learn something new

A couple of weeks ago, I officially joined the Chinese Cultural Community Center here in Chinatown. I had actually thought about joining for a while now. But when they started charging for the Chinese Brush Painting classes, I decided to go ahead and sign up.

Beginning in June, I have been studying Tai Chi with Mr. Pei, whom I absolutely adore. I have so many stories that I want to share about Mr. Pei and Tai Chi, that I have even bought a new URL (change-the-air.com). I don’t really need another blog, but I just really loved the conversation that I had with Mr. Pei one day.

Then in September, I started taking Chinese Brush Painting with Monica. Like Tai Chi, this class is held twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first dozen or so classes were free, and since then, they are only $10 each. Talk about a bargain. Plus it completely amazing to hang out with this Chinese women and listen to them talk to one another in Chinese and laugh and laugh. Sometimes Monica lets me in on the joke.

So I had to pause at the most recent email that I received from the CCCC. What is Gu-Zheng? I had no idea. Once I clicked on Alice Kan’s web site, I realized that it was the amazing instrument above. Wow! Many of you probably don’t know that I am a percussionist, which is somewhat connected to the string family. The piano? I took piano lessons for two years just so that I could be a percussionist, like my older cousin Heather. I was in band for five years and even was a member of our snare drum line. Tempting as it may seem, I don’t know that I can sign up for a new activity. Maybe if it is offered again in the Spring.

Chinatown Community Cultural Center
616 H Street NW Suite 201
Washington DC 20001

Cost: $60 for 8 lessons
Students must purchase own picks for $10

Time: Wednesdays, Beginning November 7th, 5:00pm to 6:15pm
Space is limited to 8 students. If you wish to register, please contact
202-628-1688 or email: info@ccccdc.org

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