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Chinatown Music Festival August 16, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Portsmouth Square in San Francisco, CA

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 11 am – 5 pm: The 5th Annual Chinatown Music Festival is presented by the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco, with community partners Asian Improv aRts, API Cultural Center, Chinatown Community Development Center and Chinese Progressive Association.  The days activities will be held at Portsmouth Square on Kearny Street between Washington Street and Clay Street in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Admission is free.

Honorary Event Chairs: Supervisors David Chiu, Eric Mar, and Norman Yee.

Under the theme “Without Walls”, the all day music festival will present “Toisan Railway”, a newly commissioned music by the San Francisco Arts Commission by composer/pianist Jon Jang, the sounds of the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, the rhythm and blues of “Chinatown’s Soul Band” Jest Jammin’, Queen Crescent — a psychedelic rock four-piece based from the SF/Bay Area, and CPA’s Youth Mojo.  Also featured will be crafts, games, a film screening of Shaolin Soccer at 2pm, and a new exhibit sharing the installation work of Summer Mei-Ling Lee in CCC’s gallery entitled “Into the Nearness of Distance”.

For more information: www.c-c-c.org, (415) 986-1822 x31 or x32, info@c-c-c.org.

Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco 94108

To volunteer for the event, email elisabeth@c-c-c.org

Media Contact: Marshall Lamm, marshalllamm@earthlink.net, 510-928-1410.

To download the press release, click here.

The 5th Annual Chinatown Music Festival is supported by the SOMArts Cultural Center’s Technical Services Program, which provides subsidized rental rates for wheelchair-accessible lifts, staging, catwalks, bleachers, P.A. systems and consultation for San Francisco’s many street fairs, festivals and community events. SOMArts receives support from the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Community Arts and Education Program with funding from Grants for the Arts/The Hotel Tax Fund.

The mission of SOMArts is to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures. To find out about SOMArts classes, events and exhibitions, please visit www.somarts.org.

Lenora Lee Dance 7th Anniversary Season 9/26 – 10/5

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 08:00 PM
Dance Mission in San Francisco, CA

Photo by Lei Chen

presented by Asian Improv aRts, API Cultural Center & Chinese Historical Society of America!

Join Lenora Lee Dance with Kei Lun Martial Arts & Enshin Karate, San Mateo Dojo for a two-week performance season of new and repertory works

Media design by Olivia Ting & Lenora Lee  /  Music score by Francis Wong with Tatsu Aoki, Jonathan Chen, Min Xiao Fen, Wayne Wallace, Genny Lim, Karen Stackpole, Kat Parra, and Corey Chan  /  Cinematography directed by Tatsu Aoki, filmed by Zhuoyun Chen, Joshua Chuck, Ben Estabrook, Eric Koziol, Heath Orchard, Joel Wanek. Edited by Olivia Ting and Tatsu Aoki  /  Text by Genny Lim  /  Lighting by Patty-Ann Farrell

Performed by Dale Chung, Larissa Fong, Raymond Fong, Marina Fukushima, Chin-chin Hsu, Lynn Huang, Jon Iiyama, SanSan Kwan, Wei-Shan Lai, Lenora Lee, Yukihiko Noda, Kelly Del Rosario, Olivia Ting, Collin Wong, Ronald Wong

Program A:

Friday, 9/26, 8pm

Saturday, 9/27, 8pm

Sunday, 9/28, 3pm


Program B:

Friday, 10/3, 8pm

Saturday, 10/4, 8pm

Sunday, 10/5, 3pm


Program A: “Light” film-in-progress excerpts (2014-2015), “The Detached” (2014 premiere), “The Escape” (2013), “Reflections” (2011)

Program B: “Passages: For Lee Ping To” excerpts (2010), “The Detached” (2014 premiere), “Rescued Memories: New York Stories” (2013)

Location: Dance Mission Theater – 3316 24th Street (at Mission), San Francisco, CA  94110

Tickets: $15 advance online, $20 at the door, $30-50 arts & visionary supporters (includes VIP seating and invitation to special event), discount available for groups of 8 or more people.

For tickets & info: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/796371www.LenoraLeeDance.com, email LenoraLeeDance@gmail.com




Supported in part by Asian Improv aRts, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, Donaldina Cameron House, San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, New York Asian Women’s Center, Asian Women United of Minnesota, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Generous Individuals, and New Stages for Dance II, administered by Dance / USA in partnership with Dancers’ Group. Leadership Support for the New Stages for Dance II Initiative is provided by MetLife Foundation. Lenora Lee Dance participates in Help Desk®, a Pentacle program providing infrastructure mentoring and support. (www.pentacle.org). Community Partners include Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach and Asian Women’s Shelter.





Photos in Dance Mission Theater by Robbie Sweeny. Click here for more photo images

Jon Jang’s Oyama Canon in D October 3, 2014 de Young Museum

Friday, October 03, 2014 at 06:30 PM
de Young Museum in San Francisco, CA

de Young Museum and Asian Improv aRts present

Jon Jang’s Oyama Canon in D

as part of Friday Nights at the de Young

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Friday, October 3, 2014

Admission Free!

de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive • San Francisco, CA 94118 

For more info www.deyoungmuseum.org/fridayswww.jonjang.com  

To commemorate the centennial anniversary of the (California) Alien Land Law of 1913, Jon Jang has been commissioned to compose Oyama Canon in D, a multi movement work that pays tribute to the Issei (first generation Japanese immigrants of America) contribution to agricultural development in California, as well as their 40 year struggle to resist racist “alien land laws” which denied their family the right to own land. The work will be performed by an ensemble led by Jon Jang, piano/narrator, with Francis Wong, soprano saxophone, Jim Norton, bass clarinet, Karl Alfonso Evangelista, electric guitar, Gary Brown, electric bass,  and Deszon X. Claiborne, multiple percussion. 

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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.