Not sure what to do for the upcoming weekends? Perhaps you want to take a break on a weekday after a long day at the office. Here are some fun alternatives — from poppin’ to boppin’ to art hoppin’ — to just going home and vegging out in front of the tube. Go out for a night of music, art and culture — or some good ol’ fashioned sex. (Keep reading to see what we mean.)
Clara C Tour
When: Saturday, March 19, 8 pm
Where: Hotel Cafe 1623 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Kollaboration winner Clara C is going on tour!! If you don’t know who Clara C is, you are definitely missing out and need to go check out her YouTube page ASAP. Her first stop will be in L.A. at the Hotel Cafe. Pre-sale tickets will be $11 and you can get it at www.hotelcafe.com. It is a 21+ event, so if you’re under 21, sorry … maybe next time? If you know who Clara C is, you’ll be sure to make it there by 7 when doors open because there will definitely be a line.
The People I’ve Slept With DVD Release Kick-off Party
When: Saturday, March 19, 8-10 pm
Where: Gallery Aryai, 8457 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069
How: RSVP for the party here.
Come out and mingle with the cast and filmmakers of Quentin Lee’s The People I’ve Slept With to celebrate the March 22 DVD release of the must-see indie Asian American film of 2010. Hosted by internationally renowned photographer Sia Aryai at his gallery, the party will also be the venue where Aryai’s new original artwork featuring People actress Karin Anna Cheung will be unveiled.
Then, on the day of the DVD release, March 22, the cast and filmmakers will sign DVD copies at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, Calif., where the movie was shot, from 8-9 pm. They’ll have DVD discounts and giveaways. Now’s your chance to see Karin Anna Cheung in a role that really challenged her acting chops (word is, she agonized over taking the part, but once she did, boy, did she commit to it!) It’s sexy, it’s raw, and it’s refreshingly honest. The DVD is available everywhere from Amazon.com to Walmart, or if Comcast is your digital TV provider, watch it on Comcast’s Cinema Asian America, a groundbreaking new video-on demand offering, which features Asian American films and videos.
Watch the official trailer at here:
The T.O.P. (Truth of Poppin)
When: March 19 @7pm
Where: Wilshire EBELL THEATRE 4401 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90005
How: Tickets can be purchased at the online store for $25. www.wwori.com
Funky Soul is hosting an event to raise awareness of poppin. Not just cuz its new and cool, but its an opportunity for something cool to help youth use their talents for something great. It isn’t just a hobby or a dance, but today’s youth can turn their passion and joys into something crazy and amazing. It is an opportunity for them to show off their creativity. Poreotics from America’s Best Dance Crew will be there as well as Flava Steps b-boy crew, and Vice 45 vocal.
Asian Contemporary Art Week
When: Monday, March 21- 31
Where: Various locations in NY
Starting from day one at the Museum of Modern Art, there will be a screening and meeting with the artist, called Modern Mondays: An Evening with Mariam Ghani. What Ghani does is evaluate and investigate cities that are developing and “in the process of reinvention” in areas like Afghanistan, Asia and the Middle East. Every day there will be a different event going on all over the city, so check out the website for any showings that might be near you. Ticketing prices will vary depending on venues, so double check those too!
Celebration of Asia Week
When: Mon, March 21 @6pm
Where: 583 Park Avenue at 63rd St., New York City
This is an event to benefit Asia Society and to celebrate Asia Week in NY. There will be a reception that starts at 6, and then dinner and dancing from 8-11 pm. If you’re interested in attending, make sure you dress the part of “Asian Chic” or “Festive National Dress” (sexy cheongsam, anyone?). There will be art, music, dancing and fashion from all across Asia. I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty cool. Go to the website above to reserve your ticket today before they are all gone.
Midori Classical Concert
When: Tue, March 22, 7:30pm
Where: South Orange Performing Arts Center is located at One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079
How: Tickets: $25, $15 Seniors and Alumni, $8 Student and SHU Employees with ID, SOPACnow.org, or contact the SOPAC Box Office at 973.313.2787 (ARTS)
As part of Seton Hall Arts Council’s “Classical Concert Series.” Heralded as one of the world’s foremost violinists, Midori consistently seeks to share herself with others and finds great personal fulfillment in that pursuit, both on and off the concert stage. Her performing schedule and appearances with the most prestigious symphonic ensembles, annually takes her to the great concert stages of Europe, North America and the Far East.
Art Salon: The Culture of Contemporary Chinese Art
When: Wed, March 30, 5:30-8:30pm
Where: China Institute
How: Tickets: $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Register online or call 212-744-8181. chinainstitute.org
The Asian Women Giving Circle is presenting a symposium on women, art, and activism of Asian women in the US and overseas. There will be Karin Chien, a Chinese American film maker. Chang-Jin Lee, a Korean born conceptual artist will also be there, as well as many others. They will be discussing an East meets Western culture and what has changed or what hasn’t changed in terms of art.