Thursday October 28th -- San Francisco
MATCHA: Ghosts & Golden Clouds
The Asian Art Museum's last MATCHA of the year has a special theme focusing on Asian ghost stories. Master storyteller Brenda Wong Aoki, award-winning contemporary jazz composer Mark Izu, and an ensemble of saxophone, koto, shakuhachi, and taiko drums will perform Japanese ghost tales. Event includes an art activity to make your own Noh Mask, cash bar, docent tours, and the exhibition Beyond Golden Clouds. More info here. Co-sponsored by Hyphen.
5 to 9 pm
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St, San Francisco
Thursday October 28th -- Berkeley
"Poetry Flash" with Barabara Jane Reyes & Javier O. Huerta
Hyphen's own Barbara Jane Reyes will read from her new book of poems Diwata, "which works back and forth between the Book of Genesis and the Tagalog creation myth of the muse". Javier Huerta’s debut book, Some Clarifications y otros poemas, received the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize from UC Irvine.
2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley
Friday October 29th -- Philadelphia
Of Filmi Love and Other Demons
This exhibition comprised of painting, mixed-media, photography, and video reflects on the omnipresent influence of Bollywood cinema within contemporary pop culture in South Asia, the Diaspora, and beyond. Curated by Shelly Bahl. Exhibit runs October 1 - November 24. More info here.
10/29 Opening Reception: 6 pm
1219 Vine St, Philadelphia
Friday October 29th -- NYC
An American Knockoff Exhibition
Artist Roger Shimomura's paintings, prints, and theatre pieces address sociopolitical issues of Asian America in various US regions. Join the A/P/A Institute for an artist talk, slide show, and exhibition viewing of An American Knockoff. Exhibiton runs through December 11, 2010.
5:30 to 7:30 pm
547 W 27th St, Suite 200, New York
Examining the Politics of Democracy in Southeast Asia
The NYU Wagner Asian Pacific American Student Alliance (APASA) presents a panel discussion on the meanings and models of democracy in Southast Asia. More info here.
4:30 to 6 pm
Corner of Lafayette & Houston, 2nd floor, New York
FREE; RSVP here
Friday October 29th -- Oakland
Warriors Asian Heritage Night
Join the Golden State Warriors for Asian Heritage Night -- an evening with cultural performances, a commemorative T-shirt with the new Warriors logo, and an exclusive post-game Q&A with Warriors guard Jeremy Lin. A portion of each ticket will benefit local Asian American community organizations, including San Francisco Hep B Free and the AsianWeek Foundation. More info here.
Oracle Arena, Oakland
$25+; tickets here. Discounts for groups of 15 or more, email tacorti(at)gs-warriors(dot)com.
Friday October 29th and Saturday October 30th -- Minneapolis
Midwest Asian American Student Union Leadership Retreat
This regional event was established to empower API Midwest students to learn and enhance leadership skills. This year’s theme, “Our Stories, One Voice: Listen today, Speak for tomorrow.” acknowledges the diversity within our API community while recognizing the need for solidarity, and is open to all API students and young professionals. The event features educational & skill building workshops, an interactive leadership course, keynote address by Senator Mee Moua, and entertainment by Bao Phi, Motion Crew and Theater Mu.
2211 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis
$50-$80; more info and registration here
Saturday October 30th -- San Francisco
Free Outdor Cinema: Death Note
The Japan Center Mall and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) have partnered to bring a special series of free events in Japantown Peace Plaza, to including four film screenings and two karaoke contests from October 2010 – January 2011. This Saturday's screening features Death Note: "A battle between the world’s 2 greatest minds begins when Light Yagami finds the Death Note, a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to rid the world of criminals." Best Halloween costume wins a prize before the film starts. More info here.
Peace Plaza in Japantown
Post St at Buchanan St, San Francisco
Monday November 1st -- NYC
Angel Island: After 100 Years
Image courtesy of Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation
Join this book party with Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America co-authors Erika Lee and Jud Yung. Yung and Lee will also be joined by Alfonso Gonzales and Jack Tchen for a panel on anti-immigration policy and reform, past and present. More info here.
6 to 8 pm
41-51 E 11th St, 7th floor, New York
Tuesday November 2nd -- NYC
Terror-Stricken: A Benefit Against Islamophobia
The Asian American Writers' Workshop (AAWW) teams up with writers Amitava Kumar, Hari Kunzru, Faiza Patel, and others to for a discussion around anti-Islamic nativist hysteria, almost a decade after 9/11. Proceeds will benefit the AAWW. More info, location, and registration here.
6 to 7 pm: Dinner with authors; $250
7 to 9 pm: Cocktails & literary discussion; $50
Until November 2nd -- Everywhere
9500 Liberty Film Free on the Web
MTV Network's multicultural channel is hosting 9500 Liberty free on the web from now until Noovember 2nd (Election Day) in response to a partisan voter suppression campaign aimed at America's Latino community. Tell your friends through the facebook page here. View film here.
Get Involved With PACT (Pan Asian Community Together)
PACT will be shooting three targeted PSAs on preventing gay suicide, stopping anti-Asian violence, and getting out the API vote. All interested APIs needed, especially filmmakers, photographers, celebrities, and organizations. Shooting will take place Saturday October 30th or Sunday October 31st from 10 am to 5 pm in the Los Angeles area. For more info and to RSVP (required) contact ken(at)mapid(dot)us.