Friday, July 31, 2015

Kang fan.

Earlier this month, Pittsburgh Pirates play-by-play announcer Greg Brown retweeted a gift he received from Sunshin Kim (김선신), a sports reporter with MBC in South Korea who was doing a piece on .



The fan showed up on Roots Sports as well.



Via a collection of MBC Sports coverage of Kang through mid-July.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Boruto: Naruto the Movie at Hollywood Theater in October.



The Hollywood Theater in Dormont announced today on Facebook that it will be the only city in Pennsylvania to show Boruto: Naruto the Movie when it is released in the US this October. A brief summary from Wikipedia:
It is part of the larger Start of a New Era Project (新時代開幕プロジェクト Shinjidai Kaimaku Purojekuto) to commemorate the series' 15th anniversary. The film, first teased in the post-credits scene of the previous film, The Last: Naruto the Movie, will tell about the next generation of ninja, in particular Naruto Uzumaki and Hinata Hyuga's son, Boruto, and Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno's daughter, Sarada, both of whom were introduced in the final chapter of the manga series.
The movie will be released in Japan on August 7, and will play at the Hollywood Theater on October 10, 11, and 13. Screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles. Showtimes and ticket information are available online.

The theater is located at 1449 Potomac Ave. in Dormont (map), and is accessible by Pittsburgh's subway/LRT at a block south of Potomac Station.

Twinsters at AMC Loews Waterfront from July 31.



Twinsters, a 2015 movie about twin Korean adoptees separated at birth and reconnected years later through a random YouTube discovery, opens at the AMC Loews theater in the Waterfront on July 31. The synopsis, from the movie's official site:
In February 2013, Anaïs Bordier, a French fashion student living in London, stumbled upon a YouTube video featuring Samantha Futerman, an actress in Los Angeles, and was struck by their uncanny resemblance. After discovering they were born on the same day in Busan, Korea and both put up for adoption, Anaïs reached out to Samantha via Facebook. In Twinsters, we follow Samantha and Anaïs’ journey into sisterhood, witnessing everything from their first meeting, to their first trip back to Korea where their separation took place.
The movie is currently scheduled to run there through August 4. The theater is located at the Waterfront shopping center in Homestead (map), across a bridge from Pittsburgh. Showtimes and ticket information are available on the theater's website.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Asian-style karaoke/ktv/노래방 coming to Squirrel Hill.

A new Asian-style karaoke place is coming to Squirrel Hill. Construction appears to finally be underway at 6316 Forbes Ave. (map), near the corner of Shady Ave., on "C & Z Ktv".



The latest building permit on the window dates to May 28, 2015, and calls for "Interior renovations to 1832 sq ft for recreation and entertainment (limited) in one story structure for karaoke". The owners are the proprietors of "Dragon Chinese Restaurant" in Verona.

The area's first Asian-style karaoke place, K-Box, opened on South Craig St. in Oakland in September 2012. A few Korean restaurants in the area have karaoke, but do not offer the small, private rooms ubiquitous throughout East Asia.

Tomodachi Ties Through Taiko concert and farewell reception, August 15.

A concert and farewell reception for a group of 12 exchange students from Aichi Prefecture, Japan will be held on August 15. The cohort from Nihon Fukushi Daigaku High School will visit Pittsburgh for one week "to practice taiko drumming with Pittsburgh Taiko and students from CAPA and Allderdice High Schools for the TOMODACHI Ties Through Taiko program", according to the latest Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania newsletter. The concert and farewell reception will start at 3:00 pm at the Pittsburgh CAPA School downtown:
See the results of the students' hard work this week at a joint performance by Pittsburgh Taiko, the Pittsburgh students, and the Japanese students. A Farewell Reception directly following the concert will wish the students safe travels on their trip back to Japan.
The visit is part of the TOMODACHI Initiative, formed by the US Embassy in Tokyo and the U.S.-Japan Council,
a public-private partnership, born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs.

Hiroshima Mon Amour (二十四時間の情事) at Melwood Screening Room, August 5.



