Bindlestiff Studio’s Icon Exhibition

Sixth and Howard is just a few blocks away from San Francisco’s theater district, but it’s home to what may be the ONLY Filipino American performing arts space in the country: Bindlestiff Studio. Here, actors, comedians, and musicians have honed their craft and built a multi-generational community of performing artists.

The ‘Stiff (as it is affectionately called) has hosted a range of events like Pinoise Pop, a music festival of Asian Americans in rock; Pinoy Midsummer’s Night Dream, where Bindlestiff’s largely Fililpino membership performed Shakespeare; and the current show, Stories High, which is the culminating one-act festival built up from a series of workshops that develop the next generation of theater artists. But what’s not always talked about is the visual art on Bindlestiff’s walls.

Contributor Robynn Takayama met with photographer Nina de Torres Ignacio and Roczane Enriquez to talk about their exhibition, Icons, which is up in the Bindestiff Studio lobby and mezzanine and features Bindlestiff volunteers styled as celebrity icons.

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KSW’s APAture kicks off this weekend

This Friday, Kearny Street Workshop kicks off APAture, a multi-day festival featuring a lineup of some of the most exciting Asian and Pacific Islander artists in the San Francisco Bay Area today.

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APEX Contributor Robynn Takayama talked with KSW’s Program Manager Jason Bayani about what to catch during this two-week festival that features over 80 artists! The full schedule is available here.

9/18/2014 Kashmir: Flooding Under Occupation

Tune into APEX Express on September 18th ( or 94.1) for a one hour special on Kashmir: Flooding Under Occupation.


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photos by: Shahid Tantray

After days of rain, Kashmir continues to suffer from one of the worst floods to ever hit the area. The Himalayan region is erupting in protests as relief efforts fail. The flooding hit hardest in Indian-administered Kashmir, which is the most densely militarized land on earth. The water rose across borders, killing over 450 people in the region, according to the BBC. 700,000 villagers were forced to flee their homes. Civilians are organizing ad hoc relief operations, such as the Jammu Kashmir Floods 2014 campaign.

Not only, will we look at how the occupiers have failed to save lives and provide relief, but we’ll delve into Kashmir’s history of occupation and speak with human rights activists and independent journalist about the rising independence movement in Kashmir. Tune in or interviews with Huma Dar, Parvaiz Bukhari, Khurram Parvez, Tahira Begum, and Sahil Tariq. Music by: MC Kash, Ska Vengers, and Naima Shalhoub.

Hosted by Salima Hamirani

APEX Express airs every Thursday night at 7pm


Staring on Friday September 19th a film-maker we profiled on Apex Express is launching a new indiegogo campaign for his new documentary on the showgirls of Pakistan, called Zunn:–2/x/7077415

On Saturday September 20th join Critical Resistance Oakland on September 20 for Dreaming Wildly, Fighting to Win, a benefit featuring activist CeCe McDonald and acclaimed intellectual Ruthie Wilson Gilmore.

6pm: The Omni Oakland Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland

From Septempber 26th through October 5th – Kearny Street Workshop (KSW), the Bay Area’s hub for Asian Pacific American arts, proudly presents APATURE 2014, a multi-day festival featuring a lineup of some of the most exciting emerging artists in the San Francisco Bay Area today.
2 weeks, 6 events, 80+ artists.

for tickets and a full lineup visit

9/11 A Look Back at September 11th; Urban Shield; Zahra Billoo on 9/11 and islamophobia


Today is the anniversary of 9/11, an event that has left indelible marks on our society and culture: We’re still grappling with the ramifications of the twin towers, and coming to terms with the wars, surveillance and black site prisons that have since proliferated in the name of “safety.” In commemoration, we look back at our past September 11th focused broadcasts, starting in 2001, and the ways in which our communities came to cope with, organize and fight back against the legacy left by 9/11.

