Category Archives: Art

Chinatown Community Street Fair – 2/11/12-2/12/12, SF

Chinatown Community Street Fair

“Become immersed in the sights and sounds of Chinatown. The Chinatown Community Street Fair takes place the weekend of the Chinese New Year Parade and is an opportunity for attendees to experience Chinese cutural arts such as latern and kite making, calligraphy, fine arts demonstrations, folk dance, and puppet shows. Traditional and modern entertainment perform on the main stage thoughout both days. Enjoy colorful folk dance from throughout Asia, acrobats, lion dancing, and magic demonstrations. Attendance at the two day fair is about 500,000. Come be a part of all the fun and magic as well as the incredible “Block of Fortune””

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Year of the Dragon Celebration at Asian Art Museum – SF, 2/5/12

“Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dragon with students of the Chinese American International School (CAIS) presenting Chinese classical music and dances from Chinese ethnic minorities, ending with a playful lion dance arranged by the students. The lion dance is an important part of every New Year celebration and is believed to scare away evil spirits and ensure a bright new beginning. Hunt for dragons in the galleries; listen to dragon stories; make a dragon paper cut, a Year of the Dragon button to wear, or rub on a temporary tattoo featuring the animals from the museum’s collection.”

OACC Lunar New Year Festival – 2/4/12, Oakland

OACC Lunar New Year Festival

“Join Oakland Asian Cultural Center as we celebrate the Year of the Dragon with cultural performances, arts & crafts for the kids and workshops for the whole family! This event is FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Make a Japanese Paper Doll, create a Year of the Dragon Mask, build a Korean kite and more! Your youth will get a fun, hands-on experience on how various Asian cultures celebrate and ring in the Lunar New Year!

A showcasing of Oakland Asian Cultural Center’s amazing students and teaching artists! Featuring cultural music, dance and martial arts of China, Japan, Philippines, India, Korea, Okinawa, and Mongolia!”

OMCA Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions – 1/29/12, Oakland

OMCA Lunar New Year Celebration

“OMCA ‘s 11th annual Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions: Year of the Dragon features a full afternoon of celebration, festivities, performances, demonstrations, and workshops that include elements of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Tibetan, and other Asian cultures .

Treat the whole family to a fun, fortune-filled family event to welcome The Year of the Dragon. The celebration gets off to a roaring start with a lion dance. The day is filled with music and dance; performances by the Red Panda Acrobats and Cambodian rapper RJ Sin; magicians and Japanese mochi pounding; storytelling; Chinese-opera face painting; a demonstration of making a Tibetan prayer flag (and the chance to make one to take home); hands-on family activities; demonstrations of Asian cooking; a reading and book signing by Oliver Chin of his new book Year of the Dragon; and so much more. Plus a rousing end to the day with a Dragon dance!

Included with Museum admission. Free to OMCA Members.”

The 3rd Annual Irvine Korean Festival – Irvine, 1/14/12

3rd Annual Irvine Korean Festival

“The Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival is an event designed to commemorate Korean immigration to the United States, which began in 1903. The festival also represents an opportunity to celebrate and share Korean cultural heritage and artistic traditions with the broader Irvine community and Orange County. The Festival is a culture-filled extravaganza replete with fine Korean cuisine, games, art, music, and entertainment.”

Some highlights of the festival (link to the complete festival schedule here):

Korean Fan Dance
Korean Drum Dances
Tae Kwon Do
Samulnori
Kimchi making demonstration and other Korean cuisine
Korean Brush Painting
Han Bok (Traditional Korean Clothing)
Korean Paper Crafts

Oshogatsu Family Festival – 1/8/12, LA

Oshogatsu JANM

“FREE ADMISSION ALL DAY!

Ring in the New Year and the Year of the Dragon with fun arts ‘n crafts, food, and exciting cultural activities and performances.”

Some highlights: Mochitsuki (traditional mochi pounding ceremony), shi shi mai (traditional lion dance) and taiko performance, onigiri contest, dragon sculpture candy, and zaru soba!

