AADP 5th Annual Laugh for Lives Comedy Show Benefit
This comedy benefit will help raise funds for the Asian American Donor Program (AADP), a local non-profit that helps blood cancer patients to find their bone marrow matches. Featured comedians include Eliot Chang, KT Tatara, Shawn Felipe, and Danny Cho. With MC Mark "Zhangster" Zhang and DJ RJ "Kool" Raul of Supreme Soul. With raffles and a photo booth. More info here.
8 to 10 pm
Palace of Fine Arts
3301 Lyon St, San Francisco
$20 (includes free drink and raffle ticket); tickets here
Friday March 2nd -- NYC
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
The next installment of the monthly Mouth to Mouth Open Mic features playwright/director Leah Winkler and novelist/comedian Annie Choi. This variety night is hosted by Ed Lin and Jen Kwok, complete with ukulele, puns, and birthday hats.
8 pm (sign up at 7:30 pm for an Open Mic slot)
112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
$5 suggested donation
Friday March 2nd -- Chicago
Works in Progress Mixtape
Don Lee, Ken Chen, Prageeta Sharma and Nami Mun read new works and the life behind their literature: private writing rituals, relationships with mentors and peers, favorite books, songs on iTunes repeat, social media, and other procrastination devices. They’ll also talk about writing as Asian Americans when only 5% of the authors reviewed in the New York Times are writers of color. More info here.
at Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference
The Hilton Chicago Hotel, 3rd Floor
720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Saturday March 3rd -- San Francisco
Movie Night with James Kyson
A special movie night with host James Kyson, featuring a special sneak preview of his new film At Dawn They Sleep, and several shorts in conjunction with the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival 2012. With films by D.B. Cheng, Edmund Yeo, John Raposas, Michael Kang, and Nina T. Son. Plus an after-party! Co-sponsored by Hyphen. More info here.
6:30 pm and 8:30 pm screenings; 10pm – 2am Afterparty
4 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
$13 Screening; $8 Afterparty; $20 Screening + Afterparty
Tickets here, enter "STUDENT" for discount code
Monday March 5th -- Brooklyn
After 1989: What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Race?
of ‘90s multiculturalism was less about race than inventing polite ways to talk
about racial taboos. Terms like “diversity” and “political correctness” blunted
the unsavory aspects of dealing with racism, even as the right struggled to
make English the national language and tamp down transgressive art,
multicultural threats to the canon, and Ebonics. To kick off "After 1989", Ego
Trip Magazine, curates a slideshow of
racialized advertisements -- with call and response by hip hop trio Das Racist,
who will judge the racial caliber of the images. National Book Foundation Executive Director Harold
Augenbraum, early proponent of Latino and Asian American literature,
discusses the canon. Roberto Bedoya will discuss the litigation between artist Karen Finley and the National
Endowment for the Arts at the height of the Culture Wars, for which
he was co-plaintiff. NYU Professor Thuy Linh Tu interviews Latoya
Peterson, editor of Racialicious, to break down how the Internet has
unleashed the Pandora’s Box of racial discourse. More info here.
@ powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street Brooklyn
Tuesday March 6th
Book Party for Hari Kunzru
Last month, authors Hari Kunzru
and Amitava Kumar created international controversy by
reading from Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses. The book is
banned in India for its controversial portrayal of Muslims, and Rushdie himself called off a visit to the Jaipur Literary Festival after receiving
death threats. Upon hearing this news, Kunzru and Kumar decided to convert
their festival panel into a reading of their favorite passages from The
Satanic Verses. The two authors were told
to leave both the festival and the country. Their show of solidarity has prompted campaigns across
India to change the censorship laws and left them fighting possibly years of
legal battles. Come support the authors and celebrate the release of Kunzru's new
novel, Gods Without Men.
The Asian American Writers' Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor, New York
$5 suggested donation
International Secret Agents Seeking Interns and Talent
International Secret Agents (ISA), is seeking interns and talent to assist with growth for the next generation of ISA. As one of the premier concert production and media arts companies, there will be plenty of opportunity to experience a fast-paced and exciting entertainment-based work environment. ISA is seeking interns that include event production, film production, web content management, graphic design, and operations. ISA is also having an open call for on-camera hosts and field correspondents. In addition, ISA is looking to create a team of bloggers to help contribute to the voice of the ISA online community. For more information please visit the Opportunities section here or or email JOBS(at)ISATV(dot)com.
Call for Submissions: 35th Annual Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF)
The AAIFF, presented by Asian Cinevision, is now accepting works produced, directed, or written by artists of Asian descent of any nationality, or about the Asian community for the following categories: short films, feature films, youth-produced/directed films, music videos, and works-in-progress. For more information on categories and competitions, go here. Final deadline: March 7, 2012.