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.
Castelar Elementary School
840 Yale Street, Los Angeles
Wednesday September 7th to Sunday September 18th -- NYC
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
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
215 Centre St, New York
Thursday September 8th to Sunday September 11th -- San Francisco
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.
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.
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
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.
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
222 S. Hewitt Street, Los Angeles
Saturday September 10th -- San Francisco
Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival
11 am to 5 pm
Tenderloin Recreation Center
570 Ellis St, San Francisco
Saturday September 10th -- Berkeley
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.
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