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Of the many such "small theaters" in the theatrically vibrant city of Beijing, hers is not the best located.
For about seven years, Li was a Guangzhou-based producer and distributor of television dramas and TV movies. Her first significant exposure to theater was Stan Lai's The Village, a 3.5-hour epic about the mainland diaspora in Taiwan. Six years ago, Li moved north to Beijing, unarguably the epicenter of China's theater creativity.
She picked Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman as the opening salvo, directed by Zhou Ke, a promising talent with a flair for staging uncompromising fare. Since then, theater lovers have been arriving in droves, sometimes as early as the afternoon, where the adjacent cafe, Empty Cup Coffee, offers a bohemian environment for idle chat on the serious art of drama, surrounded by rows of books and wall-to-wall posters of the performing arts. The DrumTower West Theater, tucked away in a traditional alleyway, has become a favorite hangout for the city's young, hip and theatrically aspiring. Meanwhile, Li attributes her choice of repertory style to a later offering, How I Learned to Drive. For her production of The Censor, a 1997 British play, to mark the theater's two-year anniversary, Li has turned to crowd sourcing. Ten of her friends joined in, including many media professionals who are fans of theater and her venue in particular. Chinese theater goers are accustomed to big-house shows that run for a couple of nights, but for an extended run that lasts 20-30 days she needs people who can spread the word to a larger clientele base.
Unlike some in theater circles, Li does not complain about the proliferation of lowbrow comedies on the Chinese stage. In fact, Li is contemplating a new lineup of comedies to add to her existing, mostly dark works.
Li is thinking of plays like The Housekeeper by American playwright James Prideaux, which centers on a writer and his new acid-tongued housekeeper, and builds towards a hilarious crescendo.
She says her house broke even by the end of 2015 when her initial investment was amortized, but each production takes 40-50 performances to recoup its cost. The 2004 winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for best new play is about a writer who depicts violence against children, and is suspected to be involved in one case. This obscure one-act play, an early work by the American pioneer in the art of drama brought home its relevance to contemporary Chinese society, especially the notion of family as the societal core. This perennial favorite in modern Chinese dramatic literature was given a new spin by Swedish director Mathias Lafolie, who approached the familiar tale as a discourse on morality and relationships.
This black comedy, which won four Tony awards, portrays the acidic relationship between an ageing matriarch and her spinster daughter, something rare for the Chinese stage. This 1998 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama is based on an avuncular character and his influence on the coming of age of a teenage girl. This story of a female filmmaker of pornographic art and a middle-aged bureaucrat is so titillating that it could well lead to ratings for theatrical productions.
Directed by Mou Sen, an early practitioner in Chinese avant-garde theater, this is a French tale of a charity event gone awry, and illuminates a chasm between the haves and have-nots that defies political categorization. A winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for drama, this extremely dark tale about a mother and her suicidal daughter is a serious look at the abyss of existential anxiety. The 2002 recipient of the Tony Award for best play touches on the taboo issue of bestiality in a well-respected middle-class family. Guo, 48, who started playing the erhu as a 4-year-old in Shenyang, an industrial city in Northeast China's Liaoning province, has so far released over 40 albums as a soloist and a band member in a variety of music genres, such as rock, jazz and classical music.
He has also taken the unfamiliar sounds of the ancient Chinese instrument to nearly 2,000 concerts worldwide, working with hundreds of international musicians, including French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood and Chinese pianist Lang Lang. On April 25, Guo, who moved to Paris in 2000, was named a Knight of the Order of the Arts and Letters by Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, the French ambassador to China.
The honor, which was created in 1957, has been given to other Chinese artists, including actress Zhang Ziyi and film director Feng Xiaogang. Trained by his father, Guo Junming (1940-2010), an erhu musician and educator, Guo Gan says that learning to play the erhu is a family tradition. Besides the erhu, Guo also plays Western instruments, such as the violin, the cello and the piano.
By the time Guo graduated from the Shenyang Music Conservatory with a bachelor's degree in percussion performance in 1991, pop and rock music had started to blossom in China.
So, when he taught erhu and percussion at the Liaoning Music Conservatory from 1994-99, he founded his own jazz and rock bands. In 2000, Guo went to France to study percussion at the National Music School in Paris, where he founded another jazz band, Dragon Jazz, which won the second prize at a European Chinese music competition in Belgium in December 2002.
But despite these successes, he says that there was a time when he tried to escape from the erhu. After arriving in Europe, Guo began performing at events held by overseas Chinese communities as he struggled to make ends meet like many foreign students. His first break came in 2002, when he was invited to record music for the movie L'idole by composer Gabriel Yared, who won an Oscar and a Grammy Award for his work on The English Patient. He also made a guest appearance as a soloist at the opening ceremony of the Cannes film festival in 2002. In 2005, Chinese director Zhang Yimou invited him to play a series of concerts for the promotion of the film, The House of Flying Daggers, in Europe. While his pianist wife and two children live in Paris, Guo says that he plans to have more shows in China and work with Chinese musicians.
This dual personality is presented at the Ninth Horticultural Exposition of Jiangsu Province that ends on May 10.
The feel that today's visitors are actually taking a stroll through an ancient scroll is no accident.
The setting unfolds like the scenes artists render of Jiangnan, the region south of the Yangtze River celebrated for being as well manicured botanically as what could be expected of China's Eden. The settlement is also the ground from which Wu culture, a vital component of contemporary Chinese society, took root over 10,000 years ago.
