Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Eriko Hattori, Paul Peng among those featured in Change of Course exhibition, May 13 through June 19 at Brew House Association.

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Eriko Hattori and Paul Peng are among the local artists featured in the Change of Course exhibition at the Brew House Association on the South Side from May 13 through June 19.
Presenting the work of six emerging artists, Change of Course orients the viewer towards landscapes of reimagined archetypes, blurred memories, hidden histories, and queer folktales; all against the backdrop of a global pandemic. In a time of profound uncertainty, these artists are radically present with themselves, their work, and each other.

Change of Course features new artworks using tradition materials such as oil paint, plaster, graphite, and pastels. With an experimental attitude around process, the artists have developed their own visual language and nuanced tonalities to explore uncanny worlds of their own design.
Timed tickets are required for the opening weekend, but no reservations are required for the rest of the exhibition. The Brew House Association is located at 711 S. 21st St. #210 (map).

Jet Li movie cancelled for Carrie Carpool Cinema, replaced with Shogun Assassin, May 22.


The 1980 film Shogun Assassin will play outdoors at the Carrie Furnaces as part of Carrie Carpool Cinema on May 22, replacing the originally-scheduled 2006 Jet Li movie Fearless (霍元甲). A TV Guide review provides a summary:
This violent Japanese adventure is surprisingly good, though it doesn't have much of a plot. The focus is on Lone Wolf (Tomisaburo Wakayama), an "official decapitator" running around the country with his young son in tow, seeking revenge on the men who killed his wife. As narrated by Lone Wolf's son, the story becomes a weird sort of near-comic adventure. SHOGUN ASSASSIN was actually edited down from two films in the popular Japanese "Lone Wolf" series, BABY CART AT RIVER STYX and SWORD OF VENGEANCE. The American dubbing is quite good, with voices provided by Mark Lindsay and chanteuse-comedienne Sandra Bernhard. Lindsay was formerly a member of the 1960s rock group Paul Revere and the Raiders, which also provided the soundtrack for the American release.
Doors open at 7:45 pm and the movie starts at 9:15, and tickets are available online. Carrie Blast Furnaces is a designated National Historic Landmark in Rankin (map).

Philippine film The Woman Who Left (Ang Babaeng Humayo) available to stream online via Harris Theater, through May 31.


The Harris Theater is presenting the 2016 Philippine film The Woman Who Left (Ang Babaeng Humayo) online through May 31.
Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s epic story of revenge deferred functions as a tale of urban theater and class warfare. After 30 years in prison, a woman discovers that her friend and fellow inmate committed the murder of which she was accused. This leads to her release and subsequent discovery of the man who framed her. Inspired by Tolstoy, THE WOMAN WHO LEFT is a sensitive expression of family and forgiveness.
A portion of the proceeds through this month will go to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Harris Theater.

Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen (online) at Pittsburgh International Literary Festival, May 19.


City of Asylum will host Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen online for its Pittsburgh International Literary Festival on May 19.
Vietnamese-American novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses The Committed, his much-anticipated sequel to his Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Sympathizer. This newest novel is fierce in tone, capacious, witty, sharp, and deeply researched. The Committed marks not just a sequel to its groundbreaking predecessor, but a sum total accumulation of a life devoted to Vietnamese American history and scholarship. It asks questions central to Vietnamese everywhere—and to our very species: How do we live in the wake of seismic loss and betrayal?
The hour-long talk begins at 7:00 pm and is free and open to the public, though registration is required.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Kusama: Infinity available to stream via Harris Theater, through May 31.


The 2018 documentary Kusama: Infinity is available to stream online via the Harris Theater through May 31.
Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. For decades, her work pushed boundaries that often alienated her from both her peers and those in power in the art world. Kusama was an underdog with everything stacked against her: the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions, sexism and racism in the art establishment, mental illness in a culture where that was particularly shameful and even continuing to pursue and be devoted to her art full time on the cusp of her 90s. In spite of it all, Kusama has endured and has created a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry and literary fiction. After working as an artist for over six decades, people around the globe are experiencing her installation Infinity Mirrored Rooms in record numbers, as Kusama continues to create new work every day.
Actually, the film is always available to stream via its official site, but through the 31st some proceeds will go to support the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Harris Theater.

Chinese film My Love (你的婚礼) remains in Pittsburgh through May 17.


The 2021 Chinese movie My Love (你的婚礼), which opened in Pittsburgh on May 7, will remain here through May 17. A synopsis, from the distributor:
This is a romance and lovely story for over 15 years between a boy and a girl. Back in high school, Zhou Xiaoqi (Xu Guanghan) was a student with swimming speciality. You Yongci (Zhang Ruonan) was a transfer student of the same high school. At the first sight, Zhou fell in love with You. Before Zhou expressed his true feelings, You left without saying goodbye. Zhou holds and protects this young and ignorant pure love inside his heart for over 15 years…
It plays locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront (map), and tickets are available online.

