Friday, December 2, 2022

Fangirl Fantasy: K-Pop Night, February 18 at Mr. Smalls Theatre.


Mr. Smalls Theatre will host "Fangirl Fantasy: K-Pop Night" on February 18, 2023. A summary of the "ultimate fangirl experience" that travels around North America, from ths promotion's official site:
Fangirl Fantasy is the ultimate fangirl experience created by a fangirl for a fangirl. A night where all your favorite music is played in one place. It’s a night where you can be yourself unapologetically.

Fangirl Fantasy events celebrate the passion and enthusiasm fangirls share for their favorite artists. We curate events featuring fangirl favorites, including The Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, One Direction, and more!
Tickets for the all-ages show are available online for $18, plus the multitude of fees. Mr. Smalls Theatre is located at 400 Lincoln Ave. in Millvale (map).

Yo! Tea Boba Studio & Yoka Grills, serving bubble tea and hot pot, now open in North Oakland.


Yo! Tea & Yoka Grills has opened this fall at 4615 Centre. Ave in North Oakland (map), in the spot formerly occupied by Pizza Twist. It had a soft open on October 8. Photos here courtesy of the restaurant.

Invitation-only W Board Game Studio in Shadyside.

Signage for an invitation-only, board game studio for Chinese speakers at 731 Copeland St. in Shadyside, on the second floor abovce Le Mardi Gras (map).

Thursday, December 1, 2022

English-dubbed version of My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) at Row House Cinema, December 4.


As part of its upcoming Miyazaki Week film series from December 2 through 11, the Row House Cinema will present My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) dubbed in English on Sunday, December 4, in a screening more accessible for children or those who do not enjoy subtitles.
In this adorable, family friendly classic, two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest.
The movie starts at 5:00 pm and tickets are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Japanese choreographer and artist Hiroaki Umeda at Wood Street Galleries, December 28 - 30.


Japanese choreographer and artist Hiroaki Umeda will perform at downtown Pittsburgh's Wood Street Galleries from December 28 through 30, it was announced recently.
Hiroaki Umeda is a choreographer and a multidisciplinary artist recognized as one of the leading figures of the Japanese avant-garde art scene. Since the launch of his company S20, his subtle yet violent dance pieces have toured around the world to audience and critical acclaim. His work is acknowledged for the highly holistic artistic methodology with strong digital background, which considers not only physical elements as dance, but also optical, sensorial and, above all, spatiotemporal components as part of the choreography. Based on his profound interest in choreographing time and space, Umeda has spread his talent not only as a choreographer and dancer, but also as a composer, lighting designer, scenographer and visual artist.

Join us at Wood Street Galleries for special, small group performances of Hiroaki Umeda’s high intensity solo work, Intensional Particle. The piece showcases Umeda’s signature style of mixing digital imagery, minimal soundscape, and extremely potent corporeality.
Tickets are available online. Wood Street Galleries is located at 601 Wood Street, atop the Wood Street T Station (map).

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

2022 film Shin Ultraman (シン・ウルトラマン) playing in Pittsburgh, January 11 and 12.


The 2022 Japanese superhero and kaiju film Shin Ultraman (シン・ウルトラマン) will play in Pittsburgh on January 11 and 12. From the distributor:
There’s never a dull day on Japan's newly established SSSP kaiju defense taskforce, led by Kimio Tamura, played by DRIVE MY CAR’s Hidetoshi Nishijima. After a particularly challenging encounter, a giant silver robot descends from the sky to rescue the country. Dubbed Ultraman, this robot’s identity and purpose are a mystery. SHIN ULTRAMAN is a delightful reimagining of one of Japan’s classic superheroes, full of cosmic twists, campy villains, and giants of all species. Added value includes an introduction from the film’s director, Shinji Higuchi.
It is scheduled to play locally at the Cinemark theaters in Monaca, Monroeville, North Hills, and Robinson, though more locations may be announced later. Tickets are available online: the January 11 screenings are in Japanese with English subtitles, and the January 12 screenings are dubbed in English.

Commonwealth Charter Academy hiring High School World Language- Japanese Teacher for 2022-2023 school year at Homestead Family Service Center.

