The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Hip Hop & Hot, UNIFICATION

August 11, 2010

Tuesday August 10th to Monday August 16th -- CA & NYC

International Secret Agents Tour

The International Secrets Agents Tour will be swinging through locations in California and wrapping up in NYC. Performers include David Choi, Kevin Wu, and appearances by Far East Movement and Wong Fu Productions. More info here.

8/10: Cerritos, CA

6 to 8 pm

It's a Grind Coffee

13295 South St

8/12: Arcadia, CA1 to 3 pm

Au 79 Tea House

815 W Naomi Way Ave Suite C

8/13: Irvine, CA

1 to 3 pm

Lollicup Diamond Jamboree

2700 Alton Pkwy #119

8/13& 8/16: New York

2 to 6 pm

YAYA Tea Garden

51 Chrystie St

$30; tickets here

Thursday August 12th to Sunday August 15th -- San Francisco

National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Convention

The 24th Annual NAAAP Convention and Career Fair, titled "Gateway to Leadership" is an opportunity for participants in all sectors to enhance leadership skills, participate in a wide variety of workshops, and network with a diverse group of professionals at the Palace Hotel. More info and registration here.

Friday August 13th to Sunday August 15th -- Minneapolis

First Annual Lao American Writers' Summit

The First National Lao American Writers' Summit aims to mentor and support the first and emerging generation of Lao American writers. Nationally renowned Laotian American writers will conduct workshops with participants, as well as readings, writing circles, community panels, informal social gatherings and a resource fair. More info here.

The Loft Literary Center

1011 Washington Ave S, Suite 200. Minneapolis

$20; tickets here

Saturday August 14th -- Los Angeles

Plate by Plate

Check out Project by Project's Eighth Annual Tasting Benefit -- featuring food and desserts prepared by talented chefs from the best restaurants in Los Angeles, as well as samplings from premier wineries and beverage companies. Proceeds will benefit the Health Justice Network, a community-based organization that serves as a collaborative voice for the API community to advance a pro-active agenda around health disparities and the right to quality health services, while growing community leadership and developing advocacy potential in individuals and organizations.

7 to 10:30 pm

California Science Center

700 State Drive, Los Angeles

$125; tickets here

Saturday August 14th to Tuesday August 24th -- NYC

Made in Taiwan

Michelle Krusiec (Saving Face) wrote and stars in Made in Taiwan, a one-woman show about suburbian family dysfunction. Part of the New York International Fringe Festival. More info and showtimes here

New School for Drama Theater

151 Bank St, New York

$15-$18; tickets here

Friday August 14th to Saturday August 15th -- San Francisco

Pistahan Festival and Parade

The 17th Annual Pistahan Festival and Parade is the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in San Francisco, and features the return of the popular Adobo Cook-off and balut eating contests, as well as Filipino cuisine and desserts, cultural performances, and the Filipino American Jazz Festival. More info here.

11 am to 5 pm

Yerba Buena Gardens

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


Friday August 14th and Saturday August 15th

Nihonmachi Street Fair

The 37th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair features two stages of entertainment, a photo exhibit, food fest, art, and a Children's World section.

11 am to 6 pm

Japantown (Post b/w Laguna & Fillmore Sts), San Francisco


Saturday August 14th -- Los Angeles

Hip Hop and Hot

East West Players kicks off its 45th season with "One Night Only: Hip Hop and Hot". This benefit performance directed by Marilyn Tokuda presents some of Southern Calfornia's best dance crews and performers, including Velvet Nation and Sue Jin. Includes a raffle and dessert reception. More info here.

6 pm

David Henry Hwang Theater

120 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles

$60+; tickets here

Saturday August 14th -- NYC

Children of Invention DVD Launch & Signing

Giant Robot NY hosts a DVD launch for Children of Invention, Tze Chun's critically-acclaimed debut film about two children who fend for themselves when their mother disappears after being entrapped in a pyramid scheme. The reception will include director Tze Chun, producer Mynette Louie, and actors Cindy Cheung and Crystal Chiu.

6 to 8 pm

Giant Robot NY

437 E 9th St, New York


Brownstar Revolution presents UNIFICATION 2010, celebrating 63 years of Pakistan's and India's independence. With performances by DJ Rekha, The Kominas, Hari Kondabolu, and Fair and Kind. UNIFICATION 2010 will "explore the politics of our motherlands, reveal the experiences of being brown outside of it, and question the tensions between us, while fostering a movement towards a more peaceful, unified South Asia. Proceeds will benefit the non-profit South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). More info here.

11 pm

Joe's Pub

425 Lafayette St, New York

$20 advanced, $25 door; tickets here

Sunday August 15th -- NYC

Sulu Series

This edition of the monthly Sulu Series showcase of APIA musicians, poets, and other performance artists features singer-songwriter Jay Legaspi, spoken word artist Marco Mercado, INTALEK, Crystal Leigh, and Kilusan Bautista. With guest host Koba. Jams by DJ Boo.

8 pm

Bowery Poetry Club

308 Bowery, New York City

$8 general / $5 students


Battle of the Pitches 2

This live screenwriting pitch competition returns as part of the ID Film Fest 2010 at the Japanese American Nation Museum on October 10th. Sponsored by FOX Diversity and presented by Mavericks of API Descent (MAPID), the winner will pitch a movie idea to executives at FOX 2000 and FOX Searchlight. Any writer can enter Battle of the Pitches 2 that has a focus on promoting and discovering API writers and scripts with prominent, non-stereotypical, and strong API characters and themes. Complete rules and info here.

Korean American Film Festival New York (KAFFNY) Call for Entries

The 5th Annual KAFFNY, scheduled for February 2011, is now accepting entries for features and shorts in all genres. No entry fee. More info and guidelines hereDeadline: November 30th, 2010.