Friday, December 30, 2016

1995's Ghost in the Shell (攻殻機動隊) at Southside Works, February 7 and 8.



The 1995 Japanese animated movie Ghost in the Shell (攻殻機動隊) will play in Pittsburgh on February 7 and 8, 2017. A 2014 Telegraph review provides a summary:
Oshii’s film, which was adapted from a manga series by Masamune Shirow, saw everything coming. In its near-future world, countries are like corporations under siege, whose protective walls are slowly being washed away by an ocean of communal data. Hackers are treated like terrorists, while programmers’ movements are restricted as part of a global arms embargo.

Helping to keep the uneasy peace is Section 9, a team of government agents who include Motoko Kusanagi: a cyborg who can plug herself into the data-sea via four jack ports in the nape of her neck.
. . .
We follow Kusanagi on her hunt for The Puppet Master, a hacker who can access the ‘ghosts’, or souls, of ordinary citizens and carry out cyber-crimes by proxy. Now entirely synthetic, her original human body replaced and improved on piece by piece, Kusanagi is unsure whether her ghost still lingers in her man-made form[.]
Tickets are currently available online. Southside Works Cinema is located at 425 Cinema Drive in the Southside, one block from the Hot Metal Bridge (map).

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Korean designs at Pittsburgh Mills.



TJ Asian Buffet, one of the few remaining dining options at the dying Pittsburgh Mills northeast of the city, has a distinctly Korean look to its exterior. The entrances both inside and outside the mall are framed by a wooden doorway and a wall enclosing its outdoor seating area is built to resemble mud and tile construction seen in traditional Korean architecture. The tiles throughout the restaurant are from Dongyang Tile (동양기와) in Chongju.

It's interesting to note that TJ Buffet was the former home of Sinobi, a Korean-owned Japanese restaurant that had a location near Indiana University of Pennsylvania that also displayed a piece of traditional Korean design: a wooden totem (장송) ubiquitous in Korean folk villages and festivals.

It's also interesting to note that TJ Asian Buffet is opening a second location to replace Tokyo Buffet on McKnight Road in the North Hills.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

1993 movie Sailor Moon R: The Movie (劇場版 美少女戦士セーラームーンR) at Hollywood Theater in January, part of US theatrical premiere.



The 1993 movie Sailor Moon R: The Movie (劇場版 美少女戦士セーラームーンR) will play in US theaters for the first time in January 2017, and will be in Pittsburgh on January 21, 22, and 24 at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont. The distributor provides a plot summary:
Long before Mamoru found his destiny with Usagi, he gave a single rose in thanks to a lonely boy who helped him recover from the crash that claimed his parents. This long-forgotten friend, Fiore, has been searching the galaxy for a flower worthy of that sweet gesture long ago. The mysterious flower he finds is beautiful, but has a dark side- it has the power to take over planets. To make matters worse, the strange plant is tied to an ominous new asteroid near Earth! Faced with an enemy blooming out of control, It’s up to Sailor Moon and the Sailor Guardians to band together, stop the impending destruction and save Mamoru!
The theatrical premiere will also include the short "Make Up! Sailor Guardians", and giveaways are available on a first-come first-served basis.

Tickets are currently 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.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sneak preview of Ocean Waves (海がきこえる), January 17 at Row House Cinema.



The 1993 Studio Ghibli movie Ocean Waves (海がきこえる) will make its US premiere later this month, and will play at the Row House Cinema from January 20 through 26. The theater has planned a sneak preview on January 17; tickets go on sale to the general public on December 22. The distributor provides a summary of the film premiering in New York City on the 28th and nationwide in January:
Rarely seen outside of Japan, Ocean Waves is a subtle, poignant and wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and teenage isolation. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to school for what looks like another uneventful year. But they soon find their friendship tested by the arrival of Rikako, a beautiful new transfer student from Tokyo whose attitude vacillates wildly from flirty and flippant to melancholic. When Taku joins Rikako on a trip to Tokyo, the school erupts with rumors, and the three friends are forced to come to terms with their changing relationships.

