The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Artists for Advocacy, Filipino Flavors

May 12, 2010

Wednesday May 12th -- San Francisco

Changing Reality: The Voices of Asian American Reality TV Stars      

Richmond Area Multi-Services Inc. presents an interactive forum with Asian American reality TV contestants from Project Runway, Top Chef, and Amazing Race, as they discuss their perspectives and experiences of being APA on popular television. More info here.

5:30 to 9:30 pm

Hotel Kabuki

1625 Post St, San Francisco         

$125+; tickets here       

Thursday May 13th -- San Francisco

Comedians: The Next Generation

Samson Koletkar

This panel discussion will explore how mainstream exposure has changed the perceptions and interpretations of Asian Americans in stand-up. Moderated by Oanh Ha of KQED Radio and featuring comedians Tina Kim, Samson Koletkar, and Edwin Li.

6 to 7:30 pm

SoMArts Cultural Center

934 Brannan St, San Francisco

$12 general/$7 students

Thursday May 13th -- Oakland

Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Tour          

Laney College hosts the Fifth Tour of Justice for victims of Agent Orange, which has affected millions of Vietnamese and many US Army veterans. The tour will focus national attention on grassroots and legislative efforts to achieve comprehensive assistance to the victims in Vietnam, Vietnamese Americans, and the children and grandchildren of U.S. veterans exposed to Agent Orange. More info here.

4 to 6 pm

Laney College

900 Fallon St, Room A-266, Oakland

Thursday May 13th -- Seattle

A Refugee's Journey Exhibit

The Wing Luke Asian Museum presents the opening of a new exhibit "A Refugee's Journey of Survival and Hope". See life through the eyes of a refugee through personal stories, photographs, and multimedia. Exhibit runs through December 12, 2010. More info here.

7 to 8 pm

719 South King St, Seattle


Friday May 14th -- San Francisco

Hyphen Inside/Out Issue Release Party

Come celebrate Issue 20 with the Hyphen fam! Artist and frequent contributor Joe To will be painting live, and the Adobo Hobo cart will be on hand with yummy eats. Jams and beats provided by DJ Franchise, DJ Esquire, and Citizen Ten. First 50 guests receive free prizes.

9 pm to 2 am


2925 16th St, San Francisco 

Friday May 14th-- NYC

Girl In Translation Reading

Join author Jean Kwok for a reading of her new novel Girl In Translation, a mother-and-daughter story vividly capturing what it’s like to grow up as an immigrant between languages and between cultures: the conflicts between Chinese and American identity, practical poverty and intellectual richness, language and miscommunication, and family responsibility and following one’s own heart.

7 pm

Asian American Writers' Workshop

110-112 W 27th St, 6th floor, New York

$5 suggested donation

Friday May 14th -- Chicago

Children of Invention Premiere

Tze Chun's award-winning Sundance film will premiere in Chicago this Friday. Children of Invention -- in which two young children are left to fend for themselves after their mother gets embroiled in a pyramid scheme -- has played over 45 film festivals and won 16 festival awards. Showtimes and tickets here.

Saturday May 15th -- NYC

Artists for Advocacy: Focus

Check out this special exhibit of Asian American photographers who highlight social justice issues in the local and international community. With an opportunity to hear from the artists, including Corky Lee, one of the first and most prominent Asian American photojournalists of the past 30 years. Wine and light refreshments provided, prints also available for sale. More info and featured artists here.

3 to 9 pm

33 West 26th Street (change)

B/w Broadway & 6th Ave, New York

$15 requested donation

Saturday May 15th -- Los Angeles

Legacy Series and Networking with Daniel Dae Kim

The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) presents the Legacy Series, an evening of candid conversations with successful and influential leaders in the entertainment industry. Daniel Dae Kim of Lost will be interviewed by Eric Nakamura of Giant Robot, followed by a reception.

7 to 9:30 pm

Tateuchi Democracy Forum

111 N Central Ave, Los Angeles

$ 10

Space is limited; RSVP here

Saturday May 15th -- San Francisco

Asian Heritage Street Celebration

Join the Sixth Annual Asian Heritage Street Festival -- one of the largest gethering of APAs in the nation. New features include a Mah Jong section, more arts and crafts, and Filipino American Jazz. More info here.

11 am to 6 pm

Civic Center/Little Saigon District

Larkin & McAllister Sts, San Francisco

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Gamelan Sekar Jaya

The 65-performer Gamelan Sekar Jaya will be performing as part of the Yuerba Buena Gardens Festival, and features three large percussion orchestras; the bronze gamelan gong kebyar, the four-tone gamelan angklung, and the rare ensemble of bamboo marimbas, gamelanjegog. A narrated program accompanied by Balinese dance. More info here.

1 to 2:30 pm

Mission Street b/w 3rd and 4th Sts, San Francisco


Saturday May 15th to Sunday May 16th -- San Francisco

Filipino Flavors: Tradition & Innovation

Join the Asian Culinary Forum for a weekend-long celebration of the foods of the Philippines. Includes classes, panels, and cook-offs with an assortment of chefs, scholars, writers, winemakers, and musicians. More info here.

Sat: 9 am to 9 pm; Sunday: 11am to 6:30 pm

International Culinary School

The Art Institute of California

1170 Market St, San Francisco

Tickets here

Sunday May 16th -- NYC

Sulu Series

Sulu Series -- the monthly showcase of Asian American spoken word artists, musicians and other talent -- returns with ILL-LITERACY, Canary Sing, Hari Kondabolu, Alison Roh Park, and Brownstar. More info here.

8 pm

Bowery Poetry Club

308 Bleecker St, New York

$8 general/$5 students

Sunday May 16th -- NYC

SFNY Party

 San Francisco & New York join forces once again for SFNY - a daytime dance party at a secret rooftop location in Lower East Side, NYC. Representing San Francisco's freshest is King Most, Freddy Anzures, and Marky as they get down with New York's finest: Monk-One, DJ Moma and DJ Tara at a glorious daytime jam of good music, warm vibes and folks getting down in the sunshine. RSVP at sfnyconnect(at)gmail(dot)com.

Sunday May 16th -- NYC

Screenwriting Workshop with Alex Tse

This one-day workshop "From Student to Screenwriter" with The Watchmen writer Alex Tse will provide tips on how to get your script into the right hands and on screen. More info and registration here.

1 to 4 pm

Asian American Writers' Workshop

110-112 W 27th St, 6th floor, New York

$40 general/$36 members

Monday May 18th -- Seattle

Michelle Cruz Skinner Reading

Filipina American writer Michelle Cruz Skinner (Balikbayan and Mango Seasons)will read at the historic KOBO at Higo Gallery in the International Disrtict. Book signing and reception to follow. More info here.

7 pm

KOBO at Higo

602-608 South Jackson St, Seattle


Kollaboration Seattle Auditions

Are you Asian American and full of talent but lacking an outlet? Have you ever considered pursuing your artistic or performance dreams but weren't sure how to begin? Do you feel as though you could MAKE IT BIG if only you knew the right people, the right place and the right time?  Kollaboration is the right place to showcase your talents to the right people! Our previous performers in different cities have gone on to be featured in major blockbuster films, music videos, prime-time television shows, commercials, talk shows and reality TV contests. Reserve your audition spot at

Date: Saturday, May, 15, 2010

9 am to 2 pm

Ethnic Cultural Theater, 3940 Brooklyn Ave. N.E., Seattle