Cambodian New Year

The ancient celebration of Cambodian New Year (“Chaul Chnam Thmey”), traditionally held at the beginning of the fifth lunar month, is marked this week by the UW’s Khmer Student Association. The group will perform its original, bilingual play, The Chronicles of Angkor, in which a second-generation Cambodian-American girl is transported, Oz-like, to ancient Cambodia. (There, like Dorothy, she undergoes various adventures in her quest to return home.) There will also be a series of traditional dances with intricately narrative choreography and eye-popping, authentic headdresses. Moving into the present century, the controversial Cambodian-American rapper Prach Ly will perform numbers including his international hit “Power, Territory, and Rice.” And for those who savor South Asian cuisine, Phnom Penh Noodle House will be providing the grub. JENNA NAND

Sat., April 5, 5:45 p.m., 2008

 
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