See what we have coming up from APICC!
APICC presents Betweenscapes as the featured visual art exhibition of the United States of Asian America Festival 2018: Regenerative Community. Co-presented by Kearny Street Workshop and curated by Kathy Zarur and Roula Seikaly.
Betweenscapes | Visual Art ExhibitionWhat lies in the space between colonial power and indigenous resistance, diaspora and homeland, us and them, here and there? Betweenscapes presents the work of 12 artists that visualizes the in-between as a site of criticality, addressing unresolved histories and posing questions about colonialism, migration, and transnational solidarity.
Opening Reception: May 3 @ 6pm
Closing Reception: May 24 @ 6pm
Rea Lynn de Guzman
Robin Lasser + Adrienne Pao
Means of Exchange
Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here
Susana Eslava Saenz
USAAF 2018 | Festival ReceptionThe event on May 3 is the official reception for the 2018 United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF): Regenerative Community. Betweenscapes kicks off a series of arts events featuring the creative works of API artists in the SF Bay Area.
SOMARTS GALLERY HOURSTuesday–Friday
*Artwork by Rea Lynn de Guzman
Immersive 60-minute dance-media performance INCARCERATED 6x9 is the latest work by Alleluia Panis, performed by 10 dancers to music by Rachel Lastimosa and filmmaker Wilfred Galila Fri-Sun May 4-13, 2018 at Bindlestiff Studio in SF's Filipino Cultural District. Exploring the hopes, delusions and the ultimate will to survive in the loneliest, most bitter place on the planet, 6x9 is inspired by the real-life accounts of incarcerated young Pinoy/Asian Americans. The bold, physically and emotionally layered work of fiction located in the year 2048, 150 years after the US pursuit of global power began.
Director/Choreographer Alleluia Panis; Composer Rachel Lastimosa; Media Art Wilfred Galila; Dance Artists: Jonathan Mercado, Ladislao ‘June’ Arellano, Johnny Nguyen, Jose Abad, Cristino Lagahid, Earl Albert Paus, Alexandria Diaz De Fato, Frances Sedayao, Isa Musni, and Noelle Campos
SFAC Legacy Artist Awardee Alleluia Panis (Director/Choreographer) is the driving force behind Kularts and respected elder artist in the US and the Philippines. She is contemporary artist who is at home in both Pilipino tribal & traditional arts and American modern dance forms.
Dates & Times:
Fri. May 4 @ 7:30PM
Sat. May 5 @ 7:30PM
Sun. May 6 @ 3PM
Fri. May 11 @ 7:30PM
Sat. May 12 @ 7:30PM
Sun. May 13 @ 3PM
*Photo Credit: Wilfred Galila
Beyond Partition is a space for creative connection for members of the South Asian diaspora. This exploratory workshop integrates practices of Restorative Justice, Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre, Psychodrama, and Popular Education to situate ourselves in legacies of inter-communal harm, and begin to heal the wounds of colonization, displacement, and structural violence. We will consider casteism, savarna/Brahmin supremacy, Hindutva/Hindu nationalism, gender, language politics, racial profiling, Islamophobia, and the intergenerational cross-currents of religious conflict. Participants will use artistic methods to address 1947 Partition and divisions that pre-date or extend beyond the independence era.
Tatiana Chaterji is a restorative justice practitioner, youth organizer and liberation arts educator. Her community arts practice integrates principles of healing with theater and movement, pulling from diverse traditions of cultural resistance and experimental performance. She advocates for alternatives to criminalization and guides processes of personal-social transformation within prisons.
Date & Times:
Sat, May 5 & 12, 1-4pm
More Info: www.collabchange.org/embodyingchange
*Photo courtesy of Subcontinental Drift Boston
She Who Has No Master(s), a collective of women and gender-nonconforming writers of the Vietnamese diaspora, presents two collaborative poetry performance and readings for USAAF 2018. Readers include Aimee Phan, Dao Strom, Thao P. Nguyen, Angie Chau, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Julie Thi Underhill, Stacey Tran, Trinh Mai. Our first event is May 5th at the International Hotel, in collaboration with SFSU students, and engaging around themes of how Asian bodies are impacted by the #metoo movement. Our main event will be on May 6th at the Asian Art Museum, with a multi-voiced poetry performance in the morning, followed by individual pop-up readings in the gallery in the afternoon. Event formats will include: presentation of collaborative multi-voiced poetry, followed by individual readings by collective members. Both presentations will be accompanied by mixed-media visual elements.
Aimee Phan, Dao Strom, Thao P. Nguyen, Angie Chau, Lan Duong, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Julie Thi Underhill, Stacey Tran and Trinh Mai.
She Who Has No Master(s) is a collective of women and gender-nonconforming writers of the Vietnamese diaspora, featuring writers and visual artist.
