Nothing sheepish about this lunar festival

Staying with the Chinese New Year theme, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan is also hosting its annual Lunar New Year Festival Feb. 28, from noon to 5 p.m. “New Beginnings” gets off to a rousing start as the Chinese Center on Long Island Lion Troupe weaves its way through the Fifth Avenue museum’s Great Hall and adjacent galleries. There will be music and dance performances, storytelling, art activities, tours inspired by The Met’s collections, special exhibits and installations, even tea in The Astor Chinese Garden Court. This is a big year for The Met regarding Asia. It’s the 100th anniversary of the museum’s Department of Asian Art, and on May 7, its Costume Institute will launch “China: Through the Looking Glass,” exploring the Sino effect on fashion and other visual arts.

All Lunar New Year programs are free with museum admission. The recommended admission is $25; $17 for senior citizens age 65 and over; and $12 for students. Children under age 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted free.

For more, visit metmuseum.org. For more on design, Chinese and otherwise, look for WAG’s March “Passion for Design” issue out March 1. And for more on the Costume Institute’s “China: Through the Looking Glass,” look for WAG’s April “Animal Passions” issue, out April 1. – Georgette Gouveia

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