Commonwealth Charter Academy is hiring High School World Language- Japanese Teacher for 2022-2023 school year. The online position will be based out of Homestead. From the job description:

High School World Language- Japanese Teacher
Position Description
Working from one of our Family Service Centers, the Secondary Teacher will "virtually” manage instructional programs. Through use of the telephone, Internet and various curriculum tools they will consult regularly with learning coaches and students to ensure that each child successfully completes his/her instructional program

Extended Miyazaki Week at Row House Cinema, December 2 - 11.


The Row House Cinema will present an extended version of its Miyazaki Week from December 2 through 11. The lineup consists of 2004's Howl's Moving Castle (ハウルの動く城), 1984's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Japanese: 風の谷のナウシカ), 1989's Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便), and 1988's My Neighbor Totoro (Japanese: となりのトトロ), as well as a one-night-only showing of 1992's Porco Rosso (紅の豚). Tickets are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

2021 Japanese animated movie Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版𝄇) in Pittsburgh, December 6, 8, 11.


The 2021 Japanese animated movie Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版𝄇) will play in Pittsburgh on December 6, 8, and 11. A summary, from Amazon Prime:
The fourth and final installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion. Misato and her anti-Nerv group Wille arrive in Paris, a city now red from core-ization. Crew from the flagship Wunder land on a containment tower.
It is scheduled to play at the AMC Loews Waterfront; the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville, North Hills, and Robinson; and the Chartiers Valley Luxury 14. Tickets are available online.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

International Anime Music Festival, March 14 at Roxian Theater.


The Roxian Theater will host the Pittsburgh stop of the 2023 International Anime Music Festival on March 14. From a press release:
The inaugural International Anime Music Festival announces its debut tour, bringing virtual music superstars to 37 venues across North America starting Feb. 6, 2023. This marks the first time the popular VTubers (virtually generated animated YouTubers) and Vocaloids (virtual singers with computer generated voices) appear on stage together.

Starring Kizuna AI Original Singeroid "#kzn", vocal duo HIMEHINA, vocal trio MaRiNaSu, the North American debut of fan favorite GUMI, and pop twins LiLYPSE, the show will be in LIVE, DJ-led multimedia concert rave. Featuring brand new songs and never-before-seen content, the tour brings these characters to life on state-of-the-art LED and high-definition digital projections. These characters are among the fan-favorites of the international anime-music movement. Originating in Japan, these superstar avatars have exploded globally over the past two years, drawing tens of millions of followers worldwide, generating over 62 million Google searches, and more than 1.2 billion views (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and others).
Tickets for the show are available online. The Roxian Theatre is located at 425 Chartiers Ave. in McKees Rocks (map).

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Bayanihan Mural Unveiling at Philippine Center of Pittsburgh, November 26.


The Philippine Center of Pittsburgh will host a Bayanihan Mural Unveiling on Saturday, November 26.
Since 2018, the Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh (FAAP) has been working on making the Philippine Center a building to call “home” for the Filipino community in Western Pennsylvania. FAAP has been working with Eliseo Silva; a renowned Filipino artist with over 35 years experience creating murals and more than a hundred award-winning public art projects, exhibits, and installations all over the world; to develop a mural which embodies the Bayanihan* spirit. The installation of this mural will finally give this building its “heart.”

Join us this Saturday, November 26 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm for the unveiling of the mural and a meet-and-greet with the artist. Refreshments will be served at this free event.

Reserve your spot here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bayanihan-mural-unveiling-tickets-472110393897

*“Bayanihan” is known as the Filipino spirit of communal unity to achieve a goal. It can be traced back to rural Philippines where the town’s people were asked to help move a family’s entire house to a new location. In order for the volunteers to carry the house, approximately twenty volunteers would move in unison, carrying bamboo poles that were secured underneath the house. This image is central to the mural.
The Philippine Center of Pittsburgh is located at 200 Church St. in West Mifflin (map).

Concert film NCT DREAM THE MOVIE: In A DREAM in Pittsburgh, November 30 and December 3.


An upcoming NCT concert film NCT DREAM THE MOVIE: In A DREAM will play in Pittsburgh on November 30 and December 3.
The brand-new film features high-energy performances with the seven members captured during their second solo concert, “NCT DREAM TOUR 'THE DREAM SHOW2 : In A DREAM,” at the iconic Olympic Stadium, the largest stadium in South Korea and the dream venue for music artists.

