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March 26, 1998|By Jarrett Graver

China's ancient culture

Immerse yourself in the magical tradition of Far Eastern culture this Sunday at St. Mary's College of Maryland's daylong celebration of the music, drama and history of China. The day's events begin at 2 p.m. with the Chinese Opera Workshop I, where expert instrumentalists will demonstrate techniques used to accompany Chinese opera; the activities conclude at 8 p.m., with a performance by the Beijing Opera (pictured). St. Mary's College philosophy professor Henry Rosemont will give a lecture titled "The Aesthetic Dimensions of Chinese Thought" at 5 p.m., and the Chinese Opera Workshop II will include demonstrations of the different costumes, acting techniques and props that are used to augment performances of Chinese opera at 3 p.m. The Chinese Day Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m.

St. Mary's College of Maryland's daylong "China Day" celebration will be held this Sunday at the college's Montgomery Hall, starting at 2 p.m. St. Mary's College is located right off Route 5 in St. Mary's City. Take Route 5 south and follow signs. All events are free except for the dinner, which is $6 per person. Call 301-862-0380 for general information; for the dinner, call 301-862-0232.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Spring can finally begin this Sunday, as the nation's capital kicks off its annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival, which is made up of a variety of events at different venues and runs through April 12, is designed to celebrate the blooming of thousands of Washington's cherry trees that were given to the United States by Japan in 1912. The festival begins Sunday at 2 p.m. with the opening ceremonies at the Sylvan Theater. This event features welcome remarks by major political figures, Japanese and American entertainment and the introduction of the 1998 Goodwill Ambassadors. The largest event in the entire festival is the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, scheduled for April 11. The parade, which draws some 200,000 spectators, showcases marching bands from across the nation, national and international performing groups, giant helium balloons and floats. The pomp and pageantry kick off at 9:30 a.m. at the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., and will proceed to 17th Street and Constitution Avenue. More than 30 other events will be held during the two-week celebration, including a 10K run, tree plantings, sushi-chef demonstrations and various concerts.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival starts this Sunday and runs through April 12 in Washington. Call 202-547-1500.

Pub Date: 3/26/98

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