Category Archives: Music

4/27/17 Bay Area May Day

Tonight, we celebrate May Day, or International Worker’s Day!

  • We hear from Terry Valen and Lyle Prijoles with Filipino Community Center as well as Irma Shauf-Bajar with GABRIELA USA. They all make connections between immigrant rights and worker rights here in the U.S. and globally.
  • We speak with two home care workers from Asian Immigrant Women Advocates who share the unique challenges they face as immigrant domestic workers.
  • Diep Tran, head chef and owner of L.A. restaurant Good Girl Dinette tells us how “cheap eats” lists celebrate inexpensive immigrant foods at the expense of immigrant labor.
  • And we talk with Zuha Khan who curated an amazing line-up of performers at El Rio this Saturday as a fundraiser for Bay Area Solidarity Summer.

4/20/17 DJ Baagi spinning music of resistance



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Tonight DJ Baagi joins us to spin music of resistance and solidarity from the Asian Diaspora worldwide, with a slight focus on South Asian musicians.

We have sounds of the Asian underground and anti-racist solidarity between Asian and Afro Caribbeans in the U.K., our friend Kiwi Illafonte/Native Guns, radical immigrant stories from Ruby Ibarra, music from the African diaspora in the Sri Lanka… and more

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  • If you hadn’t heard, San Francisco has made city college FREE to residents. On Friday, April 21 from 9 to noon, CCSF hosts an open house where you can learn how to apply for admissions. 
  • And on Sunday, from 11 to 5, Angela Angel hosts an eight-week folk and herbal remedy series at Ancestral Apothocary.  Classes include working on our physical and energetic body systems with: Philippine Herbal Medicine, Medicinal Foods and Healthy Traditional Cooking, Ancestral Healing, and Massage and Chiropractic Care.
  • We all know and love Bay Area Solidarity Summer, a a political action camp for budding South Asian activists. On Saturday, April 29 at El Rio, there’s a fundraiser for BASS featuring Doctors and Engineers, a Los Angeles based South Asian garage punk band; Kohinoorgasm, an experimental pop music project; Faluda Islam, an artist of mixed Pakistani and Lebanese descent who uses drag to speak through issues of religion, sexuality and identity.  

12/22/16 Responding to Hate, Now and in the Past

Everyone is welcome here poster up at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore. Photo by Anirvan Chatterjee.

Everyone is welcome here poster up at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore. Photo by Anirvan Chatterjee.

Guest contributor Oliver Saria talks with Anirvan Chatterjee with the Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour. Anirvan published an op-ed entitled “Post-election hate in Berkeley: 14 troubling stories and 5 ways to respond.” Their discussion brings us hope as we wind down 2016 and prepare for the new year.

Trial of 63 Japanese American draft resisters from the Heart Mountain Relocation Center

Trial of 63 Japanese American draft resisters from the Heart Mountain Relocation Center

We also hear from Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. In addition to the forced relocation away from the west coast, we hear from the draft resisters who rose up from within the camps.

We sprinkle holiday music throughout the show. Songs include a flashback to 2014 when the Colorful Mamas of the 99% went caroling with their children for love and liberation in Oakland for Black Lives Matter. We also share holiday tunes from Digital Crafts Night and Largesse.

9/29/16 Whose Food? Our Food

Kristyn Leach with Namu Farm

Kristyn Leach with Namu Farm


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Tonight on APEX Express, we talk with Kristyn Leach, a 33-year old Korean American farmer at Namu Farm in Sunol, CA. where she practices Korean Natural Farming.

Sticking with our food theme, we hear from food writer for the East Bay Express, Luke Tsai. He wrote the cover story, “Cooking Other People’s Food” and we tease out the problems that can result when fine dining chefs try their hand at cuisines outside their culture.

Ruby Mountain featured at KSW's APAture Music Showcase

Ruby Mountain featured at KSW’s APAture Music Showcase

Peppered throughout the show, we’ll hear from some of the musicians performing in Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture Music Showcase on Saturday night. Stay tuned because we have a ticket giveaway!

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Here’s the whole line-up for Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture 2016 Festival:
(10/1) APAture 2016: Music Showcase
(10/2) APAture 2016: Comics and Illustration Showcase
(10/7) APAture 2016: Literary Arts Showcase
(10/8) APAture 2016: Performing Arts Showcase
(10/9) APAture 2016: Film Showcase
(10/15) APAture 2016 Closing Reception & Artists Panel

On Tuesday, October 4, join the San Francisco launch of Hotspot, Cool Country—Biodiversity in the Philippines, a new book for all ages by Almira Astudillo Gilles, published by Anvil Books.

