The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: MATCHA Bali, Krunk Fu Battle Battle

May 11, 2011

Wednesday May 11th -- Los Angeles

Giant Robot Rock Quietly Sessions: Goh Nakamura, Jane Lui & Big Phony

Come see three greats acts -- Goh Nakamura, Jane Lui, and Big Phony -- perform an acoustic set, presented by Giant Robot's Rock Quietly Sessions.

7 to 10 pm

Giant Robot

2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles


Thursday May 12th -- Oakland

APIA Heritage Literary Night at Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Join OACC for a literary evening featuring local and diverse APIA writers Vanessa Huang, Jason Bayani, Margaret Rhee, and Robert Ricardo Reese. Curated by Hyphen's own Barbara Jane Reyes. Co-presented by the Kearny Street Workshop and Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA). More info here.

7 to 9 pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

3088 9th Ave, Suite 290, Oakland


Thursday May 12th -- San Francisco

MATCHA: Makrokosma Bali

This monthly MATCHA mixer focuses on excerpts from Makrokosma Bali, a new work from composer Wayne Vitale in collaboration with Sekaa Gong Taruna Mekar -- a renowned gamelan ensemble from Bali -- and US-based visual and set designers. The work combines new music for gamelan orchestra with projected video and still imagery, digital-audio soundscapes, and an integrated lighting and set design. The full production will premiere the following evening at the museum. Check out the exhibit Bali, go on a docent tour, create art, mingle over drinks from the cash bar, and more. More info here. Co-sponsored by Hyphen.

5 to 9 pm

Asian Art Museum

200 Larkin St


Thursday May 12th -- NYC

Intimate Resistances: A Dialogue with Women Memoirists

               Pang-Mei Natasha Chang

How has the form of memoir been utilized by women writers as a form of resistance? From 1970s Iran to 1900s China, these are the stories of exceptional women. Jasmin Darznik weaves the experiences of three generations of Iranian women to reflect on their struggle against political and personal oppression in her debut memoir. Pang-Mei Natasha Chang traces the life of her great-aunt Chang Yu-I (the first Chinese woman to secure a Western style divorce) in early 20th century China. Supriya Bhatnagar welcomes readers into her single-mother headed childhood home in 1970s India through a series of vignettes.

7 pm

Asian American Writers' Workshop

110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor, New York

$5 suggested donation

Opens Thursday May 12th -- Los Angeles

Krunk Fu Battle Battle

East West Players presents the new hip-hop musical Krunk Fu Battle Battle. Under the guidance of Sir Master Cert, young Norman Lee battles the baddest b-boy crew at Sunset Park High for respect, honor, and the heart of sweet Cindy Chang. Written by Qui Nguyen, lyrics by Beau Sia, and directed by Tim Dang. More info and showtimes here. Runs through June 26, 2011.

East West Players

120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles

$15-$70; tickets here

Friday May 13th -- NYC

Mouth to Mouth Open Mic

                                  Soomi Kim

Join comedian Jen Kwok and author Ed Lin for Mouth to Mouth, a monthly open mic. This month, two artists will be featured whose works straddle multiple genres and forms. Actor and multidisciplinary artist Soomi Kim and singer-songwriter Jay Legaspi will dance, sing, perform, and recite. Attnedees are encouraged to sign up for a 5-minute open mic slot before the night kicks off.

9 pm

Asian American Writers' Workshop

110-112 West 27th St, 6th Floor, New York

$5 suggested donation

Future of Asian Art Symposium

                                                 Tomokazu Matsuyama

This symposium investigates the increasingly transnational nature of Asian art and the circulation of artists and art production in global markets. The focus on Asian diasporic visual culture will include panels with scholars from the International Network for Diasporic Asian Art Research and the Diasporic Asian Art Network.

Noon to 6 pm (registration at 11:30 am)

NYU A/P/A Institute

41-51 E 11th St, 7th Floor, New York


RSVP and more info here

Sunday May 15th -- Seattle

Hana: One Korea!

This Korean cultural night is an annual stage production hosted by the University of Washington's Korean Student Association and Korean Student Union, for students and the local community to celebrate the achievements of Koreans and Korean Americans through a promotion of cultural awareness and multiculturalism. With live music and dance performances, raffles,prizes, and more. More info here.

7:30 to 9 pm

Kane Hall Room 130

University of Washington, Seattle


Sunday May 15th -- San Francisco

The ReWrite Showcase

The organizers of the 2009 Bay Area APIA Spoken Word and Poetry Summit invite you to "The ReWrite", a night of featured API poets and an open mic. ReWrite is an opportunity for people to share stories and participate in revitalizing the movement for Asian American and Pacific Islander writers/poets in the Bay Area. With workshops presented by: Matt Blesse, Niki Escobar, Lorenz Dumuk, Nicole Bonsol, Jacqulyn Whang, Yvonne Tran, Jason Bayani, and Mina Scott. Showcase/open mic to follow, hosted by Dandiggity Le and Mush Lee, and featuring Matt Blesse, Jacqulyn Whang, Jason Bayani, Niki Escobar and a special appearance by Eddy Zheng.

4 to 5:30 pm -- Workshop

6:30 to 8:30 pm -- Showcase and open mic

Community Youth Center

1030 Post St, San Francisco

$10 adults / $5 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

More info and registration here

Monday May 16 -- NYC

Miss New India : Bharati Mukherjee & Prithi Gowda

When Outsourced premiered last fall filled with jokes that relied on bad desi accents and references to sacred cows, it seemed that American popular cultural representations of India had officially shifted from the "land of the ashram" to "the land of the call center." Whether you laughed or cringed when watching Outsourced (or didn't tune-in at all!), Asian American Writers' Workshop invites you to join them for reflections in fiction and film about this "new India.""Grand Dame" of Indian literature Bharati Mukherjee will read from her new novel Miss New India, which follows 19-year-old Anjali Bose from her home in a lower middle-class town to the high-tech city of Bangalore. Award-winning independent filmmaker Prithi Gowda will screen her experimental short film Televisnu, about a young woman who finds work in a call center to ask the question, "What are the possibilities that arise when a moment of personal development converges with a moment of cultural liberation?"

7 pm

Asian American Writers' Workshop

110-112 West 27th St, 6th Floor, New York

$5 suggested donation

Tuesday May 17th -- San Francisco

Hyphen's Big Open House

Hyphen is holding an open house and looking for talented, harworking people to join the Hyphen team. Meet Hyphen staff and have all your questions anwered. More info, positions, and application here.

7:30 pm

17 Walter U Lum Place, San Francisco


Kollaboration SF Auditions

Kollaboration SF is re-opening audition applications to host a second audition date on May 28th, 2011. Kollaboration SF seeks talented APIA artists that include, but are not limited to: musicians, dancers and comedians who will vie for a spot in the September 10th show at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, California. Performers will compete for a First Place prize of $1,000 and a People’s Choice Award of $500. Artists must send an electronic application here by May 14th, 2011. Live Audition May 28th, 2011