The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Reel Asian, Kneel to You Like A Sigh

November 9, 2011

Tuesday November 8th to Sunday November 13th -- Toronto

Reel Asian Film Festival

The 15th Anniversary of Reel Asian showcases contemporary Asian cinema and
work from the Asian diaspora. Works include films and videos by East and
Southeast Asian artists in Canada, the US, Asia, and all over the world. As
Canada's largest Asian film festival, Reel Asian provides a public forum for
Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for
Asian cinema in Canada. More info, schedule, and tickets here.

Wednesday November 9th -- Minneapolis

This Many Miles From Desire Book Reading 

Adoptees Have Answers
(AHA), AK Connection, and The Loft invite you to an evening of
poetry featuring Lee Herrick and followed by an open mic. Herrick will be reading from his book This Many Miles from Desire. More info here.

7 to 9 pm

The Loft Literary Center

1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis

Wednesday November 9th and Thursday November 10th -- NYC & Hempstead

Valor with Honor Screening

Valor with Honor is an
independent documentary film that tells the stories of Japanese American veterans
who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during WWII. Q&A to follow screenings. More info here.

11/9: 6 pm

NYU Asian Pacific American Institute

19 University Place, room 101, New York

11/10: 7 pm

Hofstra University Monroe Lecture Theater

California Avenue, South Campus, Hempstead, NY

Wednesday November 9th to Sunday November 13th -- San Francisco

3rd i's San Francisco International South Asian
Film Festival (SFISAFF)

SFISAFF presents five days and 16 programs of shorts, documentaries, and
feature films from South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora. Highlights include: a special focus on Sri Lanka
with filmmaker Asoka Handagama; eight programs featuring films by American filmmakers (four programs
showcasing Bay Area talent); and a Saturday night Bollywood event in the Castro. More info, schedule, and tickets here.

Wednesday November 9th to Tuesday November 15th -- NYC

South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF)

in its 8th year, the South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) will
present the premieres of 19 new films from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,
Nepal, and Bangladesh. This year’s line-up explores cultural taboos such as sexuality and
corruption, as well as examinations of society in South Asia from diverse
points of view. Featured as the opening night film is India’s selection for
this year’s Academy Awards®, Abu, Son of Adam (Adaminte Makan Abu). The festival will also feature a
Conversation Series with Shekhar Kapur (Bandit Queen, Elizabeth and The Four
). More info, schedule and tickets here.

New York
Institute of Technology (NYIT) Auditorium

1871 Broadway
at 62nd Street, New York

Thursday October 10th -- San Francisco

Filipino or Not?

Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) will unveil the latest version of their interactive game about race in the media: Filipino or
Not? Play the free app and challenge friends while enjoying happy hour drinks,
beats, and eats. 10% of all sales
will be donated to CAAM as part of Mercury Matters. More info here.

6:30 to 8:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

1582 Folsom Street, San Francisco

FREE; RSVP to malegre(at)caamedia(dot)org

Thursday October 10th -- NYC

In the Family Screening and Q&A

In the town of Martin, Tennessee, Chip Hines, a precocious six year old, has
only known life with his two dads, Cody and Joey. When
Cody dies suddenly in a car accident, Joey and Chip struggle to find their
footing again. All In the Family has earned acclaim from critics such as the New York Times' Paul Brunick. Followed by a Q&A with director, producer, and co-star Patrick Wang. More info here.

10 pm

Quad Cinema

34 West 13th St, New York

Additional showtimes: 1:00, 4:00, 7:10, 10:15pm

Call 212-777-FILM #636 or visit MOVIETICKETS.COM

Thursday November 10th to Monday November 14th -- Seattle

Insatiable! Asian American Playwright's Festival

SIS Productions presents Insatiable!, Seattle's 6th Asian American Playwrights’ Festival, a week-long festival of
play readings by local Asian American playwrights. With new works by Daniel
Arreola, Maggie Lee, May Nguyen, and Zheng Wang, the festival will feature a
diverse range of genres, from science fiction to family drama to experimental
theater. More info and full schedule here.

