You’ll be sure to start living in interesting times at the Chinese Lantern Festival, a celebration of all things brilliant and bright. These lanterns are more than just sources of illumination – they’re glowing beacons in sculptural form, labored over and tirelessly perfected. Chinese dragon lanterns! Massive python lanterns! Frightening cactus lanterns! Brought to you by the great folks at Hanart, these lanterns (some several stories tall, others interactive, all gorgeous) celebrate the simplicity of  life, a concept that seems difficult to grasp – until you find out where to see how it glows. Through December 28.

The Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona; Sun., Dec. 22, 9 p.m.; $16-27. (909) 623-3111, eventbrite.com.