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April 30, 2014 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
Since 2006, Shen Yun ("the beauty of divine beings dancing") has been presenting programs designed to "revive 5,000 years of authentic Chinese culture" through music and dance. On Friday, the 2014 edition of Shen Yun began a brief run at the Merriam Theater, where it charmed and astonished, but ultimately left this viewer feeling profoundly uncomfortable. Large-scale "folkloric" extravaganzas like Shen Yun have a venerable history - think Riverdance, or Philadelphia's Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.
NEWS
October 2, 1991 | By Julia M. Klein, Inquirer Staff Writer
At the gateway to the Please Touch Museum's new "Gateway to China" exhibit sits the front of a SEPTA bus, which has been part of the museum's regular collection for some time. Actually, just like Claus Oldenburg's famous "Clothespin," which is not really a clothespin, the Please Touch object merely evokes a bus. It isn't one. No matter. Kids adore it. They run inside, sit in the driver's seat, fiddle with the steering wheel and, best of all, honk the horn. Just past the bus, only a handful of the displays in "Gateway to China," a colorful representation of selected aspects of Chinese culture, seemed to elicit quite as much passionate play from the preschoolers visiting the museum yesterday, the opening day of the exhibit.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2008 | By Caroline Berson INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Technicolor dragon dancers swirl down decorated avenues. Diverse throngs of people enjoy succulent pot stickers and bowls of hot, sticky rice purchased from street carts. Excitement builds as the audience counts down to the 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony. And the best part? You can experience this Olympic-like scene and fervor without buying an expensive plane ticket and traveling the 7,000 miles to Beijing. The Summer Games begin at 8:08:08, Beijing time, tonight, 8/08/08.
NEWS
May 16, 2016 | Historical Society of Pennsylvania
With the recent 100th anniversary of the birth of preservationist Jane Jacobs, consider the history of one of the city's most iconic neighborhoods: Chinatown. Philadelphia is connected to one of the earliest instances of Sino-American relations. The 1784 journey of the ginseng-laden Empress of China to Canton (present-day Guangzhou) - the United States' first successful voyage to insular imperial China - was financed primarily by Philadelphian Robert Morris. The beginning of the city's Chinatown is often traced to the early 1870s, with the opening of Lee Fong's laundry on Race Street's 900 block.
NEWS
April 17, 2016 | Steve Bohnel
WHEN FRANKLIN SQUARE lights up next weekend with the 15,000-bulb Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival, the show's glowing dragons, pandas, lotus flowers, and pagodas will be the talk of the town. And 28-year-old Jessie Li will breathe a sigh of relief. Li is from Zigong, in Sichuan province, where the tradition of lantern festivals goes way back - to the Tang dynasty (A.D. 618–907) As a representative of the lantern-show company Sichaun Tianyu, she helped oversee the logistics of getting the big light show transported by container ship from China and assembled here.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ann Boccuti says that when people look at her, a young Chinese woman, they assume she might not speak English. It happens even on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she's a 19-year-old sophomore. "I'm treated as an immigrant," she said in an interview. Boccuti, of Lansdale, spent the first 17 months of her life in a Nanchang orphanage before being adopted by a white couple and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs. She is unique. And one among thousands.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 1987 | By JIM KNIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer
Graham Chapman, the M.D.-turned-Monty-Python-comic, is making another house call in this area tonight. His last visit a couple of weeks ago was mired in visa red tape and he couldn't give his "patients" at the Comedy Factory Outlet, 31 Bank St., the full benefit of his bedside manner plus his prescription for laughter. But he promises not to be late this time for his shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Info: FUNNY-11. MUSICAL NOTES The School of Music of the Philadelphia Colleges of the Arts presents The de Pasquale String Quartet, assisted by students, in an all-Mendelssohn program at the Shubert Theatre, 250 S. Broad, at 8 p.m. It's free.
SPORTS
March 4, 1996 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
After the amazing plays, after the controversy, after the mad stampedes onto the court by first one school's fans and then the other school's fans, and then the first school's fans again . . . There was Mark Peterson, all by his lonesome. His four fellow starters on Thomas Edison High's heaven-blessed basketball team were buzzing around the Civic Center floor, snatching down nets, mugging for TV cameras and jumping on - and being jumped on by - person after person after person.
NEWS
May 13, 2016
ISSUE | FRANKLIN SQUARE Maximizing the park Criticism of Historic Philadelphia's Chinese Lantern Festival points to the misguided perception that raising money is easy for nonprofits ("Park fencing doesn't square," Friday). It is not, even for those as worthy as Historic Philadelphia. The organization's Chinese Lantern Festival represents the kind of experimentation, innovation, and creativity that nonprofits need. With government sources of revenue always at risk and philanthropy based somewhat on whim, nonprofits are wise to explore innovative ideas to supplement their revenue and gain self-sufficiency.
NEWS
December 18, 2008 | By Christopher Yasiejko FOR THE INQUIRER
This weekend, dozens of dancers in brilliant costumes will leap across the stage of the Merriam Theater, before digitally projected Chinese landscapes. An orchestra will perform original scores melding Western and Chinese instruments; the violin will befriend the two-string erhu. The production promises a renaissance of traditional Chinese culture, which Divine Performing Arts, the New York nonprofit organization that runs the show, says the Chinese Communist Party long has tried to erase from public consciousness.