That legacy lives on in the city's Wuzhong district as classical gardens and water towns flourish to the soundtrack of Kunqu Opera and pingtan (Suzhou ballads). An exhibition at the event separate from botany showcases 70 places in Suzhou acclaimed for intangible cultural heritage. The horticulture exhibition should remain true to real life after the show since the venue will be used as a public park or resort once the expo is done, organizers hope. The country's breakneck development necessitates a fusion of modern architecture into gardening traditions to conjure cities with cultural foundations, he says. The central government has introduced policies to encourage cities and regions to add more horticultural components into urban life. Suzhou was where China adopted its first national standards for what constitutes a horticultural city in 1992.
It could, perhaps, even be like walking through ancient Chinese paintings, the brushstrokes of which are actual flora rendered across urban landscapes today - and tomorrow.
Gardens and pavilions revealing the biodiversity of Suzhou draw visitors during the Ninth Horticultural Exposition of Jiangsu Province that runs throught May 10.
Canada's tourism authority has partnered with Hainan Airlines to offer the flight three times a week from June 30 and four times a week from November. The airport handles 250 daily flights to more than 80 destinations, enabling tourists to easily travel to other destinations in the province and country. A program has been launched to make the terminal user-friendly for Chinese through such amenities as Chinese-language signage and information, Poirier says. Roughly 59,000 Chinese arrived in or departed from Alberta in 2013, says the provincial tourism authority's CEO, Royce Chwin. Western Alberta is flanked by the Rocky Mountains, while expansive prairies cover the east.
Routes cover cities, national parks and other sites of interest across Calgary, Edmonton, the Canadian Rockies, the Canadian Badlands and southern Alberta. Hainan Airlines is working with travel agencies to promote diverse travel products to show the beauty of Alberta and the passion of its cowboys, says Hainan Airlines' senior director, Jason Liu.
Calgary now serves as a stopover for Chinese visitors to national parks, says Li Mengran, publicity manager of major outbound-travel operator Beijing Utour International Travel Service Co. The city has evolved exponentially over the past few years, says Tourism Calgary CEO, Cindy Ady.
Calgary has also developed new pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods that offer walking tours featuring such new culinary experiences as East Village. Canada's first Nordstrom's opened at its Chinook Center two years ago, and Cross Iron Mills hosts a huge outlet mall.
Heritage Park is Canada's largest living historical village, and the Calgary Zoo is celebrated as one of the country's best. The Calgary Stampede - a rodeo and festival acclaimed as "the greatest outdoor show on Earth" - runs every July. Calgary is uniquely positioned within driving distance of four World Heritage sites - the Rocky Mountains, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Waterton Glacier International Peace Park. Indeed, these destinations seem poised to embrace new waves of Chinese visitors as the new direct flights enhance ease of entry.
The founding partner and head of research of Gavekal Dragonomics, a Beijing research firm, and author of a new book, China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know, says as a result it is difficult to get the true picture. Kroeber, 54, spoke to China Daily in a meeting room of his company, which he helped establish at the Soho Nexus Center in 2002. His book, published by Oxford University Press in April, is timely with huge international interest now in the Chinese economy, which intensified at the start of the year with a renewed bout of stock market volatility, which has recently abated.
But his book of 319 pages, although an interesting read, is in no way just a beginner's guide. There is now interest in whether China will soon regain its position as the world's largest economy, which it last held in about 1800. Kroeber rejects those who forecast that China could even become the richest economy by the 2070s.
The book describes Streep's reign as homecoming queen in her suburban New Jersey high school, highlights her deep love of the theater, provides an intimate look into her love affair with actor John Cazale and her marriage to sculptor Don Gummer, and details a dozen leading-lady roles that catapulted Streep to her first Oscar. Schulman, a contributor and arts editor at The New Yorker, leaves no stone unturned when tackling Streep's colorful life. From the Japanese edition of the magazine, which will be published annually under the name Tomoshibi, she is now reading about a China that is different from how the country has largely been projected in Japanese media.
People's Literature has multilingual editions in many countries, among which, the English version is called Pathlight. Miyazaki, who majored in Chinese in college, chose to learn the language because of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a Chinese classic novel, she tells China Daily in an email.
Specializing in rural studies, Miyazaki is a fan of children's author Yang Hongying because she writes about nature. Working for some 20 years on cultural exchanges between the two countries, Miyazaki says the younger Japanese may feel distant from China, but her teachers and their peers used to promote ties wholeheartedly. Miyazaki says that, over the years, while China's increasing economic strength has influenced its image in Japan, there is still room for balanced exchanges as young Chinese are interested in Japanese pop culture, while the reverse isn't always visible. Even for those who are interested in Chinese literature, their knowledge is quite limited - they mostly know about ancient Chinese classics, she says.
The magazine started in 2015 after long discussions between professionals from both countries. The selection of Chinese stories include those by established authors, such as Su Tong and Li Jingze, and also voices from younger writers like Xu Zechen. Among China's most influential literary journals, People's Literature is resourceful in offering key works from contemporary writers, and is also published in English, Italian, German and Russian.
Its editor-in-chief, Shi Zhanjun, knows how tough the task of multilingual publishing is, but the magazine also aspires to create works of high literary value in the targeted languages. Miyazaki says the Japanese edition lives up to expectations, and she is enjoying reading the selected poems in it, like Chinese poet Da Jie's Mother, which is dedicated to the "speechless" love the elderly have for their children.
