The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Dirty Hands, Asian Rock Fest

May 26, 2010

Thursday May 27th -- Oakland

LGBT APIA Literary Night

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) presents an evening of readings and reflection on the APIA queer experience, Featuring Aimee Suzara, Joel Tan, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. The evening will start with contributions from students from the Oakland Word program.

7 pm


388 9th St, Suite 290, Oakland

Through Thursday May 27th -- San Francisco

Dirty Hands: The David Choe Feature Film

This film on notorious and complex street artist David Choe is screening at the Roxie Cinema through Thursday. Director Harry Kim first began filming Choe's exploits eight years ago, turning footage of freeway and bus-stop graffiti bombings into the short film Whales and Orgies. Dirty Hands captures Choe's life since then, as one of contemporary art's most darkly enigmatic figures. More info and screening times here.

Saturday May 29th -- Los Angeles

API and Native American Heritage Festival

Join the Japanese American National Museum in celebration of Asian, Pacific Island, and Native American cultures through performance, documentary, and more. With Kawalea Polynesian Dance Group, Ruthie's Origami Corner, and free samples from Aloha Cafe. More info here.

FREE with "pay what you can" museum admission

Saturday May 29th -- San Francisco

Asian Rock Fest 2010

Asian Rock Fest is an annual music festival bringing together established and emerging Asian American musical artists from around the country. This year's festival will celebrate APIA Heritage Month by showcasing four Asian American-fronted rock bands: Johnny Hi-Fi, Lion Riding Horses, United High, and Jack Tung. More info on lineup here.

8 pm

RockIt Room

406 Clement St, San Francisco

$8; 21+

Saturday May 29th -- Oakland

VidyA and Rina Mehta Jazz Performances

Experimental group VidyA blends South Indian Carnatic classical music with jazz improv. Rina Mehta will present excerpts from a full-length traditional solo including a vandana (invocation), a gat-bhao (full-lenth) story, and Kathak Yoga. More info here.

8 to 10 pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

388 9th St, Suite 290, Oakland

$9-$20; tickets here

Sunday May 30th -- Seattle

Asian American Hip-Hop Concert featuring Kero One

This Kero One show will feature South Korean emcee/producer Dok2, Los Angeles-based battle emcee Dumbfounded, Bay Area emcee MYK, and special guests Art of Movement, with Seattle native Jay Park (formerly of South Korean group 2PM).

7 pm

Showbox at the Market

1426 1st Ave, Seattle

$25 advance/$30 door; tickets here. All Ages

Monday May 31st -- NYC

Kevin So Performance

Singer-songrwriter Kevin So is giving a one-night only New York performance, sponsored by Bootsy Productions and Bootsy BBQ Sauce. Other artists include EFFI and hip-hop artist Jeu Green. More info here.

8 pm

Crash Mansion

199 Bowery, New York

$8 at the door


2010 Minidoka Pilgrimage

To commemorate the internment of 13,000 Japanese Americans from Washington, Oregon and Alaska in a desolate camp near twin Falls Idaho, former internees, their families, friends, and others interested are invited to make a pilgrimage to the former Minidoka internment camp from June 24-27, 2010. In addition to the pilgrimage, a two-day symposium on civil liberties in wartime will take place at the College of Southern Idaho. More info and registration here.

APA Heritage Month Haiku Contest

In honor of APA Heritage Month, Asia Society is looking for online haiku submissions on the best things about being Asian American. The winner, announced on May 31st, will receive prizes from the AsiaStore. More info here.