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2nd Annual Kulinarya, a Filipino Culinary Showdown – SF, 1/21/12

Witness a culinary showdown of six Filipino American chefs as they compete for the grand prize at KULINARYA: A FILIPINO CULINARY SHOWDOWN, hosted by the Philippine Consulate General, Philippine Department of Tourism, Philippine Department of Trade and Industry, and Filipino American Arts Exposition.

Three finalists each in the Amateur and Professional Divisions have advanced to showcase their culinary skills and talents in this exciting cook-off, where they must prepare a starter course (appetizer or soup), a second course (their own version of adobo), a third course (second entrée of their choice), and a Filipino dessert… all in a head-to-head challenge.

Don’t miss the FILIPINO BAZAAR – one day only shopping experience where you’ll find unique and festive Philippine-inspired gifts, décor, accessories, recipe books, goods and services!

  • WHERE: Carnelian by the Bay Restaurant
    One Ferry Plaza, San Francisco
    (Located behind the Ferry Building and next to Sinbad’s)
  • WHEN: Sat 1/21/12, 3-8pm
  • HOW MUCH: FREE, or $20 for food tasting showcase

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Japanese Butoh – 6 week dance series starting 1/5/12, Oakland

“Learn and explore fundamentals of Butoh with Judith Kajiwara, Oakland Asian Cultural Center’s 2011/2012 Artist in Resident. Butoh is a slow-motion, focused improvisational dance form that originated in Tokyo, Japan in the late 1950’s.

Each class will focus on a specific element of Butoh dance. You’ll increase your capacity to express from your inner awareness as you work individually and in an ensemble. Wear comfy, loose clothing and be prepared to dance in bare feet.

EVERYONE regardless of age or ability is welcome, and will be taught in a comfortable space that honors everyone’s dance.”

  • WHERE: 388 9th Street, Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607
  • WHEN: Thursdays from Jan 5 – Feb 9, 2012, 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • HOW MUCH: $60 per person for the entire series

Rizal Day celebration at National City, 12/30/11

A floral offering at 10:30 a.m. in front of Seafood City kicks off the 115th anniversary of the martyrdom of the National Hero of the Philippines, under the auspices of the Council of Philippine American Organizations of San Diego County (COPAO). This will be immediately followed by a short program and refreshments at the COPAO Center.

Typhoon Sendong benefit concert, LA, tonight! 12/26 at 7pm

“The ABS-CBN Foundation will be holding a benefit concert for the victims of Typhoon Sendong. Headlined by superstar Martin Nievera, he will be joined by his friends Becca Godinez, Miguel Vera and Tateng Katindig.”

Some Kind of Asian interviews actor Julia Cho from the new LA theater collective, Artists at Play

We’re excited to have our first interview feature on Some Kind of Asian. After taking a long time to find a free HD video converter (sorry… we’re broke students/artists!), our interview with Artist at Play’s Julia Cho is finally ready for viewing. And not a minute too soon! Their debut play CHING CHONG CHINAMAN opens next weekend. (Accompanying post to follow.)

Transcript below:

SOME KIND OF ASIAN: Can you talk a little bit about yourself and how you got started?

JULIA: So, I always had a love for the arts, whether it was visual or performing. It wasn’t until high school that the performer in me, I guess, really kind of came out. I had moved to a new city, I had no friends, so in a sense, I really, I guess, I had nothing to lose? So I tried out for the school play, and then it kind of kept going from there, and it was always like a really fun hobby, and I guess it was college when I decided that this is something I’m really passionate about and it’s what I want to pursue, and so after college, I guess, is when I tried to embark on my professional career. And a lot of that was theater. And I think only in recent years have I kind of started to branch out into TV and film, which is great, so racking up those credits on my resume.

SOME KIND OF ASIAN: What made you want to start Artists at Play?

JULIA: Well, it actually started with our first show, which is Ching Chong Chinaman, by Lauren Yee, and I saw a production of it in the bay area, and it was just one of the first shows that I ever saw that I really wanted to be a part of and bring down to LA, and so that’s how it all started. So I contacted my friend Peter Kuo, a director that I had worked with, and he was very excited about it, so we decided to kind of go ahead and find time in our schedules so we could work on it together, and we brought on board Stefanie Wong Lau, who we had both worked with in various contexts, and to round out our group we had Marie-Reine Velez, and so we all came together primarily for the show, and as we’ve been working on it and realizing how well we work together, we’ve kind of come up with other productions we might want to pursue in the future. So the group came about really from the show, and we’re very excited about the way things are moving along, and yeah, we’ll see what’s in the future for us.

SOME KIND OF ASIAN: Can you talk about Ching Chong Chinaman, your upcoming production?