2020 Japanese movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (劇場版「鬼滅の刃」 無限列車編) remains in Pittsburgh through May 20.


The 2020 Japanese animated movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (劇場版「鬼滅の刃」 無限列車編), which opened in Pittsburgh on April 22, will remain here through at least May 20. A synopsis of the top-grossing film in Japan last year, from the theaters:
Tanjiro Kamado, joined with Inosuke Hashibira, a boy raised by boars who wears a boar's head, and Zenitsu Agatsuma, a scared boy who reveals his true power when he sleeps, board the Infinity Train on a new mission with the Fire Pillar, Kyojuro Rengoku, to defeat a demon who has been tormenting the people and killing the demon slayers who oppose it!
It will play locally at numerous local theaters, depending on the day, including AMC Loews Waterfront, AMC South Hills Village, Waterworks Cinemas, Cranberry Cinemas, the Cinemark in Monroeville, and the Chartiers Valley Luxury 14. Tickets are available online.

2020 Korean-American film Minari remains in Pittsburgh through (at least) May 26.


The 2020 Korean-American film Minari, which opened in Pittsburgh on February 11, will remain here through at least May 26. A synopsis, from the distributor:
A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
It will continue at the AMC Loews Waterfront and Tull Family Theater, and tickets are available online.

Zhang Yimou film Cliff Walkers (悬崖之上) remains in Pittsburgh through (at least) May 18.


The 2021 Zhang Yimou film Cliff Walkers (悬崖之上), which opened in Pittsburgh on April 30, will remain here through at least May 18. A brief summary from Asian Movie Pulse:
Based on a script by Quan Yongxian, the previously known as “Impasse” film focuses on four communist party special agents, Zhang, Lan, Yu and Chiuliang, who arrive in Manchukuo in 1931, after training in Russia, in order to carry out a secret mission codenamed “Utrenya”. The operation is to take place in Harbin, where a witness to a Japanese massacre is hiding. The four of them decide to split, although Lan and her husband are rather reluctant to separate. Before they do, however, they promise each other that, whoever survives, should find their children, who have been left behind before their training begun.
It will play locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront (map) and tickets are available online.

Mieko Kawakami (online) at Pittsburgh International Literary Festival, May 18.


Japanese author Mieko Kawakami will appear with translators Sam Bett and David Boyd online as part of the Pittsburgh International Literary Festival on May 18.
Mixing wry humor and riveting emotional depth, Mieko Kawakami is one of Japan’s most important and best-selling contemporary writers. She exploded onto the cultural scene first as a musician, then as a poet and popular blogger, and is now an award-winning novelist. Her first novel to be published in English, Breast and Eggs, was rated one of Time Magazine’s 10 best books of 2020. The novel is a radical and intimate portrait of contemporary working class womanhood in Japan, recounting the heartbreaking journeys of three women in a society where the odds are stacked against them. Hear from Mieko Kawakami and her translators live to discuss Breast and Eggs and celebrate the launch of Kawakami’s next, highly anticipated English release, Heaven. LitFest 2021 marks the novel’s debut event—an evening not to be missed!
The one-hour talk starts at 8:00 pm; it is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Pitt hiring bilingual Mandarin-English Research Support Specialist for two Hillman Library collections.

The University of Pittsburgh is hiring a bilingual Mandarin-English Research Support Specialist for two collections in Hillman Library.
Archives and Special Collections - Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh - (21003189) The Research Support Specialist will support both the Archives & Special Collections Department (Hillman Library location) and the East Asian Library as a shared position. Incumbent will work regularly-scheduled hours in EAL or A&SC at the reference desk providing reference services to library users in a face-to-face, phone, or online setting. Incumbent will offer high quality directional/policy and explanatory reference and refer requests for customized or expert reference and research services to the appropriate specialist, manage the EAL Gateway Document Delivery Service and assist EAL librarians on instruction and projects. Duties also include managing the Aeon (A&SC content management system) request and activity queues to oversee all materials in use at A&SC Hillman and facilitate the transfer of library materials to/from various departments and libraries. The Shared Position will coordinate the hiring, interviewing, orientation, and supervising of student assistants and conduct collection maintenance activities for A&SC (Hillman) and EAL. Candidates will be expected to recognize, respect, and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds in all aspects of their work and take initiative in learning about issues relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Position requires a B.A. In lieu of degrees, person should have a minimum of four years experience in an academic research library and demonstrate a working knowledge of research collections in order to have an understanding of the academic research process. Requires fluency in the English and Chinese languages. Requires fluency in the English and Chinese languages.
More information on Pitt's job website.

