Currently Happening

Krunk Fu Battle Battle
5/12/11-6/26/11
East West Players, 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles

“Under the guidance of Sir Master Cert, young Norman Lee battles the baddest b-boy crew at Sunset Park High for respect, honor, and the heart of sweet Cindy Chang. A hip-hop musical extravaganza!”

Fukui Sister City Exhibit
4/7/11 – 6/26/11

Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton
“The Muckenthaler Cultural Center celebrates Fullerton ’s Sister City Fukui, Japan with a new exhibition of graphics by artists from both cities. Artwork by members of the Fukui chapter of JAGDA, the Japan Graphic Designers Association, will be exhibited with digital artwork and prints by Fullerton based artists to explore the beauty and heritage of each city.”

Year Zero, Cambodian American Theater
Wednesday, 6/1/11 – Sunday, 7/3/11

Colony Theater, 555 North Third Street, Burbank

“How do you move forward in life when you’re stuck where you are? In Long Beach, CA, two young Cambodian-Americans search for an answer. Vuthy is a lonely 16-year-old who loves hip hop and Dungeons & Dragons. His ambitious older sister is starting to veer from her steadfast path to higher education and assimilation. With great humor and a modern sensibility, Year Zero sensitively explores how to escape a painful past while honoring the legacy of one’s own history. It’s a contemporary comedic drama about reinvention, redemption, and finding where we belong.”

Extraordinary Chambers
Tuesday, 5/24/11- Sunday, 7/3/11

Geffen Playhouse, LA

“As the Khmer Rouge once again attracts international attention, this world premiere play gets to the heart of the headlines. When Carter, an American telecom executive, brings his wife Mara on a business trip to Cambodia, he never imagines that the ghosts of this beautiful country will find a way to haunt their lives. As business deals unravel and personal negotiations brim with political consequences, Carter and Mara must decide if the salvation of one life is worth sacrificing the justice of many.”

Struggling Cities:
From Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s

Saturday, 6/11/11 – Sunday, 7/31/11

JACCC in LA, George J. Doizaki Gallery

“The U.S. Premier of Struggling Cities, an important traveling exhibition commissioned by The Japan Foundation, will canvas the unique social and physical structure of post-war and post-occupation cities of Japan in the 1960s.”

The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin
Sunday, 5/22/11 – Sunday, 8/14/11 (closed 6/30/11)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art in LA

“Hakuin’s self-taught, spontaneous, yet masterly and inspired painting and calligraphy, just like his teachings and writings, expressed the mind and heart of Zen for monks and lay followers alike. With the aim of reaching out to people of all social and economic classes, rather than just the élite, he invented a new visual language for his religion, depicting everyday subjects and themes from other Buddhist sects, as well as Zen patriarchs and masters.”

Open Mic night every first Thursday at the VAALA Cultural Center, Santa Ana;  http://www.facebook.com/commongroundoc?v=wall

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