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May 16, 2016 | Historical Society of Pennsylvania
With the recent 100th anniversary of the birth of preservationist Jane Jacobs, consider the history of one of the city's most iconic neighborhoods: Chinatown. Philadelphia is connected to one of the earliest instances of Sino-American relations. The 1784 journey of the ginseng-laden Empress of China to Canton (present-day Guangzhou) - the United States' first successful voyage to insular imperial China - was financed primarily by Philadelphian Robert Morris. The beginning of the city's Chinatown is often traced to the early 1870s, with the opening of Lee Fong's laundry on Race Street's 900 block.
NEWS
May 13, 2016
ISSUE | FRANKLIN SQUARE Maximizing the park Criticism of Historic Philadelphia's Chinese Lantern Festival points to the misguided perception that raising money is easy for nonprofits ("Park fencing doesn't square," Friday). It is not, even for those as worthy as Historic Philadelphia. The organization's Chinese Lantern Festival represents the kind of experimentation, innovation, and creativity that nonprofits need. With government sources of revenue always at risk and philanthropy based somewhat on whim, nonprofits are wise to explore innovative ideas to supplement their revenue and gain self-sufficiency.
NEWS
April 17, 2016 | Steve Bohnel
WHEN FRANKLIN SQUARE lights up next weekend with the 15,000-bulb Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival, the show's glowing dragons, pandas, lotus flowers, and pagodas will be the talk of the town. And 28-year-old Jessie Li will breathe a sigh of relief. Li is from Zigong, in Sichuan province, where the tradition of lantern festivals goes way back - to the Tang dynasty (A.D. 618–907) As a representative of the lantern-show company Sichaun Tianyu, she helped oversee the logistics of getting the big light show transported by container ship from China and assembled here.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2014 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
Since 2006, Shen Yun ("the beauty of divine beings dancing") has been presenting programs designed to "revive 5,000 years of authentic Chinese culture" through music and dance. On Friday, the 2014 edition of Shen Yun began a brief run at the Merriam Theater, where it charmed and astonished, but ultimately left this viewer feeling profoundly uncomfortable. Large-scale "folkloric" extravaganzas like Shen Yun have a venerable history - think Riverdance, or Philadelphia's Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.
NEWS
July 14, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
NEW YORK - Monkey: Journey to the West , now settling in for nearly a month of hyperphysical, family-friendly performances at Lincoln Center, may signify the arrival of something more momentous than the show's buoyant, picaresque journey suggests: Chinese ticket buyers in the United States. "China is happening on a lot of levels, and it's happening in the arts world," says Nigel Redden, director of the Lincoln Center Festival. But not necessarily with the seriousness that usually characterizes a festival known to host ambitious endeavors by the Royal Shakespeare Company and modernist German operas that others don't touch.
TRAVEL
February 3, 2013 | By Barry Sussmann, For The Inquirer
Thirty-four years and what looked like a century ago, I traveled inside what was then known as Red China. With official United States recognition approaching, the People's Republic opened its doors. Having studied in Taiwan, I received a limited visa and missed the Great Wall and other sites. After teaching Chinese culture for 30 years, I returned in November. What we saw on my return was more contemporary than I anticipated, and being there was inspiring. Here were 12-lane highways intersecting modern, crowded cities; stores with merchandise aplenty; and a fashionably dressed, vibrant people.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2012 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ann Boccuti says that when people look at her, a young Chinese woman, they assume she might not speak English. It happens even on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she's a 19-year-old sophomore. "I'm treated as an immigrant," she said in an interview. Boccuti, of Lansdale, spent the first 17 months of her life in a Nanchang orphanage before being adopted by a white couple and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs. She is unique. And one among thousands.
NEWS
August 27, 2012 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Contributing Art Critic
Ai Weiwei has become China's most prominent international artist in large part because he is also his country's most persistent and popular dissident. Last year, his growing celebrity prompted the Chinese government to arrest him at Beijing's airport as he was about to depart on a foreign trip. He was detained in secrecy for three months, charged with "economic crimes. " Since being released in June 2011, Ai, whose work was exhibited at Arcadia University in 2010, has been prohibited from leaving China.
FOOD
January 19, 2012 | By Huntly Collins, For The Inquirer
Tears streamed down my face as the bus carrying our family and a dozen other Americans, all adopting parents, pulled out of Nanchang, the capital of southern China's Jiangxi Province, on a cold and rainy morning in January 1995. The 6-month-old baby girl I held in my arms had rosy red cheeks and inquisitive eyes. She had been abandoned when she was days old, left outside an orphanage in Yingtan City, about 100 miles to the southeast. Pinned to her clothing was a note written in crude Mandarin on red paper, a sign of good luck in China.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2012
Friday Notes of laughter A lineup of comedians will perform at 10:30 p.m. Friday through a collective coordinated by High Note Humor's Kevin Hurley and James Cristiano. This week's show features comedian Anton Shuford at the High Note Cafe, 1549 S. 13th St. - known for singing chef Franco Borda and an operatic staff. The group plans monthly First Friday shows at this venue. Tickets: $10. Information: 215-755-8903, www.facebook.com/highnotehumor . Friday Jazz at the Point The fourth annual Somers Point Jazz Society Benefit Concert & Silent Auction will celebrate a new year of great jazz Friday with one-hour sets at 8 and 9:30 p.m. Featured will be the George Mesterhazy Trio with special guest Barry Miles.
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