According to Shi, there was a following in Japan of the Chinese version of People's Literature before the Japanese edition was launched. Hu Kaimin, an editor with the magazine's overseas publisher, Foreign Language Press, says: "As close neighbors, the two countries have a history of cultural exchanges since the fifth century. Gan Erke is not someone who agrees that Japan is the last word when it comes to lacquerware. The 61-year-old from Huangshan, in East China's Anhui province, has spent years reviving a technique which gives lacquerware a texture resembling a rhino's hide. Gan, certified as an inheritor of intangible cultural heritage, exhibited around 30 of his finest lacquerware at the first International Exposition of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Ancient Art in Macao in late April. The event, held by the China Cultural Relic Protection Foundation, was an opportunity for him to attract global attention to his craft. For him, that is the sprit of a craftsman, something that was advocated by Premier Li Keqiang while presenting his government work report in March, and has stirred wide discussion, since. In 2002, when Gan decided to re-create hide-like lacquerware, which can be dated back to 2,000 years ago, he faced huge difficulties, though he has been a lacquerware craftsman since his teens. The only references he found to that kind of lacquerware were a 29-Chinese-character writing in a 16th-century book on lacquerware and a few ancient collections.
As of now, it takes him more than a year to make a bowl of hide-like lacquerware, but Gan believes it is worth it to keep polishing his skills and working on new ideas. Increasingly, professionals who devote themselves to reviving intangible cultural heritage are going beyond traditional techniques. Feng Jie, 71, from Jiangxi's provincial capital Nanchang, also in the country's east, is well-known as a master for his technique of drawing on porcelain plates.
Though the local government in Nanchang has set up an institution for Feng to use as an incubator to train youngsters, Feng says the quality of students is not satisfactory. He adds the relatively low wages earned from the art compared with other careers is another hurdle to attracting talent.
So, it seems that a better option may be to create a business which can blend traditional skills with modern industry. For instance, Zhang Shuyang, a Shanghai-based veteran antique collector, set up a luxury watch studio where he uses porcelain to make dials and elements from ancient bronze mirror to make the watch movements. Explaining what he hopes to achieve, Zhang says: "It (the piece) has to be original, unique, handmade and be made by someone with the highest skills. Still, a dialogue between East and West probably helps improve traditional craftsmanship on both sides. For instance, Homemade in Germany, an exhibition that was held in Shanghai last year, and returned to China for the recent Macao expo, can offer ideas to Chinese industry. The exhibition, which comprises more than 150 companies from Germany, aims to promote handcrafts for everyday use. The oldest German company exhibiting products at the event is more than 300 years old, and many of the others are family-run businesses. Matthias Philipp, the curator of the exhibition, says handmade crafts are highly regarded in his country despite facing stiff competition from mass-produced goods. As an example, he talks of high-end German pens made using traditional techniques and others made using more modern methods, though both are traditional brands. He later read that such activities dated back to ancient times and often lasted up to three days. A revival of traditional values and ancient wisdom in daily life is what Liang hopes to achieve at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition from May 28 to Nov 27, an event held under the framework of the Venice Biennale.
The 47-year-old, who lives and works in both Beijing and Vancouver, is curating China's national pavilion at the Magazzino delle Cisterne in Italy. The pavilion called Daily Design, Daily Tao is in keeping with this year's exhibition theme, "reporting from the front".
Alejandro Aravena, a Chilean exhibition curator and a Pritzker prize-winning architect, says the theme is to show that the advancement of architecture is "not a goal in itself but a way to improve people's quality of life", and it is to be tackled on many fronts. For Liang, the lost fronts are what a lot of Chinese have sacrificed for a modern cityscape: self-esteem, happiness and social equality. He says it is a pity that extravagant, crazy consumption is what Chinese tourists are known for globally, while Chinese traditional values are against an unrestrained lifestyle that causes waste, pollution and damage to the surroundings.


Liang has chosen nine architects, designers and architect groups to show their works at the pavilion, in an effort to provide solutions for developmental issues in both cities and the countryside. Their creations show various aspects of Liang's ideal of "daily Tao (Taoism)", using local material, craft and labor as a way to preserve traditions and save costs. One case study being shown is the Maoping Village School in Central China's Hunan province designed by architect Wang Lu. After the old school building was destroyed by rainstorms and mountain floods in 2006, Wang designed a new one, a two-story building that resembles a cluster of local houses and blends into its surroundings. Wang, who revisited the school recently, says it is well maintained by students and teachers and looks just like when it was completed 10 years ago. Ma Ke's Wuyong products will also be featured at the pavilion to emphasize that design and longevity are both central to the value of clothing. The 45-year-old, who established the handmade, eco-fashion line Wuyong to help the revival of traditional craftsmanship through innovative design, operates two design centers - one in Zhuhai, in Guangdong province in the country's south, and the other in Beijing. A native of Changchun, in Northeast China's Jilin province, Ma has vivid childhood memories of living in the countryside. Liang also wears Wuyong creations because Ma says he can wear them for life and can send them to her workshops for maintenance. Commenting on the current state of architecture in China, Liang says: "There has been a boom in architecture that costs a lot of money, looks sophisticated and fashionable. The Chinese pavilion at the Italian event will feature a project called Communal Garden in which designers work with residents of an old Beijing neighborhood to show the better use of space.
Zhang has a farm in the Beijing suburbs, but his knowledge of the vegetable comes from his family home in Shandong province, China's asparagus heartland. Zhang likes white asparagus in soup and in dumplings, though as he talks today, he and his colleague, head chef Rob Cunningham, have fancier presentations in mind. Because the white grows more slowly without sunlight, Zhang says, the stalks are thicker but more tender than green asparagus. Shandong's Caoxian county, known as China's capital of asparagus, boasts a growing area of more than 13,000 hectares devoted to the crop. While plenty of white asparagus is canned in 10 dedicated factories in Shandong, much Chinese-grown asparagus leaves the country for two reasons.
