Seattle Chinese New Year

Growing up in Iowa, the Chinese New Year wasn’t really a celebration anyone paid attention to. I’ve attended the San Francisco parade once and this year I’ll be dropping in on a couple of events in the Seattle area. Magnuson Park is heralding the Year of the Dog with an event featuring the Mak Fai Kung Fu Club Chinese Lion Dancers along with crafts, storytelling and New Year’s treats on 27 January 2006. The Well Pacific Cancer Foundation is hosting two events, one at Redmond High School on 28 January 2006 and a second event on 4 February 2006 at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center. That second one isn’t listed on the calendar, but I got an email from my Mandarin teacher with details that boasts a two-hour show with:
Over 100 performers will present Chinese traditional group dances, songs, instrumental music, Beijing Opera, martial arts, Chinese regional opera, and more, all in a single show.