Octavia Butler, a mother of Afro-Futurism, was the first African-American woman to gain widespread recognition for her science fiction writing. An exhibition at the Huntington Library—the home of her archive—looks at the work, life, and times of this groundbreaking literary figure through an examination of her journals, letters, photographs, drafts, and first editions.
OCTAVIA BUTLER: TELLING MY STORIES, through August 7.
HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, California.
This weekend, Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum), one of the largest flowering plants in the world, bloomed at the Huntington Library & Gardens. Titan Arum is also known by the nickname “The Corpse Flower,” for the awful scent it gives off. The plant only flowers every couple of years, for about two days at a time, and it is hard to predict when it will happen. This bloom is a rare and special occurrence. If you have the chance, head to the Huntington today before the flower shrivels up. They are open from 10am-4:30pm. The lines were long this weekend, but it was worth the wait to glimpse this giant magical flower.