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10/12/17 Rohingya, Welga, and APAture

Tonight, we rebroadcast Salima Hamarani’s segment on the Rohingya refugee crisis and find inspiration in the arts.

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We visit Bindlestiff Studio to learn about Welgatheir latest production that weaves labor rights, educational rights, and family into a coming of age story set in SOMA Pilipinas.

Welga playwright Conrad Panganiban and labor activst Daz Lamparas.

And we talk with artists participating in Kearny Street Workshop’s annual showcase of Asian Pacific American artists, APAture. Interviews include Focus Artist Award recipient, Kristina Wong; visual artist Selena Ching; featured literary artist Vanessa Hua, author of Deceit and Other Possibilities; and featured book artist Innosanto Nagara, author of the popular children’s book, A is for Activist.

Books illustrated by APAture featured artist Innosanto Nagara.

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Welga continues through October 21 at Bindlestiff Studio.

Kearny Street Workshop is also participating in at Lit Crawl at Five and Diamond in San Francisco featuring alumni from their three month summer program for writers of color.

Also on Saturday, El Rio hosts a punk and hip hop benefit for Migrante SoMa/TL- San Francisco, a grassroots community organization that advocates and organizes Filipino migrants and workers in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

APAture programs continue this week with the Book Arts Showcase featuring Innosanto Nagara on Sunday, October 15 at Arc Gallery and Studios in San Francisco. And save the date for the Performing Arts showcase on Saturday, October 21 at the Asian Art Museum featuring Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.



11/19/15 KSW’s Interdisciplinary Writers Lab

Photo by Nye Lyn Tho

Photo by Nye Lyn Tho

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Tonight we bring you powerful words from Kearny Street Workshop’s talented teachers and students of this year’s Interdisciplinary Writers Lab. IWL is a three month, multi-genre class for local writers, challenged to expand their practice by working in a variety of genres and formats. Tune in to hear the fruits of their labor.

A stellar lineup of instructors included: Chinaka Hodge (writing for performance), Nayomi Munaweera (fiction), Brynn Saito (poetry). The IWL 2015 cohort was made up of Celeste Chan, Vida Kuang, Daniel Riddle Rodriguez, Joshua Merchant, Janine Mogannam, Shelley Wong, Phuong Vuong, Helida Silva, Audrey Esquivel, Stephen Tsai, Tanea Lunsford, Irene Tu, Diego Basdeo, Hope Casareno, Paula Junn

Tonight’s show was edited by Justine Lee and produced by Nonogirl.

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A Place of Her Own, an exhibition that asks Asian American women, “if you had a place of your own, what would it be,” opens Thursday at SOMArts Cultural Center. Curated by Cynthia Tom, see the dreams of women brought to life through soul-inspiring sound sculpture, a forest of giant intuitive paintings, and an enormous landscape of hand-built chairs and ladders. The exhibition will be up until December 11.

Saturday at East Side Cultural Center, check out the next in the Spirit of Bandung Series: Black Liberation and Third World Solidarity, presented by Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Haiti Action Committee, Black Alliance for Just Immigration. With U.S. imperialism as a backdrop, the organizations will explore anti- Black violence and movements for resistance, liberation, and self-determination.

On Saturday at UC Berkeley’s Herbst Field Annex Room, check out the Conference on Third World`Multiracial Solidarity and Community Engagement from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This conference, free and open to the public, will engage activists and scholars involved with the late 1960s Third World Liberation Front Strikes of San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley in issues and concerns facing younger generations.

Also on Saturday there’s the 8th Annual Bike Expo! Whether you are just starting to ride or have been cycling your whole life, the SF Bike Expo is the perfect venue to support those who share the same interest and passion for cycling with booths featuring vendors from fashion and apparel to backyard bicycle fabrications. It’s at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, with a free Bike Valet; $10 parking for cars.

10/8/15 SE Asians respond to the refugee crisis, and APAture!

MOAS rescues 105 migrants in Oct 2014. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MOAS

MOAS rescues 105 migrants in Oct 2014.
Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi/MOAS

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Tonight, we kick off a two-part series on the Syrian refugee crisis. We explore it through the eyes of a SouthEast Asian refugee and filmmaker, Duc Nguyen. He has recently launched a hashtag and fundraising campaign (#ICAREBECAUSE) to raise awareness and much needed donations for life-saving charity Migrant Offshore Aid Station. We also hear from USF Professor Bill Ong Hing to get his take on the U.S.’s policy on refugees.

We also delve deep into this year’s multi-day, multidisciplinary, Asian Pacific American arts festival: Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture! We hear from one of the organizers, Dara Del Rosario, and from three of the featured artists, filmmaker Jethro Patalinghug, comic book illustrator Thi Bui, and Charito Soriano of the musical duo Astralogik to learn about the change that these artists hope their art will compel.

Plus we have a tribute to centenarian activist Grace Lee Boggs.

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On October 18, there will be a walk-a-thon to support MOAS and the Syrian Medical Society in Orange County’s Miles Square Park.

KSW’s APAture kicks off this weekend

This Friday, Kearny Street Workshop kicks off APAture, a multi-day festival featuring a lineup of some of the most exciting Asian and Pacific Islander artists in the San Francisco Bay Area today.

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APEX Contributor Robynn Takayama talked with KSW’s Program Manager Jason Bayani about what to catch during this two-week festival that features over 80 artists! The full schedule is available here.

11/21/2013 Typhoon Haiyan, KSW Artists Workshop, Makana

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On tonight’s show:

We’ll be hearing about Taskforce Haiyan, a local effort to support the 4 million people in the Philippines who were displaced by Typhoon Haiyan.