This unmissable event also includes behind-the-scenes footage, exclusive backstage interviews and a look at the future the members envision away from the stage!
It is scheduled to play locally, in Korean with English subtitles, at the AMC Loews Waterfront and the Cinemark theater in Robinson, and tickets are available online.

Next Yanlai Dance Academy K-pop Dance Drop-in Class, December 3 with Itzy's "Not Shy."


The next K-pop Dance Drop-in Class with Yanlai Dance Academy will be December 3 with Itzy's "Not Shy."
Welcome to our drop-in classes!

These classes are 1.5 hours long where we will warm-up, stretch, and learn the chorus to a popular kpop dance song.
Each class is $20 unless you are a member of our Kpop Dance Team. We accept check, cash, or venmo as payment.

Masks are optional but encouraged. We recommend you bring a bottle of water and clothes and shoes you are comfortable dancing in.

If you are interested in joining our Kpop Dance Team who will be learning the full dance to "Not Shy" by ITZY as well as other dances, please join our December 3 class and speak to the teacher to sign up.
Future sessions will be held in March, April, and May. Yanlai Dance Academy is located at 2260 Babcock Boulevard in the North Hills (map).

Monday, November 21, 2022

The Incline profiles Seiko Sisco and Waku Waku Baby.


In October the online newsletter The Incline profiled designer and chemist Seiko Sisco and her baby goods line Waku Waku Baby.
I am a Ph.D. chemist turned stay-at-home-mom turned creative small business owner. In 2019, I founded Waku Waku Baby, a handmade baby gifts shop that sells baby shoes and accessories that are cute, comfy and capture the magic of childhood. “Waku Waku” means to be happy and excited in Japanese; I wanted the shop name to reflect my Japanese roots and the feeling I get when I sew new baby items. Since launching Waku Waku Baby, I have dreamt of designing my own fabric patterns from my hand drawn illustrations. This year, I finally took the big leap to learning surface pattern design. I am so excited to showcase a sneak peek of my debut fabric patterns in collaboration with Waku Waku Baby this holiday season!

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Japanese animated movie The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie (映画 五等分の花嫁) in Pittsburgh, from December 2.


The 2022 Japanese animated movie The Quintessential Quintuplets Movie (映画 五等分の花嫁) will play in Pittsburgh December 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7. From the distributor:
When five lovely young girls who hate studying hire part-time tutor Futaro, he guides not only their education but also their hearts. Time spent has brought them all closer, with feelings growing within the girls and Futaro. As they finish their third year of high school and their last school festival approaches, they set their sights on what’s next. Is there a future with one of them and Futaro?
It plays at the AMC Loews Waterfront and the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville and Robinson, and tickets are available online. Please note, some shows are in Japanese with English subtitles and others are dubbed in English.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Awning up for Viet Nom Nom in Squirrel Hill.


An awning is now up at Viet Nom Nom, a restaurant offering "quick service Vietnamese food" coming soon to Squirrel Hill. The new signage goes along with the painted wall that appeared earlier this month. Viet Nom Nom will be located at 1711 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill (map), the spot most recently occupied by Nu Jewish Bistro.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

"We Learn" Beginner and Intermediate Korean classes enter their second week at Carnegie Library in Oakland and online, November 19.


via the Republic of Korea's Flickr page.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branch in Oakland has resumed its free "We Learn" Beginner and Intermediate Korean classes Saturdays from November 12, and will continue Saturdays through December 17. The beginner classes run from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and are online, while the intermediate classes run at the same time and are a hybrid class. Registration is required. More information is available at the library website.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

2022 Japanese animated movie One Piece Film: Red remains in Pittsburgh through November 22.


The 2022 Japanese animated movie One Piece Film: Red, which opened in Pittsburgh on November 3, will remain here through at least November 22.
One of the most iconic anime and manga series of all time is about to get even bigger with the upcoming arrival of the big screen adventure, One Piece Film: Red. One Piece Film: Red centers around Uta, the most beloved singer in the world who is renowned for concealing her own identity. Now, for the first time ever, Uta will reveal herself to the world at a live concert.
It plays locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront, and tickets are available online, though please note some shows are dubbed in English while others are in Japanese with English subtitles.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Doreen Chan “HalfDream: Another Room” Opening Reception, December 2 at Mattress Factory.


