Saturday, November 11, 2023

Pagbabagong-Anyo “Transformation," presented by presented by Philippine-American Performing Arts of Greater Pittsburgh, at New Hazlett Theater November 19.

Pagbabagong-Anyo “Transformation," presented by presented by Philippine-American Performing Arts of Greater Pittsburgh, will be at New Hazlett Theater on November 19.
Immerse yourself in an afternoon of Filipino Culture through dance, music, performing arts, and food. This year’s recital continues PAPAGP’s recital tradition of harmonizing traditional dances, contemporary twists, and the work of local young choreographers/talent.
Tickets for the 2:00 pm show are available online from $15 for students and $20 for general admission. New Hazlett Theater is located at 6 Allegheny Square E on the North Side (map).

Thursday, November 9, 2023

2003 Park Chan-wook film Oldboy (올드보이) in Pittsburgh, November 24 - 30.

The 2003 Korean film Oldboy (올드보이) will play at the Row House Lawrenceville from November 24 through 30 as part of the "Masters of the Long Take" series.
In Park Chan-wook's brutal and lucid action masterpiece, a desperate businessman has no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged, and tortured for 15 years and seeks revenge on his captors.
Tickets are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler St. (map).

Film Spirited Away: Live on Stage at Row House Lawrenceville, November 19 and 23.

The film Spirited Away: Live on Stage will play at the Row House Lawrenceville on November 19 and 23, part of this month's Studio Ghibli Week.
A young girl named Chihiro finds herself trapped in a mysterious world inhabited by spirits and when her parents are turned into pigs, she must rescue them. The movie version of the stage production was filmed during the play’s 2022 run at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo.
Tickets are available online. Studio Ghibli Week runs from November 17 through 23, featuring 2008's Ponyo (崖の上のポニョ), 1997's Princess Mononoke (もののけ姫), 2005's Howl's Moving Castle (ハウルの動く城), 1986's Castle in the Sky (天空の城ラピュタ), as well as Spirited Away: Live on Stage. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler St. in Lawrenceville (map).

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

"Book Excerpts We Should Read, Talk About and Act On: Year of the Tiger," January 4 with Carnegie Library, JCC, and Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition.

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition, and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host "Book Excerpts We Should Read, Talk About and Act On: Year of the Tiger" virtually on January 4.

Join JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s CivicCLP for a Zoom conversation based on book excerpts that can impact how we move towards reconciliation as a community and as individuals. No need to read the book; we will share excerpts and guide discussion.


Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s Life


Drawing on a collection of original essays, previously published work, conversations, graphics, photos, commissioned art by disabled and Asian American artists, and more, Alice uses her unique talent to share an impressionistic scrapbook of her life as an Asian American disabled activist, community organizer, media maker, and dreamer.

The event runs from 7:00 to 8:00 pm and is free, though registration is required.

Filipino American Association' of Pittsburgh Multicultural Day Festival, November 11 in West Mifflin.

The Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh will host a Multicultural Day festival will host a Multicultural Day Festival on November 11. It runs from 3 to 6 pm at the Philippine Center at 200 Church St. in West Mifflin (map).

Monday, November 6, 2023

Jho's Pool Hall coming soon to Squirrel Hill.

A recent Pittsburgh Business Times article summarizing some of the recent businesses coming to Squirrel Hill gives a name to the project at 5846 Forbes Ave. (map) in the old Panda Supermarket location. The article says the spot will soon be home to Jho's Pool Hall. We read on PennsylvAsia back in December 2022 that a Liquor Control Board Application went up on the grocery store doors, and there has been slow-moving progress inside the space since then. The spot will be run by the team behind Squirrel Hill's Tan Lac Vien.

Saturday, November 4, 2023

2023 Japanese + Wim Wenders film Perfect Days at Three Rivers Film Festival 2023, November 11 and 12.

The 2023 Japanese film Perfect Days, directed by Wim Wenders, will play in Pittsburgh on November 11 and 12 as part of the Three Rivers Film Fest 2023.
Who knew Japan has the most elegant public restrooms in the world? Wim Wender’s Perfect Days is a poetic reflection on finding the simple beauty that surrounds us in our everyday world. Kôji Yakusho delivers an award-winning performance as Hirayama, a quite-contented man who spends his days working as a cleaner of public toilets in Tokyo. His thoroughly structured daily routine reveals his passion for music and books and his love of the trees he photographs. As we are immersed in his daily life, a series of unexpected encounters gradually expose more of his past.
It plays at the Waterworks Cinema on the 11th at 7:30 pm and at the Harris Theater in Downtown's Cultural District on the 12th at 4:00 pm. Tickets are available online.

"Japanese Demons: Oni," November 8 at Pitt.

The Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh will host Dr. Noriko Reider for a lecture on "Japanese Demons: Oni" on November 8. The talk starts at 4:00 pm in 501 Cathedral of Learning.

Friday, November 3, 2023

New movie Godzilla Minus One (ゴジラ-1.0) in Pittsburgh from November 30.

The latest Godzilla movie, Godzilla Minus One (ゴジラ-1.0), will play in Pittsburgh from November 30.
Japan, devastated after the war, faces a new threat in the form of Godzilla. How will the country confront this impossible situation?
It plays locally in Japanese with English subtitles at AMC Loews Waterfront, AMC Classic Mt. Lebanon, AMC Classic Westmoreland, and the Cinemark in Robinson, and tickets are available online.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Korean singer BoyWithUke coming to 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.

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