This Week’s Happenings 2.17-2.24
There’s a lot going on during the next couple of weeks as Audrey gears up for the release of our exciting spring issue! Purchase tickets now to the highly anticipated San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Savor a one-night only collaborative dinner at LA’s The Tar Pit restaurant made by guest Chef Roy Choi. Asian American New Yorker artists: apply to be featured in the upcoming Locating the Sacred festival in Brooklyn. Be inspired to execute those brilliant ideas via a hot off the press book by a leading idea maker. For more, read on!
WHAT: Purchase tickets to the upcoming San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF)
The Center for Asian America Media (CAAM) presents the 30th annual largest and most prestigious showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, music, and digital and interactive media in North America.
The festival will kick off with a screening at Castro Theatre of White Frog starring Joan Chen, B.D. Wong, Harry Shum, Jr., and Booboo Stewart, followed by a decadent opening night party at the magnificent Asian Art Museum.
The line-up this year includes: Hawaiian love story, Knots, starring Michael Kang; indie horror film, I Am a Ghost, directed by H.P. Mendoza, starring Anna Ishida and Jeannie Barroga; a live audience participation Filipino musical, and films honoring those affected by the Japan tsunami and earthquake.
WHEN: March 8-18
WHERE: San Francisco, Berkeley, and San Jose, CA
HOW: Purchase tickets to your films and events of choice today!
WHAT: Modernism Week
The only such event in the country, the 11-day celebration spotlights mid-century modern design, architecture, and culture via tours of iconic architecture, a swimming pool art museum exhibition, a roundup of vintage Airstream trailers, opportunities to shop for international furniture and art, and more.
Bird’s Nest: Herzog and de Meuron in China, a chronicle of Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron’s five-year effort to design the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games 100,000-seat National Stadium, will be shown on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 4:30pm. (Admission: $12)
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 16- Sunday, Feb. 26
WHERE:Various locations in Palm Springs, CA
HOW: For more info and cost of the various activities, visit the website.
WHAT: Three Year Swim Club play by Lee Tonouchi
The play is inspired by the true story of Soichi Sakamoto who trained Maui’s youth in the 1930s to swim in plantation irrigation ditches on the road to becoming Olympic champions.
Thursday, Feb. 16, 8pm: pay-what-you-can performance ($5 suggested)
Sunday, Feb. 25: post-show discussion with the actors and artists
East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
HOW: Group discounts available. Call or email Tim Lounibos for details at 213.625.7000 ext. 16 or email@example.com.
Wine Down Fridays: complimentary glasses of red or white wine during the performance (21+)
WHAT: Hiromi: Jazz for the iPod Era concert
Hiromi, Japanese-born protégé of pianist, keyboardist, and composer Chick Corea, will electrify audiences with her signature piano jazz, musicianship, and infectious energy during her solo concert. Sample music from her just released sixth album and solo studio effort, Place to Be.
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 18, 7:30pm
Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, Broad Stage
1310 11th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
HOW: Purchase tickets online or by calling 310.434.3200.
Locating the Sacred is a 12-day, 20-event festival (to take place Sept. 12-23) coordinated by a4 that gathers artists and spaces in New York to creatively explore the meaning of “sacred.” The festival will showcase the diversity and talent of Asian American New Yorkers and use art to promote change, break down barriers, and foster community.
Festival application deadline:Feb. 20
Festival: Sept. 12-23
Locating the Sacred festival location
Asian American Arts Alliance
20 Jay Street, #740
Brooklyn, NY 11201
New-Yorkers may apply as an artist in all disciplines or a space host. Projects must reflect an Asian or Asian American experience, if applicants are not Asian American.
For more details, visit the website.
WHAT: To Catch a Dollar documentary
The documentary follows Bangladeshi economist, Grameen Bank founder, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and the success of his microfinance program in Bangladesh and the U.S. amongst low-income entrepreneurs.
A Q&A with Relief International’s Senior Program Director Elizabeth Ross will follow the screening. Ross is the co-chair of the United Nation’s Committee on Humanitarian Policy and Practice and oversees operations in Africa and Central Asia.
Arrive early to view the Women Hold Up Half the Sky exhibition- To Catch a Dollar ticket holders gain free gallery admission.
Run time: 74 minutes, no MPAA rating
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 23, 8pm
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Admission: $7.50 general, $6.50 full-time students – purchase tickets online.
WHAT: Japanese Arts Fusion Event
The event will feature tanka (Japanese short verse) poetry, butoh dance (inspired by existential despair in post-war Japan), live traditional and contemporary jazz music (including traditional wooden Japanese flutes), and a Noh theater-inspired art installation. Reception to follow the program.
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 26, 2pm
Pacific Asia Museum, upstairs auditorium
46 North Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
Admission: $9, general, $7 students and seniors
WHAT: Chefs Roy Choi and Mark Peel will create an exclusive menu together at the Let’s F*** Things Up! dinner at The Tar Pit, the art deco-inspired full bar and restaurant with posh mirrored booths.
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 29, 6-11:30pm
The Tar Pit
609 N. La Brea Ave. (between Beverly and Melrose), Los Angeles
HOW: To RSVP, call The Tar Pit at 323.965.1300.
WHAT: Alexander Wang’s fall 2012 runway collection can be pre-ordered now!
Choose from 20 different looks, plus accessories, in Wang’s signature black, white, and leather.
HOW: Pre-order via Moda Operandi
The accessible, concise go-to guide compiles practical advice and tools from leading idea makers to execute your dream and vision for a product, company, social change, and more.
HOW: Find out more via Charles Lee’s website. The book is available in hardcover or e-book format via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers.