The Escape and Rescued Memories: New York Stories May 8-9 in NY with Lenora Lee Dance

The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University and Asia Society present

By Lenora Lee Dance with Kei Lun Martial Arts & Enshin Karate, San Mateo Dojo

THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014 · FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014 · 8pm
Asia Society
725 Park Avenue

General Admission & Asia Society members:
A/P/A Institute members:

Directed by A/P/A Institute at NYU Visiting Scholar LENORA LEE, the interdisciplinary performance works The Escape Rescued Memories: New York Stories are engaging and heartfelt pieces in which dance, martial arts, film, text and music collide in a visual and aural landscape, a meditation on women being propelled into the unknown by courage and faith to risk their lives and everything they have for freedom. Performed by an Asian American cast of 10 dancers and martial artists from San Francisco and New York City, these works utilize the interplay between live performance and film. Read on...

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Francis Wong Unit at Joice Street Celebration/Cameron Carnival May 3

The Francis Wong Unit featuring Wong, Karen Stackpole, John-Carlos Perea, and guest Yangqin Zhao will perform 3 - 3:30 pm and 4 - 4:30 pm on Saturday May 3 in Joice Alley between Clay and Sacramento around the corner from the CHSA Museum at 965 Clay St. as part of festivities including dragon dancing, dumpling making, line dancing, and games that day to kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2014 in San Francisco Chinatown. Read on...

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In Memoriam: Herb Wong

Herb Wong, jazz journalist, disc jockey, educator, producer, and overall champion for the music, passed away Sunday April 20, 2014 at the age of 88. He had a profound impact on generations of musicians and jazz enthusiasts and will be missed dearly. Read on...

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In Memoriam: Fred Ho (1957 - 2014)

This past April 12, 2014 saxophonist/composer/intellectual Fred Ho passed away at the age of 56. He was a significant innovator in the music and a powerful voice for justice in our world. Read on...

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Ben Goldberg + Francis Wong: Duet Concert at Berkeley Arts

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Berkeley Arts in Berkeley, CA

Berkeley Arts - Ben Goldberg (clarinet) and Francis Wong (saxophone), veterans of the Bay Area Creative Music Community over the past three decades, bring together intertwined and parallel musical histories and language into a evening of spontaneous discourse. For more information on Berkeley Arts visit 

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ImprovisAsians 2014!: Reflections Collective: Cultural Preservation and Artistic Legacy March 3 - 7 San Francisco State University

ImprovisAsians! is an annual series of performances and workshops at San Francisco State University exploring the connection between the performing arts and community-building. This year’s program will focus on preserving living cultural legacies in the arts. ImprovisAsians 2014 is sponsored by Asian Improv aRts in association with the School of Music and Dance, and American Indian Studies. All events are free and open to the public!

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2014 Films of Remembrance

WHEN:   Sunday, February 23, 2014, 2 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., San Francisco’s Japantown

A one-day film series held in conjunction with the Bay Area Day of Remembrance, commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which set the wheels in motion to forcibly relocate some 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry into American concentration camps during World War II.

Screenings • DVD Sales • Discussion with Filmmakers • Free Refreshments

Admission (By Feb. 21, 2014)*:  $18 for all films / $6 per film block

Day of Tickets:  $24 for all films /$8 per film block  ($18/$6 for Nichi Bei Foundation Members/Students)

All-day passes limited to the first 50.

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Upcoming: Performing Art in the Digital Age with Lenora Lee, Francis Wong, Eric Koziol

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM
The Institute for Diversity in the Arts presents
Performing Art in the Digital Age
Join IDA for an artist talk with acclaimed Bay Area artists: dancer/choreographer Lenora Lee, musician/composer Francis Wong, and videographer Eric Koziol. Having recently collaborated on Rescued Memories: NY Stories, a multidisciplinary work which was recently presented at the de Young Museum, the artists will  discuss their interdisciplinary collaborative process and both the benefits and challenges of incorporating digital technologies and new media into the performing arts.
Open to the public. Lunch will be provided.
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Lenora Lee News: Women's Media Center Podcast - Film version of Escape to screen in Chicago

Lenora Lee continues to be busy pursuing the work! She is featured on a podcast by the Women's Media Center launched on December 14. To listen click here.

On Tuesday December 17th, the film "Escape", a collaboration with film director Tatsu Aoki, will screen at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Click here for info.

Stay tuned of course for details of the New York Premiere of Lenora's works The Escape and Rescued Memories: New York Stories May 8-9, 2014 at the Asia Society. Read more...

Photo: Robbie Sweeny

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Tsukasa Taiko: Taiko Legacy 10 and Reduction

Our sister organizations Asian Improv Arts Midwest and Tsukasa Taiko in Chicago will be holding Taiko Legacy 10 and Reduction December 21-22, 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. This 10th Annual presentation is a huge accomplishment and  AsianImprov aRts heartily congratulates AIR Midwest and Tsukasa Taiko. Click here to read more...

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