On Thursday, February 21, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, Culturestr/ke, and the Center for Political Education held the West Coast opening of the “Migration Now” Print Portfolio. The exhibition includes work by renowned cartoonists, labor organizers, street art provocateurs, and culture workers from across North America.
The opening included performances by spoken word artists; Shining Soul, a hip-hop crew out of Arizona, and the Filipino Caregiver Theater Ensemble.
Tonight, you’ll hear an excerpt of the panel moderated Robynn Takayama at the event which contextualizes the role of cultural workers in the immigrant rights movement. Panelists include Mario de Mira, MC with Power Struggle and workers rights program coordinator with the Filipino Community Center; Edwin Herrera, a member of Migrante Northern California, visual artist Melanie Cervantes with Dignidad Rebelde, and Marco Antonio Flores, recipient of the Judith Lee Stronach Visiting Scholar award.
March 7-8, there’s an amazing line-up of indie rock bands from Asia at San Francisco’s Inner Mission. Bands from China, Korea, and Taiwan fill the bill with local darlings The Gold Medalists playing on Friday.
On Saturday and Sunday, South Asian Sisters bring a Vagina-Monologues-inspired performance of comedic monologues with a South Asian perpective to the Women’s Building. A portion of the proceeds benefit Narika.
The folks at Culture Strike keep it going on Saturday with Our Undocumented Lives, a workshop production of original performances generated by students from Cherrie Moraga’s teatro class and community artists. This is at Brava Theater in SF.
Finally next Thursday, CAAMfest opens. CAAMfest is the new name for the old San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and the opening night film is Linsanity! Other great films to catch are the Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mira Nair, a romantic comedy called Sunset starring Sung Kang, and a 60th anniversary screening of Astro Boy! There’s also food-related panels, a Directions in Sound concert featuring Dengue Fever at the Rickshaw Stop, and a discussion on the highly polarizing social and political issues surround the Korean War.