Tasveer presents their 2nd Annual Independent South Asian Film Festival entitled “Pushing the Edges: South Asia in a New Frame” set for Sept. 14 – 18 at Broadway Performance Hall. This event showcases over 35 independent films from South Asia. For complete schedule, visit www.tasveer.org. Call (206) 325-6500.
Seattle Repertory Theatre presents “Cathay: Three Tales of China” conceived, written & directed by New York-based Ping Chong. Done in collaboration with the Shaanxi Folk Art Theatre of Xian. “Cathay” is a theatrical triptych that weaves together tales from China’s past & present using puppetry and actors. This is the third collaboration between Chong and Seattle Rep. Sept. 10 – Oct. 9. Opening night is Sept. 14. (206) 443-2222.
Davidson Galleries has two shows of interest. In their Contemporary Print & Drawing Center [(206) 624-1324], they present a show of prints that deal with the mysterious properties of water entitled “Aqueous” by Akiko Taniguchi. In the Antique Print Department [(206) 624-6700], they present a group show entitled, “The Japanese Landscape” including the work of Kawase Hasui, Hiroshi Yoshida, Tsuchiya Koitsu, Betha Lum and Koichi Okada. Both shows on view through Sept. 24. 313 Occidental Ave. S.
Two interesting but very different Filipino American women artists make their Seattle debut. First up is Washington, D.C.-based artist Isabel Manalo. In a two-person show with Trine Bumiller entitled, “Natural Selection,” Manalo abstracts the landscape from a fresh perspective. Using a mix of fantasy and reality and based on memory, imagination and photos, she creates new places with a multiplicity of perspective. On view through Sept. 16 at Solomon Fine Art. 1215 First Ave. (206) 297-1400. Jumpcut to Stephanie Syjuco’s “Black Market” at James Harris Gallery through Oct. 1. With a mix of media from sculpture to photography and video, Syjuco gives new meaning to the mundane and commonplace by using familiar materials in unusual ways. One installation consists of photography, video and sculpture to explore personal aspects of place from the Philippines. 309A Third Ave. S. (206) 903-6226.
“Mistaken Identities” is a suite of six lithographs by Roger Shimomura loosely inspired by a photography or painting made during the illegal internment of Japanese Americans during World War II from sources famous and unknown. Ends Oct. 1. Greg Kucera Gallery at 212 Third Ave. S. (206) 624-0770.
On view through Nov. 20 is Annie Han & Daniel Mihalyo’s Lead Pencil Studio installation entitled “Minus Space” in which they attempt to trace the past shapings of Henry Gallery’s space by different architects. Their installation is kind of a map of previous excavations and half-completed plans. A mini-survey of Lead Pencil Studio’s previous projects will also be on view. Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington on 15th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 41st.
Bay Area artist Rene Yung has an installation at Jack Straw Media Gallery entitled “The Four Dignities” with sounds collected by Janice Giteck. On view through Sept. 30. 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E. (206) 634-0919.
Bryan Ohno Gallery presents a summer exhibition of work by Noguchi, Kazutaka Uchida, Kentaro Kojima, Richard Hestekind and Alexandra Morosco at the Marenakos Stonarium Gallery through Sept. 24. Please RSVP if you wish to attend. 3220 First Ave. S. (206) 667-9572.
A group show of recent acquisitions consisting of both ukiyo-e and modern prints is on view at Carolyn Staley Fine Japanese Prints. Till Sept. 31. 314 Occidental Ave. S. (206) 621-6493. Can also be viewed at www.carolynstaleyprints.com.
The work of Paul Horiuchi is included in a group show at Woodside/Braseth Gallery through Sept. 30. 2101 Ninth Ave. (206) 622-7243.
The Burke Museum on the U.W. campus shows “Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land” by photographer Subhankar Banerjee. Through Dec. 31. Located on the corner of N.E. 45th and 17th Ave. N.E. (206) 543-5590.
Nam June Paik’s installation, “In Flux House” is on view at Museum of Glass in Tacoma through Nov. 6. 1801 E. Dock St. (253) 284-4750.
Wing Luke Asian Museum. The show, “Women And Violence” addresses the issue of violence particularly towards Asian Pacific American women and the historical and root causes. Extended through Sept. 22. Also on view is “Asian and Pacific Islander Adoptees: A Journey Through Identity” extended through Oct. 4. A “Blessing Ceremony” for the future home of the museum will be held Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. at 715-725 S. King St. at the site of the East Kong Yick Building. If you have questions about this event, call Cesar at (206) 623-5124 x109. The Sept. 17 “Family Saturdays” program is “Lumpia Lunacy” where participants get to make lumpias with ingredients like apple, banana and tofu. Children must be accompanied by adult. Pre-registration required. RSVP to [email protected]. Wing Luke Asian Museum is at 407 – 7th Ave. S. (206) 623-5124.
