Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Advocacy through MUSIC - An introduction to those Taiwanese pioneers, May 4 in Squirrel Hill


Cafe Philo will host Justin Lin and his talk "Advocacy through MUSIC - An introduction to those Taiwanese pioneers" on May 4.

Advocacy through MUSIC - An introduction to those honorary Taiwanese pioneers

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we are excited to introduce audiences to the wide range of sounds and genres the independent and underground Taiwanese music scene has to offer. This event is more than just a musical showcase; it's a platform for pioneering artists who are using their voices to push for social change. Covering a broad spectrum of topics from politics and queer rights to indigenous culture and beyond, these musicians exemplify the power of music as a tool for advocacy and transformation. This event aims to enrich our understanding of the diverse and dynamic narratives that shape our world. Join us as we explore the rich musical landscapes and the compelling stories they tell, celebrating the spirit of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month through the universal language of music.

Come join us at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Squirrel Hill (Meeting Room B) for a special event celebrating the incredible impact of Taiwanese pioneers through music. Don't miss this unique opportunity to honor these remarkable individuals and be inspired by their stories. See you there!

The event runs from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Squirrel Hill, and free tickets are available online.

2023 film Sight, based on life of Dr. Ming Wang, in Pittsburgh from May 23.


The 2023 film Sight, A Christian movie based on life of Dr. Ming Wang, will play in Pittsburgh from May 23.
Sight—starring Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning Greg Kinnear, and Terry Chen (Almost Famous, Falling)—is based on the true story of Dr. Ming Wang, a poor Chinese immigrant who defies all odds to become a world-renowned eye surgeon in the United States. Set in 1970s rural China, a young Ming faces persecution and despair at every turn; but with the support of his dedicated family and his own unwavering determination, he finds his way to America, attends Harvard and MIT, and helps develop an innovative technology that restores sight in millions. Taking on the seemingly impossible challenge of helping a blind orphan, the resilient Dr. Wang must reconcile with his own traumatic past and face the harsh reality that the strength of his own will can only go so far.
It plays locally in many local theaters, and tickets are available online.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

aespa: World Tour in Cinemas in Pittsburgh April 24 and 27.


The concert film aespa: World Tour in Cinemas, featuring Korean pop group aespa, will play in Pittsburgh on April 24 and 27.
Global hitmaker aespa's first concert movie bursts onto the screen in cinemas worldwide! From February to September 2023 the group’s first world tour, aespa LIVE TOUR 2023 SYNK : HYPER LINE, visited 21 venues across four continents. Now, step into the final chapter of their global tour journey with aespa: WORLD TOUR in cinemas. Witness the unparalleled energy of aespa’s live performance captured from their electrifying show at London's O2 Arena, their first-ever UK show. With their futuristic stage visuals, high-energy choreography and captivating vocals, they fiercelycommanded the stage delivering fan favourites including ‘Next Level’, ‘Savage’, ‘Girls’, ‘Spicy’ and ‘Black Mamba’. The film also highlights individual performances by each member, complemented by exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews, offering a glimpse behind the curtain.
It is scheduled to play locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront, and tickets are available online.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Revolving sushi planned for renovated Sushi Atarashi in Robinson, July 2024.


Sushi Atarashi has announced that its Robinson location will get a makeover to include a revolving sushi bar. The location temporarily closed in mid-March and aims to reopen in July. Sushi Atarashi is a small local chain of build-your-own sushi roll restaurants, formerly known as Sushi Fuku, with several locations in the area.

Friday, April 12, 2024

Korean rock band The Volunteers (더 발룬티어스) coming to Pittsburgh, July 17.


Korean rock band The Volunteers (더 발룬티어스) will play in Pittsburgh on July 17. They will also play at the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Cente on July 18. Their Pittsburgh show is at the Roxian Theatre (map). Tickets go on sale at 10:00 am today.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

SUGA | Agust D Tour 'D-Day' The Movie in Pittsburgh-area theaters through (at least) April 21.


