Sunday, May 20, 2018

K-pop Dance Class at Yanlai Dance Academy this summer.

Yanlai Dance Academy will host a K-pop Dance Class on most Saturdays this summer (now through July 28, and again on August 18). Classes run from 4:00 to 5:00 pm and are $18 for a drop-in session or $145 for the whole term. The classes are led by Lucy Chen and the school is located at 2260 Babcock Blvd. in the North Hills (map).

Saturday, May 19, 2018

1992 Hayao Miyazaki film Porco Rosso (紅の豚) in Pittsburgh, May 20, 21, 23.

The 1992 Hayao Miyazaki film Porco Rosso (紅の豚) will play at Pittsburgh-area Cinemark theaters on May 20, 21, and 23 as part of this year's GKIDS Ghibli Fest. The distributor provides a summary:
This unsung treasure from Hayao Miyazaki nestles a tale of morality and identity inside a soaring airborne adventure — a tribute to early aviation and the reckless flyboys whose home was the open sky.

Set in a mid-war Italy swept by fascism, the film follows the life of Marco, a world-weary flying ace-turned bounty hunter who plies his trade above the waters of the Adriatic. Somewhere along the way a curse has transformed Marco’s head into the head of a pig, reflecting his loss of faith in humanity. Marco meets his polar opposite in the innocent and energetic 17-year-old Fio, an aspiring airplane designer, and the two are catapulted into an airborne adventure pursued by air pirates, the Italian army, and an egotistical American flying ace.
The movie will play with English subtitles on May 21, and will be dubbed in English on May 20 and 23. Area Cinemark theaters currently scheduled to show Porco Rosso are in Monaca, Monroeville, North Hills, Pittsburgh Mills, and Robinson.

Friday, May 18, 2018

"Bubblepop: k-pop · j-pop · retro pop dance party," June 9.

Bubblepop, "a dance party for K-Pop, J-Pop, Mando-pop and everything else fun and cute," is back with its next event on June 9, the "K-pop, J-Pop, Retro Pop Dance Party."
Kawaii babes are playing your favorite international pop, disco and new wave at P-Town with psyched out karaoke-style visuals. Dress up is encouraged. Get weird and come dance your adorable asses off with us!
It runs from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am at P Town Bar in Bloomfield (map).

Curry Cup Noodles (カップヌードル カレー).

Ample supply of Curry Cup Noodles (カップヌードル カレー)---an unusual find in Pittsburgh---at Panda Supermarket in Squirrel Hill (map).

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Day of the Western Sunrise rough-cut screening at Melwood Screening Room, June 12.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers just announced that a rough-cut screening documentary Day of the Western Sunrise will play at the Melwood Screening Room on June 12.
Keith Reimink is screening a rough cut of his new feature length documentary "Day of the Western Sunrise."

"Day of the Western Sunrise" tells of real life story the Japanese tuna trawler Daigo Fukuryu Maru, or the Lucky Dragon No. 5, and it's 23 man crew. On March 1st, 1954, the fishermen onboard the Lucky Dragon survived the biggest explosion ever caused by man, the Castle Bravo thermonuclear test in the Pacific Ocean. That's just the start of the story. Through survivor interviews and beautiful animation the film tells how their lives were forever changed while showing the long-term impact of this devastating event.

In 2015 Keith traveled to Japan to interview the surviving crew members of the Lucky Dragon, their families, and to visit their fishing village.
Members of the Pittsburgh Japanese-speaking community were involved in some of the scenes. A reception starts at 7:00 pm and the movie starts at 8:00. Tickets are $5, and the theater is located at 477 Melwood Ave. in Oakland (map).

Jessica Yu's 2007 movie Ping Pong Playa part of Cinema in the Park this August.

The 2018 Cinema in the Park lineup was announced today and the 2007 movie Ping Pong Playa is among the selections. Rotten Tomatoes provides a summary:
Christopher "C-dub" Wang is a suburban guy who sports an urban swagger, waxes political on all things Asian American, and clings to pipe dreams of a career as a pro basketball player. Blaming genetics for his failure to make the NBA, C-dub lives at home, works a dead-end job, and squirms in the shadow of his older brother, Michael, a doctor and ping pong champion. When the Wang family livelihood is threatened by a rival ping pong player's attempts to lure the kids away, C-dub begins to take things more seriously. With the National Golden Cock Tournament coming up and an injured Michael unable to defend his title, C-dub must become the player he pretends to be and defend his family's ping pong dynasty.
The movie will play at Schenley Park's Flagstaff Hill on August 8 and at Observatory Hill's Riverview Park on August 11. Movies start at dusk and are free and open to the public.

Attack on Titan Season 2 the Movie: The Roar of Awakening (進撃の巨人 ~覚醒の咆哮~) in Pittsburgh, July 10 and 11.

The 2018 movie Attack on Titan Season 2 the Movie: The Roar of Awakening (進撃の巨人 ~覚醒の咆哮~) will play at the Southside Works Cinema on July 10 and 11.

Pitt's Katz Graduate School of Business hiring bilingual Mandarin-English administrative assistant for summer work.

The University of Pittsburgh's Katz Graduate School of Business is hiring a bilingual Mandarin-English administrative assistant for a summer position.
The University of Pittsburgh is seeking an Administrative Assistant. The administrative assistant will perform general clerical work and serve as an MS student “ambassador” to recent graduates (alumni), incoming/current students and applicants, with a preference for those with Mandarin language skills as well as strong English skills. The position requires exceptional communication skills, as the successful candidate will utilize not only social media and email, but may speak in front of groups of incoming students during Orientation events and activities. This position requires strong teamwork skills, as they will be an integral part of the MS Program Office team over the summer.

The position will report to Director, MS Programs. Will perform duties as supervised by Assistant Director, MS Programs.