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Editorial Review

India is the featured country at the sixth annual Asian Festival, and the entertainment at this two-day event will surely appeal to "Slumdog Millionaire" fans. More than 30 local restaurants will serve all kinds of curries and kebabs, and you can put out the fire in the festival's beer garden. But with all that's happening on three stages, there might not be much time to eat or drink: One stage is set aside for an "Asian Idol" contest; another showcases performances by embassy and cultural groups from several Asian countries; and a third is reserved for music and dance demonstrations, including instrumental music, comedy skits, fusion music and dance, and, yes, Bollywood dance. There are no guarantees, however, that you'll be able to dance like Dev Patel or Freida Pinto when it's all over.

-- Alex Baldinger (June 26, 2009)