The 1959 film Hiroshima Mon Amour (二十四時間の情事) will play at the Melwood Screening Room in Oakland (map) on August 5, one day ahead of the anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. A summary from a 2014 Village Voice review:
Emmanuelle Riva is a haunted French actress on location in Japan; Eiji Okada is a married architect indulging her for a two-day impromptu, and as their memories and stories commingle, the past — of the Hiroshima bombing and of occupied-Europe guilt and heartbreak — rises like floodwaters. Bedevilingly stylish even as it flirts with neurotic navel-gazing, Resnais's ruminative classic is merely the first salvo in his career's exploration of why we shape life into storytelling — and how sometimes we fail.
A 1960 New York Times review:
A viewer, it must be stated at the outset, needs patience in order to appreciate the slow but calculated evolvement of the various levels of the film's drama, despite its fine, literal English subtitles. Neither M. Resnais nor Mlle. Duras are direct in their approach.

For the first fifteen minutes, our lovers, in intimate embrace, seemingly are savoring the ecstacies of their moment. Simultaneously, however, they are discussing Hiroshima, the 200,000 dead, the remembrance (shown in harrowingly stark newsreel and documentary footage of that monumental holocaust) of that frightful period in history. It is, in striking effect, an oblique but vivid reminder of the absolutes of love and death.
The showtimes are not yet posted, but will eventually be on the theater's website. August 5

Friday, July 24, 2015

Welcome Picnic for students from Nihon Fukushi Daigaku High School, August 8.

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania will host a Welcome Picnic for 12 students visiting from Nihon Fukushi Daigaku High School on August 8. From the JASP newsletter:
Twelve students will be coming to Pittsburgh from Mihama, Aichi Prefecture, to practice taiko drumming with Pittsburgh Taiko and students from CAPA and Allderdice High Schools for the TOMODACHI Ties Through Taiko program.
The Welcome Picnic will be held at Prospect Shelter in Schenley Park (map) on August 8 at 12:00 pm. Online RSVP is requested by July 31. A concert and farewell reception will be held on August 15 at the Pittsburgh CAPA School downtown (map).

"Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 70 Years Later" at Dormont Public Library, August 8.

The Dormont Public Library will host "Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 70 Years Later" on August 8.
In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the events in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we proudly present a tribute to Japanese history and culture. This special event, offered in partnership with the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania, is a reflection of this significant period in history and will highlight the many unique aspects of Japanese culture.

This program is recommended for individuals in 3rd grade and up and will feature an interactive demonstration of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, performance of the beautiful koto musical instrument, and unveiling of a special project completed by members of the library staff and volunteers from the public and the Origami Club of Pittsburgh over the course of several months.
Registration is requested and can be done through the Facebook page or by calling 412.531.8754. The library is located at 2950 W. Liberty Ave. (map), and a five-minute walk south of Potomac Station on the T.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pittsburgh Taiko and Rashomon at Row House Cinema, July 25.

Rashomon

Pittsburgh Taiko, a local Japanese drumming group, will perform at the Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville on July 25 before the evening's showing of the 1950 Akira Kurosawa film Rashomon. The performance begins at 7:15 pm. Tickets are $9, and more information is available at the event's Facebook page.

A synopsis of the film, from a 2002 Roger Ebert review:
The film opens in torrential rain, and five shots move from long shot to closeup to reveal two men sitting in the shelter of Kyoto's Rashomon Gate. The rain will be a useful device, unmistakably setting apart the present from the past. The two men are a priest and a woodcutter, and when a commoner runs in out of the rain and engages them in conversation, he learns that a samurai has been murdered and his wife raped and a local bandit is suspected. In the course of telling the commoner what they know, the woodcutter and the priest will introduce flashbacks in which the bandit, the wife and the woodcutter say what they saw, or think they saw--and then a medium turns up to channel the ghost of the dead samurai. Although the stories are in radical disagreement, it is unlike any of the original participants are lying for their own advantage, since each claims to be the murderer.
And a 1951 New York Times review writes:
Much of the power of the picture—and it unquestionably has hypnotic power—derives from the brilliance with which the camera of director Akira Kurosawa has been used. The photography is excellent and the flow of images is expressive beyond words. Likewise the use of music and of incidental sounds is superb, and the acting of all the performers is aptly provocative.
Row House Cinema is showing four classic Akira Kurosawa films from July 24 through July 30 in a film series dedicated to the director. 1961's Yojimbo (用心棒), 1949's Stray Dog (野良犬), 1958's The Hidden Fortress (隠し砦の三悪人), and Rashomon (羅生門). A schedule and ticket information are available on the theater's website. The theater is located at 4115 Butler St. (map).

