The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Sun Sisters, International Secret Agents

July 27, 2011

Wednesday July 27th -- San Francisco

The Tiles That Bind Us: Mah Jongg Night

Mah Jongg Night: "Its Chinese! It's Jewish! The Tiles That Bind Us!" Round up your friends and family and join this event sponsored by the American Jewish Committee San Francisco Regional Office and the AsianWeek Foundation. View the short film "The Tiles That Bind Us". All levels of Mah Jongg welcome. Free food and wine will be provided. More info here.

 4:30 to 8:30 pm

Cathay Post

401 Van Ness Ave., Room 207, San Francisco

RSVP  here. Space is limited.

An $18 donation is appreciated. Funds will go towards Asian-Jewish community relationship building.

Thursday July 28th -- NYC

"How to Make A Film" Panel

Join a panel discussion featuring the most visionary Asian American filmmakers in the country. Tze Chun (Children of Invention and Windowbreaker), Dai Sil Kim-Gibson (Sa-I-Gu and Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women), Cihan Kaan (She's Got an Atomic Bomb and music videos), Rehana Lew Mirza (Hiding Divya and Quarter Life Crisis), Risa Morimoto (Wings of Defeat), Derek Nguyen (The Potential Wives of Norman Mao), Andrew Pang (Works of Art), and Brian Yang (Hawaii Five-0) will give you their expert tips. Dust off that manuscript!

7 pm

Asian American Writer's Workshop

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

$5 suggested donation

Friday July 29th -- Los Angeles

A Celebration of Asian American Soul

Asia Pacific Arts invites you to a soultry night of music with singer Judith Hill (from Michael Jackson's "This Is It") and singer/songwriter Dawen. With DJ O-Dub spinning sets, and co-hosted by InVenture. All proceeds will support Asia Pacific Arts, a non-profit online Asian/Asian American arts and entertainment magazine, published by the USC US-China Institute with support from the USC East Asian Studies Center. More info here.

9 pm to 2 am

Far Bar

347 E 1st Street, Los Angeles

$15 at door / $10 wth RSVP

Saturday July 30th -- San Francisco

How to Sumbit Your Work for Publication Workshop

Barbara Jane Reyes will teach this Philippine American Writers & Artists Inc (PAWA) workshop on the ins and outs and dos and don'ts of submittig literary works for publication. More info here.

10 am

Bayanihan Center

Mission Street @ 6th, San Francisco

Sliding Scale ($25-35 for students with valid student ID; $35-50 general).

By check or Paypal

Sun Sisters World Premiere

Company of Angels presents Sun Sisters, a new play by L.A based playwright Vasanti Saxena, directed by Lui Sánchez. Sun Sisters explores the clash between unspoken desires and cultural traditions as one woman's illness forces her to examine her life's choices. SUN SISTERS is a play about Angie, who is in the last stages of terminal cancer. She has asked her daughter, Jessica, a budding architect, to come home--presumably--to look after her.  In the wake of their interactions, their clashes over Jessica's lesbian lifestyle and the onset of Angie's dementia lead to surprising revelations. SUN SISTERS is a captivating examination of the intersections of architecture and anatomy, tradition and desire, filial devotion and family secrets. Featuring Jennifer Chang, Robert Hardin, Elaine Kao, Peter Kwong, Jully Lee, Andrea Lwin & Momo Yashima. More info here.

The Alexandria

501 S. Spring Street., 3rd Floor, Los Angeles

$12-25; tickets here

 Saturday July 30th -- Los Angeles

 While You Were Away Opening Reception

Giant Robot presents While You Were Away, new works by Heisuke Kitazawa aka PCP. PCP lives new Tokyo and will be at the reception in person. After living in L.A. for 16 years, he moved to Tokyo, where he works as a freelance desinger/illustrator. Exhibit runs through Agust 24th, 2011. More info here.

 6:30 to 10 pm


 2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles

 Sunday July 31st -- Seattle

International Secret Agents Concert Tour

 The 2011 International Secret Agents Concert Tour launches in Seattle this summer, featuring Far*East Movement, Wong Fu Productions, David Choi, i.aM.mE dance crew, Ryan Higa, and many more. More info here.

6 pm

The Showbox SoDo

1700 1st Avenue South, Seattle

$30; tickets here

 Sunday July 31st -- Oakland

 A's Game Summer Fundraiser for The Spot

Attend an Oakland A's game at a discounted price while raising funds for the Chinatown Youth Center Initiative (CYCI) aka The Spot. If you would like to support but cannot attend the game, you can sponsor tickets for youth to go. The Spot provides resources and programs for young people to develop and showcase their talents, meet new friends, and get ready for the future. More info here.


Oakland Coliseum
$25/Seat for Lower Box  (*Normally priced at $30)

More info and tickets can be ordered through CYCI staffperson Michael Lok, mlok(at)sf.nccd-crc(dot)org, 510-208-0500 x334.


Asian American Lifetime Achievement Award

The Asian American Writers' Workshop is seeking nominations for its Asian American Lifetime Achievement Award. The ideal award-winner will be a literary figure of any genre who has built a substantial body of work, indicative of high literary and intellectual merit, or someone who has made a substantial contribution to Asian American or literary culture. Past winners of this award include Maxine Hong Kingston, David Henry Hwang, Hisaye Yamamoto, and Sonny Mehta. To be eligible for the award, writers or cultural figures must be of Asian American descent and must be living. Nomination form here.  Those who submit a nomination will be entered into a raffle to win a copy of Margaret Dilloway's How To Be An American Housewife or Jean Kwok's Girl in Translation. Deadline:  Friday, July 22, 2011 at 6PM EST.

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: extended to August 5th, 2011.