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WANGCENTER  February 2011

WANGCENTER February 2011

Subject:

Happy Year of the Rabbit

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"Sunita S. Mukhi" <[log in to unmask]>

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Wang Center Events <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 2 Feb 2011 18:34:30 -0500

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We are surviving this bitter winter conjuring these powerhouse Asian American programs for you! 
So mark your calendars with a festive RED and join us! 


LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD–Chinese Opera with Live Music
Sunday, April 3, 3:00 pm, Wang Theater

Little Red Riding Hood: The Chinese Opera retells the timeless tale of a young girl’s journey to grandma’s house and transforms it into a cross-cultural journey into the heart of China’s centuries old performance traditions. Chinese Theatre Works’ (CTW) adaptation of the beloved European fairytale serves as a window for American audiences to experience the full range of classical Chinese Opera aesthetics and technique. Conceived, written, and directed by Kuang Yu Fong, Little Red Riding Hood: The Chinese Opera draws on eight different masterpieces from the repertoire of the traditional Chinese opera, and seamlessly integrates portions of them together. Song is in Mandarin, dialog is in English -- and audience members of all ages are in delight! 

Co-sponsored with the Confucius Institute.

"The production promises to take Little Red on a journey far more thrilling than the trip to Grandma’s house.”
        –The New York Times

“A uniquely different interpretation of the classic tale, cleverly handled and excellently performed…”
    –Philip Jackson, Queens Museum of Art

Reservations required. Call 631-632-4400 or email [log in to unmask] to reserve your tickets. 

Tickets: 
$35 for VIPs (reserved priority seating), $20 for General, $15 for Seniors and $10 for students. 
20% discounts given to groups of 5 or more
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ERASING BORDERS: Art from the Indian Diaspora 
Opening Reception with Performance: Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 pm, Wang Center
Artists’ Panel, April 26, 4:30, Lecture Hall 1

Erasing Borders 2011 is a richly provocative exhibition of work by artists of the Indian diaspora who confront issues of sexuality, terror, disease, the environment, racial and sectarian politics and the fluidity of identities in painting, prints, installations, video, and sculpture. With great technical mastery and diversity of theme and style, these works combine traditional Indian aesthetics with Western elements, and speak to the powerful experience of personal and cultural dislocation in the global village. In its 8th year, Erasing Borders is curated by Vijay Kumar and produced by the Indo-American Arts Council. 

More information on Participating Artists: http://www.iaac.us/erasing_borders_2011/participating_artists.htm

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LONG ISLAND'S CHINESE NEW YEAR KICK-OFF CELEBRATION AND COCKTAIL RECEPTION

Chinese Radio Network and Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook
Cordially Invite You to Join Suffolk County and Town of Brookhaven Elected Officials and
Hundreds of Asian-American Business & Civic Leaders for

Long Island's Chinese New Year Kick-Off Celebration & Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
6:00 - 8:00 PM

3131 Nesconset Highway, Setauket, NY

Enjoy Complimentary Admission, Free Food and Drink, Live Music and Traditional Performances

RSVP: [log in to unmask]

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THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT CELEBRATION
Saturday, February 12, Wang Center

1:00 to 4: 00 pm: Cultural Presentations, Discover Taiwan, Arts & Crafts and more

4:00 to 5: 30 pm: Theater Performance
6:00 to 8:00 pm: Dinner Reception

Admission: Adults $15, Students & Kids $10
Presentations: 1:00 to 4:00 pm are free to everyone. 

Flier: http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/wang/newyearflyer2011.pdf

Hosted by the Taiwanese American Association on Long Island with the Charles B. Wang Center. 
For more information, email: [log in to unmask]

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CANDLELIGHT BLESSING CEREMONY
by Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Long Island Branch 

Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University 
February 19, 2011, Saturday at 2:00 PM 

Please come join us for the Candlelight Ceremony, 2010 Tzu Chi Around the World, Sign Language Performance, Da Ai Technology Fashion Show, Master Cheng Yen’s New Year Blessing, Candlelight Prayer, Red Envelop of Blessing and Wisdom, Bamboo Bank Adoptions, Poster Exhibition, Jing Si Books, and more. 