Combating Hate against Asian Communities - Allyship and Advocacy: Responses to Xenophobia and Hate Crimes, May 11 at Pitt.


The University of Pittsburgh's Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will present "Allyship and Advocacy: Responses to Xenophobia and Hate Crimes" on May 11.
Join the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as we welcome Professor Sheila Velez Martinez who will lead the discussion, Allyship and Advocacy: Responses to Xenophobia and Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Communities. This discussion will address how the Pitt community can increase advocacy and support members of the Asian community. Professor Velez Martinez is the Jack and Lovell Olender Professor of Asylum Refugee and Immigration Law, the Co-Director for the Center for Civil Rights and Racial Justice, and the Director of the Immigration Law Clinic for the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law.

We encourage you to share this invitation with your networks and we look forward to your participation.
The online event runs from 2:00 to 3:00 pm and registration is required.

Asian American Heritage Month Celebration with Jasmine Cho and Allegheny County Bar Association, May 26.


The Allegheny County Bar Association will host Jasmine Cho for an online Asian American Heritage Month Celebration on May 26.
All members are invited to join the ACBA Asian Attorneys Committee to celebrate Asian American Heritage month with special guest Jasmine Cho, a Pittsburgh-based artist, author and “cookie activist”. She is most known for using portrait cookies to elevate representation for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She is also a Food Network Champion (“Christmas Cookie Challenge” Season 3, Episode 8) and the Founder of Yummyholic. During this networking session, Cho will discuss and demonstrate her work. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required here.
The event starts at 5:30 pm and registration is required.

Minari with Tull Family Theater and Pitt's Asian Studies Center, May 26.


The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will present a screening of Minari at the Tull Family Theater on May 26.
Join us for a special screening of the award-winning film Minari on Wednesday May 26, 2021 in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage month at the Tull Family Theater. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Film starts at 6:30 pm. A limited number of tickets are available.
Registration is required. The Tull Family Theater is located at 418 Walnut St. in Sewickley (map).

Thursday, May 6, 2021

1991 Hong Kong film Center Stage (阮玲玉) continues online via Row House Cinema through May 8.


The 1991 Hong Kong film Center Stage (阮玲玉), starring Maggie Cheung, will continue playing online via Row House Cinema two extra days, through May 8.
Hong Kong New Wave master Stanley Kwan’s unconventional biopic tells the tragic story of “Greta Garbo of China” — Ruan Lingyu, played by Maggie Cheung. Praised for her moving and emotive onscreen presence, Ruan’s private life, which was frequent fodder for the vicious Shanghai tabloids, began to mirror the melodramas which brought her fame, culminating in her suicide at age 24. Kwan and Cheung paint a kaleidoscopic yet intimate portrait of the ill-fated actress, deftly blending lush period drama, archival footage, and metatextual documentary sequences of Cheung reflecting on Ruan’s legacy. The result is, much like the films of Ruan Lingyu themselves, “tender, vivid and almost overwhelmingly moving” (Time Out)
Tickets are available online.

Virtual Screening and Discussion: Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, May 12 at Pitt.


The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will present Virtual Screening and Discussion: Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, a discussion around a 2019 Bhutanese film, on May 12.
A young teacher in modern Bhutan shirks his duties while planning to go to Australia to become a singer. As a reprimand, his superiors send him to the most remote school in the world, a glacial Himalayan village called Lunana, to complete his service. He wants to quit and go home, but he begins to learn of the hardship in the lives of the beautiful children he teaches, and begins to be transformed through the amazing spiritual strength of the villagers.
Register here for a virtual screening of LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM (Pawo Choyning Dorji, 2019).
Event will be broadcast live digitally. Before the screening, a link will be sent to the email account provided below.
The event starts at 6:30 pm and is free and open to the public, though registration is required.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Work still underway on Wild Ninja Asian Grill in Oakland.


Signage recently went up at 210 Oakland Ave. (map) for Wild Ninja Asian Grill. Work on the restaurant has been underway at the former Uncle Sam's Gourmet Subs since December 2019. The sandwich placed closed in September 2018 after numerous health department infractions.

"Speaking Up and Out: A Poetry Reading with Sally Wen Mao," May 19 at Pitt.


The University of Pittsburgh will present "Speaking Up and Out: A Poetry Reading with Sally Wen Mao" on May 19 as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
As part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, join the Asian Studies Center and the Global Hub for "Speaking Up and Out: A Poetry Reading with Sally Wen Mao."