  • WHERE: Japanese American National Museum
    369 East First Street, Los Angeles California 90012
  • WHEN: Sunday, 1/8/12, 11am-5pm
  • HOW MUCH: FREE!
  • MORE INFO: http://www.janm.org/events/2012/01/#08

Oshogatsu New Year Celebration in Little Tokyo – 1/1/12, LA

Happy new year, everybody! Thank you for supporting us and really helping us grow in 2011! Here’s our first post for 2012!

Oshogatsu New Year Celebration

Talk & Demonstration: Origami Fast Forward – 1/7/12, SF

Origami Odyssey

“Origami’s not what it used to be. Here’s your chance to learn what’s new about this ancient art from one of the world’s best-known origami artists and scholars. A frequent exhibitor at galleries and museums and the author of three acclaimed books, Peter Engel draws his subject matter from the worlds of nature, mythology, and play. Inspired equally by the minimalist Japanese arts of calligraphy, brush painting, and Zen garden design and by contemporary developments in art and science, Engel captures the essence of his subjects in compositions that are evocative, abstract, and strikingly modern.

Families can stop by anytime to meet the artist, see his latest designs, purchase signed copies of his books in the museum store, and participate in hands-on paperfolding led by museum volunteers. Engel will also conduct thirty minute slide presentations at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm to share his design secrets and reflect on the artistic, scientific, and philosophical ideas that have given new life to this traditional art form.”

26th Annual Japanese New Year Bell Ringing Ceremony – 12/31/11, SF

Bell Ringing Ceremony

Bell ringing is first come, first served, so you may want to get there early!

“9:30–11:30 am: Bell Ringing for Asian Art Museum Members
10:00 am–3:00 pm: Art Activities
11:30 am: Bell Ringing Ceremony

Say goodbye to 2011 with family and friends by taking a swing at a giant temple bell!
Bring your loved ones to the Asian Art Museum and literally “ring in” the New Year, Japanese-style.

Everyone is invited to participate in the auspicious Japanese tradition of striking a temple bell. This popular event offers the community a memorable opportunity to reflect peacefully upon the passing year.

As in past observances, a 2100-lb., sixteenth-century Japanese bronze bell originally from a temple in Tajima Province in Japan and now part of the museum’s collection will be struck 108 times with a large custom-hewn log. According to Japanese custom, this symbolically welcomes the New Year and curbs the 108 bonno (mortal desires) which, according to Buddhist belief, torment humankind.

It is hoped that with each reverberation the bad experiences, wrong deeds, and ill luck of the past year will be wiped away. Thus, tolling heralds the start of a joyous, fresh New Year.

Zen Buddhist priest Gengo Akiba Roshi will conduct a blessing and begin the bell ringing. Akiba Roshi is director of the Soto Zen Buddhism North American office. He is also a Zen teacher at Oakland’s Kojin-an Zendo.

Hands-on art activities are offered in the education studios to entertain families while waiting for their turn at the bell.”

  • WHERE: Asian Art Museum
    200 Larkin Street (between Fulton and McAllister Streets)
    San Francisco, CA 94102
  • WHEN: Saturday, 12/31/11, 9:30–11:30 am: Bell Ringing for Asian Art Museum Members
    10:00 am–3:00 pm: Art Activities
    11:30 am: Bell Ringing Ceremony
  • HOW MUCH: Museum admission; All children 12 and under FREE
  • MORE INFO: http://www.asianart.org/bellringing.htm

DVAN Annual Holiday Fundraiser – SF, 12/10/11

DVAN Annual Fundraiser

“This holiday season, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network invites you to our annual fundraiser and social mixer.

Celebrate with a reading from fiction writer Angie Chau (Quiet As They Come) and exhibits from visual artists Viet Le and Julie Thi Underhill. Meet other emerging and established literary and visual artists and learn about the DVAN Youth Group.

Reading, Art, Pecha Kucha & Dancing
Silent Auction

Delicious Appetizers, Street Food Carts and Wine Bar

Suggestion Donation at Door: Sliding Scale $10-20

We accept donations at http://www.dvanonline.com/donate/
DVAN. Support the arts. Support self and community.
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Ample Street Parking Available.”