Escape the Ides of March! Get yourself to some heartwarming indie films, cool anti-kawaii art, or be your own Asian American idol and sing your heart out at Kollaboration Acoustic’s auditions.
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
When: March 10-20
Where: Multiple venues, San Francisco, CA
Every year in March, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) holds the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF). The SFIAAFF is now the largest showcase for Asian American and Asian films in North America. The film festival is not just limited to SF but also in parts of San Jose and Berkeley.
The Opening Night film that will be shown is West Is West at 7 pm in the Castro Theatre. It is the sequel to East is East where Om Puri stars as a Pakistani father who, with his son, is caught between different cultures, trying to find their respective identities. Where the son is becoming a teenager, his father is dealing with similar struggles and issues even with the age gap. After the screening there will be an Opening Night Gala Reception at the Asian Art Museum.
The festival will also offer live performances from comedians as well as live music and dancing. Check out the scheduling on the website for more information.
Kollaboration Acoustic 5 Auditions
When: March 12-13, and April 16
Where: Toronto, Los Angeles, Boston
If you think you have talent and can win against others on a stage, then Kollaboration encourages you to go to their auditions happening in three cities. If you want to audition for the LA location, the deadline for online audition submissions and video submissions have to be submitted by Saturday, March 12, at 3 pm PST. Walk in auditions are welcome at CGV Cinemas, but you have to arrive early!
Silk Road Exhibit
When: Now through March 15
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
In case you didn’t know, Egyptians weren’t the only ones who used the mummification process. The Penn Museum in Philly will be holding an exhibition from China called “Secrets of the Silk Road.” There will be artifacts and mummies being shown, so if you’re in the area, be sure to check it out before they go! Up until March 15 the full exhibition will be on display; after that you might notice a couple mummies missing.
Bye Bye Kitty!!!
When: March 18-June 12
Where: Japan Society Building 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
No, we’re not talking about Hello Kitty. David Elliot is the founding director of the Mori Art Museum and the curator of Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art The show features 16 artists with paintings, objects, photographs, videos and installations that go against the stereotype of Japanese culture. These pieces of art challenge the past, present and future of Japan’s vision. There are three sections to the installation, “Critical Memory,” “Threatened Nature,” and “Unquiet Dream.”