SteppingStone Theatre's 6th collaboration with Mu Performing Arts, one of the nation's premier Asian American theaters, is the revival of The Magic Bus to Asian Folktales. In this imaginative presentation of traditional folktales, the new schoolbus driver has a magic satchel that holds ancient fables from Asia. As each story is pulled out, the children on the bus are magically transported to China, Laos & the Philippines where they act out the stories and learn the morals they teach. Relevant to our current issues, these wonderfully rich stories teach the children, and the audience, ways to help solve our problems of today.
The Department of Art and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota present New Perspectives from China, a series of exhibitions, visiting artists and creative exchanges shared by the Beijing Film Academy and the University of Minnesota. The first event in this series of cultural programs is a film screening and reception with Wang Hong Hai, filmmaker, professor and vice president of the Beijing Film Academy.
C-100 Governor and cellist Yo-Yo Ma won the nation's highest civilian honor on February 15. President Barack Obama gave Ma and 12 other exceptional people the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony held in the East Room of the White House.
By Anthony James, Staff Writer
Bale returns to China
Ending rumors that Leonardo Decaprio or Tom Cruise would take a role in Zhang Yimou's highly anticipated new film Jinling Shi San Chai (Nanjing Heroes), it was announced that the featured Hollywood A-lister would be Christian Bale. This would mark the return Far East of the critically acclaimed actor after his film debut in Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun.