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Arts and Entertainment

Get Out: Cherry Blossoms, Midcentury Craftsman and Youth Festival

Photo courtesy of Cherry Blossom Festival SoCal
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Cherry Blossom Festival: This is the tenth year of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Southern California, and this year's theme recognizes the history of Japanese Americans during World War II. There will be Taiko drummers, a kimono fashion show, a dog contest and special guest "Hello Kitty." It will be today from 10:30 am until 6:30 pm and tomorrow from 10:30 am to 5 pm. The entrance will be at Temple and Alameda. Admission is just $1. Kids under 4 are free. For more info, visit their website or check out their facebook page.

Midcentury Modern: Today the exhibit "The House that Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985" opens today at the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery at the Huntington Library. This exhibit is a part of the regional collaboration Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. This exhibit will feature the furniture of midcentury craftsman Sam Maloof (1916-2009) and his friends. Maloof was self-taught as a woodworker, who was born and raised in Chino as the son of Lebanese immigrants. He worked as a studio assistant to Millard Sheets, the iconic California scene painter and leader of the Claremont art community. Tickets at the Huntington are $20. It is located at 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. For more info on the exhibit, visit the Huntington's site.

YAM: Mercado La Paloma is hosting the Youth, Arts & Media Festival or YAM, a one-day celebration of youth arts and media in Los Angeles featuring films, photos, music, poetry, workshops and more. It's sponsored by HBO but also every youth and arts organization you can shake a stick at in the Southland. It's being held from 1 until 5 p.m. 3655 S. Grand Avenue., Los Angeles. For more info, visit YAM's website.