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Studio Ghibli film Porco Rosso (紅の豚) at Row House Cinema through July 23.



The Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville (map) is showing the 1992 Studio Ghibli film Porco Rosso (紅の豚) through July 23 as part of its "Airplanes" series. A synopsis, from a 2011 New York Times review:
Set during the political volatility of between-the-wars Italy, Hayao Miyazaki’s animated 1992 adventure “Porco Rosso” introduces an unlikely hero: a portly, chauvinistic seaplane pilot with the head of a pig and the heart of Rhett Butler.

The snout grew courtesy of a mysterious curse, but the heart, like Rhett’s, beats for only one woman: a sexy chanteuse who runs a popular resort on the Adriatic — a floating Rick’s Café. Once an ace fighter pilot, Porco has deserted from the Italian military (“I’d rather be a pig than a fascist,” he explains) and now works as a freelance bounty hunter and scourge of aerial pirates.
Ticket and showtime information is available on the theater's website. The Thursday screening is a "Kids Will Be Kids" show:
A family movie where where kids are allowed to run around and be kids. A little lower on the volume as well. Please note this will be distracting to the quiet movie watcher.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Kung Fu Killer (一個人的武林) at Parkway Theater, July 21.



July's installment of "Asian Movie Madness" at the Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks is Kung Fu Killer (一個人的武林). Wikipedia provides a summary of the 2015 movie, which is now commonly known as Kung Fu Jungle in English:
Hahou Mo, a martial arts expert and police self-defense instructor (Donnie Yen) is incarcerated for involuntary manslaughter during a fight with an opponent. Three years later, a vicious killer (Wang Baoqiang) emerges and starts killing retired martial arts masters that Hahou knows. With his own personal agenda, Hahou reveals he knows the killer's next intended victims and offers to aid Inspector Luk Yuen-Sum (Charlie Young) in capturing the killer with his martial arts skills and knowledge in exchange for his freedom.
The movie starts at 7:00 pm and is free, as are all Asian Movie Madness films, which are held on the third Thursday of the month. The theater is located at 644 Broadway Ave. in McKees Rocks (map), a few miles west of the North Side.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Chinese man pedaling rickshaw around the world stops in Washington, PA.

The Observer-Reporter writes about Chen Guan Ming, the 61-year-old Chinese man pedaling a rickshaw around the world again ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. He stopped in Washington, PA on the 14th.
From their vantage point at Campbell Street and Avella Road, the employees of the Avella Uni-Mart are witness to the happenings of the small town.

They can watch the trucks from the volunteer fire department speed by and funeral processions inch along the brick road.

Tuesday, they spotted a white-haired Chinese man pushing a rickshaw up to their front door.

Chen Guan Ming, a farmer from Eastern China, stopped by the convenience store for a quick bite on his way to Pittsburgh.

“I bought him two slices of pizza,” said employee John Runyon. “We offered him water, but he wanted ice, so we filled up his thermos. Then he used the bathroom.”
So that's the news out of Independence Township. His schedule isn't posted online, but you can follow where he is on his Facebook page. A reader says he was spotted in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Cambodian film The Last Reel (ដុំហ្វីលចុងក្រោយ) in Oakland, July 18.

The Lost Reel

The Cambodian film The Last Reel (ដុំហ្វីលចុងក្រោយ), which first played in Pittsburgh on July 13, will have a second screening at the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival on Saturday, July 18, the last day of the festival. A synopsis, via the official site:
A lost film buried beneath the Killing Fields reveals different versions of the truth.

Sophoun discovers an old film starring her mother and this offers her the chance to dictate her own destiny, but at the cost of uncovering some dark secrets about her mother and father during the Khmer Rouge regime.

Phnom Penh, present day. Sophoun, the rebellious daughter of a hard-line army colonel, lives life for the moment, hanging out with a local gang. But when her father returns home with another marriage proposal, Sophoun flees her imploding home and seeks refuge in a derelict cinema. There, she is shocked to discover an incomplete 1970s melodrama from pre-Khmer Rouge times, a film which starred her now desperately ill mother as a glamorous young woman. A story from a different world, a different time.

