The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Super Taiko, Passages

March 2, 2011


Wednesday March 2nd -- Los Angeles

Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Awards

The Asian Pacific Community Fund and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) will recognize young leaders and organizations making a difference in the AAPI community. This year's honorees include Lisa Chong, Tuesday Night Project, China Care Bruins, Jonathan Lee, Robert Lee, and Jonathan Chi-Lin Lee. With MC actor Leonardo Nam. More info and RSVP here.

6 to 8 pm

Elevate Lounge

Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant

811 Wilshire Blvd, 21st floor, Los Angeles

$30 at the door

Thursday March 3rd -- NYC

Aliens: A Granta Reading and Issue Launch

If America is a nation of immigrants, it's also a nation of aliens. What has it meant historically to be a traveler or a migrant, or to exist as an outsider within a cultural landscape? What does it mean now? Asian American Writers' Workshop celebrates the launch of Granta Issue #114: Aliens -- with editor John Freeman and writers Catherine Chung and Julie Otsuka. More info here.

7 pm


110-112 W 27th St, 6th floor, New York

$ 5 suggested donation

Saturday March 5th -- Philadelphia

"Make It Count" B-Boy Jam

Come to watch and cheer, or sign up for a spot to compete at this fast-paced, fun-filled, friendly tournament of diverse dance styles and skills. Brought to you by B-girl Candy NYC, with DJ Illiterate Session 31, SILC, Joseph Son, and MIC.

6 pm

Asian Arts Initiative

1219 Vine St, Philadelphia

$10 general / $5 students and kids under 7

Saturday March 5th -- Los Angeles

Super Taiko Concert

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) presents two of Japan's most critically acclaimed taiko soloists and former members of Kodo: Hiroyuki Hayashida and Shuichi Hidano, joined by Jun Takada to make up a super taiko trio. The Taiko Center of LA Ensemble, under the direction of Rev. Tom Kurai, will open for this high-octane performance. More info here.

2 pm


244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles


Sunday March 6th -- Seattle

Poetry & Open Mic Night with Chiwan Choi

Hear Chiwan Choi read from his new collection of poetry, The Flood. Other featured readers include local writers Robin Suhyung Park, Nitika Raj, Soya Jung, and members of Pinay Sa Seattle. Stay for karaoke at 9:30 pm!

6 to 8 pm (sign up for 5-minute open mic slots at 5:45 pm)

Bush Garden

614 Maynard Ave S, Seattle

Sunday March 6th -- NYC

Lenora Lee's "Passages: For Lee Ping To"

This performance commemorating the Centennial of the Angel Isalnd Immigration Station will feature excerpts by choreographer/dancer Lenora Lee, in collaboration with media designer Olivia Ting, composer Francis Wong, poet Genny Lim, and dancer Kevin Ho. Video clips from past performances here.

3 pm

The Flea Theater

41 White St, New York


Tuesday March 8th -- NYC

Mardi Grad Madness: Charity Ball to End Violence Against Women

Check out this fundraiser ball that will donate proceeds to organizations that work to end violence against women, including Nomi Network -- a nonprofit that leverages the marketplace to stop child and sex trafficking in Asia. Includes cocktails and snacks.

7 to 10 pm

La Pomme

37 W 26th St, New York

$100; tickets here


It's time to roll out your best short fiction for the Fourth Annual Hyphen Magazine / Asian American Writers' Workshop Short Story Contest . If you're itching to have your writing discovered, submit your work to this national, pan-Asian American writing competition here. Yiyun Li and Porochista Khakpour will judge the entries. The contest will name one grand prize winner who will win a cash prize of $1,000 and have their story published in an upcoming issue of Hyphen. One second prize winner will receive a cash prize of $350, and eighth finalists will be named.