Prima Vera Arts Center

112 5th Ave N, 2nd Floor (Susan G. Komen Foundation Building), Seattle

$5 per reading for general admission / $8 for a 2-show pass / $12
for an all-fest pass.

Friday November 11th -- San Francisco & Elsewhere

Philanthro SF ALLiance Event

Philanthro San Francisco presents
its 2nd Annual All-City Event, ALLiance,
with all proceeds benefitting local Bay Area teachers and students
through Philanthro chapters in San Francisco, San Diego, Los
Angeles, Seattle, and New York will also be hosting fundraisers in their
respective cities on 11-11-11 to make an impact in the
communities they serve. Beats by DJ Zaq and an opening set by Box Cutters. More info on other locations and events here.

10 pm


600 Polk Street, San Francisco

$15-$20; tickets here

Friday November 11th -- Orange, CA

Busan West Film Festival

This film festival will showcase Pan-Asian films selected directly from the
2011 Busan International Film Festival -- the largest Asian film festival in the
world -- which takes place in Busan, South Korea. The program will feature invited
directors representing the films, along with an Opening Night Gala, a
Retrospective evening after-party and a Closing Night reception, all designed
to showcase Pan-Asian culture through food, music, and décor. Includes Q & A sessions with directors and actors. More info here.

5 pm

Marion Knott Studios, Chapman University

326 W. Palm St., Orange, CA

$10-100; tickets here

Friday November 11th -- NYC

Fiction and Poetry Reading with New Asian American Writers +  Jessica Hagedorn

                                 Janine Oshiro

The Asian American Writers' Workshop teams up with
the NYU Creative Writing
Program's Reading Series
to showcase two breakout talents in poetry and
prose. The afternoon will begin with a reading by Samuel Park, whose
debut novel, This Burns My Heart, was a Kirkus Reviews' Editor's
Pick and an Amazon Best Book of the Month. Janine Oshiro, recent winner
of the first annual Kundiman Poetry Prize, will read pieces from
her first collection, Pier. Concluding the event will be special guest Jessica Hagedorn, who was recently given a Lifetime Achievement Award
from The Asian American Writers' Workshop. More info here.

2 to 4 pm

NYU Creative Writing Program

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House

58 West 10th Street, New York

Saturday November 12th -- Toronto

Whither Asian North American Media?

On Reel Asian's
15th Anniversary, they will take the opportunity to ask: "What is the future of Asian North American
media in the current global context and the ascension of Asia? Where
Asian Canadian filmmakers position themselves within this evolving
trajectory?" Panelists will weigh in to share their perspectives on the
future. With Karen Chien, Michael Fukushima,  Masashi Niwano, and Ana
Serrano. Moderated by Anita Lee, National Film Board of Canada and
Co-founder of Reel Asian. More info here.

3 to 4 pm

No One Writes to the Colonel

460 College St at Bathurst, Toronto

FREE and open to public

Saturday November 12th -- San Francisco

Chinese Historical Society of America Museum Celebrates 10 Years

Celebrate the 10th
Anniversary of the CHSA Museum in their Julia Morgan-designed building with a celebratory lineup, including a Lion Dance and musical performances by Charlie Chin, Jon Jang, Francis Wong, and more. More info here.

11 am to 2 pm

Historical Society of America Museum

Clay St, San

RSVP to info(at)chsa(dot)org


Sunday November 13th -- Oakland

Kneel to You Like A Sigh Performance

The Vinapa Foundation for Cross Cultural Studies and Oakland Asian Cultural Center presents Kneel to You Like a Sigh, a collaborative dance and poetry performance. With artists Judith Kajiwara, Steve Nakano, Toshie Akiba, and more. More info here.

2 pm

Oakland Asian Cultural Center

388 9th St, Suite 290, Oakland