Thursday March 18th -- Seattle
"An American Diary": Roger Shimomura Lecture
Artist Roger Shimomura will present "An American Diary", a lecture on his work spanning over 40 years, and propelled by various historical and political events. Shimomura's paintings, prints, and theatre pieces address sociopolitical issues of Asian Ameria and have often been inspired by diaries kept by his immigrant mother. In conjunction with his exhibit Yellow Terror, on display though April 18, 2010.
719 South King St, Seattle
$15 / $10 members, artists, and seniors
Call (206) 623-5124 for tickets
Thursday March 18th -- San Francisco
To Curry Favor Gallery Opening
To Curry Favor: Scented Work on Paper is a solo show of new work by artist Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik. Believing that scent carries a cultural weight that belies its invisibility, the artist uses spices, sights, tastes, and smells to evoke culinary and cultural memory and the impermanence of identity and place. Exhibit runs through April 30, 2010.
7 to 9 pm
593 Guerrero St, San Francisco
FREE, $5 suggested donation
Friday March 19th -- New York
Ching Chong Chinaman Premiere
This new comedy presented by the Pan Asian Rep uses satire to reverse prejudicial attitudes about Asian Americans and other "outsiders". A funny and surprising perspective from new writer Lauren Yee. More info and tickets here.
West End Theater
263 West 86th St, New york
$45/ $35 seniors / $20 students
Saturday March 20th -- New York
Ignatz Remixed: Matmos and Monica Youn
Internationally acclaimed avant-electronica superduo Matmos slice breakbeats out of ballad stanzas in a brand new collaboration with poet Monica Youn, based on her just-released book of poems Ignatz, which itself is a reconceptualization of George Herriman's classic comic strip Krazy Kat.
8 to 10 pm (Ignatz book party at 9 pm)
Asian American Writers' Workshop
16 West 32nd St, 10th Fl, New York
$10 tickets here
Saturday March 20th -- San Francisco
Bindlestiff Studio -- "the epicenter of Pilipino American Performing Ats" -- is throwing an evening of food, dancing, and live performances for the Third Annual Bindleball Masquerade: Unmasking of a Legacy. More info here.
7 to 11 pm
1010 Mission St, San Francisco
$25 tickets here
Saturday March 20th -- Los Angeles
TEADAWORKS New Work Festival
photo by Jen Cleary
Check out the Eighth Annual TEADAWORKS New Performance Festival, with each piece written and developed by an L.A.-based artist and centered on social justice issues affecting local communities. More info here.
2 to 7 pm
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4708 West Washington Blvd, Los Angeles
sliding scale $10 to $15