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
FREE, RSVP here
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.
855 Sacramento St, San Francisco
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.
110-112 W 27th St, 6th floor
$5 suggested donation
Jen Kwok Performance
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".
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.
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.
Teacher and Writers' Collaborative
520 8th Ave, #2020, New York
FREE (aimed for high school-aged youth, all are welcome)