While many Chinese see white asparagus as a curiosity best appreciated by foreigners, the Chinese version was recently celebrated by the European Union. For the next few weeks, look for white asparagus on seasonal menus at top hotels and restaurants, particularly Western outlets, in China's biggest cities. Chef Steve Zhang prepares white asparagus for dishes at Feast restaurant in Beijing's East hotel. Chinese customers are often allured by lifestyles shown in South Korea soap operas and movies.
On my visit to the original branch on Jiangtai Road in Chaoyang district in Beijing, which opened in 2012 (the Solana-area restaurant opened in 2013) for a Tuesday lunch, I found the restaurant almost packed with diners. Most customers come to enjoy meals with families and friends, and on weekends, it's advisable to book a table in advance, I'm told. The restaurant's appeal seems rooted in its delicious and distinctive steaks, which are cuts of rib-eye, filet, sirloin and porterhouse are imported from Australia.
Some steaks follow original Western recipes to produce authentic flavors, while some, like the "stone steaks", are prepared with a South Korean twist. I tried two recommended specialties, the bulgogi steak and "New York strip yum stone steak". The bulgogi steak is previously marinated with the restaurant's version of South Korea's signature barbecue sauce, which is made with Korean soybean, pepper, fresh fruits and other ingredients in secret proportions, according to Tian.
While cooking the steaks, chefs also brush the sauce onto the meat repeatedly, which is quite different from the traditional method, and gives the steak a special flavor of the sauce, Tian says. The medium-well steak I ordered was extremely tender and juicy, and had a gratifying salty, sweet taste. The stone steak was also very tasty, and I especially enjoyed the side of grilled onions, which were still a bit crunchy and slightly sweet. The buffet is another reason not to miss the restaurant, which provides diners a variety of Western and Asian options, and is free to diners who order from the steak menu. The restaurant hopes to provide steaks and other delicacies that Asian people would desire, and updates the a la carte menu regularly, Tian says. There are also homemade Italian pizzas, pastas, Vietnamese rice noodles, sashimi and South Korean delicacies, including fried rice cake and bibimbap. I was lucky to taste the latest buffet menu during my visit, including zucchini apple salad and lentil soup. There are more than 10 kinds of salad, which are made with about 100 ingredients, I'm told.
My favorite salad is "iceberg blueberry salad", which innovatively combines lettuce, blue berries, croutons, and blue-cheese dressing. The name VIPS is an abbreviation for "Very Important Person's Society", and the company says it strives to "treat each and every customer as a VIP guest". The bulgogi steak, cooked with South Korean barbecue sauce, is a signature dish at VIPS Steak& Salad Bar in Beijing. At a meeting of the 2016 National Chinese Language Conference on Friday, Yan says food is culture, heritage and a lifestyle, and reminds one of where he comes from and his background.
Yan says that when he first came to the United States, there were 6,000 or 7,000 Chinese restaurants. From Yan's point of view, Chinese restaurants in the US serve almost everything because of the need for diversity and for their own survival. When he began his career as an on-air chef for a Calgary TV station in 1978, there were few Chinese chefs in the cooking-show arena. Yan has been hosting his award-winning PBS-TV cooking show Yan Can Cook since 1982, and has produced more than 1,500 episodes so far. He refers to Man Han Quan Xi (combining Manchurian and Han Chinese delicacies) - the Imperial Banquet - saying Chinese food is refined, elegant and great, right from the serving ware to the selection of ingredients.
Besides being the host of a popular cooking show, Yan has traveled and taught cooking classes in the US and allover the world for the past 30 years. The American Culinary Federation has designated him a Master Chef, and he was also elected an outstanding Chinese figure in 2013 at an official cultural event in China. Initiated in 2008, the 2016 National Chinese Language Conference in Chicago is its ninth session. Under the theme of "Ambassadorship in Action", more than 1,300 officials, university presidents, experts and teachers from the US, Canada and China attended this year's session to share and exchange their Chinese-language teaching and learning experiences in four plenary meetings and over 90 workshops. Chinese painter Shen Yaoyi has made the Long March the subject of his work over the past four decades. His oil paintings, engravings and picture books re-create scenes from the tactical retreat of the Red Army to evade Kuomintang forces for two years starting in 1934. Shen, 73, a retired arts professor from the capital's Renmin University, is now showing dozens of his paintings at the National Art Museum of China. The ongoing exhibition commemorates the end of Long March eight decades ago, when three major factions of the Red Army united in Northwest China's Gansu province, surviving bitter struggles with the enemy and harsh natural surroundings.
Shen's interest in the march was ignited in the 1960s while he was studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. His travels inspired Shen to produce two oil paintings - Revolutionary Ideals Higher than Heaven and With Firm Strides We Start Again - that later became iconic pieces of the Red Classic series. The first painting sold for 40 million yuan ($6.35 million) in 2012 at an art auction in Beijing and the other is part of the national art museum's collection.
The centerpiece of the current exhibition is Long March 1936, an album of some 600 drawings on leaves telling how Red Army units separately triumphed in several battles before merging in Gansu.
It took Shen two years to complete the album and is a sequel to The Earth's Red Flying Ribbon, an album he drew from 1988 to 1993, visualizing a namesake novel on the march by the late Chinese writer Wei Wei. Shen executed the pieces combining approaches in oil painting and engraving with the lining technique of traditional Chinese painting. He applied a gray tone to indicate both the cold weather at the conference location and how it mattered to the fate of the Red Army, which was then at a critical moment in the Long March.
Wang Ming, director of Beijing Fine Art Academy, says Shen is like a film director who has presented the heroism of the Long March with mastery and a distinctive approach.