Ocean Waves was the first Studio Ghibli film directed by someone other than studio founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, as director Tomomi Mochizuki led a talented staff of younger employees in an adaptation of Saeko Himuro’s best-selling novel. Full of shots bathed in a palette of pleasingly soft pastel colors and rich in the unexpected visual details typical of Studio Ghibli’s most revered works, Ocean Waves is an accomplished teenage drama and a true discovery.
The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Sunday, December 18, 2016

First Night Pittsburgh is last night for Ryoki Ikeda's DATA.MATRIX.


via artist's official site.

Ryoji Ikeda's DATA.MATRIX, an installation at the Wood Street Galleries downtown since September 23, will close on December 31. The Galleries will be open from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm as part of First Night Pittsburgh. Ikeda's official site explains the installation:
matrix is a series of sound installations employing pure sine waves and white noises as a sculptural material. The installations are designed in response to specific gallery spaces or public sites selected by Ikeda. Sine wave are one of the purest forms of sound, white noise contains the full frequency spectrum randomly. As visitors pass through the sound field, subtle oscillation patterns occur around their ears, caused by their own movements interfering with the sounds. It is a very personal experience, and only through the visitors' physical engagement in the sound space can the real character of the work be perceived.
And the Pittsburgh City-Paper calls this fall's installation:
by turns stimulating, calming, absorbing and challenging. While brief in duration and seemingly visually simple, it carries a heavyweight punch its bantam stature belies.
The Wood Street Galleries is located at 601 Wood St. (map).

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Upcoming Jackie Chan movie Railroad Tigers (铁道飞虎) in Pittsburgh, from January 6.



The upcoming movie Railroad Tigers (铁道飞虎), set to release in China on December 23, will play in Pittsburgh from January 6. The distributor provides a summary:
In this action-comedy caper harkening back to Jackie Chan’s classic Hong Kong films, a railroad worker (Chan) and his ragtag group of freedom fighters find themselves on the wrong side of the tracks when they decide to ambush a heavily armed military train filled with desperately needed provisions. Unarmed and outnumbered, they must fight back against an entire army using only their wits, in a series of a dazzling set pieces and action scenes rivaling anything seen on the big screen.
It is scheduled to play at AMC Loews Waterfront and the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, though ticket and showtime information is not yet available.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Filipino Marathon Film Series begins with Amigo at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, December 16.



The 2010 Filipino-American movie Amigo will play at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium in Oakland on December 16. the first installment in the Filipino Marathon Film Series by the Filipino American Association of Pitsburgh. A 2011 A.V. Club review provides a summary:
Amigo, the latest from writer-director John Sayles (Lone Star, Matewan), takes place in 1900 during the American occupation of the Philippines, and it could almost be mistaken for a straight historical feature, if not for Sayles’ established political bent and the hard-bitten colonel played by Sayles favorite Chris Cooper. When Cooper puts a detachment of Americans in charge of a small Filipino baryo, he grumbles about his focus on “winning hearts and minds.” When he thinks a local has information he isn’t sharing, he subjects him to a waterboarding-like torture—then cheerfully proclaims it isn’t torture, since it doesn’t leave physical scars. Ultimately, Amigo is as much about Iraq and Afghanistan as it is about a century-old chapter of history—and it’s as much about human nature as it is about either era.
The event starts at 6:00 pm in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium in Oakland (map). Single tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit the Philippine Nationality Room fund.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai at Parkway Theater, from December 16.