The opening reception for the upcoming Mattress Factory exhibit, Doreen Chan's "HalfDream: Another Room," will be held on December 2.
The Mattress Factory is pleased to announce HalfDream: Another Room, a new solo exhibition by Hong Kong and US-based artist Doreen Chan. This new site-specific installation engages Chan’s on-going participatory art project, HalfDream, in which users around the world can describe their dreams, adding them to a database which matches common dreams of participants and connects “dreammates.”

Join us on Friday, December 2 from 6-8 PM for the opening reception and a conversation with the artist. “Dream drink” cocktails and light bites from Salems Grill will be available.

University Gamelan Ensemble performance, November 15 at Pitt.


The Department of Music will present a University Gamelan Ensemble performance on November 15. A description of the ensemble, from the department:
The University Gamelan was founded in fall 1997 and is directed by Andrew Weintraub. The instructor for the course is currently Jay Arms. The University Gamelan Ensemble (Mus 0690) plays the gamelan music of the Sundanese people, an ethnic group that inhabits roughly the western third of the island of Java. Gamelan refers to a set of predominantly percussion instruments including tuned gongs, metal-keyed instruments, and drums (as well as bowed lute and voice). Gamelan music is played as accompaniment to dance, drama, puppet theater, and martial arts, as well as for concerts of listening music. Gamelan is performed in conjunction with special occasions and to mark important life-cycle events.
The event starts at 8:00 pm in Bellefield Hall (map) and is free and open to the public, though registration is required. It will also be streamed online on the department's Youtube channel.

Saturday, November 12, 2022

"We Learn" Beginner and Intermediate Korean classes resume at Carnegie Library in Oakland and online, Saturdays from November 12.


via the Republic of Korea's Flickr page.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branch in Oakland will resume its free "We Learn" Beginner and Intermediate Korean classes Saturdays from today, November 12, through December 17. The beginner classes run from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and are online, while the intermediate classes run at the same time and are a hybrid class. Registration is required. More information is available at the library website.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Soju tasting with Korean film Midnight (미드나이트), November 14 at Row House Cinema.


As part of the Modern Korean Cinema series starting today, Row House Cinema will host a soju tasting to accompany the November 14 screening of Midnight (미드나이트).
Wi Ha-Jun (star of Squid Game) stars as a brutal serial killer who ruthlessly hunts down a deaf woman through the streets of South Korea after she witnesses his brutal crime in a new thriller that will keep you guessing and leave you breathless.
. . .
Come watch a fantastic new Korean thriller and taste some soju — a Korean liquor made from sweet potatoes or rice. 21+
Tickets are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Tickets now on sale for Greater Pittsburgh Lunar New Year Gala, January 21, 2023.


Tickets are now on sale for the Greater Pittsburgh Lunar New Year Gala, held on January 21, 2023 at the PNC Theater at Point Park University's Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Greater Pittsburgh Lunar New Year Gala is the best performing arts show for Lunar New Year celebration in greater Pittsburgh area! Come and Join us to celebrate coming Year of Rabbit, which will be held on Saturday, January 21st, 2023 from 7PM to 9PM in Pittsburgh Playhouse, PNC Theater.
 
The gala will include world renowned and awarded Master of Arts and Crafts as follows.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Pittsburgh Pirates acquire Ji-man Choi (최지만) from Tampa Bay.


The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired firstbaseman Ji-man Choi (최지만) from Tampa Bay. Choi, has played on four different teams over his seven years in the league, and has found his most success and longevity with the Rays over the last five years. As has been the fashion with the Pirates and seasoned players, he figures to provide a solid veteran presence at 1B, at least for part of the season before being moved near the deadline.

If Choi plays in a regular season game he will be the fifth Korean in Pittsburgh Pirates history: Chan-ho Park in 2010, Jung-ho Kang from 2015 through 2019, Hoy Park in 2021-2022, and Ji-hwan Bae in 2022, though the Pirates have had several other Korean prospects and players in their system over the decades.

Choi, Jung-ho Kang, and Ji-hwan Bae in 2019, from Bae's Instagram.

Matsuri: Autumn Night Market, November 19 at Carnegie Mellon University.


