The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Japan Relief, Last of the Nisei Cougars

March 23, 2011

Wednesday March 23rd -- NYC

Japan Relief Fundraiser 

 This fundraiser for Japan will spotlight vegetarian/vegan artists Alex Carabano, Mercy Bell, John-Flor Sisante and more. With vegan food provided by Verite Catering and V-Spot Restaurant. Proceeds will go to MercyCorps, which is working to help survivors of Japan's earthquake and tsunami. More info here.

8 to 11 pm

Angels and Kings

500 E 11th St, New York

$5-10 suggested donation


Wednesday March 23rd -- Los Angeles

CAPE Japan Relief Fundraiser

The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainmanent (CAPE) is hosting a special fundraiser for Japan relief. The event will feature performances and appearances by actors, musicians, and comedians such as George Takei, Dawen, and Harry Shum Jr. Hosted by Leonardo Nam. Includes food and drink. 100% of proceeds will go to the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Red Cross, specifically for the Japan Tsunami relief efforts. More info here.

6:30 to 11 pm

The Factory

652 N La Peer, Los Angeles

$25 Admission

Friday March 25th -- NYC

Nowruz Reading

Sara Goudrazi

From Central Asia to Iran to Brooklyn, Asian American Writers' Workshop with the Association of Iranian American Writers and the Association of Afghan American Writers present a mutli-genre literary reading to celebrate Nowruz, our common New Year, with ground-breaking writers from the Afghan and Iranian American diasporas. Featuring Sara Goudarzi, Narges Bajoghli, Najila Naderi, and hosted by Manijeh Nasrabadi and Zohra Saed.   

7 pm

Zora Space

315 4th Avenue, Brooklyn

$5 suggested donation

Saturday March 26th -- Philadelphia

Percussing Difference Workshop

Classically-trained composer Qian Li  and collaborator Joe Small  invite you to a work-in-progress performance fusing Balinese gamelan, Japanese taiko, and Western contemporary styling. Paired with a discussion and a hands-on demo. Wear comfortable clothes for moving around. More info here.

2 to 4 pm

Asian Arts Initiative

1219 Vine St, Philadelphia

FREE with advance reservations (donations appreciated), RSVP here

 Saturday March 26th -- San Francisco

 Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven

Asian American Theater Company (AATC) presents the West Coast premiere of the new play Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven by Young Jean Lee. The satirical play follows four Korean women on a Tarantino-esque journey and collage of dance, monologues, scenes, and violence to explode Asian stereotypes. The show opens March 26th and runs through April 16, 2011. 

8 pm (Weds - Sat)

The Thick House

1695 18th St, San Francisco

$15-25; tickets here 

Sunday March 27th -- Los Angeles

Last of the Nisei Cougars Reading

The Japanese American National Museum presents a reading of the new play The Last of the Nisei Cougars by Philip W. Chung. With Emily C. Chang (Colin Hearts Kay) and Lynn Chen (Saving Face). 50-year-old Nisei widow Sashi Hirano hasn’t been with a man since her husband passed away 30 years ago. Until 19-year-old Korean adoptee Dennis Johnson unexpectedly enters her world. A new comedy about finding love at any age.

2 pm

Japanese American National Museum

Tateuchi Democracy Forum

369 E. First St, Los Angeles


Sunday March 27th -- Oakland

Warriors Asian Heritage Night

Join the Bay Area Asian community as the Warriors celebrate Asian Community Night when they take on John Wall, Yi Jianlian and the Washington Wizards. Each ticket includes a commemorative Asian Community Night gift, and all kids are invited to shoot a free throw after the game on the Warriors Court. A portion of each ticket will be donated to the AsianWeek Foundation for their work in raising awareness on Hepatitis B, which affects 1 in 10 Asian and Pacific Islanders. The first 750 people to purchase tickets will receive an autographed Jeremy Lin photo. More info here. Co-sponsored by Hyphen.

6 pm

Oracle Arena, Oakland

$22-70; tickets here


Call for Entries for the San Diego Asian Film Festival

The 12th Annual SDAFF will offer nine days of films, discussions, panels, and events. SDAFF is seeking competitive entries in the following categories: narrative feature, narrative short, documentary feature, documentary short, and animation. Winners and the Grand Jury award will be announced at the Festival's Gala Awards Night on October 22, 2011. Films submitted must be directed or principally acted by an artist of A/PI descent, or whose subject matter is related to A/PI culture. More info, rules, and application here. Early deadline: April 1, 2011 ($30 submission fee). Regular deadline: May 2, 2011 ($40 submission fee).