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Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco – 2/11/12, SF

Chinese New Year Parade SF

“Named one of the world’s top ten parades, Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is the largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia. Over 100 units will participate in the parade, many of the floats and specialty units will feature the theme of this year’s Chinese zodiac sign. Nowhere in the world will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, and exploding firecrackers. Some of the parade highlights include elaborately decorated floats, school marching bands, martial arts group, stilt walkers, lion dancers, Chinese acrobatics, the newly crowned Miss Chinatown USA and the Golden Dragon. The Golden Dragon is over 201 feet long and is always featured at the end of the parade as the grand finale and will be accompanied by over 600,000 firecrackers! The Golden Dragon was made in Foshan, a small town in China. The Foshan dragonmasters formerly made all the costumes for the Cantonese opera, and the Golden Dragon bears many operatic touches, such as the rainbow colored pompoms on its 6 foot-long head. It is festooned from nose to tail with colored lights, decorated with silver rivets on both scaly sides and trimmed in white rabbit fur. The dragon, made on a skeleton of bamboo and rattan, is in 29 segments. It takes a team of 100 men and women to carry the Golden Dragon. This is also considered an honor to be chosen for the grand finale. Rain or shine, come watch the parade!”

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Chinatown Community Street Fair – 2/11/12-2/12/12, SF

Chinatown Community Street Fair

“Become immersed in the sights and sounds of Chinatown. The Chinatown Community Street Fair takes place the weekend of the Chinese New Year Parade and is an opportunity for attendees to experience Chinese cutural arts such as latern and kite making, calligraphy, fine arts demonstrations, folk dance, and puppet shows. Traditional and modern entertainment perform on the main stage thoughout both days. Enjoy colorful folk dance from throughout Asia, acrobats, lion dancing, and magic demonstrations. Attendance at the two day fair is about 500,000. Come be a part of all the fun and magic as well as the incredible “Block of Fortune””

Year of the Dragon Celebration at Asian Art Museum – SF, 2/5/12

“Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dragon with students of the Chinese American International School (CAIS) presenting Chinese classical music and dances from Chinese ethnic minorities, ending with a playful lion dance arranged by the students. The lion dance is an important part of every New Year celebration and is believed to scare away evil spirits and ensure a bright new beginning. Hunt for dragons in the galleries; listen to dragon stories; make a dragon paper cut, a Year of the Dragon button to wear, or rub on a temporary tattoo featuring the animals from the museum’s collection.”

Redwood City Lunar New Year Celebration – Redwood City, 2/4/12

Redwood City Lunar New Year Festival

“Join us for this Asian celebration of change and the Year of the Dragon! Lion Dancers, Red Panda Acrobats, Martial Arts, Kids Arts & Zodiac Themed Crafts, Food, Inflatable Playland & More! FREE!

The San Mateo County Historical Museum program will include:

* Free Admission to the History Museum (All day) Children’s Crafts in the Rotunda will include activities such as a miniature dragon kites and lucky red envelopes,
* Listen to the Erhu – traditional Chinese version of the violin, performed by Ms. Mei Xuan, an Erhu virtuoso
* Short talk given by Mr. Nan Su, New Tang Dynasty TV (Channel 32) news commentator.
* Chinese Classical Arts presentation”

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

A Book By Its Cover – Burbank, 6/25/11-7/23/11

A Book By its Cover

“Don’t miss the world premiere of this provocative new play
by Damon Chua
directed by Kevin Cochran
and brought to you by the same production team that created
Film Chinois, Winner of the 2007 LA Ovation Award for Best New Play!

In 1996, Millie Wu and her husband Greg are living the American Dream in California. Meanwhile, her distant cousin is struggling to survive in China. But what a difference ten years can make! Come join the journey as Millie explores the intricate paradox of being Chinese-American in a world where each country’s fortune is ever changing.

The cast features Kim Chueh, David Allen Jones*, Joon Lee, Jesse Sharp* and Janet Song* (*denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association). Lighting is by David Darwin, Set and Costumes by multiple Ovation Nominee Leonard Ogden, and sound by Hunter Stephenson.”

  • WHERE: Grove Theater Center
    1111-b West Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91506
  • WHEN: Saturday, 6/25/11 – Saturday, 7/23/11
    Shows Fri/Sat at 8pm, Sun at 3pm (no show 7/3)
  • HOW MUCH: Tickets range from $15-$25
  • MORE INFO: http://www.gtc.org/hometwo.html

Authors on Asia: Vanishing Traditions – Pasadena, 6/26/11

Vanishing Traditions

“Bea Roberts, author of Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China, speaks on the village life, traditional customs and costumes of the people of Guizhou. Program is co-sponsored by TGLAinc.

RSVP to the Museum Store at ext. 20.”

Ambrosia of Immortality and Monkey King at Spider Cave – SF, 6/19/11

Ambrosia of Immortality

“Compare these two epic tales by Shadowlight Productions. Ambrosia of Immortality is a Balinese version of Churning the Milky Ocean, where gods and demons join forces to create ambrosia and then fight over possession of it. (40min.) Monkey King at Spider Cave is inspired by an episode from Journey to the West, the beloved 16th Century Chinese epic adventure of a Buddhist High Priest and his animal disciples in their quest to bring the Buddhist scriptures to China. Both screenings will include footage of both the full show and a behind-the-scenes documentary. Monkey King at Spider Cave is told in Mandarin with English narration. (48 min.)”

  • WHERE: Asian Art Museum
    200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
  • WHEN: Sunday, 6/19/11, 1:30-3:00pm
  • HOW MUCH: Free with museum admission; see museum website for admission prices
  • MORE INFO: http://www.asianart.org/bali/films.htm#ambrosia

Somewhere Between, Chinese adoptee documentary screenings – LA, 6/18/11 – 6/22/11

“In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, Linda Goldstein Knowlton’s deeply moving documentary illustrates that even the most specific of experiences can be universally relatable. Of the roughly 80,000 girls that have been adopted from China since 1991, we follow four teenagers; giggly, typical American teens who reveal a heartbreaking sense of self-awareness.They meet and bond with other adoptees, journey back to China in search of their birth parents, reach out to the orphaned girls left behind, and attempt to make sense of their own complex heritage.”