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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.

Comments (2)

  1. Stian wrote::

    I wish you all the luck with this Brendan!


    Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 7:11 pm #
  2. Prince Roy in Ko Samet wrote::

    every time you post nowadays, you’re pimping some Philly Asia event that you’re MC’ing. Just admit that you’ve been bit by the show-biz bug, get your ass to China and on TV. Da Shan is so passe nowadays.

    Friday, September 16, 2005 at 5:19 am #