February 20, 2015
STUPID HATS, too much booze, "Auld Lang Syne" and overhyped plans that aren't fun - that's basically all we need to celebrate a new year here in the West. But maybe we should take a cue from the many Philadelphians who are currently in full-blast party mode. Though today's not much more than a frigid, nondescript midwinter Thursday by Gregorian standards, it marks the beginning of a vital celebration on a different calendar. It's officially Chinese New Year, though not all of us know what that entails.
January 25, 2014 |
Gallop down to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on Saturday to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse, as part of World Culture Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festivities will include performances by dance troupe MeiMei, an East vs. West Chinese music demonstration, the Pennsylvania Chinese Dance Club, the cappella group PennYo, and more. A drop-in calligraphy class will be offered from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a language class from 12:30 to 2. Arts and crafts will be featured, including Year of the Horse crafts, painting, and paper cutting.
February 11, 2013 |
Would you like to buy some longevity? How about some beauty, or maybe a bit of luck? Vendors hawked them Saturday in Chinatown in the form of pussy willow, gladiolus, and bamboo, respectively, at a flower market in preparation for Sunday's Lunar New Year. Asian American residents were readying their homes according to time-honored rituals, including buying the traditional flowers for themselves and friends. Other celebrations for the Chinese New Year, as it's known, have been around for a while - a midnight parade, lion dances, and a daytime festival.
February 2, 2013
Film New this week: Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films 2013 (***1/2 out of four stars) Oscar Nominated Live-Action Short Films 2013 (***) A strong lineup of animated entries, including stop-motion, hand-drawn, and, in "Paperman," a winning combination of traditional and CG cartooning techniques. The live-action titles are a mixed, uneven bunch, almost all centering around tales of the very young or the very old. No MPAA rating (adult themes). - Steven Rea Music The Vaccines Of all the young dudes calling themselves "punks" lately, the Vaccines are the spikiest.
February 1, 2013
BLACK HISTORY MONTH Unsung heroine Moonstone Art Center wraps up its commemoration of the life and accomplishments of antilynching crusader, suffragist, journalist and speaker Ida B. Wells with a discussion of the relationship between 19th-century lynching and modern-day capital punishment. Criminal defense attorney Michael Coard, Witness to Innocence activist Shujaa Graham and others to speak. Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, 2 p.m. Sunday, free, 215-735-3456, moonstoneartscenter.org.
February 1, 2013 |
Enjoy hands-on science and engineering activities at Drexel University on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day. Learn about materials science, expressed in laymen's terms as "the study of stuff," and learn what everyday things we use are made of and how they work. The event is free and presented by the departments of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bossone Research Enterprise Center on Market Street between 31st and 32d. Event is free.
January 23, 2012 |
ON THE EVE of the Chinese New Year, a time for many to celebrate with family, Jin Zheng instead mourned the death of her husband, a Chinese-takeout owner gunned down Friday at their Tacony store. Zheng, 25, sat solemnly yesterday at a corner of a large, rectangular table during a meeting at the Greater Philadelphia Chinese Restaurant Association in Chinatown while community leaders raised money for her family. As the second of her three daughters, Mina, 2 1/2, at times cried and at times smiled playfully, Zheng held her and fed her a snack from a plastic bag, which Zheng clutched tightly.
January 20, 2012
Friday-Saturday A bounce in their step Montreal's RUBBERBANDance Group, which blends hip-hop and ballet, will perform Friday and Saturday at the Annenberg Center. The group's 2011 work "Gravity of Center" will make its Philadelphia premiere as a part of the Dance Celebration Series. The piece is set against a backdrop inspired by such prevalent issues as global warming, the economic crisis, and the will to survive. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday at 3680 Walnut St. Tickets: $20. Information: 215-898-3900, AnnenbergCenter.org.
January 19, 2012
Chinese New Year, 4710, the Year of the Dragon, arrives Monday and will be greeted with dinner specials at many area restaurants, as well as celebrations in Philadelphia's Chinatown and on the Main Line. The following events are free: Chinatown Flower Market. Fresh flowers symbolize growth and rebirth, so a large-scale flower market is held in Hong Kong every year. This year for the first time, Philadelphia will hold its own flower market, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the 10th Street Plaza, at Vine Street.
January 5, 2012 |
Who would think a dragon would arrive bearing flowers? But that's what's happening this month, when the city's Chinatown neighborhood holds its first flower market, embracing a colorful tradition to welcome the lunar new year. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 21 and 22 at the 10th Street Plaza, the Vine Street space defined by two giant stone foo dogs, the sacred lionlike sentries that serve as the gateway to Chinatown. The Year of the Dragon arrives on Jan. 23. Officials with the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp.