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Museum Mystique CROCKER MIXES IT UP FOR THE NEW YEAR WITH JAN. 14 CELEBRATORY EVENT

nonmembers. For tickets and more information, call 808-1182. Prepare yourself to be awed by “Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/ Zodiac Heads,” the Crocker’s newest exhibition opening Jan. 24 and running through May 1. The internationally acclaimed Chinese artist’s monumental zodiac animal heads reinterpret those that once adorned the famed 18th-century fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan (Old Summer Palace), an imperial retreat outside Beijing. In 1860, the Yuanming Yuan was ransacked by French and British troops and the heads were pillaged. In creating contemporary versions of these 12 Chinese zodiac animals on an oversized scale, Ai Weiwei focuses attention on issues of repatriation while exploring what constitutes Chinese art and identity. This is an exhibit not to be missed. For more information on all Crocker goings-on, call 808-1182 or go to crockerartmuseum.org The Crocker Art Museum is at 216 O St.

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tart the new year off right with a trip to the region’s best art museum. See what’s hip and happening at the Crocker Art Museum all January long. First up is Art Mix “Mystique” from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14. Featuring “wanderlust and fairy dust,” the event will have participants grooving to the exotic tones of San Kazakgascar and the Crocker’s DJ-in-residence, Larry Rodriguez; belly dancing their way into the night with UNMATA (how’s that for your New Year’s fitness resolution?); or discovering their fortune by tarot, palm or tea leaf. Get ready to be wowed by an interactive photographic performance by Jesse Vasquez and create a spirit mask with Beatnik Studios. Keep all your memories of the evening fresh at the photo booth by Etsy sensation Sasha Soukup. Art Mix is free for museum members and free with general admission for nonmembers. Happy hour will feature food and drink discounts from 5 to 6 p.m., and the drink specials will be $5 all night. What a way to ring in 2016! For a soothing soundscape, don’t miss Amber Yui-Hsuan Liao on

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Prepare yourself to be awed by “Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads,” the Crocker’s newest exhibition opening Jan. 24 and running through May 1

piano as part of the Classical Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24. The accomplished musician will use her stunning technique to draw out the richness of works by composers Frédéric Chopin—whose polonaises and mazurkas celebrate his Polish heritage—and Manuel de Falla, who

honors the Spanish Folk tradition in his “Fantasía Baética.” The concert is inspired by the opening of the exhibition of Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei (more on that in a moment). Tickets are $6 for museum members, $10 for students, youths and Capital Public Radio members, and $12 for

Do you know a talented artist who should display work in the KVIE Gallery’s upcoming Fine Art of Public Television Group Show? Are you one such artist? Don’t miss the public television station’s Call for Artists; the deadline for entry is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10. Entered work must be relevant to public television in one way or another (yes, Big Bird counts) and all PREVIEWS page 70

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