The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Level Up, Usagi Yojimbo

July 6, 2011

Thursday July 7th -- Seattle

Vintage Japantown Exhibit

Wing Luke Museum presents its new exhibit Vintage Japantown, featuring photos from the Takano Studio. Set in an intimate living room scene, view vintage photographs from the 1930s and early 1940s that capture the everyday life of Japantown and its community. Have your portrait taken in a recreated vintage studio-on this night only. More info herephoto: Yoshiko (Asaba) Mamiya and Emiko Ishikawa. Circa early 1930s. Wing Luke Museum collection.

Opening reception: 7 to 8 pm

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

719 South King St, Seattle


Thursday July 7th -- San Francisco

Belle Yang Book Reading

                            photo credit/copyright: Belle Yang

Belle Yang will read from her critically-acclaimed graphic novel Forget Sorrow, and present an audio-visual tour of her illustrations, paintings, comic book pages, work environment. and images of her family in Carmel and China. More info here.

5:30 to 7:30 pm

San Francisco Main Library

100 Larkin St, San Francisco


Friday July 8th -- Los Angeles

Fly on the Wall Exhibit Opening Reception

Bamboo Lane Gallery presents Paul Torres' solo show Fly on the Wall, with more than 12 new pieces plus recent works. Torres' work takes aim at the cultural and social flavors underpinning society, featuring panoramas veering between magic realism and absurdist surrealism. Includes refreshments.

6:30 to 9:30 pm

Bamboo Lane Gallery

410 Bamboo Lane, Los Angeles


Saturday July 9th -- Philadelphia

The Notorious MSG Show

Following up their new album release Heavy Ghetto, original Chinatown bad boys The Notorious MSG will give a live performance in Philly for one night only.

9 pm

North Star Bar

2369 Poplar St, Philadelphia

$10; tickets here


Saturday July 9th -- San Francisco

Level Up Authors Talk & Reading

Video Games vs. Medical School! Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese and other graphic novels, and comic book artist Thien Pham will talk about their new graphic novel Level Up, a magical-realist tale of Asian American parental pressure and video-game escape. Book sale and signing follows the program. More info here.

2:30 to 4 pm

Chinatown Branch Library Community Meeting Room

1135 Powell St, San Francisco


Saturday July 9th -- Los Angeles

Year of the Rabbit: Usagi Yojimbo Exhibit

This retrospective exhibition of 25 years of Usagi Yojimbo celebrates the work of Stan Sakai and includes original drawings and paintings that bring to life the adventures of his samurai rabbit from 17th century feudal Japan. In addition to original artwork, the exhibition will include comic book covers, translated comics, toys, a new short documentary about Sakai, other artists’ renditions of Usagi Yojimbo, and more.  Sakai will give a talk, demonstration, and  sign copies of his latest compilation book, Usagi Yojimbo Volume 25: Fox Hunt during the exhibit opening. Part of Target Free Family Saturday. Exhibit runs through October 30, 2011. More info here.

11 am to 5 pm (Sakai talk at 2 pm)

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St, Los Angeles


Kaiju Bossy Bear Launch & Artist Signing

Giant Robot presents a launch and signing of Bossy Bear Kaiju by David Horvath. The “Monster Bossy Bear” is released by Toy2R in Classic Blue and Roseus editions. Horvath is half of the creative duo behind Uglydoll, which recently signed on to do a Hollywood animation project. More info here.

3 to 5 pm


2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles

Committee of 100 Panel Discussion

THe SoCal Region Committee of 100 Leadership and Mentoring Program presents the 2011 Kickoff and Panel Discussion"Following the Pioneers and Inspiring the Future". Featuring panelists such as Honorable John Chiang, Film Producer Charlie Woo and Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. More info here.

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Asian Pacific American Legal Center

1145 Wilshire Blvd, 1st Floor, Los Angeles

$5-15; tickets here

Sunday July 10th -- NYC

Urban Design Family Workshop

                    photo by Rebecca Hackemann

In this workshop led by Rebecca Hackemann, children will create drawings, collages, and paintings that capture their own visions and ideas for an empty lot at Pike Slip, just under the Manhattan Bridge. Through the exploration of historic photographs and a hands-on art project, children will be encouraged to think, learn, and contribute to environments in New York City that could be used for the public. One of the images created will be displayed inside a public art piece for one year. Art supplies provided. More info here.

1:30 to 3 pm

Museum of Chinese in America

215 Centre St, New York

$10 per person, registration required by emailing education(at)mocanyc(dot)org

Saturday July 10th -- San Francisco

All Atheists Are Muslim Performance

Can Zahra have her Atheist and stay Muslim too? It’s time for Zahra and Duncan to move in together, but Zahra needs to let her immigrant, Iranian, Muslim parents know that her Southern Californian, white, Atheist boyfriend should move in with her. And in the process, she doesn’t want to get disowned. Can Zahra do it? All Atheists are Muslim is written and performed by Zahra Noorbakhsh. More info here.

7 pm

Stagewerx Theater

533 Sutter St, San Francisco

$20; tickets here (Muslims and their friends get in 2-for-1 with Discount Code: "FanofZahra" for $10 tickets)