Sunday, March 8, 2009

New Chengdu music sensation: Ze Puppies

Z'Puppies at Panda Bar, Chengdu Sat. March 7, 2009 ©Ingrid Booz Morejohn

Saturday night saw the arrival of a new music sensation here in Chengdu: Z'Puppies. Charles Dupont (guitar), Romain Rabany (drums) and Burton Booz (vocals) rocked the socks off the crowd as the warm-up band at Panda Bar (Xiongmao Jiuba) on Kehua Beilu. Singing covers of "TNT" and "Seven Nation Army" they completely blew the crowd away and were called back for an encore. So TNT was served up again and the crowd couldn't get enough. These guys have got to learn more songs if they're going to continue their success in Chengdu. But, hey! they're only 11 and 12 years old so school has to come first, right?! Stay posted for more news of Z'Puppies...

More Nixon and China and Mao and Ping Pong Diplomacy

Promotional flier for the Nixon in China opera

From Wikipedia:

Nixon in China (1987) is an opera with music by the American composer John Adams and a libretto by Alice Goodman, about the visit of United States President Richard M. Nixon to China in 1972, where he met with China's Chairman Mao Zedong and other Chinese officials.
The work was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Houston Grand Opera and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It premiered at the Houston Grand Opera, October 22, 1987 in a production by Peter Sellars with choreography by Mark Morris.
The opera focuses on the personalities and personal histories of the six key players, Nixon and his wife Pat, Jiang Qing (spelled "Chiang Ch'ing" in the libretto) and Chairman Mao ("Mao Zedong"), and the two close advisors to the two parties, Henry Kissinger and Zhou Enlai ("Chou En-lai"). It is composed of three acts. The first details the anticipation and arrival of the Nixon cortege and the first meeting and evening in China. The second act shifts focus to Pat Nixon, as she makes tours of rural China, including an encounter at a pig farm. The second scene includes a performance of a Communist propaganda play, in which first Pat Nixon, then her husband and then Jiang Qing, intercede in the performance. The last act chronicles the last night in China, in which the characters dance a foxtrot, their thoughts wandering to their own pasts.

Cover of Nixon and Mao by Margaret MacMillan, Random House

From Wikipedia:

Ping Pong Diplomacy (Chinese: 乒乓外交) refers to the exchange of ping pong players of the United States and People's Republic of China (PRC) in the 1970s. The event marked a thaw in U.S.–China relations that paved the way to a visit to Beijing by President Richard Nixon.

Read the entire fascinating article here.

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Garbage collector and recycler, China ©Ingrid Booz Morejohn