The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Family Style, Wrinkles

February 16, 2011

Wednesday February 16th through Saturday March 5th -- NYC


This new play written by Kyoung H. Park and directed by Carlos Armesto tells the story of Ju Yeon, an immigrant living in New York, who has distanced herself from her Korean roots. When a sudden crisis hits her family, she must return to Korea and face her parents and the life she abandoned long ago. More info here.

7:30 pm Thurs-Sat

3 pm Saturday

4 pm Sunday

Peter Jay Sharp Theater

416 W 42nd St, 4th Fl, New York

$18; tickets here

Wednesday February 16th -- NYC

Midnight on the Mavi Marmara Roundtable

This roundtable will discuss this volume edited by author Mousatafa Bayoumi about the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla as it attempted to bring humanitarian relief to Palestinians of Gaza on May 31, 2010. With panelists Moustafa Bayoumi, Noam Chomsky, Max Blumenthal, and Susan Buck-Morss. Moderated by Suheir Hammad.

7 to 9 pm

Rosenthal Pavilion

NYU Kimmel Center

60 Washington Sq South, 10th Fl, New York

More info and RSVP here

Thursday February 17th -- San Jose

San Francisco International Asian American Film Fest Launch Party

Join the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) for the official San Jose launch of SFIAAFF, the nation’s largest Asian American film festival. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Festival sharing the best and brightest of Asian American cinema with San Jose audiences. Kick-off the 29th SFIAAFF in style with film, music, drink specials and prizes! Pick up your festival mini-guide and plan your festival experience. More info here.

6 pm

Motif Restaurant & Club

389 South First Street, San Jose

FREE entry 

Thursday February 17th -- NYC

How to Talk to Moms & Pops

Say you spend the night at a friend's house? Hide your report card? Sometimes, parents just don’t get it—especially if they came from another country. Writers Ed Lin and S. Mitra Kalita share stories of their parents and the stories they felt they could never tell them. Spend some time away from home and write stories about your own moms and pops. Part of the Asian American Writers' Workshop  LY CEUM: ICE CREAM & IDEAS series for students.

6:30 to 7:30 pm

Asian American/Asian Research Institute

25 West 43rd Street, 18th Fl, Room A&B, New York

Friday February 18th -- Philadelphia

Family Style Open Mic

Asian Arts Initiative presents Family Style, a monthly open mic series and space for sharing stories, dance, and poetry. With hosts Yellow Rage (Michelle Myers & Catzie Vilayphonh) and featuring guest performers Saving Thomas. Sign-up here.

7:30 pm

Asian Arts Initiative

1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia

$5-10 sliding scale

Saturday February 19th -- DC Area

Sulu DC/Jubilee Project Benefit Concert

Sulu DC, in collaboration with The Jubilee Project, presents a benefit concert featuring Rooftop Pursuit (formerly Phil Good Band), AMP Movement, Amanda Lee, Jenny Lares, and Brian Wang. DJ'ed by The Pinstriped Rebel. Proceeds will benefit The Jubilee Project, which makes videos to fundraise for causes that affect the API community -- such as Hep B, domestic violence, and racial bullying. More info here.

7 to 9 pm


1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

$10 general / $8 with student ID; tickets here

Tuesday March 22nd -- Seattle

Day of Remembrance

Join this program observing the Day of Remembrance -- 69 years since President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans. Poets Larry Matsuda, Suma Yaho, Alan Ching Lau, and professor Teruko Kumei will present Issei and Nisei perspectives on incarceration.

7:30 to 9 pm

301 Miller Hall

University of Washington, Seattle

Tuesday February 22nd -- NYC

The Practice of Poetry: Beau Sia in Dialogue with Suheir Hammad

Join Asian/Pacific/American Institute's Artist-in-Residence Suheir Hammad's interview and dialogue with poet Beau Sia on the practice of myth-making and poems.

6 to 8 pm

NYU Tisch School of the Arts

721 Broadway, 1st floor, New York

RSVP and more info here.

Now through Wednesday March 2nd -- Los Angeles

Giant Robot Year of the Rabbit Exhibit

GR2 is hosting Year of the Rabbit, a group art show celebrating the 4709th resetting of the lunar calendar. Pieces will include illustrations, oils, pencils, prints, watercolors, sculpture, and other media–all dedicated to one of the most stubborn, but also most creative (and cute) animals in the Chinese zodiac. Preview images available on Flickr.


11:30 am to 8:30 pm Mon-Sat

Noon to 6 pm Sundays

2062 Sawelle Blvd, Los Angeles

Now through Sunday March 13th -- Los Angeles


East West Players presents the new play Wrinkles, by Paul Kikuchi and directed by Jeff Liu. Seventy-three year-old Nisei Grandpa Harry is a secret internet sensation.But to view his work, you need to tun off the parental filter and supply a credit card.  A comedy about sex, lies, and Tiger Balm. Featuring Sab Shimono, Amy Hill, Elizabeth Ho, and more. Wrinkles was developed in East West Players' David Henry Hwang Writers Institute. More info here.  

Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm

Sundays at 2 pm

East West Players

David Henry Hwang Theater

120 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles

$12-35; tickets here



Poet and educator Ruby Veridiano is working on a project with Urban Word NYC and Nickelodeon. They are recruiting APIA youth poets based in NYC from the ages of 10-17 to participate in Nickelodeon’s Asian Heritage Month PSA. This is a paid opportunity, and selected poets will be aired on National Television to speak about prominent Asian American historical figures of past and present. If interested, contact Ruby Veridiano, at rmveridiano [at] (rmveridiano(at)gmail(dot)com).