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Zhejiang Province Folk Arts Show

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The Lou Kau Mansion invokes once again an aura of ancient tradition, with the new Chinese Folk Arts Show – Ji Tianyuan and Meng Yongguo, two artists from Zhejiang Province, are experts on the rare arts of Puppet Head Making and Hair Embroidery, and will be at the Mansion to display, present and demonstrate their talent until the end of June.
Taishun County, in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, is renowned as the "Home of Puppets", where puppet making has drawn deeply on local folk styles and features since the 17th century. Finely crafted puppets display elaborate engraving, sharp lines and rich facial expressions. With the demise of puppet troupes in Taishun, very few artisans remain proficient in puppet making today, and the legacy of the craft faces challenges for its continued survival.
Hair embroidery originated in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), when young girls used to embroider images of the Goddess of Mercy and the Tathāgata with their hair and burned incense to them day and night. The use of hair was regarded as an expression of piety and a grand ritual, since for ancient people, hair was a cherished possession. However, because hair embroidery demanded sophisticated techniques, it never achieved widespread popularity. The embroidery is artistically subtle, non-fading, highly elastic, corrosion-resistant and easy to store.
 Lou Kau Mansion, a true altar of Chinese traditions, where the exhibitions take place, is located in Macao, in Travessa da Sé, no. 7. It is one of the few traditional Chinese houses in Macau, also incorporating several Western influences. Due to its architectural and cultural value, it is now an integrant part of the Historic Centre of Macau, inscribed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Mansion is open from Tuesday through Sunday, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (open on public holidays), with free admission. Free tour guide services are available on weekends and public holidays from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Workshops with the artists are organised on Saturdays, between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm, and on Sundays, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and again from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. For any further information, please call: (853) 8399 6699. 

Tennis: Roddick gets a break as Fish pulls out

by Steve Griffiths*

Andy Roddick got a lucky break in his bid for a record fifth Queen's title as Mardy Fish withdrew after just one set of their third round match yesterday.
Roddick, the reigning Queen's champion, had just taken the first set on a tie-break when Fish, who fell awkwardly while trying to make a diving volley late in the set, was forced to pull out with a foot injury.
The former US Open champion now faces either British number one Andy Murray or Latvian teenager Ernests Gublis in the quarter-finals.
Roddick, seeded three, was playing only his second match since suffering a shoulder injury in Rome five weeks ago, and may have wished for a longer spell on court to get some valuable grass-court practice.
But he has a phenomenal record at Queen's, winning the pre-Wimbledon warm-up event four times in the last five years to draw level with Lleyton Hewitt, John McEnroe and Boris Becker on the all-time list.
Although he still needs treatment on the shoulder problem after every match. it didn't unduly restrict his thunderous serve against Fish, the 15th seed.
The American needed two big serves to get out of jail when he gifted Fish two break points in the fifth game.
That was the closest either player came to making a breakthrough and a tie-break was needed to decide the set. Roddick took it thanks to a booming forehand from the baseline that earned him a decisive early mini-break.
Fish had tumbled while trying to return a powerful forehand from Roddick during the tie-break and he immediately took of his shoe after the set. An injury time-out didn't ease the pain and he was soon shaking hands with Roddick to concede the tie.
Roddick was joined in the last eight by giant Croat Ivo Karlovic, who over-powered Fernando Gonzalez 6-3, 7-5.
At 6ft 10in Karlovic is the tallest player on the ATP Tour and he uses that height to good effect with a ferocious serve, hitting over 1,300 aces last year.
Not surprisingly for such a big server, Karlovic has a fine grass court pedigree, finishing as the runner-up here three years ago.
Gonzalez, last year's Australian Open runner-up, has a solid all-court game but he couldn't make any impact on Karlovic's serve.
The eighth seed broke to go 5-3 up and held on to take the first set.
The second set was closer but again Karlovic got the only break, this time in the 11th game. Next up was a possible clash against Rafael Nadal, who played Japan's Kei Nishikori later yesterday.