The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Barriers, Grateful Crane

September 7, 2011

Wednesday September 7th -- Los Angeles

Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Homer Lea & The Chinese Revolution

Join the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California for a presentation of "Sun Yat-sen, Homer Lea and the Chinese Revolution." Refreshments included.

 6:30 pm

Castelar Elementary School

840 Yale Street, Los Angeles


Wednesday September 7th to Sunday September 18th -- NYC

Barriers Performance

Barriers takes place four months after 9/11 and deals with the Chinese/Pakistani Abbas family, and the loss of their oldest son Nabhil at the World Trade Center. As this multi-cultural family begins to fragment, we piece together the past each one hides, and the future they all share. Originally mounted in 2002 at HERE and then subsequently co-produced with the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco and Los Angeles in 2003, Barriers is returning to the stage to look back on the ten-year anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy. Written by Rehana Mirza and directed by Colete Robert. More info, showtimes, and tickets here.

HERE 145 6th Ave, New York

Thursday September 8th -- Oakland

Yone Noguchi Exhibit Opening

In collaboration with Nina Egert's photo essay, Noguchi's California: Poetic Visions of a 19th Century Dharma Bum, the photo exhibit, Yone Noguchi in California: A Japanese Poet Among Oakland's Famous Writers opens with a book signing and mochi tasting. More info here

4:30 to 6 pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC)

388 9th St, Suite 290, Oakland


Thursday September 8th -- Los Angeles

A Widow of No Importance Premiere

East West Players presents a world premiere comedy by Shane Sakhrani and directed by Shaheen Vaaz. The play follows Deepa, who has been a widow for two years. Her only desire now is to see her daughter married so that she can die in peace. But when her recently divorced neighbor, also her son's best friend, professes his love for her, her inner cougar emerges to break tradition and start living again. A smart and sexy comedy about carving new paths and leaping for the stars. Runs through October 9, 2011. More info and showtimes here.

David Henry Hwang Theater

120 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles

$12-36; tickets here

Thursday September 8th -- NYC

Tribute and Remembrance: Asian Americans after 9/11

Tribute and Remembrance: Asian Americans After 9/11, commissioned by the Asian American Federation, produced by Renata Huang and narrated by David Henry Hwang, is a 69-minute documentary that examines the multitude of ways the September 11th tragedy impacted the Asian American community. Followed by Q&A with Cao K. O, Executive Director of Asian American Federation.

7 to 8:30 pm

Museum of Chinese in America

215 Centre St, New York


Thursday September 8th to Sunday September 11th -- San Francisco

Reflections Performances

Lenora Lee Dance presents Reflections, a new interdisciplinary work in collaboration with Kei Lun Martial Arts & Enshin Karate, South San Francisco Dojo. The piece explores the experiences of creating community and a sense of place by succeeding generations in Lee's family and community, beginning with her grandfather, who immigrated through Angel Island in 1922. In honoring her grandfather’s efforts to achieve dignity and self-realization in his time, Lee also wishes to address today’s challenges for Chinese men facing assimilationist pressures in our mainstream American culture. More info here.

8 pm


1310 Mission St, San Francisco

$15; tickets here

Friday September 9th -- San Francisco

Beach Blanket Babylon

Join Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon for their first ever Asian Heritage Night. Organized by the AsianWeek Foundation, a portion of each ticket will benefit San Francisco Hep B Free -- a citywide effort to screen and vaccinate all APIs for hepatitis B, which affects 1 in 10 APIs.

 Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon is the world's longest running musical revue. Packed with hilarious spoofs of pop culture and political characters, spectacular costumes, outrageously gigantic hats, and one show-stopping number after another. More info and showtimes here.

8 pm

Club Fugazi 

678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd, San Francisco

$25-100; tickets here (enter code "AWF" in discount box)

Saturday September 10th -- Philadelphia

Asian Americans United Mid-Autumn Festival

Every year, thousands of people gather under the full moon to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. The Asian Americans United (AAU) Mid-Autumn Festival creates a time when people come together in an expression of community pride and collective responsibility. Includes live performances, a basketball tournament, a mooncake eating contest, lion dances, and more.

12:45 to 6 pm

Chinatown Friendship Gate

10th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia


Saturday September 10th -- Los Angeles

Rhythm & Passion of Korea

The Korean Cultural Center presents the world premiere of their production "Rhythm and Passion of Korea". Highlights include the musical stylings of international Haegum sensation Kang Eun-il and her group of musicians -- Haegum Plus. World renowned B-Boy dance crew, Last for One, will also join the performance. More info here.

8 to 11 pm

Ford Ampitheatre 

2580 Cahuenga Blvd East, Los Angeles

$10-$25; tickets here

Introduction to Soba Making with Sonoko Sakai

Make your own soba entirely by hand, using fresh, stone-milled artisanal soba flour from Japan and soba tools. The soba will be served in the classic way: cold with fresh soy-based dipping sauce, toppings, and spices.Wear closed-toe shoes with soft soles. Bring an apron and a tupperware container to take home your soba. More info here.

11 am

Japanese American National Museum

369 East 1st St, Los Angeles

$75 members; $85 non-members. Includes admission and supplies.

RSVP early to rsvp(at)janm(dot)org, 12 participants max.

Cold Tofu Performance

Cold Tofu, an Asian American sketch comedy and improv group, is giving its first improv show since the summer break started. More info here.

7:30 pm

Maryknoll JCC

222 S. Hewitt Street, Los Angeles


Saturday September 10th -- San Francisco

Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival

Southeast Asian Arts and Culture Coalition and Au Co Center present a Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival -- with arts, food, music, and much more. Co-sponsored by Hyphen. More info here.

11 am to 5 pm

Tenderloin Recreation Center

570 Ellis St, San Francisco


Saturday September 10th -- Berkeley

Kollaboration SF

Within 11 years, Kollaboration has expanded into 13 different cities. On Saturday, Kollaboration comes to the Bay Area for the 2nd Annual Kollaboration SF Talent Show. Watch and support talented performers who carry Kollaboration’s mission to empower and inspire a better representation of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the media. With Jane Lui, David So, and much more. More info here.

7 pm

Zellerbach Auditorium

University of California Berkeley

$15-25; tickets here

Sunday September 11th -- Torrance, CA

The Best of Grateful Crane

Join an afternoon filled with the best and favorite songs of Grateful Crane Ensemble over the past ten years. Sung in honor of Nisei and Issei elders, songs will include wartime favorites such as "Moonlight Serenade," "Dream," and "Stardust," and Japanese classics such as "Koko ni Sachi Ari," "Sukiyaki," 'Yawara," and "Kawa no Nagare no Youni." More info here.

11 am and 4 pm

Toyota Meeting Hall, Torrance Cultural Arts Center

3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA

$40 general / $35 for seniors (65+), and students

Call (314) 995-5841 for reservations

September 11th 2011 -- Los Angeles

Giant Robot Sidewalk Sale and Cat Adoption

Giant Robot will be seliing store merch, leftovers, artifacts, and extra gear from the past. The Los Angeles Animal Services West L.A. shelter will be bringing cats for adoption to match up with new owners. More info here.

Noon to 3 pm


2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles