Year of the Sheep:
Annual Chinese New Year Celebration
member of the Jade
River Dancers at
last year's celebration.
University of Pennsylvania Museum ushers
in a thoroughly un-sleepy Year of the
Sheep Saturday, January 25, 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m., with its 22nd annual Chinese
New Year Celebration. Music and dance
performances, food, healing and martial
arts demonstrations, games, workshops,
arts, crafts, children's activities
and much more--topped off with the
traditional Chinese Lion Dance grand
finale--are all part of the celebration,
free with Museum admission donation.
dance and special performances bring the
sights, sounds and spectacles of China to
the Museum. Young performers from the McCall
School offer a demonstration of traditional
Chinese dancing and drumming at 11 a.m.
The Jade River Dancers will present
programs at 1 and 2 p.m., drawing from their
repertoire of traditional dances. Young
dancers from the Plum Flower Dance Company
perform at 1:30 p.m.
Chinese Musical Voices offers a mini-concert
of classical and folk music, ancient and
modern, at 12:30 p.m. The group, under the
musical direction of Dr. Hai-Lung Dai, chairman
of Penn's Chemistry Department, performed
at the Academy of Music in 1995 for the
125th anniversary of Philadelphia's Chinatown.
The Philly Asian Music and Dance Association
offers traditional Chinese music at 11:45
food--decorative and edible--is part of
the festivities. Chef Joe Poon returns to
give his ever-popular vegetable carving
demonstration, 2-4 p.m. Charlotte Lin of
Great Tea International™ will be giving
an all-day demonstration of a traditional
Chinese tea ceremony. In addition, the Museum
Cafe will feature Chinese lunch entrees.
healing and martial arts continue to gain
popularity in America, and visitors will
have an opportunity to learn about several
traditions. Dr. Jingduan Yang, a resident
at Thomas Jefferson Hospital, gives a noon
lecture on traditional Chinese medicine.
Dr. Ching-Yao Shi, an acupuncture and Chinese
medicinal herb specialist, discusses the
use and benefits of Chinese medicinal herbs
at an all-day demonstration table, and offers
visitors an opportunity to have their pulses
checked. Dr. Yong Kak Kim, a clinical associate
at HUP's Rehab. Medicine, offers a 1 p.m.
talk on acupuncture.
11:15 a.m. there will be a Tai Chi demonstration
by members of the Silver Tiger Tai Chi organization,
and Penn's Falun Gong club offers a demonstration
of Falun Gong at 2:30 p.m. At 3 p.m. members
of Cheung's Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy will
be offering a Kung Fu demonstration.
Lewandowski, a Feng Shui master and president
of Phoenix Design Associates, offers a slide
lecture, "Feng Shui, the Art of Placement," at
2 p.m. Visitors will have an opportunity
to learn a little bit about I Ching, the
ancient Chinese art of fortune telling,
and have a sample personal reading.
Chinese New Year Celebration is complete
without the traditional lion dance to usher
in a year of good luck. Lion dancers and
drummers from Cheung's Hung Gar Kung Fu
Academy begin at 3:30 p.m.
See Almanac's January
Extras! page for more photos.