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May is Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I wasn't able to go to the Dragon Boat race but I managed to make it a couple of fun events last Saturday.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Bangkok and Washington DC, and the city arts office organized a performance of traditional Thai puppetry. It was gorgeous and amazing, though strangely the troupe is called "The Joe Louis Puppet Theater." The performers are classically trained dancers, and their movements reflect the puppet's (or vice versa). The puppets themselves were beautifully detailed.


Joe Louis Thai Puppet Theater by sylviaburkina  on 500px.com
Joe Louis Thai Puppet Theater by sylviaburkina

Joe Louis Thai Puppet Theater by sylviaburkina  on 500px.com
Joe Louis Thai Puppet Theater by sylviaburkina


I walked down Pennsylvania Ave. to check out the Fiesta Asia Street Festival. I was impressed that there was a real effort to include the Asian-American experience as well as the usual folkloric dancing and food kiosks. The concept of "Asia" was pretty wide as well - there was a belly-dancing stage and a big tent for Tajikistan.

I really wish I had this outfit.


I'm glad we made the effort to see the annual airshow at Andrews Air Force Base because the Pentagon had announced that due to budget concerns the Joint Services Open House will be held every two years from now on. Luckily Sunday was a relatively cool and overcast day; I think I'd die if it were hot, humid, and sunny. The military excels at logistics, and we were transported to and from FedEx field in cheery yellow school buses guarded by men in black with weapons. Of course everyone came to see the Blue Angels but the other acts were fun to watch as well, especially one where a group of planes formed a heart and one plane shot through the center. I knew taking photos was going to be a futile effort so here are galleries from DCist and WaPo.
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On May 22nd, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC), cookie_chef commented:
Absolutely wonderful! I just love your stories and photos.
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On May 23rd, 2012 11:30 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
it helps to live in such a great city!
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