SF Zoo Lunar New Year Celebration – 1/29/12, SF

SF Zoo

“Looking for family-fun activities that everyone will enjoy for the Chinese New Year? Then check out Lunar New Year at the San Francisco Zoo on Sunday, January 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To commemorate the Year of the Dragon, Lunar New Year at the San Francisco Zoo features interactive, culturally-themed family entertainment for all ages. Come see Chinese acrobatic performances, traditional Lion and folk dancing, Chinese yo-yo tricks and more.

Zoo visitors can also take a self-guided Zodiac tour through the Zoo. This fun-filled scavenger hunt adventure will lead guests to the animals found on the Chinese calendar. Plus, everyone who completes the Zodiac tour will receive a lucky red envelope with a surprise inside.

The Zoo’s Chinese New Year festivities will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Zoo’s Event Tent. Activities and entertainment at the Zoo’s Chinese New Year celebration is free with paid admission. However, guests born in the Year of the Dragon (1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012) will receive free Zoo admission to the event.”

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Monterey Park Chinese New Year Festival – 1/28/12-1/29/12, Monterey Park

Monterey Park Chinese New Year Festival

“This year’s Festival will feature vendors offering unique gifts and specialty items, food booths with various types of delectable items, amusement rides, and lots of live entertainment. The traditional Chinese New Year lion and dragon dancers along with firecrackers will kick-off the Festival Saturday morning. Various types of entertainment will be featured on both days. A large carnival fun zone will be featured in parking lots at the corner of Garvey and Lincoln Avenues.”

113th Golden Dragon Parade – 1/28/12, LA

LA Golden Dragon Parade

“In celebrating over one hundred years of tradition, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles presents the 113th Annual Golden Dragon Parade. With over thousands and thousands of individuals lining the parade route and thousands viewing the telecast each year, this colorful celebration along North Broadway in Chinatown has become the premiere cultural event in the Southern California Asian-American Community.

​ Since the mid-1980’s, the Golden Dragon Parade has expanded to include almost two dozen floats, multiple marching bands, government officials, various dignitaries, entertainers, local business leaders and cultural groups. The parade’s theme emphasizes ethnic diversity, Chinese Culture and exposure to Chinese-American businesses. The parade continues to be a rich and diverse experience for Angelenos of all ages and ethnicities.”

  • WHERE: Parade Route: Hill Street at Temple toward Bernard. Right on Bernard, right on Broadway back to Broadway & Temple.
  • WHEN: Saturday, 1/28/12, 1pm
  • HOW MUCH: FREE to view from the street!
  • MORE INFO: http://www.lagoldendragonparade.com/index.html

Tet Festival 2012 – 1/27/12-1/29/12, Garden Grove

Tet Festival

“The Tết Festival of Southern California is recognized as the world’s largest Tết Festival outside of Vietnam. Helping preserve culture, the festival boasts 100,000+ visitors and dozens of booths in a span of a three day weekend event. Visitors are emersed with a vibrant array of traditional foods, live entertainment, festive games, and customs celebrating the new year.

Tết is the most observed holiday within Vietnamese culture. It celebrates the Lunar New Year, the beginning of Spring, and a way to start fresh.”

They even have a free shuttle service running on Saturday from 12pm-10pm and Sunday from 12pm-9pm if you don’t want to drive! Also, on Saturday ONLY, every visiting family will get a free gift!

  • WHERE: Garden Grove Park
    9301 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92844
  • WHEN: Friday, 1/27/12, 3pm-10pm
    Saturday, 1/28/12, 10am-10pm
    Sunday, 1/29/12, 10am-9pm
  • HOW MUCH: Infants FREE
    Children (under 4 feet) $4
    Adults $5
  • MORE INFO: http://www.tetfestival.org/

Chapbook Making with Debbie Yee, SF, 2/6/12 and 2/13/12

“Hallmark Card Shmallmark Card! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, learn how to screen print and bind your original love poems, short story or other-content chapbooks in multiples.

In two sessions, workshop participants will learn the skills and access equipment to produce hand-bound, screen-printed chapbooks using tabletop Gocco print machines from Japan, needles and thread. Come try out the Gocco, learn about quick and crafty chapbook production or, with advance preparation and planning, print and finish an edition of up to 20 chapbooks of your own, suitable for giving.

