18TH UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL

SPARKING LIGHT

Festival Line-Up & Details

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From April to June, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural center will be featuring 29(!) artistic and cultural events, showcasing the dynamic experiences of the contemporary Asian American and Pacific Islander arts community.

 

See our United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF) line-up below with our various disciplines and exciting events. Click the titles for the Who, What, Where, and When of each event.

 

FEATURED EVENTS

HUNGRY GHOSTS - Asian American Women Artists Association (AAWAA)

Manilatown Heritage Foundation from April 2-29 - An exhibition featuring artwork by 15 emerging and established Asian and Pacific Islander American artists. Stemming from the traditional concept of “Hungry Ghosts” - typically lost or unhappy spirits - the exhibition explores how unresolved historical struggles continue to haunt us today.

 

ONE IN WHICH WE ARE - David de Rozas & Alex Wang

SOMArts Cultural Center on May 1 - ONE IN WHICH WE ARE is USAAF 2015's featured visual arts exhibition, curated by David de Rozas and Alex Wang. A group exhibition organized as a dialogue-conversation where artists of varying backgrounds explore notions of communal interdependence in relation to individual positionality; an unstable, constant place from where we construct and interpret our daily lives. The Opening Reception particularly features a special performance from NAKA Dance Theatre, "Excerpts from The Anastasio Project."

 

EXCERPTS FROM THE ANASTASIO PROJECT - NAKA Dance Theater

SOMArts Cultural Center on May 1 - Based on the story of Anastasio Hernandez-Rojas, “The Anastasio Project” is a public performance work that investigates the roles of racial profiling, police brutality, and border violence in the streets of Oakland and at the US-Mexico border. This multidisciplinary performance is part of the ONE IN WHICH WE ARE Festival’s visual arts exhibit and will occurring only during the Opening Reception on May 1st.

 

QUEER REBELS FEST! - Queer Rebels

African American Culture Complex from May 29-30 - “Queer Rebels Fest” seeks to shed light on our collective voices in the LGBTQ of color community, featuring two nights of provocative multidisciplinary performances.

 

NERD NATION (STILL IN BETA) - Dhaya Lakshminarayanan

Exit Theatre on May 30- Written and performed by comedian/storyteller Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Nerd Nation follows the evolution (not creation - we believe in science) of her “nerdity” through first person and real life nerd interview data.

 

AWAKENED ANCESTORS // BORROWED FUTURES - People of Coloring

Mission Cultural Center on June 6 - A unique coloring book event and pop-up exhibition featuring artist talks, creative art, and discussions about what it means to be API. Featuring artists Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Hoi-Fei Mok, Nicole Gervacio, and many more!

 

URBAN X INDIGENOUS - Sammay Dizon

SOMArts Cultural Center from June 6-7- Through workshop, dialogue, and performance, “Urban x Indigenous” aims to unite cultural and urban performance artists to strengthen the network of urban-indigenous community members towards collective action. Through arts as activism, urban movers, activist-scholars, and indigenous artists will gather to engage in a space of ritual, remembering, and (re)telling.

 

 

OTHER PARTICIPATING ARTISTS/ORGANIZATIONS AND EVENTS

Sophia Sattar - Fragment Script

March 16 - April 13

Bindlestiff Studio - Hedda Gabbler

April 10 - May 2

South Asian Sisters - Yoni Ki Baat

April 18 - 19

Eth-Noh-Tec - Jiao Lei! Let's Go!

April 25

Chinese Progressive Association -

Stories from the Spectrum

April 26

KaYan Cheung - Migrant Lives, Migrant Dreams

 April 30

Asian American Women Artists Association - Hungry Ghosts Literary Reading

April 29

OnenessButoh - Locust in Your Mouth Trilogy

May 9

Ikeibi Films - Infinity & Chashu Ramen

May 17

Alleluia Panis - She Who Can See

May 15 - 17

Eth-Noh-Tec - Red Altar

May 23

 

 

 

 

Keep checking the APICC website and

 Facebook &Twitter pages for more updates.

 

 

Sponsors:

African American Art & Culture Complex

Arch & Type Design

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

Rainbow Grocery Cooperative

Reappropriate Blog

SOMArts Cultural Center

 

Funded by:

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Kearny Street Workshop -

Coast-to-Coast Ancestry Reading

May 23

GAPA Men’s Chorus - In Light and Love Concert

May 30

Asian Improv aRts - Wong Wei's Gamble

May 30

Nabanita Pal and Pallavi Das -

Beyond the Single Story

May 31

The Colossal Show - The Colossal Show and Tales

May 31

Melody of China - In Concert w/ Shih-Yang Lee

June 6

Abhinaya Dance Company - Love Exquisite

June 7

Dan Lau - Boomtown

June 8

Jimmy Zhang - Roots in Resilience

June 10

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project -

11th Queer Women of Color Film Festival

June 12 - 14

Kristina Wong - The Wong Street Journal

June 17 - 21

 

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