A Medly of Hot September-October Dates to Remember

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Making its West Coast Premier, the Broadway hit, “Chinglish” will debut at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre this month.  A large contingent from the UC Alumni Chinese Chapter and friends will enjoy an evening of wild mispronunciations, wit and hilarious comedy when two languages get “lost in translation”, Sept. 19.

Michelle Krusiec and Alex Moggridge star in Berkeley Rep’s production of Chinglish, a new comedy from David Henry Hwang which heads for Hong Kong after having its West Coast premiere here. Photo courtesy of kevinberne.com

Winner of three Obies and a Tony Award for Best Play, playwright David Henry Hwang authored the popular scripts for M. Butterfly and FOB, as well as short plays when he was at Stanford.

Chalk up another winner…Pam Chun Joyce, who headed the capacity attendance of the documentary film, “Autumn Gem” for the Cal Alumni crowd last April in Alameda.  Pam, by the way, launches her third award-winning novel on her beloved paradise islands of Hawaii.

A “real” Casino Night with “real chips”, equipment and prizes will be sponsored by the Family Bridges Social Service Agency to help the elderly on Sept. 15, 5-9:30, Oakland Cultural Center.

Fun and fund-raising with dinner, drinks, play money and entertainment will cost $50 for the first 50 attendees or $60 at the door.  Spokesperson Gloria Gee claims she will don her “gambling dress”, but didn’t say whether or not this will help any gambler’s luck.

On Sept. 23, the Sacramento Chinatown Mall Culture Fair comes alive again at the historic Chinatown Mall.  There will be a dragon dance, Chinese music and dance, videos and literature, arts and crafts, community outreach and corporate resources.

Special features include the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Museum, moon cakes, speakers, a rock and roll band.  Also calligraphy, origami,and tai-chi.

History and music will be celebrated by way of a tribute to Dr. Doug Yee, Shannon Yep- Chinese Folk Dance Association, and local bands performing live:  Danny and the 5th Street Cruizers and the Saycup Band.

On Sept. 26, Asian Health Services will sponsor their annual Dinner Program, Auction and Raffles at the Oakland Marriott Hotel.  Honorees will include the Chee family, longtime owners of the venerable Silver Dragon Restaurant in Oakland Chinatown.  Now in their third generation, the Chees have decided it is time to retire from the restaurant industry.

Hot in October, Cal Alumni will sponsor their annual Big Game Diner-Reunion Oct. 19, this year as opposed to the usual November dates because of a new football schedule of games.  Featured entertainment includes the fabulous CAL Marching Band, the Men’s Octet, scholarship winners and the reunion of generation of Cal grads.   GO BEARS!

On Oct. 27, Locke Foundation will present a Harvest Moon Celebration at the Jean Harvie Center Auditorium, 114273 River Rd., in Walnut Grove, CA, 12 noon to 4 pm.

There will be Terra Cotta Warriors from the Yuebin Gong collection, shown at the Crocker Art Museum last spring, the Red Panda Acrobats, dancers, music, and mah-jong tournament, bingo, raffles, silent auction and Asian lunch,.  $25 per person.

Proceeds will fund the historical preservation activities in Locke, a most worthy project of the only Chinese established town in the US.

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