With the help of the cinema’s elderly projectionist, Sophoun re-makes the missing last reel of the film, reprising her mother’s role. By premiering the completed film forty years later, she hopes to remind her mother of a life she’d once lived and to mend the psychological scars that still haunt her.

The old film, however, poses more questions than it answers. The promise of the Cambodian film industry and its newest star was cut short in 1975 by the brutal Khmer Rouge regime which specifically targeted actors and filmmakers as enemies of the people. Remaking the last reel offers Sophoun an opportunity to dictate her own destiny but at the cost of uncovering some painful truths about her family and their past.

The movie plays at the Melwood Screening Room in Oakland (map) and starts at 8:30 pm.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

강정호의 "해적"티셔츠.

Commonwealth Press has designed Jung-ho Kang t-shirts with "Pirates" in Korean, 해적, across the front.



In Korean, the singular Pirate is the same as the plural. The unisex shirt is $15.

Pittsburgh City-Paper profiles author and University of Pittsburgh professor Robert Yune.

The Pittsburgh City-Paper published a profile in today's edition of author and University of Pittsburgh professor Robert Yune, whose first novel, Eighty Days of Sunlight, was published in June. An excerpt:
The book is especially notable for its particularized and distinctive portrait of Asian Americans. Yune never wanted to write about racism, racial identity or the immigrant experience, because, well, that's been done. But at the least, Eighty Days of Sunlight (titled for Pittsburgh's supposed annual solar exposure) is an unusual take on those matters. Yune notes, for instance, that working-class Asian-American life is usually referenced only as backstory — not depicted in the firsthand way of Jason's often stupefied workaholic father, or of Jason finding a strange pride in taking his father's place in a hot, grimy, noisy factory. Nor, in a national literature replete with immigrants "making it," do we see often such strivers fail.

Likewise atypical are Jason and Tommy, contentious young screw-ups who'd fit no one's typed ideas of Asian Americans. "When I got to know the characters, they didn't seem to be ... the model minority," says Yune. "A lot of times when we see people who don't fit the stereotypes, we forget about them."
More about the author on his official website.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Four Akira Kurosawa films at Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville, July 24 - 30.


Rashomon

The Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville (map) will show four Akira Kurosawa films in a film series dedicated to the director. 1961's Yojimbo (用心棒), 1949's Stray Dog (野良犬), 1958's The Hidden Fortress (隠し砦の三悪人), and 1950's Rashomon (羅生門) will run from July 24 to 30. A schedule and ticket information are available on the theater's website.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Korean movie Futureless Things (이것이 우리의 끝이다) in Oakland, July 14 and 16.

The 2014 Korean movie Futureless Things (이것이 우리의 끝이다) will in Oakland on July 14 and 16 as part of the 2015 Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival.



A synopsis:
The trials and tribulations of a group of convenience store clerks over the course of a single day are emblematic of societal archetypes. These unforgettable characters toil away as they deal with love, drama, mystery, romance, unruly customers and even a little magic. The motley crew includes: a struggling actor, an English student, and a young girl trying to get over a romantic relationship with one of her coworkers. Set against a very specific cultural moment, one wonders: how much does an individual struggle with love, drama, or mystery actually matter when pitted against almighty commerce?
The July 14 screening is at 7:00 pm at the Melwood Screening Room (map). The 2015 festival runs from July 10 through July 18 at the Melwood Screening Room and the Regent Square Theater. Ticket information and the complete festival schedule are available at the festival's website.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

"Storytime: Japanese and English" at Carnegie Library in East Liberty, July 21.

The Carnegie Library in East Liberty will host "Storytime: Japanese and English" on Tuesday, July 21.
Celebrate our city's diverse culture as we explore new words through songs, action rhymes and stories in both English and Japanese. For children ages 2-5 and their parents or caregivers.
The event runs from 11:00 to 11:30 am, and the library is located at 130 S. Whitfield Street (map).

"Teen Time: Attack on Titan Party" at Carnegie Library Lawrenceville, July 18.

The Lawrenceville branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host "Teen Time: Attack on Titan Party" on July 18. Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人) is a Japanese manga series, and one that has appeared in other media as well. From the library's event page:
Step out of the summer heat and into a world of cool Japanese culture! Create delicious candy sushi, construct Asian inspired crafts and compete with your friends at Attack on Titan trivia!
The event is intended for fans in grades 6 through 12. The Lawrenceville branch is located at 279 Fisk St. (map).