The work of Paul Horiuchi is included in the show, “A Sense of Place” through Jan. 15. Tacoma Art Museum. 1701 Pacific Ave. (206) 272-4258.
The Ikenobo Ikebana Society has an exhibition at Kirkland Library Sept. 17 & 18. 308 Kirkland Ave. Free. (425) 803-3268.
Shoko, the winner of this year’s Kobe Japan (Sister City) Jazz Vocalist Competition performs at the 2005 Pony Boy Records Jazz Picnic with other local Seattle musicians. Sept. 11 from noon to 5 p.m. Free. Sand Point Magnuson Park Garden Amphitheatre. http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/magnuson/default/htm. She also performs in her own program of songs on Sept. 12 at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley at 8 p.m. (206) 441-9729.
The Pork Filled Players return with a slam at the media in their new sketch comedy show, “K-SPAM: Yellow Journalism and Other Jaundiced Media” Sept. 16 to Oct. 8. Targets this time around include Seattle’s first South Asian superhero, singing Zen Buddhist monks, Asian American new anchors and the Bush Administration’s final solution for NPR funding. Northwest Actors’ Studio Cabaret Space at 1100 East Pike St. (206) 325-6500.
Local guitarist Angelo Pizarro performs at Tutta Bella at 4918 Rainer Ave. S. on Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. 4918 Rainier Ave. S. (206) 721-3501. Mutsu Daiko, a Japanese Taiko Drum Group, performs on Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. Federal Way Regional Library. (253) 838-3668.
“Vietnam, Essence of Yesteryear 4 – The Fragrance of Viet Melodies” is performed on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. Shorecrest Performing ArtsCenter. 15345 – 25th N.E. in Shoreline. For tickets and information, call (206) 240-3597.
Film & Video
NWAAT presents the first mainland screening of “First Light,” a TV documentary by Early Bird & Friends, produced by PBS Hawai’i and directed by Roland Yamamoto who currently lives in Redmond. The documentary looks at how astronomers and native Hawaiians view the importance of Mauna Kea, a significant cultural site of creation for native peoples and home to one of the world’s most powerful telescopes. Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. 409-7th Ave. S. [email protected].
From the director of “OLDBOY” comes Park Chan-Wook’s “Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance” which screens Sept. 9 – 15 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. This is a tale of revenge and sorrow of epic proportions. A deaf factory worker takes care of a dying sister in need of a kidney. Searching the black market for a kidney he finds himself, robbed, naked and without a kidney himself. A plot ensues to kidnap a gang boss’s daughter and extract the ultimate revenge. At the Northwest Film Forum. 1515 – 12th. (206) 267-5380.
Playing Sept. 9 – 15 is Jia Zhangke’s “The World,” a sympathetic look at the loves and desperate dreams of provincial Chinese workers at World Park, a bizarre entertainment center where visitors interact with imitations of world famous monuments. The Varsity at 4329 University Way N.E. (206) 781-5755.
Sung Hwan Kim (born in Korea) and Nina Yuen (from Hawai’i) met in Boston where they began to work together and individually on video and performance projects. In a few years, the two have collaborated on a large body of work focusing on themselves as the subjects/performers in their pieces. “An Imaginary Relationship With Ourselves” is the program that will screen their projects in two separate programs. Sept. 14 & Sept. 15 both at 7:30 p.m. The Guild Theatre at SW 9th & Taylor in Portland. Presented by Portland’s NW Film Center. (503) 221-1156.
Jean Shinoda Bolen, author of “Goddesses in Every Woman” shares from her new book, “Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women.” Sept. 18 from 1 – 4 p.m. Advance registration is required. East West Bookshop. 6500 Roosevelt Way N.E. (206) 523-3726.
“Imagine” is the title of the 3rd Annual MAVIN Foundation Gala set for Oct. 8 at McCaw Hall at Seattle Center from 5:30 p.m. The Foundation creates innovative projects that celebrate and advocate for mixed heritage people and families to promote a cohesive, multicultural society that celebrate and advocate for mixed heritage people and families to promote a cohesive, multicultural society. To RSVP, call Nicki at (206) 622-7101.
The city of SeaTac issues a call for art from regional artists for their Juried Fine Art Exhibit set for Oct. Deadline is Sept. 26 and Sept. 27. (206) 973-4680 for details.