Friday July 23rd -- NYC
Mouth to Mouth Open Mic
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
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
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
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.
1634 11th Ave, Seattle
$6 - $12; tickets here