Wednesday February 8th -- San Francisco
WordyWord Winter Wednesdays
7 to 9 pm
185 Sixth St, San Francisco
FREE; email conradap(at)gmail(dot)com to sign up for a time slot
Wednesday February 8th to Sunday March 4th -- NYC
The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G
"It’s been 10 years since Agent G has last been in Vietnam where his family and friends were all viciously slain. He’s now come back looking for answers and a good bit of revenge. However, mysterious forces are at hand trying to stop him as well as the playwright from finishing this brutal task." By Qui Nguyen and presented by Ma-Yi Theatre and Vampire Cowboys. More info here.
410 W 42nd St, New York
$31.25 - $36.25; tickets here
Thursday February 9th -- Seattle
Asian American Arcade Opening Reception
Asian American Arcade follows video games out of the arcades and into this art exhibition, where visitors will discover the creative power of this addictive, interactive medium. See video games and related artworks that explore questions of identity and community, imagination and learning, and the power of play in our lives. Exhibit runs through June 17, 2012. More info here.
Opening Reception: 7 pm
719 S King St, Seattle
Thursday February 9th -- San Francisco
SFIAAFF30 Launch Party
The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) kicks off its 30th year with a press conference announcing this year's program, followed by a party with DJ Inkfat, DJ Chicken Skratch, Nerstylist, and DJ Bluz. Presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). More info here.
8 pm to midnite
111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna St, San Francisco
$10 Admission; $5 FOR CAAM Members
Thursday February 9th to Sunday March 11th -- Los Angeles
Three Year Swim Club
East West Players presents Three Year Swim Club, inspired by the true life story of Soichi Sakamoto, who trained the youth of Maui to swim in the plantation irrigation ditches on their path to becoming Olympic champions. Set on the island of Maui in the 1930's, the art of hula becomes the metaphor for competitive swimming. By Lee Tonouchi and directed/choreographed by Keo Woolford. by In association with Honolulu Theatre for Youth. More info here.
East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles
$5-60; tickets here
Saturday February 11th -- NYC
The Travelers Family Workshop
In this family workshop, participants will get an opportunity to explore the meaning of “home” together. Through interactive activities such as creating a communal poem and individual artwork as well as a gallery walk through MoCA's special exhibition The Travelers and the Quartet Project, families can discover the diversity and the importance of “finding home” through their own unique voice and life experiences. Ages 4 and older with adults. More info here.
1:30 to 4:30 pm
Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA)
215 Centre St, New York
FREE with Museum admission
RSVP to education(at)mocanyc(dot)org
Saturday February 11th -- Seattle
Conference on The 25th Anniversary of the United States v. Hirabayashi Case
The Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality will host a major conference to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Ninth Circuit opinion in the Hirabayshi v. United States coram nobis case. The conference will celebrate Mr. Hirabayashi's courage in resisting military orders that imposed curfews on Japanese Americans and ordered them to report for incarceration; reflect on his 1943 Supreme Court case that upheld his convictions and the extraordinary work of his legal team in reopening of his case nearly 40 years later; and use his case as a springboard to move forward in the struggle for civil rights. More info here.
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Campion Ballroom, Seattle University
FREE; register here
Sunday February 12th -- Queens, NY
Love & Solidarity in Queens
Ease into Valentine's Day with an afternoon of performances from acclaimed Filipino poets and writers: Hossannah Asuncion, Joseph O. Legaspi, Nita Noveno, Bino Realuyo, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, and Lara Stapleton, as well as performances from Filipino community members, immigrants, and Fil-Am youth to celebrate love stories, Philippine Independence, and the thriving Filipino American community in Queens. There will be fiction, food, poetry, hip-hop, and more. More info here.
Bayanihan Filipino Community Center
40-21 69th St, Woodside, NY
Monday February 13th -- NYC
RepresentAsian: The Changing Face of New York Theater
The Asian American Performers Action Coalition's released recent
findings that people of color are underrepresented on NYC's biggest stages. Asians comprise 13% of the industry,
yet are seen less than 2% of the time, and usually in roles that are defined by
race. Chinglish playwright David Henry Hwang moderates this session to discuss what we can do about it. More info here.
The Pope Auditorium at Fordham University
60th St & Columbus Avenue, New York
RSVP to aapacrsvp(at)gmail(dot)com. Seating is limited.
Open City Creative Nonfiction Fellowship
Open City is a new online magazine on Asian American news and culture in New York, coordinated by the Asian American Writers' Workshop. Seeking Creative Nonfiction Fellows to write and produce stories on the vibrant immigrant communities of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Open City offers a unique platform for writers to tell the stories of low-income Asian Americans too often ignored or misrepresented. If you're an emerging creative nonfiction writer looking for financial support, a work space, and career mentorship, apply to become a Creative Nonfiction Fellow and help document the rapidly growing, transforming and challenging experience of what it means to be Asian American in urban New York today. This is a yearlong fellowship that starts March 1, 2012. More info and application here. Deadline: February 17, 2012.
Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) Call for Entries
New York's AAIFF, the first and longest-running festival dedicated to screening works of Asian descent, is celebrating its 35th anniversary. Accepting submissions in categories of Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Film, Music Video, Work-in-Progress, Youth Film (made by filmmakers under the age of 21), and with a variety of Award categories. More info and guidelines here. Early deadline: February 2, 2012; Final deadline: March 7, 2012; Work-in-Progress deadline: May 2, 2012.
C3 Project Market Seeking Submissions
Visual Communications is accepting submissions for the First Annual Conference
for Creative Content (C3) Project Market, to be held during The Los Angeles Asian
Pacific Film Festival on May 10 through May 20, 2012 in Los Angeles. The C3 Project Market is a unique opportunity for filmmakers of Asian descent
to showcase their project to financiers, producers, production companies, agents, managers and industry executives, enabling them with the contacts,
information, and confidence they need to make their film. Grantees will work in
conjunction with Visual Communications to develop professional relationships
and future collaborations throughout the film industry that include one-on-one
meetings, panels and other events that take place during The Los Angeles Asian
Pacific Film Festival. The C3 Project Market seeks feature-length narrative submissions from emerging
and established Asian Pacific filmmakers. Projects of any genre and
budget range are welcome to apply. More info and guidelines here. Regular Deadline: March 15, 2012. Late Deadline: March 30, 2012.
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