Wednesday February 15th -- Seattle
Seattle’s longest running sketch comedy group, the Pork Filled Players, enter the Year of the Dragon with a new edition of their comedy and music cabaret, Spam*O*Rama. Returning as PFP’s musical guest is chanteuse Jennifer O’Brien. Making their Spam-O-Rama debut is the improv/sketch group of Drop the Root Beer and Run. Join them and the Players in jumpstarting the lunar new year with new comedy hijinks and high-octane singing that will leave the demons at the door and send luck your way. More info here.
Theatre Off Jackson
407 7th Avenue S., Seattle
$10; tickets here
Thursday February 16th -- San Francisco
Eat, Play, Live: Stories from Expats in Asia
Young Americans who have lived and worked in Asia gather to discuss topics such as language barriers, dating, culture shock and finding employment abroad. Moderated by former CBS-5 broadcast journalist Sydnie Kohara, the panel -- sponsored by Asia Society -- includes Adam Collardey, Program Chair of ASNC YPG; Charles Thor of HSBC Bank; Irene Tieh, Founder of Cross Cultural Connector and USA College Connection; and Wen-Chih Yu of KPMG's International Development Assistance Services group. Open wine bar and Asian fusion eats provided by Whiskey Commons.
5:30 to 7:30 pm
4 Embarcadero Ctr Ste 1200, San Francisco
Members $15. Non-member: $20. Get tickets here.
Thursday February 16th to Sunday February 26th -- Various
Adam WarRock vs. Kirby Krackle West Coast Tour
2/16: Nectar Lounge, Seattle
2/17: Mt. Tabor, Portland
2/19: Gilman St, Berkeley
2/21: The Mint, Los Angeles
2/22: Ruby Room, San Diego
2/23: Beauty Bar, Las Vegas
2/24: Stray Cat Lounge, Tempe
2/26: Mojo's Music, Ogden
Thursday February 16th to Saturday March 3rd -- San Francisco
Tree City Legends
Intersection for the Arts presents Tree City Legends: the world premiere of a new performance by playwright/musician Dennis Kim, directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and with performers Taiyo Na, Juan Amidor, Dennis Kim, Sean San José, and live music by the Dirty Boots. Tree City Legends is a multidisciplinary theater work that melds post-hip hop aesthetics, urban folklore, Korean traditional tales, live music, legend, and parable. The play explores the feelings of rootlessness and abandonment of urban people of color, specifically APIA immigrants in tracing the lives of the Korean American Kane brothers. More info here.
8 pm (all show dates)
Intersection for the Arts
925 Mission St, San Francisco
$20-25; tickets and show dates here
Friday February 17th -- Philadelphia
Family Style Open Mic
Kicking off this spring’s monthly open mic series, the Asian Arts Initiative invites veteran comic artist Larry Hama to talk about his career in comics. Hama’s works include X-Men/Wolverine, G.I. Joe/A Real American Hero, Spooks and Island of Terror/Battle of Iwo Jima. Hosted by Yellow Rage (Michelle Myers and Catzie Vilayphonh).
6:45 to 9:30 pm
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine St, Philadelphia
$5-10 sliding scale
Sign up for a 5-minute open mic slot here
Friday February 18th to Wednesday March 7th -- Los Angeles
Hello Spring! Group Exhibition
Giant Robot 2 presents: Hello Spring! With mysterious, whimsical, and even gritty works by featured artists. Includes work by: APAK, Ulises Farinas, Renee French, Pamela Henderson, Albert Reyes, and Erika Yamashiro. More info here.
2/18: Opening Reception 6:30 to 10 pm
2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles
Saturday February 18th -- San Francisco
NAAAP New Year Gala
The National Association of Asian American Professionals San Francisco (NAAAP-SF) will be holding its 3rd Annual Lunar New Year Gala. With food and entertainment including Lion Dancers from Gee Yung, musical performance by Ayumi Perry, the World Muay Thai Team USA and more. Doors will open at 7:00 PM and program to begin at 8:00 PM with the dance floor opening up at 10:00 PM. Hors d'oeuvres and food will be served throughout the event, courtesy of various San Francisco restaurants. Cash bar available for drinks. 50% of all event proceeds will be donated to the Chinatown Community Development Center. More info here.
8 pm to midnite
Carnelian by the Bay
1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco
$35+; tickets here
Sunday February 19th -- San Francisco
Chinatown YMCA Chinese New Year Run
The Chinatown YMCA's 34th Annual Chinese New Year Run will benefit its Physical Education Program (PEP)and the new Community Center, which provides free fitness and nutrition programming and serves over 1,500 youth annually. More info here.
7 am Registration; 8 am race
Race begins at Sacramento and Grant streets
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