The Carnegie Mellon University Japanese Student Association will present its annual Matsuri on November 19, with a theme of Autumn Night Market.
Every year, CMU JSA holds a festival called "Matsuri" to celebrate Japanese culture through food, games, and performances. This year's theme is 夜の屋台 (Yoru no Yatai), or Autumn Night Market, and will revolve around the flavors and colors surrounding autumn.

This year's features
  • An even greater selection of fresh, handmade Japanese street food items
  • Some of our most popular game booths from last year
  • Stamp rally with the opportunity to win gift cards
  • Live performances by our very own CMU JSA members
It runs from 12:00 to 6:00 pm at University Center Connan (map). The event is free, but food and other events require tickets, which can be purchased at the door or online in advance.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Miyazaki Week coming to Row House Cinema in December.


The Row House Cinema will present Miyazaki Week from December 2 through 11. The lineup consists of 2004's Howl's Moving Castle (ハウルの動く城), 1984's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Japanese: 風の谷のナウシカ), 1989's Kiki's Delivery Service (Japanese: 魔女の宅急便), and 1988's My Neighbor Totoro (Japanese: となりのトトロ), as well as a one-night-only showing of 1992's Porco Rosso (Japanese: 紅の豚). Tickets are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Traditional Japanese Puppetry in Dialogue with Contemporary Puppet Theater, November 10 at Pitt.

via tomleeprojects.com 
The Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh will host puppeteer Tom Lee and his lecture "Traditional Japanese Puppetry in Dialogue with Contemporary Puppet Theater" on November 10.
Join us for this talk with director, designer, and puppet artist Tom Lee. Mr. Lee is the creator of the multimedia puppet piece "Akutagawa," which he will be directing in Pittsburgh this February. During this talk, he will discuss this piece and his process to puppetry as an art form. For questions about the event, please contact Elizabeth Oyler (eaoyler@pitt.edu). This talk is sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature and with support from the Japan Iron and Steel Federation Endowments of the University of Pittsburgh and the Asian Studies Center of the University Center for International Studies.
The talk starts at 11:00 am in 135 Chevron Hall (map).

Asian-made short film festival at CMU, November 9.


Carnegie Mellon University will host an Asian-made short film festival on November 9. Films include:
FIRST TIMERS by Jee Hoon Seo
An advanced surfer encounters a beginner surfer struggling on his first session and is reminded of his own beginnings.

DE CLOSIN NIGHT by Shicong Zhu & Ella Rouwen Chen
A Chinese theater student tries to get rid of her accent in order to land a college performance. But as she tries harder, the line between the skill set. and her self-identity gets blurred.

WALINONG SARI by Eugene Foo & Honey Ahmad
A warrior princess of Inderapura has to choose between a kingdom that comes with a strategic marriage or, to follow her heart for a life of adventure with a man who truly understands her.

OINK by Milky Tran
A story about unconditional admiration and how mothers can unconsciously pass on their own unhealthy habits and insecurities to their daughters.
The evening also includes a keynote address by filmmaker and Pittsburgh native Milky Tran, and the first 50 people to arrive get free Boba. It will be held at cConomy Auditorium, Jared L. Cohon University Center (map). Registration can be made online. Presented in collaboration with CMU International Film Festival, aKDPhi, Project Smile, Screenshot Asia, UPitt Asian Studies Center, and Big Straw Magazine.

Japanese short film Veils (ベール) named Reel Q Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival Best Short Film.


The 2021 Japanese short film Veils (ベール) was selected yesterday as an audience award winner at the 2022 Reel Q Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival for Best Short Film.
Ayumi Tani, an owner of a small bookstore, and Sayaka Murakami, a call center worker, are a lesbian couple living together. While they feel somewhat stifled by the fact that they are part of the LGBTQ community, they are looking forward to having a wedding-style photo shoot to celebrate their five-year anniversary. Sayaka finds a site for searching photo salons advertising “LGBTQ available" and enthusiastically makes an inquiry, but one photo salon’s disappointing response angers them. Ayumi decides to go confront the photo salon in person, even though Sayaka tries to stop her. Will Ayumi's words reach Ms. Oshima, an experienced staff of the salon? Will there be a place where Ayumi and Sayaka can enjoy their own slice of happiness.

