This week on APEX Express we feature Filipino cinema and musicians.
We are excited to bring on to APEX Arnel Pineda, the lead sing of Bay Area band, Journey, and Ramona Diaz, filmmaker of the documentary DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ featuring Arnel Pineda which screened in San Francisco last month as the closing night film of the San Francisco International Film Festival. We share an intimate interview with the two of them as well as tape from the red carpet.
We also welcome Joël Tan from YBCA to talk about the Center’s New Filipino Cinema program which opens on Thursday. This five-day event features 29 films and 24 U.S. premieres from one of the most exciting independent film scenes in the world. It also features the Indie-Pino Underground Music Fest, an afternoon of live music by independent and underground Filipino-American bands from around the nation, programmed by the big papa of PiNoisePop, Jesse Gonzales.
Friday, June 8 through 10, a new play called Death in San Francisco premieres in San Jose. The dark comedy that explores what it means for an Indian to live and die in America. It is also a benefit for Narika, the bay area’s oldest organization working to end domestic violence in the South Asian community. http://narika.org/wp-content/uploads/IC-for-website.jpg
To kick the weekend off with Pinoy independent music, Jesse Gonzales booked a punk show at Submission Gallery in San Francisco on Friday, June 8 starting at 8 p.m. It’s all ages, so bring the kids out, but be sure to pack some earplugs. https://www.facebook.com/events/400749993282717/
The music continues with the Indie-Pino Underground Music Fest at YBCA on Saturday at 1:30 at the YBCA Sculpture Court at 701 Mission at 3rd Street.
On Saturday, June 9 at 1 p.m. at the Asian Resource Center Gallery in Oakland, the In the Currents exhibition brings together 12 Bay Area-based Iranian/American artists to respond to how artists translate the changing politics of our current time. Meet the artists whose work reflects a shift between the local and the global. https://www.facebook.com/events/301463663278429/
Also on Saturday at 3 p.m. Manilatown Heritage Foundation screens Ramona Diaz’s film The Learning. The Learning is the story of four Filipina teachers facing their first year in Baltimore’s schools. This screening is FREE, but donations are welcome.
And from 6-10 p.m. catch the Bay Area Hawaiian Arts Gala, an evening of visual art and music showcasing the artisic talents of rising Bay Area artists in the Hawaiian Community https://www.facebook.com/events/107789846025134/
And next week on Thursday, June 14, Bindlestiff Studio’s resident sketch comedy group, Taste Better Wit come at you, fresh from their appearance with Robin Williams during the SF Sketchfest ! Show is at 8 p.m. and runs for two weeks, Thurs through Saturday at Bindlestiff Studio.