The 2016 documentary on actor Toshiro Mifune, Mifune: The Last Samurai, will play at the Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks from December 16. From a November New York Times review:
“Mifune: The Last Samurai” is a celebration of the originality and influence of the Japanese star Toshiro Mifune (1920-1997), shown as a rare actor capable of the subtlest stoicism and the wildest bravado. It’s a brisk and energetic primer for those who don’t know his movies or are ready to watch them again. And it doubles as a history of the chanbara (sword fighting) genre, providing an opportunity to sample clips from seldom-seen or partially lost silent films.
There will be two screenings on the 16th---7:00 pm and 9:00 pm---and four more on the 17th (4:00 pm), 18th (6:15 pm), 27th (7:30 pm), and 28th (7:30 pm). The theater is located at 644 Broadway Ave. in McKees Rocks (map), a few miles west of the North Side.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Reception and Artist Talk with Xyza Cruz Bacani, December 14 at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild.



Photographer Xyza Cruz Bacani will be at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild on December 14 to discuss her exhibit Modern Slavery, which has been at the MCG since October 17.
Xyza Cruz Bacani was born in The Philippines, and like many Filipinos, she left her home country in search of economic opportunity. As a domestic worker in Hong Kong, Xyza (pronounced “sigh zah”) began taking photographs in her spare time. Her hobby quickly became a passion, both for the therapeutic effect it had on her, and because it awakened an innate drive for self expression.

Through social media, Xyza’s work began to catch the eye of the international photography community. Not only were her photos visually striking, and her story compelling, her subject matter was evocative. Her photos depicted the gritty beauty of city life, but from a viewpoint that encouraged sensitivity, not sensationalism.

Though her employer was notably kindhearted—she lent Xyza the money for her first camera—many foreign domestic workers suffer countless abuses. Xyza’s work documents and exposes these conditions, and as she has grown as a photographer, so has her work. In addition to Hong Kong, she has recently photo-documented human trafficking in New York City and Abu Dhabi.

Her current exhibit, Modern Slavery, focuses on the struggles of foreign domestic workers, and the abuses they often suffer.
The event runs from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and is free and open to the public. The Manchester Craftsmen's Guild is located at at 1815 Metropolitan St. (map) on the North Side.

Poets of the Piano - The Music of Quentin Kim, December 12 at CMU.



Korean composer and pianist Quentin Kim will perform at Carnegie Mellon University on December 12. From the website of Nathan Carterette, a pianist performing alongside Kim:
Quentin Kim returns to Pittsburgh for a concert of his chamber music, presented by Poets of the Piano at Carnegie-Mellon University. Also featured on this concert are Joshua Huang, violin and Cecilia Caughman, cello.

Variations on an Olden Korean Tune, for cello and piano (Cecilia Caughman, cello; Quentin Kim, piano)
Trio in c# minor (Joshua Huang, violin; Cecilia Caughman, cello; Nathan Carterette, piano)
Piano Sonata in g# minor (Nathan Carterette, piano)
Dreamscape, for violin and piano (Joshua Huang, violin; Nathan Carterette, piano)
The event is free and open to the public, and runs from 7:30 to 8:30 pm in Kresge Hall (map).

Bubblepop for the GLCC, December 16.



The next Bubblepop event is scheduled for December 16 at Brillobox in Lawrenceville. Bubblepop, explains its Facebook page,
is a dance party for K-Pop, J-Pop, Mando-pop and everything else fun and cute.
A $5 donation is requested for December 16 and will benefit the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh (GLCC). It starts at 10:00 pm, and the venue is at 4104 Penn Ave. (map).

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

K-pop Dance Class at Yanlai Dance Academy from January.



The Yanlai Dance Academy in the North Hills will host a weekly K-pop Dance Class on Saturdays from January 7 through March 25. Classes run from 12:00 to 1:00 pm and are $13 for drop-ins or $10 per session for the whole term. The school is located at 2260 Babcock Blvd (map).

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Hayao Miyazaki film series at Row House Cinema, December 9 - 15.




Lawrenceville's Row House Cinema will run a Hayao Miyazaki film series to run from December 9 through 15. The four movies---Ponyo (崖の上のポニョ), Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便), Howl's Moving Castle (ハウルの動く城), and Castle in the Sky (天空の城ラピュタ)---haven't played in Pittsburgh theaters since their original releases. Row House ran a MIyazaki series last December with four different movies.

