Christina Ha presents the latest arts news on location at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial To The Holocaust, where we view its exhibition, “Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust.” Plus, a look at “I SING BEIJING,” a pioneering program that introduces Mandarin as a lyric language in opera; “Drawing Surrealism” and dance at The Morgan; the groundbreaking “Laramie Project” play at BAM; and more. Find more arts and culture news, event listings and features at www.nyc-arts.org.
Alison Klayman was the bat mitzvah tutor of Beijing. In her four years in China, she coached five remarkable young Jewish women as they came of age.
The 11th CCTV-MTV Music Awards in Beijing, China on 21 August. 14-year-old American singer Greyson Chance, who jumped into the spotlight after his cover of a Lady Gaga hit went viral on the web, attended the event as a special guest. A total of 22 music awards were handed out.
In 2011 Stefan Aaron, a German pianist, launched the Orange Piano Tour concept - to fly his orange piano to unusual locations around the world. With the help of eight men his bright orange piano was hoisted onto the Great Wall of China and he performed a song he wrote about the planet’s most visible Wonder of the World. The 40-year-old musician climbed up the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass, a mountain pass in Changping District 60 kilometers from downtown Beijing.
It may be a light unto a whole different set of nations but in the capital of China the Hanukkah lights are shining bright. At the Zhengyang archery tower at the south end of Tiananmen Square, Beijing, a (very large) Hanukkiah is being lit to commemorate another people at another time who threw off the yoke of oppression to march to freedom (or at least to potentially misguided self-determination).