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Seasonal Special Happenings

Asian Festival Returns

When: Sat., May 21 2011

More than 10,000 Clevelanders dropped in on last year's inaugural, one-day Asian Festival at Asian Plaza. This year, the event has been expanded to a full weekend, providing plenty of time to take in the lineup of cultural performances, children's activities, and samosa-eating contests. Today's highlights include a noon lion dance by the locally lauded Kwan family, a 1 p.m. Korean fan dance, and appearances at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. by Vietnamese comedian Dat Phan, 2003 winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing, who can be expected to riff on tough times, his heritage, and the mindless stereotypes that confine Asian-Americans. While you're in the hood, be sure to check out the 24 fiberglass rabbit sculptures installed in front of area businesses and restaurants. Signifying the Chinese Year of the Rabbit, the bunnies have been decorated by a score of local artists, including Gary Dumm and Anna Arnold; you can find a complete list of locations and artists at The festival is free, open to the public, and takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow. Find it at Asian Plaza, 2999 Payne Ave. For more info, including a complete schedule of activities, go to — Cicora