It’s been almost a month, but don’t forget — Japan still needs our help. And Japan Society, the 104-year-old nonprofit bringing together Japan and U.S. culture, art and issues together into one multidisciplinary hub, is putting on Concert for Japan, a day-long marathon concert on Saturday, April 9 to benefit disaster victims in Japan (including performances by super-hip Japanese girl band The Suzan). Every last dime from the proceeds go to the Society’s Japan Earthquake relief fund, which has collected more than $1.5 million as of March 21.
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.