The academy has original drafts of The Earth's Red Flying Ribbon, and Wang says an exhibition to show them is being planned.
That was the question Australian writer Luise Guest often asked curators, gallery owners and art teachers during her monthslong stay in China in 2011. The overwhelming absence of works by female artists in public spaces caught her attention, leading her to conduct a five-year research on the subject. As a result, she produced the book Half the Sky: Conversations with Women Artists in China, which also comes at a time of rising global interest in Chinese art.
The launch of Guest's new book in China in April was accompanied by a group show, titled Half the Sky: Chinese Women Artists, at Beijing's Red Gate gallery, where paintings, sculptures, videos, installations and photos are still displayed. Before she began her research, Guest was told that many female art graduates in China didn't focus seriously on their careers after marriage or motherhood.
But after her interviews with women artists in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Xi'an, she found such perceptions to be incorrect. In fact, most female artists were fighting family pressure to give more time to their work. Of the 32 female artists featured in her book, a few are internationally known, such as Cao Fei, whose video work Second Life has been shown in many galleries and museums across the world since 2007. But the problem is that they don't get the same level of exposure as male artists do, Guest says. An Australian or American might even know the name of an artist or two, when asked about China's contemporary art, but it would most likely be male, like Zhang Xiaogang or Fang Lijun, Guest says. The title of her book is based on a quote by China's founding father, Mao Zedong, who said in 1955 that women hold up half the sky in China.
Xiao Lu, a female performance artist included in Guest's book, says it will take time for China to change in this regard. Artist Lin Tianmiao, who is also in the book, has made an embroidery piece that uses expressions in both Chinese and English, such as sheng nyu ("leftover" women) and xiao san (mistress). She says her book mixes Chinese history, language and social context with the aim of letting foreigners know more about Chinese female artists.
This year, the Liverpool Biennial, the largest contemporary art festival in Britain, is taking inspiration from its own city, and a central theme is the city's Chinatown. Echoes of China and Liverpool's Chinatown will resound in spaces across the city in everyday settings, such as supermarkets, and in large spaces, such as a now-disused and historical brewery in the city center.
The architectural symbol changes its meaning as China changes, says Cooper, and the arch is now a nostalgic image existing in the city's collective consciousness.
Today's Chinatown is more dispersed, and exists not just in the area next to the arch but in online networks and the great amount of China-funded development in the city, including New Chinatown and Liverpool2, the largest transatlantic deep-sea port in Britain. The arrival of five 92-meter-high cranes for use in the port from Shanghai late last year was a great moment for the city, and as iconic as the arch in Chinatown, Cooper says. Among other events, works from 54 artists will be exhibited at the city's Walker Art Gallery as part of the John Moores Painting Prize 2016, and the winner will be announced at the beginning of the biennial. Also, on show will be five prize-winning works from the John Moores Painting Prize China 2016. Liverpool's Chinatown - the oldest one in Europe - will be the theme of the city's upcoming contemporary art festival. An area of subsidence-hit waste ground that was formerly a coal mine has been transformed into a venue for the recently opened Tangshan International Horticultural Exposition. More than a century of coal extraction had left the site, now known as South Lake Park, strewed with countless pits, according to Yao Shan-yong, deputy director of the coal-mining technology department at Kailuan Group Limited Liability Corporation, which operated the mine. These pits were used to dump rubble and construction waste in the aftermath of a disastrous magnitude-7.8 earthquake in 1976 that leveled 97 percent of Tangshan's buildings and killed more than 200,000 people.
Zhang Wenming, head of South Lake Park's Administrative Committee, said the area became an eyesore known as "waste mountain".
This started to change in the 1990s, when subsidence had eased enough for low-rise buildings to be built and some small-scale voluntary tree planting to take place. The park's Longshan and Fenghuangtai mountains were both former spoil tips that have been treated and greened, Hong said. The International Park covers 9.1 hectares, with 10 pavilions dedicated to the horticulture and flowers of the US, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, Hungary, South Korea, and Japan.
Flowers on display include roses from the US and the UK, daisies from Italy, geraniums from Hungary, irises from France, lily of the valley from Sweden, cornflowers from Germany, tulips from the Netherlands, hibiscuses from South Korea and chrysanthemums from Japan. The Domestic Park covers 14.6 hectares and is divided into eight themed gardens, each representing a different area of China.
In addition to a Royal Garden, styled after those enjoyed by Chinese emperors' of yesteryear, there is a Hebei Garden, a Southern Chinese Garden with water features, a Western Chinese Garden with the traditional stilted buildings of Chongqing, a Lingnan Garden to represent the gardening styles of Guangdong and Guangxi provinces, a Modern Garden, Taiwan Garden and Bonsai Garden.
Styled to look like it is built from coal, the pavilion symbolizes host city Tangshan's mining heritage. Inside, there are more than 1,000 different kinds of tropical plants including the African baobab tree, with its thick trunk and large fruit, the parasitic flowering rafflesia that can reach an enormous size, and the tropical upas tree that is known in Hainan as the "Poison Arrow Tree". The 2016 Tangshan International Horticultural Exposition is a World Horticultural Exposition approved by the International Association of Horticultural Producers. It began on April 29 and ends on Oct 16, featuring representatives from more than 50 countries and regions. Low carbon horticulture is a major focus of the exhibition, with displays covering fruit and vegetable gardening, ornamental horticulture, garden architecture, and nurseries.
The exposition will take place at South Lake (Nanhu) Park, south of Tangshan in Hebei province.
