Friends & Neighbors: Weekend Roundup (Feb. 11-17, 2010)

LOTS of holidays being marked this weekend: Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and, as our Twitter followers have reminded us, the start of Carnival festivities (Mardi Gras for those of us in the States).  Of particular significance to the Asian American community: check out MOCA’s lists of Lunar New Year events in NYC, and in Boston, DC, LA, San Francisco, and Honolulu.  Philadelphia readers can read this helpful article for more info; Seattle residents can look here; Chicago peeps can look here.  Know of Lunar New Year Festivities in a city that we’re missing?  Comment below to tell us about it.


Heather Christle (poet) and Oindrila Mukherjee (fiction writer & trans. of Bengali poetry)
Emory Reading Series
February 15 | 6:30 PM
Joseph W. Jones Room, 311 Woodruff Library
Emory University


East Meets Words Open Mic (feat. Payal Sharma)
Presented by the Boston Progress Arts Collective
February 12 | 8 pm
East Meets West Bookstore
934 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Suggested $3 Donation

New York City

Making Friends with Your Writing: Poetry & Fiction Workshop with Ken Chen
Thurs, Feb 11, Tuesdays, Feb 16-Mar 2, 7-8:30pm (4 sessions)
Asian American Writers Workshop
16 West 32nd Street Suite 10A
Between Broadway and Fifth Avenue
$160 General / $140 Members
$40 General Deposit / $36.00 Members
Register here.

Poetry & Prose Reading feat. Kazim Ali, Tao Lin, and Maaza Mengiste
NYU Creative Writing Program Reading Series
February 12 | 5 pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th St. (btwn. 5th and 6th Ave’s)

“Love, feat. Kelly Tsai” (Open Mic at MOCA)
Feburary 12 | 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre St.
Admission: $7/adult, $4/students & seniors, free for MOCA members and open mic performers.

Mouth-to-Mouth Open Mic (Hosted by Jen Kwok and Ed Lin)
Presented by the AAWW
February 12 | 9 pm
16 W 32nd St, 10th Fl (btwn Bwy & 5th Ave)
$5 suggested donation
Open to the public

Shab-e Sher Featuring Aida Shahghasemi and Shabnam Piryaei
Presented by World of Poetry and PAF
February 17 | 6 pm
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (btwn. Houston and Bleeker

San Francisco Bay Area

SFIAAFF DIY Music Video Launch Party
Hosted by Kearny Street Workshop
February 11 | 8 pm to midnight
111 Minna, SF
$10 | FREE for CAAM members
This is a 21+ event only.

2nd Saturday Poetry & Prose (feat. Clara Hsu, Bill Mercer, Richard di Grazia)
February 13 | 7 pm
Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru Street, Alameda

Sunset Poetry By the Bay (feat. Lucille Lang Day, Kathryn Takara, Karla Brundage)
At Studio 333
February 17 | 7 to 10 PM
333 Caledonia St., Sausalito

Washington, D.C.

“Call + Response” (16 visual artists & 16 writers – incl. poet Gerald Maa) at the Hamiltonian Gallery
Closes February 13!
Hamiltonian Gallery
1353 U St, NW, Suite 101

Poetry and Fiction Workshop with Ken Chen

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