Friday, July 10, 2015

Thai film How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) in Oakland, July 12 and 18.



The 2015 Thai film How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) will play at the Melwood Screening Room in Oakland (map) on July 12 and 18 as part of this year's Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival. A synopsis of the feature film debut of Josh Kim, via the official website:
In Thailand, all males turning 21 years old must participate in the annual military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption, while drawing red results in two years of military service.

On the morning of his draft lottery, Oat reflects back on his childhood -- when as a child, his older brother Ek faced the possibility of being drafted himself. Unable to convince Ek to do whatever he can to change his fate, young Oat takes matters into his own hands, resulting in unexpected circumstances.

Based on the short stories “At the Café Lovely” and “Draft Day” from the U.S. bestselling book Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap[.]
The July 12 screening is at 6:30 pm. The 2015 festival runs from July 10 through July 18 at the Melwood Screening Room and the Regent Square Theater. Ticket information and the complete festival schedule are available through the festival's website.

Vietnamese films Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere (Đập Cánh Giữa Không Trung) and Nuoc 2030 (Nước) at Silk Screen Festival, July 12.



The Vietnamese films Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere (Đập Cánh Giữa Không Trung) and Nuoc 2030 (Nước) will play in Pittsburgh on July 12 as part of the 2015 Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival.

A synopsis of the former, which plays at the Melwood Screening Room in Oakland (map) at 2:30 pm, from the Toronto International Film Festival:
Vietnamese director Nguyen Hoang Diep's feature debut Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere is a frank yet tender examination of what happens when youthful ambivalence is confronted with life-altering decisions. Tung's strategy for gathering cash for the abortion is to join in the illegal cockfights held outside the city in deserted locales. Huyen's method of fundraising is equally precarious: she accepts her sex-worker friend's offer to hook her up with a client who has a fetish for pregnant women. But this moneymaking technique will take her into surprising and bizarre psychological territory.
And a synopsis of Nuoc 2030, which plays at the Melwood Screening Room at 8:30 am, from the Silk Screen Festival:
Nuoc 2030 is a sophisticated dystopian mystery with a premise that may be grounded more in science than fiction. In the year 2030, extreme climate change has brought South Vietnam below sea level. Citizens now survive on boats and stilt houses and work on floating farms. When her husband is found dead, Sao (Quynh Hoa) takes a job at a floating farm run by a large corporation that she hopes will provide answers about his suspicious death. Not only does Sao encounter people from her past, but she is also confronted by revelations with larger implications than the simple, sad fate of her husband.
The 2015 festival runs from July 10 through July 18 at the Melwood Screening Room and the Regent Square Theater. Ticket information and the complete festival schedule are available through the festival's website. Both films will have additional screenings later in the week.

Cooking Class visits Everyday Noodles

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Cooking Class visits Squirrel Hill's Everyday Noodles to learn the recipe for pork and cabbage potstickers.
Shortly after Chen opened Everyday Noodles in Squirrel Hill with authentic Chinese dishes, 90 percent of the patrons were Asians, a testament to the restaurant's authenticity.

Now, about 50 percent of the diners at Everyday Noodles are non-Asians, who can savor traditional Asian dishes like dim sum, soup noodles and bubble tea.

“I bring South China (cuisine) and North China mixed together,” Chen says. Northern China has a drier climate, so the drier soil is more conducive to growing barley. Rice, which requires plenty of water, is grown in South China.

To ensure the authenticity of the dishes, Chen brings in well-trained chefs from Taiwan to teach his chefs how to prepare various dishes, which they do behind plate-glass partitions. There, patrons can view the staff stretching noodle dough or steaming dumplings.

“With Chinese cuisine, the preparation time is very long — cooking time is very short,” Chen says. He says Everyday Noodles is “fast-casual” with a hometown flavor.

“Everything is handmade,” Chen says.

Live from UB documentary on Mongolian rock music, July 12 and 18 in Oakland.



