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Party in the Streets of Chinatown

SF Sup preps Chinatown shows



    Party in the Streets of Chinatown
    San Francisco wants you to come party in the streets of Chinatown, sort of.

    Chinatown residents beware. Your neighborhood is about to get wild. San Francisco pols want to throw a party in your streets and invite a bunch of outsiders to come in and get down.

    "From 11 to 4 p.m. we're going to party in this alleyway. We may even go until 5," the Rev. Norman Fong said.

    That's 5 p.m., baby. Not 5 a.m. Watch out! So what's all the craziness about you ask? Well San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu announced on Friday he wants Bay Area residents to come out and party and learn about the city's history during a new cultural event in Chinatown scheduled later this month.

    The first "Arts in the Alley" event takes place April 18, with live performances such as ribbon dancing and mask changing in a two-block alley that used to be known for its 15 cent haircuts, an event organizer said.

    "The Bay Area doesn't know its history," said Fong, Chinatown Community Development Center deputy director. "Some of the first Chinese temples in the U.S. started in this alleyway. My gosh, people don't know that."

    The alleyway is in the heart of Chinatown, on Waverly Place between Clay and Washington streets, amid colorful buildings built as early as 1920.

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    Chiu said the alley event is important because it mimics more than 4000 years of Chinese arts and "celebrates the history of the oldest, largest, most significant Chinatown in the U.S."

    Dancers, musicians, martial artists and other performers will take over the alley during the event that is meant to help boost the neighborhood's economy and offer alternatives to the New Year's Parade.

    "From 11 to 4 p.m. we're going to party in this alleyway. We may even go until 5," Fong said.

    Arts in the Alley events will be held twice a year and the next event is expected to take place at night sometime in late August.