JULIA: Ching Chong Chinaman is a play by Lauren Yee. It’s an incredibly funny, off the wall, satirical comedy. It looks at an Asian American family who are more “American” really, rather than Chinese, which is what their ethnicity is technically. But what’s interesting is, they’re as American as apple pie. So they’re almost not aware, I guess, of how they appear to other people. So they have the same judgments on Asians and other cultures that are maybe more relevant, maybe, to ignorant “Americans”. So you have the all-American family, you know, the dad loves to golf, the mom wants to have another baby, the daughter is all about getting into Princeton, and the son is obsessed with video gaming. And then to, kind of, help ease his workload, the son, Upton, decides to hire an indentured servant from China. And then so that’s when the household kind of turns upside down and hilarity ensues, and I think the play really sheds an interesting light on stereotypes. Really great sense of humor about it, which I think is very relevant to kind of, this newer generation of Asian Americans, where we’re not so hung up on like the old stereotypes, because they’re almost so dated and tired at this point, we can kind of poke fun at them ourselves, and so yeah, that’s something really great about our play, and I think it’ll resonate a lot, but not only with Asian Americans, but I think just people in general.

SOME KIND OF ASIAN: What are your plans for the future?

JULIA: I guess we’re just kind of taking it step by step. We do have some other plays that we wanted to do in the future, and, you know, we all happen to be Asian American, so I think we can’t help but have that be an underlying theme within our group and the works that we pursue, but I know personally, I am all about theater that is accessible to anyone and everyone, especially I think younger people. I love theater and that’s where my heart is, but kind of on the larger scale, it’s very expensive, and it’s somewhat–it’s harder to catch live theater as often as you’d like, being a younger person with maybe not such a steady income, and so yeah, that’s kind of always on the forefront of how I think about theater.

SOME KIND OF ASIAN: Is there anything else you want to say?

JULIA: I’m really excited to be working with this group. I’m just so in awe of the people I’m working with. I mean, they bring with them such an incredible amount of information and experience and I’m learning so much from them throughout the process, and I’m really excited about the show. I hope people will come and see it and enjoy it as much as I did the first time I saw it.

Artist at Play’s production of Ching Chong Chinaman, by Lauren Yee will run Nov 4-20, 2011 at the Actor’s Company in LA. Check their website for more details. For more information on Julia Cho as an actor, visit her website.

Watch SKAsian’s own Joy on 90210!

We’re pleased to finally be able to post Joy’s 90210 clip, where she plays a college-aged bookish drug dealer.

She will also appear in episode 409 of the ABC show CASTLE, so we’ll post that too after it airs! Fingers crossed for more bookings.

Galing Bata Filipino Bilingual After School Program Celebrates 10 Years! – SF, 11/10/11

“The Filipino American Development Foundation (FADF) cordially invites you to an evening benefiting the Galing Bata Filipino Bilingual After School Program in celebration of its 10 Year Anniversary! Please join us as we remember, reflect, and celebrate a decade of grassroots collaborations with families, children & youth, educators, and community members to create, preserve, and advance culturally and linguistically relevant and sensitive education in San Francisco!

Tickets are $35 per person and include dinner, and cultural presentations and reflections. The evening will also include a silent auction.”

  • WHERE:
    St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Francis Hall

    1111 Gough Street, between Ellis Street & Geary Street, San Francisco
  • WHEN: Thurs 11/10/11, 6-9pm
  • HOW MUCH: $35

Spotlight on classes: City of Claremont offers Filipino martial arts!

Did you know that? We certainly had no idea!

“Inland Empire Filipino Martial Arts (IEFMA) is your source for Sayoc Kali, Atienza Kali and Lacoste-Inosanto Filipino Martial Arts in Southern California’s Inland Empire.  IEFMA provides instruction in edged, impact and flexible weaponry as well as their unarmed compliments.  Commonly known as Kali, Eskrima or Arnis the Filipino Martial Arts encompass combative strategies and tactics born from centuries of combat, by Filipinos and Filipino Americans.  IEFMA is a Sayoc LA training group, and strives to continue developing and producing the capable individuals that Sayoc LA has fostered throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. ”

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Kularts presents “You Will Gonna Go Crazy” – SF, 10/21 – 10/30/11

Sorry about the wonky post a few days back! Accidentally clicked publish before this entry was ready to go. Anyway, here comes a description of the event:

“In You Will Gonna Go Crazy, a hilariously sad and lyrical semiautobiographical multimedia dance-theatre play, Hasón, a wise-cracking crybaby, is forever on a quest to become uncried in the wake of his family’s traumatic past. Hasón’s mother, a melodramatic and beautiful nurse, was framed and arrested by the FBI for murder in 1976. Based on interviews, unpublished diaries, memoirs, and personal archives, this intimate coming-of-age story explores the traumatic impacts of racist history on the Filipino American family.”

  • WHERE: Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission St., San Francisco
  • WHEN: Fri October 21 & 28 | 8PM
    Sat October 22 & 29 | 8PM
    Sun October 23 & 30 | 3PM
  • HOW MUCH: $7 Preview night performance, October 21 ONLY!
    $11 Student/Senior discount
    $13 in advance
    $15-17 sliding scale at the door

Staged Reading of “M”, Jeannie Barroga’s newest play – SF, 10/17/11

“A new play seeing where one could’ve gone down a slightly different path…a momentary choice…manipulating just mere Chance–With commentary by Albert Einstein, 4 people are all intertwined somehow between Past and Present, Betrayal and Regret. –the unification of all their theoretical What-If’s.”

  • WHERE:
    Stage 2 @ SF Playhouse [Shelton Studios] upstairs

    533 Sutter Street at Powell, SF
  • WHEN: Mon Oct 17, 2011, 7-9:30pm
  • HOW MUCH: free!