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Guide to Chinese New Year 2010 in Philadelphia

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2010 is the Year of The Tiger.

The Chinese New Year begins on February 14, 2010 and it’s time to celebrate! This year is the year of the Tiger. Watch as lions and dragons roam the streets and firecrackers fill the air with surprise and excitement! Every new year, on the stroke of midnight, the celebration explodes as firecrackers blast and the traditional lion dance begins, spreading happiness throughout the town. So
head out and enjoy all the rich cultural and fun-filled events of this wonderful Chinese New Year celebration!

As 2010 ushers in the Year of The Tiger, There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate this occasion in epic fashion. Here’s a look at where to go to celebrate Chinese New Year 2010 in Philadelphia.

Chinese New Year Banquet at Joesph Poon Chef Kitchen

Master Chef Joseph Poon is known for his Asian Fusion Cuisine. He prepares fresh meals with simple elegance — and a dash of adventure. From his contemporary and quirky new restaurant, called Chef Kitchen, Chef Poon serves prix fixe meals, custom-designed meals, hosts private events, conducts Wok ‘N Walk Tours of Philadelphia Chinatown and teaches cooking classes. In addition, he leads trips to China and participates in dozens of philanthropic events each year. He recently published the inspirational, autobiographical cookbook, Life is Short…Cooking is Fun.

Join Chef Poon for a traditional 10-course Chinese New Year Banquet to ring in the year of the Tiger. The menu will include the following:

1st Course
Lobster Fresh Mango with French Phyllo Dough Samosa in Tangy Garlic Thai Essence

Second Course
Pan-fried Koa Boo Peking Duck foie gras with Pepper Shallot Dumpling

Third Course
Crispy Peking Duck Bun with Merlot Hoisin Jicama Scallion

Fourth Course
Cream Cheese with Crab Meat Crispy Stingray

Fifth Course
Double happiness Fresh Main Lobster with Pad Thai Noodle in Tangy Chili Garlic Tomato Essence

Sixth Course
Happy Family Union Fresh Basil Seafood Combo crab meat, Canadian Little Necks, Ocean Scallop, Tiger Jumbo Shrimp, New Orleans Crawfish, Jumbo New Zealand Mussels and Crispy Calamari in fresh Ginger Garlic Black Bean essence

Seventh Course
Prosperity Crispy Chilean Sea Bass in Lobster Sauce

Eighth Course
Beef Tenderloin Medallions with Japanese Eggplant in Demi glace Szechuan Garlic Bean Essence

Ninth Course
Healthy General Joe’s White Meat Chicken with Fresh Ginger, Garlic Soy Tangy Sauce

Tenth Course
Indonesian Golden Egg Fried Rice with Bar-B-Q Pork and Shrimp

Eleventh Happy Ending Sweet
Crispy Cinnamon Apple with Marshmallow Polaki, Chocolate and Condensed Milk served with fresh healthy Fruit.

Chinese New Year banquet menu is available Monday to Sunday nights for groups of six or more
January 1st through March 31, 2010
Choice of dinner seating at 5:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

$36.50 per person plus beverages, tax and gratuity
Joseph Poon

Lunar New Year Celebration at Independence Seaport Museum

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with a host of Asian cultural activities, crafts, demonstrations, and performances. Make a Chinese zodiac necklace, Vietnamese dragon puppet, Japanese “Lucky Cat,” and Korean kite; enjoy demonstrations of origami, calligraphy, and Tai Chi; and watch a spectacular performance of Asian dance, including the exciting lion dance.
Saturday, February 6
12-4 pm; Performance at 2 pm
FREE with Membership or Museum admission.

Chinese New Year Celebration from Media Business Authority

Come on out to State Street during the day to see the annual Media Chinese New Year Parade, February 13th, 11:30am. You can continue the celebration during the evening arts stroll with Margaret Kou’s “Year of the Tiger Gourmet Dinner ” and enjoy Hammered Dulcimer by Heidi Hammel 6:30-9:30pm.

Media is proud to play host to another year-long series of diverse and exciting events. The season begins with the Chinese New Year Celebration in February, and will culminate as always with the New Year’s Eve Celebration & Ball Drop… where else can you ring in the new year with a real ball drop?
Media PA

8th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration at International House

Celebrate The Year of the Tiger at this annual event. With entertainment by Penn Lions, Robert Xue, Ruixiang Chen, Yiming Xue, Gene He + Melina Zhang, Pan-Asian Dance Troup and The Philadelphia Suns along with traditional cuisine. Stay for the Film @ International House screening of Red Heroine (Hong Xia) with Live Musical Score by Devil Music Ensemble.

Celebration only – Free admission IHouse alumni + members; $5 guests; $8 general admission. Film + Celebration – $3 Attache members and above; $10 other members; $15 general admission. In advance at Ticketweb or 1/2 hour before showtime at The Ibrahim Theater Box Office.

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Join us for dinner and explore the wonderful diversity and culinary treasures in Philadelphia. Each month we visit an ethnic restaurant for an authentic experience. The restaurant’s host selects our menu and beverages and presents a short overview of the food and culture of the region. Bring your friends and enjoy new tastes from around the world!

Red Heroine (Hong Xia) with Live Musical Score by Devil Music Ensemble – Brendon Wood, electric guitar, lap steel, synthesizer; Jonah Rapino, electric violin, erhu (two string Chinese violin), lapsteel, synthesizer, vibraphone; Tim Nylander, drums, Chinese percussion. Episode six of Red Heroine (aka Red Knight-Errant), the only surviving episode of the 13-part serial, is also one of the few complete and earliest extant silent martial arts films. Made at the height of the martial arts craze of 1920s Shanghai, this lively tale about the rise of a woman warrior features the genre?s characteristic blend of pulp and mystical derring-do. A rampaging army raids a village and kidnaps a maiden, causing the death of the young woman?s grandmother. At the general?s lair, the captive girl faces imminent rape, but is rescued by the mysterious Daoist hermit, White Monkey. Three years later, Yun Mei (Yun Ko in the English intertitles) reemerges as a full-fledged warrior, ready to deploy the magic powers learned from White Monkey to avenge her grandmother?s death. Devil Music Ensemble (DME) began in 1999 as a tool to explore as many facets of musical performance as possible. Based in Boston, DME has been a rock trio, a Eastern European folk band, a 40 piece modern orchestral ensemble, a country music revue, a house band for live theater; and its most recent incarnation, performing original soundtracks for silent film.
International House