A groundbreaking theatrical experience will light the skies of San Jose in Theatre Ventures International’s North American premiere of YULAN – a creative collaboration of the spectacular talents of performers from Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian, Shenyang, Los Angeles, San Jose and Tokyo.
The show is the idea of choreographer and artistic director Dennis Nahat.
YULAN presents 12 visually stunning scenes through mystical stage craft, classical ballet and high-wire acrobatics.
The performers are The Dalian Acrobatic Troupe of China, winner of over 240 awards in international competitions and experienced from performances made in more than 60 countries.
For a wonderful show that every person in your family can enjoy, no matter the age, this is one opportunity to see Chinese acrobatic creativity in action.
It used to be that only visitors who have set foot in China are let on to see such talent and grandeur. Saving you from the costs of air travel, China’s talents will burst forth on stage right here in San Jose for local audiences in
Don’t miss this opportunity.
Yulan opens on Thursday, October 10 at 8 pm at the California Theatre in San Jose for a five show run including the dates of Oct 11, 12 at 8 pm and Oct 12 and 13 at 1:30 pm.
Tickets are available now ($75, $65, $45) at www.SJTix.com or by calling: (408-792-4111).
There is also a Chinese language phone line available: 408-966-8023.
For more information and sneak preview of the show, visit www.YulanSJ.com today.
HAVING FUN AT FUNDRAISER EVENTS IN OAKLAND…
Asian Health Services recently celebrated its 39th year of service to the Oakland Chinese community with a gala celebration at the Marriott Hotel chaired by Rosaline Kiang and Eileen Tong, longtime supporters of this fine organization. I remember well when AHS began in 1974 in a small facility serving the burgeoning immigrant community of Oakland’s Chinatown. With enthusiasm and dedication to realize the dream of better serving the medical needs of the community, CEO Sherry Hirota led the group in the 1990s to expand, taking over the Lantern Restaurant building . Continuing its growth, Sherry was happy to announce at the dinner that the New Clinic located in the heart of Oakland Chinatown across the street from the existing building, just opened in the site of the former Silver Dragon Restaurant at a total cost of $11 million, the largest capital project in the history of the organization.
At their annual gala fundraising dinner before over 700 patrons, we learned the new clinic had a grand opening on August 8, making it Oakland’s leading health center serving over 24,000 patients annually. Congratulations to this great organization serving the medical needs of the needy and its AHS Foundation Board members Donn Ginoza, Rosaline Kiang, Kathy Ko Chinn and Susan Muranishi; Board of Directors Carl Chan, Vivian Chang, Gavin Bunabiki, Vance Yoshida, Wendy Cai, Connie Chang, Beth Rosales, Sherilyn Tran, Victor Uno, Steve Yee and Medical Director Dr. Susan Huang.
Honoree for the evening was Dr. Rolland Lowe, a civil rights leader, philanthropist, humanitarian besides being a caring physician to many of San Francisco’s Chinatown residents for over 40 years. Although Rolland was much more brilliant than me, graduating at the age of 15, I can proudly say I was a schoolmate at Oakland High School in the 1950s, and served on the Chinese Cultural Center Board under his leadership in the 1990s. He has received many honors, but I am sure his greatest satisfaction comes from knowing he was the patient physician so many of the Chinatown residents admired and respected for his dedication to their health needs. Congratulations, Rolland.
In SAN FRANCISCO…
Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation celebrated its 30th anniversary with a benefit dinner at the Westin St. Francis in downtown San Francisco last month entitled IMMIGRANT DREAMS/ HERO VOICES.
As president Buck Gee said so eloquently, we are always compared and said to be the Ellis Island of the West and that makes him mad. The difference, he pointed out, was that at Ellis Island, the refugee immigrants were welcomed with open arms whereas at Angel Island, it was an immigration station set up to keep foreigners, the majority of which were Chinese, from entering American shores. Dinner co-chair Linda Frank and Executive Director Michael McKechnie both expressed that this is why spreading the history of the station’s existence and experiences is important to add to the history books, a heretofore untold segment of American history rarely told or known. 2013 Immigrant Heritage Awards went to Next Generation Catherine Eusebio, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life of the Bancroft Library of the University of California at Berkeley, philanthropist Lit and Sintao Ng, and Community Leader Kumar Malavalli.
During the 30 years of AIISF’s existence, it has restored and preserved the Immigration Station to capturing the rich and inspiring stories of those heroic individuals detained on the island. This anniversary year brings the launch of the IMMIGRANT VOICES INITIATIVE, which will focus on creating programming for youth in partnership with California State Parks to share our resources in classrooms statewide. As a board member, I am proud that through AIISF’s programs, we honor all immigrants who have played a critical role in the history of America, and we continue to honor their dreams and work to ensure their voices are heard. As this is an important fundraising year for the Immigration Station, I salute the backbone of the organization, the Board of Directors behind the scenes, who are Officers Buck Gee, Katherine Toy, Larry Low and Henry Der, together with board members Anne Chen, John Cu, Heather Fong, Rodney Fong, Michael Hardeman, Ming Hsu and Gerrye Wong.
In PALO ALTO..
Palo Alto Players opened their 83rd season with the groundbreaking musical, four time Tony winner, IN THE HEIGHTS at the Lucie Stern Theater in Palo Alto. The happy lively cast danced and sang their hearts out to the music of three generations, each pulsating with change, full of hope and dreams for success in this Dominican-American-flavored slice of the Big Apple, New York City. The local cast did themselves proud with rich toned voices, lively dance routines, and reflecting the atmosphere of the Washington Heights neighborhood sitting in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge. For convenience, easy access and parking ease besides good theater, join the peninsula audiences in its coming season. www.paplayers.org
In MOUNTAIN VIEW..
WARRIOR CLASS BY Kenneth Lin will be coming to Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts October 12-November 2 to many of us who look to the future for Asians to become more visible in government service. Son of Chinese immigrants, decorated vet and a charismatic speaker, congressional candidate Julius Lee is dubbed, “the Republican Obama”. When an unfortunate turn of events erupts when word of a youthful discretion threatens scandal, Lee discovers the dangerous intersection of politics and idealism – where many times never the twain will meet. Get your tickets now to see this Chinese American themed play by calling (650) 463-1960 or logging on to theatreworks.org.