Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mongolian-inspired "nomadic folk metal" band Tengger Cavalry in Lawrenceville, June 3.



The nomadic folk metal band Tengger Cavalry will play at the newly-reopened Belvedere's Ultra-Dive on June 3. The band's Facebook page describes the New York based group thus:
TENGGER CAVALRY have been turning heads in the music world since the band’s inception in 2010 they blend the nomadic music tradition of Central Asia with heavy metal, creating a unique genre of music known as Nomadic folk metal. Having sold out Carnegie Hall in a legendary performance and been featured in CNN, Vice, the Guardian, Wall Street Journal and the Village Voice, among countless others, the band is ready to take on the world.
Tickets for the 8:00 pm show are not yet available, but those interested can RSVP online. Belvedere's Ultra-Dive is located at 4016 Butler St. in Lawrenceville (map).

Monday, May 9, 2016

Korean troupe Bereishit Dance Company (브레시트무용단) in Pittsburgh, March 4, 2017.



via FocusNews.

The Pittsburgh Dance Council released its 2016-17 schedule over the weekend, with Korean dance troupe Bereishit Dance Company (브레시트무용단) among the performers.
In this first-ever Korean dance presentation for Pittsburgh Dance Council, the Seoul troupe Bereishit presents contemporary work that draws upon eastern Asian culture. Witness Bereishit’s amazing display of space and rhythms choreographed with kinesthetic clarity and power. Elements of street dance and multimedia add to Bereishit’s potency.

Sport meets dance in the rigorous male duet BOW, inspired by the Korean tradition of archery. The intensely physical Balance and Imbalance juxtaposes the dancers alongside some of Korea’s most revered traditional storytelling genre drummers and pansori vocalists.
Tickets are not yet available for the March 4 event.

New restoration of 1973 Japanese animated movie Belladonna of Sadness (哀しみのベラドンナ) at Hollywood Theater, May 20 - 22.



The Hollywood Theater will show the a 4K restoration of the 1973 Japanese animated movie Belladonna of Sadness (哀しみのベラドンナ) on May 20, 21, and 22.

1974 Japanese martial arts movie The Streetfighter (激突!殺人拳) at Row House Cinema from June 10.



The Row House Cinema will show the 1974 Japanese martial arts movie The Streetfighter (激突!殺人拳) as part of its Four Degrees of Tarantino film series from June 10 through June 16. The Montreal Film Journal provides a summary of the movie that starts Sonny Chiba and that influenced Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill films:
There are two intercrossing storylines in “The Street Fighter”, both revolving around Terry Tsurugi, a half-Japanese, half-Chinese man who created a martial arts style combining karate, Chinese boxing and dirty street fighting! A man for hire for anyone who can afford him, Tsurugi helps death row convict Junjou (Makashi Ishibashi) to escape, but when Junjou’s siblings fail to pay him, Tsurugi kills the brother and sells the sister as a prostitute! Sooner or later, this will lead to a confrontation between Terry and a rightfully infuriated Jonjou, but in the meantime Tsurugi also finds the time to get on the Yakuza mob’s bad side by getting in their way as they try to manhandle the heiress of an oil company to sign it over to them. This sounds like a lot of plot, but it’s thankfully rushed through and most of the running time is packed with the most insane, goriest martial arts scenes you’ll ever see!
Wikipedia says it was the first movie to receive an X rating in the US due to violence. It last played in Pittsburgh in 2013.

Showtimes and tickets will be available online later. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Dou kyu sei (同級生) movie at Hollywood Theater, May 8.



The Hollywood Theater in Dormont will show the 2016 Japanese animated movie Dou kyu sei (Classmates, 同級生) on Sunday, May 8.

Japan-inspired T-swirl crêpe chain to open first Pittsburgh location in Squirrel Hill.


via T-swirl crêpe Facebook page.

Signage went up recently for T-swirl crêpe at 1714 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill (map), scheduled to open in July. T-swirl crêpe has four locations in New York City, one in Philadelphia, and one in California, and has 12 more planned. From the official site:
The story of T-swirl Crepe starts thousands of miles away on the shores of Japan. The Japanese Crepe borrows from a western concept and modernized it into new level of versatility that you can gobble on the go. Building on this new concept, T-swirl started to research and have perfected the 100% gluten free rice flour batter, to craft a crispy thin chewy layer that embraces all the decadent condiments. T-swirl is synonymous with using the finest ingredients to construct a trendy/artistic crepe that arrives to your hand with incredible speed. We have standardized the process to give you a consistently clean and delicious crepe.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ariba still looking for fluent Korean, Mandarin speakers for overnight customer support jobs in Pittsburgh.

Ariba---"the global leader in business commerce networks, supporting more than $450 billion dollars in yearly trade between over 1 million connected companies"---is again hiring Customer Support Specialists fluent in Korean or Mandarin to work overnight shifts in its Pittsburgh office downtown.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Akiko Kotani's "Strip Mines" going back up at Pittsburgh International Airport.



In a Friday article about live musical performances at the aiport, the Tribune-Review mentions that Akiko Kotani's 1984 piece "Strip Mines" will be reinstalled.
The airport also announced that it has reinstalled “Strip Mines,” a three-panel, 41-foot tapestry of wool on linen by Slippery Rock artist Akiko Kotani. The work, originally commissioned by the Allegheny County Bureau of Cultural Programs in 1984 for Greater Pittsburgh International Airport, was removed for renovations at the airport.

Peelander-Z documentary Mad Tiger at Hollywood Theater, from May 6.



A 2015 documentary about Japanese punk group Peelander-Z will play at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont from May 6.