It must be that time of the year, ’cause cities seem to be closing down streets left and right to make way for food festivals. What better way to enjoy the cool breeze and the sun beating down your neck than canvasing a whole city street for good food and drinks. If you’re not too much of a foodie, I’ve got some great concerts, an awesome writing workshop and a little bit of art for you, too. Enjoy!
Sri Lanka Day
When: Saturday, August 6, 10:00 am
Where: Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA
Enjoy the world famous Third Street Promenade as you celebrate the Sri Lankan culture through musicians, dancers, and, of course, food. Since the event’s inception in 2006, Sri Lanka Day is the largest event of its kind in the country, with last year’s event having attracted more than 100,000 visitors. More than twenty booths will be lined along the Promenade, offering unique Sri Lankan foods and cultural knick-knacks. In the afternoon you can enjoy the “Pageant of Lanka” parade where beautifully dressed Sri Lankan performers and theatre elephants make their way along the street. Also not be missed is a fashion show with traditional and colorful Sri Lankan clothing.
3rd Annual Korean BBQ Cook-off
When: Saturday, August 6, Noon
Where: South Hobart St. between 7th and Wilshire Blvd. (The whole block is shut down for the event!)
How: Just show up with an empty stomach and a full wallet. (Vendors accept cash only).
Enjoy a day of gluttony at the 3rd Annual Korean BBQ Cook-off, featuring the best Korean barbecue restaurants who are guaranteed to please your picky palates. Dumbfoundead is performing and gutsy foodies can compete for an iPad in the 3rd Annual Orion Choco Pie eating contest. The best part is the highly anticpated KBBQ Top Grill Master competition and celebrity panel of judges of food critic Jonathan Gold (LA Weekly), James Kyson Lee (Heroes) and food writer Simon Majumdar (The Next Iron Chef).
Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the Audrey/KoreAm Journal booth to snag your discounted tickets to the annual Audrey’s Fashion Night Out (only $80 instead of $100).
J-Town Summer Sessions
When: Saturday, August 6, 1:00 pm
Where: HIgashi Honganji Buddhist Temple, 505 E. Third St., Los Angeles, CA, 90013
How: $25 general admission, $20 students/seniors; pay at the door
For 13 years, volunteer-run organization Tuesday Night Project has been showcasing Asian American talent during its 1st & 3rd Tuesday Night Café event each month. Celebrate their efforts tonight at J-Town Summer Sessions where there’ll be a live concert recording, visual artists and awesome vendors selling their goodies. The lineup of performers includes Blazing Rays of the Sun, Connie Lim, Dawen and Shin Kawasaki.
When: Sunday, August 7, 7:30 pm
Where: Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90068
How: Purchase tickets here. Prices vary.
Check out the hottest Asian American talent in dance, comedy, TV and music. Headlining the jam-packed generationNext! show is America’s Best Dance Crew Season 3 Champions Quest Crew. Artists include Andrew Garcia (finalist in Season 9 of American Idol), R&B pop singer J-Ricz, singer-songwriter Kevin Lien, soul/R&B singer Dawen, and comedy rap duo Fung Bros. The best part is that a portion of the proceeds will go to Japan disaster relief.
Sweet Beans & Rice – Writing Workshop
When: Wednesday, August 10, 6:00 pm
Where: Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission St., Ste 109, San Francisco, CA, 94103
How: Fees are $65 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Register here.
If you’re itching to do freshen up your writing skills, or you’ve been wanting to try your hand at poetry, try the Sweet Beans & Rice Writing Workshop. All participants will be generating writing located within or based on an Asian-Latino cultural expression. You can choose between poetic or storytelling formats and seek inspiration from the program’s online archive of images, recipes, and other ephemera. At the end of the the final class, you can bask inn the spotlight as your share your work during a special performance for an invited audience.
“Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter”
When: Friday, August 12
Where: National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
The newest exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter, the museum’s first major showcase of contemporary Asian American portraiture. Exhibiting the work of seven artists from around the world, the works all represent the artists’ interpretations of their experiences of being Asian Americans and being stereotyped. If you can’t catch it on opening day, don’t worry — it runs through October 14, 2012.