OT: Happy Chinese New Year
It’s the Year of the Rabbit.
Bring some nice oranges to the older folks in your family. I wish there were more dragons and lions in PGH. Does anyone know of good celebrations in the burgh?
OCA has got something going on in a couple weeks, I think
Seems like a dragon or lion getup you could wear while biking would be quite something.
Steel Dragon Kung Fu is where my husband (and sometimes me too) takes kung fu, we’ve got somewhere around 20 performances over the next month or so. Lion Dance is a traditional way to start the new year, and we’ve got a pretty cool chang where the Lion does a stacked bunny hop for the year.
http://www.steel-dragon.org/ (lion dance tab on the left)
There are I think one or two other groups that do some form of Lion Dance in the area, we’re the only ones that perform traditional changs (southern style). We also do dragon dance (we did the dragon at First Night this year). The wikipedia page used to have more information on the puzzles the lion solves, but it appears to have been edited to remove information.
Pseudacris, fyi, got this from the Silk Screen email list.
Join Silk Screen for the Upcoming Asian Arts & Cultural Events
Come celebrate Chinese New Year at the Children’s Museum, Sunday February 13th!
It’s the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rabbit. Join both Silk Screen and the Steel Dragon Lion Dance Team as we bring in the new year.
*Silk Screen craft activity table: 12:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
*Steel Dragon Lion Dance Team performs at 2:00 P.M. and then leads a parade around the 1st floor of the Museum with visitors.
Children’s Museum Admission prices apply.More information: http://www.pittsburghkids.org
Asia Unreeled : 4 Weeks of Documentary Films at Winchester Thurston School
555 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh 15213
Sunday, February 6, 2:00 PM
The Spirit of Taiko
Japan/USA, 2005, 56 mins.
The Spirit of Taiko chronicles the spread of Japanese taiko drumming in the United States over the past 40 years.Performance by Pitt Taiko Drum Club.
Sunday, February 13, 2:00 PM
Up the Yangtze
China/Canada, 2008, 93 mins.
In English and Mandarin with English subtitles
China’s massive Three Gorges Dam is altering the landscape and the lives of people living along the fabled Yangtze River.
Sunday, February 27, 2:00 PM
Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women
South Korea/U.S., 1999, 88 mins.
** RECOMMENDED FOR 11th GRADE AND UP. Contains spoken content that parents may find inappropriate for younger children.
There are some injustices that are too grave to comprehend – only through telling their stories can the victims of such atrocities begin to heal.
Sunday, February 28, 2:00 PM
Smile Pinki – 2009 “Best Documentary Short” Academy Award winner
India, 2008, 40 mins.
In Hindi and Bhojpuri with English subtitles
In India today some one million people with cleft lips or palates, and 35,000 more are born each year and most never receive treatment. Smile Pinki takes you inside GS Memorial Hospital in the city of Banaras, that has performed over 3,000 free surgeries in India since 2004 with a near 100% success rate.
Organization of Chinese Americans
Celebration of Chinese New Year 4709
Year of the Rabbit
Saturday, February 19, 2011
5:00 pm –
Syria Shriners Center
1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick, PA
Live Performances:Lion Dance, OCA Youth Performance Ensemble,Indian Bollywood Dance and Japanese Taiko Drum
$50 per person for OCA members
$60 per person for non-members
On-site supervised child care is also available (12 and under)
$15 per child (includes food, crafts and they can watch performances)
Reservations are due by Thursday, February 10, 2011
Proceeds benefit OCA-Pittsburgh’s quality programs:
Free Medical Clinic, Advocacy, Community Outreach
For banquet reservation, please contact
Phoenix Cheng at 412-421-0278 or Phoenixc15234@yahoo.com
Yanlai Dance School Recital
Saturday March 12, 2011
August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Avenue, Downtown
Tickets $12 and up
Just a warning – they like to move around the performance times at the last minute. It’s an awesome festival, all kinds of dancing and performance (and of course the lion dance). I’ve never seen any of the movies, though.
And for those who may be interested, Steel Dragon Kung Fu is having an open house and martial arts demonstration on Friday (Lantern Festival – yay!), starting at 5PM. Kung Fu demonstration begins at 6:30PM with a lion dance by the “cub” team (kids lion dance team), followed by a special year of the rabbit chang by the pro team, then Nego Gato will do a capoeira angola demonstration, then a mess of kung fu style demos.
It’s in the studio at the Ice House on 43rd in Lawrenceville (near the river). All are welcome.
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