Poet, writer, and photographer Wang Ping was born near the mouth of the Yangtze River in China. She now lives close to the Mississippi in St. Paul. Over the years, she has contemplated ways to connect the rivers, which are the third and fourth longest in the world. Her years of research, writing, and travel between the two has become the Kinship of Rivers project, which seeks to build friendship between the people living along the Mississippi and the Yangtze. On Saturday, you can find out all about it through activities, art, and music culminating in a ceremony blessing the Mississippi. During the day, Lama Yeshi Choedup will be at work creating a peace mandala, a kind of Tibetan mystic art that is made with colored sand. "It symbolizes the constant change of life," Ping says. In the afternoon, there will be music, a tea ceremony, dumplings, and opportunities to help build a bamboo dome for wind chimes and create a flag to be taken to China as a gift. At 7 p.m., there will be a performance by the Ten Thousand Waves Ensemble featuring lyrics by Ping and music by Bruce Bolon, followed by the final ceremony where half the sands from the peace mandala will be given to the river, and half will be distributed to the audience as a blessing. See Kinshipofrivers.org for more information.
Sat., July 28, 12-8 p.m., 2012