Asian Cultural Heritage Week begins
Asian Cultural Heritage Week coincides with the Chinese New Year, Year of the Pig.


Asian Cultural Heritage Week begins


Get ready to tackle the joys of Asian food and other fun activities, as Asian Cultural Heritage Week begins on Tuesday, Feb. 5 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 10, coinciding with Chinese New Year, the Year of the Pig.

The pubs of Patchogue will be offering Asian-themed food, said Tom Keegan, who heads up the Greater Patchogue Foundation Cultural Heritage Committee.

Also lined up as of press time was the Plaza Cinema movie, “The Legend of the Demon Cat,” a beautiful fantasy-mystery film directed by Chinese film director and Palme d’Or winner Chen Kaige. Set over 1,000 years ago during the imperial Tang Dynasty, the film is a stunner, following a Chinese poet and a Japanese monk, who join forces to solve the curse of a demonic cat that has possessed a general’s wife and is wreaking havoc on the imperial court.

That will be offered on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. “Peter Mascuch [associate professor of English and American studies and coordinator of the film/media studies program at St. Joseph’s College], will conduct a Q&A afterwards,” said Catherine Oberg, executive director of Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center. The movie will be repeated Saturday morning, Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m.

When the Saturday morning movie lets out, that’s when the Asian-themed ice sculptors will be by Artspace. “There’s a special package theatre ticket offered to the 10:30 a.m. Plaza Cinema matinee and lunch to follow,” Keegan said.

But other Asian-themed ice sculptors will also take place during the course of the day at Capital One Plaza and Bank of America.

“Patchogue Arts Council [director of programming] John Cino is putting up Asian art throughout the village,” said Keegan. “We’ll have some at BrickHouse Brewery.”

Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce executive director David Kennedy said special Asian dishes would be offered on all Patchogue chamber restaurant menus.

Want Asian karaoke? It’s being offered at the BrickHouse Brewery on Thursday from 8 p.m. to closing.

While the Chinese lion couldn’t make it to Patchogue this year for his dance, there’s hope he will emerge next year.

“I’m certainly very excited to celebrate another culture growing in our community,” Kennedy said. “The first year out we want to highlight the cuisine and have others join in with an Asian-inspired dish, so people who want to participate can celebrate every night.”

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