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Kudos to the San Francisco Symphony, which always opens the Chinese New Year in fine style with a special program devoted to Chinese music. The lively program starts in the lobby pre-concert with exciting performances by the Women’s Dragon Dance team doing their intertwining of the dragon’s body held up by long sticks in their hands as they run around each other in perfect rhythm to the drum beats. Traditional Lions march down the Louise Davies auditorium to start off the program with fine acrobatics by their lion masters under those heavy Lion Heads and cloth bodies. Seen enjoying the Gala dinner after the show in the Davies Banquet room were the Timothy Foos, Lucia and Jerry Hiura, Sharon and Joe Kwock, past chairwoman Jessa and Tommy Woo, Egypt Ambassador Dr. Hesham Nakib and wife Dalia, Ken and Lan Tran, Chairwomen Sharon Seto masterminded the event. During dessert, all the lights went out due to generator failure, but the party carried on.

Save the Date

On May 30 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, Kristi Yamaguchi’s DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY fundraising event will be a one-night-only dinner/ballroom dancing extravaganza showcasing an all-star cast with participants from ABC’s popular “Dancing with the Stars” television show. Especially exciting will be seeing Kristi with dance partner Mark Ballas, Cristian de la Fuents and Cheryl Burke, Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez, with special guest appearances by Apollo Ohno and Jerry Rice. How much more star studded could you ask for? All ballroom dancing performances will be performed live to Bay Area’s renowned Dick Bright Orchestra, with special musical performance by Mark Ballas and Derek Hough. Net proceeds will benefit Kristi’s ALWAYS DREAM FOUNDATION, which is currently developing a playground in Kristi’s hometown of Fremont, Ca. It will be a one-of-a-kind playground for all children including those with a range of physical, developmental or sensory disabilities. For info: www.alwaysdream.org

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will be presenting YELLOW FACE, BY David Henry Hwang August 26 starring Francis Jue in this backstage comedy at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. This funny utterly unreliable memoir chronicles Hwang’s struggle to define racial identity in the mixed up melting pot of contemporary America. Mark this premiere date for sure. www.theatreworks.org

On Lok’s 2009 Spring Banquet April 29 at the InterContinental San Francisco Hotel will honor Outstanding Philanthropist Anna O. Kwock, Outstanding Volunteer Lee Lai Shang, and Outstanding Organization Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, announce Co Chairs Irene Yee Riley and Elizabeth Ferguson. Info: 415-292-8732; www.onlok.org

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Cleaning House

So many times all of us have items around the house that are too good to throw away but not needed by our families anymore. Other times we have the urge to help others in need but don’t know where to start. Think no further. Asian Americans for Community Involvement’s Asian Women’s Home, which houses shelter for families escaping domestic violence has a Wish list of needs you might be able to fill.

For bedroom, blankets and pillows, towels, study lamps are needed. Kitchen goods in need are new pots and pans, dishes, plastic storage container sets. For children, new diapers, car seats and high chairs. All donations in good condition are tax deductible. Monetary donations to be used to support services for domestic violence victims are also most welcome, says AACI Executive Director Michele Lew. Contact info: 408-975-2730 Ex 226; dvdevelopment@aaci.org

Let’s Go to the Movies

Chi Am Circle and Chinese Historical and Cultural Project of Santa Clara Valley gathered its members to support the Asian American Film Festival in downtown San Jose by see Christopher Lee’s movie Whatever It Takes, an inspiring story of a South Bronx high school in its first year with a passionate Chinese American principal Ed Tom determined to change the lives and goals of his students. Very moving and well photographed documentary with non-professional actors and actual students and teachers was enjoyed by Ginger Lai, Al Low, George and Billie Lee, Beverly Harada, Rose Tokugawa, Jenny and Tom Hong, Mabel Seid and Tom and Carolyn Jow, among others. Bouquets to AACI and Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS) for sponsoring the San Jose screenings of the Asian American Film Festival and to the Center for Asian American Media who brought the SF International Asian American Film Festival to San Jose for the eighth year. More CAAM info: www.asianamericanmedia.org

Introducing new babies at Red Egg and Ginger Parties are always a happy occasion. Such was the celebration for Kyle Kevin Gee, son of joyous parents Kevin Gee and Joylynn Bombase and equally happy grandparents Ken and Faye Gee. Red hard-boiled eggs and sliced sweet pickled ginger are symbols of the new birth with the egg representing good luck and fertility and the ginger serves to ward off evil spirits.

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