2022 Japanese animated movie One Piece Film: Red remains in Pittsburgh through November 16.


The 2022 Japanese animated movie One Piece Film: Red, which opened in Pittsburgh on November 3, will remain here through at least November 16.
One of the most iconic anime and manga series of all time is about to get even bigger with the upcoming arrival of the big screen adventure, One Piece Film: Red. One Piece Film: Red centers around Uta, the most beloved singer in the world who is renowned for concealing her own identity. Now, for the first time ever, Uta will reveal herself to the world at a live concert.
It plays locally at many local theaters throgh the 10th, including: the Cinemark theaters in Monaca, Monroeville, North Hills, and Robinson; the AMC theaters in Mt. Lebanon, South Hills, and Waterfront; and the Pittsburgh Mills Cinema. From the 11th it will play at the AMC Loews Waterfront. Tickets are available online, though please note some shows are dubbed in English while others are in Japanese with English subtitles.

Monday, November 7, 2022

Slam Poetry with Asia Samson, November 15 at Pitt-Johnstown.

The University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Program Board will present Slam Poetry with Asia Samson on November 15.
Since 2009, The Asia Project has toured over 2000 colleges with an acoustic music poetry act that has amazed audiences all over the country. On the microphone is Asia Samson: writer, poet and part-time ninja. He has been seen on HBO Def Poetry Jam and has shared the stage with such artists as Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, DMX, Mos Def, Dead Prez and KRS-One. Accompanying him on the guitar is his brother-in-law Jollan who uses music to create an atmosphere that brings poetry to emotional levels you would never expect. They have been featured on HBO Def Poetry, Button Poetry, TEDx, NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest, SoFar Sounds, Story Conference, and Entrepreneur’s Organization. They have worked with companies such as the US Military, Nokia, Disney, To Write Love On Her Arms and AEvolve. They have broken college-booking records for the most booked poetry act in the college market garnering them the awards of APCA College Performer of the Year and thrice APCA Spoken Word Artist of the Year.
The event start at 8:00 pm in the Student Union at UPJ, and registration is required.

Nakashima: A Bridge between East and West, November 12 at Pitt.



The Japanese Nationality Room Committee at the University of Pittsburgh will host Mira Nakashima and "Nakashima: A Bridge between East and West" on November 12.
Mira Nakashima is the daughter of the acclaimed architect, furniture designer, and craftsman George Nakashima. She will speak about her father's legacy and how his cultural ties to Japan affected his method of design in both furniture and architecture.

Mira Nakashima President and Creative Director of George Nakashima Woodworkers, who produce one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted, made to order furniture in their workshop in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
The event runs from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in 324 Cathedral of Learning. It is free and open to the public, though advance registration is required.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Sagisaka Duo, Cornelius Boots, The Jakarta Method at Vestige Concept Gallery in Lawrenceville, November 5; traditional Japanese music, "bass shakuhachi," and Indonesian rock.


Sagisaka Duo, Cornelius Boots, and The Jakarta Method will perform at the Vestige Concept Gallery in Lawrenceville tonight, November 5.
Join us on Saturday, Nov. 5th at 7:30 PM for an evening of music by Sagisaka Duo (traditional Japanese music), Cornelius Boots (bass shakuhachi, original compositions) and Risky Sasono’s “The Jakarta Method!” We’re asking for $15 suggested donation at the door to be split amongst the performers.
The event starts at 7:30 pm. The Vestige Concept Gallery is located at 5417 Butler St. in Lawrenceville (map).

Thursday, November 3, 2022

New Vietnamese restaurant coming soon to Squirrel Hill.


Fresh Viet Nom Nom paint is up at 1711 Murray Ave. (map), where a new Vietnamese restaurant will be opening soon. The spot was most recently Nu Jewish Bistro.

Next Yanlai Dance Academy K-pop Dance Drop-in Class, December 3 with Itzy's "Not Shy."


The next K-pop Dance Drop-in Class with Yanlai Dance Academy will be December 3 with Itzy's "Not Shy."
Welcome to our drop-in classes!

These classes are 1.5 hours long where we will warm-up, stretch, and learn the chorus to a popular kpop dance song.
Each class is $20 unless you are a member of our Kpop Dance Team. We accept check, cash, or venmo as payment.

