The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Not a Tourist, Pork Fiction

April 28, 2010

Thursday April 29th and Friday April 30th  -- Bay Area

Ed Lin Book Readings

Giant Robot and Hyphen present award-winning author Ed Lin, who will be giving his first West Coast readings from his debut novel Waylaid, as well as the recent release Snakes Can’t Run, a gritty crime noir set in ‘70s New York Chinatown. Ed will also be reading on Friday with Hyphen's own Claire Light and Joel B. Tan.

April 29th: 6:30 to 8 pm


618 Shrader St, San Francisco

April 30th: 7 pm

Eastwind Books

2066 University Ave, Berkeley

Quentin Lee and John Hahn Reading

Author and filmmaker Quentin Lee and artist John Hahn will be reading from their new graphic novel Campus Ghost Story -- a supernatural thriller in which three students’ fates are intertwined after a mysterious young woman jumps from the campus clock tower.

6 to 7:30 pm

James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center

San Francisco Main Library

100 Larkin St

Thursday April 29th -- NYC

AFTERQUAKE: An Evening with Abigail Washburn and the Shanghai Restoration Project

A special evening with the creators of AFTERQUAKE, an album dedicated to the families affected by the Sichuan earthquakes of May 12th, 2008. The project remixes voices and sounds from the China earthquake zone to raise awareness for victims still in need. A panel discussion follows, with members of international NGOS helping rebuild in areas around the world affected by earthquakes.

7 to 9 pm

Palladium Multipurpose Room

140 East 14th St, New York

Not a Tourist: The New Terrain of Asian America

Join the Asian American Writers' Workshop for a reading (and final event in their Koreatown loft) with authors Ali Eteraz, Deanna Fei, Wena Poon, and Joann Lee, as they navigate the terrain and themes of Asian American in its multiplicity. More info here.

7 to 9 pm

The Workshop

16 W 32nd St, 10th fl, New York

$5 suggested donation

"Asia in America" Open House Kick-Off

Join Asia Society for a kick-off party celebrating Asian Pacific American Month and honoring Asian-American community arts organizations. Free museum tours of the critically acclaimed exhibitions Arts of Ancient Viet Nam: From River Plain to Open Sea and Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art. Includes a show curated by The Asian American Writers' Workshop with comedian Jen Kwok. Tunes spun by DJ Empanadamn. More info here.

6 to 11 pm

Asia Society

725 Park Ave, New York


Thursday April 29th to Saturday May 8th  -- Los Angeles

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF)

This year's festival showcases a lineup of features, shorts, and documentaries in a variety of genres. In celebration of Bruce Lee's 70th birthday, LAAPFF will celebrate the icon with special events, discussions, and screenings. Complete schedule and ticket info here.

Thursday April 29th to Friday April 30th -- University of WI, Madison

Rated P: Filipino American Arts Festival

This arts festival will feature dance and theatre performances, talks, and cooking demos.

4/29: 7pm

Beauty, the Beast

Wisconsin Historical Society

A Dance-Theater Production is a collaboration between drum & body, voice & spirit, crying & calling. Expressed is the story of a woman desperately trying to hold her appearance together while harboring within, a spirit which is destroyed. Originally staged for a 10-person ensemble, Brooks taps into her African & Filipino heritages to sing, dance and explore issues of domestic violence, drug abuse, bi-raciality and mental illness, during a quest for self-acceptance and inner peace. She coins this production as her unabashedly honest “Breathing Self-Portrait”.

4/30: 2:30 pm

Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines: War on Terror, Assassinations & Extra-judicial Killings

A talk by Dr. Alfred McCoy

MSC Lounge, Red Gym

5:00pm: Learn to cook delicious dishes

7:00pm: Filipino Fiesta with Slow Food UW

PLUS explore Filipino-Mexican cross-cultural roots through muralism with MEChA

The Crossing: 1127 University Ave :: $5 for dinner

Friday April 30th to May 15th -- Seattle

Pork Fiction Premiere

Seattle's sketch comedy troupe Pork Filled Players presents Pork Fiction, a new show inspired by the action-packed pulps of yesteryear. Covering everything from Trekkies to Tea Bagger conventions, Pork Fiction celebrates fanatics and the pulp stories they love. Schedule and tickets here.

