Living by the Sword
Asian-inspired offerings come to Longwood Gardens' amphitheater. Plus, diversity stars at the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, antiques roll on the Riverfront and a post-Election Day tradition carries on in Georgetown.
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Arrive early at Longwood Gardens on November 2. Leave late with an appreciation of Asian culture. For one admission price, fans can experience several Asian-inspired offerings: an amphitheater performance of “U-Theatre: Sword of Wisdom,” and Ikebana International and Brandywine Bonsai Society shows. “Sword of Wisdom,” a show that blends martial arts, drumming, dance, and chanting, is performed by artists from Taipei, Taiwan. Performing arts coordinator Dara Schmoyer, who previewed U-Theatre performances on a recent visit to Taiwan, says the show is “quite an athletic display with phenomenal music.” Longwood is one of only two places in the country to offer an outdoor venue, which is where the show is meant to be seen. The Ikebana International and Brandywine Bonsai Society shows, a variety of exhibits that highlight the Japanese horticultural arts, will run all day in Conservatory Exhibition Hall. An expert will be on hand to demonstrate Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Though the Brandywine Bonsai Society has exhibited before at Longwood, “Sword of Wisdom” is a first. “Having witnessed the U-Theatre performers for myself,” Schmoyer says, “I can say that the show is unique to our region.” For more, visit longwoodgardens.org or call (610) 388-1000. —Maria Hess
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