Thursday August 25th -- San Francisco
Sawai Koto USA is a group that endeavors to spread koto music around the globe. They have worked not only with other Japanese musicians from the traditional genres, but also with performers from Western classical, jazz, avant-garde, and other world music traditions. Presented with the Consulate General of Japan. Part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. More info here.
12:30 to 1:30 pm
Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade
San Francisco, CA
Thursday August 26th -- Oakland
Ohana Happy Hour
Mingle and network with the East Bay pan-Asian arts community. Ohana Happy Hour brings together talented artists who are pushing forward the vibrant and cutting-edge pan-Asian arts movement. Come build relationships with other artists, producers, non-profit professionals, and community folks while building a stronger and more collaborative APIA arts family in the Bay Area. Presented by RAMA, and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
5:30 to 9 pm
1727 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Friday August 26th -- NYC
Kollaboration New York 6 Launch Party
Start the countdown to the nation's biggest APIA talent competition at Kollaboration New York's official launch party, hosted by The Asian American Writers' Workshop. Comedienne Jen Kwok will be the master of ceremonies, between performances by indie dance-pop band Paperdoll, comedian Sheng Wang, and singer-songwriter Meghna Prasad. More info here.
Asian American Writers' Workshop
110-112 W 27th St, 6th floor, New York
$10 suggested donation
Saturday August 27th -- Redondo Beach, CA
Showtime: Benefit Concert for AADAP
You're invited to Showtime 2011, the 18th Annual Benefit Concert for the Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP) - celebrating 39 years of serving families affected by substabce abuse. The concert will feature artists Clara C, David Choi, Jennifer Chung, Feats in Inches and The Bricks. Includes silent auction, raffle, and dessert reception. More info here.
6:00 to 9:30 pm
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA
$25 General Admission
$50 VIP All-Access Pass (includes Exclusive Meet-n-Greet with Artists, Premier Event Seating & Reserved Parking)
Saturday August 27th -- Los Angeles
Smoke and Mirrors Exhibit Opening
Giant Robot is hosting Smoke and Mirrors, a joint show featuring new work by Bay area based artist Deth P. Sun. Sun’s acrylic paintings on panels bring epic landscapes and cosmic occurrences into a private and personal world. Influenced by David Attenborough, as well as the Moomin series and films of Terry Gilliam, Deth seeks to create a fantasy world as a reflection of his own experiences and worldview. Exhibit runs through September 21, 2011. More info here.
Opening Reception: 6:30 to 10 pm
2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles
Let's Get It Right! Replacing WWII Euphemistic Language: The Retelling of the Nikkei Incarceration Experience
This program will deal with the need to promote the use of accurate terminology in describing the WW II incarceration experience of people of Japanese descent. This session will be primarily devoted to explaining the need for a Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) resolution, how this drive got it's momentum, and exploring possible avenues to promote it's prime educational objective. Audience questions will be welcomed. Author and filmmaker Karen Ishizuka will also be attendance to talk about the importance of accurate terminology. More info here.
Japanese American National Museum
369 East 1st St, Los Angeles
Saturday August 27th -- Mountain View, CA
Uneard Voices of 9/11
The California APA Legislative Caucus and the California Commission on APIA Affairs invite you to a hearing organized by Assemblymember Paul Fong, the Sikh Coalition, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). More info here.
1 to 4 pm
Mountain Vew Senior Center
266 Escuela Ave, Mountain View, CA
Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th -- Toronto
Notorious MSG Free Shows
The Original Chinatown Bad Boys The Notorious MSG blast their way up to Canada to play two live shows. Part of Toronto's 2011 Taiwanfest. More info here.
8/27: 4 pm
235 Queens Way West, Toronto
Korean American Film Festival (KAFFNY) Call for Entries
The 6th Annual KAFFNY will take place in March 2012. KAFFNY is an international independent film festival in NYC, starting and evolving from Korean American perspectives. KAFFNY is now accepting entries for KAFFNY 2012. No entry fee. Details, guidelines, and entry form here. Deadline: September 30th, 2011.