Tickets information and showtimes are available on the Row House Cinema website. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Friday, December 2, 2016

MEPPI Lecture Series - The Japanese Spirit of an American Company, January 19.

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania will host the next MEPPI Lecture Series event on January 19 with Paul Francis, the Senior Director of Advanced Product Innovation at Nike, who
will present on the Japanese connection that continues to be a part of the culture at NIKE.
The event runs from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Frick Fine Arts Building in Oakland (map). It is free and open to the public, though registration is required and can be completed online.

Storytime: Chinese and English, December 5 in Squirrel Hill.

The Squirrel Hill branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host its next Storytime: Chinese and English on December 5.
Celebrate our 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 caregivers.
The event runs from 4:15 to 5:00 pm and is free and open to the public. The library is located at 5801 Forbes Ave. (map) and is accessible by buses 61A, 61B, 61C, 61D, 64, and 74.

Princess Mononoke (もののけ姫) in Pittsburgh area for film's 20th anniversary, January 5 and 9.



The 1997 Japanese animated film Princess Mononoke (もののけ姫) by Studio Ghibli will play at several theaters in the Pittsburgh area as part of a limited release for its 20th anniversary. A 1999 Roger Ebert four-star review summarizes:
Hayao Miyazaki is a great animator, and his "Princess Mononoke" is a great film. Do not allow conventional thoughts about animation to prevent you from seeing it. It tells an epic story set in medieval Japan, at the dawn of the Iron Age, when some men still lived in harmony with nature and others were trying to tame and defeat it. It is not a simplistic tale of good and evil, but the story of how humans, forest animals and nature gods all fight for their share of the new emerging order. It is one of the most visually inventive films I have ever seen.
The film will be shown with English subtitles on January 5 and dubbed in English on January 9, and will play at five local Cinemark theaters: Monaca, Monroeville, North Hills, Pittsburgh Mills and Robinson. Tickets are now available online via the Cinemark website (for the January 9 showing, search by theater to purchase tickets).

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pirates infielder Kang booked for fleeing scene of DUI in Seoul.


via 중앙일보.

Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung-ho Kang was arrested for fleeing the scene of a DUI in Seoul early Friday morning. From the Korea Times:
According to Gangnam Police Station in southern Seoul, Kang was booked for fleeing the scene after crashing into a guard rail on his way to his hotel in Samseong-dong at 2:48 a.m.

A person in the passenger seat, whose identity was withheld, reported to police that he or she was the driver of the vehicle. After analyzing the car's black box, police determined that Kang had been behind the wheel and called him in for questioning.

Kang's blood alcohol content level was 0.084 percent, a level subject to the suspension of one's license. The legal limit here is 0.05 percent.

One Piece Film: Gold (ワンピースフィルムゴールド) in Pittsburgh, from January 10.



The 2016 Japanese animated movie One Piece Film: Gold (ワンピースフィルムゴールド) will have a limited theatrical release in the US in January, and will play at the Southside Works Cinemas from January 10 through 17.

2016 Park Chan-wook film The Handmaiden (아가씨) in Pittsburgh, December 9 - 18.



The 2016 Korean movie The Handmaiden (아가씨), directed by Park Chan-wook, will play in Pittsburgh from December 9 through 18. An October 21 four-star review on RogerEbert.com provides a summary:
Park Chan-Wook’s “The Handmaiden” is a love story, revenge thriller and puzzle film set in Japanese-occupied Korea in the 1930s. It is voluptuously beautiful, frankly sexual, occasionally perverse and horrifically violent. At times its very existence feels inexplicable. And yet all of its disparate pieces are assembled with such care, and the characters written and acted with such psychological acuity, that you rarely feel as if the writer-director is rubbing the audience’s nose in excess of one kind or another. This is a film made by an artist at the peak of his powers: Park, a South Korean director who started out as a critic, has many great or near-great genre films, including “Oldboy,” “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance,” “Lady Vengeance” and “Thirst,” but this one is so intricate yet light-footed that it feels like the summation of his career to date.
Tickets and showtimes are not yet available. The theater is located at 1035 S. Braddock Ave. in Regent Square (map).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New Chinese movie Suddenly 17 (28岁未成年) in Pittsburgh, from December 2.



