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Discounted Tickets for Asian Arts Initative Festival

Not a week goes by where I’m not mad crushing over some event that the Asian Arts Initative has organized. This week is no different. Their latest offering is called Home: Far and Near.

“The festival¬† features 4 nights of 8 different Asian American performance-based artists from around the country. From March 25th-27, various artists will be performing excerpts from solo shows, and April 3rd all 8 artists will be performing a dynamic ensemble.”

The festival features artists from all over the country, but Philadelphia-based artists include: Continue reading

Classical Ballet+Indian Classical = Epic Dance

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to interview 26-year old Urmika Devi, a fellow Temple Law classmate about her upcoming dance piece In Dreams,¬† which incorporates elements of Indian classical with contemporary ballet. The full interview will be posted somewhere on the net later, but I walked away from it in awe of Urmika’s dedication to her art. And I straightaway bought two tickets to the show. Here’s why I think this particular show is going to be amazing: Continue reading

Yo Kids, Wanna Learn Filmmaking?


Folks from the Asian Arts Initative passed on the following opportunity:


Under the guidance of award-winning independent filmmaker Gary San Angel, four youth apprentices will participate in an intensive weeklong video-editing, documentary-making workshop during August 17-21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The program is completely free. In fact, upon satisfactory completion of the workshop, each youth apprentice will be paid a $100 stipend.

The apprenticeship is open to all youth 13 to 21 years old. Asian Americans are especially encouraged to apply. Some video-editing or related experience is required.

Please complete the application (which is available from the Asian Arts Initiative website) then drop it off at Asian Arts Initiative (1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107) OR e-mail it to toni@asianartsinitiative.org.

Application deadline is August 10, 2009. If you have questions, please contact Toni at (215)557-0455.

Furious Style @ Asian Arts Initative


In from the lovely folks at the Asian Arts Initative:

Join us for Open Mic Night!

August 14
7 p.m.

The open mic will feature…

Artist-in-Residence Jeff Cylkowski as MC!
Live performance by local b-boys Dreamerz Crew!
Special presentations by Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia and Iranian Youth Media Workshop!
You*!!!  Sign up that night! Continue reading

Little drummer boys (and girls)

So I missed the TAIKOPROJECT event on Friday. But no problem. This in from PG reader, Toni D. Thanks!

Remember the taiko drumming group in this popular Mitsubishi commercial from 2006?

That’s TAIKOPROJECT, and they’re in Philly for only one night this week!!!
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