June 20, 2018: Original Pilipino Music

June 20th on APEX Express, we feature guest host Marky Enriquez.

Marky is a west coast DJ and Music Curator for Undiscovered SF, a creative night market. Most recently, he was in a theatrical production, MUMU, at Bindlestiff Studio, which featured 1970s Filipino music.

He’ll be talking with Joel Quizon. Best known for his filmmaking, Joel is a collector, curator and archivist of Pilipino music. He’ll help us dive into the world of OPM, or Original Pilipino Music.


Community Calendar Items

  • UNDISCOVERED SF, a creative night market is premiering on Saturday, July 21st in SOMA Pilipinas Cultural Heritage District. Check out undiscoveredsf.com for more information.
  • This Saturday at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Eastwind Books will be hosting a talk with Oakland-grown, Michelin-starred Chef James Syhabout about his Isan Thai and Lao roots, and the inspiration for his hugely popular Hawker Fare restaurant.







June 14: The Story Before


The PowerLeeGirls Miko Lee and Jalena Keane-Lee present “The Story Before” we talk with 3 APA artists at very different places in their careers. We ask them about how they got to present day where they are sharing skills with the next generation, creating innovative theatre, and talking about arts, activism and progressive change. Featuring APA artists: educator/filmmaker Bhwain Suchak, playwright and professor David Henry Hwang and filmmaker Alex Chu.  

More info on show themes:

Bhawin Suchak’s organization Youth FX

Bhwain’s film Outta The Muck

David Henry Hwang’s latest work Soft Power at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco playing through July 8, 2018

Alex Chu’s film For Izzy at Frameline42 playing Saturday, June 23 at the Roxie Theater


Other Calendar items

San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Seeing Red: A Time-Traveling MusicalJuly 4 -Sept. 9, 2017 – 59th Season

Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company, World Premiere of Leah Nanako Winkler’s Two Mile Hollow opening June 25th at Potrero Stage in San Francisco.

June 7, 2018: South Asian Feminist Men Spotlight

South Asian Feminist Men Discuss Books, Cinema and the Environment:

Pratap Chatterjee discusses his new graphic novel (shout out to co author Khalil Bendib);



Kashmiri film maker Danish Renzu on his film Half Widow; and Nityanand Jayaraman on the ongoing environmental crisis that has been festering in the small south Indian town of #Thoothukudi that led to 10 peacefully protesting civilians being killed by the state.




May 31, 2018: Storytellers Shaking Things Up

To end out the month of May PowerLeeGirls Miko Lee and Jalena Keane-Lee speak with storytellers who are making waves. We speak with An Excess Male Author Maggie Shen King. And hear from two of the culinary activists behind the Rooted Recipes Project. We talk with Heather White whose poignant documentary Complicit focuses on migrant electronic factory workers in China.


Rooted Recipes at the United State of Asian America Festival 

Complicit San Francisco Documentary Film Festival
Roxie Tue June 5, 7:15pmNew People Cinema Sat June 9, 7pm

Eastwind Books upcoming events:

June 2nd, Saturday 6pm @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks Book Talk and Panel with Ravi Chandra

June 23, Saturday 1pm @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center Hawker Fare: Stories & Recipes from a Refugee Chef’s Isan Thai & Lao Roots Book Talk with Chef James Syhabout

July 22, Sunday 3pm @ OACC Panel Presentation: Chinese Exclusion Laws and Being Muslim American in Post 9/11; Author Beth Lew-Williams, The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America ; Author Sylvia Chan-Malik, Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam With Moderator Michael Chang, Lecturer Comparative Ethnic Studies, J.D. UCLA, Ph.D. Ethnic Studies, U.C. Berkeley

​July 28, Saturday 7pm @ OACC Book Talk with Vanessa Garcia, author of See You at the 7: Stories From the Bay Area’s Last Original Mile House

May 3, 2018 — CAAMFest36, Incarcerated 6×9, Paper Sons

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Thursday, May 3 on APEX Express, we’ll be in conversation with  Alleluia Panis, Director and Choreographer of Incarcerated 6×9, which runs on May 4-13 at Bindlestiff Studio. Alleluia Panis is a legendary elder and the driving force behind Kularts.

Then, we’ll be talking with bay area filmmaker Kirthi Nath about her new feminist documentary, 98 Years and Counting (co-directed with Zel Anders), and will screen at the upcoming CAAMFest36.

Also, we’ll be in conversation with local author, Dickson Lam, about his new memoir, Paper Sons, winner of the Autumn House Nonfiction Award. Tune in and catch up with your host: Tara Dorabji. APEX Express, brings you an Asian and Asian American view from the bay and around the world and airs every Thursday night at 7 pm (pacific) on KPFA. Tune in at 94.1 FM in the Bay or streaming at www.kpfa.org




We spotlight the contentious campaign to determine the future of sex education instruction in the Fremont Unified School District. Find out what the ongoing debate between the #SaveFremontSexEd Collective and the #FremontParents over sex education curricula in Fremont school district is all about. We also shine a light on a fierce and feminist audio story project by ARROW, a Malaysia-based feminist research organization, on the power of storytelling to change hearts and minds about women’s reproductive rights and health. 

Hosted & Produced by: Preeti Mangala Shekar

4/12/18 Changemakers




Tonight on Apex Express, the Powerleegirls speak with Changemakers. APAs who are kicking it up for more political access, food for all and storytelling. We talk with Jenn from Reappropriate about the largest number of APA candidates ever. We learn from Sita Bhumak from the People’s Kitchen Collective as she preps for the big Kearny Street Anniversary Celebration and we talk to filmmaker Bing Liu.

This mother daughter team of Miko Lee and Jalena Keane-Lee will also chat about current events and some of the films at the San Francisco Film Fest.

More info about Equal Pay Day.
Support a great cause and eat amazing food. Sita Bhaumik announces the release of more dessert tickets for Thursday’s April 19th Kearny Street Workshop event.
And People’s Kitchen Collective’s Kitchen Remedies project is up for the next week at this exhibition in Oakland.