The upcoming concert film SUGA | Agust D Tour 'D-Day' The Movie, with Suga of Korean pop gropu BTS, which opened in Pittsburgh-area theaters on April 10, will remain here through (at least) April 21.
The eagerly awaited film of BTS SUGA’s Encore Concert bursts onto the big screen worldwide! As the grand finale of the world tour, “SUGA | Agust D TOUR ‘D-DAY’ THE FINAL” marked the culmination of 25 concerts held in 10 cities, which captivated a total audience of 290,000 throughout its run. Experience the pulsating energy and excitement of “D-DAY’ THE FINAL” on screen, everything from the exquisite sounds traversing the boundary between “21st Century Pop Icon” BTS member SUGA and solo artist Agust D, electrifying performance, explosive energy, to special duet stages featuring fellow BTS members RM, Jimin, and Jung Kook.
It plays locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront and the Cinemark theaters in McCandless, Monroeville, and Robinson, and tickets are available online.

Meccha Matcha soft opening its first Pittsburgh location April 26.


Meccha Matcha has just announced a soft opening for its first Pittsburgh location, coming to Squirrel Hill on April 26.

Progress on Hong Kong Dim Sum, coming soon to Pittsburgh.


There has been some progress inside Hong Kong Dim Sum, coming soon to North Oakland. The development team sent this photo of framing inside the Centre Ave. ground floor of One On Centre (map). The new dim sum restaurant was announced for this spot back in September.

2023 Japanese animated film Spy x Family Code: White (劇場版 SPY×FAMILY CODE: White) in Pittsburgh from April 18.


The 2023 Japanese animated film Spy x Family Code: White (劇場版 SPY×FAMILY CODE: White) will play in Pittsburgh from April 18.
He's a spy. She's an assassin. Together, Loid and Yor keep their double lives to themselves while pretending to be the perfect family. However, their adopted daughter Anya, a telepath, knows both of their exciting secrets unbeknownst to them. While under the guise of taking his family on a weekend winter getaway, Loid's attempt to make progress on his current mission Operation Strix proves difficult when Anya mistakenly gets involved and triggers events that threaten world peace!
It plays locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront, AMC CLassic South Hills, and the Cinemark theaters in McCandless, Monroeville, and Robinson. Tickets are available online: please note, some shows are in Japanese with English subtitles and others are dubbed in English.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Meccha Matcha truly coming soon to Squirrel Hill.


Meccha Matcha's first Pittsburgh location appears to really be coming soon. It announced on social media today that an announcement about its opening date will come tomorrow.

Meccha Matcha is a small chain of matcha (green tea)-themed dessert items and drinks. It has displayed a "coming soon" sign at 2000 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill (map), in what was formerly Te Cafe, since last February. Pronounced approximately Mayt-cha---Japanese for very---rather than Meck-ah---as in a robot suit you wear into battle---the menu boasts "America's strongest matcha ice cream!" and offers green tea ice cream, green tea lattes, blended ice, and a few other non-matcha coffee and tea drinks. There are currently Meccha Matcha locations in California and Texas.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Gamelan Music and Dance of Indonesia: A Tribute Concert for Undang Sumarna, April 13 at University of Pittsburgh.


The University of Pittsburgh Department of Music will present the University of Pittsburgh Gamelan Ensemble and Gamelan Music and Dance of Indonesia: A Tribute Concert for Undang Sumarna on April 13.
The University Gamelan Ensemble plays the gamelan music of the Sundanese people. Pitt's gamelan group includes students as well as community members. Participants in the gamelan program are encouraged to use Sundanese processes of learning as much as possible; oral transmission of musical parts is preferred over written notation and working together as an ensemble is more important than developing individual talent.
The event starts at 8:00 pm in the Bellefield Auditorium at 315 S. Bellefield Ave. (map) and tickets are available online.

Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing Event) at North Park with Pittsburgh Sakura Project, April 14.


The Pittsburgh Sakura Project and the Japan American Society of Pennsylvania will host a Hanami, Cherry Blossom Viewing Event, on April 14 at North Park. It starts at 2:00 pm at Harmony Shelter (map) and RSVP is requested (RSVP details on the event page).

2024 Chinese film YOLO (热辣滚烫) returns to Pittsburgh, from April 12.


The 2024 Chinese film YOLO (热辣滚烫), which opened in Pittsburgh on March 7 and ran through March 27, will return for a showing the afternoon of starting April 12.
Le Ying (played by Jia Ling) has been staying at home for many years, doing nothing in particular. After graduating from college and working for a while, Le Ying chooses to withdraw from society, closing herself off from social circles, which she believes is the best way to "reconcile" with herself. One day, after several twists of fate, she decides to live life in a different way. In cautiously venturing into the outside world, Le Ying meets boxing coach Hao Kun (played by Lei Jia-Yin). Just when she thinks life is about to take a positive turn, the challenges that follow far exceed her imagination, and her vibrant life is just beginning..
Yolo is the highest-grossing film of 2024 in China and is the 16th all time in that country, so far. It plays locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront and tickets are available online.