The park covers 19.7 square kilometers and features plants, trees, grasses, flowers, and pavilions that people can visit and walk around. Tangshan is the fifth Chinese city to host the exposition after Kunming, Shenyang, Xi'an, and Qingdao. The expo is open every day, 9 am-5 pm until Oct 16 at South Lake Park, near the intersection of Xueyuan South Street and Nan-xin West Street, Lu'nan district, Tangshan, Hebei.
We are busier than before due to the increasing number of vehicles on the roads since people from all around the country have started to visit the exposition.
Design work started in 2013 when the South Lake Park had already undergone years of ecological construction.
My old classmates are having a reunion during the May Day holiday and we will go visit the exposition together because we are interested to see how the park has changed. Artists perform Peking opera in a garden that resembles an ancient Chinese emperors' palace at the expo park.
It is a multipurpose utensil that can utilize the heat of the open fire so efficiently that you can steam, boil, braise, stew, deep-fry and of course, stir-fry. When adding cooking wine, the experienced chef will pour it down the inner surface so the heat of the wok will sear off the alcohol while retaining the flavors of the wine. We have Teflon-coated frying pans these days, but nothing beats a well-seasoned iron wok in the kitchen.
I have been told to cook a kilogram of chives in my wok, slowly, until the herbs are totally brown and crisp.
Certainly, the Teflon-coated frying pans would never allow you to experience that special flavor we call wok hei - the spirit of the wok. It is that special tingle to the taste buds that combines the aroma of hot oil and the best flavors of the ingredients brought out by rapid cooking over high heat. That is why I cringe when I see the inexperienced attempt stir-frying, especially since many Westerners think of it as a healthy option to their accustomed cooking methods.
My method of seasoning is to render fat in the wok, so on that same trip to Chinatown, remember to drop by the butcher's for some pork fat.
First of all, a classic Chinese stir-fry is often 80 percent vegetables and about 20 percent finely sliced meat for flavoring.
Whatever the combination, the stir-fry always starts with aromatics such as ginger, garlic, shallots or leeks. The oil is first added to the heated wok, and by the time you can see a slight haze rising, it is time to add the ginger slices, minced garlic or chopped onions. I saw Lois Morton play a Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) showcase, then reviewed her debut CD, As I See It, for our December 2011 NERFA wrapup issue. I listened to a€?Side Effectsa€? about those TV ads for drugs and learned how perfectly Lois could encapsulate their lunacy. The wonder of all of this was that I was listening to a grandmother who had, for a number of decades, been a teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL), an administrator and a therapist. She was a little prodigy, always performing for the family and picking out songs on the piano. Lois was a voice major at the Music and Art High School (There were two coexisting schools, Performing Arts High School and Music and Art High School on West 46th Street.
At age 16 or 17, she could perceive how high the level of talent was at the school a€” television and stage actress and singer Diahann Carroll (Carol Diahann Johnson then) was in her senior chorus.
She had taken piano lessons for two years in junior high school, but had such a good ear that shea€™d fake it a lot of the time and didna€™t practice.


Lois played basic guitar and sang in a program called The Musicians Emergency Fund, which sent performers into hospitals to play for patients. After he died, Lois began to explore other avenues of coping and expression, entering several programs.
Lois described how the song gained exposure: a€?I was involved in a community theater group and we were doing a show at that time. In a€?The Cell Phone Song,a€? another of my favorites, written about two months after the Clutterholic song, she skewers egocentric, obsessive cellphone users perfectly with: It doesna€™t seem to matter, youa€™re assailed with noisy chatter when you only want a quiet, peaceful walka€¦ Pretty much everything I despise about those people is in that song a€” but humorous.
Lois began playing open mics on Long Island and found that she could cross over into the folk arena.
A big component in driving Lois to embark on a new career was having a source of purpose and income taken away from her. As she perused her earlier resume as a teacher, therapist and author, she looked at what she was doing as a performer and thought, a€?Who is this woman?a€? At first glance, nothing seemed relevant. It is the best feeling in the world to love and being loved.Loving someone gives meaning to your life.
We’ve joined up with your current rss along with sit up regarding hunting for even more of ones wonderful publish. But she has carved a niche with a repertory that can be called adventurous even in this city where new productions are in the hundreds every year. She later dipped her toes in this part of showbiz by becoming a local presenter for some of Lai's shows. Many were warm and uplifting, but I wanted something that was thought-provoking, something that shed light on the dark corners of humanity," Li tells China Daily. Not only was she fascinated by the work itself, with its subtle depiction of the suspicious relationship between an uncle and his teenage relative, but she enthused about Paula Vogel, the writer who came to Beijing and gave a mesmerizing lecture.
That is no small feat considering that some of the city's more established small houses have closed down in recent years. I'm surrounded by friends who are more knowledgeable than I am in this field," says Li, who cautions against giving short shrift to today's theater patrons. It became the breakout hit that pointed the way for the artistic aspirations of Li and her new house. However, for Chinese erhu player Guo Gan, the similarities between the two instruments don't end there.
It recognizes those who have distinguished themselves through their work in the artistic or literary domain in France and the world. I am happy to see that the erhu, which is rarely appreciated in the West, can be used in so many different music styles," says Guo. After all, horticulture is both an art and a science.]]> An ongoing horticulture exhibition in a city celebrated for its gardens has roots in the past yet sows seeds for the future.
Over 20 gardens and 12 pavilions reveal the biodiversity of Suzhou, a city synonymous with Chinese gardening. They include such themes as family travel, marathons, golf, shopping, summer outdoor adventure, winter wonderlands, skiing, photography, recreational-vehicle camping, train travel and road trips. Alberta doesn't have a provincial sales tax, making it an affordable shopping destination, Ady adds.
