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Wednesday, Feb 13 2013
He unified China, started construction on the Great Wall, introduced innovations like chariots and swords, built roads, and had his enemies buried alive. The First Emperor, Qin Shihuang, started planning for his death when he was 13 and built himself a tomb that contained a vast underground city guarded by a life-size terracotta army with infantrymen, horses, chariots, weaponry, and warriors. Ten (the maximum allowed outside of China for an exhibition) of those nearly 8,000 warriors are now in San Francisco for "China's Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor's Legacy." So how to celebrate? Clearly with a dance rumble led by CHERYL, an artist collective that specializes in video art and museum installations. Marc Mayer, the museum's educator for public programs, went to CHERYL's parties when he lived in New York and says he’s looking forward to the group leading the partygoers in turf wars inspired by the terracotta army and the 1970s film The Warriors. Dressing up, dancing, battling, and seeing objects from one of the most mind-boggling archaeological discoveries in modern times — not bad for a Thursday night.
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