Monday, April 8, 2024

University of Pittsburgh’s Asian Studies Center presents Daughter of the Dragon: Anna May Wong’s Rendezvous with American History Book Discussion, May 2 and 15 at two Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branches.


The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host University of Pittsburgh’s Asian Studies Center presents Daughter of the Dragon: Anna May Wong’s Rendezvous with American History Book Discussion on May 2 and 15 at the Oakland and Squirrel Hill branches, respecdtively.
Join The Asian Studies Center team from the University of Pittsburgh for a discussion of Yunte Huang’s biography Daughter of the Dragon about Anna May Wong and her struggles for stardom in Hollywood and her fight against the Asian American stereotypes. [. . .] Recommended for adults. Contact the location to get free giveaway copies of the biography while copies last.
This is a public version of the Pitt-only book club running through the Asian Studies Center this spring. The May 2 event runs from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the CLP Main Branch in Oakland, the May 15 event runs 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the CLP Squirrel Hill.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Korean pop rock band Lucy (루시) in Pittsburgh, May 30.


The Korean pop rock band Lucy (루시) will play in Pittsburgh on May 30. Tickets for the show at Thunderbird Music Hall will go on sale April 19.

Screening of 1929 silent film Piccadilly, starring Anna May Wong, April 16 at Pitt.


Silent Asia, part of the Screenshot: Asia programming organization at the University of Pittsburgh, will present a screening of the 1929 silent film Piccadilly, accompanied by musicians AppalAsia and Tom Roberts performing the original soundtrack.
A screening of E.A. Dupont's 1929 silent film Piccadilly, starring Asian American icon Anna May Wong. The screening will be musically accompanied by local musicians, Appalasia and Tom Roberts. Come immerse yourself in their original score and experience one of early Hollywood's finest stars at her finest.
The event starts at 6:30 pm in 125 Frick Fine Arts (map).

Friday, April 5, 2024

Korean singer BoyWithUke performing in Pittsburgh, April 27.


Korean singer BoyWithUke will perform in Pittsburgh on April 27 as part of his Lucid Dreams Tour. Ones To Watch summarized his sound in 2021:
While BoyWithUke’s music may drift toward popular indie and lo-fi sounds, incorporating his ukelele sets him apart from other artists heading down the same sonic path. In addition, his instrumental talent adds a fresh layer of artistry, blurring the line between acoustic and electronic beat sounds, often making you forget that one or the other is even there.
He will play at Stage AE and tickets for the 7:00 pm show are available online.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

近江八景 Eight Views of Oomi, Japanese chamber music recital, April 20 at Pitt.


Local musicians devon osamu tipp, Kanoko Kamata, Trē Seguritan Abalos, and Satoshi Itoh will collaborate on a Japanese chamber music concert on April 20.The show is free from 5:00 pm in 205 Bellefield Hall in Oakland (map).

Filipino restaurant, from Rafael Vencio of Amboy Urban Farm, coming soon to Pittsburgh's North Side.

via @amboy_urbanfarm_pittsburgh 

Chef Rafael Vencio recently announced on social media that he is working on opening a Filipino restaurant on Pittsburgh's North Side. It will be located at 400 East Ohio St. (map), in what used to be a Subway but has been vacant for many years. Rumors of a possible Filipino spot here first turned up online last fall.

Vencio operates Amboy Urban Farm and has been visible in running various iterations of Filipino food pop-ups.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Kick Rocks at Carnegie Museum of Art, featuring screenings of Virtually Asian and Everything Everywhere All At Once, April 27.


Kick Rocks, featuring screenings of Virtually Asian and Everything Everywhere All At Once, will be part of this year's Annual Film Series at Carnegie Museum of Art on April 27.
This program explores the worlds of science fiction and fantasy, and how these genres can serve as tools to question and understand the world around us. Astria Suparak, curator, artist, and programmer of the 2024 Carnegie Museum of Art Film Series, will introduce the films.
Kick Rocks runs from 2:00 to 5:00 pm and tickets are available online.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Screening of Lost Soulz and panel discussion with director Katherine Propper, among others, April 5 at CMU.