The 2016 Chinese movie Suddenly 17 (28岁未成年) will play at the AMC Loews Waterfront theater from December 2. An Associated Press write-up provides a summary of the directorial debut of Zhang Mo, the daughter of filmmaker Zhang Yimou:
Set for release next month, "Suddenly Seventeen" is based on a novel published on the internet. It's part of a hugely popular genre among young Chinese that focuses mainly on fantasy and romance tales and has spawned movies and web series.

In Zhang's film, the 28-year-old protagonist, Liang Xia, played by Ni Ni, is unhappy in love and eats a magical chocolate that wipes her memory and turns her back into a 17-year-old. Zhang says she seized on the short novel's premise and characters, but rather than keeping Liang at 17, her heroine flips back and forth in age every five hours, creating conflict and drama.
Tickets and showtimes are available at the AMC Loews Waterfront website. The theater is located at 300 West Waterfront Dr. in the Waterfront shopping complex in Homestead (map), across the Monongahela River from Greenfield, Squirrel Hill, and the rest of Pittsburgh.

So Long Asleep: Waking the Ghosts of War documentary at Pitt, December 7.



The University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center will present the 2016 documentary So Long Asleep: Waking the Ghosts of War on December 7. A summary:
“So Long Asleep” chronicles the decades-long project of exhuming, memorializing, and finally repatriating the remains of 115 forced laborers from the Korean peninsula who died constructing the Uryu dam in Hokkaido, Japan. A project begun by Jodo Shinshu priest Yoshihiko Tonohira in the 1990s, it grew into a collaboration with Hanyang University anthropologist, social activist Byung-ho Chung, and Ritsumeikan University physical anthropologist Kichan Song into an ongoing excavation and workshop that brought students from Japan and South Korea together in an effort to excavate not only remains, but histories, and in so doing create a community of awareness and mutual respect among the participants in the workshops. The film is a lyrical and haunting meditation on the ideas of return and closure, one that sensitively and thoughtfully addresses war memory, restitution, and the creation of communities not only to preserve memories but also to learn from them.
The event runs from 5:00 to 8:30 pm in the Frick Fine Arts auditorium (map) and is free and open to the public.

FRESA's Pop Asia Showcase, December 4 at Pitt.



Pitt's FRESA---Fresh Entertainment by Student Artists---will host its Pop Asia Showcase on December 4.
It's time for our end of semester showcase! Come and support our students as we cover some of this year's biggest K-pop and C-pop hits, by BTS, BlackPink, EXO, Red Velvet, Twice and more! Enjoy dancing and singing covers, refreshments and raffles!

Pitt Fresh Entertainment By Student Artists (FRESA) is a student group celebrating Asian cultures through music. Our club performs dance and vocal covers of music in the Korean, Japanese, and Chinese entertainment industries. Our students work hard to represent these cultures through performances, so please come and support!
It runs from 4:30 to 7:30 pm in the O'Hara Student Center Ballroom (map) and is free and open to the public.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) playing in the Pittsburgh area, December 4 and 5.



The 2001 Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) will play in select theaters as part of its 15th anniversary, and it will appear in several places in western Pennsylvania on December 4 and 5.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"Japan, Ink: Global Flows of 'Deviant' Body Modification" at Pitt, November 28.