The world will be blessed when we protect our Mother Earth. 
The land will be peaceful when our minds are purified. 

For more information: 
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Long Island Branch 
60 East Williston Ave., East Williston, NY 11596 TEL: 516-873-6888 www.US.TzuChi.org 

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VINCENT WHO?
Thursday, March 17, 7:00 pm, Wang Theater 

Vincent Chin was a 27 year old Chinese American draftsman and celebrating his upcoming marriage in Detroit when he was attacked with baseball bats in 1982 by Ronald Ebens, a Chrysler supervisor and Michael Nitz, Ebens’ laid-off stepson. The fatal assault, motivated by anti-Japanese sentiment among autoworkers due to Japan’s successful entry into the United States automobile market, ended in Chin’s death and galvanized Asian and Asian Americans around the country to form a real community and movement. This documentary, inspired by a series of town hall meetings organized by Asian Pacific Americans for Progress on the 25th anniversary of the case, features interviews with the key players at the time, as well as a whole new generation of activists. Vincent Who? asks how far Asian Americans have come since then and how far they have yet to go. 

Discussion with director Curtis Chin.  
Watch trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQivEXrnjNM

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SUMMER PASTURE
Monday, March 21, 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater 

Winner of the 2010 Full Frame Inspiration Award and nominee for the 2011 Spirit Award, Summer Pasture is a tender universal story of family survival that offers a deeply personal account of a nomadic family in rural Tibet as they face the challenges of a swiftly modernizing world. The special guest speaker for the film will be the director, Nelson Walker. 
Part of the Port Jefferson Documentary Film Series »

Tickets: $5.00. Free admission for SB students. 

THE TILLMAN STORY
Monday, March 28, 7pm, Wang Theater

Pat Tillman gave up his professional football career to join the Army Rangers in 2002—and became an instant symbol of patriotic fervor and unflinching duty. But the truth about Pat Tillman is far more complex, and ultimately more heroic, than the caricature created by the media. And when the government tried to turn his death into war propaganda, they took on the wrong family. From her home in the Santa Cruz mountains, Pat’s mother, Dannie Tillman, led the family’s crusade to reveal the truth beneath the mythology of their son’s life and death. 
Part of the Port Jefferson Documentary Film Series »

Featuring candid and revelatory interviews with Pat's fellow soldiers as well as his family, Amir Bar-Lev’s emotional and insightful film not only shines a light on the shady aftermath of Pat’s death and calls to task the entire chain of command but also examines themes as timeless as the notion of heroism itself. The special guest speaker for the film will be the director, Amir Bar-Lev. 

Tickets: $5.00. Free admission for SB students.

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Video Musics II: Sun Wu-Kong: THE MONKEY KING
Tuesday, April 5 , 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

A hip-hop, stop-motion animation video opera Alexis Gideon is a Portland, Oregon-based artist and musician who has toured both nationally and internationally. His one-hour multimedia video opera Video Musics II: Sun Wu-Kong is based on the classic 16th century Chinese novel The Journey to the West and follows the Monkey King through the trials and tribulations of his adventurous quest for spiritual insight. The piece explores and celebrates Chinese mythology and culture as well as hip hop as a narrative form and the balance between abstract narrative and a more traditional linear narrative. 

Presented by the Confucius Institute. Free Admission. 