8 pm

Theatre Off Jackson

409 7th Ave South, Seattle

$9 to $14; tickets here

Friday April 30th -- Philadelphia

Asian Arts Initiative Annual Banquet & Silent Auction

Asian Arts Initiative is throwing its annual fundraiser and honoring the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation and city and state partners. With an eight-course Chinese banquet and performances by Pallabi Chakravorty, Wayne Hsu, Kyo Daiko, and the Philadelphia Suns Lion dancers. More info here.

5:30 to 9 pm

Ocean City Restaurant

234-236 N 9th St, Philadelphia

$65; tickets here

Saturday May 1st -- NYC

Kollaboration New York APA Heritage Kick-Off

Join Kollaboration New York (KNY) to kick off APA Heritage Month. Meet past Kollaboration winners and performers, and mingle with notable Asian Americans from the worlds of art, music, media, and sports. With performances by Nina Park, Stone Forest Ensemble, and Seriously. A portion of proceeds will be donated to KNY. More info here.

8:30 to 11 pm

Level 9

34 W 32nd St, 9th Fl, New York

21+ cash bar or $60 open bar

Limited space -- RSVP to newyork(at)kollaboration(dot)org

Saturday May 1st -- Oakland

5733 Store Opening

The 5733 Store -- which graciously clothed Mr. Hypen '09 contestants, is holding a grand opening and party for its first shop in Oakland. With a 25% off sale and free shirts for the first 50 people.

Noon to 6 pm; Party at 7 pm

4125 Piedmont Ave, 2nd fl, Oakland

Saturday May 1st -- Berkeley

Blue Scholars at Hip Hop in the Park

Cal Students for Hip Hop bring the duo Blue Scholars to their annual "Hip Hop in the Park" event. With emcee Rocky Rivera, Macklemore, live graffiti art, and b-boys and b-girls.

Noon to 5 pm

People's Park, Berkeley


Saturday May 1st and Saturday May 8th -- San Francisco

DIY Screen Printing

Join artists Debbie Yee and Scott Louie for this hands-on workshop for novice screen printers. Learn the basics of screen printing and the complete process from artwork preparation to image burning to ink application. Includes a historical context for the art form and its place in social and political change. Day one focuses on using the Print Gocco to produce small paper goods. Day two uses traditional screen printing and modern screen printing with the Yudu. Presented by Kearny Street Workshop. More info and registration here.

May 1st: 10 am to 2 pm

May 8th: 10 am to 3 pm

1246 Folsom St

$95 registration

Sunday May 2nd -- Nationwide

State of Asian Pacific America House Party

Join Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP) and the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF) in a national conference call with members of the Obama Adminstration, Congress, and grassroots activists on the progress made this past year on behalf of API communities. With Kalpen Modi, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Congressman Mike Honda, Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on APIs (and former Executive Director of NAPAWF), and others.

1 to 3 pm PST / 4 to 6 pm EST

Info on call-in number and house parties across the nation here

Sunday May 2nd - San Francisco

Noodle Fest 2010

Sample delicious noodle and pasta dishes from over 30 restaurants in Chinatown and North Beach, enjoy live entertainment, and watch noodle-making demonstrations. More info here.

3 to 7 pm

Grant Ave & Vallejo St

$ 15; tickets here

Sunday May 2nd -- Seattle

API Heritage Month Celebration

Come for a day filled with live performances, community tables, a film festival, and food in celebration of API Heritage Month. Includes a headlining performance by R&B singer-songwriter Dawen. More info here.

11:45 am to 5 pm

Seattle Center House

305 Harrison St, Seattle



Call for Submissions: 10th Anniversary of 9/11

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Globlal Contexts are inviting submissions for an issue entitiled "Field Notes on the 9/11 Moment: Transformations in Community and Country," to be published in June 2011. More info and guidelines here. Deadline: October 15, 2010.

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) Leadership & Advocacy Training

SEARAC is pleased to announce its Twelfth Annual Southeast Asian American Leadership & Advocacy Training. This year, SEARAC will be convening in Washington, DC (July 18-20) and Long Beach, CA (August 15-17). These trainings will provide a forum for Southeast Asian American community leaders to participate in three days of activities that include advocacy education, leadership strategizing, collaborative networking, and relationship-building with decision makers on issues that are specific to the Southeast Asian American community. More info and online application here. Deadline for  Washington, DC training: May 21, 2010. Deadline for Long Beach, CA training: June 11, 2010.