Dates & Times:
May 5, 4pm-6:30pm at I-Hotel Manilatown Center
May 6, 11am -12pm at Asian Art Museum
More Info:Saturday, May 05, 2018 at 04:00 PM · 1 rsvprsvpInternational Hotel - Manilatown Heritage Foundation in San Francisco, CA1 RSVPs
Our stories always bring us home to ourselves giving us perspective, a hope for healing and a view of our future. With follow-up dialogue, Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec and special guests will perform the stories that inspire communities to restore faith in our own ability to heal and move forward in powerful ways. Choosing from a repertoire of Asian and Asian American stories, the evening will include an excerpt of Red Altar, the true story of 6 Chinese teens whose junk boat crashed into Carmel Bay in 1850 and started the fishing industry in Monterey Bay.
Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo of Eth-Noh-Tec
Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo have been performing internationally in festivals, conferences, museums, libraries, theaters and schools for decades. Awarded storytelling masters, they are known for their tandem telling, incorporating movement and music in their performances of ancient Asian folktales and myths, and contemporary Asian American stories of inspiration.
*Photo by: Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo
Model Minorities Don't Cry is a stand-up comedy show featuring Bay Area comedians Irene Tu and Andrew Orolfo. In it, Irene and Andrew separately tell jokes about their childhoods and current lives. They explore what it means to grow up Asian in America, living up to expectations of model minorities, and past trauma. By sharing their stories, they hope to start a conversation and dispel the stereotype that Asians and Asian Americans aren't allowed to show or talk about their feelings.
Irene Tu, Andrew Orolfo
Irene Tu and Andrew Orolfo are two of the San Francisco's best stand-up comedians. They host Comedy x Pop Up Food every Monday in Oakland at Starline Social Club, named a top pick by the SF Chronicle. You can catch them taking photos at your nearest photobooth.
Dates & Times:
Fri & Sat, May 18 & 19 @ 8PM
*Photo by: Snap Yourself!
APICENTER: Making Waves celebrates positive and innovative hip-hop by four Bay Area Asian-American emcees: Ruby Ibarra, LEX the Lexicon Artist, Chow Mane, and Rudy Kalma. Showcasing a diverse array of sounds, styles, and stories, APICENTER reinvents and rebuilds on what it means to be a modern Asian-American musician. As Asian-American rappers gain mainstream popularity, they face questions of appropriation and staying true to their identities, while also fighting model minority stereotypes and underrepresentation in entertainment. In APICENTER, each performer represents an Asian-American perspective informed by their distinct backgrounds, creating an entertaining and compelling concert experience.
Ruby Ibarra, LEX the Lexicon Artist (event producer), Chow Mane, and Rudy Kalma
LEX the Lexicon Artist is Taipei-raised, Oakland-based entertainer Alex Sun Liu. LEX combines frank storytelling, sharp commentary, and a comical ego to deliver the perspective of a third-culture Asian-American. LEX blends early 2000’s hip-hop, nerdy charisma, pop sensibility, and unrestrained energy, to tell the most irreverent stories possible.
More Info: www.bottomofthehill.com/20180519.html
*Photo of Chow Mane by: Andy Strong
A shadow play.
Written by: Rupert Estanislao; Adapted by: TJ Basa; Directed by: Aureen Almario; Illustrated by: England Hidalgo; Music by: Lian Ladia; Produced by: Judith Ferrer; Presented by: Brownout Productions
Brownout Productions is a collective of artists that is rooted in Bindlestiff Studio.
Dates & Times:
Friday May 25, 8pm
Saturday May 26, 4pm & 8pm
Sunday May 27, 4pm
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*Artwork: Illustrated by England Hidalgo
The Rooted Recipes Project brings together four culinary artists & experience producers to curate a regenerative evening of conversation & storytelling over a shared meal. The family-style menu will explore ingredients and dishes across the AAPI diaspora, specifically Filipino, Lao, & Vietnamese food traditions. We are creating a space for our community to come together & nourish each other through the act of meal sharing and storytelling. Together we will experience AAPI history, issues, & resistance through the lens of food. Throughout the meal, we encourage you to reflect upon the ways food has played a role in Asian American identity & resistance.
The Rooted Recipes Project: Kim Boral, Joseph Nontanovan, Aileen Suzara, Thuy Tran
The Rooted Recipes Project consists of Kim Boral, Joseph Nontanovan, Aileen Suzara, & Thuy Tran, all who work within the food world & are also activists, artists, & organizers within their respective communities. It's our connection through food & shared stories that we may reclaim our past to move towards a liberated future.
Sliding scale $20-$40 online and at the door. Please choose the price that best represents your ability to pay. Higher priced tickets support those who couldn't otherwise attend.
More Info: www.rootedrecipesproject.weebly.com
*Photo Credit: Sana Javeri Kadri