The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host John Skutlin, a Pitt graduate and a PhD candidate at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and his talk "Japan, Ink: Global Flows of 'Deviant' Body Modification", on November 28.
Japan boasts a rich history of tattooing that flourished most visibly in the Tokugawa period (1603-1867), when generations of horishi tattoo artists hand-carved intricate full-body tattoos of magnificent dragons, intrepid carp, and courageous heroes upon the flesh of the country’s working classes. In spite of this time-honored tradition, having a tattoo in Japan can prevent one from entering onsen (hot springs), public baths, pools, beaches, and gyms, and can even hinder employment and marriage prospects. Also, tattoo artists are technically punishable under Japanese law for “practicing medicine without a license.” Tattoos have earned increasing acceptance in the U.S. and Europe, with some polls estimating that 1 in 5 American adults have been inked, and similar numbers showing up in the U.K. Why then, in the face of the globalization of tattoo culture, has the stigma against tattooing persisted in Japan, and where did it originate? With increasing numbers of young people in Japan choosing to go under the needle as a fashion statement, how do they cope with the stigma and negotiate the meanings of their body modifications? As the Tokyo 2020 Olympics approach, the subject of tattooing is increasingly coming into Japan’s public spotlight. This talk uses the example of tattooing and other forms of body modification to examine the ways in which systems of “body power” – cultural, social, and institutional frameworks of control over the body – in Japan are both reinforced and challenged by global flows of “deviant decorative body modification,” such as tattooing, piercing, and cosmetic surgery.

John M. Skutlin is an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh's East Asian Languages & Literatures department and a current PhD candidate in Japanese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Having previously researched and written about goth subculture in Japan, his ongoing research project focuses on global flows of body modification in Japan from a cultural anthropological perspective.
The talk will be held from 4:00 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall (map) and is free and open to the public.

Steelers의 김장.



Saveur magazine visits Korea in its profile of various sauces, and makes reference to "the Pittsburgh of Korea" and its professional soccer team, the Pohang Steelers. The team adopted the name in 1997, and the city---a hub of industry and steel---has been called the "Pittsburgh of Korea" for decades. The Steelers' website published photos on the 21st of the team participating in a local gimjang (김장), the annual late-autumnal preparation of kimchi.

“Innovative Online and EFL Education Examples from China and Colombia” symposium lecture at Pitt, December 7.



The Institute for International Studies in Education at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education will present “Innovative Online and EFL Education Examples from China and Colombia” as the next installment of its Fall 2016 symposium series. The three presentations by visiting scholars in the IISE are:
* “Designing MOOCs in a Chinese Social Network Environment” by IISE Visiting Scholar, Dr. Xiufang Ma
* “A Reverse Mentoring Program in Elementary Levels during the Practicum in Monteria, Colombia” by IISE Visiting Scholar, Luis Mario Viaña Patrón
* “A Study on Cultivating Pragmatic Competence of Chinese EFL Learners” by IISE Visiting Scholar, Xiaoyan Xu
The symposium runs from 12:00 to 1:30 pm in 5604 Posvar Hall (map) and is free and open to the public.

Monday, November 21, 2016

1993 Studio Ghibli film Ocean Waves (海がきこえる) in Pittsburgh, and the US, for the first time in January



The 1993 Studio Ghibli film Ocean Waves (海がきこえる) will play at the Row House Cinema from January 20 through 26, 2017, as part of the theater's Young Love series. The distributor provides a summary:
Rarely seen outside of Japan, Ocean Waves is a subtle, poignant and wonderfully detailed story of adolescence and teenage isolation. Taku and his best friend Yutaka are headed back to school for what looks like another uneventful year. But they soon find their friendship tested by the arrival of Rikako, a beautiful new transfer student from Tokyo whose attitude vacillates wildly from flirty and flippant to melancholic. When Taku joins Rikako on a trip to Tokyo, the school erupts with rumors, and the three friends are forced to come to terms with their changing relationships.

