>>First ever Asian “Feastival” to take place in Queens
Queens, NY – The first annual Asian Feastival showcasing the best of Asian cuisine will take place on September 6 from noon to 5 pm. All proceeds will benefit the Food Bank for New York City and City Harvest.
Festivities include tastings from twenty of the borough’s finest Asian restaurants, beer, sake, wine, and Asian beverage tastings, cookbook signings, and cooking demonstrations throughout the day.
The festival will take place at the Sheraton LaGuardia East at 135-20 39th Avenue in Flushing. For more information please visit www.asianfeastival.com.
>>OCA to celebrate Asian American Athletes at gala
Oakland – The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) is proud to announce its new sponsor—McDonald’s, for its 23rd annual fundraising gala.
This year’s event, Celebrating Asian American Athletes, will take place on September 4. Invited athletes include Amy Chow, Kevin Tan, Peanut Louie, Max Zhang, and Golden State Warrior rookie Jeremy Lin. OCA will also present Rick Quan’s project to celebrate Asian-American athletes.
The event will also include a silent auction and a chance to bid on a dance with Olympic gold medalist figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.
For more information please visit www.ocaeastbay.org or call (415) 392-9688.
>>Four artists take residence in de Young Museum
San Francisco – Four Asian American artists—Ala Ebtekar, Julie Chang, Pireeni Sundaralingam, and Erika Chong Shuch will work with Kearny Street Workshop in the de Young artist studio to develop their new projects.
You can visit and observe the four at work during the de Young Artist Studio hours: Wednesdays through Sundays from 1-5 pm and Fridays from 1-8:45 pm. Events include a 3 pm lecture by Sundaralingam on September 18, a closing reception on September 24 at 6 pm, and film presentations by Shuch at 6 pm. Admission to the de Young’s Kimball Education gallery is free of charge. For more information please visit www.deyoung.famsf.org.
>>Great Leap to screen green-friendly music video
Los Angeles – Multicultural arts organization Great Leap recently announced the premier of their music video “B.Y.O. CHOPSTIX,” a production highlighting the environmental impact of wooden chopsticks.
The project came about when Great Leap founder Noboku Miyamoto learned that over 100 billion pairs of chopsticks were thrown away each year, crowding landfills across the world. She responded by bringing her own pair of chopsticks everywhere she went.
The video has already been released at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n65SuQKverM. A live screening of the video will take place on September 11, 7 pm at the Baldwin Overlook State Park located at 6300 Hetzler Road in Los Angeles. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit www.greatleap.org or call (213) 250-8000.