The country's natural and cultural destinations anticipate waves of Chinese visitors as new direct flights enhance ease of entry. Kroeber believes the debate about the Chinese economy is almost always polarized.]]> A US consultant's new book takes wide-angle view of Chinese economy from reform and opening-up to current policies, Andrew Moody writes. It is a genuine examination of the issues facing the country's economy from reform and opening-up in the late 1970s to today's many policy dilemmas. The government has set itself the target of doubling the 2010 per capita income by 2020 in the current Five-Year Plan (2016-20), which would result in China being defined as a high-income country.
He outlines the formative years of this iconic actress, including her time at Vassar College and the Yale School of Drama, as well as her days as a young graduate navigating the New York theater scene. Her confidence and talent contribute to her landing back-to-back Broadway plays, a Tony nomination and two roles in Shakespeare in the Park productions in New York City.
She found love again with Gummer and continued to perform onstage, auditioning for a role that would change the tapestry of her career - Joanna Kramer in the 1979 film Kramer vs. It's an enchanting look into the intricate details of how a young girl from New Jersey became a force in the entertainment industry. But, if you want to keep tradition alive, you have to somehow bring it into the 21st century," he says.
It gets its color - or lack of it - from growers who start piling on soil when the first shoots appear in spring, so the nascent veggies get no exposure to sunlight. They deftly sort the stalks for uniformity and prepare two colorful dishes - a salad with festoons of slivered raw asparagus, and a platter of grilled asparagus with salmon. A project aimed at ensuring protection of 10 famous EU food names in China was a reciprocal campaign titled "10 plus 10", granting the same protection in Europe to 10 famous Chinese foods with specific geographic origins. The Chinese list includes Longjing Tea (dragon-well tea) and Dongshan Bailusun - which now means "white asparagus" on both sides of the world.
But VIPS Steak & Salad Bar, a popular South Korean restaurant chain owned by that nation's CJ Group, does so with pride. The owners at CJ Group, which has business ranging from film, K-pop and food, have taken advantage of their cultural appeal and extended the company's success to China with two branches.
The mixed aroma of the steak and shallot was so pleasant and appealing that I found my mouth watering. The side of pinkish, crystal-like pickles was a great balance to the steak, both for the palate and for the eyes.
Born in China's southern Guangdong province, he gained fame by teaching Americans how to cook Chinese food.
Now there are around 54,000, more than all the fast-food chain outlets combined in the country. But sooner or later, "more and more Chinese restaurants will be specialized, like say a Shanghai restaurant or a dumpling restaurant", he says. During the march, which included a series of movements through much of the country, the Communist troops traveled about 12,500 kilometers.
He sees in them an incarnation of the spirit of bravery and persistence that defined the Long March. This distinguishes them from other plants that grow with a false sense of self-importance," Shen says. The problem was how to include more women in my book, as I found more and more interesting women when I had the conversations," Guest says of the writing process. But nobody talks about 'leftover men'," Guest says of cultural and social issues that have a bearing on art, demonstrated through the female artists' works. It's because Liverpool was a seafaring city and Chinese sailors settled there over the years," says Rosie Cooper, the biennial's head of programs. British artists pay more attention to historical clues and symbolic space, and Chinese artists focus more on the present reality and individual experience," says Ding Yi, a juror from the Painting Prize China. Tangshan, as the first prefecture-level city to host the horticultural exposition, really made great efforts for the transformation. Food is the indestructible bond that holds the whole social fabric together and it is also one of the last strong visages of community and culture. It is a cooking style that combines science and economics, and generations of chefs have fine-tuned it to an elevated art.
The sloped sides are perfect for pushing aside fritters when deep-frying so that they can gently finish browning in the residual heat. The shape of the sides allows the hot oil to gather at the bottom so you can deep-fry without using too much oil. Soy sauce and vinegar, too, acquire depth of flavor after being heated on the sides before they join the rest of the ingredients at the bottom of the pan.
I know some chefs who only briefly rinse their pans clean with a straw brush without ever allowing a drop of detergent to come into contact with them. There are many ways to season the wok, and every housewife will tell you her method is the best. Another expert tells me to render pork fat in the wok until it acquires a deep, dark sheen. It is the crunch of vegetables that are clearly cooked but still with plenty of tactile appeal. The best place to get one is in Chinatown, where the shopkeepers may even stock woks that are already seasoned. Cut the fat into cubes and slowly cook in your new wok until you get a nice simmering pan of oil.
These aromatics infuse the hot oil, and as the fragrance rises, you can choose to discard or keep them. Both times I was confronted with a sly, satiric commentary on the idiocies of human nature. She had as keen a mind in viewing modern foibles as anybody Ia€™d ever heard and had only been pursuing this avenue of performance for a couple of years.
Her father died when she was an infant, so her mother moved to The Bronx to live with her parents. She decided to go into education, something a€?with a greater chance of successa€? than she foresaw in performing. She also advertised as an international songstress, doing a few shows she called a€?Around the World in Song.a€? Lois was in a Broadside concert during that time. After teaching school in Manhattan full time for five years, Lois took a maternity leave and she and her husband, son and daughter moved to Long Island. The following year, 2007, she attended a conference of organizers in Minneapolis and got a standing ovation from 900 professional organizers a€” a€?Me, the client!a€? she exclaimed. She got her biggest response when she played the open mic at the Mansion at Acoustic Long Island in St.
Shea€™s been using French in her songs for some time including the conclusion of a€?The Last Goodbye.a€? In 2009, an audience member, hearing her sing in French, asked her if she could do an Edith Piaf show, Lois asked, a€?How much time would I have to prepare?a€? The woman said shea€™d need it the following year.
