Free events Chinatown Library.
Where: 2100 S. Wentworth Avenue, (312) 747-8013
Chinese Tai Chi for Beginners 中国太极拳入门 Every Saturday, February 2 -December 28, 2019 (9:00AM – 10:00AM)
Come learn Tai Chi, a traditional form of low-impact mind-body Chinese exercise. From this one hour Tai Chi exercise, you start to learn 24 standardized movements, practice on relaxation, breathing and coordination to rebalance the body’s own healing capacity.
Chinese Class for Beginners 中文入门 Every Monday February 4-June 24, 2019 (6:00PM – 7:00PM) Except Feb 18, March 4, May 27,
Learn to speak Chinese Mandarin from day one and continue to build your vocabulary and sentence capacities. Learn to read, speak and write basic Chinese, get a glimpse of Chinese culture and have fun. This class has been ongoing since early 2017. A new session of this class begins April 2. Note: Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.
Cultural Appreciation: Cantonese Opera 文化欣赏: 粤曲演唱 Saturdays, May 25-June 29, 2019 (10:15AM – 1:00PM) and Wednesdays, May 29-June 26, 2019 (12:15PM – 3:00PM)
Come enjoy traditional Cantonese Opera performed by Zhaoqiu Chines American ART Center at Chinatown on Saturdays. Cantonese Opera has been a popular form of drama and musical theatre in China, and has been reformed and continues to be performed today. The acting and singing techniques, as well as makeup conventions, owe much to southern China tradition.
About Chinatown Library Branch
- A new 16,000-square-foot, two-story Chinatown Branch opened August 29, 2015 with a partially covered “living” roof, Feng shui-influenced interior design and expansive views of the city.
- Library service to the Chinatown community began in 1972 in a small storefront on Wentworth Avenue. An 11,000-square-foot rental facility was dedicated September 28, 1990.
- The branch serves as a cultural and information center for those who seek information about the Chinatown community and Chinese culture.
- “Universal Transverse Immigration Proclamation,” a mural by CJ Hungerman representing Chinatown’s development—past, present and future—and designed in conversation with residents of the Chinatown community