The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Panty Flash, Year Zero

June 29, 2011

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

Asian Art Museum

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

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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

Giant Robot is hosting World Wide Panty Flash, an exhibit of paper clay sculptures ranging from touching to the grotesque, by Yukinori Dehara. Exhibit runs through July 27th. More info here.

Reception: 6:30 to 10 pm

Giant Robot 2

2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles

Through Sunday July 3rd -- Los Angeles

Extraordinary Chambers

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

Geffen Playhouse

10886 Le Conte Ave,

Los Angeles

Tickets here

Through Sunday July 3rd -- Burbank

Year Zero

                             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

Colony Theatre

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.