by Christine Liu - 156 Reviews - 111 List
March may come in like a lion and go out like a lamb, but first make way for the tiger. (And lo, how it pounces!) In 2010, Feb.14 kicks off the lunar Chinese New Year--the year of the golden tiger in accordance with the Chinese zodiac--and Boston celebrates in kind with firecracker-lit festivals, dragon-undulating parades and more bowls of plump dumplings than you can shake your lucky chopsticks at. Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Updated: February 08, 2010
SUNDAY FEB. 21, 10am-5pm, free. Boston's Chinatown shakes and glimmers with the annual Chinese New Year lion dance festival, produced by Chinatown Main Streets. The parade kicks off at 10am at Harrison Avenue and Essex Street (right outside Kaze), with the googly-eyed, brocaded, multi-legged beast making its fortuitous rounds through Chinatown businesses.
SATURDAY FEB. 13 to SUNDAY FEB. 14. Chef Ming Tsai combines the romantically auspicious overlap of Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day this year with special menu featuring foods that are symbolic of love and fertility in Chinese culture. The four-course tasting menu includes soy deviled egg parfait with wasabi tobiko--we're feeling more fecund already.
MONDAY FEB. 8 to SATURDAY FEB. 13. This irreverent Chinese noodle joint puts its signature spin on Chinese New Year, with daily specials running up to the big tiger day, including oversized "lion's head" meatballs (for strength) and pork and noodle soup (for longevity). Between the tasty distractions of sake cocktails and witty Confucius-isms, don't forget to wave back at the beckoning lucky kitty on your way out.
SUNDAY FEB. 28, 1pm-4pm, free. Harvard Square's Chinese New Year celebration is an annual clanging, colorful spectacle. Follow the lion dancers as they parade from Winthrop Park all the way through Harvard Square to its terminus at the Hong Kong--where the lanterned, red-and-gold, endearing staple for late-night crab Rangoon and scorpion bowls hosts a cultural open house.
FRIDAY FEB. 26, 7:30pm; SUNDAY FEB. 28, 3pm; TUESDAY MARCH 2, 7:30pm; $29-$132. Crave a slithering, sexy way to usher in the lunar year? The world premiere of Madame White Snake, Opera Boston's first commissioned work, is based on an ancient Chinese legend where a powerful white snake demon transforms into a beautiful woman to experience love. The opera, co-commissioned with the Beijing Music Festival Arts Foundation, intermingles traditional Chinese instruments with Western orchestration.