The Hyphenite's Social Calendar: Asian American Arcade, 3 Year Swim Club

February 8, 2012

Wednesday February 8th -- San Francisco

WordyWord Winter Wednesdays

This installment of WordyWord, an Filipino open mic series, features artists from Philippine American Writers and Artists Inc (PAWA).  More info here.

7 to 9 pm

Bindlestiff Studio

185 Sixth St, San Francisco

FREE; email conradap(at)gmail(dot)com to sign up for a time slot

Wednesday February 8th to Sunday March 4th -- NYC

The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G

"It’s been 10 years
since Agent G has last been in Vietnam where his family and friends were all
viciously slain. He’s now come back looking for answers and a good bit of
revenge. However, mysterious forces are at hand trying to stop him as well as
the playwright from finishing this brutal task." By Qui Nguyen and presented by Ma-Yi Theatre and Vampire Cowboys. More info here.

Beckett Theatre

410 W 42nd St, New York

$31.25 - $36.25; tickets here

Thursday February 9th -- Seattle

Asian American Arcade Opening Reception

Asian American Arcade
follows video games out of the arcades and into this art exhibition, where
visitors will discover the creative power of this addictive, interactive
medium. See video games and related artworks that explore questions of identity
and community, imagination and learning, and the power of play in our lives. Exhibit runs through June 17, 2012. More info here.

Opening Reception: 7 pm

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

719 S King St, Seattle


Thursday February 9th -- San Francisco

SFIAAFF30 Launch Party

The San Francisco International Asian American
Film Festival (SFIAAFF) kicks off its 30th year  with a press conference
announcing this year's program, followed by a party with DJ Inkfat, DJ Chicken Skratch, Nerstylist, and DJ Bluz. Presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). More info here.

8 pm to midnite

111 Minna Gallery

111 Minna St, San Francisco

$10 Admission; $5 FOR CAAM Members

Thursday February 9th to Sunday March 11th -- Los Angeles

Three Year Swim Club

East West Players presents Three Year Swim Club, inspired by the true life story of Soichi Sakamoto, who trained the youth of
Maui to swim in the plantation irrigation ditches on their path to becoming
Olympic champions. Set on the island of Maui in the 1930's, the art of hula becomes the metaphor for
competitive swimming. By Lee Tonouchi and directed/choreographed by Keo Woolford. by In association with Honolulu Theatre for Youth. More info here.

East West Players

120 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles

$5-60; tickets here

Saturday February 11th -- NYC

The Travelers Family Workshop

In this family workshop, participants will get an opportunity to explore the
meaning of “home” together. Through interactive activities such as creating a
communal poem and individual artwork as well as a gallery walk through MoCA's
special exhibition The Travelers and the Quartet Project,  families can discover the diversity and the
importance of “finding home” through their own unique voice and life
experiences. Ages 4 and older with adults. More info here.

1:30 to 4:30 pm

Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA)

215 Centre St, New York

FREE with Museum admission

RSVP to education(at)mocanyc(dot)org

Saturday February 11th -- Seattle

Conference on The 25th Anniversary of the United States v.
Hirabayashi  Case

 The Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality will host a major
conference to commemorate the 25th  anniversary
of the Ninth Circuit opinion in the Hirabayshi v. United States coram nobis case. The conference will celebrate Mr. Hirabayashi's courage in resisting
military orders that imposed curfews on Japanese Americans and ordered them to
report for incarceration; reflect on his 1943 Supreme Court case that upheld
his convictions and the extraordinary work of his legal team in reopening of
his case nearly 40 years later; and use his case as a springboard to move
forward in the struggle for civil rights. More info here.

8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Campion Ballroom, Seattle University

FREE; register here

Sunday February 12th -- Queens, NY

Love & Solidarity in Queens


                         Bino Realuyo

Ease into Valentine's Day with
an afternoon of performances from acclaimed Filipino poets and writers: Hossannah
, Joseph O. Legaspi,
Nita Noveno, Bino Realuyo, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco, and Lara Stapleton, as well as performances from Filipino community
members, immigrants, and Fil-Am youth to celebrate love stories, Philippine
Independence, and the thriving Filipino American community in Queens. There
will be fiction, food, poetry, hip-hop, and more. More info here.

3 pm

Bayanihan Filipino Community Center

40-21 69th St, Woodside, NY

Monday February 13th -- NYC

RepresentAsian: The Changing Face of New York Theater

The Asian American Performers Action Coalition's released recent
findings that people of color are underrepresented on NYC's biggest stages. Asians comprise 13% of the industry,
yet are seen less than 2% of the time, and usually in roles that are defined by
race.  Chinglish playwright David Henry Hwang moderates this session to discuss what we can do about it. More info here.

7:00 pm

The Pope Auditorium at Fordham University

60th St & Columbus Avenue, New York

RSVP to aapacrsvp(at)gmail(dot)com. Seating is limited.


Open City Creative Nonfiction Fellowship

Open City is a new online magazine on
Asian American news and culture in New York, coordinated by the Asian American Writers' Workshop. Seeking Creative
Nonfiction Fellows to write and produce stories on the vibrant immigrant
communities of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Open City offers a
unique platform for writers to tell the stories of low-income Asian Americans too
often ignored or misrepresented. If you're an emerging creative nonfiction
writer looking for financial support, a work space, and career mentorship, apply
to become a Creative Nonfiction Fellow and help document the rapidly
growing, transforming and challenging experience of what it means to be Asian
American in urban New York today. This is a
yearlong fellowship that starts March 1, 2012. More info and application here. Deadline: February 17, 2012.

Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) Call for Entries

New York's AAIFF, the first
and longest-running festival dedicated to screening works of Asian descent, is
celebrating its 35th anniversary. Accepting submissions in categories of Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Film, Music Video,
Work-in-Progress, Youth Film (made by filmmakers under the age of 21), and with a variety of Award categories. More info and guidelines here. Early deadline: February 2, 2012; Final deadline: March 7, 2012; Work-in-Progress deadline: May 2, 2012.

C3 Project Market Seeking Submissions

Visual Communications is accepting submissions for the First Annual Conference
for Creative Content (C3) Project Market, to be held during The Los Angeles Asian
Pacific Film Festival
on May 10 through May 20, 2012 in Los Angeles. The C3 Project Market is a unique opportunity for filmmakers of Asian descent
to showcase their project to financiers, producers, production companies, agents, managers and industry executives, enabling them with the contacts,
information, and confidence they need to make their film. Grantees will work in
conjunction with Visual Communications to develop professional relationships
and future collaborations throughout the film industry that include one-on-one
meetings, panels and other events that take place during The Los Angeles Asian
Pacific Film Festival. The C3 Project Market seeks feature-length narrative submissions from emerging
and established Asian Pacific filmmakers. Projects of any genre and
budget range are welcome to apply. More info and guidelines here. Regular Deadline: March 15, 2012. Late Deadline: March 30, 2012.