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.

For full schedule: http://www.nichibei.org/films-of-remembrance/

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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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Melody of China 20th Anniversary Concert Nov 24 Old First Church

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Video excerpt of Francis Wong Trio SF

Nice video excerpt by Joel Wanek from our recording session this past summer. The band will be playing next Friday 11/8 at the de Young Museum in SF 6:30 - 8:30 pm.


Interested in seeing the performance? Click here...

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Lenora Lee Dance's The Escape and Rescued Memories: New York Stories Sneak Preview

Lenora Lee Dance posted today a preview of the upcoming projection mapping design that will be part of the Saturday November 9 performance in Wilsey Court at the de Young Museum. Be there to experience the enhanced scale made possible through the performance in Wilsey.  

Click here for tickets.

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Taglish - performed and composed by Karl Evangelista and ensemble

This is from Karl's website describing Taglish, which will be performed October 25 at APAture '13...

TAGLISH: New Album from Karl Evangelista/Grex Taglish is a new work from Bay Area guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista and art rock outfit Grex--an album of original Filipino-American music that is staggering in scope and strangeness. 

Inspired by Evangelista's family experiences, Taglish is an exploration of the multifaceted nature of both contemporary music and 21st century immigrant culture. The project synthesizes jazz, American song, 20th century experimentalism, and Filipino folk melody into a sound that is at once universal and starkly personal. Centered around Evangelista's duo Grex and featuring trailblazing saxophonist/Asian Improv aRts cofounder Francis Wong, renowned electric bassist/multi-instrumentalist John-Carlos Perea, and Bay Area drumming dynamo Jordan Glenn, Taglish is a genuinely multicultural, trans-idiomatic work.

For more info: http://www.karlevangelista.com

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Karl Evangelista and "Taglish" at APAture '13 Music Night Oct 25

Composer, guitarist, and bandleader Karl Evangelista will be a featured artist in Kearny Street Workshop's APAture '13: A Window into the Art of Emerging Asian Pacific American Artists on Friday, October 25, 2013.  Asian Improv Creative Director Francis Wong will be in the Karl's ensemble and had this to say, "I am really excited for Karl, he is an important new voice on the scene. And thanks to Kearny Street Workshop, which brought us the historic Asian American Jazz Festival for so many years, for continuing to promote and present young APA artists!" Click here for more info.

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

Asian Improv aRts is extremely pleased to be a community partner with the de Young Museum for the premiere of these powerful new works from Lenora Lee Dance! They are the product of an unprecedented and wonderfully rich collaboration of artists and organizations that the de Young blog has dubbed a "collaboration nation". To get more of an idea of the depth of the upcoming work read the de Young blog by clicking here. For details on the upcoming shows and how to get tickets click here or visit our Calendar.

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