Masks are optional but encouraged. We recommend you bring a bottle of water and clothes and shoes you are comfortable dancing in.

If you are interested in joining our Kpop Dance Team who will be learning the full dance to "Not Shy" by ITZY as well as other dances, please join our December 3 class and speak to the teacher to sign up.
Future sessions will be held in March, April, and May. Yanlai Dance Academy is located at 2260 Babcock Boulevard in the North Hills (map).

Concert film NCT DREAM THE MOVIE: In A DREAM in Pittsburgh, November 30 and December 3.


An upcoming NCT concert film NCT DREAM THE MOVIE: In A DREAM will play in Pittsburgh on November 30 and December 3.
The brand-new film features high-energy performances with the seven members captured during their second solo concert, “NCT DREAM TOUR 'THE DREAM SHOW2 : In A DREAM,” at the iconic Olympic Stadium, the largest stadium in South Korea and the dream venue for music artists.

This unmissable event also includes behind-the-scenes footage, exclusive backstage interviews and a look at the future the members envision away from the stage!
It is scheduled to play locally, in Korean with English subtitles, at the AMC Loews Waterfront and the Cinemark theater in Robinson, and tickets are available online.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Fudi Asian Mart 福宝超市 now open in Shadyside.


Fudi Asian Mart 福宝超市 is now open in Shadyside. The Chinese-owned Asian specialty grocery opened at 5020 Centre Ave (map) on November 1. Signage went up in September for the area's newest Asian grocery, located in the former AccuServ Pharmacy.

The interior is still a work in progress, and the store is smaller in size than the former Panda location, but at this point does carry a snacks, beverages, beauty products, frozen products, produce, and rice. It will likely flesh its supply out as the weeks go by, if the other Asian groceries' openings provide any lesson.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Asian-made short film festival at CMU, November 9.


Carnegie Mellon University will host an Asian-made short film festival on November 9. Films include:
FIRST TIMERS by Jee Hoon Seo
An advanced surfer encounters a beginner surfer struggling on his first session and is reminded of his own beginnings.

DE CLOSIN NIGHT by Shicong Zhu & Ella Rouwen Chen
A Chinese theater student tries to get rid of her accent in order to land a college performance. But as she tries harder, the line between the skill set. and her self-identity gets blurred.

WALINONG SARI by Eugene Foo & Honey Ahmad
A warrior princess of Inderapura has to choose between a kingdom that comes with a strategic marriage or, to follow her heart for a life of adventure with a man who truly understands her.

OINK by Milky Tran
A story about unconditional admiration and how mothers can unconsciously pass on their own unhealthy habits and insecurities to their daughters.
The evening also includes a keynote address by filmmaker and Pittsburgh native Milky Tran, and the first 50 people to arrive get free Boba. It will be held at cConomy Auditorium, Jared L. Cohon University Center (map). Registration can be made online. Presented in collaboration with CMU International Film Festival, aKDPhi, Project Smile, Screenshot Asia, UPitt Asian Studies Center, and Big Straw Magazine.

Kiku Japanese Restaurant hiring servers.

Kiku Japanese Restaurant, perhaps the original sushi place in Pittsburgh and among its oldest and most authentic Japanese restaurants, continues to hire servers for its location in Station Square.

KIKU Japanese Restaurant located in station square is now hiring for part time Server.

We are looking for experienced Front of the House professionals that are interested in assisting the resurgence of Pittsburgh's only established Authentic Japanese restaurant.
If you are passionate about food, beverage, and service we want you to join us!
Part-time positions available

Monday, October 31, 2022

New Chinese animated film New Gods: Yang Jian in Pittsburgh, November 4 through 9.


The new Chinese animated film New Gods: Yang Jian will play in Pittsburgh from November 4 through 9. From GKIDS, the distributor:
Thirteen years after Yang Jian (known to some as Erlang Shen) imprisoned his sister beneath a mountain, the once powerful god now scrapes by as a penniless bounty hunter. When a mysterious woman hires him for a new job, Yang Jian soon finds himself chasing down a familiar figure. He must stop Chenxiang, his long-lost nephew, who is in search of the magical lotus lantern that will free his mother, even if it will bring catastrophe. As Yang Jian confronts the actions of his past, he must face a host of dangerous vigilantes seeking the same treasure with the power to alter the balance of their worlds.

