The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Filmi Love, An American Knockoff

October 27, 2010

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.

7:30 pm

Moe's Books

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

Asian Arts Initiative

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

Flomenhaft Gallery

547 W 27th St, Suite 200, New York

RSVP here

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

Puck Building

Corner of Lafayette & Houston, 2nd floor, New York


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.

7:30 pm

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.

Augsburg College

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.

7 pm

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

A/P/A Institute

41-51 E 11th St, 7th floor, New York

RSVP here

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.