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Los Angeles Lantern Festival lights up March 1

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Lantern Festivals around the world happen every year on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month to signal the closing of Chinese New Year festivities. Since this year's Lantern Festival fell on Valentine's Day, the Chinese American Museum and El Pueblo Historical Monument are hosting the 13th Annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival on Saturday, March 1, 2014 to avoid holiday dilemmas. Celebrate Chinese America at this free festival, which runs from noon to 10 p.m.

A variety of cultural performances in Kiosko Plaza kick off at noon with a Lion Dance. The Alpine Dance Troupe showcases Chinese folk dancing at 12:30. Chinese acrobat Jason Jiang performs at 12:45. Stoil Stoilov from The Magic Castle astounds you at 1 p.m. The Monkey King comes to life with Dr. Chivey Wu at 1:15. The Chinese School presents Chinese folk dancing at 1:30, followed by acrobatics from Sha Sha at 1:45. The Grand Plaza Seniors toe the line with Line dances and Tai Chi Fan at 2 p.m. Michael Jackson impersonator, Rem Garza, takes the stage at 2:15, followed by Farrah Siegel at 2:30 and magician Mario Seki at 2:45. The Grace Ge Dance Group performs Chinese folk dances at 3 p.m. Look to Wei Qi Zhong for changing faces and tea pots at 3:15. Ken Hui and Northern Shaolin perform a Lion Dance and Martial Arts at 3:30 p.m., followed by an Extreme Line Dance at 4 p.m. Anna Su will sing at 4:10 p.m., followed by Alanna Lin and Fascinoma at 4:30. Comedic rappers, The Fung Brothers, will have you laughing at 4:50. Filling the night with more music are: Priska at 5:10, Andrew Figueroa Chiang of Andrew and the Blazing Rays of the Sun (Brots) at 5:30 and Connie Lim at 5:50. Watch a Lion Dance at 6:10, Shadow Puppets at 6:40 and the Silver Dragon at 7:40.

The Pico House Courtyard starts bubbling at 8 p.m. when comedian Jenny Yang hits the stage. Rapper Jason Chu takes over at 8:10. Check out Jane Lui's cover of the Bruno Mars song, Just the Way You Are, here, before she performs at 8:30 p.m. DJ Phatrick starts closing things down at 9 p.m.

Skip the traffic, and take the Metro. The Chinese American Museum is conveniently located across the street from Union Station.

Light it up!

Details:

Los Angeles Lantern Festival - free

March 1, 2014 from noon to 10 p.m.

Chinese American Museum

425 N. Los Angeles Street

at El Pueblo Historical Monument

Los Angeles 90012

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