6/14/18: 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.

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6/718: 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.

 

 

 

5/31/18: 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.

Calendar

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.

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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

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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.

4/5/19 Gangster of Love and 100 Days Action

Tonight, we talk with renown author and playwright, Jessica Hagedorn, who is mounting a world premiere of “The Gangster of Love”. This interview is done by superfan and local artist, Cece Carpio.

Jessica Hagedorn performing at the 1993 Asian American Jazz Festival. Photo by Bob Hsiang.


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We also talk with members of 100 Days Action. Following the 2016 presidential election, this Bay Area artist collective organized cultural responses that stand against bigotry, xenophobia, racism, and more. We’ll hear about their latest project.

And our friends at Eastwind Books, have launched a book club! We’ll talk with Eastwind staffer Erika Pallasigue and book club moderator Lawrence Wang about this program and the first book discussed, The Three-Body Problem by Chinese science fiction author Liu Cixin.
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While Jessica Hagedorn is a New York resident, her creative juices blossomed here in San Francisco, thanks to Filipino poets she met and the long-standing arts organization, Kearny Street Workshop. San Francisco hosts Jessica’s latest work, the world premiere of The Gangster of Love. The play opens on April 18 and runs until May 6 at the Magic Theater at Fort Mason. I’ve known that visual artist and Pinay immigrant Cece Carpio has been heavily influenced by Jessica’s work so I thought she would be the perfect person to conduct the interview.

100 Days Action is a Bay Area artist collective that uses art, activism, and social engagement to build community. They collaborate with local and national artists on exhibitions, performances, protests, and group actions that stand against bigotry, xenophobia, racism, sexism, and the destruction of our environment. In studio, we have conceptual Ken Lo and new media artist, composer and a performer Surabhi Saraf. Also joining us is one of their social media artists in residency, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is an artist, curator and performer of drag by the name Faluda Islam.

Open since 1982, Eastwind Books is the go-to place for Asian American publications and literary community. But running a brick and mortar store is not easy in the days of Amazon and rising Bay Area rents. To fill us in on Eastwind’s strategy to meet the needs of the Asian American literary community, we have in studio with us Erika Pallasigue, bookstore manager, performer, and chef. And to talk about a new book club at Eastwind, we have book club moderator, Lawrence Wang, an avid reader and member of THREE book clubs.