Sally Wen Mao is the author of two collections of poetry, Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014). The recipient of a Pushcart Prize and an NEA fellowship, she was recently a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, a Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington at the George Washington University, and a Lannan Foundation Resident in Marfa, Texas. She has taught poetry at Cornell University, The George Washington University, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College MFA program, Catapult, Poet's House, and the 92 Street Y, among other places. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Best American Poetry, The Paris Review, Poetry, Harpers Bazaar, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, Guernica, and A Public Space, among others. She is a Kundiman fellow in both fiction and poetry, and most recently, she was a Shearing Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute. You can learn more about Sally's work at https://www.sallywenmao.com/.

Sally will read some of her work before a Q&A session. Audience participation is encouraged.
It runs from 7:00 to 8:00 pm and registration is required.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Spang & Company hiring bilingual Mandarin-English Customer Service Representative for O'Hara Township office.

Spang & Company, with an office at RIDC park, is hiring a bilingual Mandarin-English Customer Service Representative.

The Magnetics division is a leading supplier of precision soft magnetic components. We specialize in the research, design and production of a broad range of high-quality powder cores, ferrite cores and strip wound cores for a variety of applications in the electronics industry.

The main functions of this position will be to assure customer contact with Sales Department is as professional and efficient as possible and to cover all areas of customer service from prompt phone and emails coverage to completion of order.

New Chinese film My Love (你的婚礼), currently atop China's box office, in Pittsburgh from May 7.


The new Chinese movie My Love (你的婚礼) will play in Pittsburgh from May 7. A synopsis, from the distributor:
This is a romance and lovely story for over 15 years between a boy and a girl. Back in high school, Zhou Xiaoqi (Xu Guanghan) was a student with swimming speciality. You Yongci (Zhang Ruonan) was a transfer student of the same high school. At the first sight, Zhou fell in love with You. Before Zhou expressed his true feelings, You left without saying goodbye. Zhou holds and protects this young and ignorant pure love inside his heart for over 15 years…
My Love debuted atop the Chinese box office last weekend. It plays locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront (map), and tickets are available online.

Zhang Yimou film Cliff Walkers (悬崖之上) remains in Pittsburgh through (at least) May 12.


The 2021 Zhang Yimou film Cliff Walkers (悬崖之上), which opened in Pittsburgh on April 30, will remain here through at least May 12. A brief summary from Asian Movie Pulse:
Based on a script by Quan Yongxian, the previously known as “Impasse” film focuses on four communist party special agents, Zhang, Lan, Yu and Chiuliang, who arrive in Manchukuo in 1931, after training in Russia, in order to carry out a secret mission codenamed “Utrenya”. The operation is to take place in Harbin, where a witness to a Japanese massacre is hiding. The four of them decide to split, although Lan and her husband are rather reluctant to separate. Before they do, however, they promise each other that, whoever survives, should find their children, who have been left behind before their training begun.
It will play locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront (map) and tickets are available online.

2020 Japanese movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (劇場版「鬼滅の刃」 無限列車編) remains in Pittsburgh through May 12.


The 2020 Japanese animated movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (劇場版「鬼滅の刃」 無限列車編), which opened in Pittsburgh on April 22, will remain here through at least May 12. A synopsis of the top-grossing film in Japan last year, from the theaters:
Tanjiro Kamado, joined with Inosuke Hashibira, a boy raised by boars who wears a boar's head, and Zenitsu Agatsuma, a scared boy who reveals his true power when he sleeps, board the Infinity Train on a new mission with the Fire Pillar, Kyojuro Rengoku, to defeat a demon who has been tormenting the people and killing the demon slayers who oppose it!
It will play locally at numerous local theaters, depending on the day, including AMC Loews Waterfront, Waterworks Cinemas, Cranberry Cinemas, the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, the Chartiers Valley Luxury 14, and the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville, North Hills, and Robinson. Tickets are available online.

2020 Korean-American film Minari remains in Pittsburgh through (at least) May 12.


The 2020 Korean-American film Minari, which opened in Pittsburgh on February 11, will remain here through at least May 12. A synopsis, from the distributor:
A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
It will continue at the AMC Loews Waterfront and Tull Family Theater, and tickets are available online.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Korean hair salon Adore Salon (아도레 미용실) opens on McKnight Road.


Adore Salon (아도레 미용실), a relatively-new Korea hair salon, opened back in February on McKnight Road. It is operated by Elliot Choi (최승규), who boasts 25+ years of experience in Seoul, New York, and New Jersey. Those interested in an appointment can contact 412-318-4210 or adoresalon4814 at gmail.com, though a sign outside says walk-ins are welcomed. It is located at 4814 McKnight Road (map), in a small strip mall next to Sushi Tomo.