你们好！(That’s Chinese for “howdy, y’all.”)
If either (a) you’re curious to see an unusual multimedia Christmas pageant that’s about equal parts live acting, film, and choral singing, besides being half in English and half in Mandarin Chinese; or (b) you want to hear me try to sing a couple of tenor solos for the amusement value if nothing else, or (c) you want to see Helen and Kai acting the parts of a Chinese mother and son during the Japanese invasion of China…well, your chance is this Friday or Saturday night, at Houston Chinese Church, which is on S Main and Bellfort one exit south of 610, near Reliant Stadium. It starts at 8:00 and I believe runs for about an hour and a half.
This is not your normal Christmas pageant. I don’t know for sure whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing but it is certainly a different thing. Oh, if any of you were in the front row for last year’s performance, you won’t get smoke-bombed this year. (This is an inside joke for people who have read last year’s blogging of the comic misadventures of the 2011 pageant, here).
You also have here a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see me wearing a purple tie. Furthermore, I promise to be rather more presentable (read: more carefully shaven and beard-trimmed) for the actual performance than I generally am, or than I am in the promo below. This is more of a promise to my wife than it is to you, but FWIW, there you go.