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Mark your calendar for the 10th annual Silk Screen Film Festival!
July 10-19, 2015
Gala: Thursday, July 9
Opening Night: Friday, July 10
Closing Night: Sunday, July 19
Remember to purchase your tickets to our Launch Party fundraiser! We’ve decided that in light of the recent earthquake in Nepal, we will donate a portion of our proceeds to Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust, an organization that has launched a Rebuild Appeal to help rebuild the Solukumbu communities around Mount Everest destroyed by the earthquake.
What: 10th Anniversary Film Festival Launch Party
When: Tuesday, June 9
Where: Maggie’s Farm Rum Distillery
3212A Smallman Street, Strip District
Tickets: $25 Advance / $30 Door
The 10th annual film festival is right around the corner! Come prepare yourself for the festivities with a sneak peek at few of this year’s films and some of the most delicious cocktails in Pittsburgh!
Join Silk Screen as we partner with Maggie’s Farm for a launch party that promises exciting peeks at some of the films lined up for the 2015 festival, light fare from local restaurants, and a raffle in which you are automatically entered to win a bottle of Maggie’s rum! There will be a cash bar with Maggie’s signature specialty cocktails, a Chinese auction of gift cards from local restaurants and the opportunity to purchase gala and select film festival tickets in advance!
Tickets are limited, so hurry and grab yours! Click here to purchase tickets.
Silk Sound in the Post-Gazette!
“East meets West and ancient meets contemporary in Silk Sound, an ensemble that fuses Asian music and jazz,” wrote Adrian McCoy in an article published last month in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. McCoy praised the unique sounds of “Sun Gate” in a lovely article about the band and its varied members, pulling quotes from Silk Sound musicians.
“The songs on “Sun Gate” are a mix of ancient traditional music — some dating back to the third century — and compositions by Mr. Chatterjee,” McCoy explained. “The title track refers to the last stop for travelers leaving China on the Silk Road (…).”
Follow the link to view the full Post-Gazette article.
Yanlai Dance Academy Chinese Nutcracker
What: Chinese Nutcracker
When: Saturday, May 9
Where: Byham Theater
101 6th Street, Pittsburgh, PA
Silk Screen is excited to promote The Chinese Nutcracker performance by the Yanlai Dance Academy. The Chinese Nutcracker borrows from the general storyline and music of the famous Nutcracker ballet and infuses it with original music, customs, costumes, traditions and dances of China. The dance is centered around the story of little Yuanyuan and her family on the Chinese New Year.
It is sure to be an excellent performance, so purchase your tickets now from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
The Yanlai Dance Academy has extended three special promotional codes for tickets:
Special2 – $25.75 Adult / $15.75 Child
3Special – $20.75 Adult / $15.75 Child (Must purchase 5 or more more tickets)
GroupDiscount – $18.75 Adult / $15.75 Child (Must purchase 10 or more tickets)
Travel Spotlight: Lou Guan Tai, China
When most people mention Xi’an, it’s usually to speak about the famous Terracotta Warrior statues found in the tomb of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di. While the Terracotta Warriors are majestic and impressive, they’re not the only thing Xi’an has to offer.
The Giant Panda is an animal with which we are all very familiar, but it has been sadly been battling extinction. If you’re a lover of animals and desire a once-in-a-lifetime experience of being up close and personal with the Giant Panda, Xi’an is for you!
The Lou Guan Tai Wild Animal Protection Centre houses many vulnerable and endangered species including he Giant Panda, the Golden-Haired Monkey and the Takin (a kind of goat-antelope). The Lou Guan Tai Center affords dedicated travelers the opportunity to feed and care for the Giant Pandas every day in a preservation setting. Keeping the pandas happy and healthy helps promote breeding, so you’ll be assisting their climb away from the endangered list! You may even be asked to assist in research!
Lou Guan Tai village is a quick 1.5 hours from Xi’an. While in Lou Guan Tia, you can learn about local Chinese culture and cuisine.
The Lou Guan Tai Centre accepts only volunteers (not visitors) and extended tours (about 2 weeks), but the commitment is well worth the warm, fuzzy feeling you’ll get knowing you’ve helped preserve an endangered animal (an adorable endangered animal!). You can schedule a tour through Real Gap or Trip Advisor.
The Lou Guan Tai Centre is easily accessible by bus. There is a 60-90 minute bus reide from Fengqinglu Bus Station (also know as Shuisi Bus Station) that goes directly to the Center. You may also take the Huan Shan Tour Bus No.1 from the North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
Silk Screen Recommends
Book: Train to Pakistan
by Kushwant Singh
Train to Pakistan tells the story of Manu Majra, a remote village in Pakistan which has for years been spared the horrors of religious fighting. Here, all the religions co-exist peacefully until one day a train arrives bearing the bodies of thousands of refugees. The people of Manu Majra are suddenly forced to face the realities of the religious wars. A simultaneous love story between a Sikh boy and a Muslim girl unfolds and attempts to transcend the realities of war and violence.
Film: Midnight’s Children
directed by Deepa Mehta
This winner of multiple Genie Awards (Canada’s Oscars) was the opening film of the 2013 Silk Screen Film Festival. It was adapted from the Saman Rushdie Booker Prize-winning 1981 bestseller.
Midnight’s Children follows the lives of Saleem and Shiva, two babies born at the stroke of Indian independence from Britain. Throughout their lives, the two are mysteriously intertwined with each other and with the very history of India. Bursting with magical realism and twists of fate, Midnight’s Children is worth every bit of praise it garnered.
by Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan
This 1973 release features a collaboration between India’s greatest sitar player and a master sarod player. The album boasts a unique sound, showcasing classical Indian music in 1960s America.
All three selections are available at Silk Screen’s Amazon Store. Follow this link to make your purchase!