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Film Screening: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives – Oakland, 11/15/11


“Join us for Movie Night at the OACC!

This month we will be screening Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ) by Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, the film centers on the last days of the life of the titular Uncle Boonmee. With his loved ones – including the ghost of his dead wife and his lost son who has returned in non-human form – Boonmee explores his past lives as he contemplates the reasons for his illness.

The film will be introduced by Dena Beard, Curatorial Assistant at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She managed the MATRIX projects of Desirée Holman and Silke Otto-Knapp and has worked on exhibitions with Tomas Saraceno, Trevor Paglen, Martha Colburn, Tris Vonna-Michelll, Ahmet Ogut, Omer Fast, and Emily Roysdon, and others.”

  • WHERE: Oakland Asian Cultural Center
    388 Ninth Street, Suite 290 (btwn. Franklin and Webster Street)
    Oakland, CA 94607
  • WHEN: Tuesday, 11/15/11, 7pm
  • HOW MUCH: $5 suggested donation, no one is turned away due to lack of funds.
  • MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=144196882348511

7th Annual SF Asian Heritage Street Celebration – 5/21/11

After a long hiatus (my last set of undergraduate finals ever), we’re back! And with a vengeance. Expect a lot of updates in the next few weeks. A Facebook page is also in the works!

And now onto the event. This year featuring a Thai Monk Blessing, balut eating contest, Jcars, Mah Jong, Muay Thai, Asian American cinema, and the Asian Art Museum is free!

  • WHERE: Larkin St, from Grove to Ellis, SF
  • WHEN: Sat, 5/21/11 – 11a – 6p
  • HOW MUCH: free!
  • MORE INFOhttp://asianfairsf.com/

Race, Disability, and Popular Performance in the 19th century; UC Berkeley, 3/11/11

A symposium in conjunction with the premier of Philip Kan Gotanda’s play I Dream of Chang and Eng in the UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance, and Perormance Studies that uses the story of  Chang and Eng Bunker—the original
“Siamese twins”—as a starting-point to explore issues of race, disability, and popular performance in the United States in the 19th century.


SF International Asian American Film Festival 2011, 3/10 – 3/20

I feel like I should do a more in-depth post (or a series of posts)  about the festival. This is one of the API arts events of the year. Maybe I’ll do a series of featured films! In the meantime, this  basic announcement will have to do.

– joy

I Dream of Chang and Eng, by Philip Kan Gotanda, opens 3/4/11 at UC Berkeley

Philip Kan Gotanda’s newest play about the original Siamese twins, Chang and Eng Bunker.

“Arguably the first Asian-American superstars, Chang and Eng were born in Siam and spent their early lives as a touring “freak” exhibition. Charismatic and canny, they bought out their contract and toured themselves around the world, advising the king of Siam and carousing with the English aristocracy before settling down on a Southern plantation, marrying sisters and fathering 21 children between them. Gotanda’s script illuminates the Bunker brothers’ extraordinary saga, showing their keen business sense, indomitable spirit, and the touching relationship between the two brothers, making I Dream of Chang and Eng a powerful and moving portrait.”

WHERE: Zellerbach Playhouse
WHEN: March 4-13, 2011, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm
HOW MUCH: $10 students, $15 general
MORE INFOhttps://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?theatre=tdps

It’s going to be a great show. I can tell you that firsthand. Highly, highly recommend you go see it.  And I’m not just being biased because I’m assistant to the playwright. =)

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New Year festivities at the SF Asian Art Museum – 12/31/10, 1/8/11, 1/9/11

25th Annual Japanese New Year Bell Ringing Ceremony: Everyone is invited to participate in the auspicious Japanese tradition of striking a temple bell, in this case a 2100-lb., sixteenth-century Japanese bronze bell originally from a temple in Tajima Province in Japan. Beforehand, there will be some folk music and a Zen Buddhist priest will lead a blessing. There will also be arts and crafts activities.

Yoga Flow: Learn basic poses inspired by statues in the museum. Free! As part of the Target Free First Sundays program.

Mochitsuki! Japanese Mochi Pounding Party: what it sounds like! Complete with costumes, food, music, Japanese New Year’s stories, and arts and crafts.

Butoh dance performance: avant-garde contemporary dance (butoh) and electro-acoustic music inspired by the exhibit “Beyond Golden Clouds,” featuring the duo Michael Sakamoto and Amy Knoles and Thai dancer Waewdao Sirisook.


I Dream of Chang and Eng: Workshop Reading, TOMORROW 11/22, 7pm, Berkeley

A staged reading of Philip Kan Gotanda’s latest play, “I Dream of Chang and Eng,” based on the original Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker.

I’m reading stage directions for it! 😉 So I actually have a sizable amount of lines, surprisingly.

— joy