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.
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.
425 Lafayette St, New York
$20 advanced, $25 door; tickets here
Sunday August 15th -- NYC
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.
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