It's the Year of the Snake, and We're All Gonna Get Radiation (see Monday), So We Might As Well Party

This year's Chinese New Year Festival observes the Year of the Snake — to be more precise, the Year of the Water Snake ... the deadliest year of them all! People born in the Year of the Snake — like Picasso and Jackie O — are apparently charming, magnetic and wise, so they'll probably be the ones who make the flashiest paper lanterns and write the most graceful Chinese characters. Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold stops moving long enough to weigh in on the city's venerable Chinese food scene (issue: is chop suey still relevant?), while traditional Chinese songs played by UCLA's Music of China Ensemble plays on as the year unfolds, minute by sinuous minute. Co-presented by the UCLA Confucius Institute — which is not, contrary to popular belief, the source of all those terrible "Confucius say..." jokes. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.; Wstwd.; Sun., Feb. 10, 2 p.m., free. (310) 443-7000,
Sun., Feb. 10, 2-6:30 p.m., 2013

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