Video Clips: http://www.alexisgideon.com/vm2_examples

"Visually, Gideon stretches the silly putty of any preconceived art notions and melds, marries and mashes charcoal sketches, paintings, Claymation, animation, flip-book drawings and video footage of forests into a kaleidescopic, psycho-delic merry-go-round. It is the ultimate adult cartoon."–Sara Moskovitz, Willamette Week

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30 STORIES AND HALAL PORK : Feast of Poetry, Tales, and Song by Afghan Americans and their Friends
Thursday, April 7, 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

From the heartfelt experiences of Afghan Americans to Sufi cyberpunks in a post-industrial dystopia, poets Zohra Saed and Sahar Muradi, video artist and blogger Gazelle Samizay, and comedic novelist Cihan Kaan challenge and expand the borders of Asian American and Muslim American literature. They tackle issues of identity, ethnicity, immigration, politics, history, war, and urban life in a series of readings from their two books: Saed and Muradi’s One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature, and Kaan’s Halal Pork and Other Stories. Musical interludes by +Aziz of World Music Parade. 

Followed by a reception and book signing. Free admission.

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VERSE AND FICTION FROM THE FILIPINO DIASPORA
Thursday, April 14, 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

These readings celebrate the diverse talents of poets Fidelito Cortes (Waiting for the Exterminator) and Sarah Gambito (Co-Founder of Poets Collective Kundiman), novelist Lara Stapleton (The Lowest Blue Flame Before Nothing) and launches the newest book by R. Zamora "Zack" Linmark titled Leche. Author readings will alternate with live music. Reception and book signing to follow. Free admission.

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FISHERS OF MEN
Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 pm, Wang Center Theater

Ranjan Kamath's film examines the forced reconversion of Christians in rural India back to Hinduism. For over a century, a substantial number of Adivasis, or tribal peoples of the Chottanagpur plateau, have been converting to Christianity in order to free themselves from the bonded labour and feudal oppression of the Hindu caste system, despite forced reconversions, threats, violence, and murders of their leaders and missionaries by fundamentalist Hindus. By examining this conflict between fundamentalist Hinduism and Christianity, director Ranjan Kamath exposes and punctures the myth of a single, unified India and creates an important, but neglected, dialogue about inter-religious relations and the urban rural divide in South Asia. Followed by discussion with director Ranjan Kamath. Free admission.

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COBU: TAIKO WITH TAP at SAKURA MATSURI 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2pm, Wang Center

Welcome Spring to Long Island the Japanese way, with exciting sounds of the Taiko Drums, performances of Japanese dance and music and a wondrous array of Japanese crafts, tea ceremony, and cultural events. Sponsored by the Ryu Shu Kan with the Japan Center at Stony Brook in collaboration with Asian and Asian American Programming at the Charles B. Wang Center. Free admission to exhibits.

WITH SPECIAL PERFORMANCE by  COBU: TAIKO WITH TAP DANCE!

Physically virtuosic and emotionally vibrant, the all-female live rhythm group Cobu strives to “Dance Like Drumming, Drum Like Dancing”. Their performance combines Taiko (Japanese Drumming) with tap dancing, and traditional Japanese aesthetics with the driving beats of American modernity heard in New York City. Founded by featured Stomp performer Yako Miyamoto, Cobu has appeared on stages across the US, Asia, and Europe, and is presented by the Charles B. Wang Center as the centerpiece of Sakura Matsuri 2011.  

For more information on COBU:

http://www.cobu.us/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P55VWZtXcY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGYcMyLDprE&feature=related

For more information on Sakura Matsuri 2011 call  (631) 698-2467.

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COMMUNITY YOGA WORKSHOP
Tuesdays, February through May, 6:00 pm, Wang Center,  Room 104
Schedule: http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/wang/Spring%202011%20Yoga%20Schedule.pdf

Please join us for multi-level yoga classes (appropriate for beginners to advanced students) designed to bring mind, body, and spirit into alignment. This is a hatha yoga class. Introduced by Yogi Swatmarama, a sage of 15th century India, traditional Hatha Yoga represents opposing energies: hot and cold (fire and water, following similar concept as yin-yang), male and female, positive and negative and attempts to balance mind and body via asana (poses), pranayama (breath control), and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat. 

For more information, call 631-632-4400 or e-mail Marianne at [log in to unmask]

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For More information on these and other Asian and Asian American Programs please visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/wang/events.shtml or call 631-632-4400 or email us at [log in to unmask]

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