So since mid-July, I’ve been putting together the Philadelphia Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival for the Philly-based group Asian Americans United.
It’s eating me alive at the moment, but I promise that there’ll be updates starting next week, after this thing is over. In the meantime, people in the Philadelphia area might want to come check it out: it’ll be on Saturday, 9/17, at 10th and Arch streets. There will be some music and dance performances in the afternoon; at 5:30 there’ll be a lantern parade through Chinatown, with lion dancers and everything. The main event runs from 7 to 9:30: kids dancing, a Chinese a capella group doing renditions of David Tao songs, Beijing opera, 变脸 bianlian face-changing, kung-fu demonstrations, music, and a reenactment of “The Ruckus in Heaven” (闹天宫) from 西游记 Journey to the West. It should be a lot of fun, and I’m not just saying that because I worked on it.
Also, this will be the first time in the ten-year history of the Philadelphia Mid-Autumn Festival that we haven’t had Cantonese opera performances. I don’t see this as being anything other than a net gain.
Mark your calendars: Saturday, 9/17, at 10th and Arch Streets. I actually won’t be able to get there until some time in the evening, owing to circumstances beyond my etc., but I’m going to try to put in an appearance.