Live from UB, a documentary on Mongolian rock music by Pittsburgh transplant Lauren Knapp, will play at the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival on July 12 and 18. The film's synopsis:
LIVE FROM UB explores the small but vibrant rock scene in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar (also called ‘UB’) by blending the story of one band creating original Mongolian rock with interviews from experts and Mongolian rock legends. Rock was a catalyst in the democratic revolution of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Now, more than twenty years later, the first generation to grow up in this new society is making its own music. Unlike the generation before them, the new music makers grew up watching MTV and can access music from anywhere in the world in an instant. But these young Mongolians are defying the forces of globalization and using modern music to both explore and assert their own unique heritage. Like Mongolia at large, they are eager to be recognized beyond their borders, but without sacrificing their identity
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Both screenings will be held at the Melwood Screening Room in Oakland (map). The screening on the 18th will be followed by a Q & A with Knapp. Ticket information is available on the film festival's website.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

홈런볼 대박!



Pittsburgh Pirates rookie Jung-ho Kang (강정호) got a care package from Korea recently, says Root sports, including the chocolate-filled snack "Home Run Ball" (홈런볼) pictured above.

Post-Gazette on "The Asian Influence" on local dining.

Melissa McCart at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes on "The Asian Influence" in the local restaurant scene for Thursday's paper:
The influx of Asian students to Pittsburgh universities is one of the most important factors shaping Pittsburgh's restaurant community. Not only is it bringing to the city more Chinese, Korean, Indian and Asian-fusion eateries, it is also prompting some restaurant owners to shape menus according to students' cravings.
. . .
Beyond providing low-cost items for students on a budget, many restaurants are offering authentic regional cuisine as a separate menu or a subset of an expansive menu of Asian dishes. And as many restaurants cater to millennials and an even younger set, restaurants are diversifying menus so students can have it their way.
The article also includes a brief update on plans for Ramen Bar and Pink Box in Oakland. I was asked a few questions for the article but missed the deadline, but noted in my responses that it I don't think it's the local Asian student communities shaping the neighborhood, it's Asian and Asian-American entrepreneurs who have found menus that appeal to a wide variety of people. While a few restaurants are known for more specialized, authentic dishes, usually you'll find long menus at each place that stretch across a range of cuisines and invariably include things like sushi, fried rice, pad thai, and bubble tea.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Chinese movies Dearest (親愛的), Red Amnesia (闯入者), The History of Love, and The Nightingale (夜莺) at Silk Screen Film Festival July 11

Four Chinese movies will play on July 11, the second day of the 2015 Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival: Dearest (親愛的), Red Amnesia (闯入者), The History of Love, and The Nightingale (夜莺).



This year's festival runs from July 10 through 18. Each movie will have an additional showing; the full schedule is available online.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

"Storytime: Chinese and English" at Carnegie Library in Squirrel Hill, July 13.

The Squirrel Hill branch of the Carnegie Library will host "Storytime: Chinese and English" on Monday, July 13.
Celebrate the city's diverse culture as we explore new words through songs, action rhymes and stories in both English and Chinese. For children birth - 5 years and their parents and caregivers.
The event runs from 1:30 to 2:00 pm. The library is located at 5801 Forbes Ave. (map), accessible by city buses 61A, 61B, 61C, 61D, 64, and 74.

Kung Fu Killer (一個人的武林) at Parkway Theater, July 21.



July's installment of "Asian Movie Madness" at the Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks is Kung Fu Killer (一個人的武林). Wikipedia provides a summary of the 2015 movie, which is now commonly known as Kung Fu Jungle in English:
Hahou Mo, a martial arts expert and police self-defense instructor (Donnie Yen) is incarcerated for involuntary manslaughter during a fight with an opponent. Three years later, a vicious killer (Wang Baoqiang) emerges and starts killing retired martial arts masters that Hahou knows. With his own personal agenda, Hahou reveals he knows the killer's next intended victims and offers to aid Inspector Luk Yuen-Sum (Charlie Young) in capturing the killer with his martial arts skills and knowledge in exchange for his freedom.
The movie starts at 7:00 pm and is free, as are all Asian Movie Madness films, which are held on the third Thursday of the month. The theater is located at 644 Broadway Ave. in McKees Rocks (map), a few miles west of the North Side.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Documentary The Look of Silence coming to Pittsburgh in August.



The Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks announced on the 29th that the 2014 documentary The Look of Silence, on the Indonesian killings of 1965 and 1966, will play there and in Regent Square on August 28. A synopsis, from the film's website:
Through [director Joshua] Oppenheimer's footage of the perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.
Ticket information has not yet been released.