Thursday July 21st -- Minneapolis
Ramen-Off! Benefit for Disaster Relief
Ramen-Off! is a gathering of top local chefs and eaters as they celebrate the craft of ramen while fundraising for the survivors of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. A gaggle of local chefs will present their own signature ramen dish to be sampled by eaters and judged by a panel of experts in the hopes of earning Top Ramen honors. Music by DJ NAK. More info here.
6 to 10 pm
1121 Jackson St NE, Minneapolis
$10; tickets here or at the door (includes one bowl of ramen)
Thursday July 21st -- Los Angeles
Classic Anime Film Series
For four exciting nights, the Tateuchi Democracy Forum will screen vintage anime titles from the 1920s and '30s, the "Golden Age" of Japanese silent film. The anime classics that will be screened are: Mighty Taro's Reckless Training (1928) Momotaro the Undefeated (1928), The Tiny One Makes It Big (1929), and more. More info and full films listing here.
Japanese American National Museum
Tateuchi Democracy Forum
369 East First St, Los Angeles
Pay what you can
Thursday July 21st -- NYC
Poets on Place
Four poets -- Dilruba Ahmed, Jon Cotner, Farid Matuk and Sandy Tseng -- will share their unique perspectives on the intimate, joyful, often troublesome relationship between place and identity. Their poems span the globe from the “dusty streets of Kabul” and New York City to little-known neighborhoods in various parts of the world, and illuminate what it means to be simultaneously a global citizen and a rootless wanderer in our modern times.
Asian American Writers' Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor, New York
$5 suggested donation
Thursday July 21st to Sunday July 24th -- San Diego
Check out the yearly smorgasborg of cosplay, celebrity appearances, panels, and free stuff at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. More info here. Tips for how to have the most fun here.
San Diego Convention Center
Friday July 22nd -- San Diego
Endless Summer Party
afterschoolspecial x MY NINJA! present the first "Endless Summer" party in San Diego -- a special summer rooftop concert and party during Comic-Con. With special performances and guests including: afterschoolspecial, Kero One (Plug Label), IAMMEDIC, and Peter Rocks. First 100 in the door get a gift bag with goodies courtesy of the artists, MY NINJA!, KoreAm Magazine, and much more. Drink specials and Tabe Truck Tacos all evening. More info here.
8 pm to 2 am
10th Avenue Theater Rooftop
930 10th Avenue, San Diego
18+ to party, 21+ to drink
$10 Presale/Guest List, $15 Door
Saturday July 23rd -- Oakland
FunRaiser for Bay Area Solidarity Summer (BASS)
BASS is throwing a party FunRaiser for youth participants to meet leaders and members of the community. The event will feature performances by renowned South Asian artists, including Chee Malabar, Hoodini, Micropixie, DJ RAV-E (Non-Stop Bhangra) and DJ DRRRTY POONJABI. Snacks, specialty non-alcoholic beverages, and limited CD's, T-shirts, and posters included. Bring your friends! More info here.
8 pm to midnite
Center For Third World Organizing (CTWO) Mansion
1218 East 21st Street, Oakland
Suggested $5-20 sliding scale (No one turned away)
Saturday July 23rd -- NYC
Chinese Puzzles Family Workshop
Join the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) for its second "Chinese Puzzles Family Workshop" and hear stories related to puzzles, try your hand at solving puzzles, and experiment with a puzzles-inspired art activity. This family workshop is a shared experience for children and their adult companions. Ages 4+ with adults.
1:30 to 2:30 pm
Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre St, New York
$10 per child and adult pair; $5 per additional child; Free for MOCA Family Members.
RSVP to programs(at)mocanyc(dot)org
Saturday July 23rd -- Seattle
Strengthening the API Community During the Great RecessionJoin the API Community Leadership Foundation (ACLF) for a community discussion and networking on "Strengthening the API Community during the Great Recession". ACLF will convene lawmakers, nonprofits, foundations, and community members to raise awareness of impacts and generate strategies for the future. Panelists will include Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney -- Washington State Legislature, Tony Lee, Advocacy Director -- Solid Ground, Hyeok Kim, Executive Director -- InterImCDA, and more. More info here.
10 am to noon
Asian Counseling and Referral Service
3639 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S, Seattle
FREE; RSVP to aclfnw(at)aclfnorthwest(dot)org
Saturday July 23rd -- San Francisco
Brave New Voices Grand Slam Finals Emceed by Beau Sia
The final four Brave New Voices (BNV) teams take center stage to see who will be crowned the 2011 Brave New Voices Grand Slam Champions. After an electrifying week of slams, workshops, open mics, and more, the poets perform one last time at the historic, 3,200-seat San Francisco Opera House. Hosted by Beau Sia and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, with special guest judges George Watsky, Phil Bronstein, Michelle Tea, Glynn Washington, and Nishat Kurwa. More info here.
San Francisco Opera House
301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
$18-100; tickets here
Tuesday July 26 -- NYC
The cARTwheel Initative Launch
The cARTwheel Initiative aims to bring the therapeutic and transformative power of the arts to children living in the aftermath of conflict and disaster in order to support them in healing, comprehension, acceptance, and transcendence. Learn about the inaugural trip to Sri Lanka and enjoy drinks and snacks, live music, a raffle, a silent photography auction, and a photobooth. More info here.
6 to 9 pm
482 Broome St, New York
$20 (includes one drink)
Armed With A Camera Fellowship
Visual Communications is now accepting applications for its 10th Annual Armed With a Camera Fellowship. The fellowship fosters the education, training and professional development of up-and-coming APA filmmakers, and is open to filmmakers under 30 of APA descent. South Asian, Southeast Asian and women filmmakers are strongly encouraged to apply. From November 2011 to March 2012 Visual Communications will provide the support and resources for ten fellows to each to create a five-minute digital video, which include: a $500 cash grant, training, workshops, and mentoring from industry professionals, opportunity for collaborative work with other fellows, access to equipment and editing facilities, world premiere of completed film in the “VC Digital Posse” showcase of the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, All-Access pass to films, panels, and events of the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, and the opportunity to network with professional filmmakers and Visual Communications staff and supporters. More info and application here. Deadline: July 29, 2011.