Antelope Valley Culture Day – JIGU! Thunder Drums of China

Sunday started out with the first fireplace fire of the season in our house.  I’ve been waiting for the temps to drop long enough so I could see the reflection of the flames on the new floors.  Love reading the Sunday Los Angeles Times right here.


We still had enough zucchini and tomatoes from the garden to whip up this frittata for breakfast.  Yum!


Kitty and I went to see the World War II on the Homefront installation at the City of Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery.  It doesn’t ook open, but it is.

Have to say that the exhibit was interesting, with posters, v-mail, information about rationing, etc., but it was pretty small.  And that was all there was on display.  If you’re nearby, stop, but I couldn’t encourage anyone to come up here just to visit this museum.  Kind of sad.  It might make a better day if you can pair it with a visit to the Western Hotel Museum, which I haven’t visited yet.  It is open only every other weekend on Friday and Saturday.


Enjoyed seeing this cheery representative of the city’s Antelopes on Parade effort.  The body is papered with old photographs of the area and of course the legs and base celebrate the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve.

We rounded up our day of culture at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, where we saw JIGU!  Thunder Drums of China perform.  There were more elaborate routines, but I was just taking it all in most of the time.  See the wind instruments in the hands of the seated men? I’d never seen anything like them.

Here’s a short video of JIGU! at work.  It was an amazing almost two hour performance.   I was thinking what an amazing work out all the drumming was and then they started dancing and drumming in the second half.  Amazing rhythms, use of all parts of the instrument, physicality, personality, and from time to time even humor.  See them if you can.

The show was from 3-5ish.  We looked around downtown Lancaster for a bit…it’s undergoing a renovation with new parking configurations, plantings, and lots of new storefronts.  More restaurants than I’d seen there before, but only a couple were open on Sunday. So we opted for carryout from our old favorite Nopgow Thai in Palmdale on the way home.


5 thoughts on “Antelope Valley Culture Day – JIGU! Thunder Drums of China

  1. RuthG says:

    Your photos make this day so vivid for the rest of us. Nice going!

  2. Sundry says:

    Thanks, RuthG. I was just thinking about you this morning.

  3. me says:

    There is so much to do and see in the LA area. Especially with a guide like you! And what a way to start the day…fire-side comfort and fab food! Thanks!

  4. Sundry says:

    Kitty – It’s nice to explore with someone like you, who doesn’t pout when the museum is less than expected! 😀

  5. […] thrill to behold.  And there is so much that can be done, as Kitty and I were reminded when we saw Jigu!  Thunder Drums of China last […]

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