Clips include:

  • Yuri Kochiyama’s speech at the 9/11 rally in 2001.
  • Gina Hotta’s sound collage of emotions, experiences and a coming together in the wake of 9/11.
  • Truth on Trial – a follow up interview on the surveillance of Pakistani residents in a town called Lodi.
  • Robynn Takayama’s short documentary and music piece on community efforts to help Muslim Americans targeted by hate crimes.

We also have a live phone interview with Zahra Billoo from CAIR on the lasting impact on Muslims and what’s being done to protect them.

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Finally, we have a report back from the recent rally at the Marriot in Oakland which hosted the annual Urban Shield Conference.

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Hosted by Salima Hamirani
Production: Salima Hamirani and Marie Choi.



Bindlestiff Studio’s One-Act Festival: STORIES HIGH XIV – September 12 – 27 Thursday – Sat 8pm

185 Sixth Street, San Francisco CA

Stories High is Bindlestiff’s Studio signature yearly education programming and new works performance. Bindlestiff Studio’s Stories High is an incubator program aimed to educate, cultivate, and showcase emerging and returning artists.

Filipin@ Diaspora Kitchen Presents: AFROPINO! Night – Wednesday September 17th 5 – 10 pm.

One Fam in West Oakland.1600 7th St

Celebrating the life and music of historical 7th Street’s own Afropina Legend…Sugar Pie DeSanto

FREE entrance to…
• Sing karaoke,
• Hear and share stories,
• Check out visual art by local artists, and
• Enjoy music, videos, and interviews of Sugar Pie DeSanto!



8/28/2014 – Ferguson and Urban Shield


Tonight, in solidarity with the people of Ferguson and the ongoing repression by the police, we dedicate our show to organizing and teaching which attempts to fight back against the rampant killing of young black men and women at the hands of the cops.

First, we hear from Lara Kiswani – a member of the Stop Urban Shield Oakland and Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center – over the phone as she talks about the militarization of police right here in Oakland and how they’re planning to stop the Urban Shield Police Conference. You’ll also find out what you can do to help.

STOP Urban ShieldThen, we host a panel discussion with Cayden Mak the New Media Director from, Scot Nakagawa from change lab, and Bhavik Lathia Campaign Manager for Rapid Response at Color Of Change, on the importance of Ferguson and police brutality in the Asian and Pacific Islander community – why we should care, what we should do about racism in our own homes and spaces, how our own experiences of police/military intimidation have affected us in our motherlands and here in the US, and how we can form solidarity with our brothers and sisters.

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Special thanks to Marie Choi for interview sound and for production help.

Hosted by Salima Hamirani

8/21/2014 Traveling to the DPRK


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On tonight’s show, we travel to the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea — better known here in the U.S. as North Korea.  Ellen Choy, Caitlin Kee, and Steph Lee visited the DPRK last summer as part of the Korea Exposure and Education Program (KEEP), an annual delegation of Korean American activists to both sides of Korea, one year to the north and the other to the south, to build person-to-person understanding.

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We’ll feature an interview with Ellen, Caitlin, and Steph — as well as clips from a short documentary that was produced by JT Takagi, Hye-Jung Park and Chris Kang and Third World Newsreel.

Ellen and Steph are also part of Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans (HOBAK), an anti-imperialist group of diasporic Koreans here in the Bay Area.

Hosted and produced by Marie Choi.  Marie is also part of HOBAK.

8/14/2014 Reflections on Partition, Pakistan and Indo-Pak relations; Highlights from Our Power Convening, Richmond


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As Pakistan and India celebrate their 67th Independence days respectively on the 14th and 15th of August, tune in to our special feature with two inspiring Pakistani women share their reflections of growing up in Pakistan. Preeti Mangala Shekar sits down in discussion with academic and author Roshni Rustomji who grew up in post-Partition Pakistan, and with Rafia Zakaria, a Pakistani journalist and author of the upcoming book, the Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan.

Our Power RichmondOn this show we also share highlights from the recently concluded Our Power covening in Richmond, that drew several hundred prominent social and environmental justice activists, organizers and community members.