Bob Dylan's second attempt to perform in China has proven successful. Government censors have cleared the legendary singer famous for his anti-establishment rhetoric.
Though Dylan's website has not changed his official touring schedule, Dylan has been given permission to perform in Beijing anytime from March 30th to the April 12th.
MyPiao.com, the Chinese ticketing website has listings of Bob Dylan's performances for Beijing and Shanghai; they have not started to accept orders.
Have you ever loved a restaurant so much that you wish they could sponsor you as their mascot? What if that same restaurant offered you an 18-day trip to another continent to travel with their chefs and blog about it? You'd probably be ecstatic about it, right? Well that's exactly how Alice Shin feels as she's about to embark on a two and a half week trip to Asia with the chefs of Pei Wei. After hosting a two month national search for the Pei Wei blogger, Alice was the very lucky winner of the Pei Wei contest that awarded a trip to the five Asian countries that make up their menu. Pei Wei’s chefs will be searching for culinary inspiration for new dishes, as well as looking to re-visit some of the classic traditional flavors from each country. Alice will be tagging along to share all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the trip.
Australian designer Polly van der Glas has found a new yet pre-historic way to accessorize your wardrobe. Glas’s collection features sterling silver pieces, which are hand-made in Melbourne, AU; however the hand crafted sterling silver is overshadowed by the usage of real human teeth and hair. Have no fear, all human teeth are locally donated and sterilized, and the human hair is either locally donated or sourced from India and China. To be completely honest, I like Polly van der Glas’ collection and I would even wear a few of her pieces. -Would you?
In a display of their political hammer-strength, the Chinese government has banned all 14 foreign acts from the Modern Sky Festival due to “unforeseen circumstances.” The festival, which has featured a variety of foreign groups since its first concert in 2007, will now only feature local artists from Beijing and the surrounding provinces. The announcement comes only a few days before the start of the festival.
Promoters had hyped the festivities by claiming that, “at least half of the bands on the main stage will be foreign.” The International Noise Conspiracy, The Buzzcocks, and The Futureheads are among some of the bands that have been cut from the headlining roster. The now “locals only” festival coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Communist regime in China, where a parade has been planned for government officials only and features a series of tanks rolling down the streets of the capital.
I know this is meant to be a blog about the local food scene, but every now and then one reads about culinary trends from afar that are too tasty to pass up. Consider this one of them.
A popular Taiwanese restaurant chain called “The Modern Toilet,” serves up a variety of moderately priced dishes like noodles, curries or fried chicken. This doesn’t really seem too outlandish, but what is more unusual is that they are served in mini-toilets, and are actually made to resemble excretions (if you’re the type of person who is squeamish about eating guacamole because you think it resembles green snot, this isn’t the place for you). What’s more, patrons of “The Modern Toilet” eat their meals while sitting on toilets and drink there beverages from miniscule plastic urinals that they can take home with them as a souvenir.