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Korean Parade & Festival Gave New Yorkers Taste of Asia

Every year, the Korean-American Parade offers colorful costumes and floats.Korean martial arts, traditional dancers, regal apparel, and spectacular floats were on dazzling display at the Korean Parade and Festival 2009. Mayor Bloomberg, Council member John Liu and other notables “cooking” in Koreatown. The event, themed “Cooperation and Peace in Troubled Times,” was organized by the […]

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The Global Critic: Primavera a Success

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“Liebes Tanz” (Love Dance) was first performed in 1992.  Lucia Campoy, Marcos Emmanuel de Jesus, Juan Ignacio Echazarreta, and Heather Panikkar danced beautifully in this Germanic, dynamic piece.  It featured unexpected interactions, with humor – and high lifts. The two solos premiered were “In Transit,” performed behind a translucent cloth set by sculptor James Cobb […]

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Israeli Film: Unmistaken Child in Tibet

New York, N.Y.  The Buddhist concept of reincarnation, while both mysterious and enchanting, is hard for most Westerners to grasp.A new film — from Israel — is out to change that. The film features the Dalai Lama.  Unmistaken Child follows the search for a reincarnated Tibetan master. It opened in New York June 3 at the Film […]

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Indian Legend Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Plays NYC, Thanks Obama

New York, N.Y.   Indian classical musician Ustad Amjad Ali Khanplayed the Indian Consulate of New York last week. He played in the grand ballroom of the former mansion on 64th and Fifth, built in 1903 for Ms. Carrie Astor. Amjad Ali Khan plays the sarod, the most prominent stringed musical instrument used in northern India’s classical […]

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Secularism: Surprisingly More Popular in Turkey than in U.S.

  Muslim protests in France over Islamic headscarf ban. Gallup poll findings in the U.S. show 44% say the Bible should not be a source of legislation. Likewise, 57% of Turks say the Koran should not be a source of law in Turkey. Moderation wins. Turkish respondents, 23% of them, felt that Sharia could play […]

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Spotlight on the Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater

“Primavera” is a spring series including two world premieres and dances from the treasury of the Company classics. Two solos will be premiered: “In Transit,” a sequel to “Window” performed behind a translucent cloth set by sculptor James Cobb with piano music by Mexican composer Luis Montes, and “Passages,” by guest choreographer Maxine Steinman to […]

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Eye on Haiti Photography Exhibit at Yale Club

New York, N.Y.  Over the spring of 2004, a CNN reporter wrote to her friends who happen to be world-class photographers: I am writing to you to ask you for your help in promoting aid for the orphans of Haiti.  You all well know the terrible conditions of life there, especially for the children.  The […]

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Park Avenue’s Nichibei Exchange – and Japanese Flute

James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi grand master. James plays the Japanese bamboo flute. Brilliantly. Haunting melodies crossed the conference table, like fog rolling down the mountainside and across the rice paddies of central Honshu. The flute came to Japan from China in the eighth century. Used originally by Zen Buddhist priests, the music creates a heightened […]

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