Linda Chiavaroli is a volunteer in the office of communications at The Huntington.

Birthday of a Genius

This weekend, Shakespeare lovers from all over the world will descend on the playwright’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday with performances, processions, pageants, readings, and parties. (Shakespeare was baptized April 26, 1564, and scholars have long believed he was born on April 23.) Closer to home, … Continue reading

The Eternal and the Ever-Changing

On Saturday, March 8, The Huntington will unveil three new features in the Chinese Garden: the Clear and Transcendent pavilion, the Lingering Clouds Peak rock grotto, and the Waveless Boat pavilion. “A garden is never really finished,” says Steve Koblik, president of The Huntington. “It’s added to and changed over … Continue reading

EXHIBITIONS | An Exhibition of Two Cities

Two wall-sized cityscapes neatly divide sections of “Face to Face: Flanders, Florence, and Renaissance Painting,” the exhibition on view in The Huntington’s Boone Gallery through Jan. 13. One cityscape is of Florence with its unmistakable Duomo sitting like an empress among the tile roofs. The other is a view of … Continue reading

Lawrence of The Huntington

The death of actor Peter O’Toole earlier this month can’t help but bring to mind the great David Lean film in which he starred, Lawrence of Arabia. The epic about the British Army officer-archaeologist-author T. E. Lawrence will be screened by the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre this Sunday, … Continue reading

EXHIBITIONS | Twenty-One Missions, Many Legacies

What is your connection to California’s missions? Did they inspire the style of house you live in? Do they symbolize steadfast faith? Do they conjure up an idyllic early California yielding bountiful produce from a smog-free landscape? Or do they prompt you to wonder about their impact on the descendants … Continue reading

EXHIBITIONS | Beyond the Practical

When most American girls in the 18th century were young (only 9 or 10 in some cases), they learned “plain” needlework skills for practical reasons: to make, label, and repair clothing. If girls were well-off, they might also have studied “fancy” needlework that spoke of their gentility and refinement, including … Continue reading