A separately-scheduled chapbook reading by emerging and published authors in Celebration of the Chapbook, and an opportunity to sell or trade your chapbook, will follow.”

Happy Lunar New Year from Some Kind of Asian!

Happy Year of the Dragon (Lunar Year 4710), everybody! Be sure to check back on Some Kind of Asian for upcoming events dedicated to celebrating the start of the lunar new year!

A Sneak Peek:
1/27/12-1/29/12 – Tet Festival in Garden Grove
1/28/12 – Golden Dragon Parade in LA Chinatown
1/28/12-1/29/12 – Chinese New Year Festival in Monterey Park
1/29/12 – Lunar New Year Celebration at the San Francisco Zoo
2/11/12 – Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco
2/11/12 – San Francisco Symphony Chinese New Year Community concert and Celebration 2012
2/11/12-2/12/12 – Chinatown Community Street Fair in San Francisco

Filipina-American Musician Jaclyn Rose: Introducing the Rose Movement – Sunday, 1/15/12, Santa Monica

Jaclyn Rose

Jaclyn Rose is a Filipina-American Jazz/Funk/Soul Music Artist who also performed in Jazzmopolitan 2011: Filipina Ladies of Jazz. She is having a show titled “Introducing the Rose Movement” at the Trip Lounge in Santa Monica with no cover charge, where she will be selling her CDs for $5. Come support!

  • WHERE: Trip Lounge
    2101 Lincoln Blvd.
    Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • WHEN: Sunday 1/15/12, 8-9pm
  • HOW MUCH: FREE! (No cover charge)
  • MORE INFO: http://www.jaclynrose.com/

2nd Annual Kulinarya, a Filipino Culinary Showdown – SF, 1/21/12

Witness a culinary showdown of six Filipino American chefs as they compete for the grand prize at KULINARYA: A FILIPINO CULINARY SHOWDOWN, hosted by the Philippine Consulate General, Philippine Department of Tourism, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry, and Filipino American Arts Exposition.

Three finalists each in the Amateur and Professional Divisions have advanced to showcase their culinary skills and talents in this exciting cook-off, where they must prepare a starter course (appetizer or soup), a second course (their own version of adobo), a third course (second entrée of their choice), and a Filipino dessert… all in a head-to-head challenge.

Don’t miss the FILIPINO BAZAAR – one day only shopping experience where you’ll find unique and festive Philippine-inspired gifts, décor, accessories, recipe books, goods and services!

  • WHERE: Carnelian by the Bay Restaurant
    One Ferry Plaza, San Francisco
    (Located behind the Ferry Building and next to Sinbad’s)
  • WHEN: Sat 1/21/12, 3-8pm
  • HOW MUCH: FREE, or $20 for food tasting showcase
  • MORE INFOhttp://kulinarya2.eventbrite.com/

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The 3rd Annual Irvine Korean Festival – Irvine, 1/14/12

3rd Annual Irvine Korean Festival

“The Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival is an event designed to commemorate Korean immigration to the United States, which began in 1903. The festival also represents an opportunity to celebrate and share Korean cultural heritage and artistic traditions with the broader Irvine community and Orange County. The Festival is a culture-filled extravaganza replete with fine Korean cuisine, games, art, music, and entertainment.”

Some highlights of the festival (link to the complete festival schedule here):

Korean Fan Dance
Korean Drum Dances
Tae Kwon Do
Samulnori
Kimchi making demonstration and other Korean cuisine
Korean Brush Painting
Han Bok (Traditional Korean Clothing)
Korean Paper Crafts

Oshogatsu Family Festival – 1/8/12, LA

Oshogatsu JANM

“FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY!

Ring in the New Year and the Year of the Dragon with fun arts ‘n crafts, food, and exciting cultural activities and performances.”

Some highlights: Mochitsuki (traditional mochi pounding ceremony), shi shi mai (traditional lion dance) and taiko performance, onigiri contest, dragon sculpture candy, and zaru soba!

  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum
    369 East First Street, Los Angeles California 90012
  • WHEN: Sunday, 1/8/12, 11am-5pm
  • HOW MUCH: FREE!
  • MORE INFO: http://www.janm.org/events/2012/01/#08