Thursday June 30th -- San Francisco
MATCHA: Balinese Jazz Guitar
Join this month's MATCHA mixer at Asian Art Museum for a night of music with Indonesia's fastest double-neck guitarist I Wayan Balawan -- who will perform his signature blend of traditional Balinese music and jazz. The event includes the Bali exhibit and other galleries, and interactive gamelan workshops with Gamelan Sekar Jaya. More info here.
5 to 9 pm
200 Larkin St
Thursday June 30th -- NYC
Target Free Thursday Roundtable: Chinese Takeout
Join MOCA, Art in General and artist Jason Bailer Losh as he discusses his "New Commissions" project Chinese Take Out. Taking the form of a roundtable discussion, Losh -- along with participating artists and restaurant owners -- will talk candidly about the exchange process, the social dynamics of public space, and the intersection of food and art in the Manhattan's Chinatown. More info here.
6:30 to 8 pm
The Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre St, New York
RSVP to programs [at] mocanyc.org
Thursday June 30th -- Oakland
Safe is SEX/Y Event
The Asian Health Services Youth Program, which provides comprehensive reproductive health care services to all youth, celebrates its 20th anniversary with its "Safe is SEX/Y Supporting Every FE/MALE Youth" fundraising event. The evening will include performances by Jessie Thaing, Jamesori Korean drumming, Michelle Martinez, and more. Plus light refreshments and raffles. More info here.
5:30 to 8 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC)
388 9th St. Suite 290
$10 student / $25 general; tickets here
Thursday June 30th -- Newport Beach
MIX for Japan
Join this fundraiser and professional networking event for Japan earthquake and tsunami relief. Complimentary appetizers, extended happy hour menu, and raffles for restaurant and retailer giftcards. Sponsored by the Asian Professional Exhange (APEX). All proceeds will go towards AmeriCares for Japan Relief. More info here.
6 to 9 pm
TEN Asian Bistro
4647 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA
$10 at door or register here
Friday July 1st to Monday July 4th -- Los Angeles
LA Anime Expo
This year's LA anime expo features cosplay events, art shows, artist appearances, and much more. Full programming and other info here.
Los Angeles Convention Center
$25-65; tickets here
Saturday July 2nd -- Los Angeles
World Wide Panty Flash Exhibit
Reception: 6:30 to 10 pm
Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles
Through Sunday July 3rd -- Los Angeles
As the Khmer Rouge once again attracts international attention, this world premiere play gets to the heart of the headlines. When Carter, an American telecom executive, brings his wife Mara on a business trip to Cambodia, he never imagines that the ghosts of this beautiful country will find a way to haunt their lives. As business deals unravel and personal negotiations brim with political consequences, Carter and Mara must decide if the salvation of one life is worth sacrificing the justice of many. More info here.
Wednesday through Thursday at 8 pm
Saturday at 3 pm and 8 pm
Sunday at 2 pm and 7 pm
10886 Le Conte Ave,
Through Sunday July 3rd -- Burbank
photo by Michael Lamont
The Colony Theatre presents the West Coast Premiere of Year Zero, written by Michael Golamco and directed by David Rose. How do you move forward in life when you're stuck where you are? In Long Beach, CA, two young Cambodian Americans search for an answer. Vuthy is a lonely 16-year-old who loves hip hop and Dungeons & Dragons. His ambitious older sister is starting to veer from her steadfast path to higher education and assimilation. Year Zero explores how to escape a painful past while honoring the legacy of one's own history.
Thursday and Friday at 8 pm
Saturday at 3 pm
Sunday at 2 pm
555 North 3rd St, Burbank, CA
$20-42; tickets here
Who's "Asian"? Essay/Video Contest
The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) is seeking submissions for their essay/video contest, “Who's "Asian?" in three categories: English (Written), Chinese (Written, Simplified/Traditional) and YouTube videos. Whether it's a blog, vlog, essay or scripted play, CCNCTO is looking for thoughtful, critical and innovative discussions in response to the following question: "Reflecting on how Asians have been portrayed in the media, how does this affect your conception of what it means to be Asian in Canada?" Prizes include a $300 cash prize and passes to the 2011 Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival. Editors' pick for best English written submission will be published either in print and/or the Ricepaper Magazine website. More info and guidelines here. Deadline for submissions: June 30th, 2011.