THIS WEEK AT THE H | Jan. 21–28

this-week-at-the-hThis Week at The H is a weekly feature here at Verso. Stop in each Monday to find out what’s happening throughout the week at The Huntington!

Today is both Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Inauguration Day, and we’re open!

This past weekend, we opened “Maurice Merlin and the American Scene, 1930-1947,” the first museum exhibition to center around this Depression-era artist. The show is in the Chandler Wing of the Scott Galleries.

Also over the weekend was the private swearing-in of President Obama, and in commemoration, we took a look at another U.S. president’s notable second inaugural address—delivered nearly 150 years ago—here on Verso.

On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Friends’ Hall is “The Simple Art of Murder,” a free lecture by author Judith Freeman. Raymond Chandler drew on many real events and people to create his iconic Los Angeles mystery novels. Freeman, author of The Long Embrace, will discuss Chandler’s real-life sources, including a 1922 celebrity murder case that became the inspiration for much of Chandler’s work.

Our monthly Ranch Open House is this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of The Huntington’s urban agriculture site—an area not typically open to daily visitors—and take home some fresh ideas for sustainable gardening. From the Teaching Greenhouse, follows signs to the site. The event will be canceled in the event of rain.

On Sunday we’ll be a-bustle with activity all day long, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with “Welcoming the Snake: Chinese Cultural Arts Celebration.” Explore the music, dance, and folk crafts of China in a day-long event that celebrates the beginning of the lunar new year season, ushering in the Year of the Snake. This event—free with general admission—is a prelude to The Huntington’s Chinese New Year Festival on Feb. 16–17.

For information on events that require registration and/or additional fees, please check out the calendar on The Huntington’s website.

Kate Lain is the new media developer in the office of communications at The Huntington.

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