The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Laos in the House, Slant Film Fest

May 17, 2010


Wednesday May 19th -- Oakland

A Village Called Versailles Screening

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) presents a free film screening of S. Leo Chiang's award-winning documentary A Village Called Versailles. The film follows the Vietnamese American residents of Versailles post-Katrina, as they meet the challenges of returning and rebuilding, as well as a government-imposed toxic landfill. A Q&A and light refreshments to follow.

6:30 pm


388 E 9th St, Suite 290, Oakland


Wednesday May 19th -- Costa Mesa

Carnegie Hall Bicoastal Japanese Festival Announcement Luncheon

To accounce the events line-up for this year's season-long Bicoastal Japanese Festival -- celebrating Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture in Orange County -- program organizers have put together a luncheon featuring Shishi Mai dance and a sake ceremony.

12:00 pm

Noguchi Gardens, Pacific Park Plaza

3200 Park Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

Attire is business casual. For more info, check out the JapanOC website.

Friday May 21st -- New York City

Mouth to Mouth Open Mic featuring Esther Chae and Brian Jian

Stop by the Asian American Writers' Workshop fourth Open Mic, hosted by Jen Kwok and Ed Lin. Featured performers include actress/writer Esther Chae and stand-up comedian Brian Jian. Brave souls can sign up for 5 minute performance slots starting at 8:30 pm.

8:30 pm to 11:00 pm

The Asian American Writers' Workshop

110-112 W. 27th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY

$5 suggested donation; open to the public


Friday May 21st -- Philadelphia

Laos in the House Open Mic

Asian Arts Initiative's monthly Family Style open mic series welcomes award-winning writer Bryan Thao Worra. Hosted by Yellow Rage (Catzie Vilayphonh and Michelle Myers).

7:30 pm

1219 Vine St, Philadelphia

$5 to $10 sliding scale; tickets here

Open mic signup here


Friday May 21st to Sunday May 23rd -- Houston

10th Annual Slant Film Festival

Established in 2001 by Hyphen founding editor Melissa Hung, "Slant: Bold Asian American Images" is an annual short film festival showcasing an eclectic mix of the best short films made by aspiring, emerging, and mid-career Asian American artists. One of the longest running festivals in Texas devoted to Asian American film and video art, Slant has screened more than a hundred films. More info and showtimes here.


Saturday May 22nd -- San Francisco

TRAFFIC: A Benefit for Somaly Mam

Join Philanthro Productions to help stop the global crisis of human trafficking, with over one million women and children sold into sexual slavery every year. TRAFFIC is a benefit for the Somaly Mam Foundation, which supports rescue, shelter, and rehabilitation programs across Southeast Asia.

10 pm to 2 am

Elbo Room

647 Valencia St, San Francisco

$18 - $20; tickets and info here



T-Pain takes the stage with one of the hottest girl groups in Korea, the Brown Eyed Girls. Hawaii Native Bruno Mars will also be performing. More info here.

6 pm

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

99 Grove St, San Francisco

$35-$60; tickets here


Saturday May 22nd -- Oakland

Filipino Regional Vegetarian Workshop

This workshop celebrates family-style Filipino dishes that draw from garden fresh vegetables (gulay) as they have been reinterpreted through the diaspora. Students will learn to make vegetarian versions of traditional favorites like kare-kare (peanut stew with banana hearts), laing (greens simmered with coconut milk, garlic, and chilis), and lumpiang sariwa (vegetable-stuffed summer rolls). Presented by Aileen Suzara, author of The Colors of Nature, Growing Up Filipino and More.

10 am to 1:30 pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

388 (th St, Suite 290, Oakland

$5-$30 donation to cover materials; RSVP by calling (510) 637-0462

Saturday May 22 -- New York City

PaperDoll at The Gramercy Theater

Promoting their recent debut album "Ballad Nerd Pop," PaperDoll -- fronted by Teresa Lee Chaisiri -- will be performing at The Gramercy Theater and hopefully living up to the critical praise they've been receiving this year. Rolling Stone says their album "embodies the defiance and joie de vivre that define rock music." Not too shabby.

8:00 pm

127 East 23rd Street, New York, NY

Tickets are $20 and available at



Asian Women in Business Scholarships

Asian Women In Business will award $2,500 scholarships to female Asian undergraduate students who demonstrate a commitment to scholarship, leadership, community service, and/or entrepreneurship. More info and application here. Deadline: August 1, 2010.