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The Great Zodiac Animal Race at Eight Blackbird




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Eighth Blackbird will continue their Winter 2021 Chicago Artists Workshop (CAW) live streamed event series with puppeteer Tom Lee: "The Great Zodiac Animal Race" 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Tickets are $20 (suggested) per household. For tickets and more information visit

The Lunar New Year, most commonly associated with the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, typically falls sometime between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20 annually. Lunar New Year 2021, the Year of the Ox, is on Feb. 12, and celebrations continue throughout the month.

Growing up in Hawaii, Lee's memories of Lunar New Year included narcissus blooms, tasty dim sum dishes and bowing to elders before running off to his room to open his lucky red envelope with money in it. In this show, Lee retells the classic Lunar New Year zodiac tale with shadow puppet animals inspired by Asian languages and pictograms in a program suitable for all ages.

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