Ocean Waves was the first Studio Ghibli film directed by someone other than studio founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, as director Tomomi Mochizuki led a talented staff of younger employees in an adaptation of Saeko Himuro’s best-selling novel. Full of shots bathed in a palette of pleasingly soft pastel colors and rich in the unexpected visual details typical of Studio Ghibli’s most revered works, Ocean Waves is an accomplished teenage drama and a true discovery.
Ticket information and showtimes have not yet been announced. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Banh Mi & Ti now open in Lawrenceville.


via Banh Mi & Ti Facebook page.

The newest Vietnamese sandwich shop, Banh Mi & Ti, soft opened on November 16. It's located at 4502 Butler St. in Lawrenceville (map), in what was formerly Jack + Jules.

Documentary The Eagle Huntress in Pittsburgh, from November 25.



The Eagle Huntress, the 2016 documentary about a 13-year-old girl training to be an eagle hunter in Mongolia, will play at the Harris Theater from November 25 through December 8.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ikebana with CMU's Japanese Student Association, November 18.



Carnegie Mellon University's Japanese Student Association will host an ikebana session on Friday, November 18 as part of the JSA's Culture Month.
For our last event in JSA's Culture Month, we will showcase Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangement, in Doherty Hall 2302. More than just putting flowers in a pot, this art is a disciplined, intricate practice that translates the beauty one might see on a painting to real life. You will also be making your very own display to keep! If you are taking a Japanese course in CMU, then extra credit will be given for attendance!

Ikebana (生け花) is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, and a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. Ikebana often emphasizes other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, and draws emphasis toward shape, line, and form. Though ikebana is a creative expression, it has certain rules governing its form. The artist's intention behind each arrangement is shown through a piece's color combinations, natural shapes, graceful lines, and the usually implied meaning of the arrangement.
The event runs from 5:00 to 6:30 pm in Doherty Hall 2032 (map).

Monday, November 14, 2016

North Korean Film Festival at Pitt, November 18 and 19.


Program of events for Friday, November 18.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host a North Korean Film Festival on November 18 and 19. On Friday the 18th, the films An Emissary Unreturned and Bulgasari will play in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium (map) at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm, respectively. On Friday the 19, Flower Girl will play at 2:00 and Fate of Kum Hui and Un Hui will play in Auditorium A of the University Club (map).

An Emissary Unreturned and Pulgasari will comprise a Shin Song-ok and North Korean Cinema program with Princeton University's Steven Chung on Friday the 18th, while Flower Girl and Fate of Kum Hui and Un Hui will comprise a North Korean Cinema and China in the Cultural Revolution Era program.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Noodle Uchi now open in Oakland.



Noodle Uchi is now open at 415 S. Craig St. (map) in Oakland. It offers a build-your-own ramen bowl, and is owned by Ting Yen of Oakland's Sushi Fuku and Fuku Tea.


Menu via Noodle Uchi's Facebook page.

Signage first went up in August in the space that used to be Maximum Flavor Pizza shop.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ahn Trio in Pittsburgh, November 28.



The Ahn Trio will perform at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on November 28.
Hailed as "exacting and exciting musicians" by the LA Times, the three sisters of the Ahn Trio (Lucia on the piano, Angella on the violin, and Maria on the cello) have earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st century classical music with their unique style and innovative collaborations.
Tickets are currently available online at $39 and $45, though $15 student rush tickets will be available at the door with a valid student ID.

Singer, actor Xiao Yu in Pittsburgh for 52hz, I Love You premiere.


via event's Facebook page.

Attendees at the Pittsburgh screening of the new Taiwanese musical film 52hz, I Love You on November 5 at Carnegie Mellon University had a meet-and-greet with one of the stars, singer Xiao Yu (小玉) of the band Cosmos People (宇宙人). Several of the movie's stars are traveling the US and Canada for the film's North American tour.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) playing in Pittsburgh, December 4 and 5.



The 2001 Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) will play in select theaters as part of its 15th anniversary, and it will appear in several places in western Pennsylvania on December 4 and 5.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sumo Showdown in Pittsburgh, January 21.



Suno Showdown, a sumo competition featuring Japanese wrestlers and local celebrities, will take place in Pittsburgh on January 21.
The Young Presidents Organization Pittsburgh Chapter will host this unforgettable charity event benefiting the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. Sumo is one of the most popular sports in Japan, and we’re ecstatic to be bringing it to Pittsburgh to benefit our region’s youth. Sumo matches were originally held to raise money to construct shrines, temples or to replace bridges, but this January a Sumo match will be held to raise money for the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh in conjunction with our celebrity partners’ charities. Professional Sumo wrestler will be flown in to compete along side local CEOs and celebrities.
The event takes place on January 21 at 7:00 pm at Stage AE on the North Shore (map). Tickets are currently available online and range from $35 to $100 for adults.

Blogilates: Fitness Class and Lecture at Pitt, November 13.



The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Students Alliance will host a Fitness Class and Lecture with Asian-American fitness entrepreneur Blogilates on November 13.
Cassey Ho, also known by the alias Blogilates, is an Asian-American social-media fitness entrepreneur with a YouTube channel with over 3 million subscribers. She is considered an Internet personality and a rising YouTube star nationally and internationally. Come take part in a special fitness class instructed by Cassey and stay after to hear her speak about her experiences about how being Asian-American shaped her journey to where she is today!

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN YOGA MATS TO THE EVENT.

After the fitness class and lecture, there is an exclusive Meet & Greet for VIP Members of the Asian Students Alliance. Anyone can buy a membership during ASA Office Hours (Tuesday, 12-6pm) in WPU 609 or during ASA November GBM & Social for $10.
The event runs from 6:30 to 9:30 pm in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room (map). The event is free for Pitt students with valid student ID, and tickets for all others are $10. Tickets are available in the William Pitt Union Ticket Office through November 10.

Japanese Tea Ceremony at Carnegie Mellon, November 11.



The Carnegie Mellon University Japanese Student Association will host a Japanese Tea Ceremony on Friday, November 11.
The Japanese tea ceremony, Sado (茶道), also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha (抹茶), powdered green tea. The tea ceremony involves preparing powdered tea for guests according to custom and enjoying its austere taste quietly and serenely. Influenced by Zen Buddhism, the tea ceremony seeks to purify the mind and attain oneness with nature.

This event is a part of JSA's Culture Month, where we showcase the rich, unique culture of Japan in an assortment of performances, ceremonies and food. Join us as we celebrate culture in the month of November!
The event runs from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in Danforth Lounge of the Cohen University Center on Forbes Ave.

Monday, November 7, 2016

New restoration of 1985 film Tampopo (タンポポ) at Hollywood Theater, November 12 - 14.



A new restoration of the 1985 Japanese movie Tampopo (タンポポ) will play at the Hollywood Theater from November 12 through 14.

"Does Social Conflict Decrease Trust: Evidence From China's One Child Policy", November 14 at Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Economics will host department Ph.D. candidate Yi Han and her brownbag seminar, "Does Social Conflict Decrease Trust: Evidence From China's One Child Policy", on November 14. The talk runs from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in 4716 Posvar (map), and is free and open to the public.

"Jade and settlement: development of social complexity at Lingjiatan" at Pitt, November 11.



The University of Pittsburgh's Department of Anthropology will host Dr. Wu Weihong of Anhui Province of Archaeology and his talk "Jade and settlement: development of social complexity at Lingjiatan" on November 11 as part of the department's colloquium series. The talk starts at 3:00 pm in 3106 Posvar (map) and is free and open to the public.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Asian Noodle Bar, "Coming Soon" to Oakland since November 2014.



A "Coming Soon" sign is still hanging at the Asian Noodle Bar at 3531 Forbes Ave. in Oakland (map). Signage first went up in November 2014 in the space that was formerly the Pittsburgh Pretzel Sandwich Shop. In the first year of construction they removed the pretzel decals, while in the second year they added signage for "Zen's Noodle House" and got permission from the city to add a wheelchair ramp.


November 2014.