The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Wounds Unkissed, Carmina Burana

July 21, 2010

Friday July 23rd -- NYC

Mouth to Mouth Open Mic

Asian American Writers' Workshop presents its sixth Mouth to Mouth open mic of the year. This month's open mic is hosted by comedian Ali Wong and writer Sung J. Woo (Everything Asian).

9 pm (sign-up at 8:30 pm)

Asian American Writers' Workshop

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

$5 suggested donation

Friday July 23rd and Saturday July 24th -- NYC

Wounds Unkissed

Performance artist YaliniDream will be joined by musicians Varuni Tiruchlevam on cello and Seema Pandya on percussion for her show Wounds Unkissed, which blends poetry, song, theater, and dance that draws on classical South Asian and urban forms. Part of the Fresh Fruit LGBT Festival.

7/23: 8 pm

7/24: 4 pm

Cherry Lane Theatre

38 Commerce St, New York

$18; tickets here

Friday July 23rd to Sunday July 25th -- San Francisco

Labayen Dance: Carmina Burana

Labayen Dance celebrates its 15th anniversary with the world premiere of Carmina Burana, inspired by the Philippine matriarchal ritual of Tadtarin. The piece explores female identities, ritual, tradition, role reversals, and relationships through a contemporary lens. More info here.

7/23 & 7/24: 8 pm

7/25: 7 pm

Dance Mission Theater

3316 24th St, San Francisco

$25 advance / $30 door; tickets here

Saturday July 24th -- Portland

Twilight Heritage Celebration

No, not that Twilight. Bring a picnic and blanket to enjoy a 30-acre arboretum in the heart of SE Portland and learn about the city's urban forestry program and its Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery. Includes a screening of Ivy Lin's documentary Come Together Home, about early Chinese settlers and rail workers who were buried and later disinterred at Lone Fir Cemetery. Includes live music, tours and entertainment.

6 to 10:30 pm (screening at 9 pm)

Lone Fir Cemetery

SE 26th Ave & SE Stark St

Tuesday July 27th -- NYC

Open City: Fay Chiang and Peter Kwong on Gentrification and Chinatown/Loisada

                        Fay Chiang

Galleries, luxury condos, displacement, rezoning, affordable housing -- these are a few keywords in the conversation about gentrification, development, and urban change.  Two activists, scholar Peter Kwong of Hunter College/CUNY and artist Fay Chiang, will explore the role of writing in the face of urban change by weaving in personal accounts of their lives in Chinatown/Loisada. Their discussion will launch a community-based writers fellowship, "OPEN CITY: Blogging Urban Change," where fellows collect oral history from residents of Chinatown/LES, Sunset Park, and Flushing. More info here.

7 to 9 pm

The Asian American Writers' Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor, New York


Now through August 8th -- Seattle

Kindred Spirits

The Repertory Actors Theatre (ReAct) presents the world premiere of Kindred Spirits, a bittersweet  comedy by Maggie Lee (head writer for Pork Filled Players). Henrietta is a sensible young woman who knows better than to believe in ghosts. But when she moves into Campbell Manor, she discovers the house is haunted in more ways than one.

Showtimes here

Richard Hugo House

1634 11th Ave, Seattle

$6 - $12; tickets here