6/6/13 SPIRIT: A Panel on Queer APA Artists and Activists, plus Fire Dragon Love Sauce

This week, we welcome LGBT Pride Month with a show featuring queer voices.

Click here to listen to the audio archive.

Trinity Ordoña, Madeliene Lim, Amy Sueyoshi, and Stephen Funk. Photo by Kirstie Haruta.

Trinity Ordoña, Madeleine Lim, Amy Sueyoshi, and Stephen Funk. Photo by Kirstie Haruta.

First, we bring you excerpts from an inspiring panel of queer Asian American activists and artists organized last month by Queer Rebels. It featured conscientious objector and founder of Veteran Artists, Stephen Funk; filmmaker and founder of the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project, Madeleine Lim; scholar, mentor and activist Trinity Ordona; and associate dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State, Amy Sueyoshi. Scholar Margaret Rhee moderated this powerhouse of panelists.

Fire Dragon Love Sauce

We feature Fire Dragon Love Sauce, the “official” hot sauce for gay marriage, which is created by Filipino and Colombian performance artist Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa and her partner Heather Cox Carducci.

Learn about our international reporting venture spearheaded by RJ Lozada.

Sta-Prest (1995)

We also hear music by queer punk band Sta-Prest and band off the Bindlestiff Studio CD.

Community Calendar
From June 5th to 9th, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will host the now annual New Filipino Cinema 2013, featuring both the big-budget and underground. From questioning nuns to man-eating creatures with a taste for fetuses, you can check out all the films, including CAAMfest’s sold-out Harana. Tickets are $10, or you can see all you can until Sunday for $60.

This Friday and Saturday, at ODC, award-winning composer and musician Marcus Shelby and elder artist Flo Oy Wong bring us a musical gift titled Gwah Guy: Crossing the Street. Honoring Flo’s husband Ed Wong, who grew up during segregation, and fueled by Flo’s literary interpretation of the times, Shelby’s original music aims to inspire people to “eradicate the fear of our differences.”

Brought up not to cross the street from her Chinatown childhood home to West Oakland, Flo describes the project as a collaboration with “the African American community she had been taught to fear.” Celebrate her 75th birthday at this performance brought to us by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center.

On Saturday, join the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum for their publication launch of Wing Nien Brand: A Story of Longevity. A new book by Connie Young Yu and Effie Hall Dilworth, the book chronicles the the early years of the first company to manufacture soy sauce in the U.S. and how they realized a dream of success.

The same day at the Oracle Arena, Deepak Chopra joins us for the Legacy of Health Symposium centering on children. Aimed at parents and professionals, it will provide tools, demonstrations, and resources to help educate caretakers on how to support the health, happiness, and well-being of growing youth. Sat. 7-6:30 p.m.

That night, Join 3rd i Films for an evening of drag, satire and comedy presented by Kareem Khubchandani and Anuj Vaidya. Bollywood Divas: Queering Desi Cinema includes a lesson in film by a drag queen professor and a performance exploring Bollywood vamp.

On Wednesday, June 12 from 8 to 10 p.m., KPFA API Radio Specials will be broadcasting the annual Philippine Independence Day Special on KPFA. Hear music and words from: the late, great painter and professor Carlos Villa, singer/songwriter Cynthia Alexander, the father of Filipino independent film Kidlat Tahimik, and much more!

Lastly, Kearny Street Workshop brings APAture back to the bay this October, featuring emerging Asian Pacific American artists in film, music, literature, performance, visual and experimental media. Think you’ve got the goods? Submit your work.

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