And next Thursday, Stories High opens.  This is the culmination of Bindlestiff Studio’s long-running annual page-to-stage theater workshop series, which runs from October 13 thru October 29. This year’s show features six one-act plays that feature pop divas, popping the question, urban legends, killer fashion, national tragedy, bike lane politics, and much more.

9/1/16 We Are Against the Wall, Goodbye to La Plebe, and Resistance to THAAD

Tonight we welcome a new voice to APEX, Sierra Lee who daylights at the Center for Asian American Media.

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Estamos contra el muro: We Are Against the Wall  Opening Sept 9th | Talk Sept 22nd | Community Demolition Oct 15th

La Plebe’s final shows are this Friday in Watsonville, Saturday at Gilman, October 14 at Bottom of the Hill, and October 15 at El Rio.

On Saturday, at 7 p.m. spend your evening with the indie, action, Filipino vampire film, Vampiriah! It screens at San Francisco Chinatown’s Historic Great Star Theater at 7 p.m.

And next Thursday, don’t miss out! Mass Bass is playing at 12:30 at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival! You thought they broke up, you thought that frontman Kiwi left the country! Be there on August 8. It may be your last chance to catch this seven-piece radical hip-hop soul collective from Oakland.

Next Thursday after 5 p.m. is “Kristina Night” at the Asian Art Museum! Comedian Kristina Wong joins filmmaker Jeff Adachi, performer Khmera Rouge, and other local artists and museum docents to reinterpret famous pieces of performance art from Yoko Ono, Shia Lebeouf and more. You won’t want to miss this hilarious, one-night only takeover.

Legions of Boom at Bindlestiff Studio


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legionsCristal Fiel talked with Bindlestiff Studio’s Oliver Saria about the upcoming Legions of Boom Panel featuring Professor Oliver Wang and the immersive, interactive performance informed by the book where the attendees will be transported to a Filipino family party circa 1988.

The panel will take place on Friday May 13 at 8 p.m. and the party will take place the following night at 8 p.m. Music in the piece was provided by local music producer 10.4 ROG.

5/5/16 AYPAL, Legions of Boom, and Weston Teruya



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Tonight on APEX Express:

  • Renee Geesler talks with members of AYPAL, Building API Community Power, join us to talk about their anti-displacement organizing work in Oakland
  • Cristal Fiel talks with Oliver Saria about Legions of Boom, a book by Oliver Wang on the Filipino American mobile DJ scene, and Bindlestiff Studio‘s  API Heritage Month events inspired by the book
  • And, we head to the dump — yes, the dump, to talk with visual artist Weston Teruya about his latest residency where he’s exploring displacement and gentrification in San Francisco.

Community Calendar

For a quick recap of what we featured on tonight’s show: Legions of Boom, the discussion on Filipino American mobile DJs and the immersive theater experience is on Friday, May 13 for the panel discussion, and Saturday, May 14 for the immersive theater experience at 8 p.m. both nights at Bindlestiff Studio in San Francisco.  AYPAL’s May Arts Festival is on Saturday, May 14 from 11 to 4 at San Antonio Park in Oakland.  and the Recology exhibition dates are Friday, May 20 from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday the 21st from 1 to 3, and Tuesday, May 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 401 Tunnel Avenue in San Francisco.

You may remember that on April 6, APEX covered a story about a Bay Area production of the Mikado where it was feared performers would be in Yellow Face. That controversy led to an important community discussion on equitable representation in the arts. It takes place on Monday May 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Arts activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph will be moderating a conversation on this topic with the members of the Ferocious Lotus Theater.

May 10th is Asian American Mental Health Day. Asian & Pacific Islanders make up one of the fastest growing ethnic communities in the United States, yet they have the lowest rates of utilization of mental health services among ethnic populations. To destigmatize mental health issues, Kearny Street Workshop has teamed up with the Richmond Area Multi-Services Inc. to present “Frames of Mind,” a seven-week photography workshop. An exhibition of their work focused on mental health led by documentarian R.J. Lozada that will be on display at the I-Hotel in Manilatown on May 10 to May 12.

As part of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance’s #RedefineSecurity week of action, a broad coalition of API community organizations are coming together to discuss what safety looks like for queer and trans API folks, particularly in the context of incarceration, immigration and racial profiling. This conversation will take place at Excelsior Works on May 15 from 3:30 to 5:30 with our friends at AACRE: API Equality of Northern California, the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, Asian Prisoners Support Committee, and ASPIRE 

And closing out May, spoken word artist and author Jason Bayani will be performing pieces drawing on stories from the fourth wave of Pilipino immigrants at Bindlestiff Studios on May 27 and 28.