Taskforce Haiyan

Taskforce Haiyan

Then we’ll learn about Kearny Street Workshop’s artist reception in Oakland focusing on finding home where the heart is.

Photo from makanamusic.com

Photo from makanamusic.com

We’ll round out the hour with an interview with Hawaiian slack key guitar icon, Makana.  The guitarist, singer, and composer made headlines in 2011 when he played his protest song, “We Are the Many” at the APEC World Leaders’ Dinner.  Since then, he’s continued to evolve, creating Hawaiian music that speaks to the realities of our time.  His new album, Ripe, is out this week.

We also have a ticket give away for Balkan Beatbox.  Tara Dorabji hosts.

9/12/13 Arts in the House

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A memoir by journalist Alison Singh Gee

A memoir by journalist Alison Singh Gee

The arts are in the house tonight. First up we’ll be hear from organizers of Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture. Returning to the Bay Area in October, APAture features emerging Asian and Pacific American talent in a multidisciplinary arts festival.

We’ll talk with Alison Gee Singh about her memoir, Where the Peacocks Singfollowing her journey from LA to Taiwan to India in her search for home.

Community Calendar
Featured on last week’s show, tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. is the long-awaited Feast of Funny—Kearny Street Workshop’s stand-up comedy event! Hosted by Al S. Manolo and featuring small plates from nine diverse chefs, get your fill of laughs and good food for only $10, with all proceeds benefiting APAture 2013. https://www.facebook.com/events/157989431069396/

Join Active Leadership to Advance the Youth for music, poetry and live performance tomorrow night at Mama Art Café on Mission Street in San Francisco. This month’s In Progress! open mike focuses on immigration, welcoming song, rap, and poetry from the community. Come join in from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.on this feel-good event. https://www.facebook.com/events/167155456810031/

Also tomorrow night, crawl out of bed in your grown-up sleepwear for Hyphen magazine’s celebration of their 27th publication: The Sex Issue. From 8:30 – 1:30 a.m. at Fame on Broadway in San Francisco, enjoy a drag show, mingle-bingo, sexy cocktails, dancing, and more. Tickets are $20 athyphenmagazine.com.

Next Thursday night from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Bayview Opera House, APEXer Robynn Takayama, the SF Arts Commission, and KALW public radio reporters bring us “The Sights and Sounds of Bayview,” a night of free live radio storytelling. Featuring inspiring people in Bayview, stories range from native Raquel Miller, who transformed herself from street-fighting teen to Olympic hopeful to former gang members turned clergymen who helped young men leave violent street life. Blues performer Pat Wilder and the Serious Business kicks off the program in the wine and beer garden, with food for sale by Taste of Black Cuisine. Find out more at sfartscommission.org.

4/19/12 Battle of the Bay: Is Oakland Cooler Than SF?

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This week’s episode is a Battle of the Bay. You may have seen the Bay Guardian’s cover story last week which asked, “Is Oakland cooler than SF?!” and said, “San Francisco is losing much of its diversity, cultural edge, and working class to the East Bay — can anything be done?”

To continue this dialogue, we talk with Michelle Reed who opened a small plant store called Roots in San Francisco’s Mission District.

We also bring into the studio, Saqib Keval with People’s Grocery, an organization whose mission is to  improve the health and economy of West Oakland through the local food system.

We talk with Kearny Street Workshop, a multi-disciplinary arts organization in San Francisco thatis holding a fundraiser called Dumpling Wars at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

And we close out with a teaser for the documentary about the lead singer of San Francisco band, Journey. Mr. Arnel Pineda, from the Philippines!


  • Haven’t seen a good play lately? Tonight, immediately after our show, head straight to Bindlestiff Studio in SF. This show promises to astound. “Thunder above, deeps below” is an imaginative take on Shakespeare’s Pericles featuring three homeless young adults. It’s all about redemption, identity, gender and sexuality and the search for a better life. Tickets are $25 at the door. 185 Sixth @Howard in San Francisco’s South of Market District. The play runs through May 5.
  • Friday, April 20 in Oakland, suit up in your favorite digs and head to the Paramount Theater of the Arts for Notes from the Philippines featuring jazz and classical musicians Victor Noriega, Arthur Khu and David Riquero. Promises to be a really beautiful night of music with the best bay area jazz talent. 8pm on Friday, 2025 Broadway in Downtown Oakland.
  • And if you haven’t had your fill of music, this Saturday, April 21,  join us at East Side Arts Alliance to celebrate the arrival of the warm weather with a whole lot of music at “spring forward”. Spend the evening listening to experimental jazz ensemble Mutual Aid Project, hip hop/funk/rock collective Bandung 55, and Rachel Lastimosa of the soul/jazz/indie group Dirty Boots. That’s at 8pm this Saturday at East Side Arts Alliance.
  • Earlier in the show you got a sneak preview of the kind of excitement waiting for you at Kearny Street Workshop’s first ever Dumpling Wars. Seven teams of amateur chefs compete to create the best hand made dumplings which that’s right, you the audience, then get to eat. Food, competition and music? What better way to spend a Thursday night. The Dumpling Wars take place at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center on April 26th from 6 – 9 pm. Entry $25.
  • Finally, May 3 at the Castro Theater is the Closing Night of “Don’t Stop Believing: Everyman’s Journey” about Arnel Pineda’s rise to fame as the newest singer of Journey. 7pm at the Castro Theater. Get your tickets online through the San Francisco International Film Festival.