The Lunar New Year began with lively fanfare in Albany Sunday with a packed two-hour celebration of dance, song and other performances at the Albany Twin theater.
The program, sponsored by the Solano Avenue Association, featured youth and adults, including students from Ah-Lan Dance classes at the Albany Community Center and from the Chinese After-School Program in Albany.
Patch thanks photographer Eric Li and the event's primary organizer, Ah-Lan Min, for the attached photos of the event, whose decorations were handled by James Gwise.
The Bay Area's biggest celebration of the Lunar New Year takes place Feb. 23 with the annual Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco, sponsored this year by Southwest Airlines.
Here is the line-up prepared in advance for the Feb. 10 program at the Albany Twin:
1) Lion Dance: Golden Lion MC: (Tom Pixley, Allen Cain and Louie Pixley)
2) Dance: "Di Zi Gui": Ah-Lan Dance
3) Tibetan Dance: "Lucky”: Cornell Elementary After-School Program
4) Martial Arts: Golden Lion
5) Dai Dance: Ah-Lan Dance
6) Xinjiang Dance (Adults): Ah-Lan Dance
7) Song: Ocean View Elementary School
8) Dance: "Dye the Cloth": Ah-Lan Dance
9) Chinese Flute and Hulusi: Duston So, DJ Wind
10) Boy’s Dance: "Naughty Monkey": Ah-lan Dance
11) Martial Arts: Golden Lion
12) Chinese Opera Dance: "Qiao Hua Dan": Ah-Lan Dance
13) Comedy: "Big and Small" and Song: Sun Wei's Chinese After-School Program
14) Xinjiang Dance (Girls): Ah-Lan Dance
15) Martial Arts: Golden Lion
16) Dance: "A Thousand Red": Ah-Lan Dance
17) Guzheng: Elena Zhang, Monica Gong, Lianne Chu, Brittany Cook “Tianvin’s Studio”11:34-11:42am
18) Tang Dynasty Dance: Ah-Lan Dance
19) Hulahoop: Raphaele Daubois, San Francisco Circus Center
20) Dragon Dance: Mr. & Mrs. Zion Lee & Cornell Elementary School