Our Yearly Extravaganza!
The Year of the Pig is almost upon us! You know what that means: lots of fun activities -- plus the opening of our fourth locations. Check out what we have on the Lunar New Year roster.
MOCA SHOP BY PEARL RIVER: OPEN FOR BUSINESS! (MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA) — THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 11:00 a.m.
Our newest location officially opens! The Museum of Chinese in America is the world’s leading institution dedicated to preserving and presenting Chinese American history and culture — and we’re so proud to be curating their shop. Enjoy 15% off all purchases on our first day!
Join us for the opening reception of CLOSING DISTANCES, an exhibition from esteemed contemporary painter Arlan Huang and Chinese opera enthusiast Mee Mee Chin. Through abstract oil paintings and fantastic Cantonese opera costumes, these artists (and cousins) explore the role memory plays in their work and the sometimes simultaneous closeness and distance one might feel with family.
Take a quiet moment from all the festivities and channel your inner artist with DRAW NYC and Chelsea Market. Under the guidance of professional illustrator and former Pearl River artist-in-residence Felicia Liang, learn to draw a festive Lunar New Year tableau. All ages welcome.
LUNAR NEW YEAR BONUS TIME (ALL LOCATIONS) — TUESDAY, FEB. 5
To celebrate New Year’s Day, we'll be giving away special gifts at all three of our locations with all purchases over $35. While supplies last.
- Ribbon Dance (4:00–4:30) A beautiful and ancient art performed by Chinese dance specialist, Ling Tang.
- Lion Dance (4:30–5:00) The piece de resistance of any Lunar New Year celebration. The renowned Wan Chi Ming lion dance troupe will rock the market with their festive drumming and acrobatics.
- Dumpling Tasting (5:00–7:00) Pan-fried soup dumplings anyone? Try sheng jian bao, a specialty from Mao’s Bao, an NYC-based pop-up. With beer from Tsingtao.
- Chinese Opera Makeup Demonstration and Performance (1:00–3:30) Watch a demonstration of intricate Chinese opera makeup application followed by a live performance from Pearl River artist-in-residence, Mee Mee Chin. Also check out CLOSING DISTANCES, Mee Mee’s art exhibition with her cousin, painter Arlan Huang, throughout the day.
- Lion Dance (4:00–4:30) The Wan Chi Ming lion dance troupe struts their stuff in downtown Manhattan.
All events are free and open to the public. See you soon!