The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Laugh for Lives, Women in Jazz

February 23, 2011

Wednesday February 23rd -- NYC

The Beautiful Generation Book Talk 

Since the 1990s, young Asian Americans such as Derek Lam, Alexander Wang, and Thakoon Panichgul have emerged as leading fashion designers. In The Beautiful Generation, author Thuy Linh Nguyen explores the role of APA designers in New York's fasion industry, in particular how they relate to garment workers who produce their goods and to Asianness as a fashionable commodity. More info here.

6 to 8 pm

528 La Guardia Place, New York


Thursday February 24th -- San Francisco

MATCHA: Sacred Offerings

MATCHA, the Asian Art Museum's monthly art mixer, presents "Sacred Offerings", with a preview of the new Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance exhibit, a performance of Balinese music and dance, and a cocktail bar. More info here.

5 to 9 pm

Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin St, San Francisco


Poker Bride Book Event

Author Chris Corbett will discuss his new historical fiction Poker Bride: The First Chinese In the Wild West. The book reconstructs the oft-overlooked period of American history when the first Chinese entered what would be considered American soil. Corbett will address how he wrote Poker Bride, and the processes through which Asian America has and is constructed historically from a national spectrum. More info on the book here.

6 pm

Chinatown YMCA

855 Sacramento St, San Francisco

$12 general / $7 Asia Society members; register here

Thursday February 24th -- NYC

Home Cooked Meals: Cheryl Tan & Ava Chin

Join the Asian American Writers' Workshop for a delectable evening with NYC food and fashion writer Cheryl Tan and NY Times Urban Foraging Columnist Ava Chin, as they explore the relationship between food, family, and memory. Cheryl Tan will read from and discuss her new memoir, A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family. Participants can taste some of the Singaporean treats in the memoir with food provided by Cafe Asean.

7 pm


110-112 W 27th St, 6th floor

$5 suggested donation

Jen Kwok Performance

Comedian, performance artist, and ukulele player Jen Kwok will be giving a live show as part of the "Spanking of the Lower East Side" Burlesque event.

10 pm

Nurse Bettie

106 Norfolk St, New York


Friday February 25th & Saturday February 26th -- NYC

14: Instant Vaudeville

Second Generation (2g) presents 14: Instant Vaudeville. With the theme "I Never...", over thirty Asian American artists took a week to create performances in vaudeville form. Featuring new works by Samantha Chanse, Nora Chau, Qui Nguyen and more. More info here

2/25: 8:30 pm

2/26: 4 pm and 8:30 pm

HERE Arts Center

145 6th Ave, New York

FREE; reserve tickets here

Friday February 25th -- San Francisco

Fourth Annual Laugh for Lives

The Asian American Donor Program (AADP) presents Laugh for Lives, a comedy benefit to increase awareness about marrow/stem cell donation in the Asian American community. Featuring comedians Steve Byrne, Paul Kim, Joey Guila, and hosted by Kabir "Kabeezy" Singh. More info here.

8 to 10:30 pm

Palace of Fine Arts

3301 Lyon St, San Francisco

$25 (ticket includes a drink, photobooth session, and after-party entry); tickets here

Saturday February 26th -- Seattle


Pork Filled Players (PFP), Seattle's longest-running sketch comedy group, returns with a new edition of Spam-O-Rama. PFP cooks up the bubbling blend of sketch comedy and music they've brewed in venues across Seattle, tackling the "Superior Asian Mom" and "How To Succeed in Business With A Facial Ornament".

8 pm

Jewel Box Theater

2322 2nd Ave, Seattle

$10; tickets here

Saturday February 26th -- San Francisco

Bridging Our Literary commUNITY: A Literary Symposium

Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor at SFSU & Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA) present Bridging Our Literary commUNITY: A Literary Symposium. With introductory writing workshops on poetry, short story writing, blogging and more featuring Randall Mann, Barbara Jane Reyes, Tony Robles, Anthem Salgado, and others. More info and registration here.

9 am to 3:30 pm

Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center

San Francisco State University

$35-$40 general / $25-$30 students

Saturday February 26th -- Philadelphia

Stop the Pain Anti-Trafficking Event

Asian Arts Initiative presents "Stop the Pain", a launch event for a campaign to end child sex slavery and human trafficking. With performances, presentations, and a screening of the film Holly. Refreshments served. 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Somaly Mam Foundation.

5 to 8 pm

Asian Arts Initiative

1219 Vine St, Philadelphia

$10 / $5 students

Sunday February 27th -- San Francisco

First Annual Women in Jazz Concert with Brenda Wong Aoki

The 1st Annual Women in Jazz concert will benefit the Jazz Heritage Center, the only permanent cultural and educational complex dedicated to the history of Jazz in San Francisco and the Fillmore District. With performances by Brenda Wong Aoki, Ruth Davies, Roberta Donnay, Destiny Muhammad and more.

7 pm

Yoshi's San Francisco

1330 Fillmore, San Francisco

$20; tickets here

Monday February 28th -- NYC

How to Be a Famous Writer: With Jeff Yang and Ayesha Pande

From Salman Rushdie to Jhumpa Lahiri, Asian Americans have been making bigger and bigger waves in our cultural spaces. But you don’t just get discovered: there are steps to becoming an award-winning writer. Literary agent Ayesha Pande gives insider tips on getting a book published, while author, columnist, and founder of aMagazine Jeff Yang discusses how to turn your interests into written work. More info here.

4 pm

Teacher and Writers' Collaborative

520 8th Ave, #2020, New York

FREE (aimed for high school-aged youth, all are welcome)