Briefs: 20 Terra Cotta Warriors Will Be on Exhibit in U.S
An exhibit of the famed Chinese terra cotta warriors is scheduled to open May 18 at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif. Advance tickets for "Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor" at the Bowers are on sale now. The exhibit consists of 20 figures and dozens of artifacts from the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, who is considered the first emperor of a unified China and whose rule began in 221 B.C. Since his tomb was discovered in 1974, nearly 1,000 figures have been excavated, but experts believe that the tomb might contain as many as 7,000 statues.
The traveling exhibit includes 10 warriors, court officials, an acrobat, a bare-chested strongman, musicians, a stable boy, chariot horses and bronze water birds. The museum said it is the largest collection of the figures to ever leave China. The U.S. tour moves from the Bowers to the High Museum in Atlanta in November; to the Houston Museum of Natural Science in May 2009; and to the National Geographic Society Museum in Washington from November 2009 through March 2010.
Tickets for the Bowers show are $20 weekdays; $14 for students and seniors; and $22 weekends; $16 for students and seniors. It's free for age 6 and younger.
Triple ships to ply New York Harbor
The three Cunard Queen ships -- the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth 2 and the new Queen Victoria -- are expected to meet in the waters off Lower Manhattan on the evening of Jan. 13, with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop and fireworks celebrating the once-in-a- lifetime event.
The Queen Victoria was christened Dec. 10 in Southampton, England, by the Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla Parker Bowles, who is married to Prince Charles). The ship embarks today on a three-month around-the-world cruise, including a trans-Atlantic crossing with the QE2.
After Victoria and the QE2 arrive in New York, they will rendezvous with the QM2, which has its home port in Brooklyn. The public will be able to view the spectacle from the parks and open spaces ringing Lower Manhattan, including Battery Park on Manhattan's southern shore; and Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, located just south of the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
If you're willing to pay for your viewing privileges, there are a couple of options. A special four-hour cruise scheduled for Jan. 13 departs South Street Seaport's Pier 16 at 4 p.m., returning at 8 p.m., aboard the Zephyr. Tickets are $125, including cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Reservations are required. The cruise is sponsored by the South Street Seaport Museum.
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