On April 5 the Carnegie Mellon University International Film Festival will host a screening of Lost Soulz and a panel discussion with its Asian-American director Katherine Propper and actor Sauve Sidle, moderated by Jordan Montgomery, the CEO of Driving While Black Records.
Lost Soulz spins the poetic tale of rising rap sensation Sol, who abandons everything and everyone he knows to drift across the country in a once-in-a-lifetime road trip with some friends and mutual artists. Spurred on by producing original music and the constant thrill of seeking something more, Sol learns to make himself at home in strange places, and how to garner fame through epic (and oft-unconventional) means. But the truth remains that Sol is running from something, and the slow-burn pangs of a guilty conscience seem to chase his van down across the breadth of the Texas desert, even into California and the L.A. promised land.
The events start at 6:30 pm at the McConomy Auditorium in the Jared L. Cohen Center on the CMU campus (map), and tickets are available online.

Asia Pop Lecture Series: Xin Wang and Asian Futurism, April 10 at Pitt.


The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host Xin Wang as the April 10 instsallment of the Asia Pop Lecture Series.
Xin Wang is a curator and art historian based in New York. A PhD candidate in Art History at New York University, writing a dissertation on Soviet Hauntology, she held curatorial and educational positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and received the Warhol Foundation's Arts Writers Grant in 2021. Publications such as "Asian Futurism and the Non-Other" have been widely translated and taught in university curriculums. She has served on jury panels for The Shed, the Creative Capital Grant, and Anonymous Was a Woman, as well as a regular visiting critic at Yale University's MFA program in Photography. She served as the Chief curator of the 4th art and technology-themed biennial program - titled "To Your Eternity" - at Beijing's Today Art Museum in Fall 2023.
The talk starts at 6:00 pm in 202 Frick Fine Arts (map).

Playing Through Capitalism: Squid Game in/on Platform Economy, April 3 at Pitt.


The University of Pittsburgh's Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures will present Dr. Seung-hwan Shin's colloquium Playing Through Capitalism: Squid Game in/on Platform Economy on April 3. It runs from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in 1219 Cathedral of Learning.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Pitt hosting Dr. Esther Kim Lee, author of Made-Up Asians: Yellowface During the Exclusion Era, April 11.


The University of Pittsburgh's Humanities Center will host Dr. Esther Kim Lee for a discussion of her book Made-Up Asians: Yellowface During the Exclusion Era on April 11, 2024.
The talk is based on the recently published book Made-Up Asians: Yellowface During the Exclusion Era, which traces the history of yellowface, the theatrical convention of non-Asian actors putting on makeup and costume to look East Asian. Using specific case studies from European and U.S. theater, race science, and early film, the book examines the development of yellowface in the U.S. context during the Exclusion Era (1862–1940), when Asians faced legal and cultural exclusion from immigration and citizenship. By examining the makeup technology of yellowface, the talk analyzes how theatre historians should rethink key foundational concepts and historical narratives. It questions the dominance of mimesis in discussions of acting and racialize performances and argues for a broader conceptualization of theatre history.
The talk runs from 12:30 to 2:00 pm and is hybrid, held in both 602 Cathedral of Learning and online via Zoom.

SUGA | Agust D Tour 'D-Day' The Movie in Pittsburgh-area theaters, from April 10.


The upcoming concert film SUGA | Agust D Tour 'D-Day' The Movie, with Suga of Korean pop gropu BTS, will play in Pittsburgh-area theaters from April 10.
The eagerly awaited film of BTS SUGA’s Encore Concert bursts onto the big screen worldwide! As the grand finale of the world tour, “SUGA | Agust D TOUR ‘D-DAY’ THE FINAL” marked the culmination of 25 concerts held in 10 cities, which captivated a total audience of 290,000 throughout its run. Experience the pulsating energy and excitement of “D-DAY’ THE FINAL” on screen, everything from the exquisite sounds traversing the boundary between “21st Century Pop Icon” BTS member SUGA and solo artist Agust D, electrifying performance, explosive energy, to special duet stages featuring fellow BTS members RM, Jimin, and Jung Kook.
It plays locally on April 10, 11, 12, and 13 at---on varying days---the AMC Loews Waterfront and the Cinemark theaters in McCandless, Monroeville, and Robinson, and tickets are available online.

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