Therea€™s a new CD coming (one of her new songs deals with GPS users a€” whata€™s she going to say about that GPS womana€™s voice?) and a new concept show in the works a€” a show in Yiddish using a Jewish theme. She decidedA  to go into education, something a€?with a greater chance of successa€? than she foresaw in performing. It began with a€?Confessions Of a Clutterholic,a€? rising from her experience working with a professional organizer.
But Zhuo threw it into a drawer and forgot about it.]]> Of the many such theaters in vibrant Beijing, Li Yangduo's is not the best located. She is also considering national tours for some of her pieces and venturing into bigger and more commercially suitable works for larger venues. I was often asked by clients whether there was one book they could read to give them the basic facts about the Chinese economy. After studying comparative religion at Harvard University, he became a freelance journalist, eventually coming to Beijing and starting the consultancy.
It kept her close to the Earth, and she feels fortunate as few people nowadays have similar experiences. She often hears them speaking with relish about an object, such as a chair that was made by someone's grandfather and has been used for years. No sun means no photosynthesis which means no chlorophyll - so the plants develop little or no green color. A handful of uncooked spears bundled with a cheerful orange ribbon appears as a table decoration. Abroad, it commands a premium price - especially in Japan, where appreciation for the vegetable developed much earlier. The original customer base was South Korean expats, but now more than half are Chinese, says head chef Tian Yulong. That was when he discovered a map showing the routes that the Red Army had taken during the march. In three months, he covered areas in East China's Jiangxi province, where the Long March had started, and in Shaanxi province in the country's northwest.
Yet another says to use a new wok only for deep-frying until the iron is "totally moisturized".
Allow to cool, safely pour away the oil, and then wipe the wok clean with clean kitchen or paper towels. As I See It is categorized by iTunes as a€?Easy Listening.a€? This is true only if youa€™re not paying attention.
As I See It went on to lampoon a range of topics such as rude cellphone use, pack rat clutter, the weirdness of digital communication and kooky dieting. Her grandfather, a€?a little Jewish tailor from Russiaa€? had a voice like operatic tenor Jan Peerce.
In junior high, a€?The Ballad of Rodger Young,a€? a song about a martyred World War II infantry hero, was one of her strongest pieces. In 2009, she did another cabaret show in Manhattan and included the a€?Dieta€? and a€?20th Century Girla€? songs. New York state licensing laws changed in 2006 and, uninformed about required paperwork, she was left unable to practice professionally. But she has carved a niche with a repertory that can be called adventurous in this city where new productions are in the hundreds every year.
Sadly, Cazale is diagnosed with cancer and Streep drops everything to nurse him back to health. Novelty and price are magnified for asparagus when it's white - it's much more labor-intensive to grow, but more farmers every year produce it because high-end restaurants will pay top dollar to get it each spring. The torrent of descriptive terms dealing with the less attractive activities of homo sapiens demands complete concentration. She was supposed to teach drama to 6-year-olds, but the music counselor turned out to only play the tuba, a€?and he hadna€™t even brought it!a€? she said. Pete wrote back and encouraged her to keep writing and told her to send her songs to Sis Cunningham at Broadside Magazine. She decided not to do that after conferring with her husband, telling me cautiously, a€?It was not something that would have worked out.
To date, shea€™s done about 25 Piaf shows, accompanied on a number of songs by Larry Moser on accordion.
Although she might have chosen to give herself another title in order to practice, Lois had already made a conscious decision to commit to a career path as a performer.
A genre that I had not written in before came popping up, that was very Gilbert and Sullivan with some Tom Lehrer thrown in.a€? Because she and her husband never threw anything away, after he died, she began the process of letting go of clutter. Granted, there are some ballads that mean only to entertain, but theya€™re outweighed by tongue-twisting rhymes laced with brilliant sarcasm. She had an aunt with a a€?wonderful singing voicea€? and an uncle who played a€?at least six instruments.a€? Like Lois, many in the family a€” her aunt and her cousins a€” thought easily in rhyme. The camp administration a€?put him in a canoe,a€? she said, a€?and I became the music counselor.a€? She played the morning sing-alongs. One of the places was Queens College, where her husband was chairman of the Political Science Department. In early 2010, Lois screwed up her courage and asked Dave Dircks, the director, for a slot in the regular performance schedule.
She got involved with making a CD and putting together promotional materials and getting them sent out.
Later in 2010, she made her first trip to the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference, staying briefly, since she had Piaf shows scheduled that weekend. She had to develop a mindset in which she did not fret about every cent it was costing her. In 2011, she was sponsored for a DJ showcase at NERFA by Barbara and Graham Dean of radio station WBCR-lp in Great Barrington, Mass. Then many people come in our lives who deserve to be loved especially our friends.Teenage love is the most amazing type of love which is experienced by almost everyone. As Lois described it, theya€™d role-play and her opening words to the person playing the patient were: a€?Hello! She characterized this opening phase as a€?a different path on the mountain.a€? She wondered if she could write more like these. So, in May 2012, Lois did her own show and considers it her first successful gig in a folk venue The huge following she already had from the Mansion open mic was there for her. I worked with the organizer for about a year and a half, not so much in throwing things out, but in organizing it.a€? While they organized, she wrote a song about it.
In grade school she was, as she put it, a€?a big fish in a small pond.a€? This changed when she got to high school. These days when she plays for Alzheimera€™s patients or older ailing people, without using sheet music, she just asks what their favorite songs are and she always knows them.



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