This latest entry in the New Gods universe from Light Chaser Animation (White Snake, New Gods: Nezha Reborn) features awe-inspiring action sequences set against breathtaking and wildly imaginative environments. Combining ancient lore with dazzling animation, New Gods: Yang Jian is a timeless adventure of epic proportions featuring one of China’s legendary mythic figures.
It plays locally, in Mandarin with English subtitles, at the AMC Loews Waterfront and tickets are available online.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Modern Korean Cinema film series at Row House Cinema, November 11 - 17.

Decision to Leave (헤어질 결심)

Row House Cinema will present four Korean films as part of a Modern Korean Cinema film series from November 11 to 17: 2021's Midnight (미드나이트), 2016's Train to Busan (부산행), 2022's Decision to Leave (헤어질 결심), and 2022's Alienoid (외계+인 1부). Tickets are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).
Alienoid (외계 + 인 1 부)

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents in concert at Alphabet City, November 30.


Mai Khoi & The Dissidents will play a free concert at Alphabet City---and broadcast online---on November 30.
City of Asylum artist-in-residence Mai Khôi presents a concert of brand-new music composed in collaboration with Pittsburgh-based pianist Mark Micchelli.

Khôi founded Mai Khôi and the Dissidents in Vietnam in 2017 as a vehicle to perform her genre-busting songs protesting government censorship and police violence. The band performed secretly at underground shows in Hanoi until threats from the Vietnamese government forced the band to change their name, then ultimately dissolve. Following Khôi’s exile to the United States, she reformed the band with local Pittsburgh musicians while continuing the group’s radical mission.

The American iteration of Mai Khôi and the Dissidents is an eclectic jazz-pop quintet that’s as likely to launch into a noisy protest song or collective improvisation as a lullaby or a love ballad. They have also toured Khôi’s multimedia stage show Bad Activist at high-profile venues in Pittsburgh, New York, and Las Vegas.
The show starts at 7:00 pm at Alphabet City at 40 W. North Ave. on the North Side (map). Tickets are free but registration for the in-person and online performances is required.

2021 Japanese animated movie Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版𝄇) in Pittsburgh, December 6, 8, 11.


The 2021 Japanese animated movie Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版𝄇) will play in Pittsburgh on December 6, 8, and 11. A summary, from Amazon Prime:
The fourth and final installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion. Misato and her anti-Nerv group Wille arrive in Paris, a city now red from core-ization. Crew from the flagship Wunder land on a containment tower.
It is scheduled to play at the AMC Loews Waterfront; the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville, North Hills, and Robinson; and the Chartiers Valley Luxury 14. Tickets are available online.

Friday, October 28, 2022

1934 Korean silent film Crossroads of Youth (청춘의 십자로) with live music and narration, November 5 at Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will present the 1934 Korean silent film Crossroads of Youth (청춘의 십자로), accompanied by live music and byeonsa narration, on November 5.
During the silent film era in Korea, movie screenings were accompanied by live music and narrators call Byeonsa. This special screening of Crossroads of Youth invites you to encounter the film just as Korean audiences did in 1934. The Korean Film Archive and director Tae-young Kim have reimagined the traditional Byeonsa theatrical event, bringing together the film, live musicians, actors, and narration for a dynamic multimedia experience.
The screening will be held on the 7th floor of Alumni Hall (map). Tickets are free, though registration is required.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

2022 Japanese animated movie One Piece Film: Red in Pittsburgh, November 3 - 10.


The 2022 Japanese animated movie One Piece Film: Red will play in Pittsburgh November 3 through 10.
One of the most iconic anime and manga series of all time is about to get even bigger with the upcoming arrival of the big screen adventure, One Piece Film: Red. One Piece Film: Red centers around Uta, the most beloved singer in the world who is renowned for concealing her own identity. Now, for the first time ever, Uta will reveal herself to the world at a live concert.
It plays locally at many local theaters, including: the Cinemark theaters in Monaca, Monroeville, North Hills, and Robinson; the AMC theaters in Mt. Lebanon, South Hills, and Waterfront; and the Pittsburgh Mills Cinema, and tickets are available online. Please note, some shows are dubbed in English while others are in Japanese with English subtitles.