2/25: Salon! You’re Wong!

Mark your calendar for this month’s salon featuring Chinese American artists with the last name Wong (and one Wang): Salon! You’re Wong! 2/25 at 7pm Salon! You’re Wong! Hosted and performances by: Eth-Noh-Tec  Kinetic Story Theater Weaving ancient metaphor and myth with modern message. Featuring: Nellie Wong Poet, Author, Activist, welds words flowering from the political and social lives of working people. Her latest book is “Breakfast Lunch Dinner.” Flo…

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Your lovely answers…

Love, love, love! In this era it is sometimes hard to feel love when so much unloving is going on. But it’s exactly the time to make more love!! I don’t mean sex. We don’t have to worry about more of that in this world of ours! What I mean is that we have to become more conscious of what in our lives we do love and maybe take for…

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Our Final Week in China, Part 1

Hainan — The Hawai’i of China: December 6, 2011 After leaving Gengcun, we made our way back to Beijing by train and then left the next snowy morning for Hainan, an island in the south of China. We craved some warm weather, more retreat time to write, and wanted to study Chinese at the Language Institute there. We arrived in pouring rain…but there were palm trees, coconut trees, a balmy breeze! It…

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1/28: First Salon of the Year!

Come celebrate the first of 2012: Salon! You’re On! Hosted and performances by: Eth-Noh-Tec Kinetic Story Theater, weaving ancient metaphor and myth with modern message. This time we’re featuring Netherlight (Butoh Dance), Mimi’s Makeshift Players (Theater), Search Five (Multi-Arts), and Sonya Cotton (Singer/Songwriter). Eth-Noh-Tec Studio, 977 South Van Ness Ave, (between 21st & 20th Streets; close to 24th Street BART), San Francisco, CA 94110, (415) 282-8705. Tickets at the Door: $8-$25 (sliding scale)

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Our China Adventure Continues

Our teaching schedule has continued to be quite demanding, with some 6th grade classes meeting with us for the first and only time, while others from last week continue for a 3rd session. For these we are now ‘coaching’ their pieces. Some are travelogues, others original poems, while others are monologues the students have written from parts of a book entitled ‘Seed Folks’ about a Vietnamese teenage girl coming to live in Cleveland, and the Chinese Language classes are telling folktales in Chinese. Now that’s been challenging, since we don’t speak Chinese. We ask them to paraphrase the story in English first but then they tell it in Chinese. We do our best!

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China Trip Update

By Friday Nov. 18th we landed and after amazingly long lines to take a taxi to our web-found hotel, we were walking the streets of Beijing again. We landed at night and as the downpour of rain began, we zig-zagged our way through flooded tight alleys of a hutong (traditional, old style Chinese neighborhood). We were starving since United fed us 2 tiny meals 11 hours apart, and so had our first evening meal of steamed dumplings (jiaoza), a dish of snow peas, red bell pepper and garlic, and a sliced chicken with chive dish.

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What are you thankful for?

Eth-Noh-Tec is grateful for all our friends who responded so generously to our fundraising effort, who are our giving volunteers, and for those who support our programs. Your belief in our mission and faith in our work has warmed our hearts. We have been able to pay for this month’s office expenses and next month’s rent! Thank you, thank you, thank you for kindness in our world.

In preparation for Thanksgiving, we asked “What are you thankful for?” The outpouring of responses has been truly inspiring.

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An Evening of Siberian Music and Stories

On November 5, 2011, at 7pm, Eth-Noh-Tec presents a special Salon: An Evening of Siberian Music and Stories, featuring Chirgilchin, the Internationally Acclaimed Tuvan Throat Singers from Siberia. “Chirgilchin”, whose group names means “miracle” in Tuvan language, is a quartet of visiting musicians and singers from Siberia. They will be presenting their musical lore of horse fiddle and jaw harps, with the singing of vocal polyharmonics, the throat singing made famous by the independent film, “Ghenghis Blues”.

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Salon! You’re On! Seventh Season Starts with Tales of Terror

Eth-Noh-Tec Salon! You’re On! presents Tales of Terror, honoring everyone’s most favorite, very-scary holiday. This salon with feature kinetic story theater by Eth-Noh-Tec, film by Nara Denning and by Matthew Abaya, installation art by Amy Ho. Join us at Eth-Noh-Tec Studio, 977 South Van Ness Ave in San Francisco, between 20th and 21st Streets.

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Nu Wa Project Continues

Film Summit Like the archetypal gathering of “four” heroes found in myths and folk tales the Nu Wa film crew gathered: Doug Banner and Kelvin Saxton (Bellingham WA), Arif Choudhury (Northbrook, IL), and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo (San Francisco, CA). Each brought their special insight, talent and dedication to add energy to the prolonged efforts of creating a film based on the experiences of Eth-Noh-Tec’s storytelling and cultural exchanges that had gone…

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