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Marco Polo Festival: A Celebration of "East Meeting West": 11am Saturday - October 14, 2011

Local Events in Chinatown:
Lee Mingwei: The Travelers And The Quartet Project

Date
:  Thu, Oct 20 from 6:30pm - 8pm
Address:  215 Centre Street, www.mocanyc.org
About:  

For over a decade, Taiwan born American artist Lee Mingwei has been at the forefront of an artistic impulse that has gained traction in recent years: participatory art. This fall, MOCA will present a solo exhibition of Lee, including two of his participation-based projects, The Travelers, a MOCA commission, and The Quartet Project.

 

The Travelers began in 2010 when Lee and MOCA released 100 artist-designed notebooks to family, friends and acquaintances, inviting each recipient to write his or her own stories of "leaving home". Once finished, the participant was asked to pass it on like a chain letter. The last person to write in the book will send it back to MOCA by September 12, 2011, after a year of travelling. All books that make their way back to the museum will become part of an installation in Lee's exhibition.


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Teahouse Performances

Date
:  November 17, 18 and 19th.
Address:  70 Mulberry St., 2nd Fl, Chinatown
About:   
Spice up your autumn, with Teahouse Performances!  Be moved by the tale of the fairy moon princess, stories of vampires, stone walls, and monks. Blending authenticity and innovation, H.T. Chen & Dancers will enchant you with traditional and contemporary dances, and culinary delights.
 
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Tears for city soldier
From: nypost.com

A hometown soldier killed in Afghanistan was honored yesterday in a Chinatown memorial service on Oct 09.


Dozens of mourners poured into the Wah Wing Sang funeral home to pay their respects to Army Pvt. Danny Chen, a 19-year-old native New Yorker who died last week in Kandahar Province. 

 

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Chinatown Dollar ($2) Van
From: feetintwoworlds.org

You can't go wrong with the dollar van if you're on the Lower East Side and need to go to Queens to satisfy an Asian buffet craving. A cab is too expensive for most and the train too stressful for some. Turns out, a dollar van from one Chinatown to the next is reasonably comfortable.

 

We found our van-now 2 bucks per passenger-at the corner of Elizabeth and Hester Streets in old Little Italy, where Vietnamese immigrants are slowly encroaching. "Saigonizing," some call it.) After a short wait time for more passengers, our tour group was on our way to New York's largest borough.


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Chinatown, Little Italy unite to preserve, promote
From: thevillager.com

The launching of a new marketing campaign aimed at showcasing 17 cultural and architectural landmarks in Chinatown and Little Italy was announced recently at the Old St. Patrick's Church Youth Center on Mulberry St.

 

A variety of walking tour maps, brochures, banners and a Web site will provide information on the businesses, tenements, row houses and churches that have shaped the lives of millions of immigrants for more than 200 years. The aim of the campaign - funded through a partnership of the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, Chinatown Partnership L.D.C. (Local Development Corporation), Little Italy Merchants Association and local businesses - is to increase tourism in these two neighborhoods that have yet to fully recover from 9/11, according to the organizers. Their goal is to create new jobs and preserve the neighborhoods' historical character.

 

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