Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Interactive "Summer in Japan, with Guest Speakers from the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania" informational event for kids and families, July 23 at Monroeville Public Library.

The Monroeville Public Library will host "Summer in Japan" on July 23.
Join us for an evening where Setsuko Hayes, the Operation Manager of the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania, will share information and hands-on activities about Kimonos, Yukata, and Happi and other experiences during the summer months in Japan! Children will have the opportunity to take turns to be dressed, and will be allowed to take photographs! Registration Required.
The event runs from 5:30 to 6:30, and registration can be completed online. The library is located at 4000 Gateway Campus in Monroeville (map).

Hana Vu with special guest Babebee in Pittsburgh, July 27.

Singer-songwriters Hana Vu and Babebee will perform in Pittsburgh on July 27. Doors open for the 21+ show at Club Cafe in the South Side (map) at 7:00 pm, show starts at 8:00 pm. Tickets are available online.

Japanese films Paprika (パプリカ), Dreams (夢) at Row House Lawrenceville from August 9.

Two Japanese films, 2006's Paprika (パプリカ) and the 1990 Akira Kurosawa movie Dreams (夢), will help comprise the Row House Dream Journal film series from August 9. The animated film Paprika runs from August 9 through 15:
Satoshi Kon’s anime thriller stars a young dream detective named Paprika, who must stop terrorists from using a stolen machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams. The reality and dreams blur, and chaos breaks out in a not-so-far-off future.

Dreams plays the 10th and the 12th through the 15th:
Enter the dreams of Japan’s greatest directors in this deeply personal work. He explores the cost of war, the perils of nuclear power, and humankind’s need to harmonize with nature over the course of eight episodes rich in imagery and insight.
Tickets are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Work progresses on KYURAMEN, TBaar, both coming soon to Pittsburgh.

Work is progressing on national ramen chain KYURAMEN and national bubble tea chain TBaar, both coming soon to East Liberty. KYURAMEN was announced last July for Eastside Bond in East Liberty. TBaar was not announced, though signage went up recently in the spot next door and on the signposts. In response to an inquiry, KYURAMEN ownership indicated a potential September opening.

The Eastside Bond building welcomed Tous Les Jour, the international Korean bakery, in March, the first of the huge Korean chains to open in Pittsburgh.

Kpop group Loossemble (루셈블) in Pittsburgh, October 14.

The Korean girl group Loossemble will perform in Pittsburgh on October 14, part of a nine-city US tour this fall. Tickets for the show at Roxian Theatre go on sale July 18 at 12:00 pm. The five-member group debuted in September 2023 but missed Pittsburgh on their inaugural eight-city tour last year.

Screening of 1959 film Floating Weeds (浮草) in Pittsburgh, July 19.

SCREENSHOT: Asia and Pittsburgh Sound+Image will present a screening of the 1959 Ozu Yasujirō film Floating Weeds (浮草) on July 19 (This is an update to the original date of July 18).
Pittsburgh Sound + Image and SCREENSHOT: Asia partner to bring you what is widely regarded as one of the great films of all time: Yasujirō Ozu's late career masterpiece Floating Weeds.

In the last five years of his life, Ozu made the transition to color filmmaking, and, in 1959, he remade his 1934 silent film A Story of Floating Weeds. The result is a sublime humanist drama. What's more: we'll be presenting the film from a very rare, low-fade 16mm print from the University of Pittsburgh Stark Media Collection!

Dr. Charles Exley (Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Literature and Film and Associate Director of Film and Media Studies at Pitt) will introduce the film.
The screening is at the Melwood Screening Room in Oakland (map) and tickets for the 7:00 pm show are available online.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Grapow Asian Street Food opening July 17.

Grapow Asian Street Food will be opening in Oakland on July 17. Signage first went up in early June at 411 S. Craig St. (map) in what was briefly and most recently the neighborhood's second Chick'n. It will be open 11 am to 9 pm. Grapow is the name of a Thai street food dish, and sneak peeks at the menu are available on the restaurant's Instagram.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Annual "Ihaw-Ihaw at Halo-Halo and Fundraiser" with Philippine-American Performing Arts of Greater Pittsburgh, August 11.

The Philippine-American Performing Arts of Greater Pittsburgh will hold its annual "Ihaw-Ihaw at Halo-Halo and Fundraiser" on August 11 in North Park.
Sample Filipino homemade meal for only $10 each! Come and eat with your family and friends (and grab sweet desserts from our bake sale)!
It runs 12:00 to 8:00 pm at the Rose Barn in North Park (map).

Three-day "Crash Course in Chinese Medicine," July 19-21 in Oakland.

Source Pittsburgh will hold a three-day "Crash Course in Chinese Medicine" from July 19 through 21.
Learn Chinese Medicine in three days! Spend the weekend learning the theory and practice of Chinese medicine with this interactive course. If you're a novice with no prior knowledge or a veteran who want to brush up on your knowledge, this course will expand your insights and understanding of a traditional healing art.
The Introduction session on the 19th runs from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, while Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies on the 20th and 21st, respectively, run 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Registration can be completed online. Source Pittsburgh is located at 460 Melwood Avenue, Suite 211 in Oakland (map).

Friday, July 12, 2024

Itamae Thai & Sushi Bar now open in Mt. Lebanon.

Itamae Thai & Sushi Bar has recently opened in Mt. Lebanon, holding its Grand Opening on July 5. Mt. Lebanon Magazine profiled the restaurant on May 10 when it was still in the works:
Hungry for sushi? A new restaurant called Itamae is coming soon to 193 Castle Shannon Boulevard, replacing Yum Yum Asian Cuisine, which closed in February.

Itamae is Japanese for chef, or someone who works behind a cutting board. The new concept will be Thai and sushi. The decor will be Asian/Japanese.

Indonesian-born Vick Oktavian and his wife, Katie Kaewwangworn, are self-proclaimed foodies with years of culinary experience. “We love checking out different restaurants and trying different cuisine. We are firm believers that in order to make good food, we must train our taste buds by eating good food,” said Oktavian.
It is located at 193 Castle Shannon Blvd. (map).

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