Join us for Japan Week 2014: July 7 - 13

A cultural festival featuring performances, workshops, and lecture/demonstrations in San Francisco Japantown!

Presented by Genryu Arts and Japan Center Malls in conjunction with Asian Improv aRts, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Nihonmachi Little Friends, Japantown Merchants

For info & the full schedule:

Featured events:

SHADOW TO SHADOW - Saturday, July 12
A new interdisciplinary work by Melody Takata with Chizuru Kineya, Tatsu Aoki, and Francis Wong

JAPAN DAY! - Sunday, July 13
A day of exhilirating performances, demonstrations, and workshops by Japanese artists from Tokyo, Chicago, and the Bay Area


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Asian Improv's Francis Wong to perform at Soy and Tofu Festival

Saturday, June 07, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Japantown Peace Plaza in San Francisco, California

Saxophonist Francis Wong will be joined by sanshin perfomer Wesley Ueunten, vocalist Julie Beal, taiko performers Melody Takata and Veronica Sese at this fun annual event in San Francisco Japantown. For more info visit:

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Francis Wong Saluted by @abc7newsbayarea!

I am so honored by ABC7 Community Affairs saluting me on their Instagram page! 

Photos courtesy of Robbie Sweeny & Andy Nozaka.

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Francis Wong Unit to perform at 2014 Asian Heritage Street Celebration

The Francis Wong Unit featuring Wong on saxophone, Karl Evangelista, guitar, John-Carlos Perea, bass, Karen Stackpole, drums, and guest Melody Takata, will perform at 1 pm on Saturday May 17 at the 2014 Asian Heritage Street Celebration. Admission Free. Click here for details.

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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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Founded in 1987, Asian Improv aRts